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Security upgrade! Google will now let you log in with a special USB key

Google on Tuesday announced support for Security Key for its Web services. The Mountain View company promises that the system, which uses a special USB stick, will provide stronger online protection for "particularly security-sensitive" individuals.

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Staples is the latest company to announce a credit card data breach

Probably not the last retailer to suffer a massive breach of credit card data this year, office supply chain Staples is looking into the loss of consumer payment information and significant fraudulent activity.

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Apple acknowledges iCloud hacking in China, but says its servers are safe

Apple acknowledges iCloud hacking in China, but says its servers are safe. The man-in-the-middle attack aims to compromise the credentials of iCloud users.

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Flickr’s simple ‘Park or Bird’ tool is actually a demo of complex image recognition

Flickr's new "Park or Bird" analyzes a photo to tell you if it was photographed in a national park, and if it contains a bird. It seems useless, but it demonstrates the work Flickr's computer vision team is putting into image search.

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There’s almost no chance Congress will force companies to decrypt their phones

Even though FBI director James Comey wants Congress to step in if companies don't decrypt their phones, lawmakers don't sound like they will do that. In fact, a measure expanding the FBI's surveillance power will most likely die in Congress.

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Facebook sues the law firms that backed a fraudulent ownership claim against it

Several years after Paul Ceglia's case was dismissed and revealed as a fraud, Facebook is suing the law firms which supported the claim he owned 84 percent ownership of the social network.

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Sting sings classic phone ringtones, and it’s amazing

During an interview, super talented singer Sting was challenged by Tonight show host Jimmy Fallon to recreate famous ringtones, and thus, the Stingtone was born. It's possibly the best thing you'll hear all day.

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Get your fix for pigskin play with this NFL live stream watch guide

The NFL season is finally here. Here's our guide on how to stream live football games online.

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How to send email using another address from your Gmail account

Check out this brief guide where we show you how to send email from different accounts using Gmail.

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Apple’s Oct. 16 iPad and Mac event is over — Thanks for joining our live chat!

Here are our detailed instructions on how to view Apple's live feed, and if you want to have some fun, join our chatroom for the event and chat with DT staff.

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Facebook’s ‘Safety Check’ tool lets friends know you’re OK when a disaster hits

Although many people already connect through Facebook to check up on the safety of friends caught up in a disaster, a new tool rolled out by the social networking giant on Wednesday aims to make the process even simpler.

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Amazon to hire 80,000 temps this holiday season, 10,000 up on last year

Amazon plans to hire an additional 80,000 workers for its fulfillment centers this holiday season, a big increase on the 70,000 it took on last year and significantly more than the 50,000 extra workers that joined the company's ranks temporarily in 2012.

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Reddit acquires Alien Blue, relaunches iOS app with free upgrade

Ideal for any Apple user that spends tons of time browsing Reddit everyday, the Web company has purchased popular browsing app Alien Blue and relaunched the application on the App Store this week.

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This router promises to shroud your online activities in secrecy (Updated)

The firm behind the Anonabox router claims that this device will do its best to keep your online activities a secret. Learn more here.

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Russian ‘Sandworm’ hacking squad wriggles their way into Windows PCs used by NATO, EU

A team of hackers based in Russia has exploited a Windows bug to target computers used by NATO, the European Union, and other bodies. Learn more here.

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Surprise! Amazon to open pop up stores in San Francisco, Sacramento, and New York City

A report is floating around that Amazon is set to open its first physical store in New York City in time for the holidays. The store will allow for same-day deliveries, as well as a showcase for Amazon products.

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Be shrewd or get screwed: How to haggle your way to a lower cable or Internet bill

Why pay more for your broadband or TV service than you really have to? Loyalty is not rewarded by service providers unless you’re prepared to ask. Here’s what to do if you want to reduce your bills or get better service.

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Dropbox hit in password leak, though its own servers remain secure

After hackers claimed on Monday to be in possession of login information for seven million Dropbox accounts, the cloud storage firm said the data had been "stolen from other services," and that it was forcing password resets for affected users.

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Net neutrality is under threat from the FCC: What it is, and how we got here (Updated)

Over the past few weeks (or years), you’ve probably heard a lot about Net neutrality. If you want to know what it's all about, we’ve constructed a timeline to show the relevant events that led us to this point.

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Move over Nate Silver, Bing is now firmly in the election prediction business

Bing now features a section completely devoted to the 2014 elections, and it will attempt to predict the outcomes of all the races too. Learn more here.

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Forget WebMD, Google may let you video chat with a doctor while you search

We all know that Googling your symptoms can lead to a very worrying, and possibly very wrong, diagnosis, but we still do it. However, a new service being tested by the Web giant means you'll soon be able to discuss your ailment with a doc via a video chat.

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Snowden says that you should avoid Dropbox, Facebook, and Google

Edward Snowden has been speaking to The New Yorker (via remote video call, of course) about the privacy concerns he has regarding popular Web services such as Google, Facebook and Dropbox.

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Google starts adding Helpouts to search results

Have you used Google Helpouts since the service launched last year? It looks like Google is giving it an extra push by including links to Helpouts in among search results and covering fees.

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Google’s newest Chrome utility is designed to buff out any blemishes in the browser

This Chrome utility from Google will allegedly scan the browser and purge it of any malware or other harmful software. Learn more here.

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Don’t joke about ebola on an airplane or a hazmat crew will detain you

So a man walks onto a plan and says, "I have ebola. You're all screwed!" Then people in hazmat suits take him away to a tiny room for questioning.

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Adorable idea: London Zoo now livestreams its otters, turtles, and meerkats on YouTube

London's Zoo created a livestream of otters, meerkats, and Galapagos turtles on YouTube. You can watch the cute critters 24/7, thanks to TV White Space technology.

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Google chief fears surveillance scandal could ‘break the Internet’

Google chairman Eric Schmidt said at a gathering of tech firms in California on Wednesday that the government spying scandal is so serious there's a danger it could "break the Internet."

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Street View straps a camera onto a camel for a trip through the Arabian desert

Realizing its Street View cars probably weren't up to the job of taking on the 40-meter-high sand dunes of the Arabian desert, Google's mapping team decided to strap one of its Trekker cameras onto a camel instead.

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Twitter sues US government in bid to share more information on state surveillance

Twitter announced Tuesday it's suing the US government in an effort to obtain permission to publish details revealing the full extent of the surveillance of Twitter users by state agencies.

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Facebook Messenger is ready for mobile payments between friends

Facebook Messenger may soon support mobile payments. A Stanford student uncovered the feature hidden in the code of the app. Facebook could charge for the service.

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