Facebook has acquired FriendFeed, we’ve learned. We’re gathering details now. At this point details on the acquisition are still very sparse, but it’s clearly a good match. Over the last year or so, Facebook has “borrowed” quite a few of features that FriendFeed popularized, including… [read more].
The iPhone’s about to weasel its way into one more part of my life. According to The New York Times , private bank and insurance company USAA will be updating their iPhone app to allow you to deposit checks from the device. Speaking as a USAA customer, this is …[read more].
URL-shorteners are a feature, not a product. So the death of tr.im is hardly surprising. If it’s hard for Twitter and Facebook to make money, what hope do these utilities have? In searching out profitable niches, entrepreneurs regularly stumble upon ideas that seem valuable–like tools for shortening long URLs so they work with Twitter, SMS, and don’t get messed up in email–but can’t turn … [read more].
Twitter has been down for about 40 minutes now (since about 6 am California time), and counting. No word on their status blog about the outage at all (Update: they now say“Site is down – We are determining the cause and will provide an update shortly.”). See additional updates… [read more]
When debugging, I often find that I have to comment and un-comment a block of code several times during the process of trying to find out what’s going on. That used to mean typing and deleting comment block characters repetitively, but not anymore. Here’s a simple solution to that problem: Comment or un-comment an entire code block of code by typing or deleting a single character. [Read more]
Direct from the Kindle King’s mouth: there’ll be no public Kindle sales data to chew on, and a color Kindle is years away. That’s the word from Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, who, although reportedly bullish on the Kindle at Amazon’s annual shareholder meeting Thursday, told investors at a question-and-answer session that Amazon will keep Kindle sales figures close to the vest and that a color version of the Kindle e-reader is still definitely in the… [read more]
Welcome to the Google Wave Developer Blog. This is a new blog where you can learn about the technical aspects of Google Wave, especially the Google Wave APIs and the Google Wave Federation Protocol. In this first post, we’ll walk you through the Google Wave APIs that have just been announced as part of the Google Wave developer preview release at Google I/O. Google Wave is a new communication and collaboration tool that lets people work together more productively online. If you haven’t already seen the demo presentation, please take a jump over to learn more about Google Wave… [read more]
Is Google a source of creative destruction, or just plain destruction? I’d argue the former, although to companies whose industries are getting undercut by the Google juggernaut, the “creative” side of Google’s market-changing activities may appear out of reach. Google is steadily implementing a strategy, across many markets, of building services that sit right in front of the user, that act as gateways between the users and other online… [read more]
Microsoft Corp. says the next generation of its Zune music player due out in the fall will have a touch screen, Wi-Fi Internet access and high-definition radio receiver.
The new device, called the Zune HD, will carry a full Web browser and a high-definition video output that will allow users to play files through a docking station on HD televisions, Microsoft said late… [read this].
The Eucalyptus reader for the iPhone and iPod touch would have been a hit even if Apple hadn’t made its boneheaded initial decision to bar the e-book reader due to “sexually explicit content.” Apple came to its senses, and serious readers can rejoice in that decision. Eucalyptus is really, really good. It looks and feels the way Amazon’s Kindle app () should but does not. Eucalyptus by Things Made Out of Other Things is a client for Project Gutenberg’s library of nearly 30,000 titles, where readers can find… [read more].