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Stuck at work? Google lets you follow the World Cup on the sly

We can't all blow off work to watch soccer all day. Google has a few tools that let you stay informed yet discreet.

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Amazon's world domination is great for consumers, bad for everyone else

The company wants to control everything bought, sold, and processed -- including mobile payments and even your local babysitter.

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Bing, algorithms claim United States is doomed in World Cup

The collective wisdom of Microsoft's Bing and other predictive algorithms say that the United States will be an early exit from the World Cup soccer tournament, which kicks off this week.

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See it Monday: This Doodle 4 Google won $20,000 for clean water in Bangladesh

An animated version of Audrey Zhang's drawing will grace Google's home page on Monday, June 9.

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Hands-on with Irista, Canon's new online photo storage service

Looking for a new home for your photos? Canon has a service you might be interested in, but only for up to 10GB of storage for now.

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Verizon threatens to sue Netflix in war of words over video quality

Verizon objects to a Netflix message that blames the ISP for video streaming issues.

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Flickr to dump Facebook, Google logins in favor of Yahoo accounts by end of June

In March, Yahoo said it was coming and now it has. Flickr will soon stop accepting Facebook and Google logins.

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Wikipedia's Jimmy Wales: 'Right to be forgotten' is censorship

Wales sits on a committee advising Google on dealing with an EU court's ruling that people have the right to be forgotten online.

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What Europe's new 'right to be forgotten' online means

Would something like this ever happen in the U.S.? Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales doesn't think so.

Kickstarter loosens the rules for green-lighting crowdfunding projects

The site's new Launch Now feature means an algorithm and not human moderators will review crowdfunding proposals as part of an overall effort to get projects up on Kickstarter more quickly.

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Amazon 'not optimistic' about ending book standoff with Hachette any time soon

Amazon recommends buying affected titles from its third-party sellers or competitors

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Change your passwords, eBay users: The site was hacked

Customer names, addresses, phone numbers, and birth dates were swiped from eBay in a cyberattack, but financial information is reportedly safe.

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Beyond Netflix and Hulu: 4 worthwhile movie streaming services

Netflix and Hulu Plus aren't the only games in town for movie buffs. We've found a few other film-streaming sites that use curation to stand out from the crowd.

Google, Amazon and other online giants warn FCC on net neutrality

Weaker net neutrality rules will pose a 'grave threat' to the Internet, major tech firms say.

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DuckDuckGo, the search engine that doesn't track you, finally challenges Google

Watch out Google: DuckDuckGo can compete on more than privacy now.

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