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    LIVERPOOL, UNITED KINGDOM - JANUARY 10: Life-size body cast statues created by the artist Antony Gormley look out to the Irish Sea to the windmills of Burbo Bank at 'Another Place' on Crosby beach, January 10, 2008 in Liverpool, England.

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    The driverless car 'Made in Germany' (MIG), which from the outside looks like a regular Volkswagen Passat with a camera on top, is being put through its paces at Berlin's disused Tempelhof airport, October 13, 2010. German scientists unveiled the latest self-driving car, a phenomenon that its proponents say will sharply reduce accidents, help the environment and transform cities. The car, dubbed the 'MIG' by its engineers at Berlin's Free University (FU), uses cameras, laser scanners and satellite navigation to 'see' other vehicles and pedestrians and deal with traffic situations.

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    HANNOVER, GERMANY - MARCH 02: A stand host holds a Sony Ericsson XPERIA X10 mobile phone that uses the Android operating system at the Deutsche Telekom stand at the CeBIT Technology Fair on March 2, 2010 in Hannover, Germany. CeBIT will be open to the public from March 2 through March 6.

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    UNSPECIFIED - OCTOBER 10: In this photo illustration the YouTube website is dispayed on October 10, 2006. Google has bought YouTube, the popular online video website where users can upload and watch videos for free, for $1.65billion dollars.

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    Washington, UNITED STATES: TO GO WITH AFP STORY 'AFPLIFESTYLE-US-INTERNET-GOOGLE' A woman looks at a view of the Italian capital Rome on Google Earth in Washington 03 August 2005. The world at your fingertip, with the click of a computer mouse: That's what Internet giant Google is offering in a new program allowing web surfers to fly around the world in a matter seconds, hopping from one destination to another across the sky.

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