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Friendly Robot Pepper Makes European Debut in France

A humanoid robot name Pepper designed as an upbeat companion made its European debut on Tuesday helping shoppers with wine, and more, in a major shop in France.

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Tiny Irish Data Agency in the Spotlight over Facebook Case

With an office above a grocery shop and a staff of just 50, Ireland's data privacy authority makes an unlikely watchdog for hundreds of millions of European web users.

The Irish Data Protection Commissioner (DPC) is responsible for auditing and reviewing the privacy settings of dozens of tech companies that have their European headquarters in Ireland, drawn by low taxes and a well-educated workforce.

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Apple Music Boasts 6.5 mn Subscribers

Apple chief executive Tim Cook said Monday the technology giant's new music service has some 6.5 million subscribers.

"It is going really well," Cook during an on-stage chat on the opening evening of a Wall Street Journal technology forum on the Southern California coast.

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Researchers: Chinese Kept Hacking after Pact with U.S.

Hackers linked to the Chinese government kept up efforts to break into U.S. computer networks even after a cybersecurity agreement between the two countries announced last month, researchers said Monday.

A report by the security firm CrowdStrike said it detected hacking efforts as soon as one day after U.S. President Barack Obama and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping announced an agreement not to conduct or condone cyber attacks on each other's private sectors for commercial gain.

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Jury Hits Apple with $234 Mn Tab in Chip Patent Case

A U.S. jury on Friday declared that Apple owes $234 million in damages for infringing on mobile chip technology patented by University of Wisconsin researchers.

"This is a case where the hard work of our university researchers and the integrity of patenting and licensing discoveries has prevailed," said Carl Gulbrandsen, managing director of the nonprofit Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation which brought the suit.

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Match Group to Look for Love on Wall Street

The company behind online dating services Tinder, Match and OkCupid notified U.S. regulators on Friday that it plans to look for love from investors by going public on Wall Street.

The Match Group will seek to raise $100 million with an initial public offering of shares on the Nasdaq, trading under the symbol "MTCH," according to a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

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Dozens of Major Websites Crash all at Once

Dozens of major websites including Netflix, Uber and the BBC went down simultaneously on Thursday in some areas of the United States, but were soon up again in most cases.

The cause of the crashes remained unclear, but some appeared connected to trouble at a cloud service relied on by companies, although that did not stop the social media rumor and conspiracy mill from going into overdrive.

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U.S. Jury Finds Apple Infringed on Mobile Chip Patent

A U.S. jury on Tuesday found that chips powering coveted Apple mobile devices infringe on technology patented by Wisconsin University researchers.

The case is to proceed to liability and damages phases that could end with the California-based technology giant being hit with a tab in the hundreds of millions of dollars, according to court documents.

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Ebook Antitrust Monitor to End Imposed Stint at Apple

An antitrust monitor imposed on Apple as the result of an e-book price-fixing case two years ago will end his stint on Friday, according to a judge's ruling.

"The monitor has ably performed a significant public service in a difficult environment," U.S. district court Judge Denise Cote said in a brief ruling on Tuesday.

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Facebook to Ramp up Video Viewing Features

Facebook said on Tuesday it is testing an array of features aimed at getting people to watch more videos at the leading social network.

The new tools come in a growing challenge to YouTube, which would be sidestepped as viewers flit between videos at Facebook.

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