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Tech Retrospect: Apple event preview and smartwatch overload

Everything (well, almost) you need to know about Apple's September 9 event, plus more smartwatches than you have wrists. All that and more in this week's rundown of tech news.

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Google spreads its wings, moving into drone deliveries

Amazon isn't the only tech giant experimenting with drones. Google has unveiled Project Wing, which is focusing its efforts on disaster relief, at least for now.

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Too-hot tech: Overheating Surface Pro 3, HP cord recall

Hewlett-Packard recalls more than 6 million defective power cords, Microsoft promises a fix for overheating Surface Pro 3 tablets, and Square Cash sends money over text messages.

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Snapchat said to have $10B valuation on Kleiner Perkins investment

The venture-capital investment firm has made an investment of up to $20 million in the ephemeral message service, according to The Wall Street Journal.

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Why Amazon wanted Twitch

CNET's Bridget Carey explains the lure of video game streaming site Twitch and why Amazon bought it for nearly $1 billion. Meanwhile, Instagram launches a new video app Hyperlapse, and GoPro has gone to the dogs.

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Why image recognition tech is on the rise

Brian Cooley discusses rise of image recognition software on smartphones and tablets, and why the technology is gaining momentum in the retail market.

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PlayStation Network recovers from hack

Hackers target Sony and several other online game networks, Apple replaces iPhone 5 batteries for free, and Ralph Lauren debuts a high-tech Polo shirt at the US Open.

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Vexed in the city: Welcoming new techies with a middle finger salute

The new era of dot-com fortunes spurs plenty of angst aimed at San Francisco's most privileged, but it hasn't stopped tech workers from moving in.

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MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA - JANUARY 30:  A sign is posted on the exterior of Google headquarters on January 30, 2014 in Mountain View, California. Google reported a 17 percent rise in fourth quarter earnings with profits of $3.38 billion, or $9.90 a share compared to $2.9 billion, or $8.62 per share one year ago.  (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Google buys Gecko Design for X projects

The product-design firm will be put to work on some of Google's most "cutting edge" projects.

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Tech Retrospect: Samsung adds Nook while HTC adds Windows

Two new devices launched this week that, to be honest, aren't that new at all. Plus, Son of Flappy Bird and more info on Windows 9 in this week's rundown of all the tech news.

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SAN FRANCISCO - MAY 22:  Immigrants are sworn in as U.S. citizens during a naturalization ceremony May 22, 2007 in San Francisco, California. Over 1,400 immigrants from 100 countries became U.S. citizens at the ceremony.  (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Vexed in the city: Starved for tech talent and yet nobody to hire?

As the H-1B debate continues, the tech industry faces an odd contradiction: a skills shortage along with an applicant surplus.

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Image recognition: Making your gear see the way you do (The Next Big Thing, Episode 9)

The new wave of cameras is changing how you use your phone and tablet; why are batteries so far behind the advancement of other technology? And are tablets already hitting their plateau?

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