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Emojis May Expand Skin Color Options

A proposal to expand the skin color options for emojis may get the thumbs up from those calling for more diversity in the icons.

Emojis are cartoon-like pictograms — such as smiley faces or hearts — that have become popular in texts and online chats to express emotion.

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Review: Adapting to New Google Email is a Chore

My first reactions to Google's new email app, Inbox, boiled down to one part frustration, one part irritation. It's meant to make your life easier, but it's more complicated to use than Google's Gmail app.

With Inbox, you keep your Gmail email address and contacts. The Inbox app adds organizational tools.

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Swedish Co-Founder of Pirate Bay Whisked to Thai Capital

The Swedish co-founder of The Pirate Bay website was hauled to Bangkok Wednesday following his arrest in northeast Thailand, with police from Stockholm waiting to press for his deportation to serve a jail term for copyright infringement.

Fredrik Neij, 36, was stopped late Monday at the border with Laos wearing the same short-sleeved shirt as in a wanted poster issued to immigration officials by the Swedish embassy.

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Amit Singhal: Google Going Where No Search Engine Has Gone Before

Google search guru Amit Singhal believes the search-engine of the future will be "a perfect personal assistant" -- knowing what you want, when you want it.

Although people can travel to the moon's surface without leaving their armchairs, search-engine developments so far are just "baby steps" to "the holy grail of search", Singhal told AFP in a rare interview.

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Senior UK Spy: Social Networks 'in Denial' on Extremist Use

Social media sites have become "the command-and-control networks of choice for terrorists", the new head of Britain's electronic spying agency GCHQ wrote in a Financial Times article published Tuesday.

Robert Hannigan said some U.S. technology companies were "in denial" about the situation and urged them to give more help to security services trying to combat Islamic State (IS) jihadists and other organisations.

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Google guns for 300 mn new Indian local language users

Search giant Google announced Monday the creation of a new Hindi-language website in an ambitious bid to add 300 million Indian Internet users by 2017 and bridge the country's linguistic digital divide.

The website,, new Hindi-language voice-search and Hindi keyboard are part of Google's push to incorporate more Indian languages into content in the next few years.

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Battle Lines Drawn as Blockbuster 'Call of Duty' Goes On Sale

Australian gamers Tuesday were among the world's first to get their hands on the latest instalment of "Call of Duty", as publisher Activision sought to boost the blockbuster franchise amid concerns about consumer fatigue.

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Electric Car Revs to World Record in Switzerland

A racing car designed and built by students in Switzerland on Monday set a world record for acceleration in electric vehicles, their universities said Monday.

The "grimsel" car revved from zero to 100 kilometers (0-62 miles) an hour in just 1.785 seconds, the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich said in a statement.

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Apple Sold by Jobs from Parents' Garage Up for Auction

An early Apple device sold by Steve Jobs from his parents' garage goes under the hammer in New York next month valued at $400,000-600,000 in an increasingly competitive computer relic market.

Christie's says the Apple-1 is the only surviving such computer documented to have been sold directly by the late Apple founder to a customer from the garage in Los Altos, California. 

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N. Korea Denies Role in Smartphone Hacking in South

North Korea's state media on Monday blasted South Korea's spy agency for alleging Pyongyang hacked tens of thousands of smartphones in the South using malware disguised in mobile gaming apps.

The South's National Intelligence Service (NIS) said in a report to parliament last week that North Korea attempted to hack more than 20,000 South Korean smartphones from May to September.

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