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Ning gets 90+ OpenSocial-powered apps

Ning, a popular web service that lets you set up your own Facebook-style social network (and hosts it for you) just added something that Facebook and MySpace have had for quite a while now: apps. Like applications on those other, bigger, networks, Ning Apps are powered by OpenSocial, a much-hyped API for building third-party apps that work on multiple social networks. Open Social has been around f...

Zoho Gadgets give you quick access to Zoho from Gmail, Facebook, etc

Zoho has launched a new feature that lets you access Zoho's suite of web office documents from Faceboo, iGoogle., Orkut, or any web page that either supports OpenSocial XML or lets you embed an iframe. Zoho Gadgets are little widgets that provide you with an overview of the following Zoho services: Zoho Docs Zoho Mail Zoho Calendar Zoho Tasks Zoho Contacts Zoho Planner In other word...

Googleholic for December 19, 2008

Welcome to Googleholic, your sometimes weekly, often infrequent, fix of everything Google. This week: OpenSocial API adds hooks for My Yahoo! and other popular languages Picasa 3.1 comes out swinging iPhone and Android get optimized search results Twitter connects to Google Friend Connect Port your Google Webtoolkit app to Facebook in 10 minutes YouTube goes HD Chromeaholic: Passwo...

Googleholic for June 13, 2008

Welcome to Googleholic, your bi-weekly fix of everything Google! In this edition: Upload PDFs to Google Docs Google I/O sessions now online Edit the Google Mobile page Easy way to export gCal ICS files Use Google Docs for Craigslist ads Google's agreement with Yahoo! ...

Zembly - Helping you widgetize, one app at a time

Do you have an idea for a widget or Facebook app? Maybe you either don't have the time or the full knowledge to actually make it? You reallllly want to make Wolverines vs. Dracula Part 8 for Facebook, and it frustrates you. Well be frustrated no more, in steps Zembly. As you know, companies have been formed around building Facebook apps, some of them have become wildly successful AND profitable...

Googleholic for May 30, 2008

Welcome to Googleholic - your bi-weekly fix of everything Google! In this edition: Google I/O round-up Use Google to reference your JavaScript libraries Google Web Toolkit 1.5 RC Other random Google bits ...

Google Friend Connect: a social network for every site

On Monday night, Google launched its entry into the growing field of programs that attempt to share your "social graph" -- your collection of friends and relationships -- across many social networks. The program is called Friend Connect, and it's starting with a handful of sites, including Facebook, Plaxo and Hi5. Friend Connect is also going to support applications under OpenSocial, Google's soci...

Download Squad Week in Review

Been busy spending the past week telling the press about your extramarital affairs, history of drug use, and misuse of campaign funds? Here are a few stories you might have been too busy to read. Adobe Photoshop Express Beta launches After months of hype, the big day finally arrived. Adobe launched a free, online version of Photoshop, the industry standard in image editing. You won't find all the...

Talking OpenSocial with Google's Kevin Marks

Kevin Marks talks Open Social with Download Squad's Christina Warren from Download Squad on Vimeo. With all the buzz around OpenSocial, it's easy to get lost in hype. While we were at SXSW we caught up with Kevin Marks, a man with more techno-credibility than you can shake a stick at. He's currently working on OpenSocial for Google, and he's got a lot to say about the concepts behind organiz...

OpenSocial Bonanza

Yahoo!, MySpace and Google announced the creation of the OpenSocial Foundation today. The foundation is a non-profit entity aimed at ensuring "...open and transparent governance of the OpenSocial specifications and intellectual property." On the final day of SXSW Interactive 2008, we were lucky enough to sit down with Kevin Marks from Google's OpenSocial project. Kevin broke down what OpenSocial i...

Install Facebook applications on any web site

Love them or hate them, Facebook applications are what makes the social networking site what it is. Back when MySpace, Friendster, and other sites let you connect with friends, leave messages, and maybe even play some music, Facebook let you send snowballs, play Scrabble, and graph your bestest friends. The only problem with Facebook applications is that up until now, you've had to actually visit...

Google Reader adds Google Talk for sharing

Google has added a new way to share your favorite feeds and articles with friends, through Google Talk, aka the Gmail address book. Google Reader has included a "Share" button for a while now, but if you wanted people to actually read your shared listings, you had to direct them to a URL or RSS feed. Now your Google Talk contacts can also see the items you're sharing on their Google Reader page. ...

Facebook API to open up to other social networks

And the open developer platform war has just become a little more interesting. OK, that's a lie. It still isn't all that interesting, but it has now become a tad more complex. Just hours after social networking site Bebo announced that their Open Application Developer Platform (which goes live tonight) would be "100 percent compatible with the Facebook platform", Facebook has pulled out a trump ca...

LinkedIn gets a beta facelift and developer platform

LinkedIn, the professional networking site, has released new features, including a homepage redesign and developer platform. Sure this is going to be a little more useful to business users, but does LinkedIn need to expand and focus outside the business sector to make things stickier? LinkedIn's new focus seems like an effort to emulate what Facebook has had with outside web applications. The new...

Is Google playing Microsoft to Facebook's Apple?

Microsoft became the market leader in operating system deployment largely by making its OS and software available to any hardware maker that wanted to license the technology. Apple, on the other hand, has always insisted the its OS should only run on Apple-labeled computers. So while Microsoft is often slammed for not being "open," the company owes much of what it is to early openness. And it lo...