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Week in pictures: Web's new world order

roundup New generation, technologies return Net to social roots. Also: Google, $100 laptops, phone tinkerers and "Dungeons & Dragons."

New generation, technologies return Net to social roots. Also: Google, $100 laptops, phone tinkerers and "Dungeons & Dragons."

Meshing maps

Sites like UFO Maps and 2RealEstateAuctions.com combine real-time content with online mapping.
November 17, 2005

Tag

Social bookmarkers let people individually "tag" material to help bring order to what might otherwise get lost in the shuffle.
November 16, 2005

Harry Knowles

Harry Knowles' "Ain't It Cool News" site is a hit, with rumors, reviews and industry gossip.
November 14, 2005

Google doodling at U.K.'s Googleplex

Google is trying to draw a favorable first impression with a contest for kids as it expands into the U.K.
November 17, 2005

Talking pictures

Start-up's technology lets sound be recorded and printed with digital photos. HP may have similar plans.
November 17, 2005

Google Base

Site lets people post any kind of information they want for free; a basic search provides a listing of items with a thumbnail photo.
November 16, 2005

$100 laptop

MIT's Nicholas Negroponte shows off a hand-cranked laptop designed for kids in developing nations.
November 16, 2005

Build-it-yourself 
cell phones

Frustrated at limitations on mainstream mobile phones, "homebrew" enthusiasts are building their own.
November 15, 2005

'Dungeons & Dragons' goes online

Call it one for the old-timers. A virtual version of D&D hopes to stoke the nostalgia and creativity of the original role-playing game.
November 14, 2005

A home theater in your front pocket

A start-up is developing an ultra-compact projector it hopes will someday be sold as an accessory for a wide range of mobile devices.
November 15, 2005

Backers gather to launch the Trusted Download Program, which aims to help people deal with adware and spyware.

Backers gather to launch the Trusted Download Program, which aims to help people deal with adware and spyware.
November 17, 2005

Robot wars

Robots weighing anywhere from one pound to 340 pounds battle it out at the ComBots Cup and National Championship.
November 13, 2005

Behind the scenes

Members of Symantec Research Labs give CNET News.com a peek into their daily projects, focused on enterprise security.
November 15, 2005

Computer-generated art

A physics professor at the University of Wisconsin illustrates the variety and beauty of fractal images.
November 15, 2005

Interactive billboard

Reactrix Systems' technology is helping advertisers ranging from Adidas to Jelly Belly liven up their brands.
November 16, 2005

Bond. James Bond's car is for sale

James Bond's 1964 Aston Martin DB5 coupe will go up for sale for the first time in 35 years.
November 15, 2005


Robotic handshake

A model shakes hands with a multidirectional robot, "Albert Hubo," at an Information Technology exhibition on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation.
November 15, 2005

Supercomputers at SC05

Looking for a supercomputer? The latest Top500 ranking shows a strong streak of red, white and Big Blue.
November 11, 2005