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FT: Facebook Preparing New Website for Office Use

Facebook is preparing a new office version of its social networking site to compete with other sites like LinkedIn, the Financial Times reported on Monday citing sources familiar with the matter.

"Facebook is secretly working on a new website called 'Facebook at Work'" that would allow users to "chat with colleagues, connect with professional contacts and collaborate over documents", it said.

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Facebook to Curb Promotional Posts on User Timelines

Facebook on Friday said it is making moves to reduce the number of promotional posts that pop up in timelines, in response to users' demands for fewer advertisements.

Beginning in January, people should start seeing fewer posts in news feeds urging them to do things such as buy products, download applications or enter sweepstakes, according to the leading social media titan.

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Hachette, Amazon End Nasty Feud with Deal on Book Sales

Publisher Hachette and Amazon ended Thursday an acrimonious feud over online book sales that highlighted Amazon's market dominance and fueled protests from leading authors like John Grisham and Stephen King.

After six months in which Amazon clamped down on sales of Hachette Publishing Group books on its website, the two announced a multi-year agreement on ebook and print book sales in the U.S. market.

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BlackBerry Expanding its Mobile-Security Arsenal

BlackBerry is expanding its efforts to sell mobile-security software on its rivals' smartphones and tablets to help counter the waning popularity of its own devices.

As part of its strategy outlined Thursday in San Francisco, BlackBerry unveiled several upgrades to its mobile security weapons and a partnership with smartphone market leader Samsung Electronics.

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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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