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WebGL – a standard for running 3D graphics in the browser – has been around for a while, but the Khronos Group, which has been chaperoning the process of finalizing the WebGL standard, just announced the final version of the new standard. WebGL brings hardware-accelerated 3D graphics to browsers without the need for plugins and should enable developers and...

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It’s hard to estimate just exactly how successful (or not) Google Hotpot, the company’s recently launched Yelp competitor, really is. Thanks to its integration with Google Maps and Google Places, it’s likely more popular than Google Buzz, though, and judging from the increase in ratings from Google users we’ve seen on Google Places lately, it’s probably working out well for Google. The company wants more publicity for Hotpot, however. Starting today, Google also lets you syndicate your ratings for local businesses from the Google Maps Android app to Twitter, marking this one of the first times that Google has enlisted Twitter in its tools to not just pull in information but also to syndicate it out.

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Google didn’t just give free a Chrome OS netbook and either a Motorala Xoom tablet or Nexus S phone to every developer at the Game Developer Conference in San Francisco this week, but also just launched a new hub for game developers who want to use Google’s own tools.

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During a press event in San Francisco this morning, Apple CEO Steve Jobs – still officially on medical leave - unexpectedly took the stage himself to announce the fully redesigned iPad 2. Dual-Core Processor, Faster Graphics – But Same Memory Sizes and Screen The new iPad will sport a dual-core processor (dubbed the A5), feature a graphics chip...

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If you search for “air jordans under $100” on Google today, you will get a nice list of ten blue links. If you search on Google’s shopping site, you will get quite a few results with prices around $250. On Bing, however, you also get 10 blue links, but more importantly, you also get a link to Bing Shopping where you will find a list of shoes for under $100 – just like you wanted. Starting today, Bing Shopping will be able understand natural language queries like the one used in the example above. This works on Bing Mobile, as well as through voice search.

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Facebook today announced the launch of its improved Comments Box plugin. Among the highlights are improved moderation tools for publishers and a new algorithm that pushes comments from your friends and friends of friends, as well as the most liked and active comment threads to the top of the queue. While Facebook launched its first commenting plugin back in...

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Last year, Amazon started a pilot project in one Seattle neighborhood that allowed its customers to order products online and have them delivered to their homes (in a reusable Amazon bag) twice a week. As TechFlash’s John Cook noted at the time, this service “conjured images of Webvan.” Indeed, just like Webvan, a poster child of all that was wrong with the first Web bubble, Amazon is now shutting this service down and is redirecting its customers to AmazonFresh instead. AmazonFresh, too, is only available in the company’s hometown of Seattle. Fresh offers users free delivery – either pre-dawn before 6am or later in the day.

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One of the apps that is getting a major update in Mac OS X 10.7 Lion is Apple's Mail email client. The app is now heavily inspired by the iOS email client on the iPad. A consoidated inbox with two-line email previews takes over the left side of the app and mails are displayed on the right side. You can expand the sidebar to show a more traditional Mailboxes view as well that closely resembles the current version of Mail.

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Digg, the struggling social new site, pushed out a number of interesting updates today that bring a few new features to the site, but – most importantly – also reintroduced a feature that went missing when Digg launched its ill-fated V4 update a few months ago. Starting today, users will once again be able to see who of their...

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Online video service Hulu just announced that it will offer its users content from TED, the high-end conference featuring talks about tech, entertainment and design that makes many of its talks available online in the month following the yearly conference. Starting today, Hulu will feature about 50 of the most popular TED talks. The company promises to add more talks over the coming months, including ones from the upcoming 2011 TED conference. The material from TED will be available for Hulu and Hulu Plus users.

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Apple seeded the first preview of OS X 10.7 Lion to its developer community yesterday. This is the first time developers get to play with the next version of Apple’s operating system. The company gave us a first peek at Lion during an event in October last year, but has been rather quiet about it since. We got our hands on a copy of Lion today and decided to give it a try.

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Want to know which Netflix movies currently feature subtitles? There is now a page for that. According to Netflix’s chief product officer Neil Hunt, the company currently offers subtitles for about 30% of its catalog and the plan is to bring this feature to “80% of viewing coverage” by the end of the year.

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No matter what phone you have and whether you have a data plan or not, Skype now lets you make international calls with just a few clicks and from any phone (after a quick setup).

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Google today made a major change to its search algorithm that will affect almost 12% of all queries. According to a blog post written by the company’s Amit Singhal and Matt Cutts, this change is meant to highlight high-quality sites and push down “sites which are low-value add for users, copy content from other websites or sites that are...

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Whether you’re an accomplished home cook or just want to put something more imaginative on the table than pasta with canned sauce, chances are you’ve used a search engine to find new recipes. Starting today, Google is making it easier to find just the right thing to cook thanks to its new Recipe View feature. With Recipe View, which...