Archives Tag: MySpace

Happy Birthday Google Gears!

“Today, MySpace is launching enhanced functionality for MySpace mail using Gears. They are using the original Gears Database API with Full Text Search to enable fast and easy search and sort capabilities. The latest build of WordPress also integrates Gears, to improve performance, and to let users manage their blogs offline. And as many of […]

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Yahoo! to Support Google’s OpenSocial

Mashable reporter, Stan Schroeder, brings this one to us here at Google Inside. Yahoo! is said to be supporting the OpenSocial initiative that Google started four months ago. As a recap, here is a quick list of sites/companies already supporting OpenSocial. Engage.com, Friendster, hi5, Hyves, imeem, LinkedIn, MySpace, Ning, Oracle, orkut, Plaxo, Salesforce.com, Six Apart, […]

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Rumors of Google to Buy The New York Times

John Ellis brings up the rumor (or potential rumor) of Google acquiring The New York Times. What’s in it for Google? Well, for one thing, it’s cheap. Sell off the New England properties and the real cost is $3 billion. That’s not much money to buy one of the premier brands of the information age. […]

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Google is Powerless

Errr well, it could be powerless. As I was going through my morning routine of checking Sphinn, checking Digg, going through and checking out my latest backlinks (thanks Donncha!), I noticed a particular comment that rings true in my mind as well. The comment left on the LinkWorth blog actually, by CyberCelt. “I am boycotting G@@GLE. Internet users have given them this power and we can take it away.”

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Google News as a Facebook Application

Facebook Applications have been the latest craze on the Internet due to the amount of potential these apps have. Facebook has taken social media to the next level and set the bar very high. MySpace is trying to catch up, but that’s neither here nor there.
Google has been very slow to create their own Facebook Application, but the time has finally come. Google has presented the Google News Facebook Application.

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Yahoo! to Take on Facebook and MySpace

Yahoo! is once again at it trying to take on the big dogs. The question that first comes to mind is, “will is be successful?” I ask that question because if you look at the first post for the Mash Blog, you can see that it’s powered by Wordpress. But wait a second, doesn’t Yahoo! already have their own blogging platform called 360? Yeah, they do…so why are they using third-party software to power their blogs instead of their own in-house software? Hit number one against Yahoo!

You can make starter profiles for your friends. Think: “first round’s on me.”
You can leave your profile open to contributions by trusted friends.
You can customize your — or your friend’s :) — profile with modules from a growing gallery of apps.

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Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg Under Scrutiny

Mark Zuckerberg is now facing charges from past colleagues that “want their share” of what Facebook has now become — a social empire. The Observer says, MySpace was bought by News Corporation in 2005 for $580m, now regarded as a bargain. Facebook is expected to sell for more than double that, turning Zuckerberg, its 23-year-old creator, into the latest dotcom millionaire and darling of Silicon Valley. But there

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Facebook Seeks to Acquire, Not be Acquired

Loren Baker makes some great statements here about activity of Facebook lately. I can’t see where the rumor is coming from yet, but it looks to be promising.
Under the spotlight of acquisition rumor talks, Facebook has started its own agenda of purchasing Internet start-ups with the buying of Parakey, a web to desktop application company which is run by Blake Ross and Joe Hewitt, two of the founders of the Mozilla Firefox browser.
So why would Facebook consider acquiring companies instead of just being acquired? Vision.

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Firefox Extension Review: Adblock

Operating System: Windows XP SP2 Browser: Firefox 2.0.0.3 Plugin Name: Adblock – 0.5.3.043 Homepage: Adblock Homepage Click here for screenshot This extension is exactly what it says. It blocks ads. This is another Godsend from Heaven. Browsing around Facebook … and occasionally MySpace, I never see ads — or at least it’s rare. I use asterisk modifiers for all the normal advertising domains, such as domains like ‘fastclick.net’ or ‘http://oascentral.*.*/*’ so it blocks all oascentral advertising platforms. The plugin is very basic but does an amazing job at making web browsing cleaner and more efficient — the pages load faster because of no ads. I have installed this on quite a few of my friends’ computers as a helpful tool for them. I highly recommend it to everyone as it really helps create a better browser experience. Direct Download Link

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Picasa Web Albums API

Picasa Web Albums now has an official API which can be used to interface with the Google data of Picasa.
So what might be a good use for this API? Access to user accounts’ data for Picasa Web. I am a personal fan of Gallery2, but something it’s lacked is great integration with Picasa — both Picasa Web Albums and the Picasa2 stand-alone app.

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