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Disney comes to YouTube

SAN FRANCISCO — Disney films were available for rent on YouTube on Wednesday in the latest bid by the Google-owned website to transform into an online stage for the gamut of digital video content. The first of hundreds of films from Disney studios including Pixar and DreamWorks joined the array…

Woman places her video game playing husband up for sale on Craigslist

File this one under the category of “most uncommon thing, or person, up for sale.” A Utah woman was so frustrated by her husband’s addiction to video games that she decided to place him up as an ad on Craigslist. According to the Associated Press Monday, Alyse Baddley said placing her…

China to top world in e-commerce by 2015: report

China, already home to the world’s largest online population, is likely to replace the United States as the biggest e-commerce market by 2015, according to new research. China’s e-commerce market is currently worth $74 billion — less than half that of the United States at $177 billion, a new report…

Los Angeles thieves nabbed with ‘find my phone’ app

LOS ANGELES — Police in California probing an armed robbery arrested two suspects by using the “Find My Phone” app on her stolen iPhone to locate the device, a spokeswoman said Tuesday. The female victim told officers that a gunman had taken her purse and iPhone, which had the tracking…

Samsung holds final talks on Google TV venture

Samsung Electronics is holding final talks with Google about launching a television using the US search giant’s software platform next year, an executive of the South Korean company said Tuesday. Yoon Boo-Keun, president of the visual display division, declined to elaborate on the timing of the launch saying only that Samsung would not unveil the new model…

Pakistan shelves ‘obscene’ text message ban

Pakistan rowed back on Tuesday from demands that text messages containing nearly 1,700 “obscene” words should be blocked, following outrage from users and campaigners. On November 14, the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) distributed a list of 1,695 words in English and Urdu, the national language, to operators, giving them seven days to implement…

AT&T targeted by hackers, no accounts breached

NEW YORK — US telecom giant AT&T said Monday it was advising customers of an apparent hacking attempt but that no accounts were breached. “We recently detected what could have been an organized attempt to obtain information on a number of customer accounts,” an AT&T spokesman told AFP by email.…

Apple accepts payment in China’s yuan currency

Apple has started accepting payment in China’s yuan currencythrough its online store, opening it up to the biggest Internet market in the world, company officials said Monday. The App Store, which sells software applications for devices such as iPhone and iPad, started accepting the unit last week in an unannounced move. “The service has…

Amazon sells Kindle Fire below cost: research firm

At $199, Amazon is selling the Kindle Fire slightly below the cost it takes to manufacture the tablet computer, according to market research firm IHS iSuppli. In a “teardown” estimate published Friday, IHS iSuppli said it costs $201.70 to manufacture the Kindle Fire, which Amazon began shipping to customers this week. “The Kindle Fire, at…

Facebook to help Congress expand online reach

WASHINGTON — Leaders of the Republican and Democratic parties in the US Congress are reaching out to Facebook to help develop online tools to connect with their constituents. They announced plans on Thursday to host a “hackathon” next month featuring members of Congress, their staffers, Facebook developers and others. The…

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