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Twitter 101 for Business – A Special Guide July 28, 2009

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So what does Twitter do for businesses?

Twitter is a communications platform that helps businesses and their customers do a number of useful things. As a business, you can use it to quickly share information with people interested in your company, gather real-time market intelligence and feedback, and build relationships with customers, partners and other people who care about your company. As an individual user, you can use Twitter to tell a company (or anyone else) that you’ve had a great – or disappointing – experience with their business, offer product ideas, and learn about great offers. […]

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Google releases Wave protocol implementation source code – Ars Technica July 28, 2009

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[…] Google intends to open the source code of its own implementation in order to encourage widespread adoption of the protocol. The company took its first major steps in that direction on Friday by releasing the source code of its Operational Transform (OT) code and a simple client/server reference implementation that is built on top of the protocol. This code, which is available under the open source Apache Software License, will give developers a way to start experimenting with the protocol and potentially even building their own Wave-compatible services.

“To kickoff Federation Day, we open sourced two components: 1) the Operational Transform (OT) code and the underlying wave model, and 2) a basic client/server prototype that uses the wave protocol,” says an announcement in the official Google Wave developer blog. “The OT code is the heart and soul of the collaborative experience in Google Wave and we plan that code will evolve into the production-quality reference implementation,”[…]

Because of the complexity of Wave’s concurrency model, Google is concerned that third-party implementations of the underlying OT framework will not be able to interoperate correctly with each other. Google aims to provide a standard production-quality reference implementation that all adopters will be able to use in order to minimize the risk of inconsistent behavior. The company says that it will also provide comprehensive testing frameworks to help guarantee the compatibility of third-party implementations. […]

Wave is highly exciting technology with enormous potential. As the platform opens further, it’s likely that we will see Google’s Wave protocol reference implementation code repurposed in innovative ways and integrated with other independent services.

via Google releases Wave protocol implementation source code – Ars Technica.

Stay Tuned for Bluetooth on Your TV July 28, 2009

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[…] Bluetooth, which allows for small amounts of data to be transmitted wirelessly, is in 50 percent to 60 percent of cell phones. That could open up opportunities for companies that make both cell phones and televisions, such as LG and Samsung, to link the devices and use mobile phones as remote controls. Companies like Rovi formerly Macrovision and NDS, which develop interactive on-screen guides for televisions, are exploring how to tie mobile phones into the TV-viewing experience.

A mobile phone tied to the TV would allow different users in the house to immediately bring up personalized profiles filled with content, recommendations and perhaps other social features when they watch television. Additionally, as search becomes more essential for wading through the massive video-verse, using a triple-tap keystroke input like that used for sending SMS messages would allow users to search for what they want to watch without requiring a full keyboard. Consumers with Bluetooth-enabled PC keyboards (or full QWERTY keyboards on mobile phones) might use those to control the TV as well. […]

Research firm In-Stat today released a report revealing that well over half of respondents in a survey owned a mobile phone with Bluetooth technology, with nearly 60 percent of them using it to connect a Bluetooth headset. As televisions get broadband connections, widgets and ever more content, figuring out ways to navigate TV 2.0 (GigaOMPro subscription required), while optimizing the traditional entertainment offered from the TV, makes Bluetooth a compelling technology to add to these 80-plus-year-old devices. It’s a good thing Bluetooth came back from the dead.

Gartner Hype Cycle 2009: What’s Peaking, What’s Troughing? « I’m Not Actually a Geek July 27, 2009

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On July 21, Gartner released its omnibus 2009 Hype Cycle for Emerging Markets. This report covers a wide range of industries, from flat panel displays to home health providers to cloud computing.

Honestly, it’s fascinating to see how Gartner positions the various industries along the cycle. Here is 2009’s hype cycle for emerging technologies:

Gartner Emerging Technologies Hype Cycle 2009

Boy, that’s a full hype cycle isn’t it? The report itself is chock full of analysis and forecasts for the various technologies. Here are a few notes of mine from reading it.

Social Software Suites: It’s clear that the market is moving toward more applications bundled into Enterprise 2.0 offerings. As Nikos Drakos and Anthony Bradley write, “we expect that successful products will continue to assimilate new functionality.” The report notes that Social Software Suites have tipped past the peak of inflated expectations. (more…)

Google Wave Going Public in September, Kind Of July 27, 2009

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We’re not really sure how we feel about Google Wave yet, but if it really shapes up to be how e-mail would be if it was invented today, count us in. Plus, we pretty much love anything Google puts out so Google Wave should really be no exception.

And after a big announcement for Google Wave at Google I/O, it’s been relatively quiet on that front (with Chrome OS taking over the news). But fear no more, Google will (soft) launch Google Wave in September, offering 100,000 invites to whoever signs up here. It’s already been rolled out to developers so when it launches in September, we’ll actually have some semblance of what Wave is capable of.

via Google Wave Going Public in September, Kind Of | Android Central

Why Apple’s iTouch Tablet Will Become Its Flagship Product — Seeking Alpha July 26, 2009

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Digital content has been available for years, but the right vehicle to consume the content has been lacking. We still cut down trees and hand deliver newspapers to people’s homes. That worked in 1900, but 2009? Are you kidding me? The iTouch Tablet is about to change society as we know it. The demand for this product is going to overwhelm Apple (AAPL).[…]

Will the tablet have a substantial impact on Apple’s core business? I see this device taking its place at the high end of the iPod family; it will be a larger version of the iPod Touch. This product won’t fall quietly into place however. The iTouch Tablet launch is primed to be the most significant in the history of Apple. The following four reasons provide support for the claim:

1) Apple Finally has an App Machine. Steve Jobs has mentioned that he has never seen anything like success of the App Store in his career. If he is saying that, then I’m saying that this 9.7 inch iTouch that has been designed to optimally utilize the apps will become the flagship Apple product.[…] The trend is in place that shows consumers will desire an app rather than visit a website. Perhaps we will one day see that apps are more popular than actual websites. The unspoken secret about the iPhone is that it wasn’t designed to become the ultimate App Store device. The screen is too small. The order of operations for the iPhone are phone first, iPod second, Apps third, and Internet browser fourth. This new iTouch is principally designed to take advantage of the App Store gaming, books, news, entertainment, social networking, etc… (more…)

Motorola launches MOTODEV studio for Android developers July 26, 2009

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Motorola really wants you to develop for Android handsets. More specifically, they really want you to develop for Motorola-made Android handsets. That’s why they’ve launched MOTODEV, an Android development resource for crackin’ out apps purposed for Motorola handsets.

It’s a two-part initiative, one seemingly a bit more exclusive than the other. If you can get into Motorola’s “App Accelerator Program”, they’ll set you up with early access to the tools and specs, pre-release handsets (for testing purposes), direct private access to Motorola’s Android crew, and some level of assistance in marketing your app. You’ll presumably have to prove you’re up to snuff – and, unless Moto is feelin’ lucky, sign an NDA.

The other, more accessible half of the program is the release of MOTODEV Studio, a development environment specifically tuned for development on Moto Android handsets.

Of course, this is all a bit null until Motorola actually releases an Android handset – but headstarts are always welcome. Plus, it gave Motorola a reason to draw a bunch of sweet-ass Android graphics like the ones above, not to mention this next one:


For more information on anything related to Motorola/Android dev, check out http://developer.motorola.com/

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Android Donut Out: Full Multitouch, Universal Search, Automated Backups AND Better Performance July 26, 2009

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Google’s dropped new code for Android Donut and it sounds too good to be true. People at XDA Developers are reporting it has system-wide multitouch, universal search, text-to-speech, automated backups, a new camera app, and Click to view image somehow, supposedly better performance.

Also intriguing is CDMA support–as in the kind of network that Sprint runs–adding on to Sprint’s Dan Hesse remark that Android is coming to Sprint this year and rumors that it’ll be Hero. You can see a lot of the new Donut features  in action here, like universal search, in this video from the Google I/O conference.

Folks at XDA are working on a build that’ll run on the Dream (G1), though it works in the emulator right now. [XDA Developers, Images via XDA’s cyanogen, Thanks Will!]

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Nokia to buy Cellity July 26, 2009

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Nokia has announced that it will acquire “certain assets” of Hamburg-based mobile software firm Cellity, these “assets” being its people and technology. Cellity’s current offering, an “address book 2.0″, which promises to connect and consolidate a user’s contacts and messages across mobile phone, social networks, etc into one inbox. It also offers a dashboard to manage this. However, this – the company’s current – service is said to be discontinued. So what is Nokia buying then (besides the very talented people)? My best guess is that Nokia would want to use the technology to ease consolidation and interaction across a variety of their handsets’ and services’ (including Ovi).

Good on the good folks of Cellity. Let us wait what it the result will hold in stock…

via Nokia to buy Cellity | Volker on Mobile.

How HP Integrates Digital and Social, Kathy Durham, VP Marketing July 25, 2009

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Jeremiah Owyang wrote in his blog Web Strategy about Internet Strategy Forum in Portland and about a conversation with Katherine Durham VP of Marketing at HP.

Topic: Integration of digital median and conversational marketing

Trends that HP sees:

  • The more things change the more they stay the same, reaching the right customer with the right message at the right time, and in the right place.
  • Digital is getting marketing what it used to be. Talks about the old corner store, how relationships were built in real life, digital is doing the same now.
  • “If content is king, context is queen” Jeff Berman, MySpace
  • 14hours per week are spent online by consumers (40% of time) however companies only spend 5% online.
  • 5 years ago only one of the 10 top sites were social (myspace), now there are several in the top 10 youtube, facebook, wikipedia
  • Social media isn’t just for kids, many are not accessing it from twitter.com but are using mobile devices.
  • Talks about forkfly.com a mobile social network that enables customers to show restaurants coupons while at the table.
  • 77% of Americans watched a video last month
  • The importance of reviews are important as they give credibility. 87% of customers would rather ask a friend and trust them than see a critics view about that product.
  • Negative reviews can convert
  • Gives a customer reference to BazaarVoice, who helps increase results. (more…)