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Is Google Building a Facebook Rival?

Internet search leader Google Inc is not building a social network to compete with Facebook, a company executive reiterated on Thursday, despite an intensifying rivalry between the two leading Internet groups.

“We’re not working on a social network platform that’s just going to be another social network platform,” Google’s head of mobile product development, Hugo Barra, said in answer to a question at the Monaco Media Forum.

“We do think that social is an ingredient for success for any app going forward, search and advertising being probably the best two examples that I would mention. So that’s how we’re thinking about the problem.”

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Google to Give Staff 10 Percent Pay Raise

Google Inc will give its staff a 10 percent pay increase at the start of next year, according to website Silicon Alley Insider.

Chief Executive Eric Schmidt informed Google’s more than 23,000 employees of the raise by email, the Wall Street Journal later reported.

Silicon Alley Insider, citing a reader, earlier reported that Google is giving all its employees a $1,000 holiday bonus in addition to pay increases of at least 10 percent.

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Honda Changes Stance On Electric Vehicles

Honda has been rather late to the party when it comes to electric vehicles. While the company offers hybrid versions of several of its vehicles, it isn't expected to release a fully electric car until 2012, several years after competitors like Nissan and GM. But this attitude seems to be shifting, as new CEO Takanobu Ito has said that Honda will be putting more focus on EVs in the future.

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Facebook Goes Green With New Environmental Initiative

Facebook is good for a lot of things, whether you just want to play some FarmVille or you have a hard time remembering birthdays. But now the social network is looking to use its influence to help the environment with the new Green on Facebook initiative.

By partnering with groups including the Alliance to Save Energy, the Digital Energy Solutions Campaign, and The Green Grid, Facebook is hoping to spread awareness of environmental issues using its considerable reach. Not only that, but the social network is also making changes itself. This includes creating a new programming language that cuts down CPU use by around 50 percent. This process is in use at Facebook, but the company also released the software as an open source project so that other companies can do the same.

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Amazon Pays $540 Million for Diapers.com & Soap.com

Retail giant Amazon.com was reported last week to be severely undercutting diaper and baby needs supplier Diapers.com. Parent company Quidsi also operates Soap.com. Quidsi previously declined several buy-out offers from Amazon in the past.

Amazon’s latest acquisition offer came in at $540 million in cash according to Fortune. During hard times, the co-founders reluctantly accepted the offer. There was a sentiment that the company believed it could do very well and expand on it’s own.

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How .Free Plans to Earn a Profit Giving Away Free Domains

A new global TLD, .Free is being proposed by Czech-startup company dotFree Group. The company sells software used to set up a domain registrar while offering free .cz.cc domain names themselves.

At the company’s existing free domain website, nic.cz.cc we can find information on what the .Free catch might be. This information is not mentioned or implied on the new DotFree website. With the goal of discovering just how they were making a profit, I explored the website and came across some interesting details.

What’s the catch?

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Report: 95% Of “Green” Products Are Misleading

What if you were told that a whopping 95% of all products that claim to be "green" are misleading? Well, a new report by the Underwriters Laboratory of Canada sampled 5,296 products in stores across the U.S. and Canada and found just that.

The big issue here is that products are able to make claims without any proof, and not only that, some products are just plain vague and misleading about how "green" they actually are. In fact, the total number of "green" products has risen 73% over the past year, of course as the study shows, some of which are not so "green" at all. Luckily, within that number is a rise in products that actually are "green."

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Nissan Leaf Test Drive Goes 116 Miles On One Charge

Ever been to a dealership and seen your car boasting way more mileage than you actually get? I have. Unfortunately for us, the numbers they show on the cars aren't always very accurate, certainly not in normal driving conditions. However, a recent test of the Nissan Leaf proves Nissan's claim to be true, going between 62 and 138 miles on a single charge.

PluginCars.com recently took the car for a test drive and was able to pull off 116 miles on a single charge. Not bad if you ask me.

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