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NY Times Technology

Bits Blog: United Parcel Service Confirms Security Breach


The hacking is the latest in a string of incidents at major retailers, including Target, Neiman Marcus and Supervalu.






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Bits Blog: Next for Virtual Reality: Video, Without the Games


The buzz around virtual reality is about how the technology can be used for games. But a new company called Jaunt, which just raised nearly $28 million, wants to use it to make films.






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Corner Office: Paula Long of DataGravity, on Mutual Accountability


The chief executive of DataGravity, a data management firm, says setting clear expectations is paramount.






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DealBook: Peter Thiel’s Mithril Invests in DoubleDutch, an Events App


DoubleDutch, which makes an app for organizing events, is the latest example of start-ups that have the luxury of raising money on their terms.






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MSN Science & Technology

Black holes? I’ll take a medium, please

Scientists may have identified an intermediate-sized black hole for the very first time Launch >>
 

UPS says 51 retail stores breached by malware

Some customers of The UPS Store may have had their credit and debit card information exposed by a computer virus found on systems at 51 stores in 24 states. Launch >>
 

Startup accelerators hunting for health-tech talent

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - What do Dropbox, Stripe, Airbnb and Reddit have in common? These technology firms all received mentorship and money from Silicon Valley's so-called startup machine, Y Combinator. Launch >>
 

Opera's Mini browser coming to Microsoft phones

OSLO (Reuters) - Norwegian software maker Opera signed a deal to take over the browser building unit of Microsoft's Nokia mobile phone unit and reported second-quarter earnings above expectations on Thursday, sending it shares sharply higher. Launch >>
 

A secret code in Google Translate?

A glitch in translating Latin placeholder text is sparking conspiracy theories Launch >>
 

Life with the Neanderthals was no brief affair

LONDON (Reuters) - Far from wiping out Neanderthals overnight, modern humans rubbed along with their shorter and stockier cousins for thousands of years, giving plenty of time for the two groups to share ideas - and have sex. Launch >>
 

Twitter tries to block images of Foley killing

AMSTERDAM (AP) — Twitter is trying to block the spread of gruesome images of the beheading of journalist James Foley by Islamic State militants, while a movement to deny his killers the publicity they crave is also gaining momentum. Launch >>
 

Your next bellhop could be a robot

Today is the first day on the job for Starwood Hotels’s robotic butler, which helps shuttle things like toilet paper and toothpaste to guests’ rooms. Launch >>