The campfire is burning tonight on the Google campus as the company prepares to launch an Orkut sandbox for working with the OpenSocial APIs. Developers will be able to register, get the docs and try out their code on the Orkut "container.
Between the Lines
Larry Dignan and other IT industry experts, blogging at the intersection of business and technology, deliver daily news and analysis on vital enterprise trends.
Larry Dignan is Editor in Chief of ZDNet and SmartPlanet as well as Editorial Director of ZDNet's sister site TechRepublic.
Rachel King is a staff writer for ZDNet based in San Francisco.
Zack Whittaker writes for ZDNet, CNET, and CBS News. He is based in New York City.
In my most recent post regarding today's announcement between Google and MySpace that MySpace would be embracing Google's recently announced OpenSocial framework of APIs, I noted that I asked two questions during the Q&A session with executives from both companies.
As promised in the video that I just posted that demonstrated how Flixster used Google's just announced OpenSocial APIs to build the functionality of its social movie reviews Web site directly into a MySpace profile (a part of the news that MySpace is now supporting OpenSocial), we've got the entire audio of the news conference as well as a podcast. To hear the podcast, you can just press the play button above.
Dan Farber and I just got done participating in a news teleconference with executives from Google and MySpace including MySpace CEO Chris DeWolfe, and Google CEO Eric Schmidt who talked about how MySpace's adoption of Google's recently announced OpenSocial framework will hopefully lead to OpenSocial's adoption as the Internet-wide defacto standard for the connective tissue that ties dissimilar social networking sites together.
Updated: Speaking during a press conference about MySpace joining the OpenSocial train, Google CEO Eric Schmidt painted the big picture. "The broader story is the Web has moved to the next state.
Mandriva CEO François Bancilhon takes on Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer in an open letter and is getting a good bit of attention.At issue is Mandriva's skirmish with Microsoft over a deal with the Nigerian government, which was looking to procure some Classmate PCs from Intel loaded with Mandriva's Linux distro.
You're a potential CEO of Sprint Nextel. You're interviewing with the recruiters and whether you get the job or not depends on one question: What would you do with Sprint Nextel?
Updated: Confirmed reports are in from Silicon Alley Insider and TechCrunch that MySpace will partake of the OpenSocial APIs as it ramps up its developer platform plans. We'll find out more later today how MySpace's plans to create a new markup language are impacted by aligning with OpenSocial.
Google is the new Microsoft, at least in the way every move the company makes and its relationships are viewed in the context of a secretive, powerful company bent on world domination. Christopher Soghoian adds to the drama, making a case that Google unduly influences the direction of the Firefox browser.
Marc Andreessen's Ning team has put together a screencast and screenshots of OpenSocial in action. He notes that the examples are a little light on social functionality at this point, but they are working on getting user's friends information and activities feeds into the applications.