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Restaurant Puts Virtual Food Onto Diners' Plates

Want a virtual bite of what you'll eat before ordering from the menu?

An Asian-themed restaurant in London's theater district is giving its customers just that, projecting images of dragon rolls, black cod, and other dishes directly onto diners' plates.

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Iconic Computer Game 'Civilization' Joins Facebook

Long before "FarmVille" there was "Civilization," the iconic computer game in which players build a civilized world over thousands of years. Now, the game's designer, Sid Meier, is bringing his creation to Facebook.

Available Wednesday, "Civ World" is a lighter, social version of the classic PC strategy game, which launched in 1991 and migrated to video game consoles in 2008. In the Facebook adaptation, players cooperate to build cities and engage in diplomacy, scientific discovery and economics as they advance civilization throughout the ages.

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ComScore Says iPhone Passes Blackberry in U.S.

Apple's iPhone has leapfrogged Research In Motion's Blackberry to grab fourth-place among handset manufacturers in the United States, tracking firm ComScore said Tuesday.

The iPhone's share of U.S. mobile subscribers rose to 8.7 percent in the three months ending in May from 7.5 percent three months earlier, while RIM's share fell to 8.1 percent from 8.6 percent, ComScore said.

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Netflix to Stream Movies, TV Shows to Latin America

U.S. video giant Netflix, which has more than 23 million subscribers in the United States and Canada, announced plans Tuesday to expand to Latin America and the Caribbean.

The Los Gatos, California-based company said it would begin streaming television shows and movies over the Internet to 43 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean later this year.

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Google Temporarily Disables Realtime Search

Google has temporarily disabled its Realtime Search feature following the expiration of a deal with Twitter.

"Since October of 2009, we have had an agreement with Twitter to include their updates in our search results through a special feed, and that agreement expired on July 2," a Google spokesman said in a statement.

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Japanese Man Takes Robot Piggyback on French Landmark

A robotic outfit that bestows superhuman strength allowed a paralyzed Japanese man to tour the steep lanes of France's Mont-Saint-Michel landmark Tuesday -- on a friend's back.

Seiji Uchida, 49, said he had dreamed of visiting the medieval site, a warren of steep steps on a sea-lapped mound off northwestern France, but could not because a motorbike accident in his twenties left him unable to walk.

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China's Baidu, Microsoft to Cooperate in Search

Chinese search giant Baidu Inc. will use Microsoft's Bing for some English-language results as the software giant tries to expand its small share of China's search market.

China has the world's biggest population of Internet users, with more than 450 million people online. Global e-commerce, search and other Internet brands have struggled to gain a foothold against aggressive local competitors in a heavily regulated market.

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Alcatel Announces Contract with China Telecom

Telecommunications group Alcatel-Lucent said on Monday it had been selected by China Telecom to supply multimedia services to 120 million Chinese consumers in six provinces.

China Telecom had selected Alcatel-Lucent "to deliver multimedia services to subscribers in Shanghai, Shandong, Jiangsu, Zhejiang, Xinjiang and Sichuan provinces," Alcatel said.

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WikiLeaks to File Complaint Against Visa, Mastercard

WikiLeaks will lodge a complaint with the European Commission against credit card giants Visa and MasterCard if the two companies refuse to lift their ban on donations to the site, their lawyer said Monday.

The controversial site that has infuriated the U.S. by leaking thousands of diplomatic cables will file the complaint on Thursday if the ban is not lifted first, the site's Iceland-based lawyer Svein Andri Sveinsson told Agence France Presse.

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Radiohead Tests China's Tightly Controlled Web

The outspoken British rock group Radiohead, which has been critical of China's human rights record, appears to be testing the country's censored Internet by opening a Chinese micro blog account.

Tens of thousands of people have begun following a verified account in the name of the Oxford-based band, which was set up on Friday on Sina Weibo, the most popular micro blog site in the country where censors block Twitter.

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