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Google sees more attempts to censor Web

SAN FRANCISCO -- There has been a dramatic rise in the attempts of governments to censor content on the Web, Google said Thursday, saying it has received "more government removal requests than ever before."Google said it received 2,285 government requests to remove 24,179 pieces of content from ...

Dell buyout options narrow as Blackstone issues withdrawal

Buyout specialist Blackstone Group LP is dropping its effort to acquire Dell, and billionaire investor Carl Icahn is reportedly unlikely to follow through on his preliminary acquisition offer, as suitors digest studies showing a staggering decline in PC sales.The Wall Street Journal said Icahn ...

Google announces $600 million N.C. expansion

LENOIR, N.C. -- Google announced Friday a $600 million expansion of its Lenoir data center, bringing the company's total investment in North Carolina to $1.2 billion.The announcement came little more than six years after the California-based Internet search giant broke ground at its 215-acre ...

Twitter launches music-discovery app for trending tunes

Will a song be worth more than 140 characters to Twitter users?After testing out a new music discovery service with celebrities such as Ryan Seacrest, Blake Shelton, Ne-Yo and Moby, Twitter is clicking "play" on Twitter Music.The free service became available Thursday at ...

Coding boot camps promise to launch tech careers

SAN FRANCISCO -- Looking for a career change, Ken Shimizu decided he wanted to be a software developer, but he didn't want to go back to college to study computer science.Instead, he quit his job and spent his savings to enroll at Dev Bootcamp, a new San Francisco school that teaches students ...

Coursera racks up users with its online courses

PHILADELPHIA -- The online education company known as Coursera has racked up gaudy numbers within a year of its launch: 3.1 million users from around the world have signed up for an ever-expanding menu of courses offered for free from 62 leading colleges and universities.On Friday, hundreds of ...