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Twitter Pledges Crackdown on 'Terrorist Content'

Twitter pledged Friday to crack down on "terrorist content," saying it had already suspended over 125,000 accounts on the popular messaging platform.

The accounts were targeted "for threatening or promoting terrorist acts," with most linked to the Islamic State group, said Twitter, which is under pressure from governments to act.

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Apple Asks Top U.S. Court to Reject Samsung Appeal

Apple has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to dismiss Samsung's appeal in the blockbuster patent case between the two smartphone giants, saying the ruling followed "well-established" legal precedent.

A filing Thursday from the California giant came in response to Samsung's appeal seeking to overturn a $548 million award for patent infringement related to copying features from Apple's iPhones.

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Europe Rights Court: News Sites Not Liable for Offensive Reader Comment

News websites are not responsible for "insulting and rude" comments by readers, the European Court of Human Rights ruled on Tuesday, after a Hungarian website was sued for messages on its forum.

The case related to the Index.hu news website on which readers posted a series of angry comments about a real-estate company. 

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Thai Junta Push Google, Facebook and Line to Scrub Web

Thailand's junta is ramping up pressure on internet giants Google and Facebook -- and the popular messaging app Line -- to scrub the country's web of any content it dislikes, officials confirmed Tuesday.

The military seized power in a 2014 coup and has launched the harshest rights crackdowns in decades, arresting critics, muzzling the media and banning political gatherings or protests.

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Nintendo Says Strong Demand for Wii U Games, but Holiday Sales Disappoint

Nintendo said Tuesday its operating profit soared, as it pointed to strong demand for Wii U console games including shoot-em-up hit "Splatoon", but holiday sales fell and the positive impact of a weak yen hit its bottom line.

The Japanese videogame giant kept its annual profit forecast in place as it also benefited from upbeat demand for its "Amiibo" figurines, which feature characters from some of its videogames.

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Study: Encryption Fears for Law Enforcement Overblown

Encrypted communication is making law enforcement and counterterrorism investigations more difficult, but fears of "going dark" are overblown, a study said Monday.

The report by Harvard University's Berkman Center said that despite efforts to boost encryption in smartphone and online services, investigations still can gain access to data in many circumstances.

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Tablet Market Ended Year on Weak Note

The global market for tablet computers ended 2015 with a whimper, as the once sizzling market showed further signs of cooling, a market tracker said Monday.

Research firm IDC reported a 13.7 percent year-over-year drop in worldwide tablet sales in the fourth quarter, with 65.9 million units shipped.

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World's First 'Robot Run' Farm to Open in Japan

A Japanese firm said Monday it would open the world's first fully automated farm with robots handling almost every step of the process, from watering seedlings to harvesting crops.

Kyoto-based Spread said the indoor grow house will start operating by the middle of 2017 and produce 30,000 heads of lettuce a day.

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Israel's Cyber Sector Blooms in the Desert

A modern metropolis rising from Israel's Negev desert stands on the frontline of a global war against hacking and cyber crime, fulfilling an ambition of the country's founding father.

David Ben Gurion famously said he wanted to make the Negev bloom.

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Bezos Takes Page from Amazon to Push WaPost to Future

Under new owner Jeff Bezos, The Washington Post is no longer just a newspaper. It's reinventing itself as a "media and technology company" that hopes to blaze a trail for newsrooms struggling to transition to a digital era.

The transformation may not be apparent on the surface, but the Internet billionaire has ripped up and revamped the technology underpinnings at the Post since buying the storied daily in 2013, while investing in the newsroom with more journalists, video offerings and tools for digital storytelling.

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