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Make ridiculously easy conference calls with Speek

This free service takes the hassles out of setting up calls. No bridge numbers, passwords, or PINs.

Amazon Web Services outage takes out popular websites again

Issues at an Amazon Web Service datacenter in Northern Virginia had webmasters at Reddit, Flipboard and Airbnb dealing with unhappy customers on Monday.

FTC: Companies should limit facial recognition in some cases

Web companies using facial recognition technology should avoid identifying anonymous images of consumers to someone who could not otherwise identify them, unless the companies have the consumers' consent, a U.S. Federal Trade Commission report said.

Microsoft Office web apps get big update ahead of Windows 8

Microsoft just completed its makeover of Office Web Apps, adding improved touch support for phones and tablets and a modern sheen to complement the upcoming Windows 8.

Why are they called that? The silly stories behind six tech brands

How did TiVo, Skype, eBay, and others wind up with the names they did? JR Raphael has the answer.

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Researchers: Steam URL protocol can be abused to exploit game vulnerabilities

Attackers can trick gamers into opening malicious steam:// URLs that exploit security issues in games to execute malicious code.

Four Web-based scheduling tools for small businesses

Still relying on a receptionist to schedule your appointments? One of these four services can do it for less—and you'll never have to pay overtime.

ICANN considers a raffle for new top-level domains

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers has proposed holding an old-fashioned raffle to determine which applications for new top-level domains should be handled first.

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Save the Web's best bits for later with Pocket

Found something on the Web you don't have time to read? One click puts it in your Pocket (app) for later reading on the go.

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W3C launches Web Platform Docs to help designers and developers

In an effort to better acquaint Web developers with the open technologies that can be used to build Web applications, the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) has launched a Web site with tutorials and other documentation that cover most of today's Web standards, including the emerging HTML5 set of standards.