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Silicon Valley, new media get shoutouts in Obama's big speech

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WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama, whose team is famous for its social media prowess, pleased tech watchers on Tuesday with mentions of Facebook Inc's photo sharing site Instagram and other Silicon Valley companies in his State of the Union address.

Facebook clamps down on fake news stories

SAN FRANCISCO - Facebook Inc said on Tuesday it has taken steps to clamp down on "hoaxes" and fake news stories that can spread like wildfire on its 1.35-billion member online social network.

Top News, Tech, 21 Jan 2015

Exclusive: Facebook hiring spree hints at ambitions in virtual reality and beyond

SAN FRANCISCO/SEATTLE - Virtual reality goggles, drones and data centers are all driving a hiring spree at Facebook Inc that is set to swell its ranks as much as 14 percent in the near term, according to a review of job listings on the company's website.

Tech, 18 Jan 2015

Xiaomi to invest in Indian start-ups, overseas content

BEIJING - China's Xiaomi Inc plans to invest in Indian tech start-ups and overseas media content, as the world's No.3 smartphone maker looks to dominate homes with its own TVs and appliances.

Top News, Business, Tech, 16 Jan 2015

China's Xiaomi challenges iPhone 6 Plus with new flagship Mi Note

BEIJING - China's Xiaomi Inc staked its claim to Apple Inc's crown on Thursday as the world's third-biggest smartphone maker and most valuable tech start-up unveiled the flagship Mi Note, its challenger to Apple's iPhone 6 Plus.

Tech, 15 Jan 2015

Facebook's Zuckerberg brings free Internet to Colombia, mute on China

BOGOTA - Facebook Inc Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg launched a free Internet application in Colombia on Wednesday as part of a drive to bring developing markets online, but remained mute on when and if the company would look to move into China.

Top News, Tech, 15 Jan 2015

Facebook launches mobile app offering free Internet in Colombia

BOGOTA - Facebook Inc on Wednesday launched a mobile phone application that gives Colombian users free access to a handful of online services, broadening Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg's effort to boost Internet usage in developing markets.

Tech, 15 Jan 2015

Facebook to issue missing children alerts in U.S.

NEW YORK - Social networking website Facebook plans to use its estimated 140 million daily U.S. users to help track missing children through emergency alerts, the company said on Tuesday.

Top News, Tech, 14 Jan 2015

In Twitter hack, Pentagon learns perils of social media exposure

WASHINGTON - If so-called "cyber jihadists" want to launch another social media attack on America's military, they will have plenty of targets: the U.S. Army alone lists more than 2,000 links to feeds on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and other accounts.

Top News, Tech, 14 Jan 2015

Facebook to issue missing children alerts in U.S

NEW YORK - Social networking website Facebook plans to use its estimated 140 million daily U.S. users to help track missing children through emergency alerts, the company said on Tuesday.

Top News, Tech, 14 Jan 2015