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LinkedIn jumpstarts China expansion with Chinese language site

By Alexei Oreskovic SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Professional social networking website LinkedIn Corp launched a Chinese language version of its website on Monday, a move that could jumpstart its expansion into the world's largest Internet market by users even as the company acknowledged it will have to police what some of them say on its website.

LinkedIn to launch in Chinese as it expands in the country; will censor content when required

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. - LinkedIn is launching its site in simplified Chinese, the written characters used on the mainland, as it works to expand in the country with the world's largest Internet population. The professional networking service hopes to broaden its reach in the country with more than 140 million professionals, 4 million of whom use LinkedIn. Until now, the site in China was in English only.

Targeted Internet blockages highlight political battles in Venezuela

SAN CRISTOBAL, Venezuela - The battle for Venezuela is being fought as vigorously online as in the streets, with Internet service cut off to a strife-torn university city and the government blocking selected websites and a "walkie-talkie" service widely used by protesters. Internet connectivity was gradually restored to San Cristobal, capital of the western border state of Tachira, Friday morning after an outage of more than 30 hours that also affected smartphones.

Christchurch mayor focused on future ahead of 3rd quake anniversary

Almost three years after the earthquake in New Zealand that claimed the lives of 185 people, including 28 Japanese students, the new mayor of hardest-hit Christchurch is focused on the rebuilding effort ahead of the anniversary, which falls on Saturday.

Google out to spread its super-fast Internet service

Google on Wednesday ramped up its drive to build a super-fast US Internet network in a budding challenge to the grip a handful of titans have on service. Lessons learned and confidence gained from Google Fiber projects in Texas, Utah, and the Kansas City region prompted the Silicon Valley technology giant to invite 34 more cities to explore the potential to build the ultra-fast networks.

Google planning to provide high-speed Internet service in 34 US cities in major expansion

SAN FRANCISCO - Google is planning to offer high-speed Internet service in 34 more cities scattered across eight states in the company's boldest challenge yet to cable and telecommunications providers.

Turkey president loses Twitter followers over web law

Turkish President Abdullah Gul has lost tens of thousands of Twitter followers after signing into force a controversial law voted in by parliament that would tighten controls over web use. Gul, a frequent user of social media, lost almost 80,000 followers after he tweeted late Tuesday that he had approved the contested bill. He said the government had assured him that it would soften two disputed articles of the legislation, which the opposition and rights groups say infringes citizens' freedoms.

King Digital, maker of 'Candy Crush Saga,' plans to raise up to $500M from an IPO

NEW YORK, N.Y. - The company behind "Candy Crush Saga" is going public, hoping the popularity of its addictive online game will translate to sweet returns for itself and its investors.

Ubisoft videogame hero "Rayman" hits new game consoles

Ubisoft's captivatingly colorful Rayman videogame hero hit new-generation consoles on Tuesday. "Rayman Legends" for play on PlayStation 4 or Xbox One videogame consoles is the latest installment of the popular franchise where "rabbids" debuted as zany adversaries that grew so popular they were spun into a separate series. Ubisoft customized unlockable characters for each of the rival consoles, with one inspired by a villain from "Far Cry" and another based on the hero in "Assassin's Creed IV."

'Angry Birds' movie to be produced by Vancouver animation company

VANCOUVER - The worldwide phenomenon "Angry Birds" will be bringing its furious fowl and evil green pigs to Vancouver as it makes its way to the big screen. Finnish video-game developer Rovio Entertainment said in a news release that it has picked Sony Pictures Imageworks's Vancouver studio to be the primary animation house for the upcoming "Angry Birds" movie. Rovio CEO Mikael Hed said he searched the world for the best animation facility, and he felt Sony Pictures Imageworks fit the bill.
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