The Official Google Blog:
Google Apps is out of beta (yes, really) — We're often asked why so many Google applications seem to be perpetually in beta. For example, Gmail has worn the beta tag more than five years. We realize this situation puzzles some people, particularly those who subscribe to the traditional definition of …
Sam Diaz / Between the Lines: Gmail loses beta label; Google “removes doubt” that Apps are enterprise ready
Preston Gralla / Computerworld Blogs: Marketing wins: Gmail leaves beta behind
Phil Nickinson / WMExperts: ZOMG! Google Apps out of beta! (Now can we please get some proper Gmail push?)
Paul McNamara / Network World: Google takes training wheels off Gmail, other apps
Duncan Geere / Pocket-lint.com: Google Apps finally exit beta
Barb Dybwad / Obsessable: Gmail, Google Apps finally come out of beta
Miguel Helft / Bits:
Gmail and Other Google Apps Finally Shed ‘Beta’ Label — What took Google so long? — Like many software products, Google's Gmail service was first released with a “beta” label on it. In the software industry, a product that is in beta is still in its testing phase.
Discussion: TechCrunch, Gmail Blog, PC World, GigaOM, CNET News, Lifehacker, Google Operating System, Techgeist and GottaBeMobile.com
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch: Google Finally Peels The Beta Label Off Gmail, Docs, Calendar, and GTalk
Juan Carlos Perez / PC World: Google Scrubs Apps Clean of Beta Labels
Jennifer Martinez / GigaOM: Google Apps Leaves the Beta Label Behind
Tom Krazit / CNET News: Google Apps shed beta label
Alex Wilhelm / Techgeist: Google Apps Still Free - Hidden To Confuse
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
What The Hell Happened To The Free Version Of Google Apps? — The free version of Google Apps is history. The current sign up page makes no mention of the previously free Standard edition. Instead, new users get a 14 day free trial, and then must pay $50 per user per year after that trial.
Steven Walling / ReadWriteWeb: Google Apps Leave Beta, Gunning for the Enterprise
Markcuban / blog maverick: Google is Learning the Reality of Free ?
Open Sources / Open Sources's blog: The panic over free Google Apps and the need for data portability
Clint Boulton / eWeek: Google Apps Exits Beta, Poaches Fairchild Semiconductor from IBM
Alex Chitu / Google Operating System: Google Apps Premier Demo Accounts
Savio Rodrigues / rand($thoughts);: The panic over free Google Apps and the need for data portability
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget: Google brings Gmail, Docs, Calendar, and Talk out of beta
Rob Diana / Regular Geek: Irony Is Still Free
Michael Arrington / Seeking Alpha: Is the Free Version of Google Apps History?
Brian Heater / AppScout: Google Apps Still Free, Just Harder to Find
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Facebook's Own Estimates Show Declining Student Numbers; Now More Grandparents Than High School Users — How fickle are kids these days? Just when all the grown ups started figuring out Facebook, college and high school users have declined in absolute number by 20% and 15% respectively …
Discussion: eWeek, Tech Beat, PC World, Between the Lines, iStrategyLabs, Mashable!, Pocket-lint.com, Softpedia News, TECH.BLORGE.com, Gadgetell, Guardian and Andy Beal's Marketing Pilgrim, Thanks:atul
Clint Boulton / eWeek: Facebook Sees 500% Boost in Users Aged 55 and Older
Douglas MacMillan / Tech Beat: Facebook Flight? No, Graduation Season
Jared Newman / PC World: Facebook's Identity Crisis: Too Many Old People
Andrew Nusca / Between the Lines: Facebook no longer smells like teen spirit; students down 20%, 55+ up 514%
Peter Corbett / iStrategyLabs: 2009 Facebook Demographics and Statistics Report …
Stan Schroeder / Mashable!: Facebook Users Are Getting Older. Much Older.
Duncan Geere / Pocket-lint.com: Students deserting Facebook, statistics suggest
Bobbie Johnson / Guardian: Older users becoming dominant on Facebook
Andy Beal / Andy Beal's Marketing Pilgrim: The Young Bail on Facebook, but Over 55s Soar 500% and Bring Their Checkbooks!
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Push Gmail Comes To The iPhone — Through An App (If It's Accepted) — You'd think on a phone that can do as many cool things as the iPhone, push email through one of the world's most popular email services, Gmail, would be one of them. But for some reason, Google and Apple haven't turned …
Discussion: Download Squad, 9 to 5 Mac, Gizmodo, GottaBeMobile.com, Electricpig and AppScout
Seth Weintraub / 9 to 5 Mac: Qik coming to iPhone..maybe for reals this time
Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo: Push Gmail for the iPhone, Finally (It's Not What You Think)
Warner Crocker / GottaBeMobile.com: Is Push for You? — If your phone rings do you always jump to answer it?
James Holland / Electricpig: iPhone App Store turns 1
Brian Heater / AppScout: GPush Looks to Bring Gmail Push to iPhone
Ross Miller / Engadget:
Sony Vaio W netbook now official in US, coming August for $499 — Not so much of a surprise now, but Sony's bringing its 10.1-inch Vaio W stateside as well, and yes, according to the Sony reps we talked to, this time they really do mean to call it a netbook, unlike its Vaio P brethren.
Discussion: PC World, Digits, eWeek, Fast Company, The Toybox, DailyTech, The Mobile Gadgeteer, Electricpig, jkOnTheRun, Electronista, Switched, GottaBeMobile.com, Obsessable, TechSpot and Gizmodo
Daisuke Wakabayashi / Digits: Sony Makes a Late Start Into Netbooks
Nathan Eddy / eWeek: Sony Enters Netbook Market with Vaio W-Series
Kit Eaton / Fast Company: Sony Reverses Course, Releases Vaio Netbook
Andrew Nusca / The Toybox: Sony to release 10.1" Vaio W netbook in August; $499
Shane McGlaun / DailyTech: Sony Unveils VAIO W Netbook
Matthew Miller / The Mobile Gadgeteer: Sony announces $499 Vaio W netbook
Joe Minihane / Electricpig: Sony Vaio W netbook unveiled
James Kendrick / jkOnTheRun: Netbooks Finally Exist: Sony VAIO W to Hit for $499
Warner Crocker / GottaBeMobile.com: Sony Joins The Netbook Ranks
Barb Dybwad / Obsessable: Sony Vaio W — The Sony Vaio W is Sony's first entry …
Matthew DeCarlo / TechSpot: Sony unveils Vaio W netbook
Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo: Sony Vaio W: It's a Very Pretty $500 Netbook, Of Course
John Timmer / Ars Technica:
New algorithm guesses SSNs using date and place of birth — Two researchers have found that a pair of antifraud methods intended to increase the chances of detecting bogus social security numbers has actually allowed the statistical reconstruction of the number using information that many people place on social networking sites.
Discussion: PC World, New York Times, DailyTech, Softpedia News, Graham Cluley's blog, Science Fair and digg.com
Jeremy Kirk / PC World: Study: Social Security Numbers Are Predictable
Michael Barkoviak / DailyTech: Carnegie Mellon Researchers Discover SSNs Can Be Guessed
Michael Argast / Graham Cluley's blog: Guest blog: Algorithm guesses social security numbers
David Olmos / Bloomberg:
Social Security Numbers Can Be Guessed From Data, Study Finds
Social Security Numbers Can Be Guessed From Data, Study Finds
Discussion: Maximum PC all, GMSV, Network World and The Register
John Murrell / GMSV: Uh-oh — this carnival has a “Guess Your Weight and SSN” booth
Alpha Doggs / Network World: Social Security Numbers are predictable, Carnegie Mellon researchers find
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Where have all the white iPhones gone? — It's the reverse of Henry Ford's line about the Model T. Today you can buy any iPhone you want, as long as it's not white. — Apple (AAPL) has been having trouble keeping the entry-level white iPhone in stock since the new 3GS went on sale two and a half weeks ago.
Discussion: PC World, iLounge, Boing Boing, blogs.chron.com and MacNN
Nick Spence / PC World: Apple iPhone 3GS Prototype Lands on EBay
Charles Starrett / iLounge: Mix: White 3GS shortage, patent lawsuit, iPod mini mod, 3GS music video
Matt Asay / CNET News:
VideoLAN releases VLC 1.0.0: Your media will never be the same — On April 3, arguably the world's best media player, VideoLAN's VLC media player (VLC), hit version 0.9.9. A few months and over 78 million downloads later, VideoLAN has announced VLC 1.0.0 ("Goldeneye"). — Your media will never be the same.
Discussion: Macworld, h-online.com, Download Squad and Softpedia News
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Slide Cuts Ad Staff, Shifts Focus — Max Levchin's Slide, a San Francisco-based startup that caught the Facebook application wave early, is making a strategic shift, refocusing its revenue efforts on higher-margin premium advertising that include brand sponsorships for many of its well-known applications such as Super Poke.
Discussion: paidContent and HipMojo.com
Ashkan Karbasfrooshan / HipMojo.com: Slide: $500M I Think Not — Slide raised $58M and today lays off …
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider: Slide Is Now A $500 Million Sponsored-App Maker
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Hey, Online Display Ads Don't Suck After All! — Since the dawn of time, advertisers have been worried about the efficacy of online display ads. This is in part because, in the mid-1990s, they were taught that online display ads had one purpose in life, which was to get people to click on them.
Discussion: HipMojo.com and Techgeist
Ashkan Karbasfrooshan / HipMojo.com: Why Display and Rich Media Will Dwarf Search Ads, One Day
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
IAC's Match Agrees To Buy People Media For $80 Million — Broad-based online dating site Match.com is buying into the targeted subscription dating business with the acquisition of People Media from private equity firm American Capital Ltd. and various investors for $80 million in cash.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider, TechCrunch, Tech Trader Daily, Online Dating Insider and VatorNews
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider: IAC Buys More Dating Sites For $80 Million
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch: Match.com Acquires People Media For $80M In Cash
Bambi Francisco / VatorNews: IAC buys People Media for $80 mln
Steven Musil / CNET News:
Where to watch the Jackson memorial online — If you weren't among the luck few who won tickets to attend Tuesday's memorial service at the Staples Center in Los Angeles and feel the need to bear witness to the spectacle, fear not—several Web sites plan to provide live streaming video of the event.
Discussion: Ars Technica, Company Town, Mashable!, PC World, VentureBeat, the Econsultancy blog, NewTeeVee, Technology Live and Switched
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica: How to catch today's Michael Jackson memorial online
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat: Michael Jackson's memorial turning into a big Internet event
Meghan Keane / the Econsultancy blog: Michael Jackson's memorial service will test the limits of online video
Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee: Where to Watch the Michael Jackson Memorial Service
Nancy Blair / Technology Live: Websites brace for Jackson tribute
Warren Riddle / Switched: Jackson's Memorial Service to Be Streamed Across the Web
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Hear That? It's The Sound Of Your New Hearing Aid, The iPhone — Back in 2007, Amy Tenderich wrote about the need for Apple to share its renowned industrial design and user-friendliness with the medical device community. Her plea wasn't necessarily for Apple to get involved in the field …
Warner Crocker / GottaBeMobile.com: Turn Your iPhone Into a Hearing Aid
Sam Oliver / AppleInsider:
Demand for Apple's 13" MacBook Pro may be outpacing supply — Apple's newly-coined 13-inch MacBook Pros appear to be off to a hot start, with the company reportedly having difficulty keeping some of the new models in stock as it enters the heart of the back-to-school buying season.
Discussion: Apple 2.0, Digital Daily, I4U News and Edible Apple
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0: Demand for new MacBooks outstrips supplies
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily: Microsoft “Laptop Hunters” …
Robert Evans / I4U News: 13-inch Apple MacBook Pro Selling Out?
Miguel de Icaza:
From Microsoft: C# and CLI under the Community Promise — First the big news: Microsoft will be applying the Community Promise patent licensing to both C# and the CLI. — The announcement was done by Peter Galli at Microsoft over at Port25 and it states (emphasis is mine):
Discussion: Sean Michael Kerner, LinuxWorld.com, OSNews, eWeek, linuxfoundation.org and Simon Willison's Weblog
Paul Krill / LinuxWorld.com: Microsoft extends access to C#, CLI
Thom Holwerda / OSNews: C#, CLI Under Community Promise, Mono Split in Half
Darryl K. Taft / eWeek: Microsoft Opens Up C# and CLI Specs
Fossbazaar / linuxfoundation.org: Microsoft applies Community Promise to the ECMA 334 and ECMA 335 specs (C#, CLI)
Gavin Clarke / The Register:
Microsoft promises no patent prosecution of open-source .NET
Microsoft promises no patent prosecution of open-source .NET
Discussion: CNET News, Open Source, Port 25 and All about Microsoft
Dana Blankenhorn / Open Source: Will Microsoft promise split the open source movement
Peter Galli / Port 25: The ECMA C# and CLI Standards
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft: Microsoft removes a hurdle for Mono
Arn / MacRumors:
Apple Celebrates First Anniversary of App Store — Apple has started celebrating the first anniversary of the App Store with a special section on iTunes [link] highlighting their favorite applications and games. While the App Store officially launched on July 11th 2008 …
Discussion: Smartphones and Cell Phones, I4U News, AppScout, Neowin.net and The iPhone Blog, Thanks:atul
Matthew Miller / Smartphones and Cell Phones: Apple celebrates App Store birthday on 11 July, 56,000+ apps in 1 year
Robert Evans / I4U News: Apple App Store: 1st Anniversary.
Brian Heater / AppScout: Apple iPhone App Store Turns One this Week
Brad Sams / Neowin.net: Apple's AppStore turns 1 year old today
Rene Ritchie / The iPhone Blog: iPhone App Store Gets Ready to Celebrate 1st Birthday
Palm Pre to Launch in Europe with O2 and Movistar — Print page E-mail page Download PDF — Palm webOS Phone to Arrive in UK, Ireland, Germany and Spain on Local Telefónica Networks — Palm, Inc. (Nasdaq:PALM) today announced that the Palm(R) Pre(TM) …
Discussion: VentureBeat, Digital Daily, Obsessable, Gizmodo, CrunchGear, Reuters, SlashGear, Reuters, PalmAddicts, jkOnTheRun, TechCrunch Europe, Between the Lines and Engadget
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat: Palm lines up the European launch of the Pre
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily: Palm Pre in Europe by Christmas
Mark Wilson / Gizmodo: Palm Pre Moving Abroad to Silently Judge American Ways
Georgina Prodhan / Reuters: Telefonica wins exclusive European Palm Pre deals
Chris Davies / SlashGear: Palm Pre hitting UK, Ireland, Germany & Spain by Christmas
Sam Mcloughln / PalmAddicts: Palm Pre to Launch in Europe with O2 and Movistar …
Kevin C. Tofel / jkOnTheRun: Palm Pre Hitting EU Nations by Year-End — Should Nokia Be Worried?
Mike Butcher / TechCrunch Europe: Palm Pre launches with Telefónica/O2 in Europe
Thomas Ricker / Engadget: GSM Palm Pre makes exclusive first appearance on Movistar
Darren Murph / Engadget:
LG teases next-generation Chocolate for August unveiling — To say that the Chocolate was a hit for LG would be similar to saying the PlayStation 2 went over well for Sony. Indeed, the outfit's best selling handset ever (21 million units worldwide) holds a special place in the hearts …
Discussion: The Toybox, Gizmodo, Boy Genius Report, Boing Boing Gadgets and Electronista
Andrew Nusca / The Toybox: Is this the next LG Chocolate? (Yes.)
Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo: New LG Chocolate's Secret Feature Is an 800x345 Resolution 21:9 …
Kelly Hodgkins / Boy Genius Report: LG slowly unveils the next generation Chocolate
Rob Beschizza / Boing Boing Gadgets: LG Announces Leaning Monolith of Chocolate
Martin LaMonica / CNET News:
Microsoft opens Hohm to energy monitoring — Microsoft opened up its Hohm Web application on Monday to U.S. users, a site that gives people a starting point for cutting home energy use. — The launch of Hohm, still in beta, was marred at least for some people, including me …
Discussion: Lifehacker, Softpedia News, Michaeljon Miller, The Microsoft Blog and Energy Circle
Nick Eaton / The Microsoft Blog: Microsoft Hohm goes live
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Firefox stability to get a boost with multiprocess browsing — Mozilla has launched a new project called Electrolysis that aims to bring multiprocess browsing to Firefox. According to Mozilla, splitting up the page rendering workload into multiple processes will improve the browser's performance, security, and stability.
Alex Wilhelm / Techgeist: Firefox Copies Chrome - Multiprocess Browsing Coming
Richard Koman / ZDNet Government:
$1.9m verdict is unconstitutional, Thomas-Rasset says — While an appeal is likely in the cards, the motion Jammie Thomas-Rasset's lawyers filed today was a request for new trial (PDF) or for the judge to alter the jury's “shocking” $1.9 million award. — Thomas-Rasset's lawyers argued that …
Discussion: Techdirt, Ars Technica, Threat Level, CNET News, DSLreports, p2pnet, GMSV and Associated Press
Michael Masnick / Techdirt: As Jammie Thomas Seeks New Trial, RIAA Claims (Incorrectly) …
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica: Jammie Thomas challenges “monstrous” $1.92M P2P verdict
Greg Sandoval / CNET News: Jammie Thomas asks for new trial
Karl Bode / DSLreports: Jammie Thomas Requests New Trial …
John Murrell / GMSV: Just make her do some anti-piracy PSAs and call it square
Elizabeth Woyke / Forbes:
Motorola Woos Android Developers — The cellphone maker is investing in developers months before its Android phones launch. — It's no secret that Motorola Co-Chief Executive Sanjay Jha is betting on Google's Android mobile platform to bolster his company's faltering cellphone business.
Discussion: Tech Sanity Check, Between the Lines, Android Phone Fans, Engadget Mobile, mocoNews, FierceDeveloper, Seeking Alpha and Techgeist, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Chris Ziegler / Engadget Mobile: Motorola's dev programs reveal some Android table scraps
Jason Ankeny / FierceDeveloper: Motorola courting Android developers
Larry Dignan / Seeking Alpha: Can Android Save Motorola?
Michael Klurfeld / Techgeist: Motorola Talking Up Android to Developers
Laurie Sullivan / MediaPost:
Amazon Patents Detail Kindle Advertising Model — Would you buy a Kindle ebook reader from Amazon if you received a free, ad-supported version of a book for each physical copy purchased? The U.S. Patent Office has published several Amazon patents in the past 30 days that could lead the online bookseller in that direction.
Discussion: CNET News, DailyFinance, MarketingVOX and The Register
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News: Kindle patents lay out plan for ads
Tom Barlow / DailyFinance: Amazon prepping for paid ads on Kindle?
Austin Modine / The Register: Amazon may plug in-book advertising into Kindle
Andrew Keen / Internet Evolution:
Google Will Star in Emerging News Model — As usual, the media got the message wrong. “The gloves are coming off!” screamed the headlines last week, after Les Hinton, the current CEO of Dow Jones and publisher of The Wall Street Journal, compared Google with a giant blood-sucking vampire.
Discussion: The Big Money and Slashdot
Kevin Kelleher / The Big Money: The Return Of The Pay Wall
ScuttleMonkey / Slashdot: Google Will Star In New Dow Jones News Model
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Maybe The Palm Pre Isn't Selling So Well, After All — My, how time flies in the tech world. It was only one month ago today that the Palm Pre launched to the public, giving users their first chance to try out WebOS first hand. Critical response to the device was generally positive …
Discussion: eWeek, dot.life, CNET News, Macworld, Associated Press, Tech Trader Daily, IntoMobile, Boy Genius Report, Electronista, InformationWeek, mocoNews and TUAW
Roy Mark / eWeek: Palm Pre Sets European Launch
Rory Cellan-Jones / dot.life: Can O2 cope with smartphone traffic?
David Meyer / CNET News: Palm Pre set for European launch
Jeremy Kirk / Macworld: Palm Pre will come to Europe with Telefónica, Movistar
Michael Bettiol / Boy Genius Report: O2, Movistar to have exclusive rights to the Palm Pre in Europe
Eric Zeman / InformationWeek: Palm Pre Sales Reports Not Meshing
Tricia Duryee / mocoNews: The Palm Pre May Or May Not Be Meeting Expectations
Tim Wasson / TUAW: iPhone vs. Pre: The best air-travel companion
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
AIM Embraces The Lifestream — AOL took another step towards fully embracing the lifestream today with the release of a slew of new AIM clients in beta and a new AIM Lifestream site, which brings together status updates from your AIM buddies with your activity streams from Facebook and Twitter.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider, WMPoweruser.com, Softpedia News, AOL Beta Central and Pocket-lint.com, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider: AOL Instant Messenger Begins Life As A Twitter, Facebook App
WMPoweruser.com: AIM 2.0 beta for Windows Mobile released - features Facebook and Twitter integration
Duncan Geere / Pocket-lint.com: AOL's AIM adds lifestream