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Bump, Flock Apps to be Discontinued

Smartphone file-sharing apps Bump and Flock have announced that they will be discontinued at the end of January.

U.S. Internet giant Google bought the Bump Technologies startup behind the apps in September for a deal reportedly worth between $30 million and $60 million.

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Syrian Group Hacks Skype Social Media Accounts

The Syrian Electronic Army hacker group set its sights on Skype's social media accounts Wednesday to accuse Microsoft of spying on user data.

Microsoft-owned Skype's Twitter account displayed the message: "Don't use Microsoft emails(hotmail,outlook),They are monitoring your accounts and selling the data to the governments.More details soon #SEA."

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New Camera Phones Notable in 2013

s I look back at the more than 100 tech products we reviewed in 2013, a handful of gadgets and services deserve a second look.

It's become clear that one brand rarely stands out any more in whatever product category you look at. Competition is more intense than ever, which means consumers have more choices than ever. That's why coming up with a "best of" list for 2013 proved difficult.

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Facebook Dominates in U.S. Rush to Social Networking

The surge into social networks is gaining pace among Americans, with Facebook dominating but with many people using multiple platforms, a study showed Monday.

A Pew Research Center survey found 73 percent of Americans over age 18 on the Internet use at least one social network -- or about 63 percent of the total adult population.

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Authors Guild Appeals Ruling in Google Books Case

The Authors Guild is appealing a U.S. judge's decision in a long-running case that cleared legal obstacles for Google's massive book-scanning project, court documents showed Monday.

The group filed a notice of appeal in the case following a November 14 ruling by Federal Judge Denny Chin.

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Apple Denies 'Backdoor' NSA Access

Apple said Tuesday it had no "backdoor" in its products after a security researcher and a leaked document suggested the US National Security Agency had unfettered access to the iPhone.

Apple said in an email to Agence France Presse that it "has never worked with the NSA to create a backdoor in any of our products, including iPhone."

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Philippines Allows Phone Use on Planes

The Philippines' civil aviation authority said Tuesday it would allow passengers to use mobile phones and laptops to make calls and access the Internet during flights.

Civil aviation director general William Hotchkiss said the order covered "transmitting portable electronic devices".

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Samsung Sells 110-inch Ultra-HD TV for $150,000

Samsung said Monday a 110-inch TV that has four times the resolution of standard high-definition TVs is going on sale for about $150,000 in South Korea.

The launch of the giant television set reflects global TV makers' move toward ultra HD TVs as manufacturing bigger TVs using OLED proves too costly.

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More Americans Shopped on their Phones on Christmas

Most stores were closed but Americans still managed to shop on Christmas Day -- increasingly on their smartphones.

An IBM survey showed Christmas Day online sales were up 16.5 percent over last year, with a strong boost from smartphones and tablets.

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Blast from the Past: 1970s Games Revived on Internet

For those old enough to remember console games like "Asteroids" or "Red Baron," from the 1970s and 1980s: the games are back.

The Internet Archive this week launched its "Console Living Room," offering browser emulations of pre-Internet era video games which used to be played on consoles from firms like Atari, Coleco or Magnavox.

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