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Cube demos WebGL using Google Maps

Cube demos WebGL using Google Maps

Google may have a little fun with search occasionally, and now the company has created a dedicated game based around Google Maps. It’s called Cube, and is essentially a browser-based version of Labyrinth that uses real world maps. It’s controlled using your mouse, with movements shifting the balance of the cube as you try to navigate the blue ball towards the designated targets.

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What a ClusterFuzz: Google details Chrome security

What a ClusterFuzz: Google details Chrome security

Developing a browser can be a tricky business, especially in the case of Chrome, which has an ever shifting codebase. Google’s answer to the problem is a “fuzzing” infrastructure, a cluster of hundreds of virtual machines that run around 6,000 instances of Chrome simultaneously. Dubbed the “ClusterFuzz”, the servers automatically download the Last Known Good Revision of Chrome and perform fifty million tests on it per day.

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Chrome for Android leaving beta “in a matter of weeks”

Chrome for Android leaving beta “in a matter of weeks”

Google first released Chrome for Android back in February, and it was met with a warm reception. It featured a more intuative UI over the stock browser, and while it sacrificed a little in raw performance, it brought some additional features to the table like tab syncing. The browser did launch as a beta though, leaving many wondering when the final version would arrive. Wonder no more: Sundar Pichai, senior vice president of Chrome and Apps for Google, has said that Chrome will lose its beta status “in a matter of weeks.”

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Nokia Browser v2.0 coaxes Next Billion with the cloud

Nokia Browser v2.0 coaxes Next Billion with the cloud

Nokia has redoubled its efforts to win back the hearts and minds (and wallets) of the Next Billion, with the release of its new Nokia Browser for S40 complete with cloud-crunched data streamlining. The Nokia Browser 2.0 promises a cut in data transfers of up to 90-percent, thanks to a new cloud layer which compresses and caches sites so as to present as minor a footprint on your data bundle as possible.

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Microsoft quietly buys Netscape browser technology

Microsoft quietly buys Netscape browser technology

This morning we learned that Microsoft and AOL had signed a deal that would see MSFT pick up 800 of AOL’s patents for around $1 billion in cash. The deal is expected to close at the end of 2012, with Microsoft being able to leverage AOL’s remaining 300 patents under a non-exclusive license. As it turns out, there was an undisclosed term to the deal, and AllThingsD reports that Microsoft has picked up part of Netscape.

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