Is someone illiterate if they can’t code? Microsoft’s new social network So.cl launches. Views on YouTube decrease as Web video evolves. Learn more about these stories and many more in the ReadWriteWeb Weekly Wrap-Up.
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Some programmers believe that the knowledge of programming will eventually be included in literacy standards. However, others believe we have too far to go to achieve current literacy standards to see programming added any time soon.
Let us know what you think in the comments on Computer Programming for All: A New Standard of Literacy.
Microsoft released its social network, So.cl, this week. Richard MacManus says it’s a derivative product and doesn’t stand a chance at achieving widespread usage. That said, he does see opportunities for the new site in the education sector. Read Richard’s deep dive in Microsoft’s New Social Network, So.cl: It’s Like Google+ for Wonks.
Online video is changing. The era of the amateur video sensation is fading to make room for professional video producers. Check out how YouTube, and online video in general, is evolving in YouTube’s Big Transition: Moving From Amateur to Professional Era of Online Video.
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Procter & Gamble should be kicking itself for not developing a mobile operating system when it had the chance: More people worldwide own mobile phones than toothbrushes. Get ready for a tsunami of mobile marketing and commerce to crash on the shores of retail. More
Google now owns Motorola. Chinese regulators followed the U.S. and Europe in clearing the deal earlier this week, removing the last barrier. Although the acquisition opens new territory for the search giant, its most immediate effect could be remaking the existing Android landscape. Will Google use its new arm to pound all competitors, or just Apple? More
Women are the hot new demographic to court in the social space (if you can call half the population a “demographic”), but the fairer sex is catching up when it comes to mobile, too, largely thanks to the iPhone. But is Apple’s gender-blind wunderkind truly more popular with women – or is Android, the iPhone’s de facto rival, just less popular? More
Facebook’s first few days on the stock market are in the books: Shares closed Tuesday at $31, down significantly from their $38 issue price. You may wonder: How does Facebook make money? Sure, 900 million users and billions of photos, but how is this a business? It’s pretty simple, actually. More
UpNext Maps for iPhone is beautiful. It’s the smoothest, fastest map we’ve ever used. It renders 3D buildings for virtual exploration of certain cities. Its look and functionality are distinctive. It’s free. And both Google and Apple want to build these features themselves. Is this a kamikaze mission for UpNext? More
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- Disassembling Android Part 2: Who Wields the Blowtorch?
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- Microsoft’s Smart Decision for the Windows Phone Marketplace
- ownCloud Growing Into Its Own With Versioning, APIs and Collaboration
- Blowing the Cloud Wide Open: Box.net to Begin Negotiable Enterprise Licenses
- Amazon Streamlines Mechanical Turk With Automatic Categorization App
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