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Tech giant Samsung Electronics Co Ltd said on Monday it will create a 100 billion won ($85.8 million) fund to compensate cancer-stricken workers and their families, and for efforts to prevention such diseases at its chip and display factories. Samsung said in a statement the fund will make payments to workers or families of those who became sick while working at its plants, including contractors. South Korean activist group Sharps, which represents many of the cancer-stricken workers, said on Monday it was aware of around 200 workers who had fallen ill after working at a Samsung plant.

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The deal shows how important mapping and location data are to the future of the car industry, particularly in the coming era of self-driving cars.

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Sony's latest mid-range smartphones, unveiled on Monday, offer industry-first camera technology and place a premium on battery life but are aimed squarely at the mass market. A week after the Lenovo-owned company took the wraps off its Moto G and Moto X smartphones, Sony has launched two new mid-range handsets of its own that put a premium on the things that matter to consumers rather than just the features technophiles deem as must-haves. An equally good 13-megapixel camera can be found on the back and the handset's battery is big enough to offer up to two days' use between charges -- like the new Moto X Play -- or, claims Sony, seven hours and 47 minutes of video playback.

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There's never been a better time to buy an Android smartphone. Not only is there a huge array of different handsets from a multitude of manufacturers to choose from, but what you get for your money is simply incredible.

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From Flyboards to Hoverboards, there are some crazy water rideables out there at the moment, but they pale in comparison to this wave-riding dirt bike built for DC Shoes and piloted by Australian stunt rider Robbie Maddison. Maddison, whose previous work includes filling in for James Bond during a chase sequence in Skyfall, took the modified bike out onto the waves of Tahiti to film the four-minute sequence below. Right now, we have to make do with the gorgeous pictures below and a teaser trailer, which contains a lot of shots of Maddison sinking slowly into the water.

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By Steven Scheer JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli software provider Nice Systems is selling its video surveillance technologies unit to private equity firm Battery Ventures for up to $100 million, its second divestment in three months as it focuses more on its analytics business. Nice, whose analytical software enables companies to spot fraud and fend off security threats, will receive $85 million in cash and as much as $15 million based on future performance, it said on Monday. Nice Chief Executive Barak Eilam told Reuters the deal completes a strategic plan started a year ago to "divest less synergetic and less profitable companies." In May, Nice sold its cyber and intelligence division to Israeli defense electronic firm Elbit Systems for up to $158 million.

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From cloud development to working on its Prime Air delivery system, Israel is emerging as an important development center for the company.

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Here's new owners Audi, BMW and Daimler promise its digital maps will be available for use by all customers.

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Two Chinese smartphone makers pushed US technology giant Apple into third place in the world's biggest market in the second quarter, an independent analyst firm said Monday. Upstart Xiaomi, known for delivering high-performance products at cheap prices, was the largest smartphone vendor in China based on shipments with a 15.9 percent market share in the April-June period, Canalys said in a press release. Telecom equipment maker Huawei was close behind at 15.7 percent, it said, followed by Apple, South Korea's Samsung and Chinese firm Vivo, without giving the percentages for those three.

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Sony has announced a pair of new mid-range Xperia smartphones, the C5 Ultra and M5, promising (as it often does) that its devices will offer consumers "camera brilliance" — the holy grail for Android handsets. The Xperia M5 also offers a 13-megapixel front-facing camera, but has a 21.5-megapixel camera on the rear that Sony claims will be a market leader for mid-range devices. It's also unlikely that the C5 Ultra and M5 will have enough clout to save Sony Mobile from its heavy financial losses.

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Buyout group General Atlantic is set to take a stake in mapping business HERE later this year, which a consortium of German premium carmakers has agreed to buy from Nokia , a person familiar with the transaction said on Monday. Sources have said in the past that General Atlantic could take a 30 percent stake in HERE, but it remains unclear whether General Atlantic's stake will end up around that size.

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The Chinese smartphone maker has inked a deal with telco Optus to make its latest high-end smartphone available for customers in Australia.

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BERLIN (AP) — A consortium of German automakers Audi, BMW and Daimler announced Monday it is buying Nokia Corp.'s HERE map business in a deal that values the unit at 2.8 billion euros ($3.1 billion).

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Nokia might be expanding into areas like VR, but it's no longer in the maps business — it's just sold its Here unit to a consortium of German carmakers including BMW, Audi, and Mercedes' parent company Daimler. The Wall Street Journal reported two weeks ago that the deal had been agreed in principle, and that the consortium plans to invite other carmakers to invest in the new business. "High-precision digital maps are a crucial component of the mobility of the future.

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FRANKFURT/HELSINKI (Reuters) - A consortium of German premium carmakers has agreed to buy Nokia's mapping business HERE for 2.5 billion euros ($2.74 billion), in a push to extend the reach of automakers into digital services for connected cars. The Finnish network equipment maker said the transaction has an enterprise value of 2.8 billion euros, which includes the assumption of nearly 300 million euros in HERE liabilities. "For the automotive industry this is the basis for new assistance systems and ultimately fully autonomous driving," the buyers said in a joint statement.

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China is restricting the export of some drones and powerful computers in the name of national security, with draft regulation also proposed in the country for control of e-payments.

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NEW YORK (AP) — AT&T is unveiling a new package that combines traditional TV and wireless services as it seeks to broaden its offerings following its $48.5 billion purchase of satellite TV company DirecTV about a week ago.

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The FCC approved AT&T's $48.5 billion takeover of DirecTV just under two weeks ago, and we're already seeing the first results — new bundles that the carrier describes as the "first-ever nationwide package of TV and wireless services." DirecTV packages range from $50 to $125 a month, and AT&T is offering a $10 discount when combined with wireless subscription. For example, the company's $160 plan with 10GB of shareable data and four phone lines would run you $200 if you added the $50 DirecTV Select option. Continuing the two companies' history of offering TV and internet bundles, you can also add AT&T broadband service to any package from $30-50 a month depending on speed.

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(Reuters) - The No. 2 U.S. wireless carrier AT&T Inc said it will bundle its wireless service with DirecTV's pay-TV offerings after the $48.5 billion deal was approved last month. The company and the biggest satellite-TV provider DirecTV became the country's largest pay-TV company, completing their merger after receiving final regulatory approval. The combination with DirecTV was aimed at beefing up Dallas-based AT&T's packages of cellular, broadband, TV and fixed-line phone services.

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It marks the first time a company has been able to offer a bundle of television and wireless service throughout the nation.

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Australian telecommunications company Telstra has revealed that it provided access more than 90,000 times to customer information over the course of the last financial year.

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Deloitte Australia has been appointed to uncover how an update to the Department of Education's OneSchool System prevented 644 suspected child abuse cases from being reported to police.

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The remarkably scientific trailer for the "Zoolander" sequel brings science to the forefront.

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Travel SIM and telecommunications company ZipTel has its sights set on expansion into India, recording a second quarter loss of AU$771,000 following the launch of its international communications app Zipt.

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The company charged with rolling out Australia's National Broadband Network has announced the creation of an additional 4,500 jobs in the field across construction, maintenance, and training.

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