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Bug alert: Inserting images in Gmail messages could get you banned

Beware Gmail users: Inserting images into the body of an email message can get you temporarily banned from your account.

Be wary of the dubious 'iMessage chat' Android app

A new, non-Apple-sanctioned Android app claims to let you chat with iOS users via iMessage, but there are too many questions swirling around to trust it.

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Leak shutters plans to roll out BlackBerry Messenger on iOS and Android this week

BlackBerry's messenger app for Android and iPhone will not roll out this week as the company struggles to block an unreleased version of the Android app that affected its system.

Gmail hit by message delivery delays, close to 50 percent of users affected

In an update posted at around 2 p.m. PDT Monday, the company disclosed that “less than 50 percent” of users had been impacted. This can safely be assumed to mean that at least 49 percent of users got hit.

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Oracle pushes into database-as-a-service

Oracle's new 12c database is hyped as faster and more powerful.

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ICANN plan to close domain database called 'disquieting'

ICANN's plan to close access to the WHOIS domain name record system is criticized as a move to put too much power into one group's hands

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Microsoft OS chief: One API to rule them all

Microsoft is pursuing the ideal of OS platforms: a unified code base that runs from smartphones to servers, giving users a consistent experience across devices at home and at work, and developers a common tool set for building applications.

BlackBerry messaging service rolls out to Android and iPhone this weekend

While layoff rumors fly, BlackBerry is moving ahead with plans to roll out its popular BBM messaging service to Android and iPhone devices.

Google buys Bump for smoother file sharing

Google's Bump buy could mean seamless cross-device sharing is coming to iPhones, laptops, and other hardware that doesn't support NFC.

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Mozilla postpones Windows 8 'Metro' Firefox to late January

Mozilla said slower-than-expected progress on Firefox for Microsoft's Windows 8 "Modern" user interface means that the touch-based browser likely won't launch until late January.

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Court ruling offers mixed view of boss's access to Facebook

Social media law evolves with a recent federal court ruling that recognizes some Facebook data can stay private under the Stored Communications Act.

Here's how to use Outlook.com's long-overdue IMAP support

More than a year after Microsoft unveiled its modern mail service, it finally supports the widely used IMAP protocol.

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Flash Player, Reader and Shockwave Player get critical security updates

The new updates to Adobe's Flash Player, Reader and Shockwave Player address vulnerabilities that could allow attackers to compromise computers.

Microsoft lures nonprofits with Office 365 freebie

Nonprofit organizations will be able to sign up for Office 365 for free or at a reduced price as part of a new program Microsoft launched on Tuesday.

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Workday aims anew at Oracle with planned software for higher ed

Workday is hoping to give rival Oracle and other ERP (enterprise resource planning) vendors fits with an upcoming product aimed at institutions of higher education.