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Amazon has launched AmazonLocal, a Groupon like portal where people can by daily local deals at a deep discount.

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China is planning to launch its own manned space station within next 10 years. The station, which may be called Tiangong, will support a crew of 3 people and will have 2 science lab modules.

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SurveyMonkey, a popular web survey provider, has acquired the startup Wufoo for $35 Million. Wufoo provides a WYSIWYG web form builder that can be used to create surveys, forms, invitations and more.

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US Army has decided to go with the Android OS instead of iOS for its upcoming smartphone. The platform will be customized and a lot of military-focused apps would be released.

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Speculation about Google’s own Groupon-like portal have been going around ever since Groupon rejected the $5.3 Billion offer made by Google. These rumors were later confirmed when some users spotted placeholder pages for the URL Google.com/offers.

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Google has launched a group messaging app for iPhone called Disco. The app, created by Google’s autonomous business unit Slide, lets you send messages to up to 25 people at once.

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Team at Microsoft’s bing posted a tweet hours ago that was perceived negatively by a lot of people. Realizing the unintentional insensitivity of the message, Bing team has apologized for the tweet.

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Facebook has partnered with Warner Bros to start offering digital movie rentals on its social network. The first movie to be offered is The Dark Knight and can be rented out for 48 hours for a fee of $3.

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YouTube is taking several initiatives to produce and own original content instead of simply being a video hosting site. The latest step towards this goal is the acquisition of web based video production house Next New Network.

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Skype has filed a recent S-1 statement that shows significant growth in Skype’s revenues as well as user base.

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Wordpress is experiencing one of the largest DDoS attacks ever. Multiple datacenters that Wordpress uses have been affected.

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Research In Motion will be launching its first tablet, BlackBerry PlayBook on April 10th. It would be available for purchase on several retail locations.

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Google Docs allows you to upload images and convert them into text using the OCR technology. Google has just added OCR support for 34 additional languages including Russian, German and many more.

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YouTube is about to launch an unlimited movie streaming service in UK. This will bring Google in direct competition with Netflix and Amazon which recently announced a similar service for its US customers.

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RMVB is a video format developed by RealNetworks. Here are some tools that can open, play and convert RMVB file to a variety of formats.

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