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Google and the New York Times just launched a new trivia game, A Google a Day, that will make its print debut tomorrow morning. The new puzzle will appear right above the New York Times' legendary crossword puzzle, but with the added twist that unlike in regular trivia games, A Google a Day encourages people to go out and search for the answer online. To ensure that Google's real-time search feature doesn't spoil the fun, agoogleaday.com will feature a stripped down version of Google's regular search engine without any of these additional features

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Adobe just introduced version 5.5 of its Creative Suite - a bundle of software for creative professionals that, depending on the specific bundle, includes graphics and development-oriented tools like Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Dreamweaver and video-focused programs like Premiere Pro, Audition and After Effects. This is the first time Adobe has released a major point release of its Creative Suite (CS)...

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PushLife, a Toronto-based startup that allows users to sync their iTunes and Windows Media Player libraries with Android and BlackBerry smartphones, has been acquired by Google. The company, which was founded in 2008, describes its mission as helping users to "play, organize, schare and purchase digital content across multiple devices" and calls itself "the best upgrade to your BlackBerry and Android media player." The PushLife team will join Google's engineering team in Canada.

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Google just announced that it has received permission to proceed with its acquisition of ITA Software, the Cambridge, MA-based company that specializes in providing ticketing and logistics services to airlines like United Airlines, Air Canada American Airlines and major online travel agencies like Orbitz, Kayak and others.

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Google just announced the launch of its live video streaming platform for YouTube. Until now, live events on YouTube were generally one-offs and focused on concerts, major sporting events and special interviews. Now, however, YouTube will allow a select group of its partners to stream their content live. Currently playing live shows will be highlighted on a special page.

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A few weeks ago, just in time for SXSW, Google launched check-in offers for Latitude, its location-based service and social network. At the time, these offers were only available at a limited set of places in Austin – the home of SXSW – but starting today, users of Google’s Latitude Android and iPhone apps will be able to get...

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Facebook today announced that it will share the design specs for the servers and datacenters that power its service with anybody who is interested. As the company’s founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg noted at today’s presentation, Facebook’s products and infrastructure are intimately linked. Without enough capacity in its datacenters, Facebook (and other companies) can’t push out new, compute-intensive features....

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With Bing for iPad, Microsoft just launched its first native iPad app. The app, which is available for free, reformats Bing’s content for the tablet and is clearly influenced by the same design decisions that guide Bing’s web presence. When you open the app, for example, you are greeted by a large image that changes daily and the whole...

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Microsoft and Toyota just announced a new partnership today that aims to create a platform for Toyota’s next-generation telematics services on top of Microsoft’s Windows Azure cloud computing platform. The first cars that will profit from this will be Toyota’s electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids, which will get some of these services starting in 2012. Toyota hopes to roll...

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TweetDeck, the popular Adobe AIR-based Twitter client, started offering a web-based version of its service in Google’s Chrome Web Store late last year. There, it quickly became one of the most popular apps in the store. Today, TweetDeck is launching a limited beta of the web-based version of TweetDeck that will also be available to users of other browsers. Specifically, TweetDeck Web will work with Chrome, Firefox 3.6 and 4, as well as Safari. Support for IE9 and Opera is coming soon.

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Twitter’s new homepage is all about following others, but doesn’t even mention the fact that you can post status updates yourself.

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When it comes to in-flight entertainment these days, quite a few airlines give their passengers the option to watch live TV on domestic flights and on-demand videos and a few games on international trips. Even the most advanced systems on the market today, though, only scratch the surface of what these systems could do if you coupled them with...

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Google may be one of the world’s biggest Internet companies, but if you want to talk to a real human being when you run into an issue with Google, you’re generally out of luck. While Google offers customer support through email for some services, the company’s online FAQs and help pages are generally the only means to get official information about a product. Google’s dislike for offering phone support was also on display when it launched its Nexus One smartphone without offering any phone support and only launched a phone support line after lots of complaints from its users. Maybe things are changing in Mountain View, however. Today, Google announced that it will offer free phone support for its AdWords advertising platform in the U.S. and Canada.

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Twitter finally listens to its users and promises to remove the QuickBar from the next update of its iPhone app. When Twitter launched the latest version of its official iPhone app, it added a new feature, the QuickBar, that displayed trending topic to the top of the user's timeline. The problem with this feature was that just seeing the trending topics...

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Google just launched Google +1, a "like" button for its search results pages and ads, later today. This new feature will allow users to share sites right from within the search results page. These sites will then be shared with a user's social circle on Google and publicly, on their newly enhanced public Google Profile pages. This new feature will roll out slowly to all users, but to start using it today, just head over to Google Labs and activate the "+1 button."