Getting social with Google--again (week in review)
Google+ launches, while MySpace sells to group including Justin Timberlake. Also: California goes after Amazon.
Google is trying to get in with the social-networking crowd with a new service called Google+.
Acknowledging that the social service still has "rough edges,"that allow users to group people within their social sphere into different categories. The social service includes a feature called Hangouts that lets you find others who are "hanging out" on the Web. If you decide to join a given hangout, you'll be able to engage in a video chat with the others there.
Google's first major foray into the social networking world came by way of Orkut, a service that has seen some success outside the States but has largely been ignored by U.S. users. Google tried its luck again with the launch of its Buzz social network, but the service came under fire from users who criticized the service for violating their privacy by automatically making some of their contacts public.
The once-massive social network
New law says the presence of Amazon.com subsidiaries A9 and Lab126 in California is sufficient reason to levy sales taxes on shipments into the Golden State.
By a 7-2 ruling, the justices invalidate a California law restricting sale or rental of certain video games to minors, saying they're exposed to violent material when they read Greek mythology or fairy tales.
The company lays out details about its newest pro video-editing software and says that a handful of missing features will eventually make a comeback.
With the FCC about to finalize "white space" rules, Microsoft and others are working on wireless products that use the unlicensed spectrum that sits between TV channels.
The 19-year-old alleged hacker has been electronically tagged, according to reports, and can only leave his home when one of his parents is with him.
Northwest & Ethical Investments has agreed to withdraw its shareholder proposal to split the co-CEO and co-chairmen roles at RIM just weeks before the company's annual meeting.
If history is a guide, the most popular questions will be about legalizing pot. Will Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey press the president on the topic?
Blaming slow market adoption, Microsoft pulls the plug on its home energy management tool only a week after Google abandons its PowerMeter electricity monitoring app.
FarmVille maker expected to file papers to go public, according to a CNBC report, joining a frothy lineup of Net start-ups looking to cash in on lofty valuations.
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