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W3C Calls for Web 2.0 Data Sharing

The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C)  has called for social networking applications like Facebook and Twitter to share profiles and data, to grow further Web 2.0 opportunities.

Google Latitude Let Users Track Colleagues on Maps

A Google application called Latitude lets users track friends, family and colleagues via Google Maps on a PC or mobile device. Google says Latitude is available on BlackBerry, S60 and Windows Mobile devices, and is coming to the Apple iPhone through Google Mobile App “very soon.”

Google Quietly Declares E-Mail War on Yahoo

Many people send e-mail messages while exhausted, angry or inebriated that they later regret. As part of Google’s quest to attract users to its Gmail service, the Internet search and messaging and collaboration company has introduced dozens of features via Gmail Labs, including one that, after a certain time, makes a user solve a math problem before sending an e-mail, giving time to rethink it. Because Google makes money every time e-mail users click on ads, it is enhancing its e-mail service to increase advertising and take market share away from Yahoo.

Box.net Becomes Social Content Management Service

Box.net, which began life as a file management and file-sharing platform in a cloud computing environment, is becoming a more robust content management provider. The startup adds profiles, discussions, bookmarks and other messaging, collaboration, and social computing tools to better compete with Google, DropBox, EMC and other Web service storage providers.

Who Is the Best Skype Suitor? Google, Microsoft or Yahoo?

It’s impossible for eBay to report quarterly earnings without the usual deliberations about what the company could, would or should do with Skype. So it comes as no surprise that media hounded eBay CEO John Donahoe about the VOIP unit, one of those anomalous acquisitions that people still scratch their heads about. For £1.8 billion, Skype was an overpriced, albeit trendy, technology play for eBay to make in 2005.

Adobe AIR, Flash Installations Surge

At Adobe MAX Japan, Adobe announces that Adobe AIR and Adobe Flash Player 10 have reached record adoption numbers to the tune of 100 million installations for Adobe AIR within a year of its release and Flash Player 10 being installed on 55 percent of computers worldwide within two months of its release.

Google Finally Enables Offline Access for Gmail

Google’s long-awaited offline access for Gmail is here, bringing a sigh of relief to users of Google’s messaging and collaboration software. Google Apps Standard Edition users will be able to access it immediately with a few steps, while consumers will see a more gradual rollout. The move should put Google on a more level playing field in cloud computing versus Microsoft, Yahoo Zimbra, Zoho and others with e-mail clients that already provide offline access.

Is Java to Blame for Sun Layoffs?

eWEEK readers weigh in on Sun Microsystems’ woes and the reason Sun is laying off over 6,000 employees. Is Java to blame? Some say inroads from other languages and application development frameworks such as Ruby on Rails could further Sun’s demise. Others say never count Sun out.

Oracle Ups Ante vs. Salesforce.com with CRM On Demand Refresh

Revving its SAAS enterprise applications engine, Oracle introduces Oracle CRM On Demand Release 16. The latest iteration of Siebel cloud computing applications boasts custom object support, better BI and partner relationship management. Oracle also throws down the gauntlet for Salesforce.com’s multitenancy model with a new single-tenant CRM On Demand delivery option.

Open-Source Cloud Tools Project Spawns Cloud Foundry

The Cloud Tools project, hosted on Google Code, is a prime example of the emerging trend of open-source application developers targeting the cloud and looking at services such as Amazon Web Services solutions and Google App Engine to host their applications. Cloud Tools is a set of tools for deploying, managing and testing Java Enterprise Edition applications on Amazon.com’s Amazon Elastic Computing Cloud. And now the Cloud Tools project’s founder has launched a commercial service based on Cloud Tools known as Cloud Foundry.

Firefox Plug-in Lets Users Import Google Notebook to Zoho

Messaging and collaboration SAAS company Zoho updates its Firefox plug-in for Zoho Notebook to make it easy to import a Google Notebook to Zoho’s cloud computing environment. The move is a shrewd one on the part of Zoho, which is looking to find favor with peeved Google users put off by Google Notebook’s newly halted application development. Any content added to the new Zoho plug-in will be automatically synchronized with the online version of Zoho Notebook.

Microsoft Releases Web Platform Installer

Microsoft delivers Version 1.0 of its Web Platform Installer (Web PI), a free download manager that enables developers to install the Microsoft Web Platform or at least part of it. Web PI simplifies the installation of Microsoft’s developer technologies, from .NET Framework 3.5 to ASP.NET to Silverlight and more, for building Web applications.

Yahoo Turns on Wikipedia SearchMonkey App but Twitter Is the BOSS

Yahoo unleashes the SearchMonkey Wikipedia application, a Web service that augments Yahoo search results with Wikipedia articles. Will SearchMonkey, a jewel of application development for Yahoo, fall prey to new CEO Carol Bartz’ plans for the search engine and Web service giant? Meanwhile, a Yahoo programmer builds TweetNews, a mashup of Yahoo news search results that leverages popular Twitter tweets.

Intel, Citrix Collaborating on Desktop Virtualization

Intel and Citrix are planning to bring desktop virtualization technologies to a wider enterprise audience by combining their respective capabilities to make running and managing virtual machines within corporate desktops and notebooks easier. Intel and Citrix plan to combine Intel’s vPro management and security technology with Citrix’s Xen hypervisor and other virtualization applications that will allow IT departments to run several secure virtual machines within the same corporate client. The announcement by Citrix and Intel also looks to counter what VMware plans to offer with its vClient VMware View products.

Microsoft Silverlight to Stream Obama Inauguration

Microsoft announces that the Presidential Inaugural Committee has selected Microsoft’s Silverlight technology to enable live and on-demand video streaming of the official inauguration swearing-in ceremony on the PIC Web site.

IBM Bluehouse Becomes LotusLive to Challenge Microsoft, Google in SAAS

IBM sheds the Bluehouse moniker for its SAAS messaging and collaboration applications, which are hosted in the cloud or over the Web. LotusLive Engage is IBM’s enterprise applications challenge to Microsoft Windows Live and Google Apps. LotusLive integrates with Salesforce.com, Skype and LinkedIn to reach potentially 400 million new users.

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