As if seeking new worlds to conquer, Google announced forays into new territories this week.
In an attempt to convince the social media addicts of the world to spend more time on Google's sites than on competitors like Facebook or Twitter,--an ambitious attempt at organizing Web content by relevancy and applying it to social media. Google Buzz marries the Gmail Web interface with status updates and media-sharing technology, all while generating valuable data in the process.
An astounding amount of social-media content is produced every day, across Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, YouTube, and personal blogs, and Google's faith that it could one day index and organize the entire Internet has been shaken by this explosion in Web content.
Some see Google's new social-networking tool as a
In other Google news, the company--never satisfied with the pace of change--plans a test that will
Microsoft says Office for Mac 2011 will include a ribbon user interface, as well as support for the browser-based Office Web Apps. Also, Outlook returns to the Mac.
An optional update closes more than 70 "activation hacks" used to thwart the product's software protection mechanisms.
Justice Department is expected to tell federal appeals court, in first case of its kind, that no warrant is required to obtain previous location data.
Gmail users in Iran report problems as The Wall Street Journal notes that Iranian government says it will shut down Gmail. Text messages and Internet speeds appear affected too.
Some bandwidth providers sell access to film and TV shows. Will that prompt them to relegate competitors to the Web's "slow lane?" Netflix recently outlined its concerns to the FCC.
Researchers achieve efficiency gains with cell that uses "earth-abundant" materials. Cheaper thin-film cells rely on comparatively rare or costly metals.
Stewart Butterfield and friends are back at it with a new company. CNET's Daniel Terdiman was given exclusive, behind-the-scenes access as they built it from scratch.
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