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Japan allows smartphone use on planes

Japan on Monday relaxed a ban on the use of electronic devices such as smartphones and tablets in flight, following similar moves by the United States and the European Union

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Samsung engineering, shipbuilders to merge

The shipbuilding and engineering units of South Korea’s Samsung group said Monday they would merge, as the family-run giant gears up for generational ownership succession

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Googling yourself is bad for your brain: Miley Cyrus

Pop diva Miley Cyrus has opened up to Australian television about her life, saying Googling yourself is bad for your brain and Elvis was a “twerker”

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Hollywood stars’ nude pics go viral after hacking leak

Nude photos purportedly showing many top stars, including Oscar-winner Jennifer Lawrence and pop star Rihanna, bounced around social media Sunday, in an apparent massive hacking leak

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FBI investigating bank hacks

Investigators were digging Thursday to find who initiated and what was taken in an apparent intense hacker effort this month to penetrate the systems of US banks

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Microsoft under more scrutiny in China

The head of the Chinese government agency investigating Microsoft for alleged monopoly actions said the probe includes the way the US technology giant distributes its media player and browser

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Kids’ school marks suffer due to smartphones

Children who spend more than four hours a day on their mobile phone perform significantly worse on school tests than those who are limited to just 30 minutes

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Dotcom denies hacking right-wing blogger

Internet mogul Kim Dotcom denied Monday that he hacked a right-wing blogger and leaked emails that have embroiled New Zealand’s conservative government in dirty tricks allegations

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WildLeaks targets top-end rhino, elephant poachers

The founders of WildLeaks — a sort of WikiLeaks for the environment — say it is the first secure, online whistle-blowing platform dedicated to wildlife and forest crime

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Amazon to take on Google in Internet advertising

US online giant Amazon is preparing to take on Google in one of its core businesses, Internet advertising

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