1. Google News
Google was in the news this week quite frequently. The most buzz worthy was the integration of Google voice with gmail. My favorite news though was Google Acquires Angstro. This company had been doing some neat work and had some good code in github. Hopefully, these tools will be integrated into Google services. Another interesting news was Google’s instant search – most likely they are doing some A/B testing but I think it is a cool idea . I also found a presentation from a Googler called The Real Life Social Network v2 which was very insightful (but looong !).
2. Facebook Looks to Develop More Social Startups
An interesting partnership – although I do not know how much Y-Combinator benefits from it !
3. Want Instant Delivery of New Blog Posts & Comments?
This is a post from WordPress about cleverly using Jabber for getting real time information about blog posts and comments from the blogs you are interested in ! I feel the idea is pretty geeky but not sure how useful it is in practice.
4. A Search Service that Can Peer into the Future
This is probably the most innovative application using NYTimes’ articles. The interface is slick and it shows information in a very interesting manner. I guess the articles were heavily tagged with micro formats – I cannot see how this tool could be built otherwise. The coolest idea is that it can peer into the future (sort of). It has become one of my favorite past times – To see the references in NYTimes for 2010 and 2011 (and beyond). Check this tool out !
5. Running On Empty
This post discusses issues faced by documentation translators and the stigma attached when you work for Ubuntu related stuff (that is an exaggeration but kinda true).
6. Bad News, Good News
This post brings a very valid point that I have noticed many times. All the newspapers discuss about bad news and usually ignore good news – Most of the time , the only positive news comes from sports. What effect this has on us ? I remember Dr.Abdul Kalam made a similar observation some years back. May be time for introspection.