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Tim Berners-Lee: 25 years on, the Web still needs work (Q&A)

The World Wide Web is a smashing technological success. But the man who invented it wants it to break down more cultural barriers, thwart government snooping, and let the Web run applications not just house documents.

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Lenovo's slim X1 Carbon gets an "adaptive" row of touch controls

New CPUs and a better-than-HD screen make this a 2.8-pound ultrabook a top crossover contender.

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You can cleary see the difference in video quality on Skype for Android (left) and Windows Phone.

Stay connected with Skype for Windows Phone

Microsoft's VoIP and video chat app on Windows Phone has a few bells and whistles, but misses out on the high-quality video and features found in other Skype apps.

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Get an Obihai OBi100 voice-over-IP adapter for $29.99

Designed to pair with Google Voice but compatible with other VoIP providers, this little gizmo promises free (or at least dirt-cheap) phone service for life.

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Get an Ooma Telo home phone system for $99.99

It's refurbished, but at least you don't have to deal with any rebates. And except for taxes and fees, phone service is free for life.

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FreedomPop goes freebie with new mobile service

The same startup looking to disrupt the broadband industry with free Internet unveils a mobile offering that has no monthly charges, costs or carriers.

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FCC again balks on telephone network shutdown

commentary The remaining wireline carriers want to speed up the transition to native IP networks, an investment that has the added bonus of ending the digital divide once and for all. So why won't the FCC let them do it?

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Skype beware, Viber flies past 200M users, lands on desktop

The popular messaging app now lets people make free calls and send texts from a PC or Mac.

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Facebook Messenger has a new colorful and sleek design.

Facebook Messenger gets a new look

Facebook's stand alone messenger app underwent a face lift last fall, which spruced up the design and subtracted SMS messaging.

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An internal Drug Enforcement Administration found surveillance efforts thwarted: "it is impossible to intercept iMessages between two Apple devices"

Apple's iMessage encryption trips up feds' surveillance

Internal document from the Drug Enforcement Administration complains that messages sent with Apple's encrypted chat service are "impossible to intercept," even with a warrant.

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Skype handles 2 billion minutes of connections daily

The Internet phone and messaging service shares an impressive statistic and shows it remains a powerhouse when it comes to communications.

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Vietnam has been named one of the enemies of the Internet for its extensive government surveillance. Also on the list are private companies: Gamma, Trovicor, HackingTeam, Amesys and Blue Coat.

Meet the 'Corporate Enemies of the Internet' for 2013

Paris-based Reporters Without Borders names five companies as "digital mercenaries" that have decided to sell their surveillance technology to authoritarian regimes.

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