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

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

SoundCloud amps up ways for artists to get paid. The price? Ads

The "YouTube for audio" is the latest streaming-music site to tout new ways artists can commercialize. Of course, for its 175 million monthly listeners, that means commercials.

Microsoft's IE team pines for faster updates -- and respect

Internet Explorer is still saddled with a reputation for being slow and behind the technology curve. Its developers clearly want to change that.

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The Wink Hub strives for a smarter home

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This budget All-in-One desktop from Acer will tackle work and a bit of play without breaking the bank.

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The carrier is offering current customers -- and the people they bring over from the competition -- a year of unlimited LTE data for free.

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The first-person shooter won't be available for the Wii U but is headed to the Xbox One and PS4, says the game's developer.

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The sleek Verykool Spark has two SIM card slots, but is plagued by a poor camera.

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