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On topic: Tech news to know now

Here's what's on the Tuesday menu. Apple's search deal with Google expires next year, and the Information reports that Yahoo and Microsoft have begun to make pitches. There are now more than 3 billion people online, according to Read More →

HP earnings: What to watch

Hewlett-Packard is scheduled to report fourth-quarter earnings after the markets close today. The big focus: the future, specifically the company's pending breakup. HP announced in October that it would split its PC and printer division from its business hardware and services unit by Read More →

Google search is the new Ouija board — for predicting holiday presents

With seemingly 3,000 shopping days still left before Christmas, many of us apparently have already given a lot of thought to what we'll be sticking under the tree this year. Thanks to the search-trend gurus over at Google, we can literally Read More →

Off topic: Hipster business names, plurals, sea wonders, people change — or not

Generated: "Maps & Woman," and other hipster business names. Avoid an "apostrophe catastrophe": Just in time for the holiday season, a guide to pluralizing last names. Reasons to be thankful for the sea. And Read More →

Take the long way: Rejiggering digital maps to keep the hordes away

Perched on the mountains above Los Angeles, the Hollywood sign is a cultural icon, recognized worldwide. But try to hike up to near it, using Google Maps and a Garmin, and you'll likely be sent far from the nearest trailhead. Los Angeles Read More →

Square plans to accept Apple Pay

When Apple burst into mobile payments this fall, many analysts warned it could spell trouble for startups in the space -- including Square. But if Jack Dorsey is scared, he isn't showing it. In an interview with CNN, the Square CEO Read More →

On topic: Tech news to know now

We've got your tech news links right here. Symantec researchers — the same team who helped discover Stuxnet — uncover sophisticated spying software they say is likely state-sponsored. They have dubbed it Regin, and say it has targeted Read More →

Quoted: on the FAA’s upcoming drone rules

"I feel like there’s a colossal mess coming." — Michael Drobac, executive director of the Small UAV Coalition, on expected upcoming drone regulations. The drone industry had hoped the rules would provide a boost to commercial drones. But according Read More →

Off topic: Paintings and gadgets, loony lawyer, unusual words, Karl Marx credit card

What if "The Scream" was over a broken iPhone, and other famous paintings attacked by today's gadgets. The lawyer who dressed as Thomas Jefferson in court. Unusual words, illustrated. And "there are some things Read More →

Apple must face more claims over lost texts

Already under siege over its iMessage system, Apple must now face claims that it violated users’ privacy by blocking them from receiving some text messages after they ditched their iPhones. U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh in San Jose allowed plaintiffs to Read More →
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