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Google homepage is usually free of advertisements, and very seldom do you see links to any other sites or services, except for maybe Google Doodles. However, SE Land just spotted that Google is now promoting the Nexus One phone on the most popular homepage on earth.

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After blocking thousands of websites in the past, China’s authorities seems to be interested in blocking iPhone apps. Dalai Lama iPhone Apps, which are available for download in others countries, seems to be unavailable for iPhone users in China.

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FreeAllMusic is all set to launch a service in January, where users can download free DRM music. However, users will have to view video ads of approx 15-30 seconds lenght before they can download the free music. FreeAllMusic is currently in beta stage and will go public in January 2010.

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According to a study by University of California, women spend more time in online role playing games than men. The study was conducted by Dmitri Williams and surveyed 7000 anonymous players of EverQuest II. Among the surveyed players, 80% were men. Among the surveyed players, females spent 29 hours a week as compared to 27 by male.

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Pirated Games on Sale

The most pirated games of 2009. The pirated games include Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 which was illegally downloaded more than 5 million times, The Sims 3, Prototype, Need for Speed Shift, Street Fighter IV, New Super Mario Bros, Punch-Out and Wii Sports Resort.

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OpenDNS is now serving 20 billion DNS Queries per day, this is double of what they were serving back in April 2009.

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Microsoft Bing has been sued by Bing! Information Design LLC, a small design company based in St Louis, Mo, USA. However, nothing much will come out of this case as both companies are in different verticals.

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A Paris court has fined Google for breaking France’s copyright laws over displaying snippets of books in their search results. The court has fined Google €300,000 to be paid to French publisher La Martiniere, which filed the court case on behalf of several other publishers.

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We take a look at the top search queries from Google for the year 2009 in the World and India. Google Zeitgeist 2009 has published the list of most popular and fastest rising search queries of the year globally, for India and many other countries.

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Rediff has scrapped their earlier blogging platform Rediff iLand, which they had created in-house and launched a new portal called Rediff Blogs, which runs on WordPress MU. Rediff Blogs is available in 9 Indian languages including Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Marathi, Bengali, Kannada, Gujarati, Malayalam and Kannada.

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McDonald’s will soon start offering free Wi-Fi for customers in collaboration with AT&T starting mid-January. Currently, McDonald charges customers $2.95 to access Wi-Fi for two hours. Free Wi-Fi in McDonald’s will be launched in 11000 locations across US.

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Yesterday we had told you how Microsoft was caught with their pants down, when Plurk accused them of outright design and code theft. Though Microsoft did not react much initially, they have now released a press statement which apologizes to Plurk for the design theft.

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Microsoft was fined $16000 by a Delhi court for a case they filed against prejudice software pirates. Piracy is the biggest problem for software companies in Asian countries, and this ruling will definitely put a dent in their hopes.

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Google has announced a new URL shortening service called Goo.gl and Facebook have their secret URL shortening service fb.me under testing.

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plurkmstheft

Microsoft China has been accused of lifting design and code from their social networking rival Plurk. Much of the design of MSN Club China is very similar to that of Plurk along with more similarities in the code used by Microsoft.

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