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PostHeaderIcon Google Finally Does the Local Content Thing with Places Pages



Google Maps has launched a new feature called Place Pages. It aggregates a bunch of content for a given search result and places it on a single page. So, if you do a search for a local establishment, you can see user reviews, a map and details about the business such as phone, address and hours.

Bing and Yahoo! already do the same thing with their local search results. Ask.com does something similar by incorporating Citysearch. Here’s what Google’s version looks like:

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PostHeaderIcon Play Monopoly Worldwide With Google Maps



Google has teamed up with the Hasbro, the makers of board game sensation Monopoly to launch an online, multiplayer version of the game called Monopoly City Streets.

The game, which launched earlier this month, uses Google Maps as the game board and allows players to compete in a real time, worldwide version of the game, effectively creating the largest Monopoly tournament ever held. From the web site:

“The goal is simple. Play to beat your friends and the world to become the richest property magnate in existence. Own any street in the world. Build humble houses, crazy castles and stupendous skyscrapers to collect rent. Use MONOPOLY Chance Cards to sabotage your mates by building Hazards on their streets.”

Although very little advertising was done leading up to it, the Twitter Effect on launch day brought the site to a standstill due to the sheer volume of buzz it created as players began tweeting their progress in the game.

It seems that Twitter isn’t the only hiccup to hit the venture. According to the Monopoly City Streets blog, there has been widespread cheating and foul play reported, forcing the site administrators to take the game offline for 3 hours this week while they manually addressed the issues.

Still, the game looks like a lot of fun for those with the time to invest.

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PostHeaderIcon Pre-war TVs among vintage gadgets set for auction



AMurphy mirror-lid type A42V television from 1937

A collection of early technology that includes pre-war TVs is expected to fetch up to £1m at auction next week.

Bonhams said the collection of 758 items includes many regarded as firsts of their kind.

It belongs to Michael Bennett-Levy, from Edinburgh, who has spent 30 years collecting examples of early technology from across several centuries.

Among the pieces is what is billed by the auction house as an "unequalled" group of 26 pre-war TVs.

Bonhams said it was the most comprehensive collection of its type still held in private hands, with only 500 such televisions thought to have survived.

Also being auctioned are the first LED pocket calculators from 1971, which are estimated to reach between £200 and £300.

The sale will also feature a Bennet electrostatic friction generator from 1770, valued at £8,000-£12,000, and a Wimshurst X-ray machine, set to raise £7,000-£10,000.

Mr Bennett-Levy said: "The first examples in any field of antiques are always important regardless of any other considerations."

Parts from LEO II, created in May 1958, the first commercial computer, are expected to reach £2,000.

Other significant firsts are a rare Cuthbert reflecting microscope from around 1830 – it is estimated at £15,000-£25,000.

There are also the producer’s working papers for the opening of the BBC television service on 2 November 1936.</p


This article is from the BBC News website. © British Broadcasting Corporation, The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites.


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