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Toshiba readies scorpion-like robot for Fukushima nuclear plant

The robot probe can raise its tail camera to help operators navigate the highly radioactive reactor

Bruised by past mistakes, tech firms brace for 'leap second'

Adding a 61st second has caused problems in the past, and some want to do away with it


OPM hit by class-action suit over breach of federal employee data

The employees charge the Office of Personnel Management and a contractor with negligence

Which songs stumped Shakira? Shazam will now show you

An updated version of the app will show artists' searches to users

FTC settles with developers of sneaky cryptocurrency mining app

The Prized app secretly mined virtual currencies on mobile phones

US personnel agency takes system offline after hack

The agency has suffered two major hacks in recent months

Microsoft hands some of the reins for its display ad business to AOL

The deal comes alongside an expanded partnership with AppExchange for programmatic ad sales

Microsoft adds midrange Surface Pro 3 with i7 chip, 128GB storage

The new model is built for people who want more speed and don't mind less storage

Microsoft's new Windows 10 build brings browser improvements, UI polish and more

Build 10158 provides users with the latest preview of Microsoft's forthcoming operating system

Microsoft parental control update lets kids browse more than they should

An update to this parental control product is causing consternation among parents

Uber grabs mapping tech, employees from Microsoft

Going forward, Microsoft's Bing Maps will no longer collect its own imagery, relying instead on outside partners

MIT tests 'software transplants' to fix buggy code

MIT researchers have shown a way to fix flaws using code copied from a working program

Facebook aims to srengthen link to mobile-first Africa with new office

Developing user communities outside the U.S. is important for Facebook

Fiber broadband can drive up your home's value

A new study says the impact can be more than 3 percent

Microsoft claims its lens system can improve the Rift's vision

Microsoft's design uses lenses that may cost $225 per eye and a high-end 3D printer to produce the lens casing

PayPal tweaks terms in wake of 'robocall' controversy

Express consent from customers will be needed for marketing related calls, PayPal said

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How Google uses robots to test Android phones for lag

The Chrome TouchBot checks for touchscreen latency on both Android and Chrome OS devices.

Cisco says its IoT parts are now a whole

The company's Internet of Things System combines many products, adds 15 more

Oracle seeks to simplify e-store creation, management with new Commerce Cloud

Pre-integrated features include payments, design templates and SEO

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Rust 1.1 speeds compiling, adds new APIs

The new version is 32 percent faster in compilation time, while the version 1.2 beta supports Microsoft's Visual C.

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