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FriendFeed for about $50m, $15m in cash and the rest in Facebook stock. According to a post by Bret Taylor on the FriendFeed blog, FriendFeed will continue to operate normally for the time being while the two companies figure out the long-term plans. The purchase makes sense, as Facebook had continually copied parts of FriendFeed's feature set - including the 'like' feature and Facebook's new focus on the real-time stream.The big news this week was Facebook acquiring popular lifestreaming company
just-acquired social networking service FriendFeed. Both families will influence each other a lot, though Facebook is far, far bigger. FriendFeed was co-founded by Paul Buchheit, the man who invented GMail, and by Bret Taylor, who co-founded Google Maps. Here's what they bring to Facebook; it's probably going to change Facebook a lot.It's going to be a little like the Brady Bunch, this union between Facebook and the
it's opened up search across all status messages, notes and shared links that users have marked as public. Searching across all users, whether you know them or not, requires a couple of clicks - but the availability of the feature marks a dramatic turning point in the history of Facebook. For months the company has been pushing users towards being more public and less private. This is why.Also this week Facebook announced that
Did you know that your tweets have an expiration date on them? While they never really disappear from your own Twitter stream, they become unsearchable in only 1.5 weeks. That's bad for users and it's definitely bad for data-mining. Unless Twitter corrects this issue on its own, we have to find another solution for archiving tweets ourselves. Here are 10 ways to do so.
internal search for public notes, Google counters with an effort to improve on its existing services. In a blog post, the company unveiled its new Caffeine search infrastructure to web developers. The question is, will Caffeine enhance performance or lead to user anxiety?Just as Facebook announces
Particle, itself a startup newly out of stealth mode, comes a new app: Robo.to, pitched to us as a digital calling card. Although the app first struck us as a skinnier Retaggr with an animated GIF-esque Flash avatar slapped on the top, something quirky and cute drew us back and elicited deeper digging.From "massively small products" shop
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news broke that Microsoft and Nokia were announcing a partnership that would take Office outside of Windows Mobile for the first time. It's now clear that this isn't just Word, Excel, and PowerPoint slapped onto Nokia smartphones: the world's largest cellphone maker will now support a whole slew of key enterprise software from Microsoft.This week
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Analyst firm Gartner released its latest Hype Cycle white paper this week, detailing some of the biggest trends in technology this year. According to the report, cloud computing, e-books and Internet TV are at the "Peak of Inflated Expectations," while this year's biggest hit Twitter is said to have "tipped over the peak" and is just about to enter the infamous "Trough of Disillusionment." Interestingly, web 2.0 is deemed to be nearly past the Trough and entering the "Slope of Enlightenment."
Internet of Things and wondering: what use is this to me in my daily work? So one day my fridge will be able to tell me when the milk has run out, when I travel my luggage will have an RFID tag and not be lost, my home will be automated via Twitter. But will it affect your job? If you're a product manager or marketer, read on to find out how this will affect you.Some of you may be reading our series on the
Facebook and MySpace friends than with those who don't have accounts or don't bother to update them? According to a recent UK MySpace study, these sorts of feelings are common among today's younger generation.Is it easier to talk to your online buddies than your friends out there in the "real world?" Do you feel like you know more about what's happening in the lives of your
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