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Coming soon to Twitter: More room to tweet
NEW YORK (AP) -- Twitter is making some big changes, at least in the context of 140 characters or fewer....

Google Maps directions may soon lead you to ... more ads
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- You might start seeing more ads when getting directions from Google's popular mapping service....

Facebook drops news outlet input in 'trending topics' review
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Facebook says it is dropping its reliance on news outlets to help determine what gets posted as a "trending topic" on the giant social network, a move adopted after a backlash over a report saying it suppressed conservative views....

French raid Google over 'aggravated tax fraud' allegations
PARIS (AP) -- French police have raided Google's Paris offices as part of an investigation into "aggravated tax fraud" and money laundering, authorities said Tuesday. The raid is the latest regulatory headache for the American search engine-and-email company, which like other Silicon Valley firms faces increasing questions about its complex tax arrangements....

Microsoft opens wallet to extend Internet in remote areas
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Microsoft has joined other tech giants working to deliver the Internet in remote parts of the world, although it's taking a smaller-scale approach than some of its rivals....

European Space Agency puts 2 navigation satellites in orbit
BERLIN (AP) -- A rocket fired from French Guiana has lifted two satellites into orbit that will form part of Europe's rival to the U.S.-made Global Positioning System, or GPS....

Smaller cities across US opening high-tech crime centers
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) -- Live video feeds from cameras across Hartford, Connecticut, light up a wall of flat-screen monitors in a high-tech room at the city's old police department, while computers take in data from license plate readers and a gunshot detection system....

US biochemical engineer wins $1.2 million technology prize
HELSINKI (AP) -- American biochemical engineer Frances Arnold has won this year's euro 1 million ($1.2 million) Millennium Technology Prize for discoveries in "directed evolution," which has helped sustainable development and clean technology become available in many areas of industry....

Solar plane's flight from Ohio to Pennsylvania postponed
DAYTON, Ohio (AP) -- A solar-powered airplane's planned flight from Ohio to Pennsylvania has been postponed....

Apple boss Tim Cook: Apps are future of TV
AMSTERDAM (AP) -- Apple CEO Tim Cook said Tuesday that apps are the future of television and that the company wants to help change the entertainment industry....

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