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NY Times Technology

Design Notebook: Putting Magic in the Mundane

David Rose, the author of “Enchanted Objects,” sees a future where we can all live like wizards.

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Bits Blog: The New Nigerian Email Swindle

Researchers have found recent cyberattacks are being orchestrated by people behind the Nigerian 419 swindle, in which foreign victims are tricked into transferring money.

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Bits Blog: Goodwill Investigating Possible Theft of Credit Card Data

An unusually high number of fraudulent purchases tied to cards used at its thrift stores led authorities to contact Goodwill on Friday about a possible data breach.

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Bits Blog: Hackers Find Way to Outwit Tough Security at Banking Sites

A new cyberattack allows criminals to bypass the security mechanisms at banks in Austria, Japan, Switzerland and Sweden.

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MSN Science & Technology

Facebook adds a read-it-later button

About a year ago, Facebook made a big change to its News Feed, the central stream users see when they open the service’s homepage or smartphone app. Into the algorithmic mix of statuses and pictures normally there, the social giant began to toss many, many more news stories from around the web. Launch >>

Woohoo! Meet the new Simpsons World app

It is basically, if you are a Simpsons fan, like finding a coupon for a hundred free Krusty Burgers, and then finding out that they'll be served to you by Krusty himself. It's like getting a personal concert from Bleeding Gums Murphy. Or riding your skateboard, successfully, over Springfield Gorge. Or finding out that Mr. Burns returns your affection. Or, well, if you are a Simpsons fan, you get the idea. If you were Homer, you'd give it a loud "Woohoo!" Launch >>

How to clean up ocean plastic: With a giant wheel

There are at least one billion tons of plastic in the ocean. Creative solutions abound, but few strike marine conservation experts as practical or praise-worthy. Too often, says ecologist Andrew David Thaler, projects like floating plastic-filter machines amount to little more than “concept art.“ Launch >>

Gene mapping renews hope on schizophrenia

WASHINGTON (AP) — Scientists have linked more than 100 spots in our DNA to the risk of developing schizophrenia, casting light on the mystery of what makes the disease tick. Launch >>

Talk on cracking Internet anonymity service canceled

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A highly anticipated talk on how to identify users of the Internet privacy service Tor was withdrawn from the upcoming Black Hat security conference, a spokeswoman for the event said on Monday. Launch >>

Is There a Place for Google Glass in Hospitals?

Last July, Stephanie Shine waited an agonizing 18 hours before she could see and touch her baby for the first time. He was delivered three and a half months early, weighing one pound and two ounces, and kept in the newborn intensive-care unit (NICU) for 101 days. Launch >>

Apple to produce up to 80M large-screen iPhones

(Reuters) - Apple Inc has asked suppliers to manufacture between 70 million and 80 million of its two forthcoming large-screen iPhones by the end of the year, its largest initial production run of iPhones, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing people familiar with the matter. Launch >>

Microsoft makes design central to its future

REDMOND, Wash. (AP) — Before Ralf Groene helped devise the look and feel of Microsoft's Surface tablet, he designed food — or "food concepts," he says, for people on the go. Among them: dried noodles that come wrapped around a pair of chopsticks; a tubular meal that can be pulled with two fingers from a car cup holder base; and a fork that squeezes out sauce. Launch >>