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Motorola: 1st U.S.-Assembled Smartphones Coming

Cellphone pioneer Motorola says it's opening a manufacturing facility that will produce the first smartphone ever assembled in the U.S. — its new flagship device, Moto X.

The Texas site was once used by fellow phone manufacturer Nokia, meaning it was designed to produce mobile devices, said Will Moss, a spokesman for Motorola Mobility, which is owned by Google.

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Huawei: All Governments Hack Secret Data

Using the Internet to spy and steal sensitive data is standard practice by all countries, according to the security chief of controversial Chinese telecoms giant Huawei.

The comments published Wednesday follow allegations that Chinese hackers gained access to secret designs for a slew of sophisticated U.S. weapons programs, and stole the blueprints for Australia's new intelligence agency headquarters.

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Apple Chief Sees Computers on Wrists - Not in Glasses

Apple chief Tim Cook on Tuesday said he sees promise in computers shrunk down and worn like watches or other accessories, but drew the line at Internet-linked eyewear such as Google Glass.

Google Glass is "not likely to be a mass market item" but Apple is "incredibly interested" in the broader area of wearable computing, Cook said in an on-stage interview at an AllThingsD conference in California.

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Singapore Tightens Rules on News Websites

Singapore's official media watchdog Tuesday announced licensing rules for news websites, including the local Yahoo! portal, that will subject them to the same regulations as traditional media.

From June 1, websites which have more than 50,000 unique visitors from Singapore every month and publish at least one local news article a week must obtain an annual licence from the Media Development Authority (MDA).

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EU Says Likely to Ask Google to Boost Anti-Trust Offer

The European Commission said on Tuesday that it will probably ask U.S. Internet giant Google to improve the way it intends to satisfy EU concerns over its dominant position in the online search and advertising market.

"We are analysing the measures which Google has submitted," and which have been subject to public comment for the past month, EU Competition Commissioner Joaquin Almunia told the European Parliament's Economics Committee.

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Electric Cars Slow to Gain Traction in Germany

Germany plans to have one million electric vehicles on its roads by 2020, but so far that goal seems remote as the nation's motorists have shown little love for the quietly humming vehicles.

So far, the number of electric vehicles registered in Germany is just some 7,000.

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German Railways to Use Mini Drones to Stop Graffiti

Germany's railway operator plans to deploy mini drones to catch vandals who deface its trains with graffiti, with the aerial vehicles shooting thermal images of its train depots at night.

Deutsche Bahn plans to soon start testing the vehicles which have four helicopter-style rotors and can shoot high-resolution pictures.

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Guardian Launches Online Australian Edition

Britain's Guardian newspaper on Monday launched a new online edition in Australia where print media is struggling, pledging an independent perspective and a multimedia approach.

The Guardian, the world's third most read newspaper website, unveiled the new site with an exclusive interview with Prime Minister Julia Gillard and a pledge it will operate without a paywall.

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Hackers Attack Saudi Official Websites

Cyber hackers attacked several official Saudi websites on Saturday, posting an Algerian flag on their homepages that later vanished, local media reported.

The website of the information minister was among the hacked sites, according to state news broadcaster Al-Ekhbariya and newspapers.

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Israel Targeted in Syria Cyber Attack

An organization calling itself the "Syrian Electronic Army" has launched a cyber attack against the water distribution system of Haifa, Israel's third largest city, an expert said on Saturday.

The attack "by this organization which we don't know exactly who is behind" was carried out two weeks ago and failed, said Professor Yitzhak Ben-Israel, head of Israel's National Council for Research and Development, quoted on Israeli radio.

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