Posts Tagged ‘Social Networks’

Google Has Acquired Waze to Enhance Google Maps

Written by Gradly on . Posted in Acquisition, blog, google

Google Acquires  Waze

Google Acquires Waze

Google has acquired social mapping service Waze to improve Google Maps. the Israeli startup team will remain in Israel where Google already has its offices and will continue to work separately for the time being.

“To help you outsmart traffic, today we’re excited to announce we’ve closed the acquisition of Waze. This fast-growing community of traffic-obsessed drivers is working together to find the best routes from home to work, every day,” Google announced on its official blog.

“We’re excited about the prospect of enhancing Google Maps with some of the traffic update features provided by Waze and enhancing Waze with Google’s search capabilities,” Google said. “We’ll also work closely with the vibrant Waze community, who are the DNA of this app, to ensure they have what’s needed to grow and prosper.”

Google didn’t disclose how much they paid for the startup.

Twitter Launches #music Discovery Service

Written by Gradly on . Posted in blog, Download, Music, Social Networks, Twitter

Twitter #music

Twitter #music

Actually, Twitter isn’t launching a music service, but a discovery engine. Actual music will initially be served from iTunes, Spotify or Rdio. Previews will by default come from iTunes while subscribers to Spotify and Rdio can log in to hear streams of full songs.

Today, we’re releasing Twitter #music, a new service that will change the way people find music, based on Twitter. It uses Twitter activity, including Tweets and engagement, to detect and surface the most popular tracks and emerging artists. It also brings artists’ music-related Twitter activity front and center: go to their profiles to see which music artists they follow and listen to songs by those artists. And, of course, you can tweet songs right from the app.

The songs on Twitter #music currently come from three sources: iTunes, Spotify or Rdio. By default, you will hear previews from iTunes when exploring music in the app. Subscribers to Rdio and Spotify can log in to their accounts to enjoy full tracks that are available in those respective catalogs. We will continue to explore and add other music service providers.

Twitter #music

Twitter #music

So, if you’re interested in the songs that have been tweeted by the artists and people you follow on Twitter, you can navigate to #NowPlaying to view and listen to those songs.

The official App for this service can be downloaded from here

Introducing ‘Graph Search’: A New Search Engine By Facebook

Written by Gradly on . Posted in blog, Facebook, News

Facebook Unveils Graph Search

Facebook Unveils Graph Search

In a press conference at its California headquarters, Facebook has unveiled “Graph Search,” a search engine allowing users to search for content on Facebook such as news posts, status updates, photos, locations and more. The service does make sense for the network massive base of 1 billion users, 240 billion photos, and 1 trillion connections. Graph Search is currently in closed beta.

“Graph Search will appear as a bigger search bar at the top of each page, when you search for something, that search not only determines the set of results you get, but also serves as a title for the page. You can edit the title – and in doing so create your own custom view of the content you and your friends have shared on Facebook.”

“Graph Search and web search are very different. Web search is designed to take a set of keywords (for example: ‘hip hop’) and provide the best possible results that match those keywords. With Graph Search you combine phrases (for example: ‘my friends in New York who like Jay-Z’) to get that set of people, places, photos or other content that’s been shared on Facebook. We believe they have very different uses.”

Users can sign up for the Graph Search beta on Facebook’s website.

Digg Rebooted, Launches Redesign and iOS App

Written by Gradly on . Posted in Acquisition, blog, Design, iPhone, News

Digg Rebooted, Launches Redesign and iOS App

Digg Rebooted, Launches Redesign and iOS App

After being acquired by Betaworks, Digg redesign has gone live, a result of a very rapid 6-week redesign process. The new design is simpler and cleaner, it emphasizes top stories, popular stories, and upcoming stories. The new Digg score system will take advantage from social networks such as Facebook and Twitter to rank stories. The front page of Digg will also features editorial stories instead of relying completely on the Digg engine.

In the blog post, Betaworks says that it intends to continue to add new features:

While today’s launch is a milestone for us, we’re more excited about what’s coming next. In the subsequent weeks and months we will:

  • introduce network-based personalization features (like we do in to make Digg a more relevant and social experience
  • experiment with new commenting features
  • continue to iterate Digg for mobile web
  • move the website forward with features like the Reading List, different views into the top stories on Digg, and more data to help users better understand why a particular story is trending
  • launch an API so that members of the development community can build all the products that we haven’t even thought of yet

In addition to the website, Digg also has launched a new iOS app, which offers a similar news reading.

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