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Microsoft Profit Dips as Revenue Rises

Microsoft on Monday reported that its quarterly profit dipped but revenue increased in a sign that it is adapting to lifestyles centered on mobile devices and cloud services.

Bright spots during the three-month period ending December 31 included rising sales of Microsoft devices such as Surface tablets, Lumia smartphones, and Xbox One video game consoles.

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Cubans Look to U.S. Detente for Better Web access

Alfredo Castellano travels half an hour to Havana twice a week to write emails in a computer center with a Fidel Castro poster outside and aging machines inside.

Like most Cubans, he lacks Internet access at home, but many hope this will change after the United States offered to bolster the communist island's tightly-controlled telecommunications as part of a historic diplomatic detente.

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Facebook, Instagram Suffer Outage but Deny Hacker Attack

Facebook, the world's most popular social network, and its Instagram photo site were interrupted temporarily Tuesday, provoking panic, rumors of a hack, and jokes of how more than one billion users were struggling to cope.

"This was not the result of a third party attack," Facebook said in a statement after its services were restored.

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Govt: China's Online Population Nears 650 Million

The number of Internet users in China has risen to nearly 650 million, authorities said over the weekend, as the world's largest online population continues to rise.

There were 648 million Internet users in China at the end of 2014, according to the China Internet Network Information Center (CNNIC), the official Xinhua news agency reported.

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NFL, YouTube Partner to Post Official Clips to Video Site

Searching for Super Bowl highlights next week after the big game?

They'll be available, legally, straight from the source.

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Hackers Target Malaysia Airlines, Threaten Data Dump

The Malaysia Airlines website was commandeered Monday by hackers who referenced Islamic State jihadists and claimed to be from the "Lizard Squad", a group known for previous denial-of-service attacks.

It was not clear why the troubled airline was targeted but the hacking group said on its Twitter feed that it was "Going to dump some loot found on malaysiaairlines.com servers soon."

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GoPro, NHL in Deal to Bring Cameras Closer to the Action

GoPro has signed a deal with the NHL to bring its wearable cameras closer to the action on the ice and let viewers see games from the perspective of players and referees.

It's the company's first such deal with a major professional sports league. While GoPro would not comment on whether other partnerships are in the works, they would make sense.

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Hands-On with Microsoft's Hologram Device

Microsoft didn't use skydivers or stunt cyclists to introduce what it hopes will be the next big leap in computing technology. Instead, with its new HoloLens headset, the company is offering real-world examples to show how you might use three-dimensional digital images — or holograms — in daily life.

And that might be what it takes to get people to buy a computer they wear on their face.

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FBI: Email Scam Nets $214 mn in 14 Months

An email scam which targets businesses with bogus invoices has netted more than $214 million from victims in 45 countries in just over one year, an FBI task force said Thursday.

The Internet Crime Complaint Center, a joint effort of the FBI and the nonprofit National White Collar Crime Center, said the losses were calculated from October 1, 2013 to December 1, 2014.

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Twitter to Update Users 'While You Were Away'

Twitter is updating its feeds to give users a recap of tweets missed while not connected to the messaging platform.

"A lot can happen while you’re on the go. To fill in some of those gaps, we will surface a few of the best tweets you probably wouldn't have seen otherwise, determined by engagement and other factors," Twitter product manager Paul Rosania said in a blog post Wednesday.

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