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Published on May 24, 2008

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Saturday, May 24, 2008 09:23 GMT Technology Update Technology Update Facebook - Import Stories Into Mini-Feed Now With More Websites Around one month back, i wrote a post about importing stories into Mini-Feed from other websites like Flickr, Picasa, Yelp and Now Facebook added few more services to import from. These new services are- YouTube, StumbleUpon, Hulu, Pandora,, and Google Reader. You can connect your Facebook profile with any of the above mentioned websites using quot;import linkquot; in the corner of your Mini-Feed. Your profile will be synchronized with the latest changes from any of the website you linked. For Ex. if you upload a video on YouTube, or you write a blog post on your blog, it will be published in your Facebook profile. Share more with everyone now with your Facebook profile. See Also:- Import stories into Facebook : Mini-Feed Reference:- Update Your Profile From More Websites Brightcove Announces Japanese Subsidiary Brightcove KK Saturday, May 24, 2008 09:23 GMT / Created by Page 1 of 20

Brightcove, the popular internet TV platform today announced the formation of its Japan subsidiary Brightcove KK. This formation is the part of their global expansion as Japan is very big market for Brightcove and there are ample opportunities for Brightcove business in Japan. Brightcove is projecting itself as a global, independent company that provides leading software platforms for video on the Internet. The initial inverstment in Brightcove KK is around $4.9 million from Brightcove and his strategic partners. Below is the list of partners- Dentsu, Inc., the largest advertising company in Japan with a market share of approximately 30 percent Groupwide. J-Stream, Japan's largest content delivery network specializing in streaming media for content providers and business corporations. transcosmos, an existing Brightcove investor and major digital media conglomerate in Japan that owns a wide range of media properties, businesses and technology services. CCI, Japan's largest interactive advertising company that currently has over 30 percent of the country's digital brand marketing, a popular advertising serving technology, and online advertising network. Reference:- Brightcove Announces Formation of Japanese Subsidiary Video Portal Sites in Canada, India And Taiwan Launched By AOL Saturday, May 24, 2008 09:23 GMT / Created by Page 2 of 20

AOL, the leading global Web services company today announced the launch of its video portals in Canada, India and Taiwan. The launch is the part of global expansion. These video portals are- India ( Taiwan( Canada( Along with this announcement, AOL also shared its future plans to launch video portals in many other countries like United Kingdom, France and Germany. Below is the snippet of statement from AOL. ?As the only online destination with access to programming from the four major U.S. television networks, content from more than 20 major cable networks and an index of more than 170 million searchable videos, AOL has been at the forefront of the huge growth of online video consumption,? said Kevin Conroy, Executive Vice President, AOL. ?We're thrilled to be bringing the dynamic combination of AOL Video and Truveo to the rest of the world, giving users direct access to the leading destination for finding and watching video online.? ?Viewing online video is likely the fastest growing behavior in the history of the Internet, and AOL Video makes it easy for users around the globe to find and consume the video they are looking for,? said Fred McIntyre, Senior Vice President, AOL Video. ?Consumers want just one place where they can go to find and watch all of the videos they're looking for, and our new international video portals give them just that: a single website that brings together millions of videos from across the Web.?According to AOL, it has now presence in 21 countries and plans to expand to 30 countries by the end of 2008. Reference:- AOL Launches Video Portal Sites in Canada, India and Taiwan AOL Websites Hits Traffic Saturday, May 24, 2008 09:23 GMT / Created by Page 3 of 20

April was record breaking month for AOL websites. AOL reported traffic details of last month. Traffic details shows the significant growth in page views, unique visitors. AOL?s programming sites grew unique visitors 12% year over year to 55.4 million; page views climbed 48% year over year to 4.3 billion in April. AOL is continuously launching many new websites. This week AOL launched ParentDish( Here is the snippet of press release from AOL.?The significant growth in reach and engagement proves that the work we?ve done rebuilding our vertical websites and introducing new sites is paying off as evidenced by our growing online audience,? said Bill Wilson, Executive Vice President, AOL Programming. ?Our focus is on delivering consumers content based on their passion points, which creates better experiences for consumers and helps advertisers target key audiences and increase revenue potential.? The popular AOL websites are- Asylum( Black Voices( Music( StyleList( Horoscopes( Money & Finance( Moviefone( TMZ( Television( Living( Health( Latino( News( Reference:- AOL Programming Sites? Traffic Reach All-Time High in April Opera Software Released Opera Widgets SDK beta Saturday, May 24, 2008 09:23 GMT / Created by Page 4 of 20

Opera Software today announced the release of Opera Widgets SDK beta. Opera Widgets SDK beta will enable Web developers to deploy Web applications on any device. The Opera Widgets SDK is based on open, W3C-set standards to employ common web technologies such as HTML, CSS and media queries, JavaScript and Ajax, in creating advanced Web applications. Opera Widget SDK beta is available for download here at- Here is the official statement from Opera Software on this release- quot;Opera continues to lead the way to real convergence with the Opera Widgets SDK,quot; says Christen Krogh, Chief Development Officer, Opera Software. quot;Promoting One Web takes on additional meaning with the support of an SDK to develop full-scale Web applications for any range of devices at one time.quot; The features include- Widget emulator Libraries Documentation User forums Opera Dragonfly The details over these features are availble on Opera website given in reference. You can also take a video tour of features below- Opera Widgets SDK Guided Tour by operasoftware Reference:- Your killer app goes cross-device with the Opera Widgets SDK beta Download Firefox 3 Release Candidate Now Saturday, May 24, 2008 09:23 GMT / Created by Page 5 of 20

In an announcement made today by Mozilla, Firefox 3 Release Candidate is available for download. Firefox 3 Release Candidate is a public preview release intended for developer testing and community feedback. This release also includes new features and improvements over the performance, memory usage and speed. Below are the features and changes in this release- Improvements to the user interface based on user feedback, including changes to the look and feel on Windows Vista, Windows XP, Mac OS X and Linux. Changes and fixes for new features such as the location bar autocomplete, bookmark backup and restore, full page zoom, and others, based on feedback from our community. Fixes and improvements to platform features to improve security, web compatibility and stability. Continued performance improvements: changes to our JavaScript engine as well as profile guided optimization continues to improve performance over previous releases as measured by the popular SunSpider test from Apple, and in the speed of web applications like Google Mail and Zoho Office. You can find more details over the features of this new release from release notes and dont forget to check known issues. Firefox 3 Release Candidate can be download from here. Reference:- Firefox 3 Release Candidate now available for download Camino 1.6.1 Released - Security And Stability Updates , an open source web browser for Mac OS X today released version 1.6.1. Last month, the version1.6 was released. This update is stability and security update for Camino 1.6. According to Camino, the changes in version 1.6.1 are- Camino will no longer crash when attempting to add a search engine that uses POST. Camino displays more useful error messages when it is unable to add a search engine. Camino supports a wider variety of search engine definition files. Restored compatibility with Adobe Dreamweaver and other applications that use a deprecated AppleEvent to open documents in Camino. Improved robustness of code used to access the Keychain. Command-period will now close the Find toolbar on Mac OS X 10.5. More information is available on Camino website given in reference. Reference:- Camino 1.6.1 Released! Saturday, May 24, 2008 09:23 GMT / Created by Page 6 of 20

HP Reported Strong Results - Beat Analyst Expectations HP(Hewlett-Packard) today reported the financial results of second quarter 2008. The results were very strong on chart and it was above the analyst estimates. Here is a quick look of the results- Second quarter net revenue up 11%, or $2.7 billion, from a year earlier to $28.3 billion -- Second quarter GAAP operating profit up 22% to $2.6 billion; $0.80 earnings per share, up from $0.65 a year earlier -- Second quarter non-GAAP operating profit up 22% to $2.8 billion; $0.87 earnings per share, up from $0.70 a year earlier -- Record cash flow from operations of $4.8 billion -- $2.8 HP also posted the outlook of third quarter revenue around $27.3 billion to $27.4 billion. Here is the official statement from chairman and CEO of the company after HP posted strong results.quot;HP turned in another strong quarter, supported by improvement across our businesses. With 70 percent of revenue now coming from outside the U.S., we benefited from robust demand in emerging economies,quot; said Mark Hurd, HP chairman and chief executive officer. quot;The company's financial outlook demonstrates its strength in the global marketplace.quot; Few days back HP also released a pressnote about possible acquisition of EDS as a part of their global expansion and to compete with IBM. Reference:- HP Reports Second Quarter 2008 Results Google PageRank Prediction Tool - Who Need This Crap Saturday, May 24, 2008 09:23 GMT / Created by Page 7 of 20

Google Page Rank is a term known to every webmaster who wants to rank high on Google. Providing a good quality contents and large number of quality backlinks plays the key role to increase your Google Page Rank. Why this post title is quot;Google PageRank Prediction Tool - Who Need This Crapquot; ? Here is the answer- Like all webmasters, just for fun, I also searched in Google for page rank and i came accross to an interesting crap Google PageRank Prediction Tool. If you will search in Google with term quot;page rank predictquot;. The top search results points to same tool with different user interface. In the above image, you can see quot;PLEASE NOTE: This tool will provide an estimation of the future PageRank and should not be considered precise.quot; But the truth is that, this tool not even tells the proper estimation. Here i will show how- Techcrunch, the very popular blog about technology start-ups and Web 2.0. This has Google page rank 8. Now i predict its future page rank with this tool and below you can see the stupid result. Now come to Google again and search for back links of Techcrunch. Below is the result. As you can see the result quot;Results 1 - 10 of about 34,500 linking to techcrunch.comquot;, there are thousands of back links if you search in Google for Techcrunch. And this tool is predecting Google Page Rank 0. Many people on internet just play with keywords and become visible on top of Google and then provide such crap tools just to increase thier earning from Google ads put around that tool. So there is only one way to predict your page rank and its self prediction. Provide more and more quality contents, people will start linking back to you and your page rank will improve for sure. Microsoft And Yahoo - Its Not Yet Over Saturday, May 24, 2008 09:23 GMT / Created by Page 8 of 20

In last press release from Microsoft about withdrawing proposal to Acquire Yahoo, everyone felt that this chapter is closed now. But yesterday Microsoft issued a new statement regarding Yahoo. to continue relations with Yahoo by exploring alternatives to acquisition. Here is that statement-?In light of developments since the withdrawal of the Microsoft proposal to acquire Yahoo! Inc., Microsoft announced that it is continuing to explore and pursue its alternatives to improve and expand its online services and advertising business. Microsoft is considering and has raised with Yahoo! an alternative that would involve a transaction with Yahoo! but not an acquisition of all of Yahoo! Microsoft is not proposing to make a new bid to acquire all of Yahoo! at this time, but reserves the right to reconsider that alternative depending on future developments and discussions that may take place with Yahoo! or discussions with shareholders of Yahoo! or Microsoft or with other third parties. ?There of course can be no assurance that any transaction will result from these discussions.? It seems Microsoft wants to stop Yahoo to do any kind of joint activites with Google. On the other side, Yahoo welcomed this statement from Microsoft and gave indication that Yahoo is ready for any kind of value maximising transactions. Here is the response from Yahoo-quot;Yahoo! has confirmed with Microsoft that it is not interested in pursuing an acquisition of all of Yahoo! at this time. Yahoo! and its Board of Directors continue to consider a number of value maximizing strategic alternatives for Yahoo!, and we remain open to pursuing any transaction which is in the best interest of our stockholders. Yahoo!'s Board of Directors will evaluate each of our alternatives, including any Microsoft proposal, consistent with its fiduciary duties, with a focus on maximizing stockholder value.quot; There are still discussions going on between these two companies. Hope to hear something good from both soon. Reference:- Microsoft Issues Statement Regarding Yahoo! Yahoo! Remains Open to Value Maximizing Transactions Another Use Of Twitter - Control Lights Twitter is becoming more and more powerful as people started building more and more apps based on Twitter. I came accross a video by Justin on Vimeo about how he controlled lights with Twitter. Here is what he says-My goal was to turn lights on and off via cell phone text messaging. Using Bob Paauwe's iLink INSTEON software ( as well as Twitter (, I was able to network my cell phone with my house's electrical system. The goal is to implement this on a larger scale at the Duke University Smart Home ( Special thanks to Bob Paauwe for developing iLink and helping me with the configuration. Also, thank you to Summize for providing me with API access to Twitter It seems people started becoming addict of Twitter. Happy Twittering!! For more news on Twitter, click here. Reference:- Control Lights with Twitter Saturday, May 24, 2008 09:23 GMT / Created by Page 9 of 20 Bookmark And Share Website With Snap Shots When two great services offer a combined service, the result is always cool like this time AddThis , the number one bookmark and sharing button service and Snap Shot, the tool to view websites without clicking it came together to provide a combined service. Now you can bookmark and share your favourite websites from Snap Shot. See the quot;Sharequot; button in below image of Snap Shot. Upon clicking this share button, you will be able to share and bookmark and share the Snap Shot via Email, Digg, Delicious, Facebook, MySpace and other services. Reference:- Snap + AddThis = Shared Snap Shots Google Translate Brings 10 New Languages- Fun With Translation In an announcement made by Google Translate team today, they have added 10 new languages and the total number of languages are now 23. They have added support for Bulgarian, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Finnish, Hindi, Norwegian, Polish, Romanian and Swedish. I gave it a try and translated few words of english to my native language(Hindi) and here it is, a clean translation. But the funny part was that, when i translated the same english to Japanese and then again to Hindi. Here it comes, complete different translation. Funny :) Thanks Google for adding more languages but still there are many things left to improve. Reference:- Official Google Blog: Google Translate adds 10 new languages... Technology Met Sports Saturday, May 24, 2008 09:23 GMT / Created by Page 10 of 20

This blog is about technology and few days back, for a change I wrote a post about IPL cricket matches happening in India and run a live poll on top of my blog. I get huge number of hits every day on my blog. These are the people who are looking to get some links to see live IPL matches. In the world on Internet, when technology is so advanced, high bandwidth and good network conditions are there yet no authority is showing live matches. This poll was related to this. I asked quot;Live cricket on Internet is a good idea?quot;. Most of the reponses were saying yes, few of them wants to see matches only on TV.( Don't know why they landed to this blog :) ). 3% were not able to decide if they want to see matches on TV or internet and only 2% ( Again i don't know what they were doing in this blog ) said that, its not good to see live matches on internet. Related Posts: How to Watch live IPL cricket match 2008 IPL cricket match, 2008 videos What Happened To Gmail Spam Filters Saturday, May 24, 2008 09:23 GMT / Created by Page 11 of 20

Since the Gmail was launched, i started using it more than my existing Yahoo or Hotmail account because of its simplicity and Spam filter technique. But it seems with time, spammers have found a way to break the wall of Gmail. I am getting SPAM mails everyday in my Gmail account and not just one or two, it's more in numbers. Here are two spam mails out of 5 i received today.PROPOSAL. Dearest One, My name is Miss Vianney Aliababa, the only Daugther of late Mr.and Mrs Aziz Alibaba (A GOLD MARCHANT). I have a preposition important which permits me to request for your assistance in a financial transaction. And I wish to invest in Manufacturing management in your country. I inherited Eight million Five houndred thousand Dollars.(8.500,000) to invest in your country with your very help, and I will require your assistance in helping me stand as my late father's foreign business partner who will receive the whole money in your coperate account for my self keeping and the investment project as we will agree together. The Fund was deposited in Prime Bank in fixed suspense account.I will be glad to give you 25% of the total sum for your assistance. While we will discuss on your percentage, on the Capital investment that you will introduce me to. Please know that I have not gotton a good financial Education to control the whole money in your country.That is why I real need your help to secure a better financial education that will enbale me not to make poor money decissions later in life that might take years to over come. please it is very important you contact me immediately on my private email address.( for further explanation. Awaiting your immediate response Thanks and God bless. Best Regards, VIANNEY ALIBABA. --------------------------------------------------------- From Mrs Susan Morgan N�[38 Rue Des Martyrs Cocody Abidjan,Cote d'Ivoire ATTN: DEAREST ONE OF GOD I am the above named person from Kuwait. I am married to Mr.Abram Morgan, who worked with Kuwait embassy in Ivory Coast for nine years before he died in the year 2004. We were married for eleven years without a child. He died after a brief illness that lasted for only four days. Before his death we were both born again Christian. Since his death I decided not to remarry or get a child outside my matrimonial home which the Bible is against. When my late husband was alive he deposited the sum of $2. 5 Million (Two Million Five Hundred U.S. Dollars) in the bank here in Abidjan in suspense account. Presently, the fund is still with the bank. Recently, my Doctor told me that i have serious sickness which is cancer problem. The one that disturbs Saturday, May 24, 2008 09:23 GMT / Created by Page 12 of 20

me most is my stroke sickness. Having known my condition I decided to donate this fund to a church or individual that will utilize this money the way I am going to instruct herein. I want a church that will use this fund for orphanages, widows, propagating the word of God and to endeavour that the house of God is maintained. The Bible made us to understand that blessed is the hand that giveth. I took this decision because I don?t have any child that will inherit this money and my husband relatives are not Christians and I don?t want my husband?s efforts to be used by unbelievers. I don?t want a situation where this money will be used in an ungodly way. This is why I am taking this decision. I am not afraid of death hence i know where I am going. I know that I am going to be in the bosom of the Lord. Exodus 14 VS 14 says that the Lord will fight my case and I shall hold my peace. I don?t need any telephone communication in this regard because of my health hence the presence of my husband?s relatives is around me always I don't want them to know about this development. With God all things are possible. As soon as I receive your reply I shall give you the contact of the bank here in Abidjan. I want you and the church to always pray for me because the Lord is my shepherd. My happiness is that I lived a life of a worthy Christian. Whoever that wants to serve the Lord must serve him in spirit and Truth. Please always be prayerful all through your life. Contact me on the above e-mail address for more information?s, any delay in your reply will give me room in sourcing another church or individual for this same purpose. Please assure me that you will act accordingly as I Stated herein. Hoping to receive your reply. Remain blessed in the Lord. Yours in Christ, Mrs susan morgan Hope Gmail team will do something to stop these spam mails, otherwise there will be no advantage using Gmail over Yahoo or Hotmail. Adobe® Flash® Player 10 Beta Prerelease Saturday, May 24, 2008 09:23 GMT / Created by Page 13 of 20

Adobe Labs today announced the public prerelease of Adobe® Flash® Player 10, code-named quot;Astroquot;. The release focuses on testing and feedback from developers and users. Flash Player 10 Beta has many new features and performance improvements. Some of the important noticable features are- 3D Effects Custom Filters and Effects Advanced Text Layout Enhanced Drawing API Visual Performance Improvements Adobe Flash Player 10 Public Beta Now on Adobe Labs - Upload a doc Read this doc on Scribd: Adobe Flash Player 10 Public Beta Now on Adobe Labs Once you install new player, you can see the demos here and here. More detail about this prerelease is available on Adobe website given in reference. Related Post: Flash Player 10 Out With New Audio And Video Features Reference:- Flash Player 10 Group Albums Launhed By Photobucket Saturday, May 24, 2008 09:23 GMT / Created by Page 14 of 20

Photobucket, one of the leading photo and video sharing website today announced the launch of Group Album. Group Album from Photobucket will allow multiple users to easily view and share photos and videos at single place. The sponser of this feature is Sony. Below is the snippet of press release from Photobucket-?Photobucket is already a place where millions of people record their lives, and there are so many important occasions that we share with others ? from weddings to sporting events, graduations, concerts ? you name it,? said Alex Welch, president, Photobucket. ?Somehow with all the convenience of digital photos, it still proved complicated for people to share photos and video of a single event in one place, so we made it our goal to fix that.? Group album on Photobucket website can be given a URL and owner of the album can invite other member to view. Few features in Group Album are- Ability to share an album?s contents as a self-running slideshow, or via email or IM Quick-and-easy album invitations via imported Gmail, Yahoo, AOL or MSN/Hotmail email addresses RSS feeds of Group Albums contents Ability to list Group Album as a ?favorite? in the sidebar in other Photobucket albums Option for Group Album owners to be notified by email whenever someone adds photos or videos to their album Ability to store up to 1GB of photo and video content on each Group Album More information on this launch is available on Photobucket blog. You can try this feature from Reference:- Photobucket Launches Group Albums Login Into Zoho Account With Your Google Or Yahoo! Email Address Saturday, May 24, 2008 09:23 GMT / Created by Page 15 of 20

Zoho has announced to merge its account with Yahoo and Google. Now you can login into Zoho with any valid Yahoo or Google account. Below the Zoho Sign-in section, the option to login with your Google or Yahoo accounts is provided. The users who do not have Zoho account with either Yahoo or Google email address will have the option to associate their Zoho account with Yahoo or Google email address. The option will be available from Accounts . You can also import contacts from your Google or Yahoo account from Contact section under Zoho Accounts . This feature will be helpful to share documents with users having Yahoo or Google account. Now you can share documents with Yahoo or Google users and they dont need to create a new account in order to see these documents, they can just login with their Yahoo or Google account. More information on this is available on Zoho Blog given in reference. For more news on Zoho, click here. Reference:- Login to Zoho with your Google or Yahoo! Accounts Beta Bookmarks Extension For Internet Explorer announced the beta release of its bookmarks extension for Internet Explorer. This version will have all best features which were there in Firefox extension. The features in IE extension are- Near instantaneous searching with very large accounts (over 10K bookmarks) Full sidebar and toolbar implementation with bookmark sync and typedown search Toolbar indicators for new network activity and links for you Works on IE6, IE7, and IE8 beta on both XP and Vista You can download it from Read more about this release from website given in reference. Reference:- Internet Explorer and Saturday, May 24, 2008 09:23 GMT / Created by Page 16 of 20

Opera Software Released Newest Version Of Opera Mini 4.1 Opera Mini, the award-winning, world's most popular mobile browser from Opera Software that works on nearly every mobile phone is now in version 4.1. Opera Software today announced the availability of Opera Mini 4.1 with many new features and enhancements over Opera 4.0. Opera Mini 4.1 guided tour by operasoftware Opera Mini 4.1 is up to 50% faster than Opera Mini 4.0 The new Opera Mini will automatically suggest URL completions, making address input easy and intuitive Web pages can be saved for later off-line viewing Opera Mini 4.1 gives you quick access to the word or phrase you want in Web pages Images, ringtones and other content can be downloaded without leaving Opera Mini. Below is the snippet of press release from Opera Software-quot;More than 44 million people from all over the world have discovered and fallen in love with Opera Mini,? says Jon von Tetzchner, CEO, Opera. ?Those people are not just the users of Opera Mini, they are also the co-creators and our most valued critics of the product. We have actively talked to our community members in order to build the best Web browser for mobile phones. I strongly believe that the newest version of Opera Mini will be received with much excitement.? Opera Mini is freely available for download at and tour of Opera Mini is here at Reference:- Opera Mini ? the people?s choice Hewlett-Packard Eyes On EDS To Challenge IBM Saturday, May 24, 2008 09:23 GMT / Created by Page 17 of 20

Hewlett-Packard, one of the world?s largest IT companies is acquiring Electronic Data Systems Corp. It will value around $13.9 billion. This move is to compete with its rival IBM and after the acquisition, Hewlett-Packard will become world's second-largest provider of technology services after IBM. According to Wall Street Journal-quot;The combined company would be able to trim overhead costs, while allowing H-P to sell more servers and workstations to EDS's consulting clients. That's largely been the model for IBM, which is clearly the competitive target behind the potential acquisition. IBM controlled 7.2% of the tech-services market last year. EDS was a distant second at 3%, while H-P was fifth, with a 2.3% share.quot;The news was first reported by Wall Street Journal. According to Reuters-quot;While Hewlett-Packard has over time built up its own outsourcing practice, this clearly is a move by Mark Hurd to challenge IBM in the services area,quot; said David Garrity, director of research at Dinosaur Securities, referring to HP's chief executive.quot; A bigger HP could compete better against International Business Machines Corp (IBM) in going after large clients and help it keep costs in line, analysts said. If HP completes the acquisition, it would be by far the largest under CEO Hurd.And What HP is saying on this acquisition-quot;The combination of HP and EDS will create a leading force in global IT services,quot; said Hurd. quot;Together, we will be a stronger business partner, delivering customers the broadest, most competitive portfolio of products and services in the industry. This reinforces our commitment to help customers manage and transform their technology to achieve better results.quot; HP TO BUY EDS - Upload a doc Read this doc on Scribd: HP TO BUY EDS Reference:- H-P in Talks to Buy EDS,In Challenge to Rival IBM HP to Acquire EDS for $13.9 Billion Google Friend Connect : Grow Traffic Saturday, May 24, 2008 09:23 GMT / Created by Page 18 of 20

Google Inc. announced a preview release of Google Friend Connect. Google Friend Connect is a service for website owners to grow the traffic by enabling any site on the web to easily provide social features for its visitors. Google Friend( will let you serve social features just by adding a snippet of code on your website and that to without any programming. Visitors to any site using Google Friend Connect will be able to see, invite, and interact with new friends, or, using secure authorization APIs, with existing friends from social sites on the web, including Facebook, Google Talk, hi5, orkut, Plaxo, Linkedin and more Below is the snippet of announcement from Google-quot;Google Friend Connect is about helping the 'long tail' of sites become more social,quot; said David Glazer, a director of engineering at Google. quot;Many sites aren't explicitly social and don't necessarily want to be social networks, but they still benefit from letting their visitors interact with each other. That used to be hard. Fortunately, there's an emerging wave of social standards -- OpenID, OAuth, OpenSocial, and the data access APIs published by Facebook, Google, MySpace, and others. Google Friend Connect builds on these standards to let people easily connect with their friends, wherever they are on the web, making 'any app, any site, any friends' a reality.quot;FriendConnect will bring traffic to webmaster and will increase the user engagement with website. Reference:- Previewing Google Friend Connect: Website owners can make any site social Orkut In Twitter Way Orkut today announced the launch of status messages on orkut profiles. Where you can type something and it will be shared with everyone who view your profile. All you have to do is to go to your profile, type whatever you want to appear as your status in the box right below your name. Now whoever views your profile can view your latest status message. So next time yo go out, don't forget to add your away status to your Orkut. orkut Blog: What's new with you?: quot;profile can view your latest newsquot; Truveo Introduced New Localized Ranking Algorithm Saturday, May 24, 2008 09:23 GMT / Created by Page 19 of 20

Truveo,the owned subsidiary of AOL, LLC is a search engine for video. Truveo today announced that it has introduced new localized ranking algorithms for all of the countries it serves with the 17 international Truveo portals. What is the benefit with these new Algorithms? With these new algorithms, the order of search results will vary from country to country in order to deliver the most relevant results to each country?s Truveo users. Previous algorithms were desgined in a way that they fetches data irrespective of their location. Below is the snippet of press release from AOL.quot;As AOL continues to extend the global distribution of our products and services, Truveo's aggressive international expansion and initiatives such as the new international ranking and relevancy algorithm will only add to Truveo's leadership around the world,quot; said Kevin Conroy, Executive Vice President of AOL. ?Since we kicked off our international expansion six months ago, we have seen a surge in traffic and received very positive feedback from around the world,? said Pete Kocks, President of Truveo and Vice President of AOL. ?The introduction of our new international ranking and relevancy algorithms will now give users around the world even better results and an even better experiencequot;More information is available on AOL website given in reference. Reference- Truveo Makes International Searches More Relevant AddThis : #1 bookmarking and sharing button on the Internet AddThis, the undoubt leader in bookmarking and sharing button on internet posted their last month statistics and it's just looking great. As you can see in above diagram, Over 20 billion buttons served in April only. What is AddThis? The AddThis button spreads your content across the Web by making it easier for your visitors to bookmark and share it with other people. Very simple, powerful and easy to install. More about AddThis is here at- or you can see it in action just by spreading this post with addthis button at the end of this post. Reference:- Over 20 Billion Buttons Served in April Saturday, May 24, 2008 09:23 GMT / Created by Page 20 of 20

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