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Tornado victims flock to Facebook for helping hand

b>LOS ANGELES:/bResidents of the storm-ravaged communities in the Midwest are reaching out to each other, neighbour to neighbour, through social media sites to coordinate disaster relief and share information.

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Japan phones built to survive showers, toilet-drops

JAPANESE women are so fond of their phones, they even use them in the shower, say manufacturers.

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HP, Dell watch rising China labour costs for Apple products

b>SAN FRANCISCO:/bHewlett-Packard and Dell Inc are keeping a close eye on a big jump in wages for workers that assemble Apple Inc's iPhone in China, and could be forced to nudge up prices for their own products if labour costs keep rising.

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Catholic leaders to use Internet against paedophiles

b>ROME:/bRoman Catholic Church leaders unveiled an Internet teaching project to help clergy around the world root out paedophiles in their ranks and protect children from potential abusers.

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Halliburton to abandon BlackBerry for iPhone

b>TORONTO/b>: Oil field services company Halliburton plans to stop issuing BlackBerry smartphones to employees and switch over to Apple's iPhone, which it said was better suited to its needs, marking another setback for Research In Motion (RIM).

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Panasonic posts RM95bil quarterly loss

b>TOKYO/b>: Panasonic Corp posted a quarterly net loss of 197.6bil yen (RM95bil) and forecast a record 780bil yen (RM374bil) full-year net loss, hurt by weak demand for its TVs and the cost of restructuring operations.

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Apple CEO: We care about every worker

APPLE chief executive Tim Cook has responded to media reports alleging harsh working conditions in China for manufacturing employees of the popular gadget-maker.

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US camera pioneer Kodak files for bankruptcy

b>NEW YORK/b>: The century-old US camera pioneer Eastman Kodak, which brought photography to the masses, filed for bankruptcy early Thursday after years of failing to keep pace with the digital age.

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iPhone 4S sales halted after shoppers pelt Apple store

b>BEIJING:/bEnraged Chinese shoppers pelted Apple Inc's flagship store here with eggs and shoving matches with police broke out when customers were told the store would not begin sales of the popular iPhone 4S as scheduled.

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Author of US online piracy Bill vows not to buckle

b>SAN ANTONIO:/bThe lawmaker behind a Bill to combat online piracy vowed to press ahead in the face of fierce criticism from Internet giants such as Google and Facebook.