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One Step Closer to Google Music?

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One thing Google doesn't have, that Apple and Amazon, their current competition, do have, is a music store. Google will help you find music to buy, but you can't buy music from them. Sure, Google bought a music service, but it seems up in the air as to what that service will actually be doing. Well, courtesy of their dev blog, we just got a hint.

Is the Google/China War Still Hot?

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What with the Egyptian unrest, the Tunisian unrest, and the erupting civil war in India, dictators around the world have been a wee bit edgy. And nowhere is this truer than in China, which is trying to become as capitalist as quickly as possible without having all that pesky democracy and government accountability. And this, in turn, means it will confront yet again its most dangerous enemy:...

Bing Jumps Into Action Several Days Early

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Bing Search Engine by Microsoft - Ahead of schedule appears to be the theme of this beautiful, bright 1st of June. Microsoft's anticipated new search engine Bing was originally scheduled to launch on Wednesday, but is already available today. Though it will take more than a couple of hours to decipher just how much of a "Google killer" it is, it does offer some new features...

Google Wave: Email, IM, Documents Revolutionized

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Perhaps because Google revolutionized e-mail and Web searches, the company is getting the benefit of the doubt for its latest app, called Google Wave. Billed as a reinvention of e-mail, Google Wave lets users communicate through a form of instant messaging that can expand into group text editing, event planning, blogging and gaming. It all depends on what extensions developers bring to the...

Faster Google Chrome 2.0, Out Now

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Your time is, apparently, important to Google. In upgrading its Chrome Web browser to 2.0, Google says it increased focus on speed and added a few other features in response to user feedback. Notably, users can now hide their most visited pages when opening a new tab, preventing potential embarrassment depending on what you do on the Internet. There's also a new full screen mode and automatic...

Google Down? In an Instant, the World Panics

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If you live in New York, San Francisco, Chicago, Australia, France or China, among other locales, you may have trouble with Google this morning and afternoon. The Internet giant is suffering packet losses, possibly related to routing issues with AT&T and other yet-unknown problems with NTT and Qwest. Patience, you'll be fully-functional soon enough, but isn't it freaky to think about how...

Google Goes Open Source With 3D Web Plug-In

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The Internet is great and all, but compared to the real world it's a little flat. The race is on, then, to create a programming standard that will bring 3D graphics to the Web. Mozilla's been working on its own, and now Google has entered the fray with an open source plug-in, allowing third parties to tinker with the programming interface as they see fit. Gaming would be an obvious use for the...

Google Voice: Free VOIP, Voicemail, Forwarding and More

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Google unveiled another killer app today in Google Voice, a VoIP suite that, like most of its other apps, costs nothing. Some might recognize the call forwarding features as the resurrection of GrandCentral, which Google purchased in July 2007 and closed to new sign-ups shortly thereafter to inegrate with Google's own systems. Google Voice adds plenty of new features. High on the list is free...

Google and Apple to Join the Dow Jones Industrial?

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With the economy in upheaval, it's getting more and more difficult to establish a reliable investment, or indicator for that matter.  To illustrate, two longtime blue chips are currently teetering on the Dow Jones industrial average fence. With stocks dropping below the $2 mark, GM and Citigroup are in peril of getting pushed straight out of the index.  Who's going to replace these economic...

YouTube, Universal Thinking New Music Video Site

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Not satisfied with the entrenched popularity of YouTube, Google and Universal are reportedly talking about a collaborative new Web site for hosting music videos. Tentatively called "Vivo," the site intends to nab more revenue by coming up with a more lucrative solution than YouTube's beside-the-video display ads. Wall Street Journal's report doesn't specify how this would be accomplished, nor...

Google launches Google latitude

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Google has now officially launched Google Latitude, a new way to keep track of your friends, children, and even your boss through the web. The mobile application uses location based technology to track where users go, and then plots their location on a map for people (whom they allow) to see. The application can use GPS, as well as cell-tower technology to determine your location, and allows...

Google Earth 5.0 with time travel, and ocean view

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[youtube GSuJq4UzkIA 570 380] If you’ve ever wanted t travel back in time, or check out what lives on the ocean floor then now’s your time. Google released Google Earth 5.0 yesterday, which adds the ability to go backing time 50 years when looking at a location, as well as look at a detailed 3D picture of the ocean floor. The ocean floor portion of the update was created alongside the...

Google Transit Layer Makes Day Trips Easier

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Google Maps recently released a new tool that overlays a city's entire public transportation network. While Google's Transit tool already allows you to plan a route by typing in start and end points, the Transit Layer sort of works in reverse, showing all the ways to get around the city so you can better plan an entire excursion. Just click the "Transit" box under the "More" tab. There are 57...

Android Phones Get 2D Bar Code Reader

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Bar codes aren't just for the grocery store anymore. The advent of personal bar code readers, like ScanLife's latest for Android phones, allows you to quickly jump to Web sites, phone numbers or videos. This is basically a shortcut for typing on your smartphone's keypad or browsing through menus. It's even possible to create your own bar code on ScanLife's Web site for quick access to oft-used...

Get some free Gmail stickers

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Want to share your deep love for Gmail with the world? Google is currently offering some sweet gmail stickers for free to users who send them a self-addressed stamped envelope. Stickers in the collection include a glittery envelope, computer bookplate, and some Gmail shortcut stickers. Start covering your trapper keeper soon by sending a self-addressed envelope to [via OhGizmo]: Send me some...

Google Released Unlocked Version of the Android Dev Phone

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By now, T-Mobile's G1 and Kogan's Agora were among the only mobile phones to use the Android OS. However, things are about to change because Google just released the unlocked version of the Android Dev phone making it available for users on other networks, too. It features a three-megapixel camera, GPS, Wi-Fi and quad-band GSM with EDGE for data, but for the time being its 3G capabilities...

Kogan Agora, Second Android Smartphone

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Up until now, Google's open-source Android OS was only available on T-Mobile's G1-- but fortunately this is about to change.  Australian mobile developer Kogan has stepped in to offer their own Android-enabled smart phone. Dubbed Agora, it features a 2.5-inch touchscreen, Wi-Fi, GPS, 3G and a comfortable QWERTY keypad. Easy to handle and visually elegant, Agora will be available unlocked for...

ASUS' Glide Interface Revealed: the Asus P552w

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ASUS has officially revealed their first smartphone with the Glide OS, the ASUS P552w.  This ASUS Glide phone features a touch-responsive 2.8" screen, 3.5G connectivity as well as standard wireless, GPS and more.  The P552w is deeply integrated with google, including google maps and a standard mobile google search bar.  While most of the details on the Glide OS are a little foggy, we hope...

The Google Android-Powered T-Mobile G1

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After much anticipation, Google's Android mobile operating system finally has its face-- the T-Mobile G1.  Coming October 13th, T-Mobile will be selling the self-branded HTC Dream loaded with the Android OS.  The G1 is a flip-style touch-screen phone with a full QWERTY keypad, with plenty of functionality that is going to give the iPhone a run for its money.  First, the G1 includes a 3MP...

How to GoogleBomb Your Friends and Enemies

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Have you ever Googled yourself? No no, we mean the search engine-- have you ever typed your own name into Google to see the results? Chances are you certainly have, just as most web savvy people have at some point in the recent past. What many readers may not know is that there are ways of manipulating what you see in search results for names, phrases and other words. In the web marketing...