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This week I want to share my thoughts about some interesting news that I read on CNET.

 

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg speaks during a news conference at Facebook headquarters in Palo Alto, California May 26, 2010. Credit: Reuters/Robert Galbraith

 

The most striking news story is about the rumor that Facebook is building up its own smartphone. Report from TechCrunch says that Facebook is creating the software for the phone and collaborating with others to build the hardware. However, Facebook denies the report and stresses that ‘all experiences would be better if they were social, so integrating deeply into existing platforms and operating systems is a good way to enable this’. Confronting this responses, CNET confirms that building a branded mobile phone is a key strategy to get more aggressive toward Apple and Google. Personally, whether the rumor is true or not, Facebook is still the king of social networks. Building up a new smartphone is simply one way of competing or cooperating with other enterprises.



Another interesting story is about Microsoft’s attempt to add LinkedIn and Facebook chat to Hotmail and Messenger. For those of you who have no ideas about LinkedIn the video below will give you basic information about how linkedln can be used and what its standout performances are.

Back to the news story about Microsoft, I think this is just another attempt on the long run of the company to provide more services for its users in using social networks. My question is that why it is necessary to add Facebook chat and Linkedln to Hotmail and Messenger?

If you are hunger for Digital and Tech news and urge to know what is going on around some big networks companies, you should definitely open up Wired.com today. I bet you will thank me for a range of striking news about Google.

The first striking news is about Google’s Youtube announcement about the availability of five new native-language versions. These languages are Croation, Filipino, Serbian, Slovak, and Herbrew, which is still on the waiting list. The main objective of this action is to encourage more users to upload and download in a global scale. Also, users can participate with instructions and navigational elements in their own language.

Another impressive news is about Google’s announcement on its innovative application, Google Voice. Can you guess what this tool is? Don’t mix up with Google Talk. Remember these two are definitely different! A hint for some of you who are friends of Skype. With Google Voice, users can now make phone calls directly from their Gmail Inbox. Nothing is for free, but cheap. Calls to the U.S and Canada are free and PC-to-phone calls to dozens of countries around the world cost 2 cent per minute.

As a Gmail users and an international student, I am so exiting about this new tool. This is simply because with Google Voice, I can make calls to my parents in Vietnam, my brother in the U.S, my cousin in London at any time with no stress about high cost. But rethink about it from a media student’s angle, I found there’s a lots of questions spinning my minds. Why Google Voice? Do we really need it? Is it just another options for our daily communicative basis?

The answer is ‘It’s all about Facebook‘. Thanks to Ryan Singel\’s article about the underlying meaning of Google Voice that help me get out of the pool of questions. Singel stresses that by this new mobile application, Google will benefit from the integration as large number of Gmail users will likely sign up for Google Voice in order to receive phone calls.

A new wave of media tools

Posted: July 31, 2010 in Uncategorized
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Wordle: Week 1 reading

This week readings look at the impact of media tools on the distribution of media content.

The first reading impressed me by the explanation of how Google takes control over content distribution. Karp explains how Google works. We all know the importance of Google in researching. And now we all comprehend that Google has become a powerful tool in distributing media content through ‘links’. Here, Google is regarded as a transacting tool to deliver the web links to the web users through its search engine.

Vogelstein in the second reading discusses the distinction between Google’s version and Facebook’s version. The writer highlights that Facebook has been a huge source of personal identity. Clearly, the kinds of material that we tend to find through Google and that we find from Facebook somehow are different. Through Facebook, we tend to find something more personal and specific but through Google, we tend to search for something general.

In the third reading, Roth tells an interesting story about the success of Demand Media. Through this story, the writer aims to deliver an implication about how Demand Media works effectively. The company uses three sources: search terms, the ad market, and the competition as a key formula. The point here is that Demand Media understand what web users and advertisers need.

Through these three readings, I found there are a number of web tools play a vital role in the distribution of media content.