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Pope needs help sending out blessing in first tweet

By Philip Pullella VATICAN CITY | Wed Dec 12, 2012 7:47am EST VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - After weeks of anticipation bordering on media frenzy, Pope Benedict solemnly put his finger to a computer tablet device on Wednesday and tried to send his first tweet - but something went wrong. Images on Vatican television appeared to show the first try didn't work. The pope, wh...

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Autonomy spurs questions on looming accounting overhaul

By Dena Aubin NEW YORK | Wed Dec 12, 2012 1:11am EST NEW YORK (Reuters) - The scandal at Autonomy, a UK software group bought last year by Hewlett-Packard Co, has some accountants wondering about the wisdom of new, global standards in the pipeline that would change how companies account for revenue. "Revenue recognition" is the most common type of corporate book-coo...

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Microsoft ups Surface production, to sell in more stores

SEATTLE | Tue Dec 11, 2012 5:22pm EST SEATTLE (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp has stepped up manufacturing of the Surface tablet, its new device designed to counter Apple Inc's iPad, and will introduce it to third-party retailers this week. The moves suggest Microsoft is seeing some demand for its first own-brand computer in ...

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Google, U.S. regulators close to deal in patents dispute: sources

By Diane Bartz WASHINGTON | Tue Dec 11, 2012 3:18pm EST WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. regulators are near a settlement with Google Inc in a dispute over the search giant's efforts to stop the sale of products it says infringe essential patents, according to two sources close to the probe. But the Federal Trad...

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Intel launches microserver chips, gets nod from Facebook

By Noel Randewich SAN FRANCISCO | Tue Dec 11, 2012 3:12pm EST SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Intel launched a data-center chip using low-power technology found in smartphones, stepping up competition in the nascent microserver market and winning a nod from Facebook. The Atom chip rolled out on Tuesday uses much ...

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Yahoo CEO Mayer revamps email in first big product move

By Alexei Oreskovic SAN FRANCISCO | Tue Dec 11, 2012 3:00pm EST SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Yahoo Inc rolled out new versions of its popular Web email on Tuesday, the first major product makeover since Chief Executive Marissa Mayer took the helm of the struggling Internet company five months ago. Yahoo released new versions of its Yahoo Mail product for smartphones an...

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Obama election tweet most repeated but Olympics tops on Twitter

By Himank Sharma Tue Dec 11, 2012 2:42pm EST (Reuters) - An election victory tweet from President Barack Obama -- "Four more years" with a picture of him hugging his wife -- was the most retweeted ever, but the U.S. election was topped by the Olympics as the most tweeted event this year. Obama's tweet was retweeted (repeated) more than 810,000 times, Twitter said as it publi...

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Milan prosecutor wants jail terms upheld for Google autism video

MILAN | Tue Dec 11, 2012 1:10pm EST MILAN (Reuters) - An Italy prosecutor has asked an appeals court to uphold jail sentences for three Google executives charged with violating the privacy of an Italian boy with autism by letting a video of him being bullied be posted on the site in 2006. "Not only has the privacy of min...

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Google makes professor's dream of $100 laptop reality

BOSTON | Tue Dec 11, 2012 12:46pm EST BOSTON (Reuters) - Google Inc began selling basic laptop computers to schools at a price of $99, meeting a price point that prominent MIT professor Nicholas Negroponte famously held out in 2005 as key to bringing computing power to the masses. The Internet giant said on Monday that it will be offering the steep educational discount on S...

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A123 creditors back sale to Chinese company

By Tom Hals WILMINGTON, Del | Tue Dec 11, 2012 12:42pm EST WILMINGTON, Del (Reuters) - The creditors of bankrupt A123 Systems Inc are supporting a Chinese company's controversial bid for the U.S. maker of electric car batteries, the creditors' attorney said on Tuesday. The attorney, William Baldiga, said he expects the sale to be quickly approved by a bankruptcy cou...

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