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Microsoft says cybercrime bust frees 4.7 million infected PCs

BOSTON - Microsoft Corp said it has freed at least 4.7 million infected personal computers from control of cyber crooks in its most successful digital crime-busting operation, which interrupted service at an Internet-services firm last week.

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Samsung Electronics looks into child labor allegations at China supplier

SEOUL - Samsung Electronics Co Ltd on Thursday said it is investigating an allegation that a supplier in southern China used child labor.

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Access to Google services within China returns

BEIJING - Users in China were able to access online services for Google Inc on Thursday, after more than a month of severe disruption that almost completely blocked people from using features such as its search, maps and e-mail functions.

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U.S. House panel approves bill to rein in patent fights

WASHINGTON - A U.S. House of Representatives subcommittee on Thursday approved a draft bill aimed at reining in companies that seek licensing fees for invalid patents or are otherwise dishonest in writing what are known as "demand letters."

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Symantec in talks with Chinese government after software ban report

BOSTON - U.S. security software maker Symantec Corp said it is holding discussions with authorities in Beijing after a state-controlled Chinese newspaper reported that the Ministry of Public Security had banned use of one of its products.

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Tech-focused firm Spectrum Equity raises new $1 billion fund

- Private equity firm Spectrum Equity said on Thursday it had raised $1 billion for its seventh fund focused on investments in information technology services.

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