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New Privacy Battle Looms after Moves by Apple, Google

A new battle is brewing over privacy for mobile devices, after moves by Google and Apple to toughen the encryption of their mobile devices sparked complaints from law enforcement.

The issue is part of a long-running debate over whether tech gadgets should have privacy-protecting encryption which makes it difficult for law enforcement to access in time-sensitive investigations.

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Samsung Rejects Claims of Galaxy Note Defect

Samsung on Wednesday rejected claims that its new oversized smartphone had a defect, after some customers posted pictures of a gap between the frame and display panel.

The South Korean electronics giant, which had poked fun at rival Apple over reports that its new iPhone model was susceptible to bending, said the "Gapgate" complaints concerning the Galaxy Note 4 were groundless.

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'Anti-Facebook' Social Network Gets Viral Surge

In a matter of days, the new social network Ello, described as the "anti-Facebook" for its stand on privacy and advertising, has become perhaps the hottest ticket on the Internet.

Created last year as a "private" social network, Ello (www.ello.co) recently opened its doors on an invitation-only basis.

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Report: Amazon, Disney Close to Peace Deal

Amazon is close to an agreement with Disney to end a dispute in which the online retail giant stopped making Disney DVDs available for pre-order, the Wall Street Journal reported late Tuesday.

Last week Amazon resumed accepting pre-orders for upcoming Disney DVDs such as "Maleficent" and "Guardians of the Galaxy", the newspaper said, quoting a source with knowledge of the talks.

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Apple to Launch iPhone 6 in China from October 17

Apple said Tuesday it will begin selling its latest iPhones in China from October 17 after the Chinese regulator pressed the U.S. giant to improve personal data security to gain approval.

Apple launched the large-screen iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in 10 countries and regions on September 19, though not in mainland China, with state media saying problems with licensing were the main obstacle.

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Reports: Canada Demands Google, Netflix Data, Sets Deadline

Canada's broadcast regulator on Monday gave American companies Google and Netflix a three-day deadline to turn over subscriber data or have their testimony expunged from a major public hearing, media reported.

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) has been in a rare showdown with the Internet giants, after they refused to share the data earlier this month.

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China Busts Smugglers of iPhone 6 in Shanghai

China in recent days has busted a slew of smugglers bringing Apple iPhone 6 models into the country ahead of their official release here, with officials on Sunday reporting the latest seizure of 453 smartphones in Shanghai.

Hundreds more were seized during three separate busts Thursday through Saturday in Hong Kong, including from men with a speedboat who were loading contraband onto a wooden sampan-style boat in a mangrove, the official Xinhua News Agency said.

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Report: EU to Accuse Apple of Taking Illicit Irish State Aid

The European Union is to accuse US tech giant Apple of taking illegal aid from the Irish state through sweetheart tax deals over two decades, the Financial Times reported on Monday.

A European Commission investigation into Apple's tax affairs in Ireland, where it has enjoyed a rate of less than 2 percent, found that the company benefited from illegal state aid, the newspaper reported citing sources close to the matter.

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Microsoft Offers Gaming Console in China at Long Last

U.S. technology giant Microsoft on Monday launched its Xbox One game console in China, the first foreign company to enter the potentially massive market after the government lifted a 14-year ban.

The launch, which was delayed a week for reasons Microsoft did not reveal, comes as the U.S. company faces a government investigation for alleged "monopoly actions" regarding other products like its flagship Windows operating system, used on the majority of computers in China.

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Activist Investor Urges Yahoo-AOL Tie-Up

An activist investment firm Friday urged Yahoo to explore a tie-up with online rival AOL, saying such a deal could help the struggling Internet pioneer "unlock" value for shareholders.

Starboard Value LP, which said it had acquired a "significant" ownership interest in the company, said in an open later to Yahoo chief Marissa Mayer that bringing together the two early Internet giants could lead to "up to $1 billion of synergies" and lift the value of Yahoo as it divests a large portion of its stake in Chinese online group Alibaba.

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