It's 'Game Over' as Zynga founder Mark Pincus leaves company

Zynga's Mark Pincus will no longer be involved with the day-to-day operations at the company he co-founded seven years ago.

Apple shares surge as second-quarter revenue tops forecasts

After weeks of anxiety among investors over Apple Inc.'s fiscal second-quarter results, the company delivered a one-two punch of good news Wednesday that sent its stock soaring.

Facebook blows past estimates, reports big gains in revenue and profit

Facebook crushed expectations with its first-quarter financial results.

2 poker buddies, ex-Nvidia worker cited in insider trading scheme

A former accounting manager for a Santa Clara tech company was accused by federal authorities Wednesday of setting in motion an insider trading scheme that reaped millions of dollars for those involved.

Next Apple TV will come with Siri voice assistant, report says

New code found within Apple's software seems to indicate the tech giant will be bringing its Siri voice assistant to the next version of the Apple TV, a report Wednesday said.

'Flappy48' combines 2014's hottest games: 'Flappy Bird' and '2048'

A game developer has combined two of 2014's most addictive games — "Flappy Bird" and "2048" — into one addictive mashup called "Flappy48."

Here's how AOL's and Yahoo's recent email changes may affect users

AOL and Yahoo made changes to its email policies this month that will cause messages sent by some of their users to not be delivered.

Apple earnings preview: Second quarter may test investors' patience

Three months ago, when Apple reported its holiday earnings, the company posted record revenues thanks to refreshed lines of iPads and iPhones that had launched in the fall. 

Dorian Satoshi Nakamoto thanks bitcoin community: 'I want to hug you'

AOL changes email policies to thwart spam from spoof accounts

AOL Mail has changed its policies to prevent spammers from sending messages out of addresses that are made to look like real AOL email accounts.

Amazon's smartphone to be controlled with tilt gestures, report says is rumored to be working on a smartphone that will go on sale later this year, and a report said Tuesday that users will be able to control the gadget by simply tilting it around in different directions.

Fan TV coming to Time Warner Cable in first national rollout

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Apple mocks Samsung with Earth Day ad, kicks off iPad trade-in program

Leave it to Apple to celebrate Earth Day by kicking off new device recycling programs while also taking a shot at one of its biggest rivals.

LG's next smartwatch will include a screen that never turns off

LG's next smartwatch, the G Watch, looks to stand out from its peers by coming with a display that is always turned on.

Verizon annual cybersecurity report: 'The bad guys are winning'

It's not just your imagination. It's getting uglier out there in cybersecurity land. 

AOL email hacked: Several users complain about compromised accounts

You've got (spam) mail.

Unboxing the Tonino Lamborghini Antares smartphone [Video]

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Apple campaign touts progress on reducing environmental impact

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Heartbleed: Most of the Web's top sites now immune to bug, firm says

The 1,000 most popular websites in the world are now safe from the Heartbleed vulnerability, but 2% of the top 1 million websites remain unsecure, a security firm recently said.

AT&T announces 21 potential markets for ultra-fast Internet service

Move over, Google Fiber: AT&T has begun discussions to bring its ultra-fast U-Verse GigaPower Internet service to 21 cities across the U.S., the company said Monday.

Nike lays off FuelBand team, exits wearable device market, report says

Nike has reportedly laid off most of the employees it had working on its line of FuelBand fitness devices, signaling that the sporting equipment giant is likely exiting the wearable-device market.

Samsung Gear Fit is geared for exercise but uncomfortable and pricey

An uncomfortable design, a steep price and a lack of features make Samsung's Gear Fit a device users should avoid.

The latest MoneyTree report from PricewaterhouseCoopers, the National Venture Capital Assn. and Thomson Reuters was released Friday.

Venture capital spending at highest level since end of dot-com bubble

Across Silicon Valley, venture capitalists and entrepreneurs are busy chanting: "Not a bubble. Not a bubble. Not a bubble."

But with venture capital numbers reaching levels not seen since the dot-com bubble days, the question of whether things in Silicon Valley are a bit too frothy is getting harder to dismiss. 

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According to the latest MoneyTree report released Friday, venture capitalists invested $9.5 billion in 951 U.S. companies during the first three months of 2014. That's the biggest sum since the second quarter of 2001, when the dot-com boom was gasping its final, dying breaths.

The survey is prepared every quarter by PricewaterhouseCoopers, the National Venture Capital Assn. and Thomson Reuters.

The total amount of venture capital invested rose 12% compared with the previous quarter, though the number of deals fell 14%. In other words, more money was put into fewer deals.

The amount of venture capital is up 57% compared with the...

RadioShack is selling the iPhone 5s for $99 with a two-year contract, $100 off of its regular price.

RadioShack cuts price of iPhone 5s to $99

If you're looking to buy the iPhone 5s for cheap, RadioShack is the place to go.

The electronics retailer is holding a promotion that drops the price of the 16-gigabyte Apple iPhone 5s to $99 on a two-year contract.

That's a nearly 50% discount on the device, which is normally sold at $199 with a two-year contract.

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Customers can save more money and get the gadget for free if they trade in an older iPhone.

Fine print for the promotion says an iPhone 4s that works with either AT&T, Sprint or Verizon, is in working condition, includes its charger and has no cracks on the screen is enough to get the iPhone 5s for free. An iPhone 5 that meets these criteria will also work, a representative at a local RadioShack store said.

The deals are available to customers who buy the iPhone 5s with an AT

Uber this week announced that it will add a $1 "Safe Rides Fee" to its UberX service.

UberX raises prices by $1 per ride with new safety fee

UberX rides just became $1 more expensive.

San Francisco ride-sharing company Uber announced Friday that it has begun charging customers a $1 "Safe Rides Fee" on every ride taken through its UberX service.

Uber offers a number of ride options, but UberX is its least expensive. UberX rides are conducted by nonprofessional drivers using their own vehicles who have been vetted by Uber through background checks and vehicle inspections.

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"This fee supports the increased costs associated with our continued efforts to ensure the safest platform for Uber riders and drivers," Uber said Friday in a blog

Uber isn't the only ride-sharing company to introduce this kind of fee. Main rival Lyft also charges users a $1 "Trust

Google has begun contacting consumers who have expressed interest in buying a Glass device and offering them a trial kit.

Google offering try-before-you-buy kits to those interested in Glass

Google has begun contacting customers and offering them the chance to try out the company's Glass wearable device before committing to pay $1,500 for the gadget.

The company is offering to send those users trial kits that come with Glass units in four different color options along with the device's various frame styles.

"We’ve heard from potential Explorers that they’d love to be able to try Glass on at home before committing to purchase it," a Google spokeswoman said in a statement. "As a result, we’re doing outreach to a small group to see how this approach works. We’ll let you know if this experiment continues."

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Before sending out the kits, Google places a $50 hold on customers' credit cards so that users will not be tempted to keep the gadgets.

The devices that Google sends out in the kits appear to be Glass units that have been returned by other customers. However, the kit's Glass devices have had their USB ports...

Michaels was hit in a breach that affected millions of credit and debit cards.

Michaels says 3 million payment cards may have been stolen in breach

Michaels Stores Inc. said Thursday that 3 million credit and debit cards may have been exposed in a pair of security breaches.

The breach involving Michaels and its Aaron Brothers stores were previously reported in January by the blog Krebs on Security. However, in a press release Thursday, the company said in the wake of the disclosure that it had "retained two independent, expert security firms to conduct an extensive investigation." 

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That investigation of its payment systems revealed that systems that were breached contained "certain payment card information, such as payment card number and expiration date, about both Michaels and Aaron Brothers customers."

The company said no other personal information was taken during the attacks, which apparently went undetected for almost eight months last year.

The company said 2.4 million payments cards used at Michaels were potentially exposed. An additional 400,000 cards used at Aaron's were...

A report released Thursday said 4.5 million smartphones were lost or stolen in the U.S. in 2013. Above, guests and visitors take pictures with their smartphones during the opening of the Hannover Messe industrial trade fair in Hanover, Germany.

4.5 million smartphones were lost or stolen in U.S. in 2013

A report released Thursday said 4.5 million smartphones were lost or stolen in the U.S. in 2013, up from 2.8 million in 2012.

Thefts were largely responsible for the increase in devices that were permanently separated from their owners, according to Consumer Reports' annual State of the Net Survey. The organization, which tests products, said stolen devices nearly doubled from 1.6 million in 2012 to 3.1 million in 2013.

The number of lost devices increased from 1.2 million in 2012 to 1.4 million in 2013. More than 3,100 adults in the U.S. participated in the Consumer Reports survey that was used to calculate the figures.

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“Our survey revealed that the number of lost and stolen smart phones is on the rise, and too many smart-phone users are needlessly imperiling their personal data by not taking basic security measures," said Glenn Derene, Consumer Reports' electronics editor.

Consumer Reports recommends that at the minimum consumers secure...

Facebook will let you know where your friends are.

Get ready for new Facebook privacy freakout: 'Nearby Friends'

If you've been thinking that it's been too long since the world has had a good old fashioned freakout over a Facebook privacy issue, then here's some good news.

Facebook on Thursday announced plans for a new feature called "Nearby Friends." The name is self-explanatory. But let us explain anyway.

In a coming update to its iOS and Android apps, Facebook users will be able to switch on a feature called "Nearby Friends."

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"If you turn on Nearby Friends, you’ll occasionally be notified when friends are nearby, so you can get in touch with them and meet up," the company said in a blog post. "For example, when you’re headed to the movies, Nearby Friends will let you know if friends are nearby so you can see the movie together or meet up afterward."

To just cut through all that technical jargon: Nearby Friends helps you find friends who are nearby. 

Anticipating the inevitable wailing and gnashing of teeth over privacy issues, Facebook...

Google's new Chrome Remote Desktop app makes it possible for users to easily control their desktops from their Android-based smartphones.

Here's how Android users can control their desktops with their devices

Google this week released a mobile app that makes it easy for Android owners to control their desktops and laptops through their smartphones.

The app is called Chrome Remote Desktop for Android, and it makes it easy for users to gain access to their Windows PC and Apple Macintosh computers, even when they are not near them.

I used the app, installed on a Samsung Galaxy S5, to send a file on my computer to my friend.

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Chrome Remote Desktop for Android is a handy app, but it requires some setting up. Here's how to do it:

Make sure you have the Chrome Web browser installed on your computer.  Add the Chrome Remote Desktop plugin for the browser. Follow the on-screen instructions until you get to the page that offers the ability to "Access your own computer from anywhere." Click "Get started." Click "Enable remote connections," and set up a secure PIN for your machine.  Download the Chrome Remote Desktop for Android app. Open the app, tap on...
Apple and Shazam are reportedly working together to bring a music-identifying feature to the next version of iOS.

Apple, Shazam reportedly working on song discovery for upcoming iOS

Apple and Shazam are reportedly working together to create a music discovery feature that will be integrated into the next version of the tech giant's iPhone and iPad software.

The feature would make it possible for Apple's mobile device costumers to instantly identify a song and its artist by simply asking the Siri voice assistant "What song is playing," according to Bloomberg.

Users can already do this by downloading the Shazam mobile app, but including the technology by default onto Apple's iOS software would make identifying songs more seamless.

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The feature is expected to be added onto iOS 8, which is expected to be revealed this June at Apple's annual Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco.

The partnership could bolster Apple's music sales, which have begun to dwindle due to the rise of music streaming services like Spotify and Pandora. Shazam, meanwhile, stands to benefit by having its technology exposed to more users.


Canadian police arrest 19-year-old in alleged Heartbleed attack

Canadian police this week made what is believed to be the first arrest related to Heartbleed, a recently discovered bug that left countless websites vulnerable to cyber attacks.

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police on Tuesday arrested 19-year-old Stephen Arthuro Solis-Reyes of London, Ontario. He is believed to have exploited the Heartbleed bug to steal the data of about 900 Canadians from the country's tax revenue agency.

Solis-Reyes now faces two counts of computer-related crimes and is scheduled to appear in court this July.

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The Heartbleed bug was an error in the code for OpenSSL, a technology used by two-thirds of the Web's servers to keep sensitive data secure. Heartbleed could be used to easily circumvent OpenSSL and quickly gain access to user data, including their passwords.

Security researchers announced their discovery of the bug and issued a fix for it earlier this month.

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Google says its first Project Ara modular device, the "gray phone," will go on sale in January.

Google to sell basic version of modular smartphone in January

Google will begin selling a basic version of its Project Ara modular smartphone in January, the company said this week.

Project Ara is an effort by Google to make a smartphone that consumers can customize and upgrade by easily switching modules in and out. Each module will contain different parts of a smartphone, such as a battery, a camera, a GPS chip and others kinds of device components.

Project Ara was unveiled last year under Motorola, but Google retained it after agreeing to sell Motorola to Lenovo in January.

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This week, the Mountain View company announced that it would sell a "gray phone" version in January that is designed to have a boring look so that users will go out of their way to customize the device, according to CNET. The announcement was made at a conference for developers who are interested in creating modules.

The device will cost $50 to produce, so it may cost more for consumers to purchase, according to The Next Web. Later on,...