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  • Brazilian congressmen open boxes with signatures in favor of the bill on Internet privacy in Brasilia, Brazil, March 25, 2014. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Eraldo Peres
    Brazil's Congress passes bill on Internet privacy on eve of governance conference 1 hour 24 minutes ago

    SAO PAULO - Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff on Wednesday ratified a bill guaranteeing Internet privacy and enshrining access to the Web during a major conference in … More »Brazil's Congress passes bill on Internet privacy on eve of governance conference

    Brazilian congressmen open boxes with signatures in favor of the bill on Internet privacy in Brasilia, Brazil, March 25, 2014. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Eraldo Peres

    SAO PAULO - Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff on Wednesday ratified a bill guaranteeing Internet privacy and enshrining access to the Web during a major conference in Sao Paulo on the future of Internet governance. The legislation, which was passed by the Senate late Tuesday, puts limits on the metadata that can be collected …

  • In this April 12, 2014, photo, Chefs Martin Arrojo, left, and Ezequiel De La Torre prepare a meal for customers at their home in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Saturday, April 12, 2014. The website www.cookapp.com was launched in March 2013 and recently moved its headquarters from Buenos Aires to New York City. It works like a matchmaker, arranging intimate gourmet dinners between strangers. Chefs list when and where they will prepare particular meals; diners book what interests them, pay upfront via the app, then just show up and enjoy. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)
    New breed of peer-to-peer apps is moving the chef-diner relationship outside restaurants 1 hour 23 minutes ago

    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina - If the latest development in culinary social media catches on, the trendiest restaurants may no longer be restaurants. Cookapp, for example, … More »New breed of peer-to-peer apps is moving the chef-diner relationship outside restaurants

    In this April 12, 2014, photo, Chefs Martin Arrojo, left, and Ezequiel De La Torre prepare a meal for customers at their home in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Saturday, April 12, 2014. The website www.cookapp.com was launched in March 2013 and recently moved its headquarters from Buenos Aires to New York City. It works like a matchmaker, arranging intimate gourmet dinners between strangers. Chefs list when and where they will prepare particular meals; diners book what interests them, pay upfront via the app, then just show up and enjoy. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)

    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina - If the latest development in culinary social media catches on, the trendiest restaurants may no longer be restaurants. Cookapp, for example, is just the latest to launch in the U.S., connecting adventurous diners with independent chefs — and even just ambitious amateur cooks — willing to host …

  • The sun reflects off Amazon's logistics centre in Graben
    Amazon's eroding tax advantage, bid to sustain growth in focus in first quarter 1 hour 31 minutes ago

    By Deepa Seetharaman SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc's quarterly results on Thursday may heighten worries that its edge over online and even traditional … More »Amazon's eroding tax advantage, bid to sustain growth in focus in first quarter

    The sun reflects off Amazon's logistics centre in Graben

    By Deepa Seetharaman SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc's quarterly results on Thursday may heighten worries that its edge over online and even traditional brick-and-mortar rivals is narrowing as it charges sales tax in more states, curtailing growth in its core business. Amazon, which has expanded aggressively …

  • The AT&T logo is pictured by its store in Carlsbad, California
    AT&T margin weakness fuels concern about U.S. cellular sector 1 hour 36 minutes ago

    By Marina Lopes NEW YORK (Reuters) - Increasingly aggressive discounting is taking a toll on AT&T Inc and U.S. cellular rivals as they struggle to attract customers … More »AT&T margin weakness fuels concern about U.S. cellular sector

    The AT&T logo is pictured by its store in Carlsbad, California

    By Marina Lopes NEW YORK (Reuters) - Increasingly aggressive discounting is taking a toll on AT&T Inc and U.S. cellular rivals as they struggle to attract customers in a nearly saturated market. While recent price cuts by AT&T led to a surge in first-quarter subscriber adds that beat Wall Street expectations, average …

  • ' Blek' top paid iPhone app in Canada 2 hours 13 minutes ago

    Top 10 free and paid apps for the iPhone and iPad in Canada for the week ending April 20. More »' Blek' top paid iPhone app in Canada

    Top 10 free and paid apps for the iPhone and iPad in Canada for the week ending April 20.

  • The IBM logo is seen outside the company's offices in Petah Tikva

    By Marina Lopes NEW YORK (Reuters) - International Business Machines Corp, in its latest attempt at reviving demand for its hardware products, is launching high-end system servers that it says are 50 times faster than its closest competitor at analyzing data. The POWER8 servers, the product of a $2.4 billion, three-year …

  • A Federal Express box is seen June 21, 2011, in Waukesha, Wis. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Morry Gash

    TORONTO - As more Canadians turn to online shopping, courier operator FedEx hopes an agreement to open shipping centres at Home Hardware Stores Ltd. will help it grab a larger piece of the growing e-commerce market. Federal Express Canada Ltd. said Wednesday that the centres, which serve as mini-hubs, will offer more "points …

  • LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Microsoft is expanding a program that gives schools the ability to prevent ads from appearing in search results when they use its Bing search engine. The program is meant to create a safer online environment for children, but also promote use of Bing, which trails market leader Google. Microsoft …

  • Pakistan's Finance Minister Dar announces the result of the first auction for 3G mobile phone networks during a news conference in Islamabad

    By Syed Raza Hassan ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Pakistan raised $903 million in its first auction for 3G mobile phone networks on Wednesday, as well as $210 million for the more advanced 4G spectrum, with four foreign-owned companies emerging as winners from the long-anticipated bidding process. The four winners of the 3G auction …

  • A portrait of the Facebook logo in Ventura

    Social network giant Facebook Inc has won U.S. antitrust approval to buy Oculus VR Inc, a two-year-old maker of virtual reality goggles, the Federal Trade Commission said on Wednesday. Facebook said on March 25 that it planned to buy Oculus for $2 billion in its first-ever hardware deal. Facebook Chief Executive Officer …

  • The Ubislate 7Ci — which is billed as the "world's lowest cost tablet" by its maker Datawind — has a seven-inch screen, is assembled with outdated hardware, and not surprisingly runs on Google's Android platform, the common denominator of most ultra low-priced tablets. Certainly there's no comparing the Ubislate 7Ci to …

  • This illustration provided by Google highlights a new Google Maps Street View snapshots feature, which allow users to see what specific neighborhoods and landmarks looked like at different periods during the past seven years that Google Inc. has been dispatching camera-toting cars to take pictures for its maps. This image shows what the under construction One World Trade Center in New York looked like in April 2009, left, and August 2013, right. (AP Photo/Google)

    MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. - Trips down memory lane are now available on Google's digital maps. The new twist on time travel is debuting Wednesday as part of the "Street View" feature in Google's maps, a navigational tool that attracts more than 1 billion visitors each month. Street View snapshots will now include an option …

  • A multi-chassis cluster router is shown inside the exhibition hall at Huawei's headquarters in the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen, Guangdong province, in this October 16, 2013 file photo. REUTERS/Bobby Yip

    (Reuters) - Huawei Technologies Co Ltd, the world's third-biggest smartphone manufacturer, plans to spend $300 million on global marketing in 2014, a senior executive said on Wednesday. "This year Huawei will spend $300 million on marketing," Shao Yang, Huawei's vice president of marketing for its consumer business, told …

  • By Paul Sandle LONDON (Reuters) - ARM Holdings, whose chip technology powers Apple's iPhone, said demand for smartphones would pick up in the second half after a disappointing end to 2013 resulted in first-quarter profit rising less than in previous years. Sales of top-end smartphones, a market dominated by Apple and …

  • To match Analysis HUAWEI-CHINA/

    By Yimou Lee SHENZHEN, China (Reuters) - China's Huawei Technologies Co Ltd, the world's No.2 telecoms equipment maker, on Wednesday shrugged off analysts' concerns that its growth will suffer from media reports alleging the United States accessed servers at its Shenzhen headquarters. The New York Times and Der Spiegel …