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Although Larry Page and Sergey Brin registered the google.com domain in 1997, Google wasn't officially launched till one year later, making Google 9 years old this year. Google's birthday has alweays been celebrated on September 27th with a doodle displayed on the homepage, and today is no exception. "Google opened its doors in September 1998. The exact date when we celebrate our birthday has moved around over the years, depending on when people feel like having cake," says Google's help center. You can read more about it directly from Google. ... (more)

Google and 34 Others Launch Android Platform, Form the Open Handset Alliance

A broad alliance of leading technology and wireless companies today joined forces to announce the development of Android, calling it "the first truly open and comprehensive platform for mobile devices." Google, T-Mobile, HTC, Qualcomm, Motorola and others have collaborated on the development of Android through the Open Handset Alliance, a multinational alliance of technology and mobile industry leaders. This alliance shares a common goal of fostering innovation on mobile devices and giving consumers a far better user experience than much of what is available on today's mobile pla... (more)

The OpenSocial Era of Cross-Network Social Applications Begins

We already brought word last week of Marc Andreesen's detailed overview of OpenSocial, but what of other leading participants in the introduction of common APIs to the world of social networking? Here is a round-up of what is being written, thought, and said about OpenSocial by those most closely involved either as innovators or users. Google's Bret Taylor keynoting at AJAXWorld Conference & Expo 2007 East, in NYC. Next year's East coast AJAXWorld will be held March 18-20, 2008, also in New York City. First, just a reminder of Andreessen's main point, which was that OpenSocial i... (more)

Plaxo Is First Site To Publicly Implement OpenSocial

Less than 24 hours after the launch of OpenSocial, not only was it running live in Plaxo, but there were already several first-class gadgets from top developers like RockYou and Slide. "This is just the beginning - there's so much more to do to truly open up the social web," wrote Plaxo's Joseph Smarr, in his personal blog on web development, tech, and life. "OpenSocial is a huge milestone," Smarr - who is Plaxo's Chief Platform Architect - continued, "not only because so many large players are now supporting the open social web, but also because the launch was so large and succe... (more)

emoze's Push-Email Upgrade Supports Google Apps

emoze has upgraded its free software that provides secure push email to mobile phones all over the world, to support Google Apps. This service from Google enables consumers and businesses to use their own custom domain names with several Google products. "We continuously listen to our customers and develop our product to address features and enhancements they propose," said Naftali Shani, chairman of emoze. "As communication technology continues to converge, personal and business users expect to be connected to their information even when they are on the go. Our newest features n... (more)