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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 platforms. By providing developers a new level of openness that enables them to work more collaboratively, Android will accelerate the pace at which new and compelling mobile services are made available to consumers. With nearly 3 billion users worldwide, the mobile phone has become the most p... (more)

Google's Browser Security Handbook Released

Google recently released its Browser Security Handbook to the general public. The 60-page document provides a comprehensive comparison of a broad set of security features and characteristics in commonly used browsers, along with commentary and implementation tips for application developers who need to rely on these mechanisms, as well as engineering teams working on future browser-side security enhancements. The Browser Security Handbook, Google hopes, will help make the Web a safer place.alewski, of the company's Security team, comments: "Many people view the task of writing secu... (more)

Google Search Page Today Features Children's Author Roald Dahl

September 13 being Roald Dahl's birthday (he was born September 13, 1916), Google is celebrating today with a special celebration logo on the Google search page featuring items and characters from Dahl's world famous children's books. Born 91 years ago, Dahl never experienced i-Technology as we know it today. he died in 1990, so he never Googled himself. But with books to his credit like Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, James and the Giant Peach, Matilda, The Witches and The BFG, his fame is every bit as great as that of fellow Brit Sir Tim Berners-Lee. (Despite his Norwegian ... (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)

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)