Global Video News Recap, World Tech Update Nov. 19

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On this week's show U.S. President Barack Obama makes his first state visit to China and holds a question-and-answer session for students in Shanghai. He was asked if he knew about China's firewall and whether citizens should be able to use Twitter, the microblogging service that is blocked in China. Obama said, "I think that the more freely information flows, the stronger a society becomes."

Google announced on Thursday that it is open sourcing the Chrome operating system as Chromium OS. According to an official blog post, the company said it is doing this a year before Chrome OS will be ready for the public so that it can better work with the open-source community and developers.

Dell's first smartphone, the Dell Mini 3i, is being readied to go on sale. The phone, which has a 3.5-inch touch screen, will be available in China this December.

The European Union published findings of an 18-month investigation Tuesday, finding that 301 Web sites that sold mobile-phone ringtones, wallpapers and other services had "serious breaches of EU consumer law," according to a statement. Of the sites investigated, 70 percent of the cases have been resolved, 159 sites have been corrected and 54 sites have been closed.

Sony CEO and President Howard Stringer spoke in Tokyo on Thursday and said that Sony is ahead on cost-cutting for the year, and in the past 12 months has shed almost 20,000 workers and reduced inventories by 40 percent. News wasn't all positive though, as its key PlayStation game system and Bravia TV businesses are losing money, but it set plans for both to be profitable next year. "We know we have to restore profitability in our TV and game businesses," Stringer said.

Microsoft's Live Labs group showed off an experimental application called Pivot at the company's Professional Developers Conference. It's designed to represent massive amounts of data graphically. The company is allowing developers and organizations to try it by invitation only.

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