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Jay Alabaster is a reporter for IDG News Service based in Tokyo.

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Sony ISP launches world's fastest home Internet, 2Gbps

A Sony-backed ISP in Japan has launched a 2Gbps Internet service, which it said is the world's fastest for home use.

John Kerry: Cyberdefense a major part of Asian security

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry called defending against cyberattacks a major part of maintaining security in Asia, and said Washington is forming working groups with China and Japan to address the issue.

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Chat app takes on e-book retailers, Amazon with manga comics service

Line, the popular messaging platform based in Japan, is challenging e-book vendors like Amazon and Rakuten with a new service to download and view manga, or Japanese comic books.

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Fujitsu acquires French cloud startup RunMyProcess

Fujitsu has acquired RunMyProcess, a French startup that helps companies integrate on-site and cloud-based services.

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Sony aims to take 4K mainstream with $4999 TV, media player, download service

Sony will soon launch 4K TVs far smaller and cheaper than existing models, along with a 4K media player and download service, all aimed at bringing the next-generation TV format into the mainstream.

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Hirai remakes Sony in first year as CEO, now must win consumers

In his first year as Sony CEO, Kazuo Hirai has remade the company, cutting thousands of jobs, selling off large businesses and core properties, and moving divisions around the world.

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Sony adds two middle-range Xperia handsets to 2013 lineup

Following the launch of its flagship Xperia Z smartphone in February, Sony has announced two middle-range models to go on sale during the next three months.

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Fujitsu software measures heart rates via camera phone

A Fujitsu research lab has developed software that can read minute changes in face color to accurately measure a subject's pulse using the small digital cameras attached to smartphones and tablets.

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E-paper ventures outdoors to provide a scoreboard in Japan

Molten, the Japanese maker of sporting equipment, is preparing to launch an outdoor scoreboard with a large display made from e-paper, as the technology continues to expand from electronic readers into the mainstream.

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Samsung appoints co-CEOs

Samsung Electronics has promoted the heads of its mobile and consumer electronics businesses to share leadership along with the existing boss who oversees components, as the company looks to strengthen the independence of its massive internal divisions.

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Samsung confirms a Tizen smartphone will ship this year

Samsung Electronics is readying a smartphone based on the Tizen operating system to be released in the second half of this year, the company said Friday.

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Twitter for Windows 8 released

Twitter has released an app for Windows 8, with several features designed specifically for the new operating system from Microsoft.

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Microsoft has access issues with Hotmail, Outlook, SkyDrive services

Microsoft experienced disruptions for several hours to its online suite of mail, calendar and storage services, leaving many users unable to access their accounts.

Can Samsung innovate?

Samsung sells more mobile phones, and more smartphones, than any other company. It competes in all markets, from the high-end down, and is pouring its record profits into expansion and advertising. The question now is whether the Korean giant can deliver the kind of totally new devices that rivals like Apple have.

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Japan quake and tsunami put social networks on stage

The 2011 earthquake and tsunami are forever linked with social media in Japan. In the chaotic days and weeks that followed, with the northeast coast in shambles and hundreds of thousands in shelters with no phone service, many turned to services like Twitter and Facebook to post personal news or keep in touch.