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Everest Summit Wired up with Internet

Climbers at the top of Mount Everest, the world's highest peak, will now be able to make video calls and surf the Internet on their mobile phones, a Nepalese telecom group claims.

Ncell, a subsidiary of Swedish phone giant TeliaSonera, says it has set up a high-speed third-generation (3G) phone base station at an altitude of 5,200 meters (17,000 feet) near Gorakshep village in the Everest region.

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Dazzboard Takes Music Collections to Facebook

Digital media sharing star Dazzboard on Thursday began letting Facebook users show their tastes in music, complete with samples and an easy way to buy tunes at the social networking service.

Dazzplay software available on line at lets members of the world's top online community store and synchronize music collections from all their gadgets and computers.

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Internet Accounts for 7.2% of Economy

The Internet contributed 100 billion pounds to the economy last year, about 7.2 percent of gross domestic product (GDP), a report showed Thursday.

The sector is bigger than the construction, transport or utilities industries in Britain, according to the study by the Boston Consulting Group (BCG), which was commissioned by the British arm of Internet giant Google.

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Apple Accused of Copyright Infringement in China

U.S. high-tech giant Apple has been accused in China of copyright infringement, with a computer screen maker saying it owns the rights to the iPad name in the country, a report said Wednesday.

Proview Technology Co., Ltd., which is based in the southern city of Shenzhen, registered the iPad trademark in January 2000 and still owns the rights to its use in China, the Beijing News said, citing government archives.

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WikiLeaks Renews Question of Secrecy

When WikiLeaks readied the largest-ever release of secret war files, U.S. officials warned the whistleblower site it was irresponsible. After the 400,000 documents came out, the Pentagon said they revealed little new.

And so, some experts ask, why were the documents classified as secret in the first place?

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North Korea Goes Youtube for Propaganda

North Korea has opened an account with the global video-sharing website YouTube, uploading clips praising the isolated communist state and denying allegations that it sank a South Korean warship.

Eleven clips were found Tuesday under the name of uriminzokkiri, a North Korean government website.

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Apple iPod Nano May Pose Fire Hazard, Says Japan

Japan's industry ministry has ordered Apple to report on measures it will take regarding cases of its iPod Nano music player overheating and catching fire, an official said Thursday.

Overheating of the 2005 iPod Nano while charging has caused at least 27 incidents, including six fires that required firefighters to be called, an official from the Economy, Trade and Industry Ministry said.

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