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Facebook's Privacy Update: 5 Things to Know

Facebook is once again trying to simplify its privacy policy, largely to address criticisms that it's too complex and lengthy for the average user.

Laid out with illustrations into short subsections, the new policy explains what types of information Facebook collects and how it uses the data. The new policy is 70 percent shorter than the old one.

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Panasonic Recalls 300,000 Batteries over Tablet, PC Fire Risk

Panasonic is recalling more than 300,000 rechargeable battery packs used for tablets and laptops in Japan and overseas due to concerns they may catch fire, the company said Thursday.

The electronics giant is recalling more than 107,000 rechargeable battery packs for tablet PCs sold to corporate customers overseas, and almost 208,000 packs for its "Let's Note" laptop computers due to safety concerns.

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YouTube Debuts Subscription Music Service

YouTube on Wednesday introduced a long-rumored subscription music video service with ad-free access to tunes in a challenge to Spotify, Pandora, Apple and others.

YouTube Music Key launched in a test, or beta, mode, in Britain, Spain, Italy, Finland, Portugal, Ireland, and the United States with free trial periods, and introductory monthly fees of $7.99.

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Microsoft Patches Two-Decade Crack in Windows Software

Microsoft issued an emergency patch Wednesday for a dangerous flaw that has existing in Windows operating software for nearly two decades.

The vulnerability, disclosed by IBM security researchers, has been in every Windows operating system since 1995 and could allow a hacker to take control of computers after luring Internet Explorer browser users to booby-trapped Internet pages.

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Sohati.com Represents Lebanon at Annual Web Summit in Ireland

Sohati.com, a website providing online healthcare solutions for the Arab World, participated in the annual Web Summit held in the capital of Ireland, Dublin, a press release said on Wednesday.

The Lebanese Startup was elected as one of the seven hottest Startups in the Middle East and has been chosen from among thousands of emerging companies to be part of the "Alpha" program at the Web Summit Congress.

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For Video Games, a Trek to More Exotic Locales

At the beginning of "Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare," the recently released installment in Activision's blockbuster military shooter franchise, the player is dumped from the sky in a drop pod onto an urban battlefield, smashing into skyscrapers and landing in a futuristic, war-torn rendition of a city that's rarely depicted in video games: Seoul, South Korea.

It's a "Wizard of Oz" moment for the "Call of Duty" series.

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Review: No Cash, Cards, Just Mobile Pay for a Week

Attempt at your own risk: For an entire week, I left all my cash and credit cards at home to see how well wallet-free mobile services work in the real world.

Apple Pay has gotten a lot of attention in recent weeks, but there are lots of other mobile-payment systems. Google Wallet uses a similar wireless technology called NFC, or near-field communication. Starbucks and Dunkin' Donuts have apps that generate bar codes for their stores. A phone case called LoopPay mimics the signals produced by card swipes so you can pay with your phone just about anywhere credit cards are accepted — at least in theory.

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Dutch to Test Solar Panels on Bicycle Path

A project dubbed "SolaRoad" gets underway in the Netherlands this week, testing roadways as a potential canvas to collect solar energy. Fittingly for the cycle-crazy Dutch, the first SolaRoad is a bike path not far from Amsterdam.

The path is built of massive, Lego-like modules of solar panels embedded in concrete, each with heavy-duty glass on top protecting them from wear. An additional rough translucent plastic coating ensures bikers don't slip.

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Japan's Smartphone 'Zombies' Wreak Havoc on the Streets

When the lights change at the Shibuya crossing in Japan's capital, one of the world's busiest pedestrian thoroughfares, hundreds of people with their eyes glued to smartphones pick their way over the road.

Despite being engrossed in the latest installment of Candy Crush or busy chatting with their friends on messaging app Line, most manage to weave around cyclists, skateboarders and fellow Tokyoites.

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Obama Calls for Tougher Internet Regulation

President Barack Obama on Monday embraced a radical change in how the government treats Internet service, coming down on the side of consumer activists who fear slower download speeds and higher costs but angering Republicans and the nation's cable giants who say the plan would kill jobs.

Obama called on the Federal Communications Commission to more heavily regulate Internet providers and treat broadband much as it would any other public utility. He said the FCC should explicitly prohibit Internet providers like Verizon and AT&T from charging data hogs like Netflix extra to move their content more quickly. The announcement sent cable stocks tumbling.

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