WWDC 2012: Apple keynote liveblog

Apple’s annual World Wide Developers Conference (WWDC) kicks off today with a keynote address from CEO Tim Cook and company. This year, Apple is expected to make announcements about  iOS 6, Mountain Lion, iCloud, and fresh Mac and MacBook hardware. (Check out our full round-up of predictions.)

Which of these five mobile apps will best help the homeless?

Today, the VA Innovation Initiative announced the five finalists of its Project REACH (Real-time Electronic Access for Caregivers and the Homeless) competition. The challenge, launched on March 22, was to build a mobile web app for smartphones and tablets that could help the homeless locate nearby resources such as a bed for the night, food, health care, legal assistance, and employment services.

Google+ wants to be your new Flickr

Google+ is succeeding in small bursts, feature by feature. As a social network competing with Facebook it’s a flop, but its video-chat tool Hangouts is a winner. Now photo sharing is poised to be the service’s next breakout hit, thanks to an enthusiastic community of photographers who like the focus on attractive full-size images, Google+’s new photo-centric iPhone app, and a uniquely Google passion for metadata.

Google gives Cornell’s NYC tech school free space in its headquarters

Google is donating 22,000 square feet of its New York City office to CornellNYC Tech for classes and other uses, Mayor Bloomberg and Google announced today. The science and engineering school won the bid to become a Stanford of the East back in December, and this partnership with one of the largest and most influential tech companies gives it a running start.

The new Bing is here, start peppering your friends with questions

A week after previewing the revamped Bing, Microsoft has released the latest version of its search engine to people in the U.S. Head over to Bing.com/new to test out the new social features as well as annoy your friends with questions in the process. It doesn’t have all of the new bells and whistles announced last week, and you can only sign in with a Facebook or Windows Live account — though Quora, LinkedIn, and Twitter support should be coming soon.

New ‘Action Links’ make third-party Facebook apps more interactive

These links will allow viewers to do specific tasks related to the post or app, and they’re not limited to Facebook’s built-in action types — Read, Listen, and Watch. For example, you can now “Fave this Product” for a Fab.com post, which will add something you see on a friend’s feed to your own Fab.com list. Some other early examples include “Save this Place” on Foursquare and “Save this Recipe” for a cooking app. When you click the link, you will complete the action and also post a story on your timeline/feed/ticker telling all of your friends that you did so. That won’t be annoying at all.

Planetary Resources officially kicks off its asteroid mining venture

Following a few days of excited build-up, Planetary Resources, a new space startup backed by heavy hitters including Larry Page and James Cameron, officially announced its plans to mine asteroids near Earth. At the Tuesday morning event, which took place at the packed Space Gallery in the Museum of Flight in Seattle, the company said it would launch phase one of its mission within two years and use the next decade just to identify resource-rich asteroids.

NetworkClean does give a damn about your bad reputation

NetworkClean, a new tool that scans your Facebook profile and flags anything it finds that could damage your reputation, thinks I should tone it down with the booze talk, aggressive and offensive lingo, and naughty adult-content on my Facebook profile. I admit, I was a bit surprised at the findings, but not so much that I had to put down my glass of pinot.