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FILE PHOTO: Jack Ma, chairman and then-chief executive officer of Alibaba Group Holding Ltd., laughs at a news conference in Hong Kong, China, on Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2007. Alibaba, which rode China's emergence as an economic superpower over the last 15 years to become a massive online marketplace for everything from forks to forklifts, filed today for what could become the largest U.S. initial public offering ever. Photographer: Daniel J. Groshong/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Alibaba IPO planned for week of September 8, report says

The Chinese e-commerce giant is reportedly set to launch its blockbuster IPO in the US in the very same week Apple is expected to bring us the iPhone 6.

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Tech Retrospect: Apple event preview and smartwatch overload

Everything (well, almost) you need to know about Apple's September 9 event, plus more smartwatches than you have wrists. All that and more in this week's rundown of tech news.

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US looking to Google's Megan Smith to be chief tech officer?

As the search for the country's new CTO gets under way, one report says the choice could be the vice president of Google X.

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Google spreads its wings, moving into drone deliveries

Amazon isn't the only tech giant experimenting with drones. Google has unveiled Project Wing, which is focusing its efforts on disaster relief, at least for now.

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Apple flagship store in San Francisco fills with protestors

Demonstrators occupy the tech giant's downtown retail shop to speak out against alleged underpaying of contract employees.

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Too-hot tech: Overheating Surface Pro 3, HP cord recall

Hewlett-Packard recalls more than 6 million defective power cords, Microsoft promises a fix for overheating Surface Pro 3 tablets, and Square Cash sends money over text messages.

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Snapchat said to have $10B valuation on Kleiner Perkins investment

The venture-capital investment firm has made an investment of up to $20 million in the ephemeral message service, according to The Wall Street Journal.

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Why Amazon wanted Twitch

CNET's Bridget Carey explains the lure of video game streaming site Twitch and why Amazon bought it for nearly $1 billion. Meanwhile, Instagram launches a new video app Hyperlapse, and GoPro has gone to the dogs.

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Chinese authorities are probing Microsoft's business practices in the country.

China turns up heat on Microsoft in probe of business practices

Following surprise spot check of Microsoft offices in the country last month, China raises new questions about the company's sales and distribution policy.

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Why image recognition tech is on the rise

Brian Cooley discusses rise of image recognition software on smartphones and tablets, and why the technology is gaining momentum in the retail market.

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PlayStation Network recovers from hack

Hackers target Sony and several other online game networks, Apple replaces iPhone 5 batteries for free, and Ralph Lauren debuts a high-tech Polo shirt at the US Open.

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Vexed in the city: Welcoming new techies with a middle finger salute

The new era of dot-com fortunes spurs plenty of angst aimed at San Francisco's most privileged, but it hasn't stopped tech workers from moving in.

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