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Research and compare the latest smartphones at PhoneRocket

This handy site gives you a side-by-side comparison of any two phone models, all so you can make a more informed decision.

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Businesses that accept Bitcoin may risk privacy problems

Bitcoin sales all recorded to a public ledger, which means that Bitcoin payments made to a company could permit tracking of later payments made to that address.

Wal-Mart to send automated shopping lists to its mobile app

Wal-Mart plans to use big data about a customer's usual shopping to automatically create shopping lists for them on its mobile app.

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Chinese search engine wars heat up

China's Baidu has long dominated the country's search market. But a local rival to the company is bolstering its own search services with the help of e-commerce giant Alibaba Group.

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Electronics deals are skimpy on the eve of Memorial Day sales

Memorial Day touts the start of summer sales, but bargain-hunters might do well to be patient and wait for a few upcoming events that will bring real deals.

Senate passes Internet sales tax

The U.S. Senate has voted to allow states to collect sales tax from online retailers, making it more difficult to buy tax-free products online.

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Portable Bitcoin ATM expected to start swapping coins soon

The compact dispenser of virtual money will headline a Bitcoin conference in San Jose in May.

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Senate delays vote on Internet sales tax until May

The U.S. Senate has delayed a vote on an Internet sales tax until May, after a handful of senators blocked lawmakers from voting on the legislation this week.

Senate takes major step toward Internet sales tax

The U.S. Senate has voted 74-20 to close debate and move to a final vote on a bill allowing states to collect sales tax from out-of-state Internet and catalog retailers.

New Perk browser lets you rack up reward points for surfing

About 2000 merchants participate in the Perk rewards program, but the browser is a bit pushy.