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Google Shared Spaces breathes new life into old Wave Gadgets

Google Wave may be dead as we once knew it, but it looks like Google may be intent on keeping its many Gadgets alive for the long haul. An experiment showed up today on Google Labs called Google Shared Spaces, but judging from what it's been through since it went up on Sunday morning, it may have been entirely accidental. The idea behind Shared Spaces is a simple one; the old Gadgets...

Google Wave looks set to be rescued by Apache

The Apache Software Foundation, that is, not an ominously portentous, Wagner-blaring helicopter. The beleaguered Wave project, which Google has ceased developing, will soon shut down. Last week, Google gave us the ability to export our existing waves as Zip files, and now, thanks to Apache and the Wave in a Box off-shoot, you may soon have somewhere to import them to. It won't be exactly the...

Facebook launches 'next generation messaging', sounds a lot like Google Wave

Extolling the virtues of what messaging should be -- seamless, instant, personal and simple -- Mark Zuckerberg has just launched what sounds just like a socially-aware version of the now-defunct Google Wave. It is not email -- though you will get a username@facebook.com email address -- but it handles email. It's a messaging platform that interweaves all of your incoming messages, be they...

Google Wave now lets you export waves to Zip files

Google has just announced the availability of a Zip export tool for waves created in the almost defunct Google Wave. This looks like it's just the first step of many that will let you get the data you've created in Wave out of the service before it's eventually shut down forever. Within any wave, there's now an Export menu that lets you save the wave and any attachments that have been added...

Google Wave lives on -- as Novell Pulse

Granted, the majority of us will never use it since it's an enterprise solution, but Wave is still alive and kicking in many ways as the underlying base for Novell Pulse. Due to be released sometime in the second-half of the year, the project is nearly ready for its debut into the exciting world of conferences, collaborative document editing, and boardroom stick-figure doodling. Though largely...

Google Wave dies of acute unpopularity at age 1

Google Wave, touted last year as the future of text-based communication, will wave no more. Google just announced that it will be ceasing development on Wave, and eventually shutting it down, because it never caught on the way it was supposed to. Some of Wave's technology, like the drag-and-drop feature and live typing, will live on as open source. Export tools are coming soon so that you can get...

write.fm is an easy-to-use Web text dump which also supports files

The man behind write.fm is none other than task.fm creator, Anthony Feint (we covered task.fm back in 2009). The site itself is very simple to use: it's just a blank page which you can write on, and attach files if you want to. Your text is auto-saved, and you can then send the link to anyone you want to share it with. What makes it worthy of mention is that it's slick, fast, simple and free. It...

Google Wave had its first birthday yesterday, but got no presents

When the folks at Google posted a Happy Birthday to Wave yesterday, it was difficult to tell whether or not they were being sarcastic or serious about it. It's now been a year since the first Wave demo wowed audiences the world over, only for those audiences to be sorely disappointed months later to find out that they not only couldn't get ahold of invites to use Wave, but that it offered...

Google Wave now open to the public: faster, Robots and Gadgets aplenty!

If you somehow missed it, Google Wave is now a bonafide Labs project: rather than being an invite-only alpha, it's now a public beta test! If you don't already have an account, just head on over to Wave and use your regular Google login details. If you've not seen any of the Google Wave introductory videos, you should check them out -- they explain the whole thing a lot more succinctly than I ever...

Google Wave Extension Gallery goes live, still very wet around the ears

Showing off the truly omnivorous and omnipotent nature of Wave, there is now an internal Extension Gallery. All you have to do is hit the 'Extensions' button on Wave's Navigation menu and voila! Until now, it's always been a bit tricky to find 'proper' extensions for Wave. There have been a few lists, but gadgets are often plagued with stability issues (or they don't work at all), and robots...

PiratePad is EtherPad, elsewhere

After Google purchased the collaborative text editing site EtherPad and subsequently screwed up by trying to turn off the ability to create new pads, many people have lost confidence in Google's ability to effectively host their data on EtherPad. Google has been clear that it is their long-term plan to drop EtherPad as a service, but at the same time they have already begun open-sourcing the code...

EtherPad back online and going open-source after Google deal

When Google bought AppJet Inc., the makers of EtherPad, it was great news for the future of Google Wave, but bad news for current EtherPad users. The plan was to close new account signups and pad creation immediately, and shut down existing accounts in March 2010. Rejoice, though, devotees of EtherPad! The site is back online and headed for open-source. After an outpouring of disappointment from...

Google strengthens Wave's collaborative editing power by acquiring AppJet Inc.

In a move aimed at improving the collaborative, real-time functionality of Wave, Google has acquired AppJet Inc. AppJet and its EtherPad software provides the only 'really real-time' word processor on the Internet. While there are other collaborative multi-user tools like Google Docs, they only send occasional updates -- EtherPad updates every half a second. Just like Google Wave! I doubt this...

The Ultimate List of Google Wave Robots

This list has been a long time coming, and for that I apologise. But I think it will be worth the wait. In just the last month invites for Google Wave have opened right up with second and third generation testers getting invite codes of their own to distribute. Developers and users are now flooding into the new and exciting service. As a result, we're seeing rapid and extensive development of...

Google to unveil a Wave-inspired, unified interface across its web apps

Our sister blog Engadget is reporting -- based on some leaked screenshots -- that Google may be moving to roll out a single cohesive interface for all its web apps. The screenshots come from an anonymous source and are as-yet unverified, but it would make sense given their obvious intentions to centralize a lot of the Web's communication channels into Google Wave. With the eventual (but...