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In North Korea, hackers are a handpicked, pampered elite

Despite its poverty and isolation, North Korea has poured resources into a sophisticated cyber-warfare cell called Bureau 121, defectors from the secretive state said as Pyongyang came under the microscope for a crippling hack into computers at Sony Pictures Entertainment.

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Google to introduce child-friendly versions of products

Google Inc plans to roll out child-friendly versions of its most popular products in a bid to be "fun and safe for children", USA Today reported, quoting Pavni Diwanji, the company's vice president of engineering.

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Behind Google's Europe woes, American accents

When EU politicians call for the break-up of Google, it can sound like sour grapes, the anti-American backlash of an aging Europe envious, and fearful, of the wealth and growing power of young U.S. tech giants.

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At China online coming-out party, Beijing spells out Internet control ambition

China showed governments and the planet's biggest tech firms last week its vision for global Internet governance - clean, controlled and choreographed.

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EU digital tsar warns monopolists; Google foes play down call for break-up

The European Union's top official for digital markets said on Monday he was concerned that big tech companies may be abusing dominant positions, but he also said investigations into Google must not be rushed.

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European Parliament may propose Google break-up in draft resolution

The European Parliament is preparing a non-binding resolution that proposes splitting Google Inc's (GOOGL.O) search engine operations in Europe from the rest of its business as one possible option to rein in the Internet company’s dominance in the search market.

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Yahoo CEO says Firefox deal will boost search market share

Yahoo Inc struck a deal with Firefox maker Mozilla Corp to replace Google Inc as the default search engine on the Firefox Web browser in the United States, a move that Yahoo Chief Executive Marissa Mayer said will help boost its flagging search market share.

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Facebook developing a professional website 'Facebook at Work': FT

Facebook Inc is secretly working on a new website called "Facebook at Work" that would allow users to keep their personal profile separate from their work profile, the Financial Times reported.

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Yahoo buys video ad service BrightRoll for $640 million

Yahoo Inc (YHOO.O) will pay about $640 million for automated advertising service BrightRoll, beefing up its ability to sell video ads in real-time to marketers.

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China's Xiaomi to buy stake in online video company Youku Tudou

Chinese video streaming firm Youku Tudou Inc (YOKU.N) said on Wednesday Xiaomi Technology Co Ltd [XTC.UL] will acquire a stake in the online video host.

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Samsung Electronics to build $3 billion smartphone plant in Vietnam

South Korea's Samsung Electronics Co Ltd (005930.KS) has applied for a license to invest $3 billion in building a second smartphone factory in northern Vietnam, a government official said on Monday.

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Chinese social networking service Momo files for IPO

China's Momo Inc, a mobile-based social networking platform, filed with U.S. regulators on Friday to raise up to $300 million in an initial public offering of its American Depositary Shares (ADS).

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Microsoft partners with Dropbox for online file-sharing

Microsoft Corp said it teamed up with online file-sharing company Dropbox Inc to allow Office software users to manage and share files through Dropbox's website and mobile app.

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RTL takes control of YouTube fashion platform

European broadcasting group RTL Group said on Monday it had taken control of StyleHaul, a YouTube fashion platform, as it beefs up its online presence to keep younger viewers, whom it may lose at its traditional TV channels.

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UBS cannot arbitrate vs Nasdaq over Facebook IPO: court

A divided U.S. appeals court rejected UBS AG's (UBSN.VX) bid to force Nasdaq OMX Group Inc (NDAQ.O) to arbitrate a dispute over the exchange operator's alleged "catastrophic mismanagement" of Facebook Inc's (FB.O) $16 billion initial public offering.

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