In this video, we get a glimpse at an early version of a Microsoft Mango smartphone; We have the scoop on web video site Hulu weighing the benefits of a sale; a Bay Area start up, Lytro, is promising its technology will literally shift the focus on photo-taking; and more on RIM.
The Fruits of Microsoft’s Mobile Efforts
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer sounded Microsoft’s concerns and complaints about piracy in China, but what continues to grow is the issue of piracy that negatively impacts and effects Chinese companies by reducing their resulting levels of success. Currently it’s a mixed economic picture that should become clearer with time.
Microsoft Gripes about China
Early in Skype’s life, eBay acquired it and really didn’t have a very good for how Skype could best fit eBay’s plans for future business. So now we turn the page and it appears the next phase of Skype’s life could be as part of Microsoft. What could the software giant be thinking and do with the service, and could it prove to be a better fit than its former owner eBay?
Skype Takes a Call from Microsoft!
Just one day after the Microsoft announcement of Bing adding Twitter to its search engine, Google has stepped on the same stage by announcing that they’re about to do the same exact thing.
From the Google blog:
“Given this new type of information and its value to search, we are very excited to announce that we have reached an agreement with Twitter to include their updates in our search results. We believe that our search results and user experience will greatly benefit from the inclusion of this up-to-the-minute data, and we look forward to having a product that showcases how tweets can make search better in the coming months. That way, the next time you search for something that can be aided by a real-time observation, say, snow conditions at your favorite ski resort; you’ll find tweets from other users who are there and sharing the latest and greatest information.”
For Twitter this is a huge day that marks an extremely significant validation of its business, since two weeks ago, it was rumored that the company was working on search engine deals worth “several million dollars,” and today, they quickly delivered, by partnering with Microsoft and Google, the two biggest players in the game, and with new funding of $100 million in the bank and both Google and Microsoft implementing tweets in search, it looks like Twitter will be a player for a long time to come.