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Microsoft targeted in apparent Chinese anti-trust probe
BEIJING (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp appears to be the latest U.S. company targeted by China for anti-trust investigation after government officials paid sudden visits to the software firm's Chinese offices on Monday.

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Police placing ads on piracy sites
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Lithium-metal battery could boost gadget power
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Microsoft targeted in apparent Chinese anti-trust probe

A employee stands in the Microsoft booth during the 2014 Computex exhibition at the TWTC Nangang exhibition hall in TaipeiMicrosoft Corp appears to be the latest U.S. company targeted by China for anti-trust investigation after government officials paid sudden visits to the software firm's Chinese offices on Monday. Representatives from China's State Administration for Industry & Commerce (SAIC) made the visits to Microsoft offices in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Chengdu, according to local media reports that were confirmed by Microsoft. A Microsoft spokeswoman said the company was "happy to answer the government's questions", but declined to give any further information.


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Google Street View catches entire police chase
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Upgrade phone or no 4G for you
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Mom tries to Facebook-shame daughter, gets pizza on face
A mother makes her daughter pose for a picture to prove that it will travel far and wide on the Web. She ends up getting prank calls, pizza deliveries, and a lesson for herself.

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last updated: Sun, 27 Jul 2014 15:20:04 -0400

This Is What Tris Will Look Like In "Insurgent"

Shailene Woodley tells BuzzFeed she insisted her character be wig-free in the second film of the Divergent trilogy. And Theo James calls the movie “so much bigger.”

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When Insurgent hits theaters in March 2015, viewers won't be seeing the long-haired Tris (Shailene Woodley) they came to know in 2014's Divergent, the first film in the trilogy based on Veronica Roth's novels. Instead, the character will be rocking the blonde pixie cut Woodley sported at 2014's San Diego Comic-Con (above right) this past weekend.

"This is what you'll be seeing," she told BuzzFeed while promoting the Divergent Blu-ray/DVD release. "I talked to the director [Robert Schwentke] because I didn't want to wear a wig. I think wigs always look wiggy, especially in an action movie. We're running so much and doing so much, I think, technically, a wig would have looked quite shitty."

While Tris does get a shoulder-length haircut in the book, the filmmakers decided to embrace the pixie cut Woodley already had — a remnant of The Fault in Our Stars, the cancer drama she filmed between Divergent and Insurgent. "I think it's cool to have a young heroine with short hair," Woodley enthused, calling the overall aesthetic "more modern."

Theo James, who plays Four in the Divergent franchise, sees the style as a constant reminder of how much his character's girlfriend has changed since choosing the Dauntless faction in Divergent. "When I'm looking at Shai on screen, now you get a character progression in a visual way," he told BuzzFeed. "There's a maturity and a difference between the character here and in the first movie."


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Unexpected Microsoft Probe Highlights China’s Distrust of U.S. Tech
Following recent accusations of U.S. tech companies' alleged monopolies and security threats in China

Unannounced visits Monday by Chinese officials to Microsoft offices across China have sparked controversy over the latest Sino-U.S. relation: technology.

Officials from China’s State Administration for Industry & Commerce (SAIC) visited offices in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Chengdu, according to Sina, a Chinese online media company. Microsoft China, which has three major locations in Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen, has since confirmed the visits, providing no further details, adding that the company would “actively cooperate” with the government’s requests.

The visits reportedly lasted from morning until 6 p.m., and resulted in computers and hard drives being taken away, according to several Chinese news outlets. A source familiar with the matter told Reuters the visits were likely preliminary stages of an antitrust investigation, while Microsoft China has reportedly confirmed to the Beijing News that it is, in fact, what the SAIC calls “unfair business.”

Chinese IT analysts believe that suspicions of a Microsoft monopoly are relegated to the operating system market alone. One well-known Chinese IT lawyer told media outlets that it’s likely Microsoft is being accused of using its broad market share to unfairly bundle in other products, like Skype, which Microsoft acquired in 2011.

China set a precedent in preventing U.S. tech giants from monopolizing the Chinese market in November, when the Chinese government launched an antimonopoly investigation of Qualcomm, a U.S. company that’s the largest maker of processors and communication chips for mobile phones. China’s antitrust regulator said Thursday that Qualcomm does have a monopoly.

Fears of a U.S. monopoly appear closely linked to anxiety, fueled by revelations made by Edward Snowden of NSA surveillance abroad, that U.S. technology may compromise Chinese citizens’ personal information. Earlier this year, the Chinese government banned Microsoft offices from installing the company’s latest operating system, Windows 8, due to skepticism over possible security threats. Several broadcasts on the state-run CCTV accused Microsoft cloud technology of compromising user data.

Apple also came under scrutiny in July, when CCTV broadcasted that Apple’s iPhone was a “national security threat” due to its GPS system, which could expose “state secrets.” Apple has denied these claims.

China also appears to be involved in the very hacking that it’s discouraging, as reports surfaced of Chinese hackers attempting to gain access to confidential U.S. data.

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Rhapsody announces two million subscribers as it expands service in Latin America and Europe
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Established in 2001, Rhapsody helped start the music streaming business before Spotify, Rdio, the iTunes Store and even the iPod. And while the latest services have been waging a battle of gaining subscribers via ad-supported subscriptions, Rhapsody has remained true to its original business plan of paid subscriptions only. Now over a decade later, Rhapsody is announcing that it has hit two million total international subscribers. In addition to the milestone, Rhapsody has teamed up with carriers to offer the music streaming service as a pre-loaded feature mobile phone customers. The success of that business plan has led the company to expand further in Latin...

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