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Free concerts on Yahoo make best of music industry's struggles
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Sometimes the struggles of an industry can bring music to your ears. And your screens....

Microsoft sues Samsung over dispute regarding royalty payments for Android phones
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Microsoft said Friday it is suing Samsung for threatening to stop paying Microsoft royalties for patents behind the Android operating system....

Iliad of France makes surprise bid for majority of T-Mobile US, challenging Sprint's overtures
NEW YORK (AP) -- T-Mobile US Inc., the most eligible company in the U.S. wireless industry, has another suitor on its hands. Upstart French telecom company Iliad SA on Thursday said it has offered $15 billion for a majority stake....

Once defiant about alleged spying on Senate staffers, CIA director apologizes to top senators
WASHINGTON (AP) -- For months, CIA Director John Brennan stood firm in his insistence that the CIA had little to be ashamed of after searching the computers of the Senate Intelligence Committee. His defiant posture quickly collapsed after a devastating report by his own inspector general sided against the CIA on each key point of the dispute with the Senate....

Twitter says government requests for user data grew sharply in past 6 months
NEW YORK (AP) -- Twitter said government requests for user data grew sharply in the past six months as more countries asked for a greater amount of information about users....

NY judge, ruling against Microsoft, says US warrant can access email stored in Ireland
NEW YORK (AP) -- U.S. law enforcement can force Microsoft Corp. to turn over emails it stores in Ireland, a judge ruled in a case that technology companies have rallied around as they pursue billions of dollars in data storage business abroad....

Sony surprises with quarterly profit after selling buildings, stake in video-game maker
TOKYO (AP) -- Sony Corp. reported a surprise eightfold jump in quarterly profit Thursday as sales got a perk from a cheap yen and its bottom line was helped by gains from selling buildings and its stake in a video-game maker....

Samsung's 2Q profit falls more than expected as smartphone sales slow
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- Samsung Electronics Co. reported a bigger-than-expected fall in second quarter profit on Thursday and said it was uncertain if earnings from its handset business would improve in the current quarter....

Google says it sold barge in Maine; it's headed out to sea, containers to be scrapped
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) -- Google Inc. is confirming that the barge it docked in Maine has been sold....

Irish betting company Paddy Power apologizes for 2010 data breach involving 649,055 customers
DUBLIN (AP) -- Irish betting company Paddy Power announced Thursday it is notifying hundreds of thousands of customers that most of their profile information was stolen in 2010, but hackers did not gain their credit card details or log-in passwords....

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Microsoft sues Samsung over dispute regarding royalty payments for Android phones

Free concerts on Yahoo make best of music industry's struggles

Google says it sold barge in Maine; it's headed out to sea, containers to be scrapped

Yahoo complains to highest German court over law broadening Internet copyright protection

Once defiant about alleged spying on Senate staffers, CIA director apologizes to top senators

NY judge, ruling against Microsoft, says US warrant can access email stored in Ireland

Facebook's Internet.org expands in Zambia with app offering basic Internet services

Twitter says government requests for user data grew sharply in past 6 months

Panasonic, Tesla to build major US battery plant for electric vehicles, site not announced

Iliad of France makes surprise bid for majority of T-Mobile US, challenging Sprint's overtures

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