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FCC OKs Softbank's $21.6 billion acquisition of Sprint

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission has approved the $21.6 billion acquisition of Sprint by Japanese telecommunications group Softbank, saying it promises to bring consumers faster and more advanced wireless broadband Internet service.

Douglas Engelbart, inventor of the computer mouse, has died

Douglas Engelbart, a Silicon Valley engineer who invented the computer mouse and is credited with many of the concepts that underpin modern computing and the Internet, died on Tuesday at his home in Atherton, California. He was 88.

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Police go high tech to tackle trigger-happy Fourth of July celebrations

Police in some U.S. cities will have a high-tech advantage this July 4 in their battle to deter and detect those who celebrate the country's birthday by firing bullets into the air.

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Hands-on: Telefonica's $90 Firefox phone

After several months of anticipation, the first phones based on the Firefox operating system are here. Telefónica will begin selling the ZTE Open on Tuesday in Spain as the first step of a global rollout that should see Firefox OS devices available in all the carrier's markets by the end of next year.

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Mozilla CTO: Firefox tablet coming 'ASAP'

Mozilla says a tablet PC based on its new Firefox operating system is coming soon, although it won't say just how soon that could be.

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Intel explores brain scanning to make roads safer

Researchers at Intel are hoping a little insight into the way drivers think as they hurtle down the highway can be harnessed to make roads safer.

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Nvidia postpones Shield launch to July

Less than a day before it was scheduled to go on sale, Nvidia pushed back the launch date of its Shield gaming device until July.

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Apple OSes to narrow gap with Windows, says Gartner

Android, however, will continue to dominate the market, Gartner says.

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Samsung's next big thing - born in the USA?

Could Samsung's "next big thing" come from the heart of the Big Apple or Silicon Valley?

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US charges eight with multimillion-dollar cybercrime

U.S. federal prosecutors charged eight people on Wednesday in connection with a multimillion-dollar fraud that siphoned money from hacked accounts at banks and financial institutions, laundered it and sent it overseas.

Gmail access disrupted in Iran ahead of election

Access to Google's Gmail service appears to be disrupted in Iran just days before the country's presidential election.

Chinese seller of pirated software sentenced to 12 years in US prison

The operator of a website that sold more than $100 million worth of pirated software to customers worldwide was sentenced Tuesday to 12 years in a U.S. federal prison.

Computex 2013 attendance flat over 2012

The number of people who visited Taiwan's Computex exhibition this year appears to have failed to meet the expectations of organizers and was largely unchanged from last year.

Apple's law-enforcement critics 'appreciative' of new activation lock

Two prominent law enforcers in the U.S. who have been pushing Apple to do more to combat iPhone theft say they appreciate a new feature previewed earlier Monday that could help make stolen iPhones more difficult for thieves to resell.

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Dashcams going high-def, high-tech

New models from dashcam makers add GPS location, G-force detection and better video quality.

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