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One Way Lawmakers Are Trying To Prevent Government IT Disasters

HealthCare.gov's launch problems inspired legislation aimed at ending a cycle of costly federal IT failures. The measure would create a Digital Government Office charged with reviewing and guiding major IT projects and boost competition for contracts.
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Tech Leader Quasi-Apologizes For His Nazi Rampage Analogy

After comparing the outrage over the richest one percent to Kristallnacht, venture capitalist Tom Perkins quasi-apologized Monday night. "The use of the word ... was a terrible misjudgment," he said, before noting "I don't regret the message."
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U.S. Agencies, Tech Firms Agree To Rules On Surveillance Info

While the agreement gives tech companies more options in publishing data about government requests for information, it also includes several limitations. It's part of President Obama's plan to change how U.S. intelligence agencies handle personal data.
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You've Got Mail, And It Smells Like 18th Century Paris

The oPhone device (the "o" is for olfactory) will be able to send and receive whiffs of preprogrammed aromas remotely. Created by a Harvard professor, it's intended to add the sense of smell to the way we communicate.
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For Taiwanese News Animators, Funny Videos Are Serious Work

The studio responsible for bizarre viral videos featuring 3-D animations of the news is more serious than you'd think. Go behind the scenes at the Taipei-based Next Media Animation to find out why this fast-moving — and controversial — company says it's charting the future of news.
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Spoiler Alert? 'Madden NFL 25' Predicts Super Bowl Outcome

EA Sports' Madden game franchise is 8-2 in recent Super Bowl predictions. The game maker is predicting a thriller on Sunday — and happy Denver fans next Monday.
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NYT: NSA Can Exploit Mobile Apps For Information

According to leaked secret documents, the NSA can scoop up deeply personal data from mobile phone apps. The spy agency also exploits innocuous actions like updating a phone's software.
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CEO Of A Bitcoin Exchange Charged With Money Laundering

The charge: That he conspired to sell more than $1 million in bitcoins to individuals who used the virtual money to buy drugs on the Silk Road website.
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As PC Sales Drop, Intel Delays A Plant Opening And Cuts Jobs

Intel planned to open a massive chip plant in Arizona, and President Obama even visited it and called it "an example of an America that's within our reach." But demand for PCs has slowed, and the company is rethinking its next moves.
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Mars Rover Turns 3-Month Mission Into Decade Of Exploration

Opportunity, NASA's Mars Rover, landed on Mars on Jan. 24, 2004. It was supposed to be a three-month mission, but 10 years later the rover is still investigating the red planet and sending data and images back to NASA. Jim Bell, an astronomer at Arizona State University, talks with NPR's Rachel Martin about Opportunity's decade on Mars.

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