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  • Internet braces for '.Vegas' and other not-coms
    Coming soon to the Internet: website addresses that end in ".bank," ".Vegas" and ".Canon." The organization that oversees the Internet address system is preparing to open the floodgates to a nearly limitless selection of new website suffixes, including ones in Arabic, Chinese and other scripts.June 18, 2011
  • Study: Web users worry about snooping businesses
    It's not Big Brother, but "big business" that Internet users are more worried about. A new survey found that nearly half of Internet-connected Americans age 16 and older worry about businesses checking what they do online. By comparison, 38 percent worry about the government doing so.June 4, 2011
  • The rise of Internet vigilantes
    The recent hacking of the PBS website and other high profile, politically motivated data breaches are raising more questions about the security of our computer networks.Midmorning, June 1, 2011
  • Google launches trial of tap-to-pay phone system
    Google Inc. has launched its bid to dominate a world where the smartphone has replaced the wallet as the container for credit cards, coupons and receipts with a new "tap to pay" system called Google Wallet.May 26, 2011
  • Report: Electronic medical records are vulnerable
    The nation's push to computerize medical records has failed to fully address longstanding security gaps that expose patients' most sensitive information to hackers and snoops, government investigators warn.May 17, 2011
  • Apple, Google in spotlight during Franken hearing
    Executives from Apple and Google told a group of senators this morning that their companies take consumer privacy seriously. Sen. Al Franken called the hearing to examine the privacy implications of new technologies. Franken has taken a strong interest in online issues, including net neutrality regulations and privacy.May 10, 2011
  • Internet security expert downplays latest hacking incident
    Bruce Schneier, author of the online Crypto-Gram newsletter, said there's little risk that the alleged theft of millions of email addresses will result in widespread fraud.April 5, 2011
  • AT&T plans $100 million in wireless improvements
    The upgrade will eventually give most Twin Cities customers data speeds of up to six to seven megabits per second.April 4, 2011
  • Lawson Software reports $21M in net income amid sales rumors
    St. Paul-based Lawson Software reports it had net income of $21 million for the three months that ended February 28; nearly 12 times the company's bottom line from the same period a year a year ago.March 31, 2011
  • Marketplace Tech Report: New implants make vision possible
    A new type of device placed in the eye is bringing vision to people who were not otherwise able to see. It's far from simple and doesn't offer 20/20 eyesight, but it's making a huge difference in people's lives.March 29, 2011
  • Marketplace Tech Report: Is everything too Googlized?
    Google is an incredibly powerful company. Not just in terms of how much it knows, but in terms of how much we rely on it to present that knowledge.March 28, 2011
  • Grand Marais wants broadband to open doors but not wreck the allure of remoteness
    At least by some measures, Cook County in far northeastern Minnesota, has the worst Internet service in the state. Thanks to federal stimulus dollars, this is poised to change. But residents hope high-speed won't change everything about this remote, beautiful county.March 24, 2011
  • Clay Coyote Pottery finds success online
    Tom Wirt and Betsy Price live in rural Minnesota, but easy access to broadband internet has allowed them to build a thriving business that has customers all over the country and the world.March 24, 2011
  • A primer on broadband
    What is broadband? Put simply, the term "broadband" refers to a high-speed connection to the Internet. But the answer to the question doesn't stay simple.March 24, 2011
  • Who should build the next generation of high-speed networks?
    Across rural Minnesota, cities, counties, cooperatives and companies are planning or building broadband internet networks. The goal is to provide even those who live in the remotest parts of the state with high-speed internet in order to foster job growth, better health care and increased educational opportunities. The most optimistic observers think telecommuting and other internet-based endeavors could help stabilize the populations of rural areas.March 24, 2011

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