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While commercial drone businesses gear up, large parts of US airspace are already off-limits to drones. A new map project called Don't Fly Drones Here takes a look at exactly where the remote crafts have been banned, through the magic of open-source maps.

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If there’s a better way to promote Microsoft’s OneNote solution and its new Surface Pro 3 tablet, we have no idea what it is. Several members of the Microsoft OneNote team recently came together to film a parody of LMFAO’s hit song of yesteryear, “I’m Sexy And I Know It.” Since they’re promoting the Surface Pro 3 and Microsoft’s great cloud-syncing notes solution OneNote, their cover is appropriately named “I Click It And I Note It,” and it focuses on OneNote’s simplicity as well as the speed with which people can take notes using the Surface Pro 3 tablet. Two quick comments: 1. It’s great to see Microsoft’s OneNote team having some fun. 2. It’s painfully apropos that, after being

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Apple’s conversations with payment companies have “heated up in recent months,” The Information has learned from people briefed on the matter, with the company interested in launching a mobile wallet solution of its own this fall that would let iPhone owners pay for physical goods with their handsets. FROM EARLIER: Report from solid source points to iPhone 6 release in mid-September Apple isn’t the first company that’s thinking about mobile payments, as Google and U.S. mobile operators already have such products for customers. Various “iWallet” rumors have already mentioned an iPhone-related payment solution in the past, but the company has never shared any details on the matter. It’s not known what technology Apple will use for mobile payments, whether it’s NFC,

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Meanwhile, the company’s nearby offices are humming with a bizarre but infectious energy. A drone flies erratically overhead, snapping pictures with its camera and automatically uploading them to Dropbox. "This week is a great reminder that [Dropbox] started as basically a large hack week project, and that we need to continue being bold and ambitious," says Max Belanger, a Dropbox engineer who’s also one of Hack Week’s organizers. "We don’t actually set any restrictions," Belanger says as we tour Dropbox’s end-of-the-week expo, where everyone shows off their projects and votes on their favorites.

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(Reuters) - Shares of Facebook Inc were set to open at a record high on Thursday after a surge in mobile advertising revenue helped the world's No. 1 social network trounce analysts' expectations for quarterly profit and revenue. Up to Wednesday's close, Facebook's stock had more than quadrupled since touching a low of $17.55 in September 2012. At $100, Facebook would be valued at more than $250 billion. Facebook reported on Wednesday that its mobile advertising revenue grew 151 percent in the second quarter, accounting for about 62 percent overall ad revenue.

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Swiss watchmaker Swatch Group has denied a media report saying it was working with technology company Apple on a smartwatch, a wearable device with interactive functions. Technology website VentureBeat said in a report on Wednesday Apple was working with "at least one partner, Swatch" on a smartwatch project, citing an unnamed source. A spokeswoman for Swatch Group said on Thursday the report was unfounded. She said the only business relationship Swatch Group had with mobile phone makers was as a supplier of integrated circuits and other electronic components.

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While Gameloft is only officially releasing first-person shooter Modern Combat 5 today, thousands have already played it. A cracked copy was distributed through various torrent sites following a contest that awarded its winners early access to the game.

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The European Central Bank said on Thursday its website had been hacked and some email addresses and other contact information stolen but insisted no market-sensitive data were affected. The hackers broke into a database storing details of people who had registered for ECB conferences, visits and other events, the bank said. "No internal systems or market sensitive data were compromised," the ECB said in a statement. The ECB is currently running a particularly sensitive review of the euro zone's top lenders, collecting streams of data to gauge whether banks have valued loans and other assets correctly, before it starts supervising them.

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Apple is widely expected to launch at least a couple of different iWatch models this fall, that will be laden with many sensors for fitness and health purposes, and connect to iPhones for notifications and other data. While VentureBeat has learned from sources in the know that Apple has bigger smartwatch plans than that, as the company is working with famed watch giant Swatch on releasing several other iWatch models, the Swiss company told Bloomberg that it doesn’t plan to work with Apple on the iWatch. FROM EARLIER: New report claims Apple will release three different iWatches VentureBeat said that Apple may be working with other partners in the watch business in addition to Swatch, to make sure that its iWatch will suit

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By Julia Fioretti BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Google's handling of "right to be forgotten" requests from European citizens will come under fire from the continent's privacy watchdogs on Thursday, after the search engine restricted the removal of Internet links to European sites only. European data protection authorities are meeting representatives of Google, Microsoft, which operates the Bing search engine, and Yahoo to discuss the implementation of the landmark ruling from Europe's top court upholding people's right to request that outdated links be removed from Internet search results. European Union privacy watchdogs have several concerns on the way the ruling, which has pitted privacy advocates against free speech defenders, is being implemented, particularly by Google, according to a person familiar with the matter.

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Finnish telecoms gear maker Nokia has good prospects for sales in Europe and North America in the coming quarters, its chief executive said on Thursday after the company posted better-than-expected quarterly results. Rajeev Suri, who was promoted in April to become the group's CEO, also told Reuters that Nokia was not too concerned that its business would be hit by potential sanctions against Russia due to the Ukraine crisis. "In Europe, we have significant deal momentum, that we think will play into new network deployment projects we expect to have in the second half (of the year)," he said in a telephone interview. "In North America, we are between projects at the moment in roll-out and expect it to accelerate in the coming quarters." Asked about political tensions in Ukraine and the Middle East, Suri said that a globally operating company always has risks, but added that the company saw some impact from the crises in some Middle Eastern markets in the second quarter.

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By Sakari Suoninen and Jussi Rosendahl HELSINKI (Reuters) - Nokia surprised investors with strong quarterly earnings and raised its full-year profit margin forecast as network operators install more powerful systems to cope with surging mobile data traffic. The Finnish company sold its once-dominant phone business to Microsoft in April, leaving it more reliant on a mobile network equipment business that shrank by 8 percent in the April-to-June quarter. Much of the decline was due to foreign currency fluctuations and divestments and Nokia said it expected network sales to return to growth in the second half of the year after a period in which the company sought to exit unprofitable contracts. The company raised its profitability estimate for networks, saying its operating margin this year would be at or slightly above the high end of a long-term target of 5 to 10 percent.

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The mobile industry has long held that Samsung's broad range of mobile devices makes it nimble in changing markets, while Apple loses out by rigidly sticking to its high-end gadgets. Apple Inc's latest quarterly results showed sales of its high-end phones in China grew at nearly twice the pace analysts had expected. Meanwhile, budget offerings from Chinese firms won at the cheaper end, effectively squeezing industry leader Samsung Electronics Co Ltd .

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BERLIN (AP) — The European Central Bank said Thursday that email addresses and other contact information have been stolen from a database that serves its public website, though it stressed that no internal systems or market-sensitive data were compromised.

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Google is offering a million-dollar prize for a breakthrough that would make solar or wind generated electricity more enticing for everyday uses. Google teamed with the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers to back a "Littlebox Challenge" promising to reward whoever comes up with the best design for a device no bigger than a laptop that can efficiently convert direct current to alternating current commonly used in homes and businesses. Renewable energy sources such as solar panels and wind turbines create direct current that must be converted into alternating current, the system for which now involves complex power grids and sources such as fossil or nuclear fuels.

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HELSINKI (AP) — Telecommunications and wireless equipment maker Nokia Corp. saw its shares surge on Thursday after it reported higher profits and an improved earnings outlook in the wake of its sale to Microsoft of its troubled handset division.

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Apple might be launching a mobile wallet alongside the iPhone 6, according to The Information. The company is reportedly in discussion with various banking institutions and credit card associations, including Visa who has allegedly agreed to work with the unannounced payments product. Details about how Apple intends to handle information transfer remain unclear. One of The Information's sources has also stated that Apple may opt to focus on Bluetooth or Wi-Fi instead.

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