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In a move likely to be hailed as the final blow for the walled gardens favored till now by the wireless operators, Google is said to be leveraging Linux and Java to open up the wireless handset market in the same way that it just launched OpenSocial to break open social networking and get beyond the walled garden approach of, for example, Facebook. According to USA Today this morning,  Google today "plans to announce the formation of an 'open phone' coalition, with the goal of developing an operating system for the so-called Google Phone." In the key quote from the article, Morgan Gillis of the LiMo Foundation, says: "If you're a developer, you'll be able to develop (applications) for the new Google Phone very quickly."AT&T and Verizon Wireless are "noticeably absent" from the coalition, claims USA Today, adding that it's because they do not wish to support a device t... (more)

SYS-CON's 1st International Cloud Computing Conference & Expo: Show Report

Dmitry Sotnikov's Blog Overall, very exciting times, and a great event put together by the folks at SYS-CON! There was a lot of excitement and optimism throughout the event. As someone put it: cloud computing is about 700 days old. That means that there are a lot of arguments about definitions, and where things are going, and so on. And that also gives a lot of vibe and a lot of fresh community spirit. Below are my notes from all the sessions I attended at the last week’s Cloud Computing Expo 2008 on: Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 A few general comments on the conference. First and foremost, cloud computing is happening. There was a lot of excitement and optimism throughout the event. And frankly this was quite contrasting to the SOA keeping talking about whether SOA is getting anywhere, how to justify SOA projects, whether it is a journey or a destination, and so on. This was... (more)

How To Use Social Media in Your Job Search

Are you struggling to figure out how to best leverage social media into your job search marketing plan? My upcoming book, "I'm Job Searching, Now What???" will delve into using social media as one of the multiple strategies in your job search. I wanted to touch on a couple of ways you might use social media in your job search with Twitter. photo credit: woodleywonderworks LinkedIn, ZoomInfo, Jigsaw, etc. all provide a great research platform. I use LinkedIn many times when I'm researching a company because not only does it give me the company information, key statistics, news articles, etc., but it also provides me information about with whom I'm connected. I use this information to see if the company and my connections within the company are on Twitter. If they are, I will begin to follow them. Why? I may be able to get a sense of company culture, job postings that... (more)

Facebook's First AJAX Play with Parakey Acquisition

Facebook announced its very first acquisition last week with Parakey, a startup run by Blake Ross and Joe Hewitt, co-founders of Mozilla Firefox, an open-source and non-profit web browser. Ross and Hewitt will join Facebook's team to work on the development of Facebook Platform and the company's website. "Blake and Joe built the Firefox web browser and then turned to the developer community to build on top of the foundation they'd established, not unlike what we've done with Facebook Platform," said Mark Zuckerberg, founder and CEO of Facebook. "The work they've done with Firefox and Parakey and their approach to building products fit right in at Facebook." Ross and Hewitt are best known as the co-founders of Firefox, which has been downloaded more than 300 million times by people worldwide. Hewitt went on to build popular web development tools such as Firebug. In e... (more)

Online Video Platforms: Pyro.TV Adds Personal Internet TV Channel

Going beyond mere embedded video clips, sites like Facebook can now offer "a complete personalized TV viewing experience that requires no download and is constantly refreshed with channel content.” That, according to Ted Briscoe, chief executive officer of the Vibe Solutions Group, is what Pyro.TV now makes possible through the integration with Facebook is announced this week. "Pyro.TV gives large media companies and independent publishers a syndication platform and turnkey tools to manage and market video content online," Briscoe adds.  For consumers, he notes, Pyro.TV allows them to personalize their own channel line-up, with no download required, and share their favorite channels via a multi-channel player for blogs and personal web pages. ”We are committed to distributing Pyro.TV’s growing network of channels wherever people are online,” Br... (more)

Social Network Wars: Google + Everyone Else vs Facebook

In a move to bolster its attempt to add a social layer on top of the entire suite of Google services, Google yesterday joined other leading social networking players in introducing a common set of standards to allow software developers to write cross-network programs. According to The New York Times the sites in the alliance "have a combined 100 million users, more than double the size of Facebook." Director of product management at Google, Joe Kraus, told the Times that the alliance's cross-network platform is to be known as OpenSocial. It is, in essence, "Google + Everyone Else vs Facebook." Rumors has been circulating for a number of weeks about a new set of APIs will allow developers to leverage Google’s social graph data, so that third parties can start pushing and pulling data into and out of Google and non-Google applications. One of the Google luminaries... (more)

Why Google gPhone Matters to Me

David Weinberger's Blog An article in the WSJ today, which they have chosen to make inaccessible to bloggers, reports that Google is talking to Verizon and Sprint about using the Google phone operating system. Money makes such strange bedfellows! Do I care just because I am a Google fanboy? Not exactly, although that does amp up my excitement. With an open platform for development for mobiles, plus Google's conquest of Jaiku for its mobile/presence capabilities — I am a big fan of Jyri Engestrom, the founder of Jaiku, a smart and innovative person devoted to the Net's common good — this could be the disruption that turns mobile phones from annoying bricks of bad reception into a platform for apps that can assume constant presence and that know where we are and who our friends are. It could make FaceBook look like CompuServ. Or, of course, the rumors could be wrong, the ... (more)

Fifty Million Facebook Users Don't Care About Google's OpenSocial APIs

Don Dodge's Blog:The Next Big Thing  There are 50 million Facebook users who don't know what OpenSocial APIs are...and don't care. There are about 5,000 tech bloggers and developers who think it is a revolution that will "Checkmate" Facebook and leave them with no moves. TechMeme has over 100 stories saying that OpenSocial is awesome and Facebook is dead. MySpace joins Google on OpenSocial initiative. OK, surely that settles it, Facebook is dead toast. Nope, not in my opinion. Are Facebook users going to cancel their account? No, I doubt it. Facebook was a runaway success long before they allowed 3rd party apps and widgets. I don't see Facbook users leaving because some widget might not be available, and I don't see widget developers abandoning Facebook just because there is a new OpenSocial API. OK, so is every tech blogger and social network developer going to cance... (more)

Google's OpenSocial: A Technical Overview and Critique

Dare Obasanjo's Carnage4Life Blog One of the Google folks working on OpenSocial sent me a message via Facebook asking what I thought about the technical details of the recent announcements. Since my day job is working on social networking platforms for Web properties at Microsoft and I'm deeply interested in RESTful protocols, this is something I definitely have some thoughts about. Below is what started off as a private message but ended up being long enough to be its own article. First Impressions In reading the OpenSocial API documentation it seems clear that is intended to be the functional equivalent of the Facebook platform. Instead of the Facebook users and friends APIs, we get the OpenSocial People and Friends Data API. Instead of the Facebook feed API, we get the OpenSocial Activities API. Instead of the Facebook Data Store API, we get the OpenSocial Pers... (more)

Social Applications Update: OpenSocial and Plaxo - What a Week!

Joseph Smarr's Blog Wow, I’m exhausted, but incredibly happy! I’ve been working insane hours all week to get Google’s just-announced OpenSocial APIs implemented in Plaxo Pulse and launched live by the time of their announcement. And we did it! We released full support Thursday night, making Plaxo the first site to publicly implement OpenSocial. Yay! I only found out about OpenSocial less than a month ago (I was on vacation in France when the initial disclosure event took place, but Marc Canter brokered an introduction when I got back; Thanks, Marc!). And the project inside Google was being developed fast and furious the whole time, which meant the specs were in a constant state of flux and there wasn’t a lot of time for such frivolities as “documentation” or “Q&A sessions”. Actually I think it was a wise and bold choice ... (more)

i-Technology 2008 Predictions: Where's RIAs, AJAX, SOA and Virtualization Headed in 2008?

2007 was undoubtedly the year of Social Networking, but what of 2008? Will '08 be the year of "Unified Communications" or the year when CMS comes to stand for "Community Management System" - or even "Collaboration Management System"? Or will it be the year of a giga-merger, to beat the mere mega-mergers of 2007? As usual at the end of each year, SYS-CON has been informally polling its globe-girdling network of software developers, industry executives, commentators, investors, writers, and editors. As always, the range and depth of their answers is fascinating, throwing light not just on where the industry is going but also how it's going to get there, why, because of who, within what kind of time-scale. Enjoy! RIAs versus AJAX . Ruby on Rails . PHP . Facebook Competitors  TIM BRAY Director of Web Technologies, Sun Tim Bray managed the Oxford English Dictionary projec... (more)