Open-Xchange, maker of open-source software for e-mail and other collaboration needs, plans to release a tool to let people extract contact information from Facebook friends who've shared it.
The technique uses the company's SocialOX tool, which provides what Chief Executive Rafael Laguna calls a "magic address book" that draws on your online address books at LinkedIn, Gmail, and other sites.
Facebook is launching a new group-chat feature and a redesign to its chat tool, the company announced today.
The new features were revealed during an event Facebook held today at its Palo Alto, Calif., headquarters. Last week, Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg said that his company was planning to "launch something awesome" today.
The social network's new offering will allow users to group multiple people into a single window to chat. Those who are online will get messages immediately, while those who are not on the platform will receive a summary of the conversation at a … Read more
Facebook and Skype have inked a deal that will bring video chatting to the world's largest social network.
Last week, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said that his company was planning to launch "something awesome" today. As early rumors speculated, Skype video calling turned out to be that big announcement.
Video calling has been built into Facebook's chat platform. Users need only to click the video call button at the top of their chat window in order to start communicating over video--once the call recipient accepts the video request. According to Facebook, video chatting is just "two clicks away" on the service.
That level of ease is something that Facebook and Skype seem focused on with their new deal. The social network said its video calling is "the easiest way to get connected with video."
Earlier this year, Microsoft announced plans to acquire Skype for $8.5 billion. If the companies secure regulatory approval, Skype CEO Tony Bates will lead the new Microsoft Skype division. Zuckerberg said today that the acquisition would not "change anything" related to video calling on Facebook.
Facebook is being rolled out in 70 different languages starting today, and will be available to all of its 750 million active users "over the next few weeks."
Games dominate as the most popular of all mobile apps, according to a Nielsen survey released today.
Among app users surveyed by Nielsen, 64 percent had played game apps in the past 30 days. Weather apps were the second most popular, followed by social networking, maps/navigation/search, music, and then news.
Further, Nielsen found that 93 percent of app downloaders are willing to pay for the games they play--the highest figure for any app category. That contrasted with 87 percent who will do so for entertainment apps, 84 percent who will dish out money for maps/navigation/search apps, and 76 percent who will open their wallets for news apps.… Read more
Editor's note: We used Cover It Live for this event, so if you missed the live blog, you can still replay it in the embedded component at the end of this post. Replaying the event will give you all the live updates along with commentary from our readers and CNET reporters. For those of you who just want the basic updates, we've posted an edited transcript below. You can also read our stories about the partnership between Facebook and Skype and Facebook introducing group chats.
Update 10:28 a.m. PT: The social network has tapped Skype for … Read more
iTunes could put $13 billion in annual revenue into Apple's pocket in 2013, a Global Equities Research analyst predicts in a story published yesterday by the International Business Times.
Including sales in Apple's iBooks store and its App Store, iTunes could grow almost 40 percent over the next three years, said analyst Trip Chowdhry, who cited research showing that more publishers are supporting the ePub format used by iBooks versus Amazon's Kindle format.
The iPad has also provided a healthy boost to App Store sales, according to Chowdhry. The tablet's application "attach rate" has … Read more
Twitter is currently in talks with investors to raise a new round of financing, The Wall Street Journal is reporting.
Citing anonymous sources, the Journal reported today that Twitter's financing could be based on a valuation of $7 billion. If that's the case, Twitter's valuation has skyrocketed over the last couple years.
Consumer spending on video game hardware and software is on the rise, according to a new report from research firm Gartner.
Spending on hardware, software, and online play will reach $74.4 billion this year, Gartner said yesterday, up 10.4 percent from the $67 billion consumers spent last year. The market researcher said that consumers around the world will spend nearly $18 billion on game hardware this year and $44.7 billion on game software. Online gaming revenue will reach $11.9 billion in 2011, Gartner predicts.
"This large market size means that many consumers embrace gaming as … Read more