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10 biggest patent troll targets in business

PatentPatent trolls filed 19% more lawsuits in 2013 than in 2012.

Wireless carrier AT&T (T) was the top target of so-called patent trolls in 2013, having been sued more than 54 times by them in 2013—more than once a week.

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YouTube culls game clips as publishers defend fans

BlizzardMajor games publishers have offered their support to fans who have had gameplay clips removed from YouTube due to “illegitimate” copyright claims.

Changes in the way Google-owned YouTube scans videos had caused a spike in clips being taken down.

How to Burst the “Filter Bubble” that Protects Us from Opposing Views

Filter BubbleComputer scientists have discovered a way to number-crunch an individual’s own preferences to recommend content from others with opposing views.

The goal? To burst the “filter bubble” that surrounds us with people we like and content that we agree with.

Our Promised Land: Silicon Valley and Its Prophets of Profit

The Creation robotEven before the advent of Google, America has always been a land of searchers.

As a country, we usually think of technology and religion as opposing forces—one connected with our ancient past, the other with our boundless future.

Google’s Neck Tattoo Patent Works Like a Lie-Detecting Microphone

Google lie detecting neck tattooIn the future, tattoos may represent much more than artwork.

Google is exploring the concept of an electronic skin tattoo that could embed a microphone and lie detector into a user’s neck.

How to stop Google from using your Plus profile as caller ID

google caller idGoogle will implement its “Smarter Caller ID” for Android phones early next year to show Google Plus names and profile photos. Here’s how to turn it off.

If you have an Android phone registered with Google services, Google has matched your phone number to your Google Plus profile and plans to turn the association into yet another de-anonymizing tool.

Microsoft improves its free online Office

Microsoft Online OfficeWhere’s Office for the iPad? Maybe you’re looking in the wrong place.

Today, Microsoft released its latest batch of Office Web App updates, pushing its free offering well past the feature set offered by its rivals.
How do you compete with rivals that are willing to give away a product comparable to yours?

Android KitKat 4.4: New default texting option revealed

Android KitKatGoogle tells developers to update their apps as details of the KitKat’s SMS options are revealed.

The next version of Android, KitKat 4.4, will allow users to set a third-party app as their default texting option straight from the OS, Google has revealed.

The NSA Mines an Insane Amount of Data From Every Tech Service You Use

Wow. Nothing is sacred. The Washington Post has discovered that the NSA and FBI have teamed up to tap into the servers of nine US tech companies—Microsoft, Google, Facebook, Apple, you name it—and have extracted e-mails, photographs, audio, video, documents and connection logs. They basically have free reign to take whatever they want. And they’ve been doing it since 2007.

Top 10 greatest tech stories of 2011

The technology industry often finds itself pontificating about the future, but the busy news cycle this year gave us plenty to discuss.