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Al-Jazeera Says Websites Hacked

Al-Jazeera news network said on Wednesday a number of its websites had been hacked, and Internet users reported that pro-Syrian regime slogans were posted on the broadcaster's pages.

The main Arab satellite news channel said the host company of its websites came under a cyber attack which "caused readers wanting to access Al-Jazeera websites to be diverted to other pages not linked to us."

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After 'Angry Birds' Success, Rovio to Launch 'Bad Piggies'

Rovio, the Finnish makers of the world's most-downloaded mobile app, "Angry Birds", will launch a new game called "Bad Piggies" on September 27, the company said Tuesday.

"This innovative game turns the franchise on its head by letting the fans play as the pigs," Rovio said in a statement.

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Apple Event Invites Hint At iPhone 5 Debut

Apple on Tuesday invited members of the media to a September 12 event in San Francisco for what is expected to be the debut of a new-generation iPhone.

Email invitations bore the cryptic message, "It's almost here," and a large number "12" casting a shadow that appeared to be the number five, suggesting that the event would spotlight the long-anticipated iPhone 5.

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White House 'Apps' Tuned For Mobile Gadget Lifestyles

The White House rolled out upgraded "apps" to stay in tune with smartphone and tablet lovers as the Democratic National Convention got under way on Tuesday.

Improved applications for mobile gadgets powered by Apple or Android software were synched with a WhiteHouse.gov overhaul to make the website more conducive to visits from people using smartphones or tablets.

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Film Industry Eyes Internet Future at Venice Fest

With much of the traditional cinema sector in a state of flux, Venice film festival participants said the industry is looking to a future in which the Internet will play an ever bigger role.

From hosting world film premieres on websites to young directors showcasing their work through the Internet, supporters in Europe say the web should no longer be seen as a money drain of pirated content but as a source of revenue.

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Samsung Acknowledges Criticism of China Plants

South Korea's Samsung Electronics acknowledged Wednesday criticisms of working conditions at its plants in China, but rejected a U.S.-based watchdog's charge that they were "inhumane".

Samsung spokesman James Chung said the company had noted a report by China Labor Watch that found workers at the plants were required to put in excessive overtime and could not sit down while they worked.

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Online Universities Blossom in Asia

Thousands of kilometers from Kuala Lumpur in Cameroon, doctoral student Michael Nkwenti Ndongfack attends his Open University Malaysia classes online and hopes to defend his final thesis by Skype.

A government worker, Ndongfack could not find the instructional design and technology course he wanted in his own country, so is paying a foreign institution about $10,000 (8,000 euros) for the degree instead.

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Hyundai Motor Union Ends Auto Giant's Costliest Strike

Hyundai Motor's labor union has agreed a deal on wages and working conditions, ending the costliest dispute in the South Korean auto giant's history, company officials said Tuesday.

The union has staged 28 partial strikes since stoppages began on July 13, cutting production by more than 82,000 vehicles valued at 1.7 trillion won ($1.5 billion).

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New Saab Cars to Be Rolled Out in 2014

The buyers of bankrupt Swedish carmaker Saab said Monday they would launch their first model in 2014 using the Saab name, after concluding the purchase of the company for an undisclosed sum.

National Electric Vehicle Sweden (NEVS), a joint venture between China's National Modern Energy Holdings and the Japanese fund Sun Investment, announced it had finalized its acquisition from bankruptcy administrators of the main assets of Saab Automobile, Saab Automobile Powertrain and Saab Automobile Tools.

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Samsung to Check China Suppliers for Labor Violations

Samsung Electronics said Tuesday it would inspect nearly 250 Chinese firms manufacturing goods for the South Korean tech giant, after a U.S.-based group accused one supplier of using child labor.

Samsung said on-site inspections would be carried out at 105 Chinese firms with exclusive Samsung contracts, while 144 other non-exclusive suppliers would be required to provide documentary proof of their compliance with labor codes.

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