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FDA Clears First 3-D Printed Prescription Drug

The Food and Drug Administration has approved the first prescription drug made through 3-D printing: a dissolvable tablet that treats seizures.

Aprecia Pharmaceuticals said Monday the FDA approved its drug Spritam for adults and children who suffer from certain types of seizures caused by epilepsy. The tablet is manufactured through a layered process via 3-D printing and dissolves when taken with liquid.

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Microsoft Buys Firm that Boosts Sales Through Games

Microsoft announced on Monday that it has bought a startup with a winning way of using game play to boost the performance of sales teams.

Microsoft did not disclose financial terms of the deal in which it acquired Texas-based Incent Games, developer of the online platform FantasySalesTeam.

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The Demise of HitchBOT: 'Bad Things Happen to Good Robots'

HitchBOT -- the adorable hitch-hiking robot pieced together from household odds-and-ends -- ended its travels across America early, after being destroyed by vandals and left on the side of a road, its creators said.

Envisioned as a social experiment to see if its kind could trust humans, the talking humanoid got its answer -- sadly -- when it was found dismantled and left for dead in Philadelphia.

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India Orders Hundreds of Porn Sites Blocked

India has ordered hundreds of porn sites blocked citing "objectionable" content, a government official said Monday, kicking off an angry row about freedom of speech in the world's biggest democracy.

The telecommunications ministry has directed Internet service providers (ISPs) to block 857 websites, in the government's first major crackdown on online pornography.

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Apple Pushed Down to 3rd in China Smartphones for Q2

Two Chinese smartphone makers pushed U.S. technology giant Apple into third place in the world's biggest market in the second quarter, an independent analyst firm said Monday.

Upstart Xiaomi, known for delivering high-performance products at cheap prices, was the largest smartphone vendor in China based on shipments with a 15.9 percent market share in the April-June period, Canalys said in a press release.

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China Tightens Controls on Export of Drones, Supercomputers

China is tightening controls on exports of some drones and powerful computers and will require firms to register to ensure they do not "compromise national security", state media reported Sunday.

From August 15, manufacturers of certain powerful drones and computers will have to give technical details to the authorities to obtain a license prior to export, Xinhua news agency said.

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Yahoo Buys Social Shopping Website Polyvore

Yahoo on Friday said it is adding to its lengthy roster of acquisitions with a deal to buy social shopping website Polyvore.

The pioneering Internet firm planned to use Polyvore to beef up the e-commerce potential of its digital magazines and other online products.

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Facebook Hackathon Gives Super Mario Millennial Touch

Amanda Maler wasn't even born yet when Nintendo's beloved Super Mario made his debut 30 years ago.

But, the playfully heroic video game character became fodder for fierce rivalry between Maler and her brother as children and she pounced on a chance to create a Facebook-infused level during a two-day hackathon at the social network's headquarters in the Silicon Valley city of Menlo Park.

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Start-Ups in Spotlight at New Hong Kong Tech Meet

Tech entrepreneurs gathered in Hong Kong Friday showing everything from next-generation wearables to "smart" sex toys as investors seek to tap into the Asian market, seen as a breeding ground for start-ups.

The inaugural RISE technology conference is the first Asian version of Web Summit, an event held annually in Dublin since 2010 where app-based taxi-hailing firm Uber raised its first millions.

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Facebook Ready to Test Internet-Beaming Drones

Facebook on Thursday said it is ready to begin test flights of a high-altitude drone designed to provide Internet access to remote locations of the world.

The Aquila drone has a wingspan on par with that of a Boeing 737 jet; weighs less than a small car; can remain aloft for three months or so, and will beam Internet service to the ground from altitudes ranging from 60,000 to 90,000 feet (18,000 to 27,000 meters).

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