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Twitter beats Facebook in mobile ad sales this year, but both way behind Google

Twitter is outpacing Facebook in US mobile advertising revenue this year, according to a survey released Thursday showing a market dominated by Google. The report by the research firm eMarketer said Facebook, which just rolled out mobile ads for the first time this year, will likely overtake Twitter by 2013…

Google and Microsoft field smartphones to take on iPhone 5

NEW YORK: Google and Microsoft have introduced new champions in the fiercely competitive smartphone arena a week ahead of what is likely to be the hotly-anticipated debut of a next-generation iPhone by Apple. On Wednesday, Microsoft and Nokia joined to boost their smartphone arsenal with two new Lumia handsets powered…

Frenchman takes PCs to lap of luxury

Does your laptop clash with your Empire-style interior? No problem. A French entrepreneur has signed up a team of traditional craftsmen to turn out PCs fit for a royal home. Out with dull office-grey plastic — even the slick lines of an iPad: Georges Chirita’s workshop outside Paris turns out…

Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales blasts UK Internet snooping

Jimmy Wales, the Wikipedia founder, has sharply criticised the government’s so-called “snooper’s charter”, which will track the internet, text and email use of all British citizens, as “technologically incompetent”. Wales said that Wikipedia would move to encrypt all its connections with Britain if UK internet companies, such as Vodafone and…

Web inventor warns governments: Internet has no off switch

LONDON — Tim Berners-Lee, the British inventor of the World Wide Web, on Wednesday warned governments that attempts to block the Internet were doomed to failure due to its scattered structure. Speaking at the launch of a league table showing which countries use the web most effectively, Berners-Lee said the…

Prosthetic company performs 200 repairs a day for athletes at Paralympic games

Between the din of drilling and banging and the anxious faces of athletes in its waiting room, the Paralympic repairs workshop feels like a cross between a doctor’s surgery and a mechanic’s garage. An industrial smell of molten plastic and metal fills the air at the workshop, which has carried…

Smart phone users more and more wary of invasion of privacy by apps

Users of mobile devices are rejecting or uninstalling some apps because of concerns about how much personal and private information is collected, a US survey showed Wednesday. The Pew Internet Project survey found that 54 percent of mobile users who download apps have decided to not install a cell phone…

Officials probe video showing Russian ‘Top Gun’ stunt near major highway

- Russian military prosecutors said Wednesday they would probe flight records and safety measures after a video showing a fighter jet zooming low over a highway became an Internet hit. A spokesman for military prosecutors in the southern military district told the Interfax news agency that they had “begun a…

Chinese knockoff artists patent iPhone 5 design before Apple: report

Apple may have just lost a key battle in China before they even began to fight it. A report by Chinese electronics site GizChina claims that a company called GooPhone boasted that it has obtained a Chinese patent on the design of Apple’s iPhone 5, taken from leaked photos of…

Facebook stock slide continues

SAN FRANCISCO — Facebook stock hit a new low on Tuesday, with the world’s leading social network having lost more than $50 billion dollars in market value since it became a publicly traded company in May. Facebook shares closed on the Nasdaq at $17.73, up slightly from the record low…

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