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Britain to Trial Driverless Cars from 2015

Driverless cars will be allowed on British roads from January 2015 as part of a pilot initiative in three cities, the government announced Wednesday.

Cities nationwide are being invited to bid to host one of a series of trials that will last between 18 and 36 months, and to receive a share of the £10 million ($17 million, 12.5 million euros) of government funding for the scheme.

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Microsoft Says Complies with Law in China amid Probe

Microsoft said Wednesday it seeks to comply with Chinese law, after Beijing announced an anti-monopoly investigation of the US technology giant over its business practices.

"Microsoft complies with the laws and regulations of every market in which we operate around the world and we have industry leading monitoring and enforcement mechanisms in place to ensure this," it said in a brief statement. 

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Escaping Email: Inspired Vision or Hallucination?

Dustin Moskovitz is plotting an escape from email.

The 30-year-old entrepreneur has learned a lot about communication since he teamed up with his college roommate Mark Zuckerberg to create Facebook a decade ago, and this wisdom is fueling an audacious attempt to change the way people connect at work, where the incessant drumbeat of email has become an excruciating annoyance.

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Twitter Flies on Surprisingly Strong Numbers

Twitter shares shot higher by some 30 percent Tuesday after its quarterly report showed surprisingly strong revenue and user growth, despite a widening loss.

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Canada Says China Hacked Science Agency Computers

Canada accused China on Tuesday of hacking into the computers of its research and development arm, which Beijing strongly denied.

China partners each year with thousands of Canadians firms to roll out new technologies, and took advantage of this arrangement to engage in a cyber attack, Ottawa said.

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T-Mobile Deal Helps Rhapsody Hit 2M Paying Subs

Rhapsody International Inc. said Tuesday its partnership with T-Mobile U.S. Inc. has helped boost its number of paying subscribers to more than 2 million, up from 1.7 million in April.

Last month, Rhapsody teamed up with the nation's fourth-largest carrier on a new service called unRadio. It allows users to stream randomly generated songs along a genre, artist or song name without ads. It also lets them save 25 favorite songs to their device and lets them skip an unlimited number of tracks.

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BlackBerry to Buy Germany's Secusmart

German voice and data encryption specialist Secusmart, which helps equip the German government with secure smartphones, says it's being acquired by BlackBerry for an undisclosed sum.

Secusmart said Tuesday that the deal with Canada's BlackBerry Ltd. "will open the global market in secure mobile communications" for the company. The transaction requires regulatory clearance.

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China Confirms Microsoft Probe for 'Monopoly' Actions

China is investigating Microsoft for allegedly operating a monopoly in its market, the government said Tuesday, as it took aim at the U.S. software giant over business practices.

The move makes the company the latest foreign firm to face Beijing's scrutiny, in fields from computing to baby milk.

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Amazon Launches 3D Printing Store

Amazon announced Monday the launch of an online store for 3D printed items to allow consumers to customize and personalize items like earrings, pendants, dolls and other objects.

The store offers more than 200 items including nylon wallets, wax seals, cookie cutters and bobbleheads.

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EU Clears Apple's $3 bn Beats Deal

The European Commission said Monday it has cleared Apple's $3 billion (2.2 billion euros) acquisition of U.S. headphone maker and music streaming business Beats.

Brussels had been concerned the takeover of Beats Electronics, founded by rapper Dr Dre and music industry giant Jimmy Iovine, by the technology giant could hurt competition as both make headphones.

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