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Google Chrome experiment takes you on a stunning tour of Tolkien's Middle-earth

If you ever wanted to explore Rivendell or battle the monsters of Trollshaw Forest or Dol Guldur, now's you're chance.

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Pinterest tackles mapping with Place Pins

Pinterest is tweaking its service to make it easier for users to plan trips and locate content with location-based pins

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Microsoft Store now selling snarky anti-Google 'Scroogled' mugs and T-shirts

"Keep calm while we steal your data!" the gear cries, below a Chrome logo. Keep it classy, Microsoft.

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US agencies see some benefits in virtual currencies

Justice Department officials say virtual currencies like Bitcoin may "have the potential to promote more efficient global commerce" but still associate it with illegal activities.

Google to warn users of 13,000 search terms associated with child pornography

Google will display warnings above the search results for 13,000 terms it believes are associated with more explicit child sexual abuse terms.

ICANN 'coalition' created to tackle concerns about the future of the Internet

ICANN has set up a panel, consisting of people in government, civil society, the private sector, the technical community and international organizations, to address concerns about the governance of the Internet.

China to tighten hold on Internet, citing worries about nation's stability

China is moving to tighten its grip over social networking services even more, citing possible threats to stability.

Sidecar and Lyft switch from donations to minimum fares in California

Sidecar says it's introducing minimum fares and rival service Lyft is reportedly making the move away from donation-based fares, too.

Facebook's redesigned Messenger takes aim at WhatsApp, Snapchat

Users don't have to be Facebook friends to message each other with the new app.

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Next-gen HTTP 2.0 protocol will require HTTPS encryption (most of the time)

The future of the Web is encryption, though there are still some technical details to work out.

Bing's music video search gets visual with hover-over previews and more contextual results

Hover-over previews now let you blare your tunes from directly within Bing's search results.

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Beware scammers gathering data via fake social net IDs

Spear phishing is one of the most effective ways to break into a corporate network, and recent studies show that employees can be easily tricked on social media.

Ad group urges self-regulation to balance privacy, promos

New polling from the Digital Advertising Alliance highlights the importance of guidelines to limit Web companies' online tracking.

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Beehive ID advises who's real and who's an Internet fake

Dear Internet bots and sockpuppets: Your days are numbered, because the Beehive ID service is out to spot the frauds online.

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Gogo adds voice calls, texting support to in-flight service

Passengers in flight could make voice calls and exchange text messages using a new service from Gogo, but that doesn't mean your seatmate will be able to blab all through your next flight.