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Survey: Internet Access Should be a Human Right

Affordable access to the Internet should be a human right, as it represents hope for political freedom and economic prosperity to many around the world, according to a survey Monday.

Most people also do not want any one nation or organization to manage this global network of computers, in order to prevent crackdowns on free speech and political expression.

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Sony Warns Reforms Needed before Smartphones Make Money

Struggling Sony warned Thursday it needs to carry out years of root and branch reform before it can turn around its battered smartphone arm.

The Japanese consumer giant, fresh from revealing a 172 billion yen ($1.5 billion) operating loss in the mobile communication segment for the latest quarter, said painful changes lay ahead.

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Facebook 'Newspaper' Spells Trouble for Media

Facebook's move to fulfill its ambition to be the personal "newspaper" for its billion-plus members is likely to mean more woes for the ailing news media.

The huge social network has become a key source of news for many users, as part of a dramatic shift in how people get information in the digital age.

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Researchers: Advanced Cyberspying Tool Dates from 2008

A highly sophisticated cyberspying tool has been used since 2008 to steal information from governments, businesses and others, security researchers said Monday.

The security firm Symantec said the malware, known as Regin, was seen "in systematic spying campaigns against a range of international targets," including governments infrastructure operators, businesses, researchers and private individuals.

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TV-over-Internet Service Aereo Seeks Chapter 11

Aereo, an online startup that tried to offer a cheaper alternative to cable TV, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection less than five months after an unfavorable ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court.

The company backed by media mogul Barry Diller allowed people to watch and record broadcast TV online for $8 a month on tablets, phones and other gadgets. Unlike Hulu and other online video services, Aereo offered live streaming of broadcast channels.

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Judge Approves $450 mn Deal in Apple ebook Suit

A U.S. judge signed off Friday on Apple's $450 million legal deal to compensate consumers harmed by an illegal price-fixing conspiracy for electronic books.

The settlement negotiated to avoid trial in the civil case brought by authorities in 33 states calls on Apple to reimburse consumers to the tune of about $400 million and then pay legal costs and fees.

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Google Tests Replacing Web Ads with Contributions

Google on Thursday began rolling out a way for people to support websites they frequent and, in return, be rewarded with ad-free pages.

A "Google Contributor" experiment was introduced with a handful of partners including tech news website Mashable and The Onion, which is known for clever satires.

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Singapore Moves to Regulate Taxi Booking Apps

Singapore on Friday announced new rules for mobile taxi booking apps, including U.S.-based Uber, in the latest move by governments around the world to regulate the increasingly popular services.

Taxi-booking and ride-sharing apps like Uber, Hailo and Lyft have spread rapidly in recent years, drawing protests from cabbies in cities from London to San Francisco who say it has led to soaring competition from unlicensed drivers.

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Dancing, Talking Robots Show off at Madrid Congress

Hundreds of robotics experts and their whirring, flashing robot creations gathered in Madrid on Wednesday for a top world congress on humanoid technology.

"Hello human friends, I am Reem-C," said one of the guest exhibits, a 1.65-meter (five-and-a-half-foot) humanoid robot weighing 80 kilos (176 pounds).

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Firefox Browsers Switch to Yahoo for Online Search

Firefox maker Mozilla announced Wednesday that it is switching to Yahoo as the default service for online searches done through the Web browser in the United States.

Google has been the default option for Firefox searches since 2004, but beginning next month that role in the U.S. will go to Yahoo, according to Mozilla Corporation chief Chris Beard.

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