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Microsoft's lawyers pen a public note to Motorola: 'We want to talk because this patent nonsense is getting way out of hand.' Will the two companies kiss and make up, or squabble until a court rules?
SAP will be paying Oracle a damage award of $306 million in the copyright infringement suit.
Zero Day
The U.S. Senate has blocked the Cybersecurity Act of 2012.
Cybercriminals are pushing fake Groupon discount e-mails in the hopes you'll think they are coming from a friend. The attached file is not what it claims to be. It's malware.

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All About Microsoft
Why is Microsoft allegedly telling those inside and outside the company to stop playing up 'Metro' going forward when talking about the new wave of Microsoft products?
Googling Google
So Google is beginning their fiber efforts in earnest in Kansas City...What does that mean for the rest of us fighting with our crappy ISPs?
The Apple Core
Two of the biggest names in technology (Apple and Samsung) have locked horns in an ugly legal battle with each claiming the other stole its IP. The judge should rule in favor of Apple because simply saying that you had a similar design "in the labs" doesn't cut it.
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The Ed Bott Report
Microsoft has taken the wraps off its new Outlook.com service, which will (eventually) replace Hotmail as its free consumer email product. How do you get an Outlook.com address? How do you use the new interface? I've got answers.
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A leading GNOME developer thinks the once popular Linux/Unix desktop interface has lost its way.
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Amazon needs to make a big bang with its next 7-inch tablet computer or it should exit the business entirely.
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Pulp Tech
From Defcon 2012, probably the biggest hacker conferences of the year, we'll take you on a tour of some of the more interesting sights at this year's show. You'll see hacker ware, fake iPads, mysterious machines, schwag and much more.
London Calling
A week after Apple was told by a U.K. judge that it must publicly admit Samsung did not copy the iPad, Apple is granted a stay on the ruling -- for now.
Identity Matters
After admitting that its service was breached, Dropbox says it will offer two-factor authentication. Is it the answer to the issue or the start of a new round of questions?
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