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Loss-Saddled Sony to Sell its Tokyo 'Birthplace'

Sony said Friday it would sell properties at a prestigious Tokyo site where it had its headquarters for six decades, as the once-world beating firm struggles to repair its bottom line.

The company's 16.1 billion yen ($157 million) deal to sell the real estate to Sumitomo Realty and Development will be completed next month, it said.

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Wake Up and Smell the Bacon ... with a Bacon App

Want to wake up to the sound of bacon sizzling on the stove with its aroma drawing you out of bed?

There's an app for that.

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YouTube and Facebook Could be Banned, Warns Turkey PM

Turkey's embattled prime minister has warned that his government could ban popular social media networks YouTube and Facebook after a number of online leaks added momentum to a spiraling corruption scandal.

Recep Tayyip Erdogan's proposals to tighten his government's grip over the Internet have generated criticism at home and abroad about rights in the EU-hopeful country.

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Facebook Announces Steps to Stop Illegal Gun Sales

Facebook is taking aim at people who are using the social network or Instagram photo-sharing platform to sell guns.

Under pressure from gun safety advocates, the social network will block members under 18 years of age from viewing pages or timeline posts reported to involve private sales of firearms and will set up online "checkpoints" warning people that such deals may be illegal.

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Apps Thrill Toddlers as Swedish Schools Go Digital

Two-year-old Mia traces out a letter on the screen with her forefinger, then claps with joy when the computer chants "wonderful!" and emits a slightly metallic round of applause.

The preschool group at Tanto International School in central Stockholm is just getting used to a new batch of iPads -- one for every two children -- and it's a noisy, chatty affair.

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Video Games Target Japan's Silver Generation

At a nursing home in suburban Tokyo, 88-year-old Saburo Sakamoto darts his fingers energetically to catch characters that appear on a touch screen in front of him.

Peals of laughter erupt from the other side of the room full of octogenarians as they wallop plastic alligators that appear from little holes or wield foam hammers to crush frogs as they pop up.

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Report: Apple Sent Billions Offshore to Avoid Australia Tax

Apple shifted billions in untaxed profits from its Australian operations to Ireland over the past decade, a report said Thursday, as the government vowed to stop global companies from dodging their fair share of tax.

An investigation by the Australian Financial Review obtained 10 years worth of financial accounts for Apple Sales International -- an arm of the organisation it described as the "secretive" Irish company at the heart of the group's global tax arrangements.

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Roku Gets into Streaming-Stick Fight with Google

Roku is getting into an Internet video-streaming stick fight with Google's Chromecast.

Like the similarly shaped Chromecast, Roku's thumb-sized device plugs into a TV's HDMI port and feeds Internet video through a Wi-Fi connection.

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Game Play Remains at Heart of Changing Lifestyles

For almost as long as there have been computers, there have been people intent in playing games with them.

Since young programmers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology came up with "Spacewar!" some 50 years ago, the world of videogames has exploded into a multi-billion-dollar industry.

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Toshiba Launches Next Generation 15,000 RPM Enterprise Performance HDDs

Toshiba Corporation (TOKYO:6502) today announced new additions to its lineup of enterprise performance hard disk drives (HDD), the AL13SXB series and the self-encrypting AL13SXQ series, which are suitable for mission-critical enterprise applications. Sample shipping will start from the middle of March.

The AL13SX series offers capacities up to 600GB [1], the largest-class storage capacity [2] in a 15,000 RPM 2.5-inch design, double the maximum capacity of previous generation drives [3]. The drives provide lower latency and power savings compared with legacy 3.5-inch 15,000 RPM 600GB models.

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