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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Napster co-founder Sean Parker says he missed most of his final year in high school and has ended up in the emergency room countless of times because of his deadly allergy to nuts, shellfish and other foods.

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Oracle's second quarter results are about to land and analysts are exactly confident that the company can deliver better-than-expected financials.

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The Interview director and co-star Seth Rogen has said that despite the controversial subject of his upcoming assassination comedy, he believes that killing the North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is "not an edgy position to take." Rogen, speaking to The New York Times, said: "He is bad. It’s controversial to him. But to everyone else, it’s fine. To their credit, let us do it."

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Apple has escaped a potential $1bn damages bill after a jury decided an iTunes update that kept rivals' music off its iPod was a genuine product improvement.

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By James Pearson SEOUL (Reuters) - The head of Sony Pictures consulted with a senior official in the U.S. government in June this year, days after North Korea threatened "merciless countermeasures" over the release of an upcoming film featuring a plot to assassinate leader Kim Jong Un, leaked emails show. In an internal email seen by Reuters and dated June 26, Sony Pictures Entertainment Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Michael Lynton said he told Assistant U.S. Secretary of State Daniel Russel the studio was "concerned for the safety of Americans and American and North Korean relations. ...

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A Chinese-Italian startup is bringing a new vision of tech-savvy vehicles to the road with openness at its heart.

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The 300 million-user-strong photo-focused social media site has taken the wraps off five new filters, the first additions to the site since December 2012.

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Other than Google, Sony seems to be most bullish about the idea of putting head-up displays on everyone through the implementation of screen-equipped headsets. Today, the Japanese company reveals its latest experiment in this direction: an OLED microdisplay that attached to a person's glasses and provides relevant information in a "high-resolution" 640 x 400 color format. ...

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The iOS version of Carousel, Dropbox's photo organization app, has received a hefty pre-holiday update. The app now lets you quickly delete reams of pictures from your camera roll if they've been uploaded to cloud storage, and will sift through your old photos and videos to provide you with "flashbacks" — images and clips dredged up from your camera history that Dropbox says will help you "relive your memories." Currently only the camera roll cleanup feature is live on the Android version of the app, but Dropbox says the flashback feature is coming soon.

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Vocus Communications has acquired the remainder of Amcom Telecommunications in a deal that is likely to see the two former rivals become a combined entity worth more than AU$1 billion.

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Telstra has released a statement confirming that it is in discussions with Pacnet about a potential acquisition of the company.

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Twitter and Foursquare might be going into business together in 2015, according to a source for Business Insider. The partnership would introduce geo-based features similar to Foursquare's venue check-ins and local recommendations, along with location-specific content. The new functions may make an appearance as early as the next quarter.

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Snapchat secretly acquired a company that makes Google Glass-esque spectacles for $15 million earlier this year, according to emails discovered in the latest dump of hacked Sony Entertainment documents. Business Insider reports that messages from the inbox of Michael Lynton, Sony Entertainment CEO and Snapchat board member, detail a deal for Vergence Labs worth $11 million in cash and $4 million in stock.

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With no solid business productivity apps as well as continually perpetuating the "toxic hellstew", Google's mobile OS is still missing from my personal tech stable, two years after I abandoned it. But there's some hope for it yet.

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NEW YORK (AP) — Threats of violence against movie theaters. Cancelled showings of "The Interview." Leaks of thousands more private emails. Lawsuits by former employees that could cost tens of millions in damages.

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By Jim Finkle and Mark Hosenball BOSTON (Reuters) - Two U.S. security officials cast doubt on a threat against theaters planning to show Sony Corp's controversial movie about an assassination of the leader of North Korea, but police across the country vowed on Tuesday to take extra precautions. Sony executives, meanwhile, told theater owners the studio would not pull the film but added they would not object if theaters decided to cancel screenings, according to a person familiar with the discussions. ...

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Chinese internet company inks new partnership with local smartphone maker to produce a new range of mobile devices, branded under the existing Dazen name, which will be distributed primarily online.

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Telecommunications companies have argued that the period of mandatory data-retention in Australia should be less than two years, while law-enforcement agencies have indicated that they would like the data retained for as long as possible.

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Telstra will provide the machine-to-machine mobile connectivity for Tesla Motors' Model S electric car in Australia under a new deal signed by the two companies.

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After receiving more than 50 applications, the NSW government has settled to outsource ServiceFirst to Infosys and Unisys.

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