For some days Google has a new favicon. Favicon is the tiny icon in the browser bar and it can be seen in the list of bookmarks. The reactions were mainly negative. Marissa Mayer wrote a blogpost about it on the Official Google Blog. There are several sets of icons that were designed and up to now there is no final solution. If someone has a nice idea for a favicon, there is a site to submit it to Google.
Today Opera released Opera 9.5. More about the the new version can be read in an article on Dev Opera. The official date for the launch of Firefox 3.0 is June 17th. This will also be the day to set a Guinness World Record for most software downloads in 24 hours.
Now multi-protocol instant messaging application Adium 1.3 supports Facebook Chat. (Via Matthias Pfefferle)
Jeremy Zawodny will be leaving Yahoo!. (Via Daring Fireball)
Google announced that they will be starting implementing AdSense ads in RSS feeds in Feedburner. (Via Burning Questions)
Blues and rock and roll musician Bo Diddley died on June 2nd. Rest in peace and keep on rockin’.
YouTube added a new beta feature: annotations. Have a look at this video. (Via Chris Heilmann)
Yahoo! released their Yahoo! Address Book API after Google released their Contacts Data API some weeks ago.
For some time now Google Reader is the feed reader of my choice. Google Reader now has some new features. A new bookmarklet lets me share any site, not only sites from feeds that I am subscribed to. Notes can be attached to shared items or any blog entries. Even notes alone can be shared with others.
The multi-protocol instant messaging client Adium will support Facebook Chat in the next release. (via Adium – Blog)
The Safari search extension Inquisitor was aquired by Yahoo!. More information in David Watanabe’s blog. (Via Daring Fireball)
At the weekend Microsoft has withdrawn its proposal to acquire Yahoo!. Microsoft now talks about improving search relevance, building an ad platform, about partnerships and innovation. Yesterday Yahoo! stock plunged, but still is higher than before the Microsoft offer happened.
Seems later on this year the iPhone will come to several new countries. Telecom Italia already published a press release today. A very short press release.
A good reason why these sites are down:
The majority of Real World, Peter Gabriel and WOMAD web services are currently off-line. Our servers were stolen from our ISP’s data centre on Sunday night – Monday morning. We are working to restore normal service as soon as possible.
Flickr users can now add videos too. The clips can be 90 seconds long and may have up to 150MB. Flickr calls them
long photos. Right now the upload is only possbile for Flickr Pro memebers. It seems up to now the videos contain more dog content than cat content.
Yahoo! announced the aquisation of IndexTools, a web analytics software for online marketing, for an undisclosed price.
Google Docs has some new features: Google Presentation export to the PowerPoint (.ppt) file format and advanced searches. Moreover search criterias can be saved when needed more often. To my surprise I realised that Google Presentation can be edited in Safari now.
For the first time since 2002 Andy Baio has redesigned his web site Waxy.org.
Today Yahoo! announced that they will support OpenID. This means that all 248 million Yahoo! accounts will be OpenID compatible. Yahoo! OpenID service will start January 30th.
The Commons is a project by the Library of Congress and Flickr. On time about 1500 out of over 1 million images were published on Flickr. Everyone is invited to tag these images. More information can be found on the Flickr Blog.
There are three new Get a Mac ads: Boxer, Podium, and PR-Lady.
Andy Baio, the founder of Upcoming, that now is part of Yahoo!, is leaving to concentrate on Waxy.org
An article in the New York Times about microblogs, especially Twitter and Tumblr.