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WiFi Hubs to Replace New York Pay Phones

Thousands of high-tech terminals offering free WiFi and other services will soon replace New York's remaining fleet of seldom-used pay phones, the city mayor said Monday.

Mayor Bill de Blasio called the "LinkNYC" system "the fastest and largest municipal WiFi network in the world."

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Amnesty Feels 'Chill' from China Internet Meeting

Rights group Amnesty International on Tuesday described a major Chinese-organised Internet conference as chilling, calling it an attempt to have a greater say in the rules that govern the web.

The Chinese government has set up the World Internet Conference in Wuzhen this week with the theme "An Interconnected World Shared and Governed by All", according to its website.

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Snapchat Lets Friends Send Cash in a Snap

Smartphone app Snapchat on Monday began letting users in the United States send money to friends by simply typing dollar amounts into new "Snapcash" messages.

The new feature came from a first collaboration between Snapchat and Square, a mobile payments company headed by Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey.

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Samsung to Slash Number of Smartphone Models

Samsung Electronics has announced plans to slash the number of smartphone models it issues next year by up to one-third as it tries to cut prices in the face of intense Chinese competition.

The strategy, confirmed by a company spokesman Tuesday, was unveiled during a presentation in New York by the South Korean conglomerate's head of investor relations, Robert Yi.

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3 Florida Guys Find a Career Playing Video Games

From nine to five, seven days a week, Robert Schill plays video games while sitting on a plush, brown sofa in central Florida.

Hundreds, sometimes thousands, of people watch. His web channel has more than 35 million hits in one year.

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Paris Pop-Up Store Immortalises Shoppers with 3D Printed Figurine

A new pop-up shop in the hip Marais district of Paris is giving people the opportunity to immortalize themselves with a tiny printed 3D figurine for the not so tiny price of 230 euros ($286).

The studio, called "Le Moimee Store", hails itself as the world's first specializing in 3D portraits. It allows customers to print a figurine 1/12th their size, in whatever pose they like, wearing their favorite clothes and accessories.

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FT: Facebook Preparing New Website for Office Use

Facebook is preparing a new office version of its social networking site to compete with other sites like LinkedIn, the Financial Times reported on Monday citing sources familiar with the matter.

"Facebook is secretly working on a new website called 'Facebook at Work'" that would allow users to "chat with colleagues, connect with professional contacts and collaborate over documents", it said.

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Facebook to Curb Promotional Posts on User Timelines

Facebook on Friday said it is making moves to reduce the number of promotional posts that pop up in timelines, in response to users' demands for fewer advertisements.

Beginning in January, people should start seeing fewer posts in news feeds urging them to do things such as buy products, download applications or enter sweepstakes, according to the leading social media titan.

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Hachette, Amazon End Nasty Feud with Deal on Book Sales

Publisher Hachette and Amazon ended Thursday an acrimonious feud over online book sales that highlighted Amazon's market dominance and fueled protests from leading authors like John Grisham and Stephen King.

After six months in which Amazon clamped down on sales of Hachette Publishing Group books on its website, the two announced a multi-year agreement on ebook and print book sales in the U.S. market.

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BlackBerry Expanding its Mobile-Security Arsenal

BlackBerry is expanding its efforts to sell mobile-security software on its rivals' smartphones and tablets to help counter the waning popularity of its own devices.

As part of its strategy outlined Thursday in San Francisco, BlackBerry unveiled several upgrades to its mobile security weapons and a partnership with smartphone market leader Samsung Electronics.

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