Google+ is a strong statement that Google doesn't like Twitter's 140-character limits, but apparently the company still thinks there's a strong need to shorten Web addresses as much as possible.
The evidence: Google just bought the g.co domain that will enable it to have a shorter Web address for Google products and services.
"The shorter a URL, the easier it is to share and remember. The downside is, you often can't tell what Web site you're going to be redirected to," Gary Briggs, vice president of consumer marketing at Google, wrote in … Read more
Dolphin, a customizable mobile browser for Android OS, is getting a big boost to being a serious competitor for Firefox and Chrome.
TechCrunch is reporting that MoboTap, the company that makes Dolphin, has secured $10 million in a round of Series A funding with the help of Sequoia Capital and Matrix Partners. Some of that funding will reportedly be going to the following projects: making the premium (and paid) version of the app free, expanding its employee bases in San Francisco and Beijing, and developing an iOS version.
Live news coverage from CNN and Headline News is now available on mobile devices to subscribers of certain paid TV services.
Time Warner, which owns CNN and Headline News, announced today that its regular news channel programming will be streamed live over the Internet and available for people to view on their laptops, smartphones, or tablets if they subscribe to certain paid TV services.
Cable, satellite, and telco TV providers offering the service to their subscribers include: AT&T, Comcast, Cox Dish Network, Suddenlink, and Verizon Communications. Notably missing from this list are Cablevision and Time Warner Cable. Time … Read more
Big Champagne CEO Eric Garland has seen Netflix's price hike in many different forms over many years.
Industry leaders change directions with a product or service and stunned customers revolt. It's a scenario that played out when Facebook overhauled the social network's interface and in 1998 when Apple released the iMac G3 without a 3.5-inch floppy-disc drive. People called Steve Jobs crazy. But Netflix CEO Reed Hastings, like Jobs before him, is now trying to move the market into the future, says Garland. Netflix's library of streaming movies and TV shows are often dated or … Read more
The Women's World Cup final was a major event on Twitter yesterday.
At the end of the soccer final between the U.S. and Japan, 7,196 tweets were sent out each second, Twitter announced on its official account yesterday. That figure helped set a new record for tweets per second. The game between Paraguay and Brazil led to a peak of 7,166 tweets per second, catapulting it to the second spot.
That spike in traffic is significant. When President Obama announced the death of Osama Bin Laden earlier this year, Twitter revealed that more than 4,000 tweets were sent out each second. The 2010 NBA finals saw 3,085 tweets per second, and Japan's World Cup victory over Denmark last year caused a spike of 3,283 tweets per second. During the 2011 Super Bowl, Twitter saw 4,064 tweets hit its service every second.
However, until yesterday, the top tally went to Japan's ringing in of the new year, when 6,939 tweets were sent out each second.
Earlier this month, Twitter announced that its users are now sending out 200 million tweets each day, up significantly from the 2 million they tweeted in January 2009 and 65 million they offered up a year ago.… Read more
William Shatner's Google+ account was temporarily disabled today, the "Star Trek" star announced on his Twitter account early this morning.
"My Google+ account was flagged for violating standards," Shatner tweeted on his official Twitter account. "Saying hello to everyone apparently is against the rules. Maybe I should say goodbye?"
Earlier this morning, CNET confirmed that Shatner's official Google+ account was, in fact, down. However, at last check, the account appears to be back up. The celebrity's "About," "Posts," and "Videos" have no content, but there … Read more
Netflix's streaming service was down and unavailable for much of last night but has since been restored.
In a tweet posted around midnight Pacific time by the official Netflixhelps account, the company acknowledged that the streaming issues reported early had been fixed and offered an apology to its customers. This followed an earlier tweet from the account and a posting on the Netflix Facebook page at around 10 p.m. PT yesterday in which the company said it was working on the issue.
The outage had been brought to light a few hours earlier by several sources, notably a … Read more
Apple last week released its latest iOS update to fix a security flaw exploited by a jailbreaking tool, but the new version--4.3.4--has itself already been jailbroken.
Detailed by the folks at Redmond Pie, the custom PwnageTool now lets users jailbreak any iOS device running iOS 4.3.4 with the exception of the iPad 2. The jailbreak was created and launched Friday, not too long after 4.3.4 was released.
Offering a step-by-step guide for those either brave enough or foolhardy enough to jailbreak their device via the PwnageTool, Redmond Pie says it tested the jailbreak to … Read more
Google has removed a group of Belgian newspapers from its search results.
On its Web site Friday, Belgium-based publisher Sudpresse, said (Translate page) that the search giant had begun "boycotting" its Web sites, following a May decision by a Belgian appeals court that found the search giant in violation of copyrights with its Google News service.
In 2006, a group of newspapers, called Copiepresse, sued Google, saying the search giant's use of its headlines and snippets in Google News, as well as cached copies of its Web sites in search results, violated copyrights.
By adding a single character to Twitter's vocabulary nearly four years ago -- # -- Chris Messina unlocked a wealth of useful information in Twitter.
Now he wants to bring the same creation, called a hashtag, to Google+.
Hashtags are terms beginning with the pound sign, also called a hash, for easy identification as a recognizable label. Examples include #wwc hashtag for women's World Cup soccer or the ever-popular #fail hashtag for complaining when things go wrong. By following a particular hashtag, it can be easier to concentrate on content you might be interested in.