Google's developers conference in San Francisco, Thursday - demonstrated a preview of its new 'Wave' collaboration platform. Developed on HTML 5, Google Wave product, is a platform cum protocol that combines aspects of e-mail, instant messaging, wikis, and blogs to allow real-time and stored collaborative messaging. However, its release is expected later in the year.

Google engineer and co-founder of the Wave project, Lars Rasmussen, stated that Wave's extensibility through APIs will help make other communication services with similar functions, like Twitter, more useful. Wave coding, being mainly in Open Source is intended that developers will extend the system and run their own Wave servers as part of an integrated network.

Microsoft's SharePoint has encountered a potential alternative in 'Wave', though Google insisted it isn't positioning Wave as a competitor to SharePoint - its openness demonstrated, is virtually non available in SharePoint.

Microsoft SharePoint Challenged By 'WAVE'


Google announced Thursday that an update to its Chrome web browser should improve the loading speed of JavaScript-heavy Web pages. It runs JavaScript-heavy Web pages about 30% faster than the last stable version of Chrome, according to Google. It's also more stable, through the termination of more than 250 bugs since Chrome's debut. The updates will be automatically downloaded to existing copies of Chrome.

According to Darin Fisher, Chrome software engineer, 'the new Chrome is refered to as Chrome 2, but that's mainly a metric to help us keep track of changes internally.'We don't give too much weight to version numbers and will continue to roll out useful updates as often as possible, he added.

Also other changes to Chrome, includes the addition of new features that mitigates the embarrassment or an improved New Tab page that allows the ability to remove thumbnails of visited sites that appears when you open a new tab in Chrome - title bar-concealment option for full-screen presentations, and form autofill.

Chrome Update Offers Accelerated Speed


Amazon Web Services, in an announcement on Monday, unveiled the beta of three new features to help users monitor cloud resources. The new features includes: the CloudWatch monitoring service, Auto Scaling for on-demand capacity adjustments, and Elastic Load Balancing for redistributing traffic.

The features, according to the post, works together to help users build highly scalable and highly available applications. CloudWatch monitors Amazon EC2 capacity, Auto Scaling updates the Elastic Load Balancing service when new instances are launched or terminated to automatically scale the load-balanced capacity. While Elastic Load Balancing distributes load across multiple instances in one or more Availability Zones.

According to the company blog post, the added features are available for US users immediately, while in Europe, availability will start next month.

Amazon Unveiled New Features For Cloud Computing


Twitter reportedly plans to add enhanced search capabilities soon, the microblogging service keeps rolling out new features that may eventually add up to a business model - the latest examples being the ability to search Web pages through links embedded in tweets, and to rank results based on reputation.

The new features were unveiled by Twitter's new vice president of operations, Santosh Jayaram, during a Wednesday panel discussion at TIEcon, a conference for enterpreneurs in Santa Clara, Calif. According to the report, Jayaram sated, 'Twitter will soon add the ability to search data within the links that users send to each other,'a recently added feature, trending topics - the most popular subjects that are the focus of user tweets - will also be ranked according to the reputations of senders'.

Although no date has been set for the new features; Jayaram stated that Developers are still on the job. Overall goal of the company being, setting up Twitter as an even more attractive acquisition target; and providing a path to monetization.

Web Search Through Links Embedded In Tweets