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Column: What Amazon’s predictive shopping means for you

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All hail the clairvoyance of YouTube satirists: “Yesterday Shipping” from Amazon has arrived.

The world’s largest online retailer has kicked 2013 (the unofficial Year of the Delivery Drone) to the curb and entered 2014 with a recently approved patent for an ambitious concept it calls “anticipatory package shipping.”

The patent -- recently excavated by the Wall Street Journal and available...

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Column: Stop laughing at the phablet -- Samsung was right

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As unlikely as it may seem, this is shaping up as a contest between Samsung) and Microsoft, if only because Apple didn’t think it was a race worth running.

Just when it looked as if consumer demand for smartphones was moving into the dreaded “mature” stage of slower sales, a bright spot has appeared on the horizon, and it’s a big one: at least five and a half inches diagonally, sometimes close...

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Column: The PC is back, so now what?

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Intel reported its quarterly earnings last week, and for the first time in 18 months, the chipmaker saw a year-on-year increase in the number of PC processors shipped. Volumes were up 3%, driven by improved sales of desktop machines. That number approaches 10% if tablets are included – and they should be, given the lengths that Intel and Microsoft have gone to trying to push the personal computer...

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Column: Tesla is burning down the bears' house

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As far as weeks go, this has been one of the best in electric carmaker Tesla Motors' relatively short history.

On Tuesday, the company announced that it sold and delivered almost 6,900 vehicles in Q4, surpassing guidance by about 20% and slaying the hopes of the bears in the process.

Through most of 2013, Tesla rode a tidal wave of critical acclaim for its award-winning Model S sedan,...

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Column: Developers prefer Android to iOS, studies say

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Back in November of last year, Business Insider determined that there was a staggering gap in developer revenue between Android and iOS platforms.

For every dollar that an average developer makes in revenue from an app that runs on an iPhone or iPad, an Android developer makes just $0.19 in revenue from the wide variety of Android devices. Although both mobile platforms are relatively on par...

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Column: Google's move into the Nest

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The Internet search giant acquires a start-up that builds smart devices for the home, plus a team of Apple veterans.

Google has just acquired the start-up company Nest, and along with it a team of engineers dedicated to creating smarter home devices, with an Apple veteran to lead them.

The acquisition will cost Google $3.2 billion, the company said in an announcement released after the...

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Column: LinkedIn -- Flawed data can't fuel the job market forever

There’s always been an element of randomness to finding a job. Maybe you saw an ad in the paper, or knew someone who knew someone, or sent a lucky email. It could be that you ended up in a career you never would have anticipated, or like one-third of college-educated workers, a field you didn’t major in. Serendipity isn’t always a bad thing; how often do we really know what we want?

Hans Haringa...

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Column: Facebook makes a mobile move

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In the latest sign that Facebook takes its move to mobile seriously, the company has acquired a young start-up company based in Bangalore, India, and is moving its entire engineering team to Menlo Park, California, to help improve Facebook’s mobile apps.

The acquisition is one of two big developments at Facebook this week, and the second one will be much more visible to users, at least at...

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'Boardwalk Empire' to end with season five

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Nucky Thompson's small screen days are numbered.

HBO announced Thursday that "Boardwalk Empire" will end after its fifth season, which will premiere in the fall. The show's creator, Terence Winter, told the Hollywood Reporter that he and studio agreed that the story was coming to a close.

"After much discussion with my creative team and HBO, we've decided to wrap up the...

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Column: Twitter -- is the fix in for earnings?

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Twitter's first earnings report as a public company, due on Wednesday, February 5 after the close, is gonna be big. Think about it. Twitter is the biggest, brightest shining star in the red-hot social media sector, which, of course, itself sits in one heck of a tech bull market. The Global X Social Media Index ETF was up a whopping 64% in 2013, while the Nasdaq Composite rose 38%, even though index...

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