Welcome to The Next Web Network’s Weekly Recap. Make sure to check out this week’s podcast where we discuss the biggest stories of the week.
This week was all about Facebook’s move to redefine the web as we know it. At their f8 event, many things were announced including Facebook’s Open Graph Protocol, which seeks to bring your social graph with you no matter where you are on the web. Facebook also released new Community Pages but failed to announce a Geolocation product. This week also saw more details released over Gizmodo’s alleged acquisition of an iPhone 4G.
A new era of tech events has begun
We’re back in New York this November for the 4th edition of our growth-focused technology event.
The Next Web Conference 2010
Stay tuned for an exciting week here The Next Web. If you didn’t grab your tickets or can’t make it to Amsterdam for our 2010 Conference you will be missing out. We have the parties lined up and an great group of speakers ready to go. We’ll be covering all the talks and announcements here this week.
Facebook’s f8 Announcements
The major news this week came out of Facebook’s f8 event which took place this past Wednesday in San Francisco. Ahead of the conference Facebook had a big announcement regarding their new Community Pages. Community Pages allow Facebook users to gather around subjects to share their knowledge and moderate the contents of the page.
sAt Wednesday’s event, Facebook added a couple additional major announcements. The first was a partnership with Microsoft to offer Facebook users the ability to collaborate with Microsoft Office documents. The major news was Facebook’s Open Graph Protocol (reaction, analysis and it’s possible threat to Google). The protocol is Facebook’s attempt to add itself as a layer on top of the entire web and bring your social graph to any website you visit (even if you have never visited previously). Check out our overview of this protocol as well as the other features that were announced.
What was announced was almost as big as what wasn’t. Many expected Facebook to announce its Geolocation product. The Geolocation space has been heating up for a while. This was especially true this week as rumors swirled regarding a Foursquare sale. While third party apps have stepped in to fill Facebook’s obvious hole, it should be only a matter of time before Facebook makes an announcement.
This past week was filled with conspiracy theories about Gizmodo’s acquisition of what is believed to be a prototype of a iPhone 4G. Was the iPhone lost or stolen? Did Gizmodo pay for the device? Facts remain uncertain but here is an overview of what we do know about the situation (and 6 things we still really want to know). As it turns out, this may not be the first time iPhone 4G pictures were released. Images found on Twitpic 2 months ago closely resemble those exposed by Gizmodo. Cashing in on the buzz from this incident was Lufthansa. In a genius marketing move they offered Grey Powel (the guy who lost the iPhone) a free flight Munich and some free beers when he got there.
- Foursquare Will Soon Decide If It Will Sell Itself
- The Death of The Website
- Tumblr and Posterous Both Released Optimized Mobile Versions for their Sites
- iPad 3G Available In US On April 30th
- Android Market (Unofficially) Eclipses 50,000 Apps
- Windows Phone 7 Videos: OS Demo on LG and Office Demo
- Leaked Dell Windows 7 Phone Is Electric
- Hey Zuckerberg, Give Me Back My Facebook Lite
- Google Launches ‘Government Request Tool’ To Show Censorship Requests
- Give Blippy Another Chance, They Deserve It
- iPhone OS 4.0 Adding Deep Facebook Integration?
- Hulu to start beta-testing $9.95 subscription service – 5 Things the Service Needs
- Q1 Earnings: Apple, Yahoo and Microsoft
- YouTube Video Rental Store Open For Business
- Google Maps Turn by Turn Navigation For Android Arrives in UK, Free Turn by Turn coming to iPhone?
- Could it be that LinkedIn just isn’t that innovative?
- Last.fm scrobbles 40 Billionth track, doubles US traffic
- Should politicians check-in every time they kiss a baby?
- A Week Later: Boris and Zee’s Take on the iPad
- Google Reader Now Supports Video and Audio Tags
- Paypal To Offer In App Purchases On iPhone and Android
- Microsoft Office 2011 for Mac Beta 2 Leaked
- The Social and Collaborative Features of Microsoft Office 2010
- eBay Wins Online Auction Patent but Loses Another Case to Louis Vuitton
- 4 Ways Smartphone Vendors Can Retain Customers
Read next: How To Cheat In An Exam