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is expected to introduce several new slate devices during the upcoming Consumer Electronics Show that will compete with the iPad, according to the

New York Times

. The tablets will be built by Microsoft partners like




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, and will run on the Windows 7 operating system.

Shares of Microsoft fell 0.13% in pre-market trading Tuesday to $27.21.



may cut

5% of its workers this week or 650 jobs

, according to reports. The layoffs are aimed at the company's products group, which builds web properties. The unit is run by former Microsoft exec Blake Irving, who joined the company in April.


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is testing a new service that combines television and the Internet to compete with


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TV. The trial, running in Augusta, Ga., lets consumers search through TV and on-demand video listings, but does not allow for open-ended web browsing.

Shares of Comcast rose 1.8% in pre-market trading to $21.70.


announced Monday "YouTube Trends" a service that tracks what's popular on the video site. YouTube Trends functionality will include letting users explore popular videos among demographic sets, as well as geographic regions.

Americans now spend as much time surfing the Internet as they do watching television, according to a new report by Forrester Research. The amount of time that people spent browsing the web has increased 121% over the last five years, said the report.

--Written by Olivia Oran in New York.

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