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China Racks Up 'Record' iPhone 5 Sales in First Weekend

U.S. tech giant Apple announced Sunday it had sold "more than two million" of the latest model of iPhone after the popular smartphone's first weekend on the market in the Asian powerhouse.

"Customer response to iPhone 5 in China has been incredible, setting a new record with the best first weekend sales ever in China," Apple CEO Tim Cook said in a statement.

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Ford Talking to Gov't About Hybrids' Fuel Economy

Ford said Friday that it is talking to the government about the fuel economy of its hybrid cars after a report suggested they are falling short of targets.

Consumer Reports said last week that Ford's new C-Max hybrid didn't meet the published fuel economy of 47 miles per gallon (5 liters per 100 kilometers), averaging 38 mpg (6.2 liters per 100 kms) in the magazine's testing. Other hybrids — including the Ford Fusion and Toyota Prius V — have also fallen short in the magazine's tests.

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Confusion on Internet Future after U.N. Treaty Split

The freewheeling, unregulated Internet seemed to survive a push for new rules at a U.N. treaty meeting, but the collapse of talks leaves unanswered questions about the Web's future.

A total of 89 countries endorsed the global treaty on telecom regulations at the U.N.'s International Telecommunication Union gathering in Dubai on Friday, but the United States and dozens of others refused to sign, saying it opened the door to regulating the Internet.

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Famed Futurist to Direct Engineering at Google

Futurist and inventor Raymond Kurzweil said on Friday that he is going to work as director of engineering at Google to help "turn the next decade's 'unrealistic' visions into reality."

Kurzweil, an author whose books include "The Age of Spiritual Machines" and "Fantastic Voyage: Live Long Enough to Live Forever," said that Monday would be his first day on the job at Google.

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89 ITU Members Sign Controversial U.N. Telecom Treaty

A controversial new global treaty on telecom regulations was signed on Friday by 89 International Telecommunication Union member states amid U.S. objections to potential regulation of the Internet.

"I say to the 89 states that signed today the treaty, thank you," said Mohamed al-Ghanim, chairman of the World Conference on International Telecommunication (WICT-12), organised by the ITU in Dubai.

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NY Times Jumps into Mini Digital Book Market

The New York Times is getting into the business of selling bite-sized digital books based on its reporters' work, giving it entree into a growing market for inexpensive "e-singles" that can be read in a couple of hours.

The Times' first mini book will go on sale Monday. It's an 18,000-word piece about skiers caught in an avalanche by Times reporter John Branch. The story, called "Snow Fall," expands on an upcoming piece in Monday's newspaper.

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Google Maps Return to iPhone with New Mobile App

Google Maps have found their way back to the iPhone.

The world's most popular online mapping system returned late Wednesday with the release of the Google Maps' iPhone app. The release comes nearly three months after Apple Inc. replaced Google Maps as the device's built-in navigation system and inserted its own maps into the latest version of its mobile operating system.

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Leveson: Same Laws Must Apply to Bloggers, Tweeters

The man who led the inquiry into Britain's phone-hacking scandal has warned that bloggers and tweeters should be subject to the same laws as traditional media outlets to prevent a decline in standards of journalism.

Senior judge Brian Leveson said court judgments and civil rulings such as name suppressions must be enforced for Internet users just as they do for major newspapers, magazines and journals.

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U.N. Group Gives Nod for Greater Internet Oversight

A U.N. conference weighing possible Internet rules shifted into high-stakes showdowns on Thursday after advancing a proposal for greater government oversight. The proposal was a blow to U.S.-led efforts to keep new regulations from touching the Net.

The move frames the ideological divide at the 193-nation gathering in Dubai, which is scheduled to wrap up Friday with its first revisions of global telecom rules since 1988 — years before the dawn of the Internet age.

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Google, Belgian Papers Reach Accord on Copyright

Google says it has reached an agreement over copyright issues with a group of French-language Belgian newspapers, ending a six-year dispute.

In a joint statement Thursday, Google and groups representing the papers and authors announced they had reached agreements to end legal proceedings and instead build business partnerships.

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