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Android Now Second Biggest Smartphone Platform

Google's Android mobile operating system surged past Apple's iPhone and Canada's Blackberry in the third quarter to become the second biggest smartphone platform after Nokia's Symbian, research firm Gartner said Wednesday.

Gartner said Finland's Nokia sold 29.5 million smartphones during the third quarter of the year for a 36.6 percent share of the worldwide market, down from 44.6 percent a year ago.

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New Google Feature Provides Previews of Web Search Results

Internet search giant Google began rolling out a new feature Tuesday called "Instant Previews" that allows Web surfers to sample a website without having to click through to the page.

Clicking on a small icon of a magnifying glass next to a search result gives a user a visual snapshot of the most relevant content on a particular page in a pop-up box off to the side.

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Amazon Increases Revenue Split for Papers, Magazines

Amazon is increasing the revenue split for newspapers and magazines sold through its Kindle electronic bookstore.

Amazon said late Monday that starting on December 1, publishers will earn 70 percent of the retail price minus delivery costs for each newspaper or magazine sold in the Kindle store.

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iPhone Triggers Videogame Gold Rush

The commercial tsunami unleashed by the iPhone has served as a launch pad for the videogame industry in Montreal, which hopes to seize on the success of Apple's smartphone.

Hundreds of participants in the two-day Montreal International Game Summit that opens Monday in Quebec's big city will be looking for ways to better milk the gaming market cow, in the face of Apple's golden example.

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1.5-Million-Dollar Verdict in U.S. Music Piracy Case

A U.S. jury has ordered a Minnesota woman to pay 1.5 million dollars for illegally downloading 24 songs in a high-profile digital piracy case.

Jammie Thomas-Rasset, a single mother of four, was found liable by a jury on Wednesday of copyright infringement for using KaZaA peer-to-peer file-sharing network to download the songs over the Internet.

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Israeli Scientists Develop Nano Explosive Sniffer

Israeli scientists have developed a powerful explosives sensor more sensitive than a sniffer dog's nose, which they say would have made it easier to detect cargo bombs like those sent last week.

The nanotechnology-based sensor is capable of detecting numerous types of explosives and can also be adapted to detect chemical and biological toxins, Tel Aviv University announced on Tuesday.

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Israeli Scientists Develop Nano Explosive Sniffer

Israeli scientists have developed a powerful explosives sensor more sensitive than a sniffer dog's nose, which they say would have made it easier to detect cargo bombs like those sent last week.

The nanotechnology-based sensor is capable of detecting numerous types of explosives and can also be adapted to detect chemical and biological toxins, Tel Aviv University announced on Tuesday.

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Everest Summit Wired up with Internet

Climbers at the top of Mount Everest, the world's highest peak, will now be able to make video calls and surf the Internet on their mobile phones, a Nepalese telecom group claims.

Ncell, a subsidiary of Swedish phone giant TeliaSonera, says it has set up a high-speed third-generation (3G) phone base station at an altitude of 5,200 meters (17,000 feet) near Gorakshep village in the Everest region.

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Dazzboard Takes Music Collections to Facebook

Digital media sharing star Dazzboard on Thursday began letting Facebook users show their tastes in music, complete with samples and an easy way to buy tunes at the social networking service.

Dazzplay software available on line at apps.facebook.com/dazzplay lets members of the world's top online community store and synchronize music collections from all their gadgets and computers.

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Internet Accounts for 7.2% of Economy

The Internet contributed 100 billion pounds to the economy last year, about 7.2 percent of gross domestic product (GDP), a report showed Thursday.

The sector is bigger than the construction, transport or utilities industries in Britain, according to the study by the Boston Consulting Group (BCG), which was commissioned by the British arm of Internet giant Google.

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