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Android Fuels Surge in Global Tablet Sales

Global sales of tablet computers surged in the first quarter of 2013, led by Android-powered devices that outpaced gains by Apple's iPads, a research firm said Wednesday.

IDC said the worldwide tablet market saw sizzling growth of 142.4 percent compared to the same period a year ago, with shipments hitting 49.2 million units in the first three months of 2013.

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IBM Unveils 'World's Smallest Movie' Using Atoms

IBM scientists Wednesday unveiled what they called "the world's smallest movie," which tracks the movement of atoms magnified 100 million times.

The film, "A Boy and His Atom," depicts a character named Atom who befriends a single atom and follows him on a journey of dancing and bouncing that helps explain the science behind data storage.

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Sony Executives Give Up Bonuses

Dozens of Sony executives including the firm's chief are foregoing bonuses this year in an "unprecedented" step to atone for a slump in its embattled electronics unit, a spokeswoman said Wednesday.

Chief executive Kazuo Hirai is among 40 top managers who will not get a bonus estimated at several hundred million yen (several million dollars) "due to severe business circumstances, including stagnant performance in the electronics sector", the spokeswoman said.

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Researchers Measure Tweets for Happiness 'Pulse'

Take all the comments expressed on Twitter, crunch them with an analytics program and you can get a sense of the mood of a city, state or country.

U.S. researchers say they have come up with such a tool, called a "hedonometer," which is effectively a happiness sensor.

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Google Plus Racks Up Followers, but Not All are Devoted

When Google launched its social networking service, Google Plus, during the summer of 2011, tens of millions of people clamored to sign up for an account.

But within months, critics had panned the new service, pointing to user pages bereft of meaningful content and exchanges. They said the new social site just wasn't, well, social. It seemed as though Facebook had cornered the market -- Google was too late to the party.

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Introducing the GALAXY Note 8.0, a New Era of Portability and Everyday Productivity

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd, a global leader in digital media and digital convergence technologies, announced the launch of the world’s first 8 inch tablet, the GALAXY Note 8.0; a new era of intelligent Note technology set to re-ignite the mid-size tablet category that Samsung established in 2010. Providing unrivaled multimedia performance within a compact one-hand-grip screen, the GALAXY Note 8.0 has the power and advanced technology to evolve the tablet experience and ensure you achieve new levels of efficient multi-tasking while benefiting from superb voice call functionality. Furthermore, the intelligent S Pen brings together the latest innovation and the ease of using a traditional pen and paper; creating a sophisticated mobile experience that will enhance life on the go.

“Back in 2010 the launch of the first Samsung GALAXY Tab with 7 inch screen opened a new chapter in the mobile industry. Now almost three years later, Samsung continues to evolve the sector that meets the demands of modern life.” said JK Shin, President of the IT & Mobile Communications Division at Samsung Electronics.

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20 Years on, World's first Web Page to be Reborn

The world's first web page will be dragged out of cyberspace and restored for today's Internet browsers as part of a project to celebrate 20 years of the Web, organizers said on Tuesday.

The European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) said it had begun recreating the website that launched that World Wide Web, as well as the hardware that made the groundbreaking technology possible.

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Softbank Chief Defends $20 Billion Sprint Takeover Bid

The head of Japanese mobile operator Softbank on Tuesday defended his proposed $20 billion takeover of U.S. firm Sprint Nextel,

which will see his already heavily indebted company taking on even more loans.

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Yahoo! Unveils New Online Shows

Yahoo! on Monday pulled back the curtain on a new line-up of online shows along with new ways it will pair advertising with content at its websites.

The struggling Internet pioneer spotlighted coming programs at a flashy Digital Content NewFront event in New York that featured appearances from stars such as Ed Helms, John Stamos, Morgan Spurlock and Cheryl Hines.

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Google's Virtual Assistant Invades Siri's Turf

Google is trying to upstage Siri, the sometimes droll assistant that answers questions and helps people manage their lives on Apple's iPhone and iPad.

The duel began Monday with the release of a free iPhone and iPad app that features Google Now, a technology that performs many of the same functions as Siri.

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