12seconds.tv shuts down with tightening Twitter ecosystem

12seconds.tv, which launched two years ago as a service for leaving 12 second-long video status updates (described as a ‘Twitter for video’), announced today that it plans to close up shop on October 22. The service plans to release a download tool for users to backup their videos later this week.

Facebook looks cozy with Microsoft, Amazon — a challenge to Google?

During Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s keynote today, senior representatives from Microsoft and Amazon came on stage to demonstrate how they’re integrating their services with Platform. Google was nowhere to be seen. Forget the Facebook-Myspace rivalry — could an anti-Google triumvirate be forming?