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Microsoft apologizes for GDC party with skimpily-clad dancers

Microsoft Corp apologized for hiring dancers dressed as skimpily-clad schoolgirls for its Game Developer Conference (GDC) afterparty in San Francisco on Thursday night, responding to media reports citing attendees’ pictures on Twitter and Instagram. “It has come to my attention that at Xbox-hosted events at GDC this past week, we …

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U.S. prosecutors, Apple to bring witnesses to hearing on locked iPhone

The U.S. government and Apple Inc (AAPL.O) will be able to cross-examine the other’s witnesses in a court hearing next week on whether the technology company must help federal investigators unlock an encrypted iPhone tied to one of the San Bernardino killers, Apple said. The hearing, set for Tuesday, is …

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Foodpanda buys’s HK business, consolidating territories

Online takeaway delivery firm Foodpanda is acquiring the Hong Kong assets of U.S.-based as it consolidates its position in key markets while shedding assets elsewhere. Founded in 2012, Berlin-based Foodpanda expanded rapidly worldwide through nine acquisitions fueled by $310 million in capital it raised in six tranches, as online …

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German court rules against Apple in video streaming patent case

A German court has ruled against Apple Inc in a case over video streaming patents, handing Kudelski’s OpenTV unit a victory in its ongoing intellectual property licensing campaign against major technology companies. OpenTV sued Apple in 2014, alleging that various products infringe its patents, including the iPhone and iPad. The …

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Instagram to ditch chronological user feed for ‘interest’ based one

Facebook Inc’s picture-sharing app Instagram said it is reshuffling feeds to display curated content that users would ‘care’ about first. The sequence of posts would be based on the likelihood of interest in the content, the user’s relationship with the person or timeliness of the post, Instagram said in a …

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BMW shifts focus towards harnessing technology

German carmaker BMW (BMWG.DE) said it will focus on electric vehicles and automated driving and develop its software and technology services as part of a new strategy for the 100-year-old carmaker. The emergence of rivals including ride-sharing company Uber [UBER.UL] and technology group Alphabet (GOOGL.O) which has developed its own …

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