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China's Baidu Paints New Year Travel Map from Mobiles

Pale blue, fibre-optic-like lines linking dots in an outline of China emerging from darkness -- technology giant Baidu has launched an astronomical chart-style image of the country's New Year travels.

The chart, tracking the mobile phone data of travelers using Baidu's map service, is a visual representation of the world's largest annual human migration and is available at

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Android Extends Gains in Key Markets

The Android smartphone platform has extended its lead over Apple's iPhone in key markets including the United States, Europe and China, a survey showed Monday.

Windows Phone, meanwhile, has made inroads to secure a strong third place showing in some markets, and is ahead of Apple in Italy, according to the survey of fourth quarter sales released by Kantar Worldpanel.

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Toy Story: Old Favourites Fight Rise of the Tablet

The big players in the traditional toy market have come out fighting in Britain as little fingers are increasingly occupied by iPad-type devices at playtime.

Previously seen as the preserve of grown-ups, tablets are increasingly top of children's wish-lists.

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Ex-Formula One Boss Vows More Steps against Google

Max Mosley, the ex-Formula One boss, on Sunday vowed more legal action against Google after a German court ordered the Internet giant to block photos of him at a sadomasochistic orgy.

Mosley, 73, said that after German and French legal rulings in his favor in the past two months, he also planned to take the U.S. company to court in California and Britain, in comments to German news weekly Der Spiegel.

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Google Apologizes after Online Services Stumble

Google apologized Friday after the Internet giant's widely used free email and an array of other services were disrupted by apparent software woes.

"Earlier today, most Google users who use logged-in services like Gmail, Google+, Calendar and Documents found they were unable to access those services for approximately 25 minutes," Google engineering vice president Ben Treynor said in a blog post.

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U.S. Fires Back at Apple Bid to Thwart E-Book Monitor

U.S. prosecutors on Friday fired back at Apple's bid to derail a court-ordered monitor in its e-book price-fixing case.

Apple is out of line asking for an emergency order stopping the monitor from tending to business until the outcome of an appeal in the case, Mark Ryan of the U.S. Department of Justice argued in a court filing.

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Anti-Shark Devices Popular on Maui after Attacks

A surge in shark attacks on Maui over the past year, including two fatal ones, hasn't stopped people from surfing and swimming in the warm ocean waters that surround the Hawaii island.

But it has spurred sales of devices that claim to keep sharks away by emitting an electric pulse.

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Bitstrips Amuses, Annoys as Its Comics Go Viral

Bitstrips may seem like a sudden sensation now that the app maker's comic vignettes are all over Facebook and other social networks. But the Toronto startup's success was a drawn-out process.

The concept for a mobile application that lets people turn their lives into comic strips took shape as a high school diversion more than 20 years ago. That's when Jacob Blackstock drew a profane spoof of Charlie Brown and Lucy Van Pelt from the "Peanuts" comic strip and passed it to Shahan Panth, who sat behind him in 12th-grade English class. Even though a teacher reprimanded them for boorish behavior, a snickering Panth encouraged Blackstock to continue expressing his irreverent take on life through comics.

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India-Based IT Firm Opening Office in Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico's governor says an India-based business consulting and information technology company expects to invest $9 million in the U.S. territory.

Alejandro Garcia Padilla said Friday that Infosys will open an office in the northwest coastal town of Aguadilla in a move expected to generate 300 jobs.

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Mixed Views on Samsung after Stellar 2013

For Samsung Electronics and its 270,000 employees across the globe, 2013 was the best year.

One in every three smartphones sold carried the Samsung brand, with the company shipping more than 300 million of the devices. South Korea's best known company on the world stage rounded off the year with record annual revenue and profit. Employees celebrated bonuses totaling more than $740 million.

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