Amazon.com’s domain power play: We want to control them all
If Amazon.com gets its way — and that’s still a big “if” — it will soon control 76 new domain extensions on the Internet. Most observers had expected the company to apply for .amazon and .kindle, but it seems that was just for starters: Amazon’s ambitions also include a host of generic terms, including the likes of .free, .like, .game, and .shop.
Insight: Look, no hands! Augmented reality gets a grip
One day in March 2000, just days before the dot-com bubble began its journey back to earth, German engineer Thomas Alt first glimpsed the future of technology.
Launch Center Pro is the quickest way to launch in-app actions with your iPhone
App Cubby has launched a followup to their app Launch Center, Launch Center Pro, and the application offers the quickest way to launch actions with your iPhone or iPod touch. As App Cubby explains, the standard iOS home screen offers a way to jump into applications like Safari, Mail, Twitter, and Camera, but iOS does not offer a way to quickly access actions that are within apps.
Google allegedly testing new, sidebar-free search interface
A video from Tecno-Net apparently shows a new version of Google’s search interface. The UI in the short clip is much more vertically-oriented, with sections like images and news placed at the top rather than the side. Search tools are also shown at the top as a series of dropdown menus instead of the current text links sidebar. The whole thing looks very clean, and we could see navigation being easier to find at the top. Because the user in the video wasn’t signed in, we didn’t get to see any of the social features Google’s been pushing lately, like the personalized search results toggle or Plus integration.
How Microsoft kept Surface tablet a secret
How did Microsoft keep Surface a secret for so long? There were rumours about a Microsoft Windows RT tablet on and off for months, but never with enough detail to make them credible.
Facebook is now rolling out the ability to edit your comments
There’s nothing worse than making a typo when you’ve just left the “perfect” comment on someone’s Facebook status update. Turns out, Facebook feels the same way.
The company told TNW that it has just started rolling out the ability to edit your own comments. It will be available to everyone in the next couple of days in case you’re not seeing it just yet.
First hints of a Facebook ad network: Sponsored Stories appear on Zynga.com
Zynga’s off-Facebook games platform Zynga.comnow displays Facebook ads and Sponsored Stories, as part of what could be the beginnings of a Facebook ad network across the web.
Larry Page Is Speechless, Literally — And Won’t Be Onstage at I/O Next Week
Google CEO Larry Page has lost his voice, said Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt today.
Page, who is already well known for his reluctance to speak publicly, skipped today’s annual stockholder meeting. Schmidt was left to explain his absence.
Kosmix Founders Leave @WalmartLabs
Venky Harinarayan and Anand Rajaraman, the cofounders of Kosmix, which was acquired in April 2011 by Walmart and became the Silicon Valley tech shop for the retail giant, are leaving the company.