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People charge their mobile device at a free cell phone charging station on Nov. 4, 2012, in Belmar, N.J. after Superstorm Sandy.

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People charge their mobile device at a free cell phone charging station on Nov. 4, 2012, in Belmar, N.J. after Superstorm Sandy.

‘Civic Tech:’ Fast-Growing Investment

Private capital providers and foundations have signficantly increased investments in “technology that spurs citizen engagement, improves cities and makes governments more effective” — more than $410 million going to the field between January 2011 and May 2013 — according to...

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Tim Wiese, left, helps his father Randy Wiese load a newly purchased Samsung Electronics Co. 60-inch light-emitting diode (LED) television into his vehicle outside a Best Buy Co. store ahead of Black Friday in Peoria, Illinois, on Nov. 28, 2013.

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Tim Wiese, left, helps his father Randy Wiese load a newly purchased Samsung Electronics Co. 60-inch light-emitting diode (LED) television into his vehicle outside a Best Buy Co. store ahead of Black Friday in Peoria, Illinois, on Nov. 28, 2013.

Black Friday vs. Cyber Monday Fight Seen in Retailer Lobbying Files

Black Friday is heralded as the biggest shopping day of the year and the start of the holiday shopping season. In recent years, great deals on the internet on the Monday after Thanksgiving, called Cyber Monday, have been cutting into...

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Senator Max Baucus, a Democrat from Montana, speaks to members of the media while arriving for a closed door meeting at Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 3, 2013.

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Senator Max Baucus, a Democrat from Montana, speaks to members of the media while arriving for a closed door meeting at Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 3, 2013.

Baucus Leads Ambassadors Through Montana

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus just led some of the most prominent foreign diplomats in the U.S. to Big Sky Country. Ambassadors from Canada, China, Germany, Japan and Peru joined the Democratic lawmaker on a four-day ramble through his...

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Russian President Vladimir Putin with a hunting rifle in the Republic of Tuva in this August 2007 file photo.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin with a hunting rifle in the Republic of Tuva in this August 2007 file photo.

Arm-Wrestling with Putin: ‘Put Me Down in a Millisecond’ (with ‘Scooter’ Watching)

Vladimir Putin rode bareback for the cameras once. Shirtless, he cast his line into the water, and carried a scoped hunting rifle into the bush. Camouflage-shirted, he posed with a felled tiger. But in arm wrestling? Over the question of...

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The Threat Operations Center at the National Security Agency in Fort Meade, Maryland.

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The Threat Operations Center at the National Security Agency in Fort Meade, Maryland.

Guarding Your Privacy in a Post-Snowden World: Dos and Don’ts

President Barack Obama canceled talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin. He declared Edward Snowden is not a patriot. He said he’ll ask Congress to change the section of the Patriot Act authorizing the collection of telephone records. And that was...

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Eric Schmidt, executive chairman of Google Inc., waves as he leaves a news conference in Tokyo, Japan.

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Eric Schmidt, executive chairman of Google Inc., waves as he leaves a news conference in Tokyo, Japan.

Schmidt’s Giving Accents Google’s Two-Party Politics

Google Inc. chairman Eric Schmidt gave $32,300 to the Senate Democratic campaign arm last month, matching the contribution he made to Senate Republicans in April. Schmidt’s donation to the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee on May 15 came six weeks after...

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An edition of the South China Morning Post carrying the story of  Edward Snowden on its front page in Hong Kong on June 13, 2013.

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An edition of the South China Morning Post carrying the story of Edward Snowden on its front page in Hong Kong on June 13, 2013.

NSA Leaks: Support, Little Sympathy for the Leaker

Edward Snowden has a lot of public support, it appears, for his leaking of once-secret information about government surveillance of domestic telephone records and international Internet traffic. Yet not a lot of sympathy. Fifty-four percent of those surveyed by Time...

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Attendees arrive at Google Inc.'s headquarters for the company's annual shareholders meeting in Mountain View, California, on June 6, 2013.

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Attendees arrive at Google Inc.'s headquarters for the company's annual shareholders meeting in Mountain View, California, on June 6, 2013.

Google: ‘Nothing to Hide’

Google says its lips are sealed, but complains its hands are tied. Its obligation to secrecy about the number of requests for information it gets from the Federal Intelligence Surveillance court prevents it from fulfilling its obligation to transparency with...

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