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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…

PayPal lets Facebook friends send cash

SAN FRANCISCO — Online financial transactions powerhouse PayPal released an application on Thursday that lets friends send one another cash at leading social network Facebook. A “Send Money” application tailored for Facebook by PayPal lets members of the online community tie money to occasions such as birthdays or send it…

Amazon may be planning smartphone: Citi analysts

NEW YORK — Amazon, which began shipping a tablet computer this week, may be eyeing the smartphone market. Citigroup said in a research note published on Thursday that it believes the Seattle-based online retail giant plans to launch a smartphone next year. “Based on our supply chain channel checks in…

Clinic works to help those suffering from information overload

The Libyan war, the Greek debt crisis and the Dominique Strauss-Kahn scandal have all been rich fodder this year for news junkies — but is today’s information overload healthy? A Swiss clinic has set out to help those who feel overwhelmed by such excess with an unusual exhibition that runs…

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