It's time for our weekly summary of Web Technology news, products and trends. On the trends side, we analyzed the significance of MySpace's new profiles, looked at how Google is tracking flu trends, explored a partnership between an online finance tool and a newspaper, and more. On the product side, we brought you an exclusive first look at a new IBM browser technology, reported on the latest big release of Windows Live, checked out a major update for Gmail, and more. We also have highlights from the Enterprise Channel and our new product, Jobwire. Finally, we have the recording from this week's RWW Live about online job tools.
Google, of course. When Google started looking more closely at anonymous aggregate searches for "flu symptoms" and the like, they discovered that - after cross-referencing that data against information from the Center for Disease Control - they had the ability to predict flu outbreaks by monitoring search patterns. And now, they've published their findings as Google Flu Trends.It stands to reason that people who are "starting to come down with something" often take the opportunity to search for information on what ails them, even before they discuss their symptoms with a healthcare professional. Who gets more of those searches than anyone?
Wesabe and the UK newspaper giant The Telegraph have entered a partnership to offer co-branded tools on the Telegraph website. It's a daring move, we can't help but admire it. We also can't help but wonder how users will feel about it though.Wesabe and the UK Telegraph think you might. Online money management service
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What do you get when you move the head of digital media at one of the world's leading old-school press outfits into the CEO's office of an even hipper large music and news organization? We don't know, but we're excited to find out! Veteran media exec Vivian Schiller announced this week that she's leaving her position as head of NYTimes.com to become the new CEO of National Public Radio (NPR).
We're excited about it from a technology perspective, but media industry analyst and RWW Jobwire guest editor Sam Whitmore discussed the move in terms of what it means for the Times as a business as well below.
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Jobwire, to track who has been hired for new jobs in tech and new media. In this week's episode of RWW Live, we talked about the state of online tools for career discovery and job searching. We had executives from Path 101, Indeed and Simply Hired join us for a lively discussion.We recently launched a new product,
IBM is about to commit itself heavily to browser-based applications. The giant IT company is quietly working on a project called Blue Spruce, which aims to create a fully browser-based application development platform. ReadWriteWeb was given an exclusive first look at Blue Spruce. Last week at Web 2.0 Summit we sat down with IBM's VP of Emerging Internet Technologies, Rod Smith, for a "show and tell" of what IBM claims will be the next evolution of the browser. What's more, it's fully open standards based - so it is squarely aimed at challenging the proprietary rich internet platforms of Microsoft's Silverlight and Adobe's Flash.
Windows Live suite: Windows Live Photos, Profiles, People, and Groups. In addition, Microsoft also announced that it will allow its users to integrate content from a large number of third-party services, including Flickr, LinkedIn, Pandora, Photobucket, StumbleUpon, TripIt, Twitter, and Yelp. Microsoft will begin rolling out these new services to U.S. customers in the coming weeks and expects them to be available globally in 54 countries by early 2009.Microsoft announced this week a number of new and updated online applications in its
OrbLive for iPhone which was previously Wi-Fi/EDGE only, now allows for the streaming of live TV, videos, music, and photos from your home PC to your iPhone over the 3G network.In the past, any iPhone apps that streamed live video were restricted by Apple. The apps could only use Wi-Fi or EDGE, and not AT&T's 3G network, if they wanted App Store approval. This week, though, Apple approved an app that streams live TV over Wi-Fi, AT&T's EDGE and 3G connections. The updated version of
small browser plugin. Google will start enabling these new features for all Gmail and Google Apps users at 12pm PST today. As is typical for new releases in Gmail, Google will roll this feature out to all users over the "next day or so." The new chat functionality will work on PCs with Windows XP or Vista, as well as on Macs with OS X 10.4 or later. The plugin will work with all the major browsers, including Google's own Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, and Safari.Google announced this week a major update for Gmail: video and voice chat. To make this work, users only have to install a
Mozilla Foundation announced the release of Firefox 1.0 on November 9, making it Firefox's 4th birthday this week. As the world's second most popular browser, and with their recent milestone of reaching 20 percent worldwide market share, the folks over at Mozilla certainly have some celebrating to do.One month after their preview release was downloaded by over eight million people in October 2004, the
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RWW Enterprise Channel
The iPhone may have outsold RIM's Blackberry devices in the U.S., but Google knows that getting their software in the hands of business execs still means building Blackberry apps. The company's recent offering in this arena is a new, deployable package of Google Maps for Mobile which IT admins can distribute using Blackberry Enterprise Server.
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That's a wrap for another week! Enjoy your weekend everyone.