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Google speeds up mobile search for places

Google speeds up mobile search for places

You might have noticed that searching on-the-go for local restaurants and businesses just got a whole lot quicker over the weekend. That's because Google updated its mobile search to offer a more streamlined approach to delivering all the information you're looking for on a place in one page with one click.

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New York increasing in appeal to high-tech startups

New York increasing in appeal to high-tech startups

New York isn't exactly where tech startups traditionally situate nor where venture capitalists are willing to bet their money, but that may slowly be starting to change. From 2007 to 2011, almost 500 tech startups in New York received venture financing and certain startups have found the major media companies located in the city to be key to their businesses.

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Toshiba discontinuing netbooks in the US

Toshiba discontinuing netbooks in the US

Toshiba has confirmed that it will no longer be offering new netbook models in the US. The news isn't too surprising given the forthcoming onslaught of Ultrabooks, but it does further confirm the grim outlook for the ill-fated netbook market. Dell and Lenovo are already officially out of the netbook space, while Samsung and Sony haven't launched any new models this year either.

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Verizon likely to divest spectrum for cable deal

Verizon likely to divest spectrum for cable deal

Verizon's proposed $3.6 billion deal to snatch up unused AWS spectrum from a coalition of cable companies in exchange for joint marketing will likely require the carrier to divest some of that spectrum. Senator Herb Kohl, chairman of the Senate Antitrust Subcommittee, who urged against the AT&T and T-Mobile deal that later crumbled, has issued a letter this week raising competition concerns surrounding the Verizon deal.

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Foxconn, Sharp building new iPhone display plant

Foxconn, Sharp building new iPhone display plant

Foxconn is partnering with Sharp to build a new plant in Chengdu, China for producing iPhone displays. The long-time Apple manufacturing partner recently bought a 10 percent stake in Sharp worth $808 million and already owns a 46.48 percent stake in Sharp's liquid crystal manufacturing plant in Sakai, Japan, said to be the most advanced facility in the country.

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