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Yahoo! Chief Mayer Wants Bing to Deliver

Google veteran turned Yahoo! chief Marissa Mayer wants Microsoft to deliver when it comes to wresting market share from the Internet company she was part of for more than a decade.

During a talk before financial analysts Tuesday, Mayer spoke of "nice gains" in revenue from Bing-powered searches at Yahoo! websites but pointed to a pressing need for the Microsoft engine to win users from rivals.

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Obama Signs Executive Order on Cybersecurity

Warning that cyberattacks pose a danger to U.S. security, President Barack Obama signed an executive order on Tuesday designed to better protect critical infrastructure from computer hackers.

Obama, in his annual State of the Union speech to a joint session of the U.S. Congress, said the United States is facing a "rapidly growing threat from cyberattacks."

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IBM Puts Supercomputer to Work on Cancer

IBM is putting its Watson supercomputer to work fighting cancer, in what is described as the first commercial program of its kind to use "big data" to help patients with the disease.

The U.S. computing giant last week unveiled its initiative with health insurer WellPoint and Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York.

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American Express Card Users Can Shop at Twitter

American Express on Monday began letting users of its payment cards make purchases with messages fired off at Twitter as the popular social network dabbles with making money from e-commerce.

American Express announced that members who synchronize their cards with Twitter can take advantage of offers "tweeted" by the financial services company.

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No Need to Leave the Room: Bet by TV at U.S. Casino

Guests at one U.S. casino won't even have to get out of bed in order to place a bet.

The Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in Atlantic City, New Jersey, said it will become the first casino in the United States to let guests gamble over hotel room TV sets, starting Feb. 18.

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Dell Looks to Calm Shareholder Concern over Buyout

Dell is trying to reassure shareholders about its proposed $24.4 billion acquisition by a group led by its founder, saying it considered a number of strategic options before agreeing to the deal.

Dell Inc. laid out the advantages of the transaction in a regulatory filing Monday, three days after a major shareholder ridiculed the buyout as a rotten deal that undervalues the business.

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Reports: Apple Eyeing Smart Watch

Apple is testing a watch-like device which could perform some smartphone functions, U.S. media reports said Monday.

The New York Times reported that the maker of iPhones and iPads is experimenting with a curved-glass device, which could incorporate a bendable display glass developed by U.S. manufacturer Corning.

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Dutch Family Sues Facebook over 'Like' Button Patent

The heirs of a Dutch Internet inventor are suing Facebook for allegedly infringing his patents with the U.S. social networking site's "like" and "share" buttons, court documents seen on Monday said.

The family of Jos Van Der Meer, a computer scientist, programmer and inventor who died in 2004, is bring represented by patent-holding company Rembrandt in the suit brought before a U.S. court in Virginia on February 4.

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The Sound of NY Fashion Week: Smartphones Snapping

Remember clapping? As in when a fashion designer puts on his runway finale and then takes a bow before an adoring crowd.

The fashion hordes these days are way too busy tweeting, Instagramming and taking video with their smartphones to put those busy hands together. But more often than not, so are the fashion houses.

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India's Reliance Awards $1 bn Contract to Ericsson

Indian mobile phone firm Reliance Communications (RCom) on Monday announced it has awarded a $1-billion, eight-year contract to Swedish telecom equipment-maker Ericsson to run some of its networks.

Ericsson will manage the daily operations of RCom's wireline and wireless networks in northern and western India, the companies said in a joint statement.

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