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In the original Star Wars trilogy, it was the Empire versus the Rebels. In the prequel trilogy, it was the Separatists versus the Republic. Now, thirty years after the end of Return of the Jedi, with the Emperor dead and the Rebellion victorious, two new factions have emerged to battle it out in Star Wars: The Force Awakens — meet the Resistance, and the First Order. Surely victory at the battle of Endor, the deaths of the super-powerful Sith in control of Imperial government, and the sight of a thousand tiny Ewoks dancing their fluffy little hearts out helped the Rebels take rapid control of the galactic seat of power on Coruscant?

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Android for Work is ready to make 80 percent of the world's Android devices more comfortable in the workplace.

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MIT's leading database researcher Michael Stonebraker talks about receiving the Alan Turing Award and the future of databases.

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Twitter said Thursday that it is cracking down on mean, hateful or menacing tweets that cross the red line from free speech into abuse. Twitter is overhauling its safety policy and beefing up the team responsible for enforcing it, along with investing "heavily" in ways to detect and limit the reach of abusive content, general counsel Vijaya Gadde said in an column published by the Washington Post. The San Francisco-based micro-blogging site is also taking steps to curtail the use of anonymously created Twitter accounts to intimidate or silence targeted people. Twitter has tripled the size of the team responsible for protecting users of the service, resulting in a five-fold increase in the speed of response to complaints, according to the general counsel.

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Customers of Amazon Web Services reveal the rewards of migrating key systems to the public cloud platform.

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A maglev train in Japan reached a speed of 590 kilometers per hour (366 miles per hour) this week, breaking a world record that had stood for 12 years. Central Japan Railway Co. announced the feat on Thursday, after the company's seven-car train completed a test run on an experimental track in Yamanashi prefecture. Another test run is scheduled for Tuesday, and the train's speed could reach 600 kilometers per hour (373 miles per hour). The train company, known as JR Central, said the maglev was carrying 29 technicians on this week's record-breaking run, though speeds won't be that high once the line opens for business in 2027.

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Company says that business is benefiting from company's focus on the high-speed delivery of applications.

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SHANGHAI (Reuters) - The United States said on Friday it welcomed a decision by Chinese authorities to suspend bank technology rules that put restrictions on foreign firms, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker said in emailed comments to Reuters. China has put on hold bank-technology rules that Washington and others complained amount to unfair regulatory pressure on foreign firms, a government notice seen by Reuters said. (Reporting by John Ruwitch and Adam Jourdan; Editing by Clarence Fernandez)

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google is about to change the way its influential search engine recommends websites on smartphones and tablets in a shift that's expected to sway where millions of people shop, eat and find information.

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Looking to be a better batter? Win a free swing-diagnostics tool from Diamond Kinetics that delivers instant data on all aspects of your hitting right to your iPhone or iPad.

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We love our mobile games, but there are a few tendencies -- annoying, manipulative, or sometimes both -- that need to go away.

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Chinese e-commerce titan Alibaba Group Holding Ltd has tied up with Sinopec, Asia's biggest oil refiner, to provide cloud computing services and 'big data' analysis, the companies said. The link-up was for technical services and did not involve equity cooperation, China Petroleum & Chemical Corp, or Sinopec, said on its official microblog. Sinopec and other state behemoths have been under pressure to make better use of information technology and take advantage of cloud computing and big data to better track things like supply, demand and emissions. Alibaba, whose $25 billion initial public offering in New York in September was the biggest on record, has been leveraging its good standing with the government to forge cloud computing agreements with various government or state-run bodies.

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Jared Leto is continuing his slow transformation into the Joker for DC Comics' upcoming Suicide Squad movie. Last week we saw the actor and 30 Seconds to Mars frontman replicate the cover for Alan Moore Batman classic The Killing Joke in a tweet — now we get a glimpse of Leto's toxic-green hair and bright red lips pursed into pout via Snapchat.

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NBN Co has made key changes to its executive team, shifting the focus from overhauling the company after the election to commencing the multi-technology mix rollout.

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While its profit growth has slowed to single digits after growing by more than a quarter each year since 2011, Tata Consultancy Services has taken its revenue to over $15 billion in its 2015 financial year.

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Technically Incorrect: The parents of a Thai girl who died of brain cancer have had her frozen in the hope that science will one day be able to revive her. She is believed to be the youngest person ever to undergo the procedure.

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The US Navy is planning to stop using manned fighter jets in the coming years, according to Navy secretary Ray Mabus, turning instead to uncrewed aerial vehicles and drones to perform missions at sea, on land, and in the air.

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SpaceX is making big advances with its Falcon 9 rocket, but this video gives a better idea of just how complex the physics are that Elon Musk and company have to wrestle with. Gwynne Shotwell, SpaceX's president and COO, told DefenseNews Wednesday that the company's next attempt is likely to occur on land in order to give the target extra stability.

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Australian-listed satellite communications company NewSat is in administration after being hit by financing woes that threaten to derail its AU$611 million Jabiru-1 satellite project.

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Another annual dollop of delicious data shows that despite all the trendy new twists and exotic malware threats, we're still getting the security basics wrong.

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