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Samsung Apologises after Chinese Media Criticism

South Korean electronics giant Samsung has apologized to Chinese consumers after a lengthy report by China's state-run television broadcaster detailed design flaws in the company's smartphones.

The company, the most popular smartphone brand in the hugely valuable Chinese market, said in a statement that it "welcomed" Monday's half-hour-long report by China Central Television and acknowledged that firmware problems have caused some of its Galaxy S3 and Note2 models to crash.

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Big Ads Atop Google Results Point to Broken Promise

Google on Wednesday confirmed that it is dabbling with putting large ads atop search results for brand names in a move seen by some as breaking an old promise.

The Internet titan reasoned that the small experiment is part of an ongoing evolution that has seen maps, pictures, telephone numbers and other "extensions" woven into advertising on search results pages.

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Court: Studies Understate Samsung Health Hazards

A South Korean court says studies conducted to evaluate safety at Samsung chip factories failed to fully examine workplace health hazards.

The finding by the Seoul Administrative Court is part of a ruling on the case of a Samsung worker who died of leukemia in 2009 aged 29.

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Sony Hopes Sharable Clips, Extras Aid Movie Buying

Sony is hoping that providing sharable movie clips and extras like deleted scenes will prompt more people to buy digital movies. At least that's the intention behind a new initiative it's calling Vudu Extras+.

The initiative gives people who buy movies on Wal-Mart Stores Inc.'s online video service Vudu the ability to share dozens of clips or pieces of behind-the-scenes footage on Facebook and Twitter. In each case, a link takes users to a website with the clip embedded.

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Apple Unveils Revamped iPads to Beat Back Rivals

Apple has unveiled the "iPad Air", a slimmer version of its top-selling full-size tablet, and a revamped iPad Mini, bidding to fend off rivals who have eroded its market dominance.

The new products will likely fuel the trend of mobile devices vanquishing old-school personal computers, but the launch failed to catch fire with investors, as Apple shares dipped following Tuesday's highly-awaited event.

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Facebook Pulls Beheading Video amid Furor

Facebook yanked a beheading video from the social network late Tuesday following outrage over its lifting of a ban on the gory imagery.

The flip flop came as Facebook aimed to balance the diverse sensitivities of its billion-plus members with a desire to be a platform for free speech and real-world news stories.

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Cameron Blasts Facebook over Beheading Videos

British Prime Minister David Cameron on Tuesday condemned Facebook as "irresponsible" after the social networking site lifted its ban on users posting videos of beheadings.

Cameron said "worried parents" needed to hear an explanation from the U.S.-based website.

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Nokia Unveils New Windows Phones, First Tablet

Nokia is expanding its lineup of Windows phones and introducing its first tablet computer, all sporting the powerful camera technology found in its flagship Lumia 1020 smartphone.

The struggling cellphone maker is turning to the camera to differentiate its phones from rivals. The Lumia 1020 has a 41-megapixel camera with technology designed to produce better low-light shots and offer greater manual controls than most smartphones.

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U.N. Atomic Agency Suffers 'Malware' Attack

The U.N. atomic agency said Tuesday that some of its computers were infected by malicious software, in its second embarrassing IT slip-up over the past year.

The International Atomic Energy Agency, which holds highly sensitive information on its member states' nuclear facilities, said however that none of its data was compromised.

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Media Outlets Urged to 'Share Stories' at Facebook

Facebook sought to entice media outlets to post more news stories at the leading social network Monday, helping pinpoint promising pieces -- a tactic aimed at combating Twitter.

A "Stories to Share" feature added to Facebook pages of news organizations was designed to find engaging stories and let them be shared, according to vice president of media partnerships Justin Osofsky.

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