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Apple’s new fingerprint scanner: A good idea gone wrong

Apple's new fingerprint scanner is a good idea. But the company has crippled it so much that it's little more than a gimmick at best and a security problem at worst. Read More →

New iPhones, same old limit on talk-and-surf

There's bad news for iPhone fans on Verizon and Sprint's networks: Apple's newest smartphones have the same problem as its old ones with talking and surfing at the same time. Read More →

Marissa Mayer draws a packed house, but outside …

It wasn't just standing-room-only when Marissa Mayer took the stage Wednesday afternoon at the TechCrunch Disrupt conference: It was pushing-and-shoving-out-to-the-very-edges-of-the-room-only. The place was so packed that security guards had to keep shooing conference-goers away from the stairwells Read More →

Yahoo’s Mayer fields tough questions at Disrupt

Yahoo's Marissa Mayer found herself parrying a barrage of tough questions from TechCrunch founder Michael Arrington at the news blog's annual Disrupt conference on Wednesday, which began with Arrington ridiculing the company's recently revamped logo and ended with him pressing Read More →

Update on my Apple wish list: I got nothing

Updated When it comes to my wish list for the iPhone, it looks like I struck out. In my Tech Files column for Monday, I listed four things I was hoping that Apple would Read More →

Wiretap: Live at TechCrunch Disrupt

It's the third and final day of Silicon Valley's biggest event of the year ... well, of the week, anyway. Marissa Mayer and Mark Zuckerberg are the headliners this afternoon, but the morning sessions haven't been too slouchy either, with Read More →

No wow factor takes bite out of Apple’s shares

Apple's failure to blow the world away during Tuesday's event has taken a pretty big bite out of its shares today. They were down about 5 percent to $469.65 as of this post, continuing the drop that started yesterday after Read More →

NSA spying files: Phone-record collection violated laws for three years

The NSA's spying programs are supposed to be checked by a special court, but newly released documents show its collection of phone records from 2006 to 2009 violated court-approved privacy protections. It's just the latest proof that the agency takes Read More →

Intel’s Quark chips stir mixed reaction

Intel's announcement Tuesday that it is developing a new family of chips, dubbed Quark, for the vast array of gadgets getting connected to the Internet seems to have intrigued analysts, but not overwhelmed them. Intel gets the vast majority of its Read More →

Facebook’s Sandberg leans in, in China

Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg was in China this week, promoting her book “Lean In” by speaking to a standing-room-only crowd at the Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business in Beijing. But she wasn’t just there to talk about women and workplace equity Read More →
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