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Google Criticizes EU Charges as 'Wide of the Mark'

Google dismissed European Union charges that it abused its dominant position as Europe's top search engine, downplaying its role as gatekeeper of the Internet.

The European Commission, whose formal charges could impose a fine in excess of $6 billion against the Mountain View, California-based company, also plans to open a separate anti-trust investigation into Google's Android operating system, which dominates the global mobile phone market.

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U.S. 'Aggressively' Raising Cybersecurity with China

Washington is "aggressively" warning Beijing over the repercussions of its demand that U.S. tech firms should hand over their encryption keys if they want to do business in China, a top U.S. official said Tuesday.

The statement by U.S. Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker comes one month after President Obama rebuked Beijing over a new anti-terror law that would require companies to give Beijing details of their encryption methods or be denied access to the Chinese market.

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Twitter, YouTube, Instagram Work on Stealth Advertising

The quandary for those who run social networks is how to monetise activity on them without antagonising and thus losing users through distracting ads?

The answer, for Twitter, YouTube and Instagram, is to slip in some stealthy ads camouflaged to look like posts from listed contacts.

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Samsung, Apple Clash with Rollout of New Products

Apple gave consumers their first hands-on look at its smartwatch Friday pushing into wearable tech just as rival Samsung rolled out its new flagship smartphones.

With the world's two biggest gadget makers vying for consumer attention, Apple scored points by apparently selling out of the Apple Watch as quickly as it opened pre-orders.

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LinkedIn Buying for $1.5 Billion in Cash and Stock

LinkedIn is buying for about $1.5 billion in a cash-and-stock deal, adding the online learning and professional development company to its professional networking offerings.

Mountain View, California-based LinkedIn said Thursday that it will pay for the Carpinteria, California-based company with a combination of 52 percent cash and 48 percent stock. The deal is expected to close during the second quarter. It is by far LinkedIn's largest acquisition so far, and one that should help the 12-year-old company expand its audience and the market it serves.

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Internet Naming Body Moves to Crack Down on '.sucks'

The body that regulates Internet addresses is checking to see if it can crack down on a Canadian company accused of using the new ".sucks" domain name to extract exorbitant sums from celebrities and companies seeking to protect their public brands.

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, or ICANN, on Thursday sent a letter to the U.S. Federal Trade Commission and Canada's Office of Consumer Affairs to see if the actions of company Vox Populi Registry Ltd. are illegal.

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Apple Watch's Worldwide Preview Kicks off

Japanese tech fans got their first look Friday at the Apple Watch, with would-be early buyers queuing for a "trial fitting" in Tokyo's chic Omotesando area.

Apple says its first wearable device will connect wirelessly to a user's iPhone and will be the interface for messaging, calls and apps, especially ones geared toward health and fitness.

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Samsung Banks on New Smartphone Roll-Out

Samsung rolled out its new smartphone in South Korea and 20 other countries on Friday in a bid to restore its role as market leader.

The Galaxy S6 and its curved-edge variant, the Galaxy S6 Edge, went on sale in South Korea, home of the electronic giant, as well as Europe, the United States and markets in the Asia-Pacific such as Australia, Singapore and India.

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Samsung Hopes to Reverse Dimming Fortunes with Galaxy S6

When Samsung dubbed development of its latest smartphones "Project Zero," it was sounding a note of desperation as sales tumbled and it lost pole position in the crucial Chinese market to rivals Xiaomi and Apple.

The results of its overhaul, the flagship Galaxy S6 smartphone and the S6 Edge, go on sale in 20 countries on Friday. Samsung, which said "Project Zero" signified starting from scratch, is hoping a revamped design, a more intuitive interface and less clutter will help claw back lost market share.

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Activists File Facebook Class Action Suit in Austria

An Austrian law graduate spearheading a class action case against Facebook for alleged privacy breaches officially filed the suit in a Vienna court on Thursday.

In a closely-watched case, Max Schrems and 25,000 other users are suing the social media giant for various rights violations, ranging from the "illegal" tracking of their data under EU law to Facebook's involvement in the PRISM surveillance program of the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA).

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