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Report: British Spy Agency Tapped Journalists' Emails

Britain's electronic spy agency GCHQ tapped emails of journalists at some of the world's top media organisations, the Guardian reported on Monday.

The report said GCHQ gathered emails from journalists at the BBC, the Guardian, Le Monde, NBC, the New York Times, the Sun, Reuters and the Washington Post.

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Samsung Says Considering Stock Split

Samsung Electronics, the world's largest smartphone maker, said on Tuesday it was considering a stock split that would placate existing investors and attract new ones with a more affordable share price.

Head of investor relations Robert Yi said the South Korean tech giant had been looking into a possible split "for a while" but was still debating the benefits of such a move.

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Japan Selling Talking Robots that Won't Try to Make Sense

The scientist behind a new talking robot in Japan says people should stop expecting robots to understand them, and instead try to chime in with robotic conversations.

Hiroshi Ishiguro's 28-centimeter (11-inch) tall button-eyed Sota, which stands for "social talker," is programmed to mainly talk with a fellow robot, and won't be trying too hard to understand human speech — the major, and often frustrating, drawback of companion robots.

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Games Hacker Arrest as UK, U.S. Plan Cyber Crime Action

British police arrested an alleged hacker in a joint operation with the FBI on Friday as the UK and U.S. prepared to unveil cyber security training including simulated attacks on Wall Street and the City.

The 18-year-old male suspect was detained in Southport, northwest England as part of an investigation into worldwide attacks on Sony's PlayStation and Microsoft's Xbox gaming platforms over Christmas.

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Apple, Google, Other Tech Firms to Pay $415M in Wage Case

Apple, Google and two other Silicon Valley companies have agreed to pay $415 million in a second attempt to resolve a class-action lawsuit alleging they formed an illegal cartel to prevent their workers from leaving for better-paying jobs.

The settlement filed Thursday in a San Jose, California, federal court revises a $324.5 million agreement that U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh rejected as inadequate five months ago. Koh indicated that she believed the roughly 64,000 workers in the case should be paid at least $380 million, including attorney fees.

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Google Glass Sales Stopping - for Now

Google said on Thursday it is halting sales of its Internet-linked eyewear Glass but insisted the technology would live on in a future consumer product.

The technology titan is putting brakes on an "explorer" program that let people interested in dabbling with Glass buy eyewear for $1,500 apiece.

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ISF Warns of Virus that Can 'Seize Full Control' of Androids

Lebanon's Internal Security Forces warned Thursday of a virus infiltrating smartphones with the ability to fully control the device and access its contents.

The ISF issued a statement warning of “a virus that has started to spread on Android smartphones in Lebanon and all over the world.”

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Microsoft Unveils Low-Cost Smartphones in Some Markets

Microsoft on Wednesday unveiled two new low-cost smartphones aimed at pushing its Windows Phone operating system to users in Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Africa.

The two Lumia handsets -- made by the unit of Finnish-based Nokia which Microsoft acquired last year -- will begin rolling out in February, with prices starting at 69 to 79 euros ($81 to $93).

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Facebook Founder in Colombia to Promote Affordable Internet

Improved Internet access can be a force for peace, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg said Wednesday during a trip to Colombia to promote his project to boost web availability for two-thirds of the world not yet connected.

The project "" launched with other big tech companies including Samsung and Nokia. It aims to improve web access and reduce mobile phone costs in developing countries.

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Facebook Testing Workplace Version of Social Network

Facebook said Wednesday it is testing a version of its leading social network tailored for getting jobs done in workplaces instead of tuning into the lives of friends.

"Facebook at Work" smartphone applications appear in Apple's online app store and the Google Play shop for Android-powered mobile devices, but can only be accessed by a few companies collaborating with the social network. 

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