Report: Google's social-networking move delayed
The search giant is rumored to be planning a social-networking announcement the week of November 5 related to Orkut, TechCrunch says.
TechCrunch is reporting that Google's rumored social-networking plans, code-named Maka-Maka or maybe just Makamaka, will be announced later than November 5 as earlier believed, possibly on the 8th or the 9th, and it will "most likely be limited to Google's existing social network, Orkut."
Google won't comment on any of this, citing its policy of not commenting on rumors and speculation.
Basically, the significant information is that the company is planning to announce APIs and partners that have created applications using the APIs in a Facebook-like move.
Google needs to do something beyond having a social network that's big in Brazil, especially given that it appears to have lost the Facebook ad deal to Microsoft.
By the way, "maka" means knock or blow in Hebrew. Maybe they are hoping to do a one-two punch to Facebook.