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U.S. HVAC Firm Reportedly Linked To Target's Data Security Breach

Hackers who broke into Target's computer network and stole customers' financial and personal data used credentials that were stolen from a heating and air conditioning subcontractor in Pennsylvania, according to digital security journalist Brian Krebs.
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What Bill Gates' New Role Could Mean For Microsoft

In recent years, the Microsoft co-founder has pulled back from his work at the company to focus on his foundation — improving global health and reducing poverty. But his hands-on days at Microsoft are not over. Gates is stepping down as chairman but moving into a part-time role as technology adviser.
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Electronic Tongues Are The Beer Snobs Of The Future

Researchers in Barcelona have developed an electronic tongue that really knows the difference between a pilsner and a bock. It's still a prototype, but its creators say it could some day replace human taste testers.
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Microsoft Picks Insider, Who's An Indian Immigrant, As CEO

Microsoft's new CEO Satya Nadella is part of a wave of highly educated Indian immigrants who came to America a generation ago with expectations back home that they would succeed. Nadella has done just that and more, taking the reins of one of the world's top companies.
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Lawmakers Look To Prevent More Target-Sized Data Breaches

Target says it's "deeply sorry" for compromising the data of up to 110 million customers. Appearing before lawmakers Tuesday, company executives backed a faster move to encrypted, chip-enabled cards to prevent future fraud.
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Obama Secures Funding To Help Connect Students To Internet

Apple, Microsoft, AT&T, Verizon, Sprint pledged $750 million in equipment and services. Obama said this is part of an initiative that seeks to connect almost all American students to high speed Internet within five years.
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It's Three's Company Now: Microsoft Names New CEO

Satya Nadella is just the third CEO in Microsoft's 39-year history. He's a Microsoft insider tasked with re-energizing the company and making it more relevant in a future likely to be dominated by mobile technology. As Nadella moves into his new role, he will be supported by Bill Gates, who is stepping down as chairman to become more involved with technology development.
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Lawyer's Local-Market Super Bowl Spot Is An On-Fire Smash

The TV spot has won fans online, thanks to its use of slow motion, quick edits, smoke and fire to create an atmosphere that would suit a trailer for a new action hero. Attorney Jamie Casino is riding a wave of popularity as a result.
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The Novelist: A Story-Driven Game Of Impossible Choices

The fictional Dan Kaplan is struggling to finish a high-stakes book while balancing the needs of his wife and son. You pull the strings in this family drama by scouring the Kaplans' thoughts and memories. The emotion-driven story is compelling, but is a game about real-life problems actually fun?
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Microsoft Picks Insider Nadella As CEO; Gates Takes New Role

Satya Nadella has been with Microsoft since 1992. Most recently, he led the company's "cloud and enterprise" group. Bill Gates, Microsoft's co-founder, will no longer be the company's chairman. He's going to be a "technology adviser" to Nadella.

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