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Facebook has just rolled out an updated version of its news feed that lets users switch between viewing a live version and an older one, where they can see what’s happened since they last logged in. Screenshots of possible news feeds Facebook was testing out began […] Read more »

[qi:gigaom_icon_4G] Clearwire, Comcast and Sprint today provided a timeframe of when during the fourth quarter of this year they plan to launch 4G wireless broadband service in 11 U.S. markets. Comcast will be pairing up with the other two providers in Seattle, Philadelphia and Chicago. Clearwire’s […] Read more »

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Google will include Twitter’s real-time status updates into its search results, Google VP Marissa Mayer said in a blog post released this afternoon. This comes hot off the heels of Microsoft’s announcement this morning that it will include status update feeds from Facebook and Twitter into […] Read more »

Facebook’s 300 million users collectively spend more than 8 billion minutes on the site each day, according to the social network’s VP of engineering, Mike Schroepfer. He offered up the number onstage at the Web 2.0 Summit Wednesday as proof of the infrastructure challenges the social […] Read more »

Updated with detail from the Web 2.0 conference: Microsoft is set to announced this morning during the Web 2.0 Summit separate nonexclusive deals with Twitter and Facebook, deals that were first reported by Kara Swisher over at AllThingsD, which would enable Microsoft to serve real-time status […] Read more »

Social networking has generally been discouraged in the workplace, with many corporate IT departments blocking access to sites like Facebook and MySpace due to privacy concerns. But these efforts are becoming increasingly futile as our lives continue to converge with social networks, analysts at a Gartner […] Read more »

kaChing, a Palo Alto, Calif.-based startup backed by Netscape founder Marc Andreessen and Open Table CEO Jeff Jordan, launched a web site today that aims to be a marketplace where anyone can access talented investors. With kaChing, people can choose to invest their money according to […] Read more »

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The number of people accessing social networks on their mobile phones at least once a month in the U.S. has doubled since the beginning of the year, to 10 percent in the third quarter from 5 percent in the first quarter, according to Forrester Research, in […] Read more »

[qi:_newteevee] Do you have a tough time finding reruns of your favorite TV shows online? Then head over to NewTeeVee, where you can snag a beta invite to Clicker, an online channel guide that helps you find TV shows, movies, web originals or music that you […] Read more »

Twitter yesterday launched a mobile version of its popular micromessaging service in Japan, making it the first country to get its own local language version. To boost its presence abroad, the fledgling San Francisco-based company has been tapping into the mobile industry, unveiling a partnership this […] Read more »

Facebook has been hit with public outcry over some of the changes it’s made to the social networking site over the years, but the real risk, according to comments made by Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg at a Churchill Club event in Palo Alto, Calif., on […] Read more »

Skimble, a web site that helps you plan and track your outdoor activities and workouts, hopped on the Twitter train today with the release of a feature that lets you tweet your activity to its site. It joins a growing group of exercise-focused applications and web […] Read more »

TweetDeck has released an updated version of its desktop application that includes features aimed at helping users get the information that matters most to them. The app, which helps you manage your Facebook, Twitter and MySpace accounts by letting you organize updates from those social sites […] Read more »

FourSquare, the location-based mobile application game that launched back in March, has been getting a lot of attention here in the U.S., but in the meantime, an offering made available in the iPhone App Store that same month has been gaining users internationally: Gowalla. Created by […] Read more »

Aardvark today expanded its answer service beyond its iPhone and instant messenger application offerings with the launch of, a social search web site. Unlike Yelp and Yahoo Answers, Aardvark’s service lets you tap into your social graph to get answers to your questions. The launch […] Read more »

Salesforce’s revenue run rate is currently more than $1.2 billion, CEO Marc Benioff said during a talk at the Oracle World conference in San Francisco today. And over 63,000 customers are using the company’s cloud-based services, according to Benioff, who spent 13 years at Oracle. “The […] Read more »

Two San Francisco-based startups — Samasource and CrowdFlower — today released a free iPhone application in the iTunes App Store called Give Work that lets you spend a few seconds of your time helping Kenyan refugees earn money, and in turn, improve their quality of life. […] Read more »

ViVu said today that it’s received $3 million in Series A funding for its virtual video webcast and collaboration platform, pressuring rival offerings such as Citrix’s GoToMeeting and and Cisco’s WebEx. The round was led by Inventus Capital Partners; Draper Fisher Jurvetson, Quest Ventures and entrepreneur […] Read more »

A growing number of early-stage deals and general optimism in the technology industry helped push venture capital investments up 14 percent in the third quarter of this year, to $6.1 billion from $5.3 billion in the prior quarter, according to a report released today from ChubbyBrain, […] Read more »

From Loopt to FourSquare, it seems like every mobile-focused startup these days wants to hop on board the location-based application train. Aloqa launched an iPhone version of its free Android and BlackBerry application last week (the startup’s CEO, Sanjeev Agrawal, spoke during a panel at our […] Read more »

When Canada’s Silverorange started developing ClusterShot, a web site through which people can upload and sell their photos online, in May of 2008, it was nothing more than a side project members of the 14-person web development firm worked on in the evenings and on weekends. […] Read more »

Twitoaster, which threads conversations on Twitter, is launching its open API today, allowing developers to integrate the service within their applications so that their users won’t have to piece together disjointed tweets. So far, Tweepz, a web site that lets you search for people on Twitter, […] Read more »

NeighborGoods, a web site that lets you share stuff with people in your neighborhood, today is launching publicly in its first city, Los Angeles. It’s somewhat of a cross between Facebook and Craigslist. For example, if you need to borrow a power drill for a home […] Read more »

Phanfare, a subscription-based video and photo archival service, has paired up with Hewlett-Packard to offer an updated version of its Photon application for the iPhone and iPod touch, and it’s available starting today for free in the iTunes App store. The new version of Photon lets […] Read more »

As we have said before, developers are the kingmakers in the brave new world of the mobile Internet. That sentiment was made pretty evident at a small gathering organized by Palm in San Francisco today. The event was held to introduce Ben Galbraith and Dion Almaer, […] Read more »

In its first big move to implement the stricter ad guidelines it introduced this summer, Facebook recently suspended applications that served advertisements with deceptive content within them. The apps were suspended without warning, leaving developers confused as to why Facebook took this action and didn’t give […] Read more »

Kai-Fu Lee, who resigned as head of Google’s operations in China last month, is looking to tap into burgeoning areas of the Chinese Internet market with his new Beijing-based incubator and investment fund, Innovation Works. To that end, the fund will invest in e-commerce, cloud computing […] Read more »

Bing, the shiny, new search engine that Microsoft launched this summer, may be starting to lose its luster. Its U.S. search market share dropped to 8.5 percent in September from 9.6 percent the prior month, according to analytics firm StatCounter. The decline isn’t limited to the […] Read more »

GetJar, a independent mobile application store, has launched a service dubbed the App Download Page, which points people to the versions of apps that are compatible with their mobile phones. By taking the guesswork out of which version to download, the thinking goes, the overall number […] Read more »

Facebook Connect has so far been implemented on some 15,000 web sites, devices and applications, a number that’s likely to get a shot in the arm with today’s launch of the social network’s new Connect Wizard tool. With Connect Wizard, developers can integrate Facebook Connect into […] Read more »

SugarSync, the web service that backs up and synchronizes files across multiple computers and mobile phones, is rolling out a feature today that lets users provide public links to their files. These links can be used to virally spread large files stored on SugarSync to social […] Read more »

TripIt, which aggregates people’s travel arrangements from various web sites into one web itinerary, is rolling out a referral program today that lets developers who build apps on top of its API receive a 10-20 percent cut of the sales from its TripIt Pro premium subscription […] Read more »

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer took the stage today in San Francisco to extol how the company’s new slate of products — Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2 and Microsoft Exchange Server2010 — can help businesses save money and increase productivity as corporate IT budgets remain tight. […] Read more »

AppBank, a Seattle-based startup, today is launching a free application in beta that lets people without coding skills build their own Facebook apps, such as a quiz or game, in four steps — and earn a cut of the revenue from ads placed within them. The […] Read more »

One of the biggest challenges on the web is discovering new types of content. Last week, I wrote about, a web site that helps you find web sites akin to ones that you’re currently viewing. We came across two other services that accomplish the same […] Read more »

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