One of the pied-pipers of social networking is making some predictions about where the most talked about technology of 2007 is heading in the new year. In his blog post, Marc Canter proclaimed, "All software is about people and now all software will have social features in it.
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Dennis Howlett comments that Twitter gain business cred after the recent assassination of Benazir Bhutto. He notes that when Katrina struck, blogs sprung into action spreading the news, but Twitter has proven far faster at relaying reaction.
Notable headlines:As the year winds down, bloggers around the world are looking back on the year in technology and making some predictions about what's around the corner. ZDNet bloggers are applying the wisdom of the readers, discussing the most popular posts of the year.
Notable headlines:Jason O'Grady: Coming soon: iTunes movie rentalsA report in the Financial Times says that Apple and Twentieth Century Fox have reached a deal to provide movie rentals on the iTunes Store. Disney currently sells their full line of films on iTunes while Paramount, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and Lionsgate sell older library titles.
Here are our most discussed posts for 2007 based on number of Talkbacks. It's clear what the hot buttons are for the ZDNet's talkers--Apple and Microsoft.
It seems like everyone is just dying to add social features to their online tools these days. One example: Google recent move to expose your "shared" items from Google Reader to your Gmail contacts.
Notable headlines:The subprime mortgage meltdown has triggered a global investment tsunami, with foreign governments and equity firms rushing to bail out U.S.
Here are the most popular Between the Lines posts based on traffic.Come and get it: Fedora laptop for $150Vista SP1: Indictment of Vista 1.
Notable headlines:George Ou: How LCD makers inflate their contrast ratio score Google NORAD Santa trackerRobin Harris: Mac OS X Leopard still not ready for prime timeLarry Dignan: Can an airline exec run Red Hat?
Mozilla is expanding its browser platform into new realms, creating APIs and a portable storehouse for bookmarks, customizations, passwords, histories, preferences and other metadata. Just like Microsoft, Google, Yahoo and others, Mozilla wants its platform, called Weave, to serve as a kind of a Web operating system, managing basic services for users (more on Techmeme).