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Shazam Breaks 100 Million Monthly User Mark

Shazam announced Wednesday that 100 million people use its song-recognition mobile service monthly in a 34 percent surge from a year earlier.

Shazam applications have been downloaded to more than 500 million mobile devices since the the 1999 launch of the firm, which said it was adding users at the rate of 13 million monthly.

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Uber Pulls into Mobile Dining and Travel Apps

Uber teamed up with dining and travel smartphone applications Wednesday as the controversial Internet-age car-hailing service moved to park itself at the heart of mobile lifestyles.

The San Francisco-based startup let about a dozen businesses such as Starbucks, Hyatt Hotels, United Airlines, TripAdvisor and restaurant reservation service OpenTable make it simple for people to summon Uber cars from inside their applications for smartphones or tablet computers.

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Facebook Awards 'Internet Defense Prize'

Facebook on Wednesday awarded a $50,000 Internet Defense Prize to a pair of German researchers with a seemingly viable approach to detecting vulnerabilities in Web applications.

Johannes Dahse and Thorsten Holz from Ruhr-Universität Bochum in Germany won the new cash award for a paper outlining how to find flaws hackers could exploit, according to the California based social network.

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Images, Videos of Beheaded Journalist Removed from Twitter

Twitter Wednesday removed from its service photos and video of the beheading of a U.S. journalist that had been posted online by jihadists.

The gruesome, almost five-minute-long video titled "A Message to America" surfaced Tuesday, confronting Twitter and other online platforms with a quandary over whether to allow their sites, normally committed to free expression, to be used to propagate graphic material like that in the video.

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Ballmer Steps Down from Microsoft Board

Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is stepping down from the company's board, closing a chapter on 34 years with the software giant.

Ballmer says he plans to devote more time to his ownership of the Los Angeles Clippers, civic contributions, study and teaching business at Stanford in the fall and USC next spring.

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U.S. Safety agency Offers Online Recall Check

The U.S. government is offering a free online service for drivers to find out if their vehicles have been recalled but not repaired.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said the service started Wednesday on its website, www.safercar.gov.

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Facebook Helps Readers Tell Truth from Fiction

Facebook said on Monday that it is testing a way to let members know when articles posted to the social network are tongue-in-cheek instead of hand-on-heart.

Evidently, users of the world's leading social network need a bit of help when it comes to discerning truth from fiction in the form of satire crafted to pushed boundaries of credulity.

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Google Buys Travel Guide App Startup Jetpac

Google confirmed Monday it has bought the startup behind a Jetpac mobile application that creates insightful travel guides by analyzing pictures from social networks such as Instagram.

Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

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Google's Pivotal IPO Launched a Decade of Big Bets

Google's IPO, a decade ago this week, launched the company on a trajectory that continues to reshape its business and much of the world in its orbit.

And CEO Larry Page is determined to push even further.

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Fans Ask Nintendo to Name 'Zelda' Character after Robin Williams

Robin Williams fans are asking Nintendo to name a character in the next installment of its popular "Legend of Zelda" series after the Oscar-winning actor, who died last week. 

There are more than 100,000 signatures on an online petition calling for the Japanese gaming giant to honor the renowned comedian and avid gamer, who appeared in numerous Nintendo commercials.

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