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Apple in Talks with Major Networks over TV Service

Apple is in talks with U.S television networks to offer around 25 channels .across any iOS device as soon as September, The Wall Street Journal reported Monday.

The company has been in discussions with CBS, 21st Century Fox and Disney (owner of ABC) among other networks, as it attempts to put together a bundle of popular channels.

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China's Ambitious IT Sector Lays Claim to Global Role

China's huge IT sector is out in force in Germany this week, signalling to the world it is ready to not just copy but lead as a tech superpower.

Bucking China's economic slowdown, information and communication technology are booming in the world's largest smartphone market, which also boasts the highest number of Internet users.

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Yahoo Sees 'End to End' Email Encryption by Year-end

Yahoo said Sunday it plans to introduce "end to end encryption" for email this year to boost privacy protection for users concerned about snooping from governments or hackers.

The Internet giant demonstrated new security and safety features for its email service at the South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas, ramping up efforts to boost privacy since the 2013 revelations about government surveillance.

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Google Execs Woo Cuba IT Students

Cuba may have one of the lowest rates of Internet access in the world, but that hasn't dissuaded Google from sending over some of its leading lights.

Executives from its in-house think tank Google Ideas are on a visit to the communist island -- which is in the throes of trying to normalize relations with the United States -- to tour universities and meet computer science students, news portal Cubadebate said Friday.

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Facebook Buys Shopping Search Engine TheFind

Facebook on Friday waded further into e-commerce with the acquisition of shopping search engine TheFind.com.

"For the last nine years we've worked hard to bring you a shopping experience that's easy, efficient and fun -- searching all the stores on the web to find just the right products you're looking to buy," TheFind said in a message at its website.

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Live Stream App Meerkat a Twitter Sensation

Live streaming video from a smartphone may soon be known as "meerkatting" thanks to a new app which allows anyone with an iPhone to become a roving reporter.

The free application called Meerkat has become a virtual overnight sensation since its low-key arrival on Apple's online App Store late last month, winning over journalists, politicians, self-anointed pundits, social media celebrities and others.

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Microsoft Seen as Gaining in Cooling Tablet Market

Global sales of tablet computers will see only slim growth in 2015, in a further cooling of a segment that was red-hot two years ago, a market tracker said Thursday.

IDC said it expects tablet sales growth of just 2.1 percent this year, after an increase of 4.4 percent in 2014 and more than 50 percent in 2013.

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Twitter Latest to Ban 'Revenge Porn'

Twitter has become the latest online platform to ban "revenge porn," or the posting of sexually explicit images of a person without consent.

In updated terms of service released Wednesday, Twitter explicitly banned "intimate photos or videos that were taken or distributed without the subject's consent."

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S. Korea Develops Smartphone App to Curb Student Suicide

South Korea has developed smartphone apps to help bring down its high student suicide rate by warning parents when their children might be at risk, the education ministry said Friday.

The government-developed apps, which the ministry hopes to introduce immediately, are programmed to detect "suicide-related" words used by children on social networks or in messages or Internet searches on their phones.

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Apple Reopens iTunes, App Stores after Lengthy Outage

Apple has restored service to its widely used iTunes and app stores after a rare breakdown Wednesday.

The outage vexed the iPhone and iPad maker for more than five hours, disrupting some of the world's most widely used and profitable services and frustrating millions of music lovers and mobile device owners around the world.

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