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Google's Maps Street View service pilots Business Photos project

In what apparently marks an extension of Google's Street View technology, which allows users to view 360-degree exterior images, the Internet search giant has initiated a pilot project that enables users to peep into shops and other businesses featuring on Google Maps.

With there being widespread complaints about the `intrusive' nature of the Street View technology, Google said that the new scheme that it is piloting will work completely on a voluntary basis; and is essentially aimed at helping the businesses build their online presence.

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SeeSaw video-on-demand television website shuttered

SeeSaw - the UK online video service which went live in February last year - has been shuttered, evidently because of the fact that it failed to offer any substantial competition to the bigger players in the online video market.

The television streaming service SeeSaw was based on the technology that media services company Arqiva developed for the doomed Project Kangaroo initiative; and it chiefly offered content from BBC Worldwide, Channel 4, Channel Five and some other production companies.

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Samsung outshines Apple in smartphone market

According to Milton Keynes-based research firm Strategy Analytics, the July-September quarter witnessed Samsung Electronics emerge as the world's foremost smartphone manufacturer, outshining Apple with a noteworthy 44 percent quarter-on-quarter increase in shipments.

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Toyota to participate in Le Mans with its hybrid racing car

Japanese auto major, Toyota has announced that it will participate in the Le Mans in 2012 with a new hybrid racing car model.

Toyota’s petrol/electric hybrid will compete in the top category, LMP1 with the likes of Audi and Peugeot. The car will be powered by a hybrid powertrain unit, which is built by Toyota Motor Corporation in Japan and will come in a chassis developed by Toyota Motorsport in Germany.

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PS3 ranked second in Japan hardware sales

According to a new report, Sony’s Playstation 3 gaming console has ranked second in the overall hardware sales in the Japanese market in the most recent week.

The Japanese consumer electronics company sold 29,435 units of its Playstation 3 consoles between October 3 and October 9 in the country to come in second position in overall hardware sales, according o Media Create Co.

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