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This is the week that was

by Retired Blogger on ‎12-19-2010 09:30 PM

delidious.jpgOnline, was the action-word of the week. Most of the important news related to the online sphere in some way or another -- including a look at how HTML5 could supplant Flash, how privacy is a myth, and of course, the big fiasco surrounding Yahoo! and Delicious (and by extension, Yahoo's other online properties). I'm thinking the folks at Gawker media are kinda pleased that all this stuff takes the spotlight off of their password / hack / exposure.

Apple

Canadian government approves of iBookstore, Canadian works en route
Canada’s government today approved of Apple’s iBookstore and this means Canadian titles will soon be making their way to the store. Prior to today’s announcement the iBookstore was available for Canadian iOS device users sans Canadian works. For this to happen, Apple and Canada needed to strike up a deal and it seems to work out for everyone. Canada’s iBookstore now must be tailored effectively for Canadian users, Apple must offer assistance to Canadian publishers, more opportunities to Canadian-based writers, and of course the promotion of Canadian books.

Word Lens Translates Words Inside of Images. Yes Really.
The iPhone app, which hit iTunes last night,  is the culmination of 2 1/2 years of work from founders Otavio Good and John DeWeese. The paid app, which currently offers only English to Spanish and Spanish to English translation for $4.99, uses Optical Character Recognition technology to execute something which might as well be magic. This is what the future, literally, looks like.

Google

Introducing the Google Latitude app for iPhone
“Where are you?”
Starting today, you’ll never again have to answer (or ask) that question when you’re on the go with your iPhone. With the new Google Latitude app for iPhone, you can see where your friends are and now, continuously share where you are – even in the background once you’ve closed the app.


Microsoft

Goldman Sachs predicts tough times ahead for Microsoft in 2011
"A tablet response is still not forth-coming and our early read on Windows Phone 7 has not yet changed our view that Microsoft's share in mobile OSes will remain at only the single-digit level," Friar wrote. "For an unlocking of shareholder value, we continue to look for a more aggressive dividend, a more focused consumer strategy, and stronger Cloud-Azure traction."

Microsoft to Announce New Slates Aimed at the iPad
According to people familiar with Microsoft’s plans, Steve Ballmer, Microsoft’s chief executive, is expected to  announce a number of these devices when he takes the stage at C.E.S., showcasing devices built by Samsung and Dell, among a number of other manufacturing partners.

Microsoft quietly shuts down Office Genuine Advantage program

Late last week, with absolutely no public announcement, Microsoft quietly retired one cog in its antipiracy machine.

An anonymous tipster informed me on Friday that Microsoft had shut down its Office Genuine Advantage (OGA) program as of Thursday, December 16. Previously, if you wanted to download an Office add-in or template, you had to pass through a validation step first, confirming that your copy of Office was “genuine.”


Online
Your Apps Are Watching You
Few devices know more personal details about people than the smartphones in their pockets: phone numbers, current location, often the owner's real name—even a unique ID number that can never be changed or turned off.
These phones don't keep secrets. They are sharing this personal data widely and regularly, a Wall Street Journal investigation has found.

The Best HTML5 Game Yet: A Threat To Flash?
Casual gaming is a bastion for Adobe’s Flash format, but we are told that it is just a matter of time until HTML5 will replace Flash as we know it today. Grant Skinner has released the best casual HTML5 game we have seen to date and we wonder why there is still a need for Flash, if HTML5 is just at its beginning and Flash is struggling to stay current?

Did you use one of these 10 most overused buzzwords in your LinkedIn profile this year?

Wonder what really makes people cringe when they look at your LinkedIn Profile?  It’s those clichéd words and phrases. You know what they are — those ambiguous ones that really don’t tell you anything.

As we head into 2011 our Analytics Team decided to take a crack at finding the most clichéd and overused phrases for the past year using over 85 million LinkedIn profiles.  Here are our 2010 top 10 buzzwords used in the USA.


Gawker Password Mess Spreads to World of Warcraft, and Apparently to Yahoo
The residual effects of the weekend hacking attack on Gawker have now spread to Yahoo and World of Warcraft players. Yahoo spokeswoman Dana Lengkeek just emailed a statement saying that some Yahoo users were required to reset their passwords.

Person of the Year 2010
For connecting more than half a billion people and mapping the social relations among them, for creating a new system of exchanging information and for changing how we live our lives, Mark Elliot Zuckerberg is TIME's 2010 Person of the Year.

How Twitter Use Has Changed, From 2009 to 2010
It's been a good year for Twitter, and not merely because the company announced yesterday it has secured another huge round of funding. The microblogging platform has grown by over 100 million users this year and expanded its staff from 130 to 350 people. And it's rolled out major redesigns and improvements to its site, mobile apps and APIs.

People who created a Twitter profile before January 2009 now account for just 4.7% of the total Twitter population. That's one of the findings in a new study by the social media analytics and monitoring service Sysomos that examines over 1 billion tweets from 2010 and compares the data with Twitter usage in 2009. So how has the influx of new users changed the ways in which Twitter is used?


U.S. code-cracking agency works as if compromised
The U.S. government's main code-making and code-cracking agency now works on the assumption that foes may have pierced even the most sensitive national security computer networks under its guard.

Yahoo Just Killed… Consumer Confidence In Them
It has been fairly amazing to watch this Yahoo “sunsetting” news over the past 48 hours. It seemed to go from a bad leak, to huge backlash, to PR disaster, to confusion, to worse PR disaster. Now Yahoo, by way of Delicious (the most prominent service being “sunset”), has responded by lashing out at all the press for the coverage of the fiasco. Danny Sullivan just did a great job of ripping them a new one for this nonsense misdirection. But the issue actually goes much deeper.

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