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Last Update on August 27, 2014 07:07 GMT

IN THE NEWS: HP RECALLS NOTEBOOK POWER SUPPLIES

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A recall to tell you about in the computer world. Hewlett-Packard Company is recalling about 5.6 million notebook computer AC power cords in this country -- because of possible overheating. HP says the problem with the cords can pose a fire and burn hazard. The recall also covers another 446,700 power cords in Canada. The company says it has gotten 29 reports of power cords overheating, melting or charring. Two people suffered minor burns -- and 13 people reported minor property damage. The Hewlett-Packard LS-15 AC power cords were distributed with HP and Compaq notebook and mini notebook computers, and with AC adapter-powered accessories including docking stations. The power cords are black and have an "LS-15" molded on the AC adapter end of the cord. They were made in China. If you have one of those cords, HP says you should stop using it right away, unplug it -- and get in touch with the company for a free replacement.

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IN THE NEWS: AMAZON GETTING INTO VIDEO GAMES

NEW YORK (AP) -- Amazon has gotten loads of people to shop with them. But will you play with the online retail giant? Amazon is hoping the answer will be yes -- because it has shelled out nearly a billion dollars in cash for the streaming platform Twitch Interactive. The move is an effort for Amazon to muscle its way into the video gaming space. Twitch is a multi-channel online network built for a generation of people who not only enjoy playing video games, but also get kicks from watching others play. Amazon's purchase is a sign that gameplay video feeds are becoming a strong source of potential revenue.

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