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Cybercriminals quickly mobilized following the news of a massive earthquake that hit Haiti on Tuesday. The blackhat SEO campaigns are only the tip of the iceberg. Here's what else to look for, and how to make sure you're donating money to the right organization. by Dancho Danchev

SmartPlanet: Think the futuristic technology portrayed in the movie Minority Report is fantasy? Think again. Here are seven examples of tech from the film that are a reality.

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At the Consumer Electronics Show, Microsoft execs held off those restless for an upate on Windows Mobile with the refrain of "just wait until Barcelona." But what happens if Barcelona doesn't provide the big bang many are expecting -- and that Microsoft needs in the mobile space?

Microsoft has updated the software development kit SDK for MultiPoint Mouse, a technology for creating applications that allow multiple students use their own mice to interact on the same PC.
Microsoft and HP rolled out an extensive partnership that revolves around $250 million over three years to develop prepackaged software and hardware packages for the enterprise.
Amtrak is finally getting an upgrade, but it's not high-speed rail. (If you've been to Europe or Asia, you'll know that Acela is NOT high-speed). by Rachel King
T-Mobile loves Android and today they announced the upcoming availability of the rumored myTouch 3G Fender Limited Edition. I have seen this device and it looks awesome.
It seems that computer sales sky-rocketed during the fourth quarter of 2009, and that while Apple showed strong gains, strong sales from Windows OEMs has pushed the company into fifth place. by Adrian Kingsley-Hughes
Too often in history, mankind has found it easier to destroy than build. Perhaps this is a chance to turn the table on our resume, and hi-tech may be a solid contributor to Haiti's recovery. by Doug Hanchard
SmartPlanet: New study shows this increasingly popular medical procedure is as effective as... saltwater. by Melanie D.G. Kaplan
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Electric concepts have become a familiar sight at auto shows, but the 2010 Detroit auto show played host to more electric cars from major brands than we've ever seen previously.
Before and after Haiti's earthquake (photos)
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Three universities testing the Amazon Kindle DX in the classroom have agreed to stop using e-book readers until they are fully functional for blind students. by Andrew Nusca
Eastman Kodak said Thursday that it has filed lawsuits against both Apple and Research in Motion over digital imaging patents.
Google made a bold move against China this week. Can it offer other benefits in the long run. by Sam Diaz
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Private clouds will be discredited by year end, I predicted yesterday. I was promptly challenged to put my money where my mouth was. Here's my considered response. by Phil Wainewright

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"Governance" is a badass sounding phrase that simply means establishing policies to enable consistent management by exception. But many governance initiatives are doomed to fail. by Michael Krigsman
SmartPlanet: Full-color night vision for drivers may soon appear in a vehicle near you, thanks to a little inspiration from the eyes of nocturnal insects.
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Intel reports a strong quarter, far exceeding Wall Street's expectations and painting a picture of a strong 2010. by Larry Dignan
The Top 10 nations for Internet performance saw a double-digit average increase in speed in just three months' time, according to a new report released Wednesday. by Andrew Nusca
A new punctuation mark has been developed to raise the awareness of written sarcasm. Could this be the next big thing since the smiley face? by Zack Whittaker
SmartPlanet: Italian scientists have come the closest yet to replicating human bone with a process that uses natural wood. by Andrew Nusca

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