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OpenSocial, Google’s APIs for Social Applications

You probably remember the post about Socialstream, a Google-sponsored project that tried to “rethink and reinvent online social networking”. The result was a meta-social network that aggregates data from other community sites using APIs and whose goal “is to present social information in a way that ties it to the person who posted the information, and not the site from which it came.”

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[Via Google Operating System]

Gmail Supports IMAP

One of the most requested Gmail features was the addition of IMAP support. POP is nice, but IMAP is a much better option. Among the advantages, you’re always connected to the server, more clients can connect to the same account, you can obtain the text from a message without the attachments and the state information is synchronized (you can add labels from the client, read or delete a message and Gmail will synchronize).

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Google Maps Adds Support for the hCard Microformat

Microformats “are simple conventions for embedding semantics in HTML”. Microformats let you publish contact cards, events, addresses using a standard so that any software that implements the standard understands them. If publishers used microformats for contact cards and your browser could parse them, it would be easy to save that information and export it to another application.

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Email Migration Tools Added to Google Apps

Google Apps added the option to migrate the messages from your existing email accounts if you use the business or the educational edition. “Administrators use a self-service wizard to easily and securely transfer existing email data from an IMAP server over to users’ Gmail accounts on Google Apps. Gmail will put messages into conversation threads, display the original sender, recipient, and date of messages, and convert existing mail folders into labels. (…) This tool currently supports email servers with an IMAP interface.”

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Google Talk Gadget Adds Multi-User Chats

Google Talk Gadget added support group chat. Just click on the “Group Chat” button when you are in a conversation, and you can invite other people to join your discussion. Unfortunately, this feature is not available in any other client, so if you invite someone who uses Google Talk for Windows, Gmail Chat or other Jabber client, he’ll get a link to the web version of Google Talk.

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Mapping Google

By now, many of you will have gone and tried out the new Google Maps application. By and large, you have to admit that it’s pretty damned slick for a DHTML web application — even my wife was impressed, and that’s not easy with geek toys. So, in the spirit of Google Suggest and GMail, I’ve decided to have a quick peek under the hood to figure out what makes it tick.

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Como são feitas as fotos do Google Maps

Se você é assíduo frequentador do Google Maps, já deve ter notado o novo recurso que o Bruno postou aqui. Não bastasse mapas e imagens de satélite (com informação de tráfego nas principais cidades americanas), agora o Google Maps também oferece imagens do ponto-de-vista do pedestre. E são fotos em 360º. Se você está se perguntando como essas fotos são feitas, aqui vai a resposta: o Google licenciou imagens do Immersive Media, uma empresa especializada em fotos 360º. A empresa monta um equipamento com 11 câmeras no topo de seus veículos. As fotos de São Francisco são mais detalhadas do que as de Nova York, pois o próprio Google cuidou da captação de imagens.

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