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Microsoft Xbox LIVE Alert After PlayStation Hack

Microsoft has warned users of its Xbox Live online gaming service of possible attempts to steal personal data after the Sony PlayStation Network was hacked.

The problem appeared to be restricted to one game, the popular Modern Warfare 2, the U.S. computer giant said.

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Viewdle Lets Android Smartphones Recognize Friends

Northern California startup Viewdle on Wednesday released software that lets Android-powered smartphones recognize people's faces.

The free SocialCamera application available at the Android Market or online at was billed as the first of its kind for U.S. smartphone users.

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Apple Says IPhone Not Tracking Users, Will Get Update

Apple denied that the iPhone has a privacy problem Wednesday — and then promised to fix it. It took the technology giant a week to respond to a brouhaha over how the devices log their owners' movements.

Privacy concerns erupted last week when security researchers said a file found on PCs linked to iPhones allowed them to create maps of the phones' movements for up to a year. Combined with similar questions about Google's Android smartphone software, the news left privacy-conscious smartphone users wondering how much information they were unknowingly giving up.

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Sony Hackers Swiped PlayStation Network User Data

Sony is warning that hackers stole password, birthday and other data about users of its PlayStation Network that connected PlayStation 3 (PS3) consoles to online games, films and more.

PlayStation Network and Qriocity streaming music service were turned off April 20 in the wake of an "external intrusion," according to Sony spokesman Patrick Seybold.

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Facebook Adds 'Send' Button

Facebook on Monday began letting members of cozy cliques formed at the social networking service share website links or photo albums without all their friends knowing about it.

A "Send" button that lets people share website links with selected cadres instead of all Facebook friends was among enhancements being rolled out to a "Groups" feature launched in October of last year.

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Sony Unveils Two Tablet Computers in iPad Challenge

Japanese electronics and entertainment giant Sony Corp. unveiled its first tablet computers, codenamed S1 and S2, in a direct but belated challenge to Apple's iPad.

The "Sony Tablet" S1 has a single screen and is for home use while the portable S2 has two screens, Sony told a news conference.

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Emirati Telecom: BlackBerry Limits Next Week

Emirati authorities are pushing ahead with plans to impose tighter government restrictions on the most secure BlackBerry service next week, according to the CEO of one of the Gulf nation's phone companies.

But Osman Sultan, chief executive of the telecommunications firm Du, told reporters Monday he doesn't expect the shift May 1 to cause problems for customers, who will still have access to email, Web browsing and messaging services.

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Apple Slammed Over iPhone, iPad Location Tracking

Privacy watchdogs are demanding answers from Apple Inc. about why iPhones and iPads are secretly collecting location data on users — records that cellular service providers routinely keep but require a court order to disgorge.

It's not clear if other smartphones and tablet computers are logging such information on their users. And this week's revelation that the Apple devices do wasn't even new — some security experts began warning about the issue a year ago.

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Carmakers Look to An Electric Future in China

Major carmakers' high hopes for electric vehicles are on clear display at the Shanghai auto show, but industry leaders say it could be a decade before such eco-friendly cars go mainstream.

Wary over its growing dependence on foreign oil, China plans to become a world leader in clean-energy vehicles, pledging to invest more than $14 billion by 2020 -- and have five million of them on the road by then.

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Plastic, Heal Thyself: Scientists Invent Smart Polymers

Scientists on Thursday unveiled a new kind of plastic that can repair itself when exposed to ordinary light.

The miracle material could extend the lifetime and improve the durability of dozens of polymer-based products, ranging from common household items such a bags and storage bins to inner tires and expensive medical equipment, the researchers said.

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