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Apple has Bigger Plans Than Just Song ID with Shazam Deal

Apple will integrate music identification technology created by Shazam into the next version of iOS, but could go much further than simple song naming. Full Story »

Twitter App Downloads Could Put Users at Risk

Conditioning Twitter users that its OK to click on links to download apps could be exploited to distribute malware.

Google Tech to Bring 3D Mapping Smarts to NASA's Space Station Robots

NASA and Google are working together to send new 3D technology aloft to map the International Space Station.

Major Security Flaws Threaten Satellite Communications

An analysis of satellite communication gear from more than a half-dozen major manufacturers has uncovered critical vulnerabilities that could be exploited to disrupt military operations and ship and aircraft communications.

Google Invites Glass Wearers to Brave LA's Beaches

Owners of the famously geeky glasses are invited to a run this weekend

Telerik Frees HTML5 Collection of Components

The package includes all the features in the commercial Kendo UI Mobile package

AMD Steers Clear of Low-cost Tablet Market

AMD says Intel's contra-revenue tablet maker subsidy program is "foreign" to the company

Experts: Avoid Big Mistakes with Oracle's Exadata

Presenters at the recent Collaborate user conference gave their tips

Steve Jobs' Character Becomes Issue in Silicon Valley No-hiring Case

Plaintiffs say materials such as Walter Isaacson's biography are permissible as evidence

Plastic Computers Taking Shape, but Won't Replace Silicon

A researcher says plastic computers are still far away, as challenges need to be resolved on writing data and processing

FCC Vote on Incentive Auction Plan Could Further Open Broadband Competition

The agency's plan includes selling 'generic' 5MHz spectrum blocks

U.S. Commercial Drone Industry Struggles to Take Off

The U.S. commercial drone industry is still struggling to get off the ground more than two years after President Obama signed into law a bill that permits the civilian use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) over the country's airspace.

Americans Cool with Lab-Grown Organs, But Not Designer Babies

Americans are optimistic about scientific inventions on the horizon, though are cautious about future uses of DNA, robots, drones and always-on implants, according to the latest Pew Research Center survey on future technology.

Why Security Professionals Need to Get More Creative with Penetration Testing (and How to Do It)

Security professionals have long been running penetration tests against their firewalls and other security systems to find weaknesses that need to be addressed.

Satellite Communication Systems Rife with Security Flaws, Vulnerable to Remote Hacks

Researchers found critical vulnerabilities in satellite communications devices used in the defense, maritime, aerospace and other sectors

IE6: Retired But Not Dead Yet

Microsoft may have retired Internet Explorer 6 (IE6) last week, but it's still keeping track of the ancient browser's user share on a death watch-like website that's been running for more than three years.

Unbounded Robotics Launches Robot Platform for Education, Research

If you fear the rise of robots, the latest humanoid-style machine has an "emergency stop to prevent robot apocalypse."

Can You Hear Me Now? NASA to Test Laser Communication System

The SpaceX cargo spacecraft will be carrying equipment needed for astronauts on the International Space Station to test optical laser communications to its scheduled launch today.

Twitter to Promote App Downloads in Mobile Timelines

Advertisers can use a single interface to promote downloads of their mobile apps in other apps or directly from Twitter timelines

Japan Gets First Bitcoin ATM, Two More on Order

The final location of the ATM will be secret until an unveiling, importer says

Investors try last-minute Mt. Gox revival as liquidation looms

A consortium that offered 1 bitcoin to buy Mt. Gox launches its own website

China's Alibaba to Offer Mobile Phone Services in June

Alibaba bagged a mobile virtual network operators license in December

Why a Smartphone 'Kill Switch' Won't Stop Phone Theft

The idea of a smartphone "kill switch" sounds promising and is a step in the right direction in the fight against phone thieves, but it's not a solution to the problem, according to CIO.com's Al Sacco.

Zonealarm Extreme Security: Antivirus That Lives Up to its Name

Extreme Security offers top-tier protection but lacks the cross-platform and mobile support that are becoming common in similar suites.

Lesson Learned: Facebook's New Friend-Finding Feature is Optional

Facebook is giving the whole location-based friend-finding thing another shot. Almost two years after launching a Find Friends Nearby feature before quickly pulling it, the network is rolling out Nearby Friends. The difference? Way more control over privacy.