Posts Tagged ‘youtube’
Facebook Buys Gowalla – Most of the Gowalla team will be working on Facebook’s new Timeline feature (CNN Money)
Secret Software Logging Cellphone Use Found on Android, BlackBerry and Nokia Phones – Carrier IQ says the data is gathered ” to understand the mobile-user experience” and denies logging user keystrokes. (Wired)
Microsoft Plans to Release Office for the iPad (The Daily)
Facebook Status Size Limit Increases Dramatically – A Facebook status can now reach up to 55,000 characters. Is this an attempt to distinguish itself from Twitter? (ReadWriteWeb)
Google Hangouts Add Free Voice Calls – You can now add someone to your group chat via the phone. Remember those? That means you don’t need a Google account or even a computer to log into the group conversation. (Mashable)
India Asks Google and Facebook to Screen User Content - Well, so much for democracy! (New York Times)
Syria Bans Use of iPhones - Pretty ironic since Steve Jobs’ biological father is Syrian (The Next Web)
Cane for the Blind Uses Social Media to Aid Navigation – Probably the most useful thing location-based social media has done in a while (The Next Web)
LinkedIn Releases Glowing Q3 Report
.com/digits/2011/11/01/linkedin-doubling-headquarters-space-amid-growth-spurt/?KEYWORDS=linkedin”>doubling its office space at its Mountain View, Calif., headquarters, reports the Wall Street Journal. In its Q3 report, LinkedIn boasted a 60% increase in its user base and a 200% increase in premium membership subscriptions. ReadWriteWeb reports that LinkedIn is focused on capitalizing from matching employers with successful job candidates.
Internet Explorer Usage Drops Below 50%
It boggles the mind how many people use Internet Explorer as their web browser. It’s probably because it’s the default on PCs and people don’t bother to change. But oh how it’s worth the extra few minutes to download Firefox (my fave) or Chrome! After a decade of being the dominant internet browser, Microsoft’s Internet Explorer fell below 50% of web traffic served, reports Mashable.
Web developers will rejoice as old versions of IE, which don’t render fancier web features as well, are finally getting replaced with friendlier browsers by most users.
While its outdated browsing capabilities haven’t been enough to convince most users to switch, the fact that Microsoft’s inability to capitalize on the mobile browsing market has made an impact. Safari is the default browser on iPhones and iPads, which dominate mobile web browsing.
Google Reader Gets Cosmetic Surgery
When a product gets updated, one usually expects more features and user-friendly design. According to most users, that hasn’t been the case for Google Reader’s recent upgrade. The most bemoaned change is that the only way to “Share” is, of course, +1. Check out the comments on just about any blog post covering this change, and you’ll see a lot of griping. A lot of the flack users shared in response to the ReadWriteWeb coverage of Google Reader’s update is all of the valuable real estate given up at the top of the page in the new design and removal of the “Share” feature. While only a small portion of Reader users actually took advantage of the feature of sharing content with other Reader users or leaving notes, they were a loyal group, who are now peeved that their favorite toy has been taken away.
One of the best points was made by internet marketing consultant Tamar Weinberg on Google+: “New Google Reader redesign couldn’t give the real number of unread articles? If there would have been one change I’d have appreciated, it would have been seeing ’1230′ unread articles rather than ’1000+’”
And that’s not the only Google product to undergo some cosmetic features. GMail also unleashed some new features and a new design, which I wrote about in last week’s Web Weekly.
New Apple Store App Sends Your Order to Retail Store: Get immediate checkout with your iPhone after picking up your order, to be complete within 12 minutes of ordering via the app. (Fox Business)
Live Hajj Broadcast: In partnership with YouTube, the Saudi Ministry of Culture and Information is live streaming the Hajj, the world’s largest annual pilgrimage. This is what 2.5 million people looks like! (Official Google Blog)
Widespread Siri Outages on iPhone 4s: Widely hyped virtual assistant runs into tits second day of outages (New York Times Bits Blog)
Google Algorithm Update Rewards ‘Freshness’: If you weren’t sure about the need to have a blog, this news should finish convincing you. Google now gives even bigger rank points to websites that are updated frequently and displays more recently updated pages in its results. (Search Engine Land)
Cool Tools of the Week
News360: Using your items on the cloud and semantic analysis, this handy app aggregates news designed to fit your interests.