Google TV Gets A New Logo – What Do You Think?

By Alex Williams

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tv_logo.gifGoogle TV unveiled its logo this week. We’re more than a bit interested as we are curious how a cloud-based, high-definition, mobile network will fare.

Google TV holds lots of promise but those first days out of the gate will be instrumental in how people view the service. The logo does matter. It won’t make or break how it does. But it has to be memorable and identify it as a Google brand for both developers and viewers.

Here it is. What do you think?

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This post is part of our ReadWriteCloud channel, which is dedicated to covering virtualization and cloud computing. The channel is sponsored by Intel and VMware. How one services provider provides first-class service to its agency clients. Learn more in this ReadWriteWeb special report, made possible by Intel and VMware: Opus: A Marketing Agency That Gets the Most out of Virtualization.

tv_logo.gifGoogle TV unveiled its logo this week. We’re more than a bit interested as we are curious how a cloud-based, high-definition, mobile network will fare.

Google TV holds lots of promise but those first days out of the gate will be instrumental in how people view the service. The logo does matter. It won’t make or break how it does. But it has to be memorable and identify it as a Google brand for both developers and viewers.

Here it is. What do you think? Leer más “Google TV Gets A New Logo – What Do You Think?”

Google Opens Places API With Initial Focus On Check-In Apps

At Google I/O in May, the search giant indicated that they were about to take their commitment to location to the next level. Sure, Latitude had been around for a while, but everyone knew that Google could do more in the space. The announcement of some new location APIs seemed to a big part of the solution. And now comes the fun part.

Today on their Geo blog, Google is announcing that they’re beginning to open the Places API for business. The first developers getting access? Those working on check-in services.

Here’s what Google has to say:

We are going to focus initially on check-in applications. These are the applications that we feel the API currently caters to well, and we are excited to work with developers building these applications to understand their requirements, and ensure that we are offering them the best possible experience.


At Google I/O in May, the search giant indicated that they were about to take their commitment to location to the next level. Sure, Latitude had been around for a while, but everyone knew that Google could do more in the space. The announcement of some new location APIs seemed to a big part of the solution. And now comes the fun part.

Today on their Geo blog, Google is announcing that they’re beginning to open the Places API for business. The first developers getting access? Those working on check-in services.

Here’s what Google has to say:

We are going to focus initially on check-in applications. These are the applications that we feel the API currently caters to well, and we are excited to work with developers building these applications to understand their requirements, and ensure that we are offering them the best possible experience. Leer más “Google Opens Places API With Initial Focus On Check-In Apps”

New Google Chrome Extension Will Translate Your Tweets and Facebook Updates

The social web is increasingly multi-lingual. About half the updates on Twitter are in a language other than English, according to a study released in February. Facebook has been translated into more than 50 languages for its 500 million users are all over the world. The day when English is no longer the dominant language on social networks may not be far off.

Social Translate is a new open source extension for Google’s Chrome browser that translates updates on social networking sites into your native language using Google Translate.

You can choose between “reliable,” which appears to attempt fewer translations, or “aggressive,” which is less accurate but attempts to guess at more words.


The social web is increasingly multi-lingual. About half the updates on Twitter are in a language other than English, according to a study released in February. Facebook has been translated into more than 50 languages for its 500 million users are all over the world. The day when English is no longer the dominant language on social networks may not be far off.

Social Translate is a new open source extension for Google‘s Chrome browser that translates updates on social networking sites into your native language using Google Translate.

You can choose between “reliable,” which appears to attempt fewer translations, or “aggressive,” which is less accurate but attempts to guess at more words. Leer más “New Google Chrome Extension Will Translate Your Tweets and Facebook Updates”

Why Flipboard Matters

e were the first big media source to cover Flipboard, and ever since that moment the iPad application has taken over the technology scene leaving many scratching their heads: what about this application is so special? Let’s take a moment to break down just what Flipboard is, why it is a big deal, and what it means for future media applications.

To begin, Flipboard is not finished or perfect. It has annoying feature holes, but like an unfinished painting you can see the bigger picture in the gaps. Flipboard needs, among other things, offline access, stronger posting capabilities for Facebook and Twitter, more pages per section, a ban button, and better controls to prevent repeat content. All that will be solved over the next several releases, it’s just a matter of time, so let’s put that aside.


We were the first big media source to cover Flipboard, and ever since that moment the iPad application has taken over the technology scene leaving many scratching their heads: what about this application is so special? Let’s take a moment to break down just what Flipboard is, why it is a big deal, and what it means for future media applications.

To begin, Flipboard is not finished or perfect. It has annoying  feature holes, but like an unfinished painting you can see the bigger picture in the gaps. Flipboard needs, among other things, offline access, stronger posting capabilities for Facebook and Twitter, more pages per section, a ban button, and better controls to prevent repeat content. All that will be solved over the next several releases, it’s just a matter of time, so let’s put that aside. Leer más “Why Flipboard Matters”

Google Launches Buzz Firehose

Today, Google has announced the launch of the Google Buzz firehose, which will give developers access to all public activity published on Buzz via a single feed with real-time PubSubHubBub syndication.

Google (Google) said the firehose was their most-requested features from developers. We’re also guessing that Google’s been eating its own dogfood, since they just launched Buzz results in Google Social Search a couple weeks ago.

In the announcement post, Google highlighted the pretty and mostly useless We Feel Fine-esque Buzz Mood, an app that parses Buzz updates for emotion-related verbs then relays them to the viewer with snappy, slide-y animations.


Today, Google has announced the launch of the Google Buzz firehose, which will give developers access to all public activity published on Buzz via a single feed with real-time PubSubHubBub syndication.

Google (Google) said the firehose was their most-requested features from developers. We’re also guessing that Google’s been eating its own dogfood, since they just launched Buzz results in Google Social Search a couple weeks ago.

In the announcement post, Google highlighted the pretty and mostly useless We Feel Fine-esque Buzz Mood, an app that parses Buzz updates for emotion-related verbs then relays them to the viewer with snappy, slide-y animations. Leer más “Google Launches Buzz Firehose”

Microsoft lanza integración de redes sociales en Outlook

En un mundo en el que las redes sociales se están convirtiendo en el paradigma de la comunicación entre personas, el viejo correo electrónico se resiste a morir. Microsoft ha anunciado hoy que implementará algunas características para la integración de contenidos de varias redes sociales en la creación de emails en Outlook.

El email continúa, a pesar del ligero descenso registrado en su uso, siendo de utilización habitual en el día a día de todo usuario de internet. Por ello, Microsoft no se ha olvidado de darle un pequeño empujón para que su uso integre contenidos redes sociales. Esta integración permitirá a Outlook extraer imágenes, actualizaciones de estado o fotos de perfil de Facebook, MySpace, LinkedIn, y Windows Live Messenger en un intento de hacer la experiencia del correo electrónico algo más social. En el caso de Facebook, la propia red social ha trabajado directamente con Microsoft para desarrollar de manera correcta el Outlook Social Connector. El próximo paso es, según la compañía de Redmond, conseguir que el flujo de contenido circule también el sentido opuesto y que desde Outlook se pueda hacer llegar contenido a redes sociales de manera eficiente.


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En un mundo en el que las redes sociales se están convirtiendo en el paradigma de la comunicación entre personas, el viejo correo electrónico se resiste a morir. Microsoft ha anunciado hoy que implementará algunas características para la integración de contenidos de varias redes sociales en la creación de emails en Outlook.

El email continúa, a pesar del ligero descenso registrado en su uso, siendo de utilización habitual en el día a día de todo usuario de internet. Por ello, Microsoft no se ha olvidado de darle un pequeño empujón para que su uso integre contenidos redes sociales. Esta integración permitirá a Outlook extraer imágenes, actualizaciones de estado o fotos de perfil de Facebook, MySpace, LinkedIn, y Windows Live Messenger en un intento de hacer la experiencia del correo electrónico algo más social. En el caso de Facebook, la propia red social ha trabajado directamente con Microsoft para desarrollar de manera correcta el Outlook Social Connector. El próximo paso es, según la compañía de Redmond, conseguir que el flujo de contenido circule también el sentido opuesto y que desde Outlook se pueda hacer llegar contenido a redes sociales de manera eficiente. Leer más “Microsoft lanza integración de redes sociales en Outlook”