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Bits Blog: Facebook Looks to the Workplace for Future Growth

Written By: admin - Jan• 15•15

The world’s largest social network of individuals is making a move into the corporate world, hoping to organize the workplace the way it has organized personal relationships.

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Bits Blog: Facebook Looks to the Workplace for Future Growth

Written By: admin - Jan• 15•15

The world’s largest social network of individuals is making a move into the corporate world, hoping to organize the workplace the way it has organized personal relationships.

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Amazon executive hopes for era of peace with publishers

Written By: admin - Jan• 15•15

NEW YORK (AP) " The overseer of Amazon.com’s Kindle e-book and publishing divisions is preaching peace.With a months-long standoff between Amazon and Hachette Book Group over e-book revenues settled and a multiyear agreement in…

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Bits Blog: Study Highlights Silicon Valley’s Powerful Economic Mix

Written By: admin - Jan• 15•15

A local research group, in a study supported by area businesses, said the Silicon Valley economy has many upsides, but that government should invest more in schools and impose regulations on businesses.

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Study: Global growth at risk of long-term slowdown

Written By: admin - Jan• 15•15

WASHINGTON (AP) " The world economy, hobbled by aging populations, will slow dramatically over the next 50 years unless countries find ways to increase productivity.That’s according to a report from the McKinsey Global Institute….

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Bigger Settlement Said to Be Reached in Silicon Valley Antitrust Case

Written By: admin - Jan• 15•15

Apple, Google, Intel and Adobe are said to be offering $415 million to settle accusations that they had conspired against their own employees.

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Mexican billionaire becomes largest NY Times shareholder

Written By: admin - Jan• 15•15

NEW YORK (AP) " The New York Times Co. says Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim is now the largest holder of its publicly traded shares.The business magnate, who built his fortune by amassing a range of retail, industrial and telecom…

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Facebook founder launches free Internet project in Colombia

Written By: admin - Jan• 15•15

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) " Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg traveled to Colombia on Wednesday to bring his global Internet-access initiative to Latin AmericaIn an event with President Juan Manuel Santos, the billionaire explained how…

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World’s oceans rising far faster than in the past

Written By: admin - Jan• 15•15

The world’s oceans are now rising far faster than they did in the past, a new study says.The study found that for much of the 20th century – until about 1990 – sea level was about 30 percent less than earlier research had figured.But…

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Disruptions: Be the Star of Your Own Snapchat Story

Written By: admin - Jan• 15•15

Imagine a short and very personal TV show: directed, edited and starring you. It lasts 24 hours and then — poof! — it’s gone.

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Dismal report on US retail spending hits the stock market

Written By: admin - Jan• 15•15

NEW YORK (AP) " Stocks recovered much of a midday swoon but still ended lower following some discouraging news on the global economy and retail sales in the U.S.The price of copper plunged Wednesday, and investors seeking safety…

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Pay a robot scribe to pen letters in your handwriting

Written By: admin - Jan• 15•15

For a fee, a machine holding an ordinary pen will ink out your message – sent via app – in a deceptively human hand

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GM sets global sales record, but is behind Volkswagen

Written By: admin - Jan• 15•15

DETROIT (AP) " General Motors Co. set a company record last year for global sales. But it was outsold by German automaker Volkswagen.GM says it sold just over 9.9 million cars and trucks in 2014, up 2 percent from the previous year.Sales…

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Bits Blog: Google Translate App Gets an Upgrade

Written By: admin - Jan• 15•15

The company’s translation service is becoming a lot smarter — and a lot easier to use.

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‘Globes’ won for NBC; CBS was most-watched overall last week

Written By: admin - Jan• 15•15

NEW YORK (AP) " CBS held tight to its customary most-watched status last week, beating all rivals in prime-time viewership and claiming 13 of the Top 20 shows.Fox had the No. 1 broadcast with Saturday’s victory by Seattle over Carolina,…

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Rate of sea-level rise ‘steeper’

Written By: admin - Jan• 15•15

The rate at which the global oceans have risen in the past two decades is more significant than previously recognised, say US-based scientists.

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Romance algorithm predicts if you’ll be lucky in love

Written By: admin - Jan• 15•15

Single? Wonder if you can do better? The Nanaya service will tell you the chances of finding the mathematically ideal partner

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Galactic zombies roam the cosmos and refuse to die

Written By: admin - Jan• 15•15

Cannibalism plays a big part in the life cycle of galaxies, but some rise from the dead as zombies – including one on a collision course with our own

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Bits Blog: Google Translate App Gets an Upgrade

Written By: admin - Jan• 15•15

The company’s translation service is becoming a lot smarter — and a lot easier to use.

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Disruptions: Be the Star of Your Own Snapchat Story

Written By: admin - Jan• 15•15

Imagine a short and very personal TV show: directed, edited and starring you. It lasts 24 hours and then — poof! — it’s gone.

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US House passes bill to soften post-crisis law reining in Wall Street, key Republican priority

Written By: admin - Jan• 15•15

WASHINGTON (AP) " US House passes bill to soften post-crisis law reining in Wall Street, key Republican priority.

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Free speech has to be for everyone, or not at all

Written By: admin - Jan• 15•15

The UK government wants to curtail online communication between terrorists, but any attempt will restrict free speech for everyone

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Testing ‘better than badger cull’

Written By: admin - Jan• 15•15

Stepping up cattle testing is a far more effective bovine TB control strategy than shooting badgers, according to computer modelling work.

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Facebook expands into the office

Written By: admin - Jan• 15•15

Facebook releases an app offering office workers a private alternative to email, challenging Microsoft’s Yammer, LinkedIn and others.

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Russia: Gas to Europe should go via Turkey, not Ukraine

Written By: admin - Jan• 15•15

MOSCOW (AP) " Russia’s state natural gas company wants its exports to Europe to bypass Ukraine entirely and go via a proposed new pipeline to Turkey.Gazprom head Alexei Miller made the statement Wednesday. He said European countries…

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ISS evacuation after leak fears

Written By: admin - Jan• 15•15

Crew members were evacuated from a US segment of the International Space Station after an ammonia leak was suspected.

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New York City Council Discusses Cap on Prices Charged by Car-Service Apps During Peak Times

Written By: admin - Jan• 15•15

The pricing policies of Uber and other car-service apps, like Lyft, were at issue at a transportation committee hearing, where legislation to cap “surge pricing” was introduced.

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Gold rush threat to tropical forests

Written By: admin - Jan• 15•15

Rising demand for gold is leading to the loss of tropical forests in South America, scientists warn.

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FBI beefs up resources against foreign corruption

Written By: admin - Jan• 15•15

WASHINGTON (AP) " U.S. law enforcement officials say the FBI is stepping up efforts to fight international corruption. It’s creating new squads to search for bribery cases that stretch overseas.The three squads will be based in…

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Robots probe climate change

Written By: admin - Jan• 15•15

Hundreds of robotic instruments deployed across the South Pacific have begun to reveal dramatic new insights into the impact of climate change upon oceans in our corner of the world.One of the world’s leading oceanographers, Professor…

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Shell, Qatar shelve petrochemical project as oil price falls

Written By: admin - Jan• 15•15

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) " Shell, Europe’s largest oil producer, and Qatar Petroleum say they are scrapping a planned petrochemicals project in the Gulf nation amid falling energy prices.Shell said in a statement Wednesday that…

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Detroit Motor Show 2015: In pictures

Written By: admin - Jan• 15•15

The latest models on display at the Detroit Motor Show

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Ryanair to test smartphone movies

Written By: admin - Jan• 15•15

Ryanair says it plans to start streaming movies and TV shows to passengers’ tablets and smartphones within the coming months.

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Video game auction nears $100,000

Written By: admin - Jan• 15•15

An auction on the site, which runs until Friday, has gone from $5,000 to nearly $100,000 in a little more than a week.

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Bigger Settlement Said to Be Reached in Silicon Valley Antitrust Case

Written By: admin - Jan• 15•15

Apple, Google, Intel and Adobe are said to be offering $415 million to settle accusations that they had conspired against their own employees.

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EU offers some budget relief to struggling nations

Written By: admin - Jan• 15•15

BRUSSELS (AP) " The European Union is giving member states struggling with debt more leeway in their spending plans despite strict EU rules on deficits and debt.EU officials raised the possibility Wednesday for nations like Italy…

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ZX Spectrum production set to begin

Written By: admin - Jan• 15•15

Production is set to start on a remodelled version of the ZX Spectrum, which will come pre-installed with 1,000 classic game titles.

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Yahoo sets March debut date for sitcom ‘Community’

Written By: admin - Jan• 15•15

PASADENA, California (AP) " The axed network sitcom "Community" will make its web debut on Yahoo in March.Yahoo announced Tuesday that the sitcom will begin its online life with a pair of episodes. Then it will air once weekly.Last…

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Phone bug wakes Australians early

Written By: admin - Jan• 15•15

A computer systems bug causes smartphone alarms to trigger an hour early in Queensland, Australia, causing confusion.

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JPMorgan reports profit of $4.9 billion, hit by legal costs

Written By: admin - Jan• 15•15

NEW YORK (AP) " JPMorgan Chase, the biggest U.S. bank by assets, reported a 7 percent drop in fourth quarter earnings Wednesday, coming short of what analysts estimated.The bank said it earned $4.93 billion, or $1.19 a share, for…

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Google Translate ‘turns interpreter’

Written By: admin - Jan• 15•15

Google says its Translate app can now act as an interpreter, with the addition of a real-time voice-translation mode.

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Samsung sells first Tizen phones

Written By: admin - Jan• 15•15

Samsung launches the first smartphones to be powered by its Tizen operating system after aborted launches elsewhere.

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James Cameron says ‘Avatar’ sequel delayed until late 2017

Written By: admin - Jan• 15•15

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) " Director James Cameron said Wednesday that writing three "Avatar" sequels is such a complex job he’s delaying the first new film a year and it will now be released in late 2017.Cameron plans to film…

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European official: ECB bond purchase in line with treaty

Written By: admin - Jan• 14•15

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) " An adviser to the European Court of Justice says the European Central Bank’s offer to purchase government bonds of troubled countries is "compatible in principle" with the EU treaty.The bond purchase program…

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Russian minister promises to limit government spending

Written By: admin - Jan• 14•15

MOSCOW (AP) " Russia’s finance minister has promised to maintain a tight lid on spending as the country faces its worst economic downturn in 15 years.Anton Siluanov said an earlier plan to boost government spending by nearly 12…

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GM crops: What do new rules mean?

Written By: admin - Jan• 14•15

What do the new rules mean?

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Flying bird weight riddle solved

Written By: admin - Jan• 14•15

Scientists at Stanford University in the US develop a device that can measure the weight of a flying bird.

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VIDEO: The trucker modernising his industry

Written By: admin - Jan• 14•15

The trucker taking his industry into the digital age

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Congress moves toward easing bank, Wall Street rules

Written By: admin - Jan• 14•15

WASHINGTON (AP) " The U.S. House of Representatives is moving toward softening a post-crisis law that brought the strictest rules for banks and Wall Street since the 1930s, more than six years after the financial crisis struck.Under…

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Asian shares meander after Wall St swings, oil prices drop

Written By: admin - Jan• 14•15

TOKYO (AP) " Asian shares meandered Wednesday following a volatile session on Wall Street as investors remained edgy over the slump in oil and metal prices.KEEPING SCORE: Japan’s Nikkei 225 slipped 0.8 percent to 16,951.81 and South…

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Obama Will Urge F.C.C. to Aid Local Broadband Expansion

Written By: admin - Jan• 14•15

As part of a broad effort to improve Internet access, President Obama will ask the commission to overrule state laws that limit the expansion of local high-speed networks.

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Manager of bFM stands down

Written By: admin - Jan• 14•15

Manu Taylor has stepped down as station manager at the alternative radio station bFM.Taylor announced yesterday he would be leaving after seven years with bFM.Before that he was programme director at Mai FM where he had been for…

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Obama Will Urge F.C.C. to Aid Local Broadband Expansion

Written By: admin - Jan• 14•15

As part of a broad effort to improve Internet access, President Obama will ask the commission to overrule state laws that limit the expansion of local high-speed networks.

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Japan approves record budget heavy on military and welfare

Written By: admin - Jan• 14•15

TOKYO (AP) " Japan’s Cabinet has approved a record 96.3 trillion yen ($814 billion) government budget for the coming fiscal year to accommodate rising outlays for social security and defense.Rising revenues following a sales tax…

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Obama Calls for New Laws to Bolster Cybersecurity

Written By: admin - Jan• 14•15

The president’s effort comes in the wake of a series of high-profile computer breaches, the most recent involving the military’s Central Command.

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Q&A: All you needed to know about the humble coconut

Written By: admin - Jan• 14•15

Coconuts and their myriad benefits have been endorsed by everyone from Madonna to Harry Belafonte – but there’s much about the tropical wonder-fruit we still don’t appreciate. In a three-year study supported by a Marsden Fund grant,…

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GeoOp gets ‘please explain’ note as shares surge

Written By: admin - Jan• 14•15

GeoOp, the small business app developer, has blamed its tightly held share register after NZX Regulation questioned the stock’s 73 percent jump over the past three weeks.The Auckland-based business said it complied with NZX listing…

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Wildlife crime prints ‘breakthrough’

Written By: admin - Jan• 14•15

Scientists say they have made a forensic breakthrough in the fight against wildlife crime by recovering fingerprints from feathers.

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Bits Blog: Facebook Will Add its Resources to Amber Alerts

Written By: admin - Jan• 14•15

Facebook will use its geographic targeting technology to spread the word about abducted children through the news feeds of its American users.

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AirTran leads US airlines in on-time arrivals; Envoy last

Written By: admin - Jan• 14•15

AirTran Airways tops all U.S. airlines in the latest rankings for on-time arrivals, knocking off perennial winner Hawaiian Airlines.The bad news for passengers who love punctuality: You can’t fly on AirTran anymore.The low-fare…

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Tonga Airports open after volcanic ash cloud disrupted travel

Written By: admin - Jan• 14•15

Tonga Airports are open and the chief executive expects flights should be able to leave after a volcanic ash cloud disrupted travel from Monday, but Air New Zealand hasn’t been able to get a plane to the island kingdom.Hundreds…

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Politicians ‘cowardly’ over science

Written By: admin - Jan• 14•15

Sir Paul Nurse, president of the Royal Society, says politicians often show a "total lack of leadership" in ignoring scientific findings.

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ASB picks inflation to stay low

Written By: admin - Jan• 14•15

ASB Bank expects New Zealand’s annual inflation to remain under the Reserve Bank’s 1 to 3 per cent range for much of 2015.The bank, in its preview of Statistics New Zealand’s consumers price index (CPI), which is due out on January…

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US trial of Silk Road ‘owner’ begins

Written By: admin - Jan• 14•15

The trial of Ross Ulbricht, the alleged creator and operator of the Silk Road underground illegal market, has opened in New York.

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Bits Blog: IBM Introduces z13, a Mainframe for the Smartphone Economy

Written By: admin - Jan• 14•15

IBM’s new mainframe is designed for challenges of the smartphone economy. The new machine’s success is critical to IBM.

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Delta Air Lines shifts flights at JFK, offers more gates

Written By: admin - Jan• 14•15

NEW YORK (AP) " Delta Air Lines unveiled an expanded terminal area at John F. Kennedy International Airport Tuesday, meant to help customers on its regional jets connect easier.The $175 million project added 11 gates and 75,000…

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Bits Blog: Instacart, a Grocery Delivery Start-Up, Raises $220 Million

Written By: admin - Jan• 14•15

The company is part of the so-called on-demand economy, start-up companies that let customers order anything — food, cars, alcohol — and have it delivered directly to their homes in hours.

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Alberta to likely face recession due to low oil prices

Written By: admin - Jan• 14•15

TORONTO (AP) " A Canadian economic think-tank says Alberta’s oil-heavy economy will likely dip into recession as oil prices continue to plunge.The Conference Board of Canada said Tuesday that the western Canadian province’s latest…

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NASA chief scientist: First an asteroid, then Mars

Written By: admin - Jan• 14•15

We can’t put people on the Red Planet yet, but break the mission into bite-sized chunks and 2030 looks possible, says NASA science supremo Ellen Stofan

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Spotify’s Top 10 most viral tracks

Written By: admin - Jan• 14•15

The following list represents the most viral tracks on Spotify, based on the number of people who shared it divided by the number who listened to it, from Monday, Jan. 5, to Sunday, Jan. 11, via Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter and Spotify.UNITED…

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Bits Blog: Parents Challenge President to Dig Deeper on Ed Tech

Written By: admin - Jan• 14•15

While President Obama endorsed a voluntary student privacy effort by ed tech companies, some parents seek more comprehensive legislation.

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EU gives France, Italy some leeway on meeting budget rules

Written By: admin - Jan• 14•15

BRUSSELS (AP) " The European Union says it will interpret its fiscal rules with some flexibility for countries that invest and reform more " a promise that could be good news for struggling France and Italy.The EU’s executive Commission…

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Alibaba Teams Up With U.S. Safety Agency

Written By: admin - Jan• 14•15

The Chinese e-commerce group has agreed to prevent the export of dangerous items recalled by the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

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Oil dips below $45 as OPEC signals no cuts

Written By: admin - Jan• 14•15

NEW YORK (AP) " The price of oil has dipped below $45 a barrel following the latest sign from OPEC that the group doesn’t plan to cut production.The comments from the energy minister for the United Arab Emirates, a member of OPEC,…

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Bits Blog: Facebook to Begin Posting Amber Alerts

Written By: admin - Jan• 14•15

Facebook will use its geographic targeting technology to spread the word about abducted children through the news feeds of its American users.

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EU seeks support for investment fund to boost economy

Written By: admin - Jan• 14•15

BRUSSELS (AP) " The top official behind a proposed 315 billion euro ($371 billion) European Union investment plan wants member states to contribute more money to get the continent’s flagging economy back on the upswing.The fund…

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Eruption in Tonga strands hundreds of tourists

Written By: admin - Jan• 14•15

Hundreds of travellers and holidaymakers have been left stranded after flights to and from Tonga were cancelled yesterday because of a huge volcanic ash cloud 9km high.Four Air New Zealand have been affected, including one from…

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Bits Blog: Instacart, a Grocery Delivery Start-Up, Raises $220 Million

Written By: admin - Jan• 14•15

The company is part of the so-called on-demand economy, start-up companies that let customers order anything — food, cars, alcohol — and have it delivered directly to their homes in hours.

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Android security shift exposes users

Written By: admin - Jan• 14•15

Millions of Android users could be at risk as Google changes the way it handles security updates for older versions of the smartphone operating system.

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Britain opens Egypt trade mission, largest in over a decade

Written By: admin - Jan• 14•15

CAIRO (AP) " Britain has launched a trade mission to Egypt with more than 40 companies received in Cairo, the largest such effort in over a decade by the top foreign investor in the Arab world’s most populous country.The Tuesday…

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Bits Blog: Amber Alerts Come to Facebook’s News Feed

Written By: admin - Jan• 14•15

Facebook will use its geographic targeting technology to spread the word about abducted children through the news feeds of its American users.

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Climate needs low-energy urban areas

Written By: admin - Jan• 14•15

A global study of 274 cities helps shed light on energy consumption in urban areas and what can be done to make future urbanisation more energy efficient.

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EU changes rules on GM crop-growing

Written By: admin - Jan• 14•15

The EU gives states more decision-making powers on genetically modified (GM) crops, which are highly restricted in Europe.

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Obama to push for new cybersecurity legislation

Written By: admin - Jan• 14•15

WASHINGTON (AP) " President Barack Obama will propose new legislation Tuesday aimed at fostering increased sharing between government agencies and the private sector to help improve cybersecurity.The legislation would encourage…

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Can the government ban encryption?

Written By: admin - Jan• 14•15

Do we need new terror data laws?

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Bits Blog: British Prime Minister Suggests Banning Some Online Messaging Apps

Written By: admin - Jan• 14•15

Prime Minister David Cameron of Britain said he would pursue banning encrypted messaging services like Snapchat and WhatsApp if the country’s intelligence services were not given greater access to people’s online communication.

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Facebook restricts violent videos

Written By: admin - Jan• 14•15

Facebook begins placing warnings over video clips of graphic violence and prevents under-18s from seeing distressing images.

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Facebook launches Amber Alerts to help find missing children

Written By: admin - Jan• 14•15

NEW YORK (AP) " Facebook users in the U.S. will soon receive Amber Alerts to help find missing children who may be located near them.Facebook Inc. is working with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children to send the…

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Focus on surveillance as US military’s tweets hacked

Written By: admin - Jan• 14•15

As governments look at security policies following the Charlie Hebdo massacre, the US Central Command’s Twitter feed was briefly the victim of a hacking war

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Space weather report to keep GPS on track

Written By: admin - Jan• 14•15

A new service called FLARECAST will predict destructive solar storms minute-by-minute to warn when satellites are in danger

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‘Sony-inspired’ hack ends game work

Written By: admin - Jan• 14•15

A hack attack "inspired" by the recent attack on Sony has led a developer to cancel creation of a game featuring Kim Jong-un.

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New York City Council Discusses Cap on Prices Charged by Car-Service Apps During Peak Times

Written By: admin - Jan• 14•15

The pricing policies of Uber and other car-service apps, like Lyft, were at issue at a transportation committee hearing, where legislation to cap “surge pricing” was introduced.

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Portugal Telecom shares slip as $8.7 billion deal postponed

Written By: admin - Jan• 14•15

LISBON, Portugal (AP) " Portugal Telecom shares are being battered amid fresh concerns over the company’s future.Following an initial 12 percent decline, the company’s share price was down 3.2 percent, to 0.69 euros, at lunchtime…

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Alleged Silk Road owner put on trial

Written By: admin - Jan• 14•15

The trial of Ross Ulbricht, the alleged creator and operator of the Silk Road underground market, begins today.

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Rouhani seeks to reassure Iranians amid falling oil prices

Written By: admin - Jan• 14•15

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) " The Iranian president is trying to reassure his nation amid plunging oil prices and says that major producers such as Saudi Arabia will be more affected by the global crisis.Speaking in the southern Iranian port…

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VIDEO: Detroit Motor Show: Go big or green?

Written By: admin - Jan• 14•15

The lowering cost of fuel means that large trucks and SUVs have become more popular despite the abundance of green cars now available, as Samira Hussain reports.

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Delhi court charges Uber driver in rape case

Written By: admin - Jan• 14•15

NEW DELHI (AP) " A New Delhi court has charged an Uber cab driver with the rape, kidnapping and criminal intimidation of a 25-year-old woman who hired the taxi service for a ride home from a dinner engagement last month.Police official…

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World stock markets drift as oil falls, China exports rise

Written By: admin - Jan• 13•15

HONG KONG (AP) " Global stock markets drifted Tuesday as oil extended its slide, falling below $45 a barrel, while better-than-expected Chinese trade figures countered recent gloom over the slowdown in the world’s No. 2 economy.KEEPING…

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VIDEO: Marine conservation zones on the rise

Written By: admin - Jan• 13•15

The BBC’s Danny Savage reports on plans to protect more offshore seabeds in England, which would see new areas given the status of ‘marine conservation zone’.

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Centcom – a PR disaster, not cyberwar

Written By: admin - Jan• 13•15

US tech breach – embarrassing but hardly cyber-war

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