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Google+ Abandons Need to Use Real Names

Google+ apologized Tuesday and stopped requiring people to use their real names while mingling in the online social network, as it looks to gain ground on market leader Facebook.

"When we launched Google+ over three years ago, we had a lot of restrictions on what name you could use on your profile," the California Internet titan said in a post at the social network.

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Yahoo Spotlights Live Music to Shine on Internet Stage

Yahoo's hopes for renewed stardom on the Internet stage are being pinned on a song.

Make that many songs -- performed by popular musicians in real time, and streamed daily at yahoo.com/live beginning with a concert Tuesday by The Dave Matthews Band.

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Apple, IBM Team Up on Mobile Devices for Business

Apple and IBM unveiled a "landmark" partnership Tuesday to win over business customers by offering iPhones and iPads that are specially tailored to the corporate world. 

The tie-up between what were historically rivals aims to boost Apple's share of the market for mobile devices for businesses and will offer custom-made apps which bring the power of IBM's supercomputing analytics to a mobile workforce, a joint statement said.

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New Social Network Gives a Penny for Your Thoughts

A new social network says its goal is sharing among its users -- including some of the profits.

Bubblews, which is launching a new platform Wednesday, aims to bring together people by giving a small slice of ad revenues to users for each time they post or share.

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Apple Denies Chinese Report of Location Tracking Security Risk

U.S. technology giant Apple is fighting Chinese claims that the iPhone threatens national security through its ability to track and time-stamp a user's location.

The frequent locations function, which can be switched on or off by users, is available on iOS 7, the operating system used by the current generation of iPhones released in September 2013.

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New Version of 'Charbaka' Allows In-Game Chatting

Samer Hamandi releases a new version of the Arabic word game Charbaka with the new in-game chatting feature, a press release said.

Charbaka is a multiplayer arabic word game. The aim is to find as much words as possible in a grid of letters before time ends. Each game has 3 rounds of 2 minutes each. Players play in turn each of the 3 rounds and the player having higher total score wins. Players can benefit from power ups such as stopping the clock, getting word hints or scramble the grid. Charbaka allows competing with friends or with random players in a fun, challenging and fast paced game play.

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LG Display Unveils 18-Inch Flexible Display

LG Display Co. has developed an 18-inch flexible display that can be rolled into the shape of a thin cylinder, a step toward making a large display for flexible TVs.

The South Korean display panel maker said Friday the flexible display has a resolution of 1200 pixels by 810 pixels and maintains its function when it is rolled up.

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Bank-Stealing Malware Returns after U.S. Crackdown

Malicious software used to steal millions from bank accounts has re-emerged a month after U.S. authorities broke up a major hacker network using the scheme, security researchers say.

The security firm Malcovery said it identified a new trojan based on the Gameover Zeus malware, which officials said infected up to one million computers in 12 countries, and was blamed in the theft of more than $100 million.

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Yahoo Buys Video Streaming Startup RayV

Yahoo announced Friday it has bought an Israel-based startup specializing in streaming high-quality video to computers and mobile devices.

Yahoo did not disclose financial terms of the deal to acquire RayV, which will become part of the California company's research and development team in Tel Aviv.

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Inventor Pushes Solar Panels for Roads, Highways

The solar panels that Idaho inventor Scott Brusaw has built aren't meant for rooftops. They are meant for roads, driveways, parking lots, bike trails and, eventually, highways.

Brusaw, an electrical engineer, says the hexagon-shaped panels can withstand the wear and tear that comes from inclement weather and vehicles, big and small, to generate electricity.

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