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In a move likely to be hailed as the final blow for the walled gardens favored till now by the wireless operators, Google is said to be leveraging Linux and Java to open up the wireless handset market in the same way that it just launched OpenSocial to break open social networking and get beyond the walled garden approach of, for example, Facebook. According to USA Today this morning,  Google today "plans to announce the formation of an 'open phone' coalition, with the goal of developing an operating system for the so-called Google Phone." In the key quote from the article, Morgan Gillis of the LiMo Foundation, says: "If you're a developer, you'll be able to develop (applications) for the new Google Phone very quickly."AT&T and Verizon Wireless are "noticeably absent" from the coalition, claims USA Today, adding that it's because they do not wish to support a device t... (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)

Google Doodle Celebrates Birthday of the Search Engine That Changed the World

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 Sales Surge 57% and Net Income 46% in Quarter 3

Google, whose shares hit a record of $641.41 a week ago, reported that sales in its third quarter had surged by 57% compared with the period a year ago, and net income by 46%. "We are very pleased with the impressive growth we experienced across our business," said CEO Eric Schmidt, who also told analysts, drily: “It is obvious to us that our model continues to work very well.” "Our core search advertising business experienced continued momentum driven by growth in monetization and traffic, and we are creating a wider and deeper ads system through our focus on innovat... (more)

Google's OpenSocial Initiative Gains Massive Momentum

OpenSocial, the industry-backed application programming interface (API) developed by Google to promote interoperability and shared data across all online social networks, is gaining momentum at a rapid pace. The sites that have already committed to supporting OpenSocial - Bebo, Engage.com, Friendster, hi5, Hyves, imeem, LinkedIn, mixi, MySpace, Ning, Oracle, orkut, Plaxo, Salesforce.com, Six Apart, Tianji, Viadeo, Wink.comand XING - represent an audience of about 200 million users globally. “The web is fundamentally better when it’s social, and we’re only just s... (more)