Sprint to Roll Out LTE Services in 2012

sprint 253x300 Sprint to Roll Out LTE Services in 2012The mad scramble for 4G dominance continues as Sprint announced plans to release LTE to 120 markets all over the United States by next year.

This is a logical step for Sprint as the carrier has finally snagged Apple iPhone 4S, which is a big win for the carrier. Sprint announced its network plans with the initial 120 market implementation of the LTE services. This will then be further expanded to a total of 260 markets by the end of 2013. Sprint also announced that it will be releasing its first LTE device in 2012. [Read more...]

Facebook Begins its Digital World Domination

facebook1 490x275 Facebook Begins its Digital World Domination

There’s a lot of things going on right now at the Facebook camp, coinciding with their f8 Developer’s Conference. But with the several new things that Facebook unveiled today, one thing is certain, Mark Zuckerberg and his gang is out to conquer the social digital world. You still got time, either you opt-in or opt-out now.

Facebook’s plan of dominating the digital world is a three-point attack right now. This is only its initial salvo. I’m pretty sure there are more to come. In the meantime, let’s take at look at these three strategies which were just announced at the f8 gig.

Docs for Facebook

Zuckerberg knows quite well that Google has already dominated the search dominion and it would take a lot of effort to beat Google into this game. So, why not attack something which Google is starting to dominate – the cloud computing space. Enter Docs for Facebook, which interestingly Facebook is launching in cooperation with Microsoft.

Simply put, Docs for Facebook is like Google Docs, only this time it’s main focus is document collaboration and sharing within the Facebook ecosystem and not just anywhere else.  Docs for Facebook is pretty simple right now. You can create documents or upload existing ones and then share it with your Facebook friends, via Facebook and within Facebook.  Can it give Google Docs a run for its money? We’ll know soon enough, once it becomes available to the public.

Facebook’s Take on Social Recommendation with Yelp

Gowalla and Foursqure might have something to be worried about.  Facebook is finally taking the social recommendation, location-aware social networking space for a spin. And it brought along Yelp, Gowalla and Foursquare’s fiercest rivals.

With the Facebook and Yelp partnership, you will be able to see which among your Facebook friends have reviewed a business and read their reviews. You can also find out who among your friends have like a particular business as well as  view feed of what your friends are doing.

Facebook and Pandora Spike Up the Social Music Sphere

There’s not much details yet about how Facebook and Pandora are teaming up. But one thing is for sure, MySpace which has been dominating the social music niche has something to be worried about.  All we know is that when you log in to Facebook and go to Pandora for the first time, the music site can immediately start playings songs from bands you’ve liked across the web. It will also show you friends who also like the same songs as you while you are playing or listening to a music.

There you go, three major strategies that will trigger the start of Facebook’s digital world domination. Are you ready for it?

AT&T Goes to Infinity and Beyond with New Social Recommendation Tool, Buzz.com

Screen shot 2010 04 21 at 5.45.09 AM1 489x275 AT&T Goes to Infinity and Beyond with New Social Recommendation Tool, Buzz.com

AT&T has launched its newest interactive product called Buzz.com. Interestingly, aside from the similarity with Google Buzz, it seems that both service might tend to overlap in terms of function and purpose. AT&T’s Buzz is a social recommendation site with a dash of local search function. It’s a new service for sharing local tips or “buzz” with your friends.

Similar to most social media sites, Buzz.com also taps into the growing social networks. Hence you can register using your Facebook credentials. So, once you register to Buzz.com using your Facebook profile, you don’t really need to build a new community of friends or sift through rants and raves from strangers.

Buzz.com also provides personalized local search based on the recommendations of people you know and trust. Again, another vital ingredient of a successful social recommendation site.

David Krantz, AT&T President and CEO Interactive said that Buzz.com was built on the strong foundation influnced by AT&T Interactive’s leadership and success in local search.

“By offering buzz.com alongside our other local search properties like YP.COM, we create opportunity to reach a broader – and growing user segment that relies on their community to make decisions. For favorited businesses, it means immediate recognition of a loyal customer and positive exposure among a network of friends,” said Mr. Krantz.

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Google Turns its Bookmarking Service into a Collaborative Tool

bookmarkslist 300x90 Google Turns its Bookmarking Service into a Collaborative Tool

To be honest about it I forgot all about Google Bookmarks since the first time I encountered it. And that was a long time ago. For awhile I thought it ceased to exist since Google was not really active in promoting it. Until now, as Google just announced a new of Google Bookmarks – List.

In case you’re not aware, Google Bookmarks lets you save shortcuts to your favorite webpages and navigate to them easily and quickly. Google Bookmarks are similar to your usual bookmarking facility, desktop or browser except for the fact that items you bookmark are not saved on your computer but on your Google account instead.

Previously, Google Bookmarks allow you to organize your items by categories.  Now, the new feature lets you organize your bookmark items by lists.  Google Bookmarks lists are easy to manage and update but more importantly can be shared to others.  Even better is the fact that your friends and contacts can add items to your shared lists as well. Hence, making Google Bookmarks an online collaboration tool.

In addition, you can also view videos and other content such as reviews, maps and more on your list.

List is currently an experimental feature of Google Bookmarks. To try it out, simply visit  Google Bookmarks on google.com.

Lunchwalla Answers the Question – “What’s for Lunch?”

Frankly, the first thing that came into my mind when I stumbled upon new social media site Lunchwall was the location-aware social media site Gowalla. Not only does these two services’ names sound alike but somehow they offer similar services.

Gowalla is a social recommendation site of sorts, built upon crowd sourced experience when visiting restaurants and other places of interest. Lunchwalla on the other hand is also banking on the social aspect, this time of planning gigs and events by group of people or network of friends.

Basically, Lunchwalla answers the most pressing daily question – “What’s for lunch?”  The site is for coordinating events at millions of eating and drinking establishments with friends, colleagues and family. Don’t get me wrong here, you can also use Lunchwalla for organizing breakfast, dinner, drinks and other gatherings. It is not just limited to lunch events.

From the official press release – Lunchwalla changes social planning by combining reviews, reservations, menus and local coupons into one site that lets friends, colleagues and family vote on where to go.  It aims to cut down cost on sending text messages the hazzle of calling back-and-forth just to finalize on where your friends would be holding your next small gathering.

To find out whether Lunchwalla suits your needs, you can check out the site at http://lunchwalla.com and register to join. You can create a new account or use your Facebook login credential to start planning your next lunch gig.

Lunchwalla is currently web-based service only. Although I’m pretty sure a mobile application is already under way.

Screen shot 2010 03 09 at 5.28.17 AM 490x205 Lunchwalla Answers the Question   Whats for Lunch?

Via Market Wire

What Google Gains from Google Public DNS

google public dns What Google Gains from Google Public DNSIt’s days like these that make me really, really happy that so many Google services are so indirectly monetized. OpenDNS, the world’s most popular DNS service, makes money by hijacking 404 errors to show its own ads. Combined with revenue from filtering services for corporate users, OpenDNS made $20,000 per day on just 7 billion daily queries last year. Today, they handle 20 billion daily queries.

Sure, OpenDNS is a great service that offers lots of features, but DNS hijacking is an ethically questionable practice. Error pages full of ads might occasionally be useful, but they’re one step away from hijacking legitimate pages — for censorship, phishing, blocking competition, whatever nefarious purpose.

Enter Google Public DNS, which follows DNS protocols to the letter: absolutely no hijacking, even for error pages. If you misspell stuff in your address bar, or if the webmaster of your favorite site is a moron, then you get an error page and nothing else. If Google isn’t showing ads through Google Public DNS, then what do they gain from offering this service for free? Three things: [Read more...]

Social Networking Growth Steady, As Facebook Inches Closer to Yahoo

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It seems like October was a resting month for social networking users, as October site traffic from Compete indicates that the likes of Facebook, MySpace and Twitter didn’t actually register a significant growth.

Twitter’s site traffic for one registered a 2% decrease month over month. This is the same as its June traffic data and is actually lower than the previous months – July, August September. [Read more...]

Google Wants Ten Million Servers

Are you having trouble scaling your new media empire across a few dozen servers? How about scaling it across ten million servers? That’s the scale Google envisions with a new storage and computation system they’re developing for all their global datacenters, appropriately named Spanner.

That should be more than enough to run Skynet. And you thought your hosting setup was complicated.

(Via Rich Miller.)