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S. Korean pop singer Rain wins Chinese music award

SEOUL, March 28 (Yonhap) -- South Korean pop singer and actor Rain has received an award for most influential overseas artist from a Chinese online music service, his management agency said Friday. Rain got the award and performed two of his latest songs during the "QQ Music Awards" show held in the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen on Thursday, Cube Entertainment said. QQ Music Awards is an awards ceremony hosted by China's music site QQ Music, which has hundreds of millions of members.

Swedish eye tracking technology firm Tobii plans IPO: report

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Swedish eye tracking technology firm Tobii, co-owned by chipmaker Intel, is planning a stock market listing which could value the firm at around 2 billion crowns ($309 million), business daily Dagens Industri reported. Tobii, which develops eye-controlled devices that can be used in computer interaction and in human behavior analysis, was founded in 2001 and employs around 380, according to its website.

BlackBerry gets 'full operational capability' designation from US Defense Dept

WATERLOO, Ont. - BlackBerry has earned a "full operational capability" designation from the U.S. Defense Department for its BlackBerry 10 smartphones and enterprise service, the smartphone company said Thursday. BlackBerry (TSX:BB) said the security certification will allow U.S. government employees to securely access email, data, apps and other department network resources using the company's latest smartphones. The designation completes BlackBerry's security certification process with the U.S. Defense Department, the company said.

Judge tosses lawsuit against Facebook over use of minors' photos

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A California federal judge has dismissed a proposed class action lawsuit against Facebook Inc that had accused the company of misappropriating the names and likenesses of minors who use the social network. At issue was Facebook's use of minors' names and photos in targeted advertising in a case that highlighted privacy concerns. The lawsuit, originally filed in Illinois in 2011, had sought to represent all minors that used Facebook and had their names used in an ad.

Visionary or 'nuts'? Facebook CEO Zuckerberg's multi-billion deal raises questions, hopes

NEW YORK, N.Y. - Facebook's latest multibillion dollar acquisition of virtual reality headset maker Oculus is prompting some people to wonder if CEO Mark Zuckerberg is already living in an alternate reality. Longtime technology analyst Roger Kay wonders whether Zuckerberg "is nuts" for agreeing to pay $2 billion for Oculus less than five weeks after inking a deal to buy WhatsApp for $19 billion.

Review: Windows Phone shows promise, benefit of learning from iOS, Android

NEW YORK, N.Y. - In the market for smartphones, Microsoft's Windows Phone 8 system is barely there. It's dwarfed by Apple's iOS and Google's Android systems in both attention and sales. But over the past few months, I have come to appreciate many of the software's innovations, which rivals would be wise to consider. More features are coming through an update that Microsoft is expected to showcase at its Build conference in San Francisco next week.

Tech slump leads US stocks lower

US stocks Wednesday finished lower with technology names tumbling the most after the market snubbed a Facebook acquisition announcement and King Digital's first day of trade as a public company. At the closing bell, the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 91.10 (0.59 percent) to 16,270.78. The broad-based S&P 500 declined 12.99 (0.70 percent) to 1,852.63, while the tech-rich Nasdaq Composite Index sank 60.69 (1.43 percent) to 4,173.58.

Microsoft, Dell seal Android, Chrome royalty pact

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp and Dell Inc have sealed a patent licensing deal under which Dell will pay the software giant royalties on sales of devices powered by Google Inc's Android or Chrome software. The two companies will license to each other intellectual property related to Android and Chrome devices, such as "Chromebooks" based on Google's Chrome operating system.

BlackBerry's enterprise offering wins U.S. security clearance

TORONTO (Reuters) - BlackBerry Ltd has received a coveted security clearance that paves the way for U.S. government agencies to use its systems to manage and secure Android- and iOS-powered devices operating on their internal networks, the smartphone maker said on Wednesday. The company's Secure Work Space offering now has Federal Information Processing Standard 140-2 certification.

BlackBerry gets U.S. security certification for its new business software

WATERLOO, Ont. - BlackBerry Ltd. (TSX:BB) has received certification for U.S. government employees to use its Secure Work Space enterprise software on iPhones and devices that use the Android operating system. The technology is part of products that became available through the rollout of its BlackBerry 10 operating system. The Waterloo, Ont.-based company says the software helps government and business employees use mobile devices of their choice with lower security risks.
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