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  • GM hires Kenneth Feinberg to consult recall effort

    The high-profile attorney, known for his work around the BP oil spill and more, will advise the automaker during its ongoing vehicle recall.

    By Kirsten Korosec

    FORTUNE -- General Motors (GM) has hired Kenneth Feinberg, the high-profile attorney who handled compensation issues related to the 9/11 terrorist attacks and the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, as a consultant to advise the automaker how to respond to families of accident victims MORE

    Apr 1, 2014 4:45 PM ET
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  • Behind Facebook and Google's random acquisitions

    The spate of pricey deals are a reflection of uncertainty as the companies search for tech's next big thing.

    By Catherine Tucker

    FORTUNE -- A lot of attention has been paid lately to big tech companies buying up smaller firms in billion-dollar deals: In January, Google acquired Nest for $3.2 billion, Facebook purchased mobile message service, WhatsApp, the following month for $19 billion; last week, it acquired virtual reality gaming company, Oculus VR, for MORE

    Apr 1, 2014 3:47 PM ET
  • Wil Wheaton's game theory

    The geek icon is inviting everyone to gather around for games and fun on International TableTop Day.

    By John Gaudiosi

    FORTUNE -- Wil Wheaton is best known to sci-fi fans for his role as Wesley Crusher in Star Trek: The Next Generation. He reaches his largest audience playing himself -- and playing off his sci-fi roots -- in the hit TV series, The Big Bang Theory. But millions of MORE

    Apr 1, 2014 1:43 PM ET
  • GM's Barra to speak before Congress: 'Not waiting' to make changes

    General Motors CEO Mary Barra will testify before the House Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations today. Here's what she plans to say.

    By Kirsten Korosec

    FORTUNE -- General Motors CEO Mary Barra doesn't know why it took the automaker nearly 10 years to reveal an ignition switch problem that has been linked to 13 deaths.

    But Barra, who took the helm of GM (GM) in January, will tell legislators in a congressional MORE

    Apr 1, 2014 10:22 AM ET
  • Could wearables become bigger than tablets?

    The market forecast for mobile gadgets worn on your wrist, hip, or head is stellar, and tech's biggest players are preparing for the rush.

    By Peter Suciu

    FORTUNE -- Mobile gadgets won't just be tucked into your purse or your pocket. Soon, they'll increasingly be on your wrist, as part of your glasses and even in your clothing. While still in its infancy, wearable technology is poised to take off. MORE

    Apr 1, 2014 5:00 AM ET
  • Can technology improve the gift receipt?

    New e-commerce tech rewrites the etiquette of giving gifts.

    By Heather Clancy

    FORTUNE -- It may be better to give than to receive, but no one said the process was easy. Hence the rise of the gift-card industry, which accounts for a whopping $118 billion annually. At some point, bestowing a plastic card was deemed more personal than giving cash.

    The online equivalent, e-gifting, is a smaller phenomenon but one poised to reach MORE

    Mar 31, 2014 2:47 PM ET
  • Can Twitter's new photo features attract more users without losing its ethos?

    Twitter's new features allowing users to post multiple photos and tag people in a single tweet go beyond the service's signature 140-character simplicity in an attempt to boost engagement. Is that a good thing?

    By Courtney Subramanian

    FORTUNE -- It's no surprise that the most retweeted tweet of all time was Ellen DeGeneres's celebrity-studded photo from this year's Academy Awards ceremony, with 871,000 retweets in less than an hour. Before that social experiment, U.S. president MORE

    Mar 31, 2014 12:52 PM ET
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  • How a secret iOS feature could change the Internet

    Mesh networks: An explainer.

    By Ryan Bradley

    FORTUNE -- A few weeks ago, a messaging app called FireChat launched. It looks, at first, like just about any other messaging app in an already very crowded market, but FireChat is sneakily subversive and quite possibly the most important thing to happen to the Internet since international network hubs began to form in 1995.

    (This is the moment when you ask: "Wait ... what? Why?")

    FireChat uses MORE

    Mar 31, 2014 11:38 AM ET
  • Tech industry monitors sanctions on Russia, but experts warn of risks

    Technology companies are saying little about the standoff between Russia and the West, but that doesn't mean there won't be problems down the line.

    By Zack Whittaker

    FORTUNE -- U.S. technology companies remain silent in the wake of the sudden and escalating standoff between the U.S. and Russia over the latter's annexation of Crimea in Ukraine, but experts say that economic sanctions could still impact their operations in the country.

    As U.S. president Barack Obama and Russian president MORE

    Mar 31, 2014 10:43 AM ET
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  • As Windows XP retirement nears, businesses weigh upgrade risks

    Microsoft will end support for the aging operating system after April 8, leaving unprepared financial institutions vulnerable to hacking.

    By David Z. Morris

    FORTUNE -- After April 8th, 2014, Microsoft (MSFT) will end support, including automatic security patches, for its 13-year-old Windows XP operating system. This may sound like an inconvenience primarily for government agencies and aging uncles, but another major set of Windows XP users are the automated teller machines and MORE

    Mar 31, 2014 10:15 AM ET
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