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Surprise! Microsoft jumps to Windows 10

Forget Windows 9. In an unexpected twist, Microsoft will be going straight to double digits from Windows 8 as it faces a challenging future for its operating system.

eBay, PayPal to split into separate companies in 2015

The separation, brought up by activist investor Carl Icahn in January, will include new management teams for both businesses.

Meet Matchstick, Mozilla's $25 Chromecast alternative

Is the world big enough for another streaming Internet dongle? Mozilla and Matchstick sure hope so, as they announce the first Firefox OS device that's not a smartphone.

Pebble drops price, adds Jawbone and Misfit fitness apps
No black art to Blackphone's quest for privacy
Startup: Our software creates crystal-clear calls
Apple faces billions in fines in tax avoidance probe

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Apple Watch said to hit mass production in January

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New Alcatel phones go from mini to phablet (pictures)

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Windows 10 aims to blend best of 7 and 8

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TiVo adds streaming support for its Android app

Finally! TiVo and Android users will be able to stream live and recorded programming to their devices.

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Monster portraits so tasty you could eat them

To celebrate Halloween, Detroit Free Press writer Eric Millikin is making incredibly detailed portraits of monsters out of, what else? Something very sweet.

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First look at Windows 10 (pictures)

These initial views of Microsoft's new operating system show why the company leapfrogged past version 9.

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Future blockbuster? Tetris to become 'epic sci-fi' movie

The classic falling-blocks video game is set to become a major motion picture taking place in a sci-fi universe.

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Psychic Uri Geller says he can bend iPhones with his mind

The famed Israel psychic has a theory on why some iPhones bend, and he's out to prove it. Hint: it doesn't involve the phones' grade of aluminum.

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Refined Jeep Grand Cherokee gains fuel economy with EcoDiesel (pictures)

A diesel engine option adds decent fuel economy to the Jeep Grand Cherokee's impressive roster of capabilities.

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PayPal spinoff from eBay is 'natural,' co-founder says

PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel says it makes sense for eBay to split from the online payments service. Now, PayPal will need to focus on making its product more competitive in a mobile world.

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Where, when, and how to get Windows 10

For the diehard Windows user, Microsoft will be releasing a preview version of Windows 10.

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