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Not too long ago, a number of cities in the U.S. were experimenting with offering free WiFi to its citizens. Most of these projects were launched just as the recession was about to hit and quite a few of them were quickly abandoned as the money well dried up. While we haven't heard much about new city-wide projects in...

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Microsoft today updated Bing Maps with a new routing engine that will make calculating driving directions on the service faster and smarter. Based on theoretical work done by a team at Microsoft Research, the Bing team today switched out its old routing algorithm for its own creation earlier today. According to Microsoft, this new algorithm will calculate routes about...

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Spend enough time on the Internet and you would be forgiven to think that physical music sales died a long time ago. In the real world, though, plenty of people still by CDs (and a few buy vinyl as well). 2011 was a watershed year for digital music sales, though, as, according to Nielsen SoundScan's year-end report for 2011,...

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NASA today launched a dedicated site for showing off its work around open source software. You're not going to find the software that drives NASA's rockets and satellites here, but the agency hopes that the "site will serve to surface existing projects, provide a forum for discussing projects and processes, and guide internal and external groups in open development,...

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Here is a small but nifty update for Google Translate for Android: the app now features experimental handwriting recognition for Chinese and Japanese characters. You can also enable this feature for English, French, Italian, German and Spanish, though it’s likely going to be more useful for trying to figure out the meaning of that Japanese written in Kanji than...

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Earlier this week, I wondered what happened to the new "Google Bar", the replacement for the black navigation bar that currently sits on top of virtually all of Google's online services. According to a blog post from late November, Google was planning to replace the old black bar with a new design that would move most of the links...

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Roku quickly made a name for itself over the last few years thanks to its smart (and affordable) TV set-top boxes that allow users to easily stream Internet content from Hulu, Netflix and others to their TVs. Today, the company is announcing its newest product: the Roku Streaming Stick. This device is the size of a USB flash drive, but...

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According to the latest data from Net Applications, Microsoft's Internet Explorer 6, the browser that overstayed its welcome for many years, is finally in its last throes. Usage of IE6, which officially launched 10 years ago, has now fallen to under 1% in the United States. While American users hung on to IE6 for longer than other nations like Austria,...

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If there is one kind of blog post that makes my stomach turn, it's pay-per-post content that is just meant to deliver cheap SEO links for the "advertisers." Google, too, has generally looked down upon this kind of content. Now, however, it looks like the company is running its own pay-per-post campaign for Chrome, its increasingly popular browser. SEO...

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Just about a month ago, Google announced that it was retiring the black navigation bar that's been sitting at the top of virtually all of the company's products for the last few months. The so-called "sand bar" was supposed to be replaced by the bigger and better "Google bar" with a drop-down menu hidden behind the Google menu and...

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Even though the presidential elections are still nine months away, the political circus in the U.S. is in full swing already (and has been for months), thanks to the impending start of the Republican primaries tomorrow. As usual, Google will offer its own set of tools for keeping track of all the developments during these upcoming months. Today, the...

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YouTube has been adding more and more live sporting events to its lineup over the last few months and years. With the Copa America soccer championship and cricket matches from India, the site managed to draw quite a few viewers with this, too (there have even been rumors of live NBA and NHL games on the site as well)....

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The first year for SiliconFilter is quickly coming to an end and I would like to say thanks to all of you who stuck with me throughout the last twelve months since I left ReadWriteWeb and decided to go solo. As with any startup, there have been ups and downs, but to end the year on a high note, I...

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For every hyped app or web service (think Foursquare, Quora etc.), there are at least a dozen of competitors out there that are often better, but never quite get the attention they deserve. At the end of every year, I round up some of my favorite apps and services that mostly flew under the radar of the tech press...

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This guest post was written by Michael de la Maza. Michael was a member of the founding team of Inquira (acquired by Oracle) and a VP of Corporate Strategy at Softricity (acquired by Microsoft). He holds a PhD in Computer Science from MIT and is the author of Rapid Chess Improvement and co-author of Professional Scrum with Team Foundation Server...