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'Map Spam' Puts Google in Awkward Place

Google was re-evaluating its user-edited online map system Friday after the latest embarrassing incident -- an image of an Android mascot urinating on an Apple logo.

The image, part of a crowd-sourced edit on Google Maps, appeared briefly at a Pakistani location before it was removed by the online giant Friday.

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Amazon Cloud Services Drive 15% Jump in First QuarterSales

Amazon said Thursday that strong gains in its market-leading cloud computing services helped drive a 15 percent rise in total sales in the first quarter.

But the bottom line was red for the leading U.S. online retailer, with a loss of $57 million, compared to a net gain of $108 million a year ago, due to continued growth in operating overhead.

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Google Search Mobile Switch a Revolution for Some

Google's latest Internet revolution this week saw the web giant modify its search algorithm to favor mobile-friendly sites, in a bid to upstage Apple that U.S. media branded a "mobilegeddon".

U.S. technology website WIRED described Tuesday's algorithm switch as "likely the biggest change of the past three years.

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Apple Wins Patent Appeal in China

Apple has won an appeal in China over patent rights to voice recognition software such as the iPhone's "Siri", with a court overruling an earlier decision that had gone against the US technology giant.

The legal battle begun in 2012 when Shanghai-based Zhizhen Network Technology pursued Apple for allegedly infringing its Chinese patent with Siri, its "intelligent personal assistant".

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10 Years Later, YouTube is a Hit but Faces Challenges

Ten years after its launch, YouTube has become a household name for online video but faces an array of rivals in the market and lingering questions about its business model.

The first video uploaded April 23, 2005 -- an 18-second clip of co-founder Jawed Karim at the San Diego Zoo -- offered little indication the service would become the leader in Internet video and a key part of the Google empire.

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U.S. House Clears Cybersecurity Bill in Bid to Stem Hacking

The U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday passed a bill aimed at improving the sharing of information about cybersecurity threats between the government and the private sector.

The measure, passed on a 307-116 vote, would give President Barack Obama's administration most of what it sought, but the bill has raised objections from civil liberties activists.

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Chinese Smartwatch Makers Say Clock Ticking for Apple

The Apple Watch goes on sale on Friday but Chinese factories are already churning out cheaper alternatives, to the delight of local consumers.

"Our product has all the functions Apple Watch has, and even surpasses them," said Zheng Yi, founder of a firm whose electronic watches can make phone calls, browse the Internet and play movies.

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Pentagon Seeking Brains and Ideas in Silicon Valley

U.S. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter will head to Silicon Valley on Thursday in a bid to recruit tech gurus for the Pentagon, even if just on a part-time basis.

After giving a speech at Stanford University, Carter will meet with Facebook chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg and then with employees of the social network giant who used to work for the military. 

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Facebook Shifts News Feed, Gives Priority to Friends

Facebook said Tuesday it was reconfiguring its News Feed, in a move aimed at giving people more information about what is happening to "the friends you care about."

The world's biggest social network unveiled changes which decrease reliance on "referral" traffic -- or the sharing of news articles or other content.

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Google Exec: Self-Driving Cars Hold Key to Future Highway

Self-driving vehicles hold the key to reducing traffic fatalities and will transform the automobile industry, a top Google executive predicted Tuesday.

Ray Kurzweil, a leading expert in artificial intelligence who joined Google in 2012, told the annual conference of the Society of Automotive Engineers that the rapidly declining cost of computing power and the advances in artificial intelligence will make autonomous driving a reality.

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