Leaked documents suggest that Petrobras, the partly Brazilian government-owned oil giant, had its internal network monitored by the U.S. National Security Agency, reports ZDNet's Brazil editor Angelica Mari.
Read more: Brazil oil giant involved in NSA spying claims
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Dell shareholder Carl Icahn ended his chase for Dell, giving founder and chief executive Michael Dell to pursue the company's privatization bid in conjunction with investment firm Silver Lake. But Icahn didn't go out quietly.
Read more: Icahn: I'm done with Dell; Michael can have it
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Microsoft is planning to launch its Surface 2 and Surface 2 Pro devices at an invitation-only event in New York on September 23. ZDNet's Mary Jo Foley will be on the scene reporting live.
Read more: Microsoft to launch new Surfaces on September 23
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First, Google submitted new proposals for alleged competitive behavior in the search and advertising market. Hours later, Samsung faced a similar fate of financial penalties should it fail to appease European regulators on its patent disputes.
Read more: EU demands Samsung offer new concessions to end patent antitrust charges | Google submits further concessions in bid to avoid EU antitrust fine
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September's Patch Tuesday fixes includes 14 bulletins in total, fixing issues in Windows, and Internet Explorer, and Microsoft Office, including a serious flaw in Outlook 2007 and 2010. However, a non-security update for Outlook 2013 caused issues with the email software. The buggy update was subsequently withdrawn.
Read more: Severe flaw in Outlook 2007/2010 patched
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Apple announced on Tuesday, after months of rumors, the iPhone 5S and 5C. ZDNet's global team of editors and writers amassed more tens of more than two-dozen articles on what you need to know.
Read more: Apple unveils new iPhones, iOS 7 (roundup)
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Microsoft reversed its decision to hold off on dishing out the final bits of Windows 8.1 by releasing it to developers. "It's a welcome move by Microsoft, even if one wonders why they didn’t do this in the first place," reports ZDNet's Ed Bott.
Read more: Windows 8.1 RTM: What's new, what's next?
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ZDNet U.K. editor-in-chief Steve Ranger speaks to Eze Vidra, head of Google Campus London, on what makes the London startup scene tick and how Tech City compares to other hubs.
Read more: 'Doing a startup is a very lonely thing': Google's Campus and what makes Tech City tick
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One U.S. privacy has released documents showing how the U.S. government uses border searches to take citizens' electronics and rifle through private data to its heart's content.
Read more: No warrant, no problem: US gov't uses travel alerts for warrantless electronics search
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The European mobile giant said personal details of more than two million of its German customer base have been stolen by a hacker.
Read more: Vodafone Germany confirms insider data theft: Two million customers affected
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After many months of rumors (and years in the making), Twitter files confidential paperwork to float publicly on the stock exchange. The microblogging site announced the move in a single tweet, no less.
Read more: It's official: Twitter has filed an IPO
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Dell shareholders have voted to take the company off the stock market for $24.9 billion — a modest increase in price from the initial pitch — in one of the largest privatization deals in modern technology history.
Read more: Dell cleared to go private for $24.9B after shareholders vote in favor of deal
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Apple released an incremental update to OS X Mountain Lion, version 10.8.5, which includes a number of bug fixes and improves networking reliabilty.
Read more: Apple releases OS X 10.8.5 with fixes for Mail, Wi-Fi, Xsan and Open Directory
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ZDNet's Mary Jo Foley dishes out the details on Microsoft's latest limited-time iPad trade-in offer in its brick-and-mortar Microsoft retail outlets.
Read more: Microsoft launches iPad trade-in promotion
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Expect a busy, and possibly memorable, autumn for the tech industry, explains ZDNet editor and TechRepublic chief Jason Hiner, because there are eight announcements we're still expecting before the December holiday season.
Read more: Look out: 8 big tech announcements we're expecting this fall
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