Google Wave is a real time communication and collaboration tool which will be available by the later part of 2009. The announcement came couple of days back. It integrates email, instant messaging, wikis, web chat, social networking, and project management to build a browser based communication client. This model helps people communicate and work together in unique ways.
Google just launched Code Lab. This is a place where developers can find 60 APIs to access early-stage Google products and explore new ideas among developers. Third parties can build APIs at Google lab and it also says what projects Google has made a long term commitment and what they have not. Google also announced a list of several Google Code Lab “graduates,” featuring best-known APIs and tools. The list includes App Engine, Google Web Toolkit, AJAX Search API, Maps API, Earth API, Calendar Data API, and YouTube APIs. The complete list can be avaialable here.
The employment news is very gloomy on Jan 22. Microsoft announced a cut of 5000 of its employees ie. 5% of its workforce. Simultaneously, Digg also downsized its workforce by 10% out of 75 employees. The move followed the recent layoff in October at sister company Revision3. Digg attracted 6.8 million unique visitors in December in US, only 2 percent up since its last peak in Jul.
Twtvite is a simple event management tool. You just input your Twitter name, event name, place, time, date, and add an 140 character description. You can share the information of twtvite on Twitter, Facebook, other social apps and via email. You can also embed a twtvite widget with RSVP options.
Cyn.in is an open source collaboration software that helps teams create collective business knowledge by sharing workspaces, applications, documents, files and digital content within a secure, unified environment. The software integrates social applications like wikis, blogs, file repositories, microblogs instant discussions into a single platform.