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At Google I/O, no huge surprises but a honing of critical products

Highlights included new developments for mobile payments and the Internet of Things

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Google to Cardboard developers: Keep it short and simple, and watch out for nausea

Google Cardboard experiences should be the duration of traditional YouTube videos, said a Google executive

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Italy's architectural elite moves to rub out crowdsourcing design site

Crowdsourcing design site CoContest threatens established architects

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Skip the waiter and order with this Bluetooth mat

PaperBeacon sends location IDs to mobile devices and could be used in restaurants and schools

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Uber revises privacy policy, wants more data from users

The company will now, with users' permission, access rider's data when its app runs in the background

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New query language could turn log files into business insights

There's gold in them thar hills of log data, Logentries says

Google to widen Maps' offline features

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Turn-by-turn navigation and local business reviews will be available without an Internet connection

Google teams with GoPro in broad virtual reality push

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Google is also opening its Cardboard VR device to iOS developers

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IBM pitches analysis software for select industry verticals

Expertise drawn from 50,000 user engagements went into the new IBM software

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Read old emails from Outlook Express, Windows Mail, and Thunderbird

Every so often, we move from one mail client to another. But that can leave us with a lot of old emails we can't access.

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DeNA aims for robot taxis by 2020 Tokyo Olympics

The gaming company has set up a company dedicated to self-driving cabs

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Salesforce doubles down on big data with new analytics tool

Through a variety of partnerships, Wave for Big Data aims to open new data sources to Salesforce's Analytics Cloud

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Sony keeps optical discs alive with storage startup acquisition

Sony has acquired Optical Archive in a bid to get businesses to put 'cold storage' data on optical discs

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After medical marijuana, Sidecar eyes alcohol and pharmaceuticals

The ride-sharing startup has big ambitions in a hotly competitive field

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Judge classifies as class action an email scanning lawsuit against Yahoo

Plaintiffs allege that by scanning emails of people who don't use Yahoo Mail, the company violates federal and California wiretapping laws