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Free Internet service for over 3 million Egyptians shut down

BEIRUT (AP) – A program that had been giving free basic Internet services to over three million Egyptians was shut down on Wednesday, social media site Facebook said. In a statement to The Associated Press, Facebook said it hoped to “resolve this situation soon” so the program, which it had …

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Twitter revises policy banning threats and abuse

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Twitter has revised its rules of conduct to emphasize that it prohibits violent threats and abusive behavior by users, promising a tough stance at a time when critics are calling for the online service to adopt a harder line against extremists. While the new policy unveiled …

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Kiddie tablets ‘grow up’ as competition grows

NEW YORK (AP) – Kiddie tablets have grown up. Tablets designed just for kids are getting more sophisticated as they face increased competition from regular tablets. The new products also have better screens, speedier chips and fashionably slim bodies. They let older children do more, yet hold their hands until …

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Hello Kitty owner Sanrio says fan site security leak fixed

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

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

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

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

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

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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