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German privacy regulator: WhatsApp users should switch to a more secure service

The German data protection authority recommended Swiss WhatsApp alternatives Threema and myEnigma

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Meet Office Online, Microsoft's slightly tweaked Office Web Apps replacement

Microsoft's Office Web Apps have a new name, a new site, and a new app bar.

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Sidecar’s new marketplace lets drivers compete for your business

Tired of Uber's surge pricing? Ride-sharing company Sidecar is encouraging drivers to set their own rates.

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Data-saving Opera Max for Android enters public beta

Opera's data compression app for Android is now available to anyone in the U.S. that wants to try it, but you may have to wait to start using it.

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Don’t shut the door on Facebook Home just yet

Facebook engineering director Jocelyn Goldfein says that Facebook’s Android launcher is still a work in progress.

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Change that Kickstarter password -- crowdfunding website gets hit by hackers

Kickstarter alerted people with accounts on the site that hackers were able to access information like user names, email addresses, and encrypted passwords. But it says no credit card data was touched.

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Happy Valentine’s Day: Facebook can predict your break-up

Facebook mined its data troves to figure out how our relationships work and came up with some interesting stats.

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New gender options prove Facebook is no stodgy social network

Now users can choose from 50-something custom gender identity expressions on the social network.

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Comcast's Time Warner Cable purchase is a merger of monopolies

The two biggest cable companies in the U.S. might be merging. But these companies are already Internet-access monopolies, which is the real problem. And the FCC is the only group that can solve it.

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Surprise, surprise: Privacy groups still mad about Facebook ads

Facebook settled a suit over its Sponsored Stories ads, but now privacy advocates say the network isn’t doing enough to protect kids’ information.

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Make friends in-flight on Virgin America’s new social network

Could the next big tech idea come to life aboard a Virgin plane? The airline is helping LinkedIn connections meet mid-air.

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Former Googler explains why Gmail contacts stink, we explain how to make them better

If you love to hate Gmail's contacts manager you now have a reason why is stinks so much: priorities.

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Report: Marketing firm may buy Klout for $100 million

Lithium Technologies will pay more than $100 million, according to published reports

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Lyft organizes coalition to hammer out insurance issues for ridesharing

After an Uber driver's fatal accident raised questions about ride-sharing and taxi app insurance, companies are gathering to figure out solutions.