Social Networks: Microsoft vs. Google / Facebook vs. Google Earth-Arizona State University’s. Where is Apple?

“Con la guerra aumentan las propiedades de los hacendados, aumenta la miseria de los miserables, aumentan los discursos del general, y crece el silencio de los hombres”
Bertolt Brecht

Hoy traemos unas “bonitas referencias” a las batallas por las redes sociales en la red, con todas sus implicaciones económicas,universitarias y políticas…Me pregunto si el encuentro entre Bill Gates y Steve Jobs, después de muchos años de guerra, puede implicar algún tipo de “unión” frente al imperialismo Google?.

Por otra parte, no queda claro que en todas las plataformas e-learning uno de sus claros errores de concepción es el no crear “tejido social”? Para mi si.

1ª) Encuentro Bill Gates (Microsoft) vs. Steve Jobs (Apple) . Sólo coloco la primera parte, el resto podéis encontrarla en You tube, es decir, esta es 1/7.

2ª) Artículo en el The Wall Street Journal sobre la compra del 5% de Facebook por Microsoft: Microsoft Fires VolleyAt Google in Ad Battle. It Seeks Facebook Stake,Names New ExecutiveTo Close Internet GapBy KEVIN J. DELANEY, ROBERT A. GUTH and VAUHINI VARA

The battle of titans between Microsoft Corp. and Google Inc. over the future of the Internet is about to get even hotter.

Microsoft is in talks to buy a minority stake in the popular social-networking Web site Facebook Inc., a sign of a new urgency by the software giant to jump-start its online business at a time when Google is widening its lead in the fast-growing Internet-advertising business. As part of its catch-up program, Microsoft also has quietly granted broad powers to an executive recently hired from outside the company, who is expected to help shake up the software giant’s online business.

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Microsoft in recent weeks approached Facebook with proposals to invest in the startup that could value the fast-growing site at $10 billion or higher, said people familiar with the matter. If those talks bear fruit, Microsoft could purchase a stake of up to 5% in the closely held startup, at a cost in the range of $300 million to $500 million, the people said.

3ª) Post de Google Operating System, de 22 de Septiembre titulado: Google to Open up Its Social Platform

TechCrunch has the news that Google plans to open “a new set of APIs on November 5 that will allow developers to leverage Google’s social graph data. They’ll start with Orkut and iGoogle (Google’s personalized home page), and expand from there to include Gmail, Google Talk and other Google services over time. On November 5 we’ll likely see third party iGoogle gadgets that leverage Orkut’s social graph information – the most basic implementation of what Google is planning. From there we may see a lot more – such as the ability to pull Orkut data outside of Google and into third party applications via the APIs.”

The idea isn’t surprising if you look at Google’s renewed interest in orkut, a social network that didn’t get too much traction in the US. orkut has recently added a new feature that shows updates from your friends and the new design leaves a lot of space for gadgets. Google didn’t exploit the wealth of information from a social network and ignored that many of its other services could be even more valuable in the context of a trusted environment. For example, a news or a video recommended by many of your friends has an added value. Your search results could be better if you subscribe to recommendation feeds from orkut communities related to your interests.

4ª) Post de Google Operating System de 23 de Septiembre titulado: A Social Network for Google Earth?

“Arizona State University’s students have the opportunity to test a new product “that will be publicly launched later this year”. The invitation page mentions that the product is developed by “a major Internet company” and there are hints that the application is related to social networking, 3D modeling and video games. To complete the questionnaire and get the opportunity to test the product, you need to be a student at ASU.


So where’s Google in this picture? One of the questions from the form asks you if you have a Gmail account and if you are willing to get one. The product’s name is “My World” and the logo shows a globe – this could be related to Google Earth. Google also owns a 3D modeling software that could be used to create avatars. “

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