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  Tuesday, 1 Jul 2014 | 1:24 PM ET

Facebook faces backlash for news feed experiment

Posted By: Althea Chang

Facebook published a research paper this month revealing that it manipulated its users' emotions by controlling the number of positive and negative posts shown on news feeds, a move that has caused a backlash among social networkers and brought to light the lack of safeguards to protect users.

"It is simply a terrible thing to do to intentionally evoke a negative emotional response from someone without their knowledge or consent," said Jeremy Rosenberg, senior vice president and head of digital operations at Allison+Partners, a communications consulting firm.

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  Friday, 27 Jun 2014 | 9:04 AM ET

High-tech gadgets that make grilling easy

Posted By: Erika Santoro

With grill season upon us, there are a few gadgets that may be worth considering when cooking up those summer meals.

Here are a few standouts recommended by Trae Bodge, senior editor of Retailmenot.com.

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  Thursday, 26 Jun 2014 | 3:33 PM ET

Apple and Google battle it out to control our lives

Posted By: Christina Medici Scolaro

Google wants to be everywhere with its Android operating system powering our cars, wearables and TVs. That's a noble idea, but Apple wants to be everywhere too. This means the battle continues as to which company is going to control our lives.

Google unveiled three new smartwatches at its software developer's conference Wednesday. "It's the same old story, instead of looking on your phone to see your text and who's calling you, check your wrist. I don't know any young people that wear watches now and I don't see them running out to buy one," said Jefferson Graham, tech columnist at USA Today.

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  Tuesday, 24 Jun 2014 | 1:23 PM ET

Google could give GoDaddy a run for its money

Posted By: Althea Chang

Google announced it's testing out a new web domain registration service that could drive business to its existing apps.

GoDaddy currently dominates among companies that register domains, but a similar service from Google could be a better, more streamlined option, according to Sascha Segan, lead analyst at PCMag.com.

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  Friday, 20 Jun 2014 | 9:18 AM ET

Gadgets to make those summer days more fun

Posted By: Erika Santoro

With summer now here, there are plenty of gadgets to consider if you want those warm days to be filled with more fun.

Here are a few standouts recommended by Katie Linendoll, tech expert for retailmenot.com.

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  Thursday, 19 Jun 2014 | 12:49 PM ET

Will Oracle's cloud strategy measure up to other cloud giants?

Posted By: Erika Santoro

Oracle has been on the radar recently amid reports that it's in talks to buy a software maker Micros Systems for more than $5 billion.

The deal for Micros Systems, which makes software for retailers and hotel chains, would be Oracle's largest acquisition since it bought Sun Microsystems for $5.6 billion in 2009, according to Reuters.

Jeremy Rosenberg, head of digital for Allison and Partners, said that in order for Oracle to remain competitive against the cloud giants Salesforce.com and Rackspace.com, it will need to continue to integrate its acquisitions into its software offerings.

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  Friday, 13 Jun 2014 | 11:29 AM ET

Samsung unveils lighter and slimmer tablet

Posted By: Erika Santoro

Samsung is at it again, unveiling the new Galaxy Tab S at its "Tab into Color" mobile event in New York this week. The tablet, now available for pre-order, comes in two screen sizes, 8.4 inches or 10.5 inches, and costs $400 to $500.

Samsung is aiming to stand out in the tablet space with its high-resolution super AMOLED display (2560 x 1600 pixel screen) but will still have to compete with other tablets such as the Microsoft Surface Pro 3, Apple's iPad, iPad Mini and the rumored iPad Air 2 that is expected to be unveiled this fall, said Andrea Smith, technology editor at Living in Digital Times.

The Galaxy Tab S has customizable settings and privacy features to set your tablet to "kids mode" and includes a fingerprint sensor, according to the company.

The tablets are available only for Wi-Fi. AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile and Sprint will begin selling LTE versions of the tablet this year.

—By CNBC's Erika Santoro

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  Thursday, 12 Jun 2014 | 12:41 PM ET

Cutting Twitter COO position: the 'right move'?

Posted By: Althea Chang

Twitter shareholders have been on a roller coaster ride, with the latest upswing coming on news of its chief operating officer's departure.

Ali Rowghani resigned over a "fundamental disagreement" with CEO Dick Costolo over what the COO role entailed, CNBC previously reported.

Twitter's shares were up more than 4 percent in midday trading Thursday.

Leading up to the news, the microblogging site hadn't been making as much money as investors had expected and the possible sources of the company's long-term revenue growth have been unclear, according to Michael Gorman, Engadget editor in chief.

"I think it sounds like probably the folks on Wall Street are with the higher-ups at Twitter management right now and they believe that kind of removing some responsibilities away from the COO and eliminating that position is going to be the right move," Gorman said.

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  Friday, 6 Jun 2014 | 1:24 PM ET

New medical alert device keeping seniors safe

Posted By: Erika Santoro

A new high-tech medical alert device, which is aimed toward the elderly and those with special needs, is now available to not only help aging consumers stay in control of their lives but also to help them stay connected to their family caregivers in times of an emergency.

The GreatCall Splash can quickly summon assistance or emergency services through a click of a button, said Dean Williams, vice president of technology for the safety product company GreatCall. It can also survive up to 30 minutes in 3 feet of water, comes with a simple charging cradle and has a clip on the back to attach it to a piece of clothing.

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  Thursday, 5 Jun 2014 | 1:13 PM ET

Why prepaid wireless plans could get more pricey

Posted By: Althea Chang

Prepaid cellphone plans could get more expensive if a Sprint and T-Mobile merger is sealed.

That's because often cheaper prepaid plans initially came about as a way for wireless carriers to get their foot in the door with consumers, noted Mike Prospero, reviews editor at Laptop Mag.

"The reason Sprint and T-Mobile offer these plans is a way to grab market share at the expense of revenue. Combined, they would have nearly as many subscribers at AT&T and Verizon, so there'd be less incentive to offer lower-cost deals," Prospero said.

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