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Hello Kitty owner Sanrio says fan site security leak fixed

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HONG KONG (AP) – The Japanese company that owns the Hello Kitty brand said it has fixed a security leak in an online fan site for the character that compromised the personal information of 3.3 million users. Sanrio Co.’s digital arm said Tuesday that it “corrected” a security vulnerability on …

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Toshiba to cut jobs in consumer electronics amid record loss

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TOKYO (AP) – Toshiba plans to cut 7,800 jobs, mostly in its consumer-electronics business, as it reorganizes in the face of projected record losses for the current fiscal year. The Japanese conglomerate has been struggling with the aftermath of a major accounting scandal, compounded by troubles in nuclear energy and …

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Intex mobiles to come with pre-loaded Truecaller app

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New Delhi, The new Intex Aqua Young smartphones will now have pre-loaded Truecaller and Truedialer applications to bring smarter, safer and more relevant communications to Intex users. Truecaller on Monday announced a partnership with Intex Technologies, one of the leading mobile handset brands in India, to replace the native phone …

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Apple names Jeff Williams as chief operating officer

FILE - In this March 9, 2015 file photo, Apple Vice President of Operations, Jeff Williams, discusses ResearchKit during an Apple event in San Francisco. Apple named Williams as its new chief operating officer Thursday, Dec. 17, 2015, a job that hasn’t been filled since Tim Cook left the position more than four years ago to become CEO. Williams has worked at Apple for about 17 years and supervised the launch of the Apple Watch, which went on sale earlier this year. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

Apple named Jeff Williams as its chief operating officer Thursday, a job that hasn’t been filled since Tim Cook left the position more than four years ago to become CEO. Williams has worked at Apple for about 17 years and supervised the launch of the Apple Watch, which went on …

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There’s a new crop of coding toys for techie tykes

FILE - In this Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2015, file photo, third-grader Jaysean Erby raises his hands as he solves a coding problem as Apple CEO Tim Cook watches from behind during a coding workshop at an Apple Store, in New York. There’s a nationwide push to improve computer literacy in elementary school, and entrepreneurs are jumping aboard. “You really want kids to learn these building blocks as young as possible and then build on them,” said Cook. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

NEW YORK (AP) – Want even your younger kids to join the tech revolution by learning to code? Maybe you should get them a robot – or at least a video game. That’s the aim of entrepreneurs behind new coding toys for kids as young as 6. They’re spurred by …

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China’s Xi calls for cooperation on Internet regulation

FILE - In this Feb. 16, 2015 file photo, a man surfs Internet on his laptop computer at a Starbuck cafe in Beijing. Chinese President Xi Jinping called Wednesday, Dec. 16 for governments to cooperate in regulating Internet use, stepping up efforts to promote controls that activists complain stifle free expression. (AP Photo/Andy Wong, File)

BEIJING (AP) – Chinese President Xi Jinping called Wednesday for governments to cooperate in regulating Internet use, stepping up efforts to promote controls that activists complain stifle free expression. Xi’s government operates extensive Internet monitoring and censorship and has tightened controls since he came to power in 2013. Speaking at …

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Siri vs. Cortana vs. ‘OK Google’: Who’s better, who’s best

In this Monday, Dec. 7, 2015, photo, Associated Press technology writer Brandon Bailey uses the Google, Cortana and Siri digital assistants to learn the length of the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. Cortana’s learning the neighborhood. Google’s digital assistant can’t tell a joke. And Siri apparently has a thing for the metric system. Those are just a few of the things learned after staging a face-off between the three leading digital assistants. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Cortana’s learning the neighborhood. Google’s digital assistant can’t tell a joke. And Siri apparently has a thing for the metric system. Those are just a few of the things I learned after staging a face-off between the three leading digital assistants. Apple’s Siri and “OK Google” …

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Now comes the tough part: The world’s carbon diet starts

The sun sets behind  a power plant powered by coal in the Bosnian town of Tuzla, 120 kms north of Sarajevo, Bosnia, Saturday, Dec. 12, 2015.(AP Photo/Amel Emric)

PARIS (AP) – The world is about to go on a carbon diet. It won’t be easy – or cheap. Nearly 200 nations across the world on Saturday approved a first-of-its-kind universal agreement to wean Earth off fossil fuels and slow global warming, patting themselves on the back for showing …

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Wal-Mart to launch own mobile pay system

FILE - In this May 9, 2013 file photo, a worker pushes shopping carts in front of a Wal-Mart store in La Habra, Calif. The world's largest retailer, said it's testing its own mobile payment system that will allow shoppers to pay with any major credit or debit card or its own store gift card through its app at the cash register. It will start testing the new payment system Thursday, Dec. 10, 2015 at its stores in the Bentonville, Ark. area, where the retailer is based. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)

NEW YORK (AP) – The mobile payment wars are heating up. Wal-Mart Stores Inc., the world’s largest retailer, said it’s launching its own mobile payment system that will allow shoppers to pay with any major credit or debit card or its own store gift card through its existing smartphone app …

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Samsung aid for sick workers comes with conditions, secrecy

In this Oct. 23, 2015 photo, Hwang Sang-gi, a founding member of advocacy group Banolim, holds a picture of his daughter Yu-mi during an interview denouncing Samsung’s response in its latest negotiations with sick workers outside Samsung buildings in Seoul, South Korea. Yu-mi’s death from leukemia in 2007 galvanized concern about conditions at Samsung factories and South Korea’s semiconductor industry in general. Samsung’s hopes of ending years of acrimony and bad publicity over whether its semiconductor factories caused cancer have hit a hitch: some sickened workers and their families say they’ll never accept its highly conditional offer of financial assistance. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) – Samsung’s hopes of ending years of acrimony over whether its computer chip factories caused cancer have hit a hitch: some sickened workers and their families say they’ll never accept its highly conditional offer of financial assistance. As recently as the middle of last year, it …

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