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China Mulls New Ways to Control Video Websites

Chinese authorities are exploring new ways of imposing controls on the Internet, state-run media cited experts as saying Monday, after reports said state-owned enterprises may be encouraged to take stakes in video streaming websites.

The Communist country restricts access to foreign websites including Google, Facebook and Twitter with a vast control network dubbed the Great Firewall of China, and under President Xi Jinping it has tightened its grip on broadcast, print and online media.

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Google Piecing together a Modular Phone

Google on Friday showed off a modular Android-powered smartphone it said is on track to hit the market next year.

Word that Project Ara was moving ahead, and not shelved as some had speculated during the past year, came on the final day of Google's annual developers conference in the Silicon Valley city of Mountain View.

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Google Invokes Free Speech in French Fine Appeal

Google said Thursday it feared for free speech if France succeeded in forcing it to apply the right to have information about a person removed from its search engines not just in France, but worldwide.

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U.S. Warms to 'Sharing' Services Like Uber, Airbnb

Americans are getting comfortable with new "sharing economy" services like Uber for ride-sharing and Airbnb for lodging, a survey showed Thursday.

Some 15 percent of Americans have used a ride-hailing service such as Uber or Lyft and 11 percent have booked a stay with an online service such as Airbnb or HomeAway, according to the Pew Research Center survey.

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Facebook's Zuckerberg Holds Meeting on Bias Claim

Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg meets Wednesday with leading U.S. conservatives to try to head off a storm over allegations that the social network suppressed right-leaning political viewpoints.

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Apple Chief Cook Unveils App Design Centre in India

Apple chief executive Tim Cook announced Wednesday a new app design center in India as he kicked off his first visit to the Asian giant seeking to tap into its roll-out of 4G networks.

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Germany Eyes Free Wi-Fi in Public Spaces, finally

Try looking for a free wi-fi connection in the cafe down the street in Germany and, more likely than not, there isn't one.

Forget about looking for open connections in parks or at key monuments. They just don't exist.

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China Taxi App Didi Gets $1 Billion from Apple

Apple will invest $1 billion in Chinese ride hailing app Didi Chuxing, the Beijing company said Friday as it vies with bitter U.S.-based rival Uber for market share in China.

The injection was the "single largest investment the company has ever received," said Didi, which dominates the Chinese car-hailing market and says it has a share of almost 90 percent.

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Study: New Tech Fueling Global Boom in Child Sex Tourism

Technology is transforming the global sex trade and making it easier than ever for travelers to prey on children, a landmark study on pedophiles warned Thursday.

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Microsoft Tells U.N. More Can be Done to Combat Digital Terror

Microsoft told the United Nations on Wednesday that technology companies can do more to combat digital terror, but warned there was no single solution to prevent terrorists from using the web.

"There is no silver bullet that will stop terrorist use of the Internet," Microsoft's vice president Steven Crown told a special Security Council debate on counter-terrorism.

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