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Twitter's Influence Mounts as Reach Grows

It is becoming the preferred social network for American teens. It is an important "second screen" for TV viewers of NFL football and "Dancing With the Stars."

It also happens to be a tool for social activists which arguably can help topple governments.

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Instagram Starts Showing Ads

Instagram began displaying ads Friday, as Facebook moved to start making money from the smartphone photo sharing service it bought in a billion-dollar deal last year.

The first ad to pop up was a sponsored photo of a Michael Kors ladies' watch, artfully displayed on a table set elegantly for coffee and biscuits.

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Apple's iPad Air Takes Flight

For one Japanese man, being at the front of a Tokyo queue as the new iPad debuted Friday was his way of saying "thank you" to Apple after a year that turned his life around.

Takaaki Sasaki, who designed an app that became a hit in Japan, was one of hundreds who poured into Apple's flagship store in the glitzy Ginza district as the doors opened on the latest tablet offering from the sector's agenda-setter.

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Big U.S. Tech Firms Calls for Reform on Snooping

Six of the biggest U.S. technology firms are urging Congress to rein in the National Security Agency by requiring more transparency about surveillance and improved privacy protections.

In a letter to a Senate committee, the tech giants applauded the introduction of the USA Freedom Act aimed at ending bulk collection of phone records and improve privacy protection in the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court.

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Google Releases 1st Phone Powered by 'Kit Kat'

Google is selling a new Android smartphone that it hopes will become more like a clairvoyant friend than a piece of hardware.

The Nexus 5 phone unveiled Thursday is the first device to run on Kit Kat, the latest version of Google's Android operating system.

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Portable Electronics to be Allowed on Flights

Airline passengers will soon be allowed to use a range of mobile electronic devices in flight with very few restrictions, U.S. aviation authorities said Thursday.

The move by the Federal Aviation Administration put an end to stricter regulations that have barred the use of electronics during taxi, takeoff and landing for the past 50 years.

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U.S. Driver Cited for Wearing Google Glass

An early adopter of Google's Internet-connected eyeglasses plans to fight a citation for wearing the device while driving in California, saying the technology makes navigation easier than smartphones and GPS devices.

Cecilia Abadie was pulled over for speeding Tuesday, and a California Highway Patrol officer noticed she was wearing Google Glass and added a citation usually given to drivers who may be distracted by a video or TV screen.

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'Anonymous' Hack Puts Singapore on Alert

Activist group Anonymous hacked a Singapore newspaper website Friday over Internet freedom in the city-state, where government agencies are now reportedly on alert for wider cyber attacks.

The website of the pro-government Straits Times was hacked early in the day by apparent members of the group, which is opposing recently introduced licensing rules for news websites in Singapore on censorship grounds.

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Twitter Aims High, but Faces Hurdles

How does a company that has lost millions since 2010 and never made a profit raise $1.6 billion in a public offering and reach a value of some $11 billion?

Say hello to Twitter, which could become the next behemoth in the new world of technology -- or another flash in the pan.

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Report: NSA Broke into Yahoo, Google Data Centers

The National Security Agency has secretly broken into the main communications links that connect Yahoo and Google data centers around the world, a newspaper reported, citing documents obtained from former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.

A secret accounting dated Jan. 9, 2013, indicates that NSA sends millions of records every day from Yahoo and Google internal networks to data warehouses at the agency's Fort Meade, Maryland, headquarters, the Washington Post reported Wednesday.

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