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GPS cell phone apps challenge standalone devices

KANSAS CITY, Missouri: The growth of cell phones with global-positioning technology is making life uncertain for the makers of personal navigational devices that help drivers figure out where they are and where to go.

Business

Apple defends iPhone 'hot spot'-logging

SAN FRANCISCO: Apple is telling Congress that the iPhone's logging of nearby Wi-Fi hot spots and cell towers is meant to improve service, not stalk customers.

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Google and Apple under scrutiny for flying "military-grade spy planes"

SAN FRANCISCO: Google Inc and Apple Inc are attracting renewed scrutiny of their practices due to privacy concerns - this time for flying "military-grade spy planes" over major U.S. cities as they race to shore up their rival 3D mapping services.

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DiGi sees doubling of take-up rate for SME customers of M2M

KUALA LUMPUR: DiGi Telecommunications Sdn Bhd expects to double the take-up rate of newly launched machine-to-machine (M2M) mobile service to 30% of the company’s small and medium enterprises (SME) customers in 12 months from 15% currently.

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Connecticut asks Google for info in privacy flap

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Connecticut's attorney general, who is leading a 37-state probe of Google Inc's collection of data from private unlocked Wi-Fi networks, asked the giant Internet search company on Wednesday if it had tested the software before using it.

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Google's, Apple's eyes in the sky draw scrutiny

SAN FRANCISCO: Google Inc and Apple Inc are attracting renewed scrutiny of their practices due to privacy concerns - this time for flying "military-grade spy planes" over major U.S. cities as they race to shore up their rival 3D mapping services.

Business

Alibaba's results affirm growth but margins slide

BEIJING: Alibaba Group Holding Ltd's e-commerce and mobile businesses surged in the September quarter, far outpacing its rivals' and glossing over weakening margins and decelerating earnings growth.

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Meituan set for US$15bil merger with Dianping

HONG KONG: Two Chinese startups separately backed by Alibaba Group Holding Ltd and Tencent Holdings Ltd have agreed to a merger that will create a US$15bil provider of local services like restaurant reviews and movie bookings, people with knowledge of the matter said.

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Alibaba and Tencent to work together

HONG KONG: Two Chinese startups separately backed by Alibaba Group Holding Ltd and Tencent Holdings Ltd will merge to create a dominant player in the nation’s booming market for local services from restaurant deals to movie bookings.