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EU Enlists Internet Giants in Fight Against Online Extremism

The European Union and U.S. Internet giants including Facebook and Twitter have agreed to work together to combat online extremism, and discussed steps that the firms are taking to block beheading videos, officials said Thursday.

EU Interior ministers and officials met representatives from the technology firms at a dinner in Luxembourg on Wednesday amid growing alarm that Islamist material is encouraging young Muslims to fight in Syria and Iraq.

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Study Shows Online Voting Not Ready for Worldwide Roll-Out

Online voting has the potential to boost election participation around the world, but is not yet ready to be widely rolled out due to security risks, a study released Wednesday said.

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Apple Plans iPad Event on Oct. 16

Apple on Wednesday sent out invitations to an October 16 event expected to spotlight updates to its line of iPad tablet computers.

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Surveys: PC Market Steadies in Third Quarter

The global market for personal computers showed signs of stabilizing in the third quarter as infatuation with tablets appeared to fade, a market tracker said Wednesday.

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HTC Launches 'Selfie' Smartphone, New Camera

Taiwan-based HTC on Wednesday unveiled its newest smartphone with high-resolution cameras on both sides to appeal to people who take "selfie" pictures.

The HTC Desire Eye, unveiled at a New York event, includes 13-megapixel cameras on both the front and back.

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Google's Schmidt Fears Spying Could 'Break' Internet

Google's Eric Schmidt said on Wednesday U.S. online spying is a threat so dire it could wind up "breaking the Internet."

Schmidt's concern was echoed by Facebook, Microsoft, Dropbox and others involved in a panel discussion in Silicon Valley led by Senate finance committee chairman Ron Wyden. 

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EU to Press Internet Giants over Online Extremism

The European Union will ask major U.S. technology companies including Facebook, Google and Twitter to help tackle online extremism at a meeting on Wednesday, officials said.

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Yahoo Says Some Systems Breached, Not by Shellshock

Yahoo said some of its servers were breached briefly by hackers, but that the attack was unrelated to the newly discovered Shellshock vulnerability, and that no user data was compromised.

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Facebook Opens Ad Targeting to Outside Applications

Facebook on Tuesday ramped up its "Audience Network" that mines what it knows about users to target ads in other applications on smartphones or tablet computers.

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Twitter Sues U.S. to Disclose More on Secret Data Orders

Twitter sued the US government Tuesday, claiming its free speech rights are being violated by restrictions on its ability to disclose numbers of secret orders to hand over user data.

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