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India's biggest conglomerate Tata Group launched an e-commerce venture on Friday, as it seeks to cash in on rising purchasing power in a market dominated by deep-pocketed international retailers and startups backed by global tech investors. The group said it developed its Tata Cliq website over a year-and-a-half at a cost of "several hundred million dollars" to be a marketplace for in-house and partner companies to sell apparel and electronics. The move is in line with a second phase in Indian e-commerce development, with the some of the country's oldest and largest corporations entering an industry established in the last five years by startups Snapdeal and Flipkart Online Services Pvt Ltd [IPO-FLPK.N].

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SHANGHAI (AP) — In 2011, a respected anti-counterfeiting coalition in Washington escalated its fight against the Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba, saying that its websites served as a 24-hour market "for counterfeiters and pirates" and should be blacklisted.

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"Saurian" for PC and Mac promises an open-world survival experience on the "cutting edge of scientific knowledge," and has raised nearly $75,000 to date.

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Facebook will now display ads to web users who are not members of its social network, the company announced Thursday, in a bid to significantly expand its online ad network. As The Wall Street Journal reports, Facebook will use cookies, "like" buttons, and other plug-ins embedded on third-party sites to track members and non-members alike. Facebook began displaying a banner notification at the top of its News Feed for users in Europe today, alerting them to its use of cookies as mandated under an EU directive.

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The chief executive of German industrial robot maker Kuka said on Friday he welcomed an impending 4.5 billion- euro ($5 billion) takeover bid from Chinese home appliance maker Midea . A partner who supports this strategy and provides us with better market access could be a considerable growth driver for Kuka." China is the world's biggest market for industrial robots.

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This prototype backpack puts a full PC on your back for untethered Oculus or Vive action.

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The specs are vaguely similar to other VR-ready desktop PCs: it's got a new Intel Core i5 or i7 processor, up to 32GB of memory, and a graphics card that's still unknown. A pair of fans will dispel heat, and the waist belt incorporates two batteries that power the CPU and graphics card separately.

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FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Daimler said it will spend 3 billion euros ($3.35 billion) to curtail diesel exhaust pollution levels by modifying its engines and exhaust treatment systems including through a software update for some Mercedes-Benz passenger cars. The 3 billion euros includes a 2.6 billion euros investment announced in February. Daimler Mercedes-Benz will equip its entire range of diesel cars in Europe with selective catalytic reduction technology and roll out particulate filters for gasoline engines. ...

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The firm's upcoming handset, the OnePlus 3, is no exception. The Chinese manufacturer, OnePlus, released its first smartphone in 2014, making an impression with its minimalist and innovative approach to advertising. At the time, the firm's CEO and sole shareholder, Pete Lau, starred in videos posted on social networks announcing his intention to launch a smartphone equipped with the best components on the market but with a competitively low price tag.

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Founded by a group of former Nokia engineers, Jolla is one of those companies built more on goodwill and rose-tainted optimism than practical business acumen. Back in 2013, its Sailfish OS promised to extend and develop the potential of Nokia's Harmattan interface, as best demonstrated by the MeeGo-powered N9, but it never really went anywhere. On Thursday, Jolla announced its second smartphone, the Jolla C, offering it as part of a new Sailfish Community Device Program for developers and fans — and it sold out its limited quantity of 1,000 units on the same day.

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Network Tools II is a must-have for any network admin, says Jack Wallen. Learn how to use the free Android app for monitoring your servers and desktops.

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EMC explained its roadmap for open-source storage software. Meanwhile, smaller companies are going where EMC won't tread.

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You might remember Dave Hakkens as the young Dutch designer behind the Phonebloks concept video. It was this outpouring of support for Hakkens’ modular, upgradeable phone meant to help eliminate electronic waste that led Motorola (then owned by Google) to launch project Ara. Google "could do better," he says on a post to his personal site.

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Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer is excited about the prospects of the budding Power Rangers franchise set to hit theatres in 2017.

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Win a sensor-based system worth $499 that keeps tracks of your kayaking performance in real time and tells you how to make it better.

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By Dustin Volz WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Hackers who stole $81 million from Bangladesh's central bank have been linked to an attack on a bank in the Philippines, in addition to the 2014 hack on Sony Pictures, cybersecurity company Symantec Corp said in a blog post on Thursday. Symantec did not name the Philippines bank or say whether any money was stolen, but said the attacks could be traced back to October last year. It did not identify the hackers, but the United States has blamed the 2014 Sony attack on North Korea.

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SHANGHAI (AP) — In 2011, a respected anti-counterfeiting coalition in Washington escalated its fight against the Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba, saying its websites served as a 24-hour market "for counterfeiters and pirates" and should be blacklisted.

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The country's government reportedly restricted and blocked Facebook's usage to squash potential political demonstrations.

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By Dustin Volz, Mark Hosenball and Joseph Menn WASHINGTON/ SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - After a rampage that left 14 people dead in San Bernardino, key U.S. lawmakers pledged to seek a law requiring technology companies to give law enforcement agencies a "back door" to encrypted communications and electronic devices, such as the iPhone used by one of the shooters. Draft legislation that Senators Richard Burr and Dianne Feinstein, the Republican and Democratic leaders of the Intelligence Committee, had circulated weeks ago likely will not be introduced this year and, even if it were, would stand no chance of advancing, the sources said. Key among the problems was the lack of White House support for legislation in spite of a high-profile court showdown between the Justice Department and Apple Inc over the suspect iPhone, according to Congressional and Obama Administration officials and outside observers.

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