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Microsoft winds down its anti-Google ad campaign

Microsoft is ending its "Scroogled" advertising takedown of Google's privacy practices, citing a successful petition and continued Web presence at

Google same-day shipping service may be difficult for search giant to pull off

If Google truly plans to get into same-day shipping, it'll head down a path that has felled other major e-tailers—but the benefits to the Google ecosystem could be huge if the company pulls it off.

Use a Google Voice phone number to keep your personal number private

Google's free service might just be the ultimate 'disposable' phone number for online activities.


Bitcoin exchange teams with US banks to broaden service

The largest bitcoin exchange in the world will have a presence in the U.S. starting in March, a move intended to make it easier for people in the U.S. and Canada to buy the virtual currency.

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Surface tablets, big screen TVs will be good buys in March

New models are making room for price cuts on recent introductions, including Ivy Bridge laptops, tablets, HD TVs and PS3s, which may pique attention of bargain hunters.



Google retail stores might be a smart move, analysts say

Opening its own brick-and-mortar retail stores could help Google sell more of its Chromebooks, Nexus tablets and other hardware, analysts said, reacting to online reports that Google may soon be coming to the local shopping mall.


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Half of online shoppers may buy via social networks by 2015

Half of new retail customer identities will be based on social network profiles by 2015, a Gartner report has claimed.

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Mobile payments are forecast to hit $1 trillion by 2015

Using a smartphone to pay for purchases in lieu of a physical debit or credit card may become a $1 trillion business by 2015, and other technologies to lure consumers could be the key.


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Samsung gains on Apple as the dominant mobile device maker

Continued sales gains in the last three months of 2012 have propelled Samsung to within 10% of Apple's smartphone market share, according to the latest research from the NPD Group.


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Facebook offers physical gift cards for selected retail stores

Facebook users can now say "charge it," with a new physical gift card the social network is rolling out, which people can use in retail stores.