Supposed leaked Android G2 shots reveal no keyboard

After the launch of T-Mobile’s G1, the first phone running Google’s Android mobile platform, I trashed its keyboard, calling it a failed lesson in ergonomics. But the bigger picture is that physical keyboards, as much as some hate to admit it, are going to be a thing of the past in the not too distant future. Don’t believe me? Look at the newly leaked shots of the G2, HTC’s follow-up to the G1, which Gizmodo got a hold of today.

Google's inauguration search queries show a rapidly evolving Internet

In 2001, there were no Google search queries for streaming video of George W. Bush’s inaugural address. In fact, there were very few even for video of the event. By 2005, Bush’s second inaugural address, that had changed as inauguration-related searches rose by a factor of 10. Yesterday, during Barack Obama’s inauguration, that factor grew even more, according to a post on the Google Blog.

Skout brings location-based dating to the iPhone

There are some who view any kind of location-based social networking as creepy. But there are others who see it as the key ingredient to move online social networks into the real world. And one type of network in particular could lead the way: Dating sites. At least, that’s what Skout is hoping for with its new iPhone application.

With Twitter friend imports, FriendFeed again devalues Twitter's actual website

There’s much ado about Twitter’s site traffic today — is it bigger than Digg’s or isn’t it? But the reality remains that Twitter.com’s traffic doesn’t matter that much because there are so many services out there that can (and do) pipe in and use Twitter’s data. FriendFeed, a social data aggregator, continues to be one of the best at doing that. Today, it unveiled a Twitter friend importer — another feature that makes visiting twitter.com less important.

Google bails on print media, like everyone else

As the situation for the industry continues to get more dire, Google has announced today that it is pulling out of the print media advertising business. “While we hoped that Print Ads would create a new revenue stream for newspapers and produce more relevant advertising for consumers, the product has not created the impact that we — or our partners — wanted,” Spencer Spinnell, Google’s director of print ads wrote in a Google blog post today.

Twitter sees massive usage and some delays, but stays up for Obama's inauguration

I stopped looking at Twitter sometime this morning when I realized that every tweet (Twitter message) for several hours seemed to contain the words, “Obama” or “historic.” Don’t get me wrong, I like our new President as much as the next guy, but the repetition was maddening. And the data coming in from Twitter now confirms the massive usage surrounding the inauguration.

Twingly launches microblog search — Twitter search with a sprinkle of Jaiku and a dash of Identi.ca

Blog search tool Twingly’s new microblog search, as a concept, makes a lot of sense. You enter a keyword in one search box and get results from services like Twitter, Jaiku and Identi.ca. But in practice there’s a problem — and it’s not Twingly’s problem — it’s every service besides Twitter’s problem: Twitter overwhelms the results.

The Internet's jammed with broken links of a last chance Google Drive

Google Drive, GDrive, “My Stuff,” Platypus — these are all names for Google’s online storage service that has been rumored to be in the works since at least 2005. Blogs are always predicting its impending launch, and even the Wall Street Journal matter-of-factly stated well over a year ago that Google was preparing to unveil the service. But the service is still nowhere to be found.

Microsoft to take to the "sky" with App Store, MobileMe competitors next month?

Earlier today, I joked that Microsoft may call the third-party application store for its Windows Mobile platform the “Microsoft Live Mobile App Emporium,” since so many obvious names are now taken with Apple controlling “App Store,” Google having its “Marketplace,” Palm laying claim to “App Catalog,” and now BlackBerry getting ready to launch its “Application Storefront.” Well, it looks like Microsoft may go in a slightly different direction for its app store name: SkyMarket, the codename used for the service since last year, could be officially unveiled as soon as next month, Neowin reports.

Fliqz turning video-hosting into a business, raises $6M

[EMBED1] Fliqz, one of many startups that offers white label video-hosting services for other companies, seems to have found its footing in this competitive market. It has more than 35,000 clients paying between ninety-nine and several thousand dollars a month to reach video viewers on the web. Features let a client and its online users upload, encode, store and organize videos, and stream videos to the web within a customizable player.

Video: The history of the Internet

Almost all of us now use the Internet every single day — some of us for more hours a day than we sleep (me) — but what is it really? How did it come about? No, it wasn’t all former Vice President Al Gore, though he did help its progress. The video below lays out the history of the Internet in an easy to follow manner.

BlackBerry "Application Storefront" opening its doors this spring

Research In Motion (RIM) has had third-party applications available for its BlackBerry phones for a while, but because they aren’t listed in something as sexy as Apple’s App Store, many go largely unnoticed. This makes developers more likely to create apps for the App Store and now Google’s new Marketplace for its Android platform. But coming this spring, RIM hopes to changes that with the launch of its App Store equivalent, which now apparently has a name: the Blackberry Application Storefront.

Ad network Federated Media cuts 7 to restructure

Federated Media, a web site that sells and runs ads on more than 150 blogs and websites (including VentureBeat), is restructuring to focus on “conversational marketing,” announced founder and chief executive John Battelle — and that means job cuts. Specifically, Marketing Manger Matthew DiPietro tells me that means seven of FM’s 90 employees are being laid off today, almost exclusively from the display advertising department.

GeoEye-1, the "Google satellite," will capture the Obama Inauguration from space

GeoEye-1, the powerful imagery satellite that is perhaps best known as the “Google satellite” (because Google has a deal to use its pictures for its Google Maps and Google Earth products), will be focusing its lens on the Inauguration of President Obama next week. The company notes that while there will be plenty of cameras covering the event on the ground, and some in the air, GeoEye-1 will be the only one offering a perspective from space.

Facebook shuffles Connect and Platform leadership

With the new year and amid growing adoption of Facebook’s Connect feature, which gives third-party websites access to Facebook’s user data, the company is making some changes to its Connect and Facebook Platform leadership, chief executive Mark Zuckerberg writes on the company’s developer’s blog today.

Download Obama from YouTube

This seems like a golden age for watching politicians on YouTube. President-elect Barack Obama is delivering weekly addresses on the video site, and both the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives just launched their own YouTube channels. This is all great news … unless, of course, you’re a YouTube competitor, or you don’t think the Google-owned site should control such a major communications channel between elected officials and voters. That’s why CNET’s Charles Cooper argued of the congressional YouTube channels, “You should be able to download high-res videos and save them to use in mashups, mixing, etc.”

Jobs or no Jobs, Apple's pipeline of products is intact (for now)

Apple’s stock was down today, but not as much as you might expect on the day following an announcement that its chief executive Steve Jobs will be taking a five month medical leave of absence. Why? Maybe it’s because Apple’s investors (and bargain hunters) realized that with or without Steve Jobs, Apple is likely set for at least the next few years.

Could the Wii be Blockbuster's savior?

If the future of movie rentals involved trekking long distances to brick and mortar stores to overpay for a movie, Blockbuster would be all set. Unfortunately for Blockbuster, the future of the business lies online. Even worse, all of their competitors realized this before them. And so we have a company that was once the powerhouse in movie rentals in a position of extreme weakness going forward, and scrambling to make deals to catch up. So far, those deals have seemed lackluster, but are we looking past something?

How big could MySpace email be?

While Yahoo and other established email service providers are working to make their services more social, some social networks are trying on making their user messaging features more like email. The latest is MySpace — the largest social network in the U.S. — according to TechCrunch. MySpace has already moved some employees to company accounts, changing employee@myspace.com to employee@myspace-inc.com addresses in order to make room for the company’s tens of millions of users. Given the plethora of strange user names on MySpace, get ready for those to turn into some email addresses: imsatan666timesmorethanyoucaneversay@myspace.com, numberonet1lat3qu1lafan@myspace.com, etc…

Move over, Celine Dion: Custom themes for your iGoogle homepage!

So maybe Google’s trying to cheer everyone up after it had a tough week with the confirmation of Google layoffs and the discontinuation or “indefinite hiatus” of six of its products. Here’s a bright and shiny new offering, according to the official Google blog: You can now personalize your iGoogle homepage by creating custom themes, an ability previously bestowed only upon artists like glass sculptor Dale Chihuly (a favorite of Google VP Marissa Mayer), Jeff Koons and Coldplay. Yes, that means you can ditch the Celine Dion homepage theme and make one dedicated to your cat, like the example below:

Will the Wiimote finally bring a good YouTube living room experience?

YouTube is one of the largest success stories of the “web 2.0″ era (at least in terms of viewers, not in terms of making money). But to be considered fully mainstream, the service needs to get into the living room, where people still do most of their content viewing. And YouTube is taking another step in that direction today by launching a beta version of the service for the Nintendo Wii and Sony Playstation 3 gaming consoles.

Girl Ambition launches community site for girls

Girl Ambition is launching a community web site for girls ages 7 to 13 today. While there are many sites that target this group, the three moms who founded Girl Ambition say they’re focusing on creating a fun place where girls can communicate with each other in an environment that promotes both online safety and self-esteem.