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Submission + - Microsoft reveals Windows 8.1 to reporters (nytimes.com)

DogDude writes: Microsoft is releasing an update to Windows 8, that, while not restoring the original Start menu that so many geeks have lamented the loss of, is compromising with a modified version.
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Submission + - Google going to paid-only product search (blogspot.com)

DogDude writes: Like the subject says: Google is moving to paid-only product search. It has always been free to submit items to Google, but that all changes this fall. Here's a blog post announcing the change from the Vice President of Product Management of Google Shopping
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Submission + - Google sends out barcodes to Favorite Places (google.com)

DogDude writes: Google sent out approximately 100,000 barcodes to local businesses deemed "favorite places" based on their own criteria (http://www.google.com/help/maps/favoriteplaces/business/faq.html#biz-faq-decal). These barcodes are scannable by any smartphone, and provide all kinds of nifty information about the business. The business where I work got one, and we're wondering what we could and/or should do with the program from our end.

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