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Microsoft prices its dual-screen Android phone at $1,399

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Microsoft Corp says the Surface Duo, its dual-screen smartphone powered by Alphabet Inc's Android operating system, will start at a price of $1,399 and arrive in U.S. stores beginning Sept 10. The Surface Duo folds closed like a book. Unlike devices such as Samsung Electronics Co Ltd's Galaxy Z Fold… Read

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Apple on cusp of $2 trillion milestone, defying pandemic

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Apple is on the verge of becoming the first $2 trillion American company following a gravity-defying surge that has highlighted the value of its iPhone ecosystem during the global pandemic. Shares in Apple have roughly doubled from March lows, an astonishing performance which has lifted chief executive Tim Cook's net… Read

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Twitter users can now control who replies to their tweet

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Twitter Inc has rolled out a moderation feature that would allow its users to limit how many people can reply to their tweets, giving account-holders more control over conversations on their page. All accounts, including those of elected officials, can now select the people who will be allowed to reply… Read

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Facebook creates unit devoted to financial services

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Facebook has created a new unit devoted to financial services to harmonize payment systems on its platform. The new group, called Facebook Financial, will be headed by e-commerce veteran David Marcus, who was a president at PayPal before joining the leading social network six years ago. Marcus is one of… Read

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Tech titans say Trump block on worker visas harms U.S.

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Amazon, Apple and Facebook are among tech industry titans and organizations signing onto a court filing saying U.S. President Donald Trump's move blocking visas for skilled workers hurts the country. The brief was filed in federal court Monday in support of a suit by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and… Read

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Google turns Android phones into earthquake sensors

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Alphabet Inc's Google's Android phones on Tuesday started detecting earthquakes around the world to provide data that could eventually give billions of users precious seconds of warning of a tremor nearby, with an alerting feature first rolling out in California. Japan, Mexico and California already use land-based sensors to generate… Read

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Road test: Chinese 'robotaxis' take riders for a spin

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Chinese entrants in the race to put autonomous vehicles on the road are bringing "robotaxis" online in hopes that a hired-car format can be the key to unlocking wide acceptance of the futuristic technology. It is expected to be years before cars that operate completely without human intervention are unleashed… Read

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Tired of Zoom calls? Company offers at-home hologram machines

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Looking for a new way to communicate during the pandemic? A Los Angeles company has created phone booth-sized machines to beam live holograms into your living room. The device made by PORTL Inc lets users talk in real time with a life-sized hologram of another person. The machines also can… Read

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Japanese company planning space debris removal by laser on satellite

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A Japanese company said recently it will develop a satellite to clean up floating space debris by using laser beams, with the aim of starting the service in 2026. Satellite communications company Sky Perfect JSAT Corp said the project will be the first to use laser beams to remove space… Read

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Twitter expressed interest in buying TikTok's U.S. operations: sources

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Twitter Inc has approached TikTok's Chinese owner ByteDance to express interest in acquiring the U.S. operations of the video-sharing app, two people familiar with the matter told Reuters, as experts raised doubts over Twitter's ability to put together financing for a potential deal. It is far from certain that Twitter… Read

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