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Groupon is the hottest thing on the Internet today. It doesn't come as a surprise that Google is preparing to launch a Groupon clone of its own now after an unsuccessful attempt to buy the company outright. But maybe it should come as a surprise. After all, the daily deal market is already full of competitors in every possible niche and Google is only a few months late to the party. There was a time where Google was launching innovative products - now it's just launching clones - and some of them, like Buzz, aren't even able to make much of a dent in their market.

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Remember Google's Knol? The company's answer to Wikipedia? If you don't, you are not alone. Indeed, it's questionable whether Google itself remembers Knol. As the intrepid Google-watchers at the Google Operating System pointed out yesterday, not only does the site seem to suffer from major performance issues, but its software hasn't been updated for over a year now.

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Very few developments in the tech world this week got as much attention as Google's announcement that it would slowly drop support for the H.264 video codec from its Chrome browser. Given how ubiquitous H.264 is - though it is also encumbered by patent and licensing issues - quite a few pundits shook their heads at this development. Today, Google published a more detailed explanation for this decision.

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Google just announced that it plans to fade out support for the widely used H.264 codec from its Chrome browser "in the next few months". Instead, Google will favor the open Theora video codec and its own open WebM (VP8) codec.

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As the year draws to an end, it's hard not to look back and think about all the cool apps that I looked at over the last 12 months. I'll talk a little bit about my favorite apps and biggest disappointments in other posts, but I also wanted to highlight some of the coolest apps and Web Services that I use all the time but that didn't get a lot of mainstream (or even tech blog) coverage in the last year and that deserve another look. Without further ado, here is my list for 2010.

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It's been just about a week since Google's Cr-48 prototype ChromeOS netbook appeared on my doorstep. Since then, I've been putting it through its paces, including during a short trip to a press event in Detroit, and it's turned out to be a surprisingly useful machine.

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Facebook is launching an email service on Monday. While that's only a rumor for now, I think it’s a well substantiated one and there is little doubt in my mind that that's what we are going to get. But this won't be a "Gmail killer" as the project is apparently internally known at Facebook. Sadly, though, the meme that this could really be a Gmail killer is already making its rounds and won't let up until Monday - when exhausted bloggers will likely split into two camps: those who think Facebook just killed Gmail and those who are disappointed that it didn't.

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Somehow I completely missed the fact that those new blue "shared by" links on Google News results that appeared on my main search results pages a few days were new. Given the pace of the search giant's development cycle, I have to admit that I'm sometimes actually rather confused about what's new and what's been around for a while on Google.

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According to a cryptic message on the even more cryptic demoslam.com, a site that looks to be a Google property, "technology is awesome. Learning about it isn't. Until now." Starting on Wednesday, the text on this teaser site reads, you can come to the site to watch demos , "choose your favorites and most importantly, show the world what...

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Works just as advertised, but here are a few observations: the new phone icon is inconspicuously placed in the "Chat" box - if Google didn't point it out so clearly when the feature is activated, you could almost miss it Gmail doesn't auto-recognize phone-numbers and so you can't just click on a number in an email and initiate a call if your...

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Google just announced that Linux users can now finally use voice and video chat in Gmail. For now, this is an Ubunutu-only feature, though the company plans to add support for other Debian- and RPM-based Linux distributions (like Red Hat and Fedora) in the near future. Until now, these features were only available to Windows...

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Just a few months ago, Google finally introduced categories for its Chrome extensions library. Today, the company is adding a number of additional categories, including News and weather, Photos,Productivity, Search tools and Social. Nothing too exciting here, but good to see that Google continues to improve the extensions library. Developers Now Pay...

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If you own an Android phone with the latest Android 2.2 Froyo update, you can now use your voice to control almost all of the most often used features of the phone. With Voice Actions for Android, users can use voice commands to perform actions like sending text messages (" "send text to Allison Miller Running late. I will be home around 9"), play specific songs from their music collection ("listen to the New Pornographers"), go to websites, send email, write a note, search Google and view a map and get directions.

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Google just announced that it has stopped development of its real-time collaboration and communication platform Google Wave. Wave, according to Google’s Urs Holzle, “has not seen the user adoption would have liked.” The parts of the code that Google already offered as open source code will remain available, but Wave as a standalone product will cease to exist...

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Since its launch 2 years ago, Google Chrome always offered three different builds of its increasingly popular browser: stable, beta and developer. While regular users could always stay with the stable build, early adopters could opt for the beta and developer channel. The developer channel features weekly updates, while beta channel users only see and update or two per...