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'Toxic Dust' on Computers Tied to Disease

SAN FRANCISCO - "Toxic dust" found on computer processors and monitors contains chemicals linked to reproductive and neurological disorders, according to a new study by several environmental groups.

The survey, released Thursday by Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition, Computer TakeBack Campaign and Clean Production Action, is among the first to identify brominated flame retardants on the surfaces of common devices in homes and offices.

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REVIEW: Google's E-Mail Service Flexible
Google Inc.'s free e-mail service has been derided as an obnoxious privacy invasion that will suck up vast amounts of user data and deposit information into a massive database that never disappears. And that's before it's even officially available.

Mobile Phone User Protests Rate Hike
WELLINGTON, New Zealand - A mobile phone subscriber sent an average of 2,580 text messages a day in May to protest a price hike.

Hyatt, T-Mobile Reach Deal on Wi-Fi Access
CHICAGO - High-speed wireless Internet access is coming to nearly all of Hyatt Corp.'s 200-plus hotels and resorts by 2005, under a deal announced Thursday by Hyatt Hotels & Resorts and T-Mobile USA Inc.

Swedish Researchers Build Cardboard Piano
STOCKHOLM, Sweden - It's a mover's dream and sure to capture the fancy of anyone who tickles the ivories: a grand piano made only of cardboard that sounds almost like the real thing.

Google Soups Up Its Search Toolbox
SAN FRANCISCO - Google Inc. is sharpening the search tools that it sells to companies, schools and government agencies, hoping to mine new revenue sources as it strives to become less dependent on online advertising.

DNC Invites Some 'Bloggers' to Convention
BOSTON - In colonial America, the politically active spread their ideas in pamphlets still fresh from the printing press. Today's pamphleteers _ the "bloggers" who can put every idle thought on the Web _ are being invited to the Democratic National Convention.

Sony to Halt Sales of Clie PDAs in U.S.
SAN DIEGO - Sony Electronics Inc. said Tuesday it won't release new models of its Clie hand-held computers in the United States this year, effectively signaling its exit from the U.S. market.

Hacking Sparks Need for Complex Passwords
As more Web sites demand passwords, scammers are getting more clever about stealing them. Hence the need for such "passwords-plus" systems.

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