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Amazon dedicates a section to 3D-printed products

Amazon dedicates a section to 3D-printed products

Now it’s even easier to buy bobbleheads that look like you from Amazon.

What a new law about cell phone unlocking has to do with coffee, cars and consumer freedom

What a new law about cell phone unlocking has to do with coffee, cars and consumer freedom

The fight over cell phone unlocking is giving way to a much broader fight about whether consumers can circumvent locks on software for simple purposes like repairing your vehicle.

Zillow wants to make online real estate listings more like online dating

Zillow wants to make online real estate listings more like online dating

Zillow is buying Trulia. Here’s what that might mean for consumers.

SpaceX’s lawsuit against the Air Force is gaining steam

SpaceX’s lawsuit against the Air Force is gaining steam

A federal judge has ordered a review of United Launch Alliance’s controversial contract with the U.S. Air Force to put military payloads into orbit.

Google X’s next project is to study how human body works

Google X’s next project is to study how human body works

It will collect study participants’ medical information and use it to determine what it means to be healthy.

Congress passes cellphone unlocking legislation

Congress passes cellphone unlocking legislation

All it needs now is a signature from the President.

This app is jumpin’

This app is jumpin’

Imagine yourself a ninja warrior with this addictive game to send a nimble competitor to the stars.

Tap into the recipes of television chefs

Tap into the recipes of television chefs

The Food Network in the Kitchen app lets you search dishes by Bobby Flay, Giada De Laurentiis and more.

Why SpaceX still can’t launch military satellites: The ‘90s.

Why SpaceX still can’t launch military satellites: The ‘90s.

The U.S. launch industry had some major failures in the ‘90s, which the government attributed to poor contractor oversight.

Democrats’ latest tech mines your relationship data

Democrats’ latest tech mines your relationship data

If it works, this could become the next big breakthrough in campaign tech.

With immigration reform off the agenda, some in tech turn to plan B

With immigration reform off the agenda, some in tech turn to plan B

The immigration issue fell down the tech industry’s political priority list. But it’s not totally gone.

The Switchboard: EU regulators want Google to extend ‘right to be forgotten’

The Switchboard: EU regulators want Google to extend ‘right to be forgotten’

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Amazon sales soar, but losses are the biggest since 2012

Amazon sales soar, but losses are the biggest since 2012

Sales at the mega-retailer reached $19.34 billion, up 23 percent compared to the same period last year.

How would you make a new society in space? ‘Civilization: Beyond Earth’ lets you find out.

How would you make a new society in space? ‘Civilization: Beyond Earth’ lets you find out.

The game is a sequel to Firaxis Games’ build-your-own society Civilization series.

This Republican wants to keep the FTC from regulating data security

This Republican wants to keep the FTC from regulating data security

Just how far does the FTC’s authority go? According to Rep. Darrell Issa, not as far as the agency might hope.

Why was the Black Hat talk on Tor de-anonymization mysteriously canceled?

Why was the Black Hat talk on Tor de-anonymization mysteriously canceled?

Questions remain about a talk now pulled talk that purported to demonstrate a way to deanonymize Tor users at Black Hat USA.

Tech companies’ diversity problems are even worse at the leadership level

Tech companies’ diversity problems are even worse at the leadership level

The data show there’s an internal ceiling at many Silicon Valley companies keeping many women and minorities from rising to the top.

Here’s what an Apple smartwatch could look like

Here’s what an Apple smartwatch could look like

A patent offers some clues for what Apple’s thinking and what consumers can possibly anticipate.

ISPs are spending less on their networks as they make more money off them

ISPs are spending less on their networks as they make more money off them

Companies are spending around 14 percent of their revenues on upgrades.

StubHub wasn’t hacked. But its users were.

StubHub wasn’t hacked. But its users were.

The StubHub “hack” didn’t actually compromise the ticket reseller’s networks.

Switchboard: Twitter’s diversity report reveals ‘a lot of work’ ahead

Switchboard: Twitter’s diversity report reveals ‘a lot of work’ ahead

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Amazon Fire Phone: A good phone that needs another layer of polish

Amazon Fire Phone: A good phone that needs another layer of polish

As a tie-in to Amazon, the Fire Phone has no parallel. But as a phone? The story gets a bit more complicated.

Facebook’s profit doubles on strong mobile ad growth

Facebook seems to have figured out--for now at least--the holy grail for all media right now: how to make money selling mobile ads.

How to talk about blowing things up in cyberspace, according to the military

How to talk about blowing things up in cyberspace, according to the military

Cyberwarfare doesn’t involve traditional bombs and bullets. Yet most of the language we use to describe it is still borrowed from conventional doctrine.