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by Brian Solis

This just in, via Twitter, Google has acquired Jaiku.

The buzz for the last 60 days was that Jaiku might get acquired. Many speculated Nokia, Google, even Twitter.

Well, Jaiku has confirmed today that Google *hearts* the lifestream/microblog underdog, officially announcing that the rumors were true on their homepage. Speculating here, but what if this is related to the elusive Google phone that we’re hearing so much about these days. After all, Jaiku truly is a value-add to Nokia phones and users swear by it.

While it’s too soon to comment on specific plans, we look forward to working with our new friends at Google over the coming months to expand in ways we hope you’ll find interesting and useful. Our engineers are excited to be working together and enthusiastic developers lead to great innovation. We look forward to accomplishing great things together. In order to focus on innovation instead of scaling, we have decided to close new user sign-ups for now.

But fear not, all our Jaiku services will stay running the way you are used to and you will be able to invite your friends to Jaiku. We have put together a quick Q&A about the acquisition.

Jyri Engeström and Petteri Koponen, Jaiku Founders

Per an IM from Jyri, “After making it possible to share activity streams and presence on the mobile, we’re now super excited to join Google and take it to the next level.”

I wonder how this changes the game for Twitter and Pownce…and even Facebook.

Update: Ross Mayfield has some interesting thoughts, “Google has said they will compete with Facebook through openness. Facebook’s Social News Feed is the new Inbox, the focus of attention when it is the economy.”

Update #2: I guess I’m not the only one thinking about the mobile strategy. Fortune had an interesting perspective on the subject as well.

Just hours after Lehman Brothers issued a report Tuesday stating that the so-called Gphone “could launch as early as February 2008,” Google (Charts, Fortune 500) announced it purchased Jaiku, a Helsinki-based company that develops blogging software for the mobile phone.

“The mobile world has much greater reach than the wired Internet,” says Avi Greengart, a principal analyst with research firm Current Analysis. “Google sees this as the future.”

Google’s bold entry into the cell phone market promises to shake up the $127 billion wireless industry. The company has made no secret that it believes mobile phones should be free to consumers, where revenues are generated through advertising and no single carrier has a lock on users.

In the short run, the Gphone also threatens to dethrone the Apple iPhone as the wireless industry’s newest star. Google and Apple (Charts, Fortune 500) have worked closely in the past, but the Gphone could test that cozy relationship and force Apple to make the iPhone a more open device than it is today.

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by Victor Karamalis Photo by Brian Caldwell on Flickr
Startup Weekend Main
For some of us, a weekend is a chance to recuperate from a grueling work week. For others, it is an opportunity to create something that is needed in the world. So, this past week, I had a cup of coffee with Tyler Willis, an up and coming lad who has decided to organize the first San Francisco Startup Weekend on November 16th to 18th. This event is open to all who want to start a company in one weekend and become a co-founder of the new entity. Earlier this year in Boulder, Co., seventy co-founders brought online VoSnap. As featured on TechCrunch, VoSnap started as an idea to quickly make a consensus on a decision within a group via email and text messaging.

Tyler Willis

Numerous startup weekends have been popping up all over the country. So, Tyler decided that San Francisco and its tech mavens should have one too. When I asked him why he wanted to do this when there are many tech events and conferences in the Bay Area, he replied, “so often, the ‘networking events’ evolve into nothing more than a wasteful night of micropitches, this seemed like it would cut through the BS and let you work alongside someone. Anyone who’s done a stressful period at a startup can tell you, you know with great accuracy who’s worth their salt within a very short amount of time.”

There have already been numerous submissions for ideas already and there are spots available from developers to PR, and business development positions featured on one of the site links until October 26th. And as Tyler puts it, “this seemed like this allowed that to occur in a fun way, and that something really cool might be born out of it.” In my view, this weekend event is at what entrepreneurial startups are all about. Who knows, this experiment might end up being an HP or a Google.

Soup of the Day: Tech!


In today’s episode of Tech Soup we cover the week’s biggest news like the free “jackets” for the Nintendo Wii controllers! We felt it was our duty to help promote the fight against sweaty palms everywhere. We also:

– Congratulated Justin.tv on their recent funding and opening up their platform
– Alerted everyone on Radiohead’s newest album and how you can get it for $1
– Discussed UC Berkeley’s Youtube classes
– Gave an overview of the new Zune features
– And covered the TechCrunch acquisition for $100 million…well, not really.

And finally, we’d like for you to check out a great cause we’re getting involved in called LitLiberation. And as always, although we’re not in affiliation with TechSoup.org, they are certainly worth checking out!

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by Brian Solis

While I was grabbing screenshots for the Twitter 2.0 post, I noticed a tweet from Jason Calacanis:

Jason Calacanis JasonCalacanis web3.0 defined…. http://tinyurl.com/2g7fz7

While there has been mumblings and attempts at describing Web 3.0 in the past, I had to stop what I was doing when someone like Calacanis says, “Web 3.0 defined.”

According to Jason, “Web 3.0 is defined as the creation of high-quality content and services produced by gifted individuals using Web 2.0 technology as an enabling platform.”

I’m waiting for a Mahalo plug here…

He continues, “Web 3.0 throttles the “wisdom of the crowds” from turning into the “madness of the mobs” we’ve seen all to often, by balancing it with a respect of experts. Web 3.0 leaves behind the cowardly anonymous contributors and the selfish blackhat SEOs that have polluted and diminished so many communities. Web 3.0 is a return to what was great about media and technology before Web 2.0: recognizing talent and expertise, the ownership of ones words, and fairness.”

While I respect his views and opinions, I think I have to disagree with him on this one.

Jason’s definition, in fact his entire post, bases his Web 3.0 on people, which in my opinion, better describes what Web 2.0 should be. This just goes against the stacks of technical papers I’ve read on the Semantic Web and the movement to integrate artificial intelligence to automatically enhance and streamline the experience.

A simple search on Wikipedia supports my initial reaction: Web 3.0 is a term that has been coined with different meanings to describe the evolution of Web usage and interaction along several separate paths. These include transforming the Web into a database, a move towards making content accessible by multiple non-browser applications, the leveraging of artificial intelligence technologies, the Semantic web, the Geospatial Web, or the 3D web.

I then found a post by Alex Iskold in response to Jason’s post, who says, Web 3.0 is not about people sifting through data.”

Iskold goes a bit further, “First, humans are not good at keeping up with computers. It is just not how our brains wired. A handful, even thousands of people, can not efficiently and effectively leverage the vast web and myriad of web services that exist today.”

And if we look back to last year, Web 3.0 was already taking shape…

John Markoff wrote the story that started it all, “Entrepreneurs See a Web Guided by Common Sense.”

In this rather forward-thinking story, Markoff observed, “From the billions of documents that form the World Wide Web and the links that weave them together, computer scientists and a growing collection of start-up companies are finding new ways to mine human intelligence. Their goal is to add a layer of meaning on top of the existing Web that would make it less of a catalog and more of a guide — and even provide the foundation for systems that can reason in a human fashion. That level of artificial intelligence, with machines doing the thinking instead of simply following commands, has eluded researchers for more than half a century. Referred to as Web 3.0, the effort is in its infancy, and the very idea has given rise to skeptics who have called it an unobtainable vision.”

I think the discussion and definition for Web 3.0 will take shape because of discussions like this that hammer it out in public forums, but I don’t think we’re there yet.

Update: Nova Spivak responds.

Web 3.0, in my opinion is best defined as the third-decade of the Web (2010 – 2020), during which time several key technologies will become widely used. Chief among them will be RDF and the technologies of the emerging Semantic Web. While Web 3.0 is not synonymous with the Semantic Web (there will be several other important technology shifts in that period), it will be largely characterized by semantics in general.

Web 3.0 is an era in which we will upgrade the back-end of the Web, after a decade of focus on the front-end (Web 2.0 has mainly been about AJAX, tagging, and other front-end user-experience innovations.)

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by Brian Solis

It’s been a crazy day, so I decided to pop into Twitter to tap the conversation of the moment. As is often the case, it was crawling and practically unusable – more so than usual. When I refreshed however, I was greeted by a pleasant surprise, Twitter 2.0.

What timing!

The new dashboard has been subtly streamlined and polished, providing a nice overview of stats, update preferences, contacts, and a new text dialog box with a stylish new counter for the infamous “140.” It also includes a tab to view individual contact updates or the steam of updates from the person’s group stream.

Although, as posted in Twitter:
Brian Solis briansolis I agree with @emilychang, I miss arial.

Some reactions on Twitter thus far:

Chris Saad ChrisSaad Twitter UI Upgrade is really lackluster – you would think with all the attention and tallent they could do something more inspired.

Rex Hammock rexhammock Did I miss the announcement of a new Twitter interface? Counting-down characters. tweaks in right-hand column.

Jim Long newmediajim @rexhammock and it still doesn’t seem to work terribly much better.

Jane Quigley jquig99 Wow – look at all the Twitter changes…

Jeremy Pepper jspepper Both Twitter and GMail update their UIs – coincidence?!!? I think not. :P

Ariel Waldman arielwaldman Question: Is Twitter slow right now because of the redesign or is it slow because of something unrelated?

Duncan Riley duncanriley ok, now I see it. sidebar is different, different font etc looks good

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