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Google Embraces 'Mobile-Friendly' Sites in Search Shake-up

Google is about to change the way its influential search engine recommends websites on smartphones and tablets in a shift that's expected to sway where millions of people shop, eat and find information.

The revised formula, scheduled to be released Tuesday, will favor websites that Google defines as "mobile-friendly." Websites that don't fit the description will be demoted in Google's search results on smartphones and tablets while those meeting the criteria will be more likely to appear at the top of the rankings — a prized position that can translate into more visitors and money.

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WikiLeaks Creates Online Archive of Hacked Sony Documents

Sony's hacking problems aren't over yet.

Whistleblower site WikiLeaks on Thursday put hundreds of thousands of emails and documents from last year's crippling cyberattack against Sony Pictures Entertainment into a searchable online archive. It's the latest blow for the entertainment and technology company struggling to get past the attack, which the company estimates caused millions in damage.

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EU Eager to Finalize Probe into Google 'Market Abuse'

The European Union said Thursday it had filed anti-trust charges against Google to speedily resolve allegations that the tech titan abuses its search engine's market dominance.

EU Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager said Google's preferential use of its own shopping product in its search engine could be harmful to consumers and competitors.

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Netflix Enthralls Viewers in 1Q with Original Programming

Netflix is enthralling viewers and investors alike as popular original programming such as "House of Cards" lure subscribers at a quickening pace.

Netflix said Wednesday that it gained 4.9 million subscribers in the first three months of the year, more than any other quarter since the video streaming service's debut eight years ago. About 2.3 million of the new customers were in the U.S., where Netflix's subscriber count surpassed 40 million for the first time.

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Jawbone Banks on Smart Fashion Trend Beyond Watches

On the one hand, or wrist, there may be an eye-catching Apple Watch, while the other will sport with more discreet jewelry packed with Internet Age smarts.

Jawbone had that vision of the wearable computing trend in mind late Wednesday when it ramped its UP family of lifestyle-tracking bands and teased a coming model that enables American Express users to tap and pay at shop checkout counters.

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Investigators Warn Airplane Computers Could be Hacked

The same Internet access now available on most commercial flights makes it possible for hackers to bring down a plane, a government watchdog warned Tuesday.

The finding by the Government Accountability Office presents chilling new scenarios for passengers. The report doesn't suggest it would be easy to do, or very likely. But it points out that as airlines and the Federal Aviation Administration attempt to modernize planes and flight tracking with Internet-based technology, attackers have a new vulnerability they could exploit.

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Google Criticizes EU Charges as 'Wide of the Mark'

Google dismissed European Union charges that it abused its dominant position as Europe's top search engine, downplaying its role as gatekeeper of the Internet.

The European Commission, whose formal charges could impose a fine in excess of $6 billion against the Mountain View, California-based company, also plans to open a separate anti-trust investigation into Google's Android operating system, which dominates the global mobile phone market.

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U.S. 'Aggressively' Raising Cybersecurity with China

Washington is "aggressively" warning Beijing over the repercussions of its demand that U.S. tech firms should hand over their encryption keys if they want to do business in China, a top U.S. official said Tuesday.

The statement by U.S. Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker comes one month after President Obama rebuked Beijing over a new anti-terror law that would require companies to give Beijing details of their encryption methods or be denied access to the Chinese market.

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Twitter, YouTube, Instagram Work on Stealth Advertising

The quandary for those who run social networks is how to monetise activity on them without antagonising and thus losing users through distracting ads?

The answer, for Twitter, YouTube and Instagram, is to slip in some stealthy ads camouflaged to look like posts from listed contacts.

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Samsung, Apple Clash with Rollout of New Products

Apple gave consumers their first hands-on look at its smartwatch Friday pushing into wearable tech just as rival Samsung rolled out its new flagship smartphones.

With the world's two biggest gadget makers vying for consumer attention, Apple scored points by apparently selling out of the Apple Watch as quickly as it opened pre-orders.

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