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Iran's Tech Sector Blooms under Shield of Sanctions

The names may be unfamiliar but the services are immediately recognizable: Snapp is Iran's answer to Uber, Digikala is its Amazon, and Pintapin its Booking.com.

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Russians March against State Internet Crackdown

Around 1,000 people marched through central Moscow on Sunday to protest against the government's harsh legislative controls on the internet.

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Germany Stages Raids against Child Porn Suspects

German prosecutors said Thursday they had carried out nationwide raids against people believed to possess child pornography, targeting nearly 70 prime suspects.

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U.S., European Police Say 'Dark Web' Markets Shut Down

U.S. and European police on Thursday announced the shutdown of two huge "dark web" marketplaces that allowed the anonymous online trade of drugs, hacking software and guns.

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said underground websites AlphaBay and Hansa had tens of thousands of sellers of deadly drugs like fentanyl and other illicit goods serving more than 200,000 customers worldwide.

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Facebook to Test News Story Paywalls

Facebook will test limiting the number of published news stories that can be read for free on its Instant Articles platform for premium publishers, US media reported on Wednesday.

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Microsoft Cloud to Help Baidu Self-Driving Car Effort

Microsoft's cloud computing platform will be used outside China for collaboration by members of a self-driving car alliance formed by Chinese internet search giant Baidu, the companies announced on Tuesday.

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Indonesia Restricts App over "Terrorism" Content

Indonesia has blocked web-based access to a popular messaging service and threatened a full ban on the app due to its "terrorism" content, the government said.

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Australia to Compel Chat Apps to Hand over Encrypted Messages

Social media giants like Facebook and WhatsApp will be compelled to share encrypted messages of suspected terrorists and other criminals with Australian police under new laws unveiled Friday.

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Robots Debate Future of Humans at Hong Kong Tech Show

It was a spooky sight: two lifelike disembodied robot torsos discussing the pros and cons of humans in front of a nervously tittering audience in Hong Kong Wednesday.

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Indian Lab Develops 'Beef Detection Kits'

A government-run laboratory in western India has developed portable "beef detection kits" that will allow police to quickly determine whether meat is that of an illegally slaughtered cow, an official said Monday.

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