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Venezuela oil-backed cryptocurrency to launch in days

Venezuela's cryptocurrency will launch within days and be backed by 5.3 billion barrels of oil worth US$267bil (RMtril), in a bid to offset a deep financial crisis, the socialist government said.

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Amazon hits the Christmas jackpot as ‘tens of millions’ of Echo devices sold

Amazon enjoyed its "biggest" Christmas yet, powered by a holiday sales surge of its Amazon Echo products, the company said.

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Amazon, Google cut speaker prices in market share contest

Amazon.com Inc and Alphabet Inc's Google both discounted their virtual assistant speakers so deeply over the holiday shopping season that they likely lost a few dollars per unit, highlighting a sharply different strategy from Apple Inc as it prepares its HomePod speaker..

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Three parental control apps to protect kids on the Internet

If you want to supervise the online activity of your kids or teens who were given a smartphone this Christmas, you can install an app to control Internet access, filter inappropriate websites and content, and block specific apps.

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Apple says developers earned 30% more from App Store in 2017

Apple Inc developers who make apps for the iPhone and iPad earned 30% more in 2017 than a year earlier, though it was still a slowdown from growth in 2016.

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Apple takes French tax activists to court over store protest

Apple has filed a lawsuit against the Attac activist group after about 100 of its supporters occupied the tech giant’s flagship store in Paris last month, protesting alleged “wide-scale tax evasion” by the firm.

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Amazon maintains holiday dominance despite pressure

Amazon.com Inc maintained its online dominance in the 2017 holiday shopping season despite increasing competition from Wal-Mart Stores Inc, Target Corp and Best Buy Co.

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Uber’s rivals muscle in to lure passengers, regulators in Europe

Uber Technologies Inc’s rivals are stepping up the battle for ride-sharing dominance in Europe, with local startups raising funds and global adversaries increasing contact with local regulators as they seek to gain a toehold in the region.

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‘It can’t be true.’ Inside the chip industry’s meltdown

It was late November and former Intel Corp engineer Thomas Prescher was enjoying beers and burgers with friends in Dresden, Germany, when the conversation turned, ominously, to semiconductors.

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Apple’s iPhone X super cycle in doubt as earnings approach

Apple Inc shares surged by almost half last year on predictions that Apple’s 10th anniversary iPhone would be a runaway hit. But demand for the flagship handset, the iPhone X, hasn’t met the most optimistic expectations.