The Meebo Bar will continue to be available to site publishers and will see continued improvements and new features in the weeks and months ahead.A page on Meebo’s Web site • Discussing the company’s discontinued products in the wake of its acquisition by Google. Everything the company created over the years — sharing, Meebo Me widgets, chat, and the company’s mobile apps — is going away. Well, except for the Meebo Bar, the persistent (and in some quarters, controversial) sharing bar the company created that allows for advertising on every page. Which, let’s face it, really sucks for end users. What’s likely to happen from here? The ideas from Meebo will probably get integrated into Google+.
Google was the rich kid who, after having discovered he wasn’t invited to the party, built his own party in retaliation. The fact that no one came to Google’s party became the elephant in the room.Former Google (and current Microsoft) employee James Whittaker • Discussing why he left the company. One word and a symbol: Google+. Whittaker had some tough words for his former company, comparing them to a TV network that’s now focused on the commercials instead of creating great shows. This is the second-most-scathing open letter of the day; most days, it would easily be in first place. However … why did he go to Microsoft? It’s not like they’re seen as being much better about innovation *cough* Courier *cough*.
I meant what I said: if you send me your husband’s resume, I’d be interested in finding out exactly what’s happening right there.President Barack Obama • Speaking to a “caller” during his Google+ Hangout today. When Jennifer Wedel mentioned her husband’s lack of employment (he’s a semiconductor engineer), Obama took note. She said that, according to industry reports, her husband “should be able to find something right away.” Five people got to “Hangout” with Obama on Monday, and were offered the chance to ask the president questions about his recent State of the Union address, while other questions were pulled from YouTube videos selected by viewers and Google staff. This social experiment went well considering what new technology was being used. Did you watch? What did you think? source (via • follow)