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December 17, 2014
After Google, Dutch privacy watchdog probes Facebook
The Hague (AFP) Dec 16, 2014
The Dutch government-affiliated watchdog said Tuesday it is probing changes in Facebook's privacy policy, the latest skirmish in a wider fight over the commercial use of online personal data. The announcement came a day after the Hague-based Data Protection Agency warned Google it was breaching data protection laws by using personal details for targeted advertising. Google faces a 15 million-euro ($18.7 million) fine if it doesn't fix the alleged breaches by the end of February, the DPA said. ... read more

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US appeals court hears Apple e-books challenge
A US judge Monday expressed doubt towards the government's e-book antitrust case against Apple, saying the tech giant was challenging "predatory" pricing from rival Amazon. ... more
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Wearable cameras find person's unique motion signature (like fingerprints)
No one wears a body camera quite like you. It's not the auteur framing or sepia tones, but the way the camera shakes, rattles and rolls as your walk down the street. According to a new study, footage recorded on wearable cameras possesses a "motion signature" unique to the wearer. ... more
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Internet trend puts users center stage
Sensors that track steps, pulse, diet and more marked a wearable computing fashion trend this year as they evolve from measuring what we've done to telling us what to do. ... more
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Instagram hits 300 million users, passes Twitter
Instagram, the photo-sharing social network owned by Facebook, announced Wednesday it has more than 300 million users as it unveiled a new system to authenticate celebrity members. ... more
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Amazon allows some buyers to 'make an offer'
Amazon said Tuesday it would allow online haggling between buyers and sellers for some items sold by third parties using the US online retail giant. ... more
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Steve Jobs gives posthumous testimony in Apple trial
Three years after the tech world mourned his passing, Apple mastermind Steve Jobs was back from the dead Friday giving posthumous testimony in a video at a US antitrust trial. ... more
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California chemists develop rewritable paper
It's often said that we're living in the Digital Age. But even Internet startups use paper. In fact, some research suggests businesses continue to retain 90 percent of their information on paper - paper that is routinely thrown away after just a single use. ... more
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Engineers build world's fastest 2-D camera
Light photons are pretty fast. In fact, they're the speediest thing humans have ever recorded in the universe. As such, they're pretty difficult to capture on film, but researchers at the University of Washington in St. Louis have developed a camera fast enough to photograph light phenomena. ... more
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World's fastest 2-D camera may enable new scientific discoveries
A team of biomedical engineers at Washington University in St. Louis, led by Lihong Wang, PhD, the Gene K. Beare Distinguished Professor of Biomedical Engineering, has developed the world's fastest ... more
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Amazon's Bezos to be 'bold' despite failures
Amazon founder Jeff Bezos acknowledged Tuesday missteps which have cost the tech giant billions, but said that is the price for taking "bold bets." ... more
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Intel, Luxottica team up for smart eyewear
US tech giant Intel said Wednesday it was joining forces with Italy's Luxottica to develop connected eyewear, with the first products due in 2015. ... more
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Smartphone expansion cooling, prices dropping: survey
The global smartphone market will see cooler growth in the next few years, amid "cutthroat" competition that will bring down prices for many consumers, a market tracker said Monday. ... more
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Obama proposes $263 million for 50,000 police body cameras
President Barack Obama announced stricter regulations for distribution of military equipment to local police forces Monday, while simultaneously calling for over $260 million in additional spending for police body cameras. ... more
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Samsung 's mobile chief keeps his job
Samsung said Monday the head of its faltering mobile business would keep his job despite an alarming decline in profits, as the electronics giant announced a year-end personnel reshuffle. ... more
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Selfie sticks could bring jail time in South Korea
That selfie stick in your hand. A harmless memory-maker? Or a potentially chaos-inducing electromagnetic radiation emitter? ... more
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China Internet giants in tit-for-tat battle for users
China's version of Twitter, Weibo, has effectively banned users from promoting the country's most popular messaging app WeChat on its platform as the two Internet giants battle for users. ... more
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Apple market value hits $700 bn
A rise in Apple shares Tuesday pushed the market value of the trend-setting US tech icon above $700 billion, becoming the first company to hit that milestone. ... more
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DIY microscope could save scientists thousands of dollars
An inverted microscope, a high-tech tool used in science labs at research centers all over the world, can cost upwards of $10,000. But when researchers at Brunel University London needed more than one to run multiple simultaneous tests, they considered a cheaper alternative - a cheap USB microscope turned upside down. ... more
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End to end 5G for super, superfast mobile
A collaboration between NEC Electronics Samsung and several academic centres in China and Iran, is investigating how software-defined cellular networking might be used to give smart phone users the ... more
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A path to brighter images and more efficient LCD displays
University of Utah engineers have developed a polarizing filter that allows in more light, leading the way for mobile device displays that last much longer on a single battery charge and cameras tha ... more
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Judge approves $450 mn deal in Apple ebook suit
A US judge signed off Friday on Apple's $450 million legal deal to compensate consumers harmed by an illegal price-fixing conspiracy for electronic books. ... more
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Facebook 'newspaper' spells trouble for media
Facebook's move to fulfill its ambition to be the personal "newspaper" for its billion-plus members is likely to mean more woes for the ailing news media. ... more
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Apple, Xiaomi trade smartphone barbs in China
Top executives from US technology giant Apple and Chinese smartphone upstart Xiaomi traded light-hearted barbs on Thursday at a Chinese Internet conference, acknowledging the fierce competition between the rivals. ... more
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New York's Times Square lit up by huge digital billboard
New York's Times Square was illuminated by the world's highest resolution video display screen of its size as the monitor - nearly as big as a football field - was switched on Tuesday evening. ... more
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