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October 16, 2017
Google balloons to help restore Puerto Rico's cell networks
New York (AFP) Oct 7, 2017
Google's parent company is set to launch balloons into the Caribbean skies in an attempt to restore telephone networks in hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico. Alphabet Inc., which controls Google, obtained authorization from the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to deploy the devices - developed from 2013 as part of a project known as "Loon." It aims to temporarily re-establish Puerto Rico's cellular network - where 83 per cent of cell sites were still out of service Friday, according to FC ... read more

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A 2013 hack affected all three billion accounts at Yahoo, triple the original estimate, the online giant's parent company said Tuesday following a new analysis of the incident. ... more
Google unveils new moves to boost struggling news organizations
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Twitter aims to boost appeal with new 280-character tweet limit
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Researchers develop spectroscopic 'science camera' system for smartphones
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Twitter aims to boost appeal with new 280-character tweet limit
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Debate swirls as power of US tech giants grows
With a handful of US technology giants growing more powerful and dominant, debate is intensifying on whether big tech's growth is healthy or not. ... more
EU 'digital summit' upstaged by Germany and Brexit
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Facebook backs off plan for non-voting shares
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Google likely to buy stake in Taiwan smartphone maker HTC
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US state grants $3 billion in tax incentives to Foxconn
Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker signed a bill on Monday granting $3 billion in tax incentives to Foxconn, paving the way for the Taiwan electronics giant to build a manufacturing plant in the state. ... more
LG loses European appeal against 541 mn euro fine: firm
South Korean electronics giant LG Electronics has lost its final appeal against a giant price-fixing fine imposed by the European Union and will pay more than 540 million euros, it said Friday. ... more
New Google Pixel smartphone debut expected October 4
Google on Thursday fired off invitations to an October 4 event at which the US tech giant is expected to field a second-generation Pixel as its new champion in the competitive smartphone market. ... more
Apple lays claim to smartphone future with new flagship iPhone X
Apple laid claim to the future of the smartphone Tuesday with a 10th anniversary iPhone X, featuring facial recognition unlocking and other refinements, touting the device as the next generation of mobile computing. ... more
Facebook staffs up in China despite being blocked
Facebook has hired a Chinese government-relations point man and is seeking other staff in signs that it harbours ambitions for a China presence despite its main social media platform being blocked. ... more
Apple out to renew iPhone frenzy at age 10
With Apple set to unveil its newest iPhones, a key question for the California tech giant is whether it can recapture the magic from its first release a decade ago. ... more
US court rejects Qualcomm bid to limit Apple lawsuits
A US federal judge Friday rejected an effort by Qualcomm to limit legal challenges from Apple in the contentious patent battles between the two California technology giants. ... more
Social networks extend gains as news sources in US: survey
Social networks have made more gains as news sources for Americans in 2017, according to a study released Thursday suggesting more woes for traditional news organizations. ... more
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