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Netflix to Launch in Australia, New Zealand this Month

U.S. video streaming service Netflix on Tuesday said it will launch in Australia and New Zealand this month, with access to season three of hit political drama House of Cards a key drawcard.

The move comes amid an increasing shift to Internet-based on-demand television globally, with the California-based company leading the field.

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Emerging World Drives Cheap Smartphone Boom

Phone and Internet firms are rolling out cheaper handsets and may turn to hot-air balloons to boost network coverage in developing countries, where sales of smartphones are booming.

Even though mobile network coverage is generally weaker in the developing world, firms are mining a gold rush of new clients in China, India and beyond, as smartphone demand slows in the rich world.

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Twitter Working with Probe on 'IS' Threats against Founder

Twitter said Monday it was working with law enforcement officials on unspecified threats, amid reports that the social network had been targeted for blocking accounts linked to the Islamic State.

"Our security team is investigating the veracity of these threats with relevant law enforcement officials," a Twitter spokesman said, without elaborating.

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Wrist Action: Phone Firms Bet on 'Year of Smartwatch'

Defying skepticism and geek-stigma, mobile phone firms are determined this year to sell you a wristwatch wirelessly connected to your mobile phone.

Numerous models have hit the market over the past year but 2015 will see an explosion, analysts say, with manufacturers making their watches and other wearable connected devices more elegant and useful.

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New Media, New China: Xinhua Relaunch on Barred Networks

China's official news agency Xinhua has re-launched its English-language presence on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube, it announced -- all of which are blocked in China.

Like many official Chinese bodies, Xinhua is an avid user of Western social media despite their illegality in the country, and by January Xinhua had 30 accounts in different names across the three platforms, it said. 

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Samsung Ditches Plastic Design with S6, HTC One Improves Camera

Samsung has unveiled a stylish new flagship phone that ditches its signature plastic design for more stylish metal and glass.

The South Korean phone manufacturer also unveiled a premium model with a display that curves around the left and right edges so that information can be quickly glanced at on the side. The Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge will both include technology for mobile payments, though Samsung isn't unveiling a service to rival the iPhone's Apple Pay until this summer.

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Fashionable or Geeky -- the Modern Watch Dilemma

It's Milan fashion week, you've got tickets to the catwalk shows and an outfit to die for, but which watch to wear? A chunky smartwatch or chic ticker that can't tell the time?

Ahead of the hotly-anticipated Apple Watch launch this year, expected to revolutionize tech wearables, there are already watches you can use to check emails, Facebook or the weather, play games or even get your kettle to boil.

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Google Hits Back at Rivals with Futuristic HQ Plan

Google unveiled plans Friday for a new campus headquarters integrating wildlife and sweeping waterways, aiming to make a big statement in Silicon Valley -- which is already seeing ambitious projects from Apple and Facebook.

The design also includes lush public gardens, looping covered bikeways and futuristic-looking buildings that can be moved about like toy blocks.

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Phone Firms Look beyond the Handset at Top Mobile Fair

Phone makers will seek to seduce new buyers with even smarter Internet-connected watches and other wireless gadgets as they wrestle for dominance at the world's biggest mobile fair starting Monday.

Along with the launches of numerous new smartphones -- dominated by South Korean giant Samsung -- tech firms are trying to conquer users' bodies and connect their environments.

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IBM Outlines Plan to Revamp Business for Investors

IBM's CEO has said the company's plan to revamp its business to shift away from hardware and focus on business analytics, cloud computing, mobile services and security is on track.

In a media briefing ahead of an investor conference in New York on Thursday, Virginia Rometty said the company plans that the new tech markets should make up 40 percent of IBM's business, or $40 billion, in the next 4 years. That's up from 13 percent five years ago and 27 percent by the end of this year.

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