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Facebook Will be with You till Death, and Beyond

Facebook wants to be your social network for life, and even in the hereafter.

The world's biggest social network unveiled an update Thursday that allows its members to designate a "legacy contact" who can take control of the profile and even post messages following a death.

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When YouTube Stars Go Offline and Meet Up 'Live'

If you thought today's young YouTube celebrities have only virtual contact with their fans, think again. They have taken on something new: real life.

A last-minute message on Twitter, Internet or Facebook can bring hundreds, even thousands of teenagers out to a designated venue within hours to see their  "vlogging" -- video blogging -- idols in the flesh.

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'Revenge Porn' Law Passed in Britain

A new law banning "revenge porn" -- sexually explicit images shared online by a former partner without their ex's consent -- was passed in England and Wales Thursday.

The law covers images shared on social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter as well as those spread by SMS, email and online.

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Twitter Buys Agency that Grooms Social Media Stars

Twitter on Wednesday announced it is buying Niche, a startup that acts as a talent agency of sorts matching online video celebrities from Vine and elsewhere with advertisers.

Twitter did not disclose financial terms of the deal, which technology news website Re/code said was valued at more than $30 million.

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Parenting Tech Keeps Tabs on Children

American parents may not have the resources of the National Security Agency, but it's not that hard for them to snoop on their smartphone-addicted kids.

A booming array of gadgets are being marketed to harried parents who want to keep tabs on their children, whether they are speeding in Mom's car or texting after hours when they should be asleep.

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Survey: China Internet Censorship Hurts European Businesses

China's Internet restrictions are hurting European businesses operating in the country, a lobby group said Thursday, as controls over access to overseas websites are tightened under President Xi Jinping.

Authorities have in recent months increased restrictions on virtual private networks (VPNs), used to circumvent China's vast censorship apparatus known as the Great Firewall which blocks websites such YouTube and Facebook.

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Apple Becomes First Company Worth over $700 bn

Apple became the first company to reach a market value of $700 billion Tuesday as shares vaulted amid upbeat news on the U.S. tech giant's gains in the smartphone market and soon-to-arrive smartwatch.

Shares rose 1.9 percent to close at $122.02, lifting Apple's market value to $710 billion, and making it the first company to hit the $700 billion milestone.

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Robots Replacing Human Factory Workers at Faster Pace

A new report says that cheaper, better robots will replace human workers in the world's factories at a faster pace over the next decade, pushing labor costs down 16 percent.

The Boston Consulting Group predicts that investment in industrial robots will grow 10 percent a year in the world's 25-biggest export nations through 2025. That's up from 2 percent to 3 percent a year now. The investment will pay off in lower costs and increased efficiency.

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Samsung and Microsoft End Patent Dispute

Samsung and Microsoft said Tuesday they had ended a patent dispute that had seen the U.S. software giant sue the South Korean conglomerate for breaching a 2011 licensing contract.

Microsoft had filed its complaint in a court in the U.S. in August, accusing Samsung of withholding payments for the use of patented Microsoft technology in its smartphones and tablets. 

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Sony and Marvel Team Up for the Future of Spider-Man

The studio announced Monday that the next chapter of its $4 billion franchise will be co-produced by Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige along with Sony's Amy Pascal for a July 28, 2017, release. Spider-Man will also appear in a Marvel film prior to the stand-alone.

According to the release, other characters from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, such as Iron Man, Thor and Captain America, may also be integrated into future Spider-Man movies.

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