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Smartphones help Millennials avoid human contact and Americans stay up on news

The Pew Research Center found that many Americans rely solely on their smartphones for Internet usage. Younger smartphone users were more likely to use social media and to use their phones to avoid people. Read on for more tidbits.

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Don’t fall for the jokes! All the hilarious April Fools’ Day 2015 tech gags

It's that time of year again, where the tech companies of the world let their hair down and have some silly fun. Here are the funniest, craziest, and most ridiculous April Fools Day jokes we've seen this year.

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Google searches are making you think you’re smarter than you are

With the widespread availability of the Internet, more knowledge than has ever been available before is now only a keystroke away. Unfortunately, all this information might not make us as smart as we think.

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Facebook is tracking you all the time, new study claims

According to research from the Vrije Universiteit Brussel and the University of Leuven’s Centre of Interdisciplinary Law and ICT, Facebook’s Internet tracking activities extend even to those who have not signed up to their service.

Facebook’s Scrapbook helps parents put all their baby photos in one place

Facebook now has a Scrapbook feature that lets parents put all the photos of their baby in one place. The Scrapbook can be shared by two parents, and it works on the desktop and mobile versions of Facebook.

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The NSA almost ended phone spying before Snowden leaks

The NSA was considering shutting down its clandestine call data collection program months before Edward Snowden leaked classified information in 2013. Now the old proposal to end the program could be used to justify the end of the program.

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No Google Fiber in your town? AT&T will charge even more for its fiber service

AT&T launched its U-verse with AT&T GigaPower service in Cupertino yesterday for $110. The same service costs $70 in cities like Kansas City or Austin, where Google Fiber service is also available.

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IBM creates Internet of Things division, announces deal with The Weather Company

IBM might be firmly entrenched in the enterprise world, but with the announcement of its new Internet of Things (IoT) division and a deal with The Weather Company, the company could soon have an increased presence in your day-to-day life.

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The Senate will investigate whether the White House let Google off the hook

Google was the subject of an FTC antitrust investigation in 2011, but it soon reached a settlement. Now, details of the numerous meetings Google held with the White House and the company's huge lobbyist presence have been revealed.

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One dead in fatal shooting at NSA headquarters

A fatal shooting has occurred at the gates of the National Security Agency in Fort Meade, Maryland, leaving one person dead and two others injured. It's unclear what the suspects' motives were, but terrorism has been ruled out.

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Amazon Home Services delivers everything from TV mounting to goat grazing in 41 cities

If you're already using Amazon for everything from tea kettles to paper towels, why not music lessons and car stereo installation? Amazon Home Services will let customers in 41 different cities hire local helpers for just about anything.

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Are cookies crumbling our privacy? We asked an expert to find out

Ever wondered about Internet cookies? We take a look at what cookies really are, and track their origin. In the wake of the EU cookie law, we also discuss their impact on our privacy, both real and imagined.

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Zuckerberg is spreading the Internet across the globe, but is it only for Facebook’s gain?

Mark Zuckerberg, through Facebook, has started an initiative called Internet.org that aims to bring the web to places lacking access. Just one problem; it seems the plan is meant to benefit Facebook more than anyone else.

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This guy’s experience with Comcast was so bad, he’s selling his house

Even taking into account their less-than-stellar track record, one potential customer has had so many problems that it looks like he's going to have to sell the house he just bought three months ago.

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Speed up Chrome and save bandwidth with Google’s new Data Saver extension

Google brought its bandwidth-saving Data Saver extension to Chrome this week, which should be a boon for those with poor connections.

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