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Roundup of interesting news headlines and articles making their way around the Web.

Weekend tech reading: Why the PC still matters

Weekend tech reading: Why the PC still matters

Many, including Apple's Tim Cook and Steve Jobs before him, believe that we're entering a "Post-PC era" where smartphones, tablets and cloud-powered thin clients like Google's Chromebooks will eliminate traditional computers. Sales numbers seem to...

Weekend tech reading: Samsung Galaxy Nexus banned in US

Weekend tech reading: Samsung Galaxy Nexus banned in US

Samsung Electronics Co. suffered a second legal setback at the hands of a California judge, who issued a preliminary injunction Friday against one of its flagship smartphones at the request of Apple Inc. The order, which bans Samsung from selling or importing the Galaxy Nexus...

Weekend tech reading: Facebook from inception to IPO

Weekend tech reading: Facebook from inception to IPO

Just over eight years after Mark Zuckerberg launched thefacebook in a Harvard dorm room, Facebook has officially gone public today. And, what better time to dig back into the company's history, as documented by everyone from The Harvard Crimson and The New Yorker to Zuckerberg himself?

Weekend tech reading: How HP lost its way

Weekend tech reading: How HP lost its way

A few months after she took over as the CEO of Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) last September, Meg Whitman held one in a series of get-to-know-you meetings with employees. To say the audience, a group of software engineers and managers, was sullen would be an understatement...

Weekend tech reading: Portugal considers a 'Terabyte Tax'

Weekend tech reading: Portugal considers a 'Terabyte Tax'

In what legislators are calling an attempt to "bring old legislation into the 21st century," the Portuguese parliament is considering taxation on storage devices, in an attempt to protect copyright holders. According to one local media outlet, Exame Informatica, the 'minor' legislative update...

Weekend tech reading: Meet the hackers of Pwn2Own

Weekend tech reading: Meet the hackers of Pwn2Own

At a Google-run competition in ­Vancouver last month, the search giant’s famously secure Chrome Web browser fell to hackers twice. Both of the new methods used a rigged ­website to bypass Chrome’s security protections and completely hijack a target computer. But while those two hacks...

Weekend tech reading: A profile of Amazon founder Jeff Bezos

Weekend tech reading: A profile of Amazon founder Jeff Bezos

Inside a remote mountain in Texas, a gargantuan clock is being pieced together, capable of telling the time for the next 10,000 years. Once the clock is finished, people willing to make the difficult trek will be able to visit the vast chamber housing it, along with displays marking...

Weekend tech reading: What went wrong with AMD?

Weekend tech reading: What went wrong with AMD?

Five years ago, AMD looked set to topple Intel. Now its very existence is under threat. Mike Jennings investigates what went wrong In 2006, AMD could seemingly do no wrong. Its processors were the fastest in the PC market, annual revenue was up a record 91%...

Weekend tech reading: Micron CEO dies in plane crash

Weekend tech reading: Micron CEO dies in plane crash

Steven R. Appleton, chairman and chief executive of Micron Technology Inc. and one of the most prominent figures in the semiconductor industry, died Friday when the high-performance airplane he was piloting crashed at Boise, Idaho's airport. The death of the 51-year-old stunned Micron...

Weekend tech reading: How ACTA would affect you

Weekend tech reading: How ACTA would affect you

If you thought SOPA and PIPA were bad, ACTA is in an entirely different league of its own. ACTA may not order a mass culling of kittens, or declare war on China, but it will have a massive impact on trade, copyright, and intellectual property rights. SOPA and PIPA overshadowed much of ACTA...

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