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Sony to shutter two-thirds of its US stores
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Sony Electronics is closing 20 of its 31 US-based store locations, the Japanese consumer electronics giant announced this afternoon. The news follows layoffs at Sony affecting approximately 5,000 employees worldwide; it’s unclear if European or Asian…

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Microsoft said to slash Windows 8.1 price on low-cost devices
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Microsoft is cutting the price of Windows 8.1 for devices under $250 in order to be more competitive with low-cost devices that run on rival operating systems. Originally posted at News – Microsoft

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All In All, Kids Just Another Brick In the Data Wall
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theodp writes “If you don’t have kids of school age, you may not be aware that Data Walls — typically a low-tech “dashboard” of color-coded sticky notes on a wall bearing the names of pupils to highlight their achievement level, absences, or discipline problems — are apparently quite the rage. This is much to the […]

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Adobe issues emergency patch — again
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For the second time in two weeks, Adobe delivers a quick fix for a Flash flaw. Meanwhile, Microsoft patches Internet Explorer with a stopgap measure. Originally posted at News – Security & Privacy

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Apple 'snapped up' sapphire displays, says Canonical founder
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Canonical founder Mark Shuttleworth claims that Apple has acquired a large supply of sapphire displays, possibly alluding to displays that would be used on a future Apple iPhone. Originally posted at News – Apple

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Hyperlocal Neighborhood Maps Reveal the Chaos in Aleppo
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Hardly a day goes by that Aleppo isn’t in the news, and the news has usually been awful. As many as 500,000 people have fled in recent weeks as the Syrian government has bombed rebel-held parts of the city. It’s …     

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Questions arise about stem cell breakthrough
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At the end of January, scientists announced a stunning finding: they’d developed a seemingly simple technique that could convert just about any cell to a stem cell using a brief time in acidic conditions. Now, Nature News is reporting that one of the researchers involved is under investigation. The investigation started with some discussions on […]

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How Netflix and Google Could Lead the Fight For Net Neutrality
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Google Fiber is the fastest way to watch Netflix. That’s good news not just for the lucky few who have Google’s fledgling high-speed internet service. It’s good news for Netflix itself in the coming fight over a free and equal …     

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'iPad Pro' iffy, Microsoft Office on iPad 'alive' in 2014: Reports
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Coming soon — or not so soon — to an iPad near you: Reports weigh in on iPad ‘Pro’ and Microsoft Office coming to the popular tablet. Originally posted at News – Apple

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