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NY Times Technology

Strategies: When iPhones Ring, the Economy Listens


Beyond serving as Apple’s biggest profit center, the iPhone is also a bedrock of consumer spending and the stock market.






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The Met and Other Museums Adapt to the Digital Age


Once reluctant to accept the virtual world, institutions are now using interactivity, 3-D imaging and “augmented reality” in displays.






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Bits Blog: Nest Buys Revolv, Maker of Smart Appliance Manager


Recently, Nest has been delving deeper into integrating its products with other smart devices.






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Alan Eustace Jumps From Stratosphere, Breaking Felix Baumgartner’s World Record


A helium-filled balloon lifted Alan Eustace, a Google executive, to more than 25 miles above the earth. Fifteen minutes after he cut himself loose, he was on the ground.






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Reuters Technology News

Italian lawmakers plan free Wi-Fi to bridge digital gap with Europe

MILAN (Reuters) - Italian lawmakers have put forward a proposal for free Wi-Fi in thousands of public places to bridge a gap with other European countries in broadband penetration, e-government and other digital services that is dragging on the economy.
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U.S. TV startup Roku to confidentially file for IPO: WSJ

(Reuters) - U.S. TV startup Roku Inc is working on plans to confidentially file for an initial public offering, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing people familiar with the matter.






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Hacker sentenced to 21 months in U.S. prison for $15 million scheme

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A Massachusetts man was sentenced to 21 months in prison on Friday for his role in a cybercrime scheme that hacked accounts at banks, brokerage firms and government agencies in an attempt to steal more than $15 million, U.S. prosecutors said.
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Ralph Nader urges Apple to reduce buybacks and raise wages: WSJ

(Reuters) - Consumer advocate Ralph Nader sent a letter to Apple Inc Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook urging the company to reduce its spending on share buybacks and use the money to raise wages, the Wall Street Journal reported on Friday.






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Wall St. finally turning on Amazon as Bezos magic fades

SAN FRANCISCO/BOSTON (Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc's once fairy-tale ride on Wall Street has hit its most jarring bump yet.
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