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S. Korea Develops Smartphone App to Curb Student Suicide

South Korea has developed smartphone apps to help bring down its high student suicide rate by warning parents when their children might be at risk, the education ministry said Friday.

The government-developed apps, which the ministry hopes to introduce immediately, are programmed to detect "suicide-related" words used by children on social networks or in messages or Internet searches on their phones.

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Apple Reopens iTunes, App Stores after Lengthy Outage

Apple has restored service to its widely used iTunes and app stores after a rare breakdown Wednesday.

The outage vexed the iPhone and iPad maker for more than five hours, disrupting some of the world's most widely used and profitable services and frustrating millions of music lovers and mobile device owners around the world.

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Google's Safe Browsing System Targets 'Unwanted Software'

Get ready to see more red warning signs online as Google adds ammunition to its technological artillery for targeting devious schemes lurking on websites.

The latest weapon is aimed at websites riddled with "unwanted software" — a term that Google uses to describe secretly installed programs that can change a browser's settings without a user's permission. Those revisions can unleash a siege of aggravating ads or redirect a browser's users to search engines or other sites that they didn't intend to visit.

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China's Alibaba Said to Invest $200 mn in Snapchat

Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba will invest $200 million in Snapchat, the vanishing-image service, Bloomberg News and a person familiar with the deal said Thursday.

U.S. media reported last year that Snapchat -- which allows the sending of text and photo messages that disappear seconds after being viewed -- had held discussions with Alibaba.

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Nokia Provides Free Mapping Services App for Apple Users

Nokia says it has started providing mapping services for free download in Apple's App Store, after a successful launch of the service on Android devices.

The HERE offline maps, with navigation and search features covering more than 150 countries, is immediately available for devices using the iOS operating system, such as iPhones and iPads.

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Google Launches Virtual Tour of Nepal's Everest Region

Google launched a virtual tour of Nepal's Everest region on Thursday, allowing armchair tourists a rare glimpse of life in one of the toughest and most inaccessible places on earth.

The Street View project takes viewers into the heart of the Sagarmatha national park, home to the world's highest mountain, where icy blue rivers run below snow-capped peaks, monks play traditional music and yak-herders navigate precipitous stone-strewn trails.

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Google Chief Financial Officer Retiring

Google chief financial officer Patrick Pichette is retiring after nearly seven years as one of the Internet titan's top executives.

His pending departure was disclosed in a Securities and Exchange Commission filing available online Tuesday.

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McDonald's Japan Launches Complaint App

McDonald's Japan is to launch a new smartphone app for customer complaints as it looks to turn the page on a series of scares including the discovery of a human tooth in some fries.

The move comes with in-country sales sliding, profits plunging and the burger giant's reputation in Japan badly dented.

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Sony to Launch PlayStation in China after Delay

Japanese electronics giant Sony will launch its PlayStation gaming console in China next week, it said after a more than two-month delay in officially selling its products to Chinese consumers.

The company originally planned to launch PlayStation 4 consoles in China on January 11, but abruptly announced a delay only three days beforehand, giving no reason for the change.

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HBO to Launch Streaming Service with Apple TV

HBO announced its standalone online TV service will launch next month, appearing on Apple's streaming media player.

Known for shows like "Game of Thrones" and "Boardwalk Empire," HBO enters the streaming-only video market dominated by Netflix as part of a partnership with the California tech giant.

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