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'Windows 7 is the same as Ubuntu'

'Windows 7 is the same as Ubuntu' Christopher Dawson: Obviously, this isn't true. But to a 17-year-old student who "hated Linux" a year ago, there's no longer any meaningful difference between the two operating systems. The old Windows vs. Linux debate may finally be dead.

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EyeWonder malware incident affects popular web sites Dancho Danchev: During the last couple of hours, visitors of popular and high trafficked web sites such as CNN, BBC, Washington Post, Gamespot, WorldOfWarcraft, Mashable, Chow.com, ITpro.co.uk, AndroidCommunity; Engadget and Chip.de, started reporting that parts of the web sites are unreachable due to malware warnings.

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Cheaper ultraportables meet more powerful netbooks

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Now's the time to manage your online brand Sam Diaz: "Managing a Brand through Social Networks" sounds like it should be a training course designed for corporate marketing professionals. Such a course, though, might as well be targeted at an average Joe or Jane, the everyday person who (intentionally or not) is building an online brand of his or her own.

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Free is not a business model

Free is not a business model Phil Wainewright: A lot of people seem to like the idea of being able to make money without having to charge for what they do, such as Wired's Chris Anderson with his new book, "Free: The Future of a Radical Price." Let's take a look at how realistic this idea is.

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Robin Harris: Cash, currency and coins, is a store of value. In the US, "legal tender for all debts, public and private." Carry too much of it, though, and you are marked for suspicion.

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