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Get Paid for Posts? Social Networking's New Twist

Facebook and most other social networks are built on the premise that just about everything should be shared —except the money those posts produce.

At least two services are trying to change that. Bubblews, a social network that came out of out of an extended test phase last week, pays users for posts that attract traffic and advertisers. Another company, Bonzo Me, has been doing something similar since early July.

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Google Offers Big Prize for Small Power Box

Google is offering a million-dollar prize for a breakthrough that would make solar or wind generated electricity more enticing for everyday uses.

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Six Charged in Global e-Ticket Hacking Scheme

Criminal charges were filed Wednesday against six people in what authorities said was a global cyber-crime ring that created fraudulent e-tickets for major concerts and sporting events.

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Apple Gets Smartwatch Patent

A U.S. patent made public on Tuesday bolstered rumors that Apple has designs on a smartwatch.

"The invention pertains to an electronic wristwatch," said a summary in Apple patent paperwork on record with the U.S. Patent and Trade Office.

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Report: Google Made Failed Bid for Spotify

Internet titan Google tried last year to buy streaming music service Spotify but backed off for reasons including a whopping price tag, the Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday.

The Journal cited an unnamed source as saying that Sweden-based Spotify was asking for more than $10 billion despite being valued about $4 billion in its latest round of equity funding.

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Wall Street Journal Takes Computers Offline after Hacking

The Wall Street Journal took some of its computers housing news graphics offline after they were hacked, publisher Dow Jones & Co said.

People familiar with the matter told the Journal that the move was intended to isolate any possible attacks. 

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Facebook Lets Users Squirrel Items Away

Facebook on Monday began letting people squirrel away online tidbits such as links to chew on more thoroughly later.

"Now you can save items that you find on Facebook to check out later when you have more time," software engineer Daniel Giambalvo said in a blog post on the leading social network.

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Yahoo Builds Mobile Muscle with Flurry Buy

Yahoo continued its quest for renewed relevance with the purchase of a startup specializing in analyzing and making money from mobile applications.

Yahoo did not disclose how much it paid for San Francisco-based Flurry, but online reports valued the deal in the hundreds of millions of dollars for the startup founded in 2005.

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Accused Android App Pirates Face Criminal Charges

U.S. prosecutors on Monday unsealed indictments against six people suspected of collectively pirating millions of applications tailored for Android-powered mobile devices.

Criminal charges were leveled at leading members of "piracy groups" SnappzMarket, Appbucket, and  Applanet, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

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China Internet Population Reaches 632 Million

China is now home to 632 million Internet users, a government agency said Monday, although use of social networks has dropped amid a crackdown.

The Asian giant's Internet population -- defined as those who have gone online at least once in the past six months -- has increased by 14 million since January, according to the China Internet Network Information Center (CNNIC).

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