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World Cup Boosts TV Sales in Football-Mad Southeast Asia

Sales of flat panel televisions across Southeast Asia rose sharply in May as demand soared in the football-crazy region ahead of the World Cup, a report said Thursday.

Nearly 957,000 units were sold across Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam, a 15 percent jump compared to the average sales volume in February-April, global market research firm GfK said.

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Japan Plans Giant Gundam Robot

A team of Japanese animators and engineers on Wednesday unveiled plans to build a moving 18-meter (60-foot) tall Gundam robot, in a nod to millions of science fiction fans.

The "Mobile Suit Gundam" anime series first aired in Japan in 1979, and spin-offs featuring robots locked in intergalactic battles have won legions of enthusiastic fans in Asia, Europe and elsewhere.

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Brazil Shock Defeat to Germany Smashes Twitter Record

Brazil's record defeat at the hands of Germany in the World Cup semi-final sent Twitter into overdrive, with the social network beating all records of activity for a sporting event.

A total of 35.6 million tweets were sent during the match on Tuesday that saw the Germans thrash Brazil 7-1 -- the host nation's worst loss in its 100-year footballing history.

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Chinese Court Rules against Apple in Patent Case

U.S. technology giant Apple has lost a lawsuit against a Chinese state regulator over patent rights to voice recognition software such as the iPhone's "Siri", a Beijing court said.

The legal battle begun in 2012 when Shanghai-based Zhizhen Network Technology pursued Apple for allegedly infringing its Chinese patent with Siri, its "intelligent personal assistant".

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Beta Version of "Destiny" Video Game Launches in July

A beta version of hotly-anticipated "Destiny" video game will launch on Internet-linked PlayStation and Xbox consoles this month.

The new science fiction shooter title by the studio known for global hit "Halo" is set for official release in September, but the test run for those who pre-ordered the title promises "a diverse sampling of major activities featured in the full game."

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Isis Mobile Wallet Abandons Name to Militant Group

Mobile wallet service Isis is changing its name to distance itself from an acronym used to refer to militant group Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.

U.S. telecom companies AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon four years ago teamed together to back Isis, software that takes advantage of near-field communication chips in smartphones to allow people to consumate transactions by tapping mobile devices on sensor-enabled pads at shops.

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Wifi Firm Gowex to Respond Monday to Damaging Report

Spanish firm Let's Gowex, which offers free wifi in public spaces including in Paris and New York, says it will issue a written response Monday to a damaging U.S. report that sent its shares plummeting.

Market regulators suspended Gowex shares Thursday after they dropped 60.2 percent to 7.92 euros in two days following U.S. firm Gotham City Research's highly critical report, which is disputed by Gowex.

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Etiquette Gets Reboot for Digital Age

The digital age has created a host of new etiquette dilemmas.

What should you do when your boss sends a Facebook friend request? Is it OK to take and share smartphone pictures at a friend's wedding? When should you take off Google Glass, rather than just turn it off?

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Hackers Take over Israel Army Twitter Account

Internet hackers briefly took over an Israeli army Twitter account, the military said Friday, posting an alarming message that a nuclear facility had been hit by rocket fire.

Israeli news website Ynet posted a screen shot of what it said was the offending tweet.

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Journal Expresses 'Concern' over Facebook Study

The scientific journal that published a study by Facebook and two U.S. universities examining people's online mood swings regrets how the social experiment was handled.

In a note of contrition, the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences concluded that the decision to manipulate the content appearing on the Facebook pages of about 700,000 people without their prior consent may have violated some principles of academic research.

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