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Silicon Valley billionaire at war with gossip site

Washington (AFP) - Billionaire Peter Thiel acknowledged funding a legal battle against the gossip website that "outed" him, sparking debate on whether the Silicon Valley mogul has taken his media war …


EU lawmakers see 'deficiencies' in US data deal

Brussels (AFP) - The European Parliament called Thursday on Brussels to pursue talks with Washington to remove "deficiencies" from a deal to curb government spying on the personal Internet data of EU …


China's Lenovo posts $128 mn net loss last year

Hong Kong (AFP) - Chinese technology giant Lenovo said Thursday it posted a net loss last year, as its smartphones struggle to keep apace with Apple and Android rivals and as the market for personal …


Microsoft to end smartphone manufacturing: union

Helsinki (AFP) - Microsoft announced Wednesday it would let go up to 1,850 employees and a Finnish union called it the end of the company's smartphone manufacturing business, bought from Finnish …


US agency probes Alibaba on accounting

Washington (AFP) - The US stock market regulator has opened an investigation into the accounting practices of Chinese online giant Alibaba, a company document showed.


Solar Impulse 2 leaves Ohio on fuel-free flight

Washington (AFP) - The Solar Impulse 2, a solar-powered airplane piloted by Swiss national Bertrand Piccard, successfully flew out of Dayton, Ohio in the dark early Wednesday en route to …


Volkswagen, Toyota buy into ridesharing

San Francisco (AFP) - Toyota and Volkswagen announced separate partnerships Tuesday with rideshare companies Uber and Gett, in the latest such moves by major carmakers.


Google ex-boss Schmidt reveals he has an iPhone

Amsterdam (AFP) - Tech industry titans Tim Cook and Eric Schmidt took their battle for corporate domination to the heart of Europe on Tuesday seeking to win over new startups and IT enthusiasts.


Facebook makes changes to avoid political bias

San Francisco (AFP) - Facebook on Monday said it was making changes aimed at keeping political bias out of its "trending" stories list even though an internal investigation revealed no evidence it …


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