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Google Announcement: Pixel Phones and Smart Machines

US internet giant Google on Tuesday challenged heavyweight rivals including Apple and Amazon with an array of new gadgets aimed at digital lifestyles. Coming products to watch for:

- Smartphone 'Made by Google' -Pixel is the first smartphone designed by Google, with the Silicon Valley powerhouse dictating the hardware, software and services the way Apple does with its iPhones.

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Google Launches Pixel Smartphone in Hardware Push

Google on Tuesday unveiled its new Pixel smartphone with artificial intelligence built in as it directly takes on the iPhone with its own branded, premium-priced handset.

"We are building hardware with the Google Assistant at its core," said Rick Osterloh, head of a new hardware division at the California-based internet giant.

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Apple Still a Star without Steve Jobs, but Doubts Linger

Five years after the death of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, the Silicon Valley tech giant is bigger and stronger, despite lingering doubts over its future without the visionary leader.

In financial terms, Apple has been an unstoppable juggernaut: Its profit for the 2015 fiscal year was a whopping $53 billion on revenues of $234 billion -- both figures doubled since the final year of Jobs's reign before he died of pancreatic cancer on October 5, 2011.

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Facebook Launches Buy-and-Sell 'Marketplace'

Facebook on Monday launched a new online "Marketplace" allowing members of the huge social network to buy and sell with each other.

The new feature puts Facebook squarely in competition with local online selling platforms led by Craigslist, and offers an alternative to marketplaces like eBay.

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Advertising on Mobile: It's All about 'Stopping the Thumb'

Almost 80 years old, the deodorant Old Spice is learning new tricks for finding customers in the era of smartphones and social media.

The Procter & Gamble product, having spoofed itself for years with advice on how to become more "mantastic," posts to its 2.6 million Facebook followers a steady stream of video games, prize entries, and advertisements as short as two seconds. 

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Software Star Google Expected to Flex Hardware Muscle

A high-profile Google event Tuesday is widely expected to show a new emphasis on hardware, challenging rivals Apple and Amazon and launching a new strategy for the online giant.

While the company has offered no official preview, it is expected to unveil a new line of Google-branded smartphones, a tablet and a home virtual assistant.

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U.S. Government Cuts Cord on Internet Oversight

The US government on Saturday ended its formal oversight role over the internet, handing over management of the online address system to a global non-profit entity.

The US Commerce Department announced that its contract had expired with the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, which manages the internet's so-called "root zone."

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BlackBerry Lesson: Adapt or Die in the Internet Age

BlackBerry has joined Yahoo, Nokia and other technology industry stars felled by an internet age in which companies are forced to evolve quickly or perish.

Canadian-based BlackBerry announced Wednesday it would halt in-house production of smartphones, marking the end of an era for the once-dominant handset producer.

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Dutch Take Pokemon Go Makers to Court as Gamers Flood Beaches

Dutch authorities are taking the U.S. makers of Pokemon Go to court after the company failed to respond to pleas to stop hordes of fans flocking to protected beaches.

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BlackBerry to Outsource Handsets, Will Halt Production

BlackBerry announced Wednesday it would halt in-house production of smartphones, marking the end of an era for the once-dominant Canadian tech firm.

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