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Freddie Mercury’s Birthday Honored With Google Doodle [VIDEO]

To commemorate what would have been Queen singer Freddie Mercury’s 65th birthday this weekend, Google published a Mercury-ized doodle on their homepage, along with an accompanying animated video. The clip imagines the late star (who passed away in 1991 due to AIDS complications), cavorting through a heavenscape packed with 8-bit objects and some of his most iconic outfits.

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Photo Illustration by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images
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Tech Tuesday – Google is Pushing Chrome to Be a Game Platform

If you like playing games on the computer, you may find some of this news kind of interesting. I sure did since I am more of a computer gamer then a platform one, even though I own a Wii. Google's strategy is to move computing to the cloud so they are also moving gaming their, with Google Chrome as a gaming platform.

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Facebook's Influence In Consumer Consumption Of News Growing
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Tech Tuesday – Bored with Social Media? Some Kids Are

When Facebook started to get popular, before it was open to the public, I wanted to check it out and try it. I was really happy when it did finally open up to the world. I liked it so much, and after discovering some unsavory ways MySpace was using user data, I ditched it and was Facebook 100%. Now, I'm thinking about ditching Facebook.

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CEO's And Corporate Executives Gather For Annual Allan And Co Gathering In Sun Valley
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Tech Thursday – Zuckerberg Quits Google+

Something that took a lot of people by surprise, myself included, was that Facebook founder, Mark Zuckerberg had an account on the new social network that Google has started, called Google+. Just to add irony to the surprise, he closed off access to his account so he couldn't be tracked. "Hi Kettle, my name is The Pot. Did you know you're black?"

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A visitor clutches a paper bag from online giant Google at the CeBIT technology trade fair on March 1, 2011 in Hanover, Germany.
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Tech Thursday – Google+ is Hot to Trot

First, MySpace was the place to hang out online, then along came Facebook, and not only knocked it off it's throne, but gave it a swirly in the toilet to boot! Along the way, MySpace tried to get it's dignity back but nothing worked. Then Google jumped into the fight with Buzz which was a failure. Google Wave made a little bit of a show but still fell flat. Now Google has Google+ and it's getting traction.

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Google Pays Tribute to Les Paul

Today, Google is paying tribute to the late guitar pioneer Les Paul with a guitar-themed doodle that allows users to play it and record songs of their own.

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Steve Jobs Introduces iCloud Storage System At Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference
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Tech Tuesday – Apple Announces iCloud

Yesterday was the start of Apple's World Wide Developer Conference, where software developers for the Mac converge on San Fransisco, to discuss their projects with Apple engineers to get help as well as tweak software for the Mac and iOS platforms. It is also usually a day when Apple announces something new, and sure enough, they did.

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Screenshot of Google's Music Beta/Rich Lawrence
Screenshot of Google's Music Beta/Rich Lawrence
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Tech Thursday – Google’s Music Locker Launches Without Record Labels

A month ago, I did a story about Amazon's Cloud Player that lets you upload music from your music library on your computer so you can access it from any WiFI or 3G connection. Google has now started it's cloud music service, and in Google fashion it's in limted beta to start, but unlike Amazon, is launching without licensing permission from the labels.

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Photo by George Frey/Getty Images
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Tech Tuesday – Now Google is Being Sued for Tracking Users (UPDATED)

Following in the wake of the story the other week about accusations of Apple's iPhone supposedly tracking you, Google is now facing a lawsuit on the same accusation of tracking it's users.

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Amazon MP3 Store Logo/Courtesy of Amazon
Amazon MP3 Store Logo/Courtesy of Amazon
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Tech Thursday – Music from the Cloud by Amazon

There’s an old adage that “Everything old is new again.” Take a look at fashion and the reboots of TV shows and movies. It almost like we’re all stuck in a rut for a good new idea. Amazon now seems to be in that group too with their Cloud Drive service.

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Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images
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Google Launches Person Finder For Japan Disaster

A massive 8.9 magnitude earthquake hit the Pacific Ocean nearby Northeastern Japan at around 2:46pm on March 11 (JST) causing damage with blackouts, fire and tsunami.  Google has launched a webpage to provide information regarding the disaster including damage with realtime updates, a person locator and more. 

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Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images
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Tech Thursday – Smartphones Take Back-Seat To Tablets

When Apple unveiled the iPod it was a huge hit. Challengers to it never came close. When Apple brought out the iPhone, it was a huge success and made current phones on the market look like toys. Then the iPad came to be and many companies are playing catchup again. Can Google's Honeycomb OS give them a shot at beating the iPad?

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