Other than Google Glass, the standout launch at Google’s I/O conference has been a major update of Maps, with much of the new functionality drawing on Google’s increasing social intelligence.
Facebook has agreed to acquire Parse, a two-year-old company that provides back-end support for cross-platform apps, the companies said today.
In its ongoing efforts to police how its data is used by third-party apps, Twitter this week shut down mobile TweetDeck apps, Facebook integration with TweetDeck and use of the social commerce app Flattr on its platform.
Twitter’s video-sharing app Vine launched on Thursday, and immediately ran into technical problems. But the tech world continues to buzz about the new app in what industry watchers see as a testament to Twitter’s muscle as a PR vehicle.
PrivCo, a company that supplies financial research into private companies, is predicting that Foursquare will fail in 2013, likely by being sold for a price lower than total funding the company has raised.
Google launched a bundle of new features for its Google+ mobile apps this morning, focused on events, photos and Hangouts. The features include beefed up events-organizing tools, tweaks to the social network’s popular Hangouts feature and a suite of changes aimed at improving photo quality.