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Instagram launches time-lapse video app for iPhone

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Facebook-owned photo-sharing service Instagram on Tuesday launched an application for capturing time-lapse videos using Apple mobile devices.

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Mobile use bad for school test scores: Japan study
Children who spend more than four hours a day on their mobile phone perform significantly worse on school tests than those who are limited to just 30 minutes

Amazon to buy videogame platform Twitch for $970 mn
US online retail giant Amazon has bolstered its Internet video presence, whistling past Google to snatch up Twitch and its huge audience for live-streamed gaming.

Sony says Playstation users' information safe after hackers target game sites
Sony Corp (6758.T) said hackers had taken down its PlayStation Network without compromising its 53 million users' personal data

U.S. undercover investigators among those exposed in data breach
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