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Army general upholds Manning's prison sentence in WikiLeaks case

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A U.S. Army general has denied clemency for Chelsea Manning and upheld the former soldier's 35-year prison sentence for providing secret files to WikiLeaks in the biggest breach of classified materials in U.S. history, the Army said Monday. Major General Jeffrey S. Buchanan's decision to uphold the findings of Manning's 2013 court-martial will automatically send the case to the Army Court of Criminal Appeals, an Army statement said.

Google buys solar-powered drone maker Titan Aerospace

Google Monday announced that it is acquiring Titan Aerospace, a maker of solar-powered drones that could be used to boost Internet access to remote areas. "It's still early days, but atmospheric satellites could help bring Internet access to millions of people, and help solve other problems, including disaster relief and environmental damage like deforestation," said a Google spokesman in an email to AFP. "It's why we're so excited to welcome Titan Aerospace to the Google family." Google did not release the financial terms of the transaction.

Turkey PM threatens to 'go after' Twitter for tax evasion

Turkey's prime minister said Saturday he will "go after" Twitter, accusing the site of tax-evasion, after it was used to spread damaging leaks implicating his inner circle in corruption scandals. "Twitter, YouTube and Facebook are international companies established for profit," Recep Tayyip Erdogan said in televised remarks. "Twitter is at the same time a tax evader. We will go after it."

Paul Allen's tech adviser out after less than six months: source

SEATTLE (Reuters) - An executive hired by billionaire Paul Allen to be his personal and professional technology adviser has left the job less than six months after starting work for the Microsoft Corp co-founder, a source familiar with the matter said on Friday. Parag Garg, who took the job in November, was a high-profile hire for Allen. It was not clear if Garg was fired or resigned, the source said.

Alibaba to buy AutoNavi

(Reuters) - Chinese digital mapping and navigation firm AutoNavi Holdings Ltd <AMAP.O> agreed to be acquired by e-commerce firm Alibaba Group Holding Ltd <IPO-ALIB.N> in a deal valuing the company at about $1.5 billion. AutoNavi said the company's shareholders will receive $5.25 per ordinary share, or $21 per American Depositary Share. The offer represents a premium of 4.7 percent to AutoNavi's closing price on the Nasdaq on Thursday.

AutoNavi agrees to be acquired by Alibaba in deal valued at $1.5B

Chinese digital mapping and navigation company AutoNavi Holdings Ltd. has agreed to be acquired by e-commerce company Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. in a deal valued at $1.5 billion. Alibaba will pay $5.25 per share to AutoNavi stockholders, or $21 per American depositary share. That is a 27 per cent premium over the company's closing price on Feb. 7, the last day of trading before its talks with Alibaba became public. Alibaba already owns approximately 28 per cent of AutoNavi's outstanding stock.

Google Glass available in US as of April 15

Google will makes it controversial Internet-linked Glass eyewear available for purchase for a limited time in the United States beginning on April 15. Anyone in the United States with $1,500 to spend on Glass will be able to join the ranks of "explorers" who have gotten to test out the devices prior to them hitting the market, the California-based Internet titan said Thursday in a post at Google+ social network. "Our Explorers are moms, artists, surgeons, rockers, and each new Explorer has brought a new perspective that is making Glass better," Google said in the post.

Turkey keeps YouTube ban in place despite court orders

Turkey's government on Thursday said it would keep its block on YouTube in place despite two separate courts ordering the ban be lifted. In a statement, Turkey's Information and Communications Technologies Authority (BTK) said the ban would remain as illegal content was still available on the video-sharing site. "The measure blocking access to the youtube.com internet site remains in place because some of the content (deemed illegal) keeps being broadcast," the BTK said in a statement posted online.

New Facebook privacy tweaks include a pop-up warning about public postings

TORONTO - Facebook admits it's had its fair share of fumbles and stumbles when it comes to privacy. So the social media giant, which has 19 million regular users in Canada and 1.23 billion globally, is rolling out a few tweaks to help users better understand how to control who sees their posts. And it's taking the unusual step of intervening when it suspects users could be posting publicly without realizing it.

China film directors' guild declines to award best picture

A major Chinese directors' association declined to name a best picture or best director at its annual awards ceremony, an unprecedented move that triggered debate over whether it was intended as a protest against censorship. Feng Xiaogang, a prominent filmmaker who chaired the nine-member jury for the China Film Directors' Guild Awards, announced the panel's unanimous decision on live television Wednesday night. The awards "should not be about our own enjoyment and satisfaction", Feng said at the ceremony, according to multiple reports in Chinese-language media.
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