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Online search giant Google has launched a new social networking website in its latest attempt to take on Facebook, which now claims more than 500m users.


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Google has accused rivals Microsoft and Apple of buying up technology patents in a bid to hold back Android.


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Google's bids for a pool of wireless patents were based on mathematical constants, say sources. The portfolio of 6,000 patents was auctioned to realise some value from the assets of bankrupt telecoms firm Nortel. During the sale, Google's bids were based on pi, other constants and the distance between the Earth and the Sun. Google lost the auction as a consortium including Apple and Microsoft made the winning bid of $4.5bn.


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Ultra-high resolution images of several Dead Sea Scrolls are now available on the web, after Google helped digitise the ancient texts.


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Smartphones running Google's Android are the most popular among those buying new handsets, suggest figures.


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A business owner accused in a Google review of being a paedophile and a thief has said he is delighted that the search giant has removed the entry.


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