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a college student plays a computer game at an Internet cafe in Seoul, South Korea. On Monday, 18, 2018, the World Health Organization said that compulsively playing video games now qualifies as a mental health condition. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

Science Says: What makes something truly addictive

Now that the world's leading public health group says too much Minecraft can be an addiction, could overindulging in chocolate, exercise, even sex, be next? The short answer is probably not.

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Kevin Systrom, CEO and co-founder of Instagram, prepares for Wednesday's announcement about IGTV in San Francisco. Facebook’s Instagram app is loosening its restraints on video with a new channel that will attempt to lure younger viewers away from Google’

Instagram unveils new video service in challenge to YouTube

Facebook's Instagram service is loosening its restraints on video in an attempt to lure younger viewers away from YouTube when they're looking for something to watch on their smartphones.

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg pauses while testifying on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

Google, Facebook, others speak out against child separation

Some business leaders are condemning the Trump administration's decision to separate children from parents who are accused of crossing the border illegally, but it's unclear what impact — if any — they will have.

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 Fans have also used the mobile app to order food, change money and meet new people, especially in cities like Samara, where few people speak anything but Russian. (AP photo/ Luis Andres Henao)

World Cup: No Russian? No Problem. There's an app for that

Randall Garcia and his wife were on a bus in the Russian city of Samara when a local resident stared at the couple and pointed his phone at them. The screen read: "Good luck Costa Rica!"

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A man plays a game at the Paris Games Week in Paris.

Compulsive video-game playing could be mental health problem

Obsessive video gamers know how to anticipate dangers in virtual worlds. The World Health Organization says they now should be on guard for a danger in the real world: spending too much time playing.

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Customers look at iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus phones at an Apple Store in San Francisco.

Apple sets up iPhones to relay location for 911 calls

Apple is trying to drag the U.S.'s antiquated system for handling 911 calls into the 21st century.

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They are part of a $50 billion list of Chinese exports targeted for a 25 percent tariff hike in response to complaints Beijing steals or pressures foreign companies to hand over technology. (AP Photo/Sam McNeil)

China hikes tariffs on US soybeans, electric cars, fish

China fired back Saturday in a spiraling trade dispute with President Donald Trump by raising import duties on a $34 billion list of American goods including soybeans, electric cars and whiskey.

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This undated artist's rendering provided by The Boring Company, shows an electric public transportation vehicle that is part of a proposed high-speed underground transportation system that will transport passengers from downtow (The Boring Company via AP)

Musk company to build Chicago-to-O'Hare express transport

Entrepreneur Elon Musk said Thursday a high-speed transportation system that will whisk people between downtown Chicago and O'Hare International Airport at speeds of up to 150 mph could be operational in about three years.

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Apple logo is shown on a sign hanging in front of a new Apple Store, in the Williamsburg section in the Brooklyn borough of New York. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

Apple closing iPhone security gap used by law enforcement

Apple is closing a security gap that allowed outsiders to pry personal information from locked iPhones without a password, a change that will thwart law enforcement agencies that have been exploiting the vulnerability to collect evidence in criminal investigations.

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Comcast Center in Philadelphia. Disney has made a $52.4 billion all-stock offer for the bulk of Twenty-First Century Fox, including the studios behind the “Avatar” movies,

Comcast offer for Fox expected after favorable AT&T ruling

Now that a federal judge has cleared AT&T's $85 billion takeover of Time Warner, other companies are likely to rush to consolidate.

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Science advisers to the federal government say safety regulators should do more to speed the integration of commercial drones into the nation's airspace. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

Science panel says the FAA is too tough on drones

Science advisers to the federal government say safety regulators should do more to speed the integration of commercial drones into the nation's airspace.

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Chinese tech giant ZTE Corp.'s chairman promised no further compliance violations and apologized to customers in a letter Friday, June 8, 2018, for disruptions caused by its violation of U.S. export controls, a newspaper reported. (AP Photo)

ZTE chairman promises no more violations, apologizes

Chinese tech giant ZTE Corp.'s chairman promised no further compliance violations and apologized to customers in a letter Friday for disruptions caused by its violation of U.S. export controls, a newspaper reported.

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a sign on a building is shown at Google Inc. campus in Kirkland, Wash. Google has stopped accepting political ads in Washington on the same day changes to the state's campaign-finance reporting requirements and enforcement procedures take effect. (AP Phot

Google stops political ads in Washington following lawsuit

 Google stopped accepting political ads in Washington state Thursday, the same day changes to the state's campaign-finance reporting requirements and enforcement procedures took effect.

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Facebook appears on screens at the Nasdaq MarketSite in New York's Times Square. Facebook says a software bug made some private posts public for as many as 14 million users for several days in May. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

Facebook says privacy-setting bug affected as many as 14M

If you see Imagine Dragons lead singer Dan Reynolds out in public and you think he's ignoring you — he isn't, he's just trying to stay ready for his live concerts.

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FILE - In this April 11, 2018, file photo, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg departs after testifying before a House Energy and Commerce hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington about the use of Facebook data to target American voters in the 2016 election and dat

China's Huawei says it hasn't collected Facebook user data

Chinese phone maker Huawei said Wednesday it has never collected or stored Facebook user data, after the social media giant acknowledged it shared such data with Huawei and other manufacturers.

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Lawyers for President Donald Trump and Summer Zervos, a former “Apprentice” contestant who sued the president for saying her sexual misconduct claims were lies, are scheduled to be in court Tuesday, June 5, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Trump appealing ruling that bars blocking of Twitter critics

President Donald Trump is asking an appeals court to restore his power to block critics on Twitter. Government lawyers representing Trump and White House Social Media Director Dan Scavino filed paperwork Monday to appeal a federal judge's ruling last month that said blocking people from the @realDonaldTrump account violates the First Amendment.

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Apple CEO Tim Cook speaks during an announcement of new products at the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference Monday, June 4, 2018, in San Jose, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

New iPhone features to include ways to use it less

Apple introduced new controls for limiting how much time customers spend on their devices as the company tackles criticism that its devices are becoming increasingly addictive and distracting.

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FILE - This March 20, 2018, file photo shows the YouTube app on an iPad in Baltimore.  YouTube is dominating social media use for teenagers, as once ubiquitous Facebook fades from popularity, according to a recent survey. A Pew Research Center survey show

YouTube tops teen social media, as Facebook fades

YouTube is dominating social media use among teenagers, as Facebook fades from popularity, according to a new survey.

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The Amazon logo in Santa Monica, Calif.

Amazon to block Australians from global websites due to tax

Amazon will block Australians from buying from its international e-commerce websites and restrict them to a smaller local platform from July in response to new tax rules that consumer advocates fear will reduce the range of choice for customers in Australia.

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The capital infusion is designed to speed large-scale deployment of self-driving robotaxis next year. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi, File)

New business deals bring autonomous vehicles a step closer

Two technology giants announced major new investments in self-driving vehicles Thursday, bringing the world a step closer to a time when autonomous cars are a part of everyday life — a reality that General Motors aims to achieve in some places as early as next year.

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