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China passes new law requiring real names for Internet services

Chinese authorities have approved of legislation that requires people to provide proof of identification before they sign up for Internet or phone service, removing anonymity.

Did Apple CEO Tim Cook really get a 98 percent pay cut this year?

Apple CEO Tim Cook is taking home $4.2 million from the company this year, which is a steep drop from the $378 million he made in 2011. But are news reports that he's suffered a 98 percent salary slide really accurate?

SOPA, COPPA, and other ways Washington tangled with the Web in 2012

From SOPA, to the failed U.N. Internet takeover, 2012 has been a monumental year for the relationship between the Web and the powers that be in Washington D.C. Here are the five biggest moments.

Pulling the plug: Study shows limited consumer interest in electric cars

"Range anxiety" is still keeping consumers away from electric cars, a survey of 2,300 drivers in 21 U.S. cities shows.
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LG Display pares down 4K/Ultra HD screens, augments expectations

LG will show off two new 4K/Ultra HD screen sizes at CES 2013.

Remembering the Razr: The device that snapped shut the era of flip phones

We take a fond look back at the design classic that was the Motorola Razr. 130 million sales made it the most popular flip phone of all time. Seven years ago it was the best Christmas present you could hope to receive.

Digital Blend: The best under-$20 gaming of 2012

Digital Blend closes out the year with a look back at the best of what 2012 had to offer in under-$20 gaming.
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Did April’s west coast meteor contradict the theory of meteorite evolution of life on Earth?

A meteor explosion over California and Nevada earlier this year has offered up evidence that may contradict the idea that the Earth was originally "seeded" by organic material from space.

Hulu asking for $200 million to grow in 2013

After increasing its revenue by an impressive 65 percent in 2012, Hulu is looking towards its parent companies for more money with which to repeat its growth in the new year.
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Reports of social media-related crime rise almost 800 percent in the U.K. in the last four years

In the U.K., reports of crimes relating to social media sites Twitter and Facebook have exploded over the past few years, prompting one senior police officer to describe the sites as "a whole new world" legally.

FTC hires external lawyer to head Google investigation

The Federal Trade Commission has hired a former Justice Department prosecutor to take over control of its ongoing investigation into the business practices of Google, leading some to believe that it may be preparing to launch legal action…
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Amazon wins the 2012 holiday season

Amazon's holiday period this year was its most successful to date, with the company not only ranking top of a survey of online retailers' customer service, but sales also reached a new peak with more than 25 million items being sold per day…