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Hack attacks increasingly costly, HP study finds

Cyber crooks are cutting increasingly into the bottom lines of businesses, according to a new study by Hewlett-Packard. The average cost of a cyber attack on U.S. firms so far this year was $12.7 million, a 96 percent increase since Read More →

Off topic: Sandwich tips, wasted food, mapping fall foliage, books and music

"With just a few, simple engineering tweaks," you can save a sandwich from being sloppy. Thirty percent, or $162 billion a year: the amount of food wasted in the United States. As the leaves turn: a Read More →

What to watch: Netflix earnings

As it reports the ever-so-closely watched subscriber numbers during its third-quarter earnings release this afternoon, have Netflix's moves, such as continued investment in original programming, plus expansion in Europe, begun to pay off? As we've written, Netflix is making big bets Read More →

Over 109? You’ll have to shave off a few years to join Facebook

It's a common practice on Facebook for users to list their ages as 99. That's even true for kids under 13, who aren't even allowed on the social network. But if you are over 109, you may hit a snag. Facebook's Read More →

SolarCity unveils solar bonds

San Mateo-based SolarCity launched the first registered public offering of solar bonds Wednesday, making it possible for consumers across the country to invest in clean energy for as little as $1,000. "We wanted this product to be investor friendly to Read More →

HBO to offer standalone streaming service

Starting next year, HBO will offer its HBO Go streaming service as a standalone product, the company announced on Wednesday. Read More →

On topic: Tech news to know now

Here's what's on today's menu. Google researchers find Poodle, another SSL bug, which could allow hackers to take over email, banking accounts. But some experts say Poodle isn't as serious as Heartbleed or Bash/Shellshock. Tech workers in anti-poaching Read More →

HP-EMC merger talks believed officially over

Hewlett-Packard appears to have given up its quest to buy all or part of data-storage company EMC. On Wednesday, Palo Alto-based HP said it was resuming its temporarily suspended stock-repurchase program because it was no longer in possession of "material non-public Read More →

Quoted: on Google Glass addiction

"He said the Google Glass withdrawal was greater than the alcohol withdrawal he was experiencing." — Dr. Andrew Doan, head of addictions and resilience research at the U.S. Navy’s Substance Abuse and Recovery Program (SARP), on a patient thought Read More →

Off topic: Changing voices, music and umlauts, will write for food, spirograph

With help from a coach, finding one's voice by changing it. On music and "the coolest of all diacritical marks." Yes, we're talking umlauts. Will Letter for Lunch handwrites chalkboard menus in exchange for food. And Read More →
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