Here’s the latest action:
Amazon Web Services now calculates your app costs — To give users a better idea of how their applications will work and how much they will cost to run on Amazon Web Services, the company has just released a redesign of its AWS Simple Monthly Calculator. This tool allows users to select their regions and services in order to generate a customized quote.
Google Maps Navigation comes to Android — Owners of phones running Android 1.6 and higher now have access to Google Maps Navigation, the beta release that allows GPS-based voice guidance and automatic rerouting when you take a wrong turn. The app also lets you access My Maps, view transit lines, and read Wikipedia articles connected to locations. Before, Navigation was only available on Android 2.0 devices.
Zoho launches new recruiting tool — Productivity software provider Zoho has just added a new arrow to its quiver: Zoho Recruit, a web-based application that helps human resources departments recruit and hire new employees. Now only does it track job openings and organize resumes, candidates and contact information, it also crawls the web for resumes that might fit open positions, and automatically weeds out unqualified applicants. TechCrunch has more.
Taptu also joins Android — Real-time search engine Taptu has been optimized for use on Android phones, allowing users to find touch-friendly content on a very simple interface. The application is said to be very light. Its next iteration will include sharing capabilities with Twitter and Facebook, as well as the ability to search for other applications.
Microsoft urges News Corp., other publishers to cut Google loose — Everyone knows that Rupert Murdoch is trying to distance his News Corp. empire from Google, and has already stressed his desire to take the content produced by the company out of its indexing system. Now News Corp. might even get money out of Microsoft for doing so. The latter says it might start paying publishers and media companies to de-index their news from Google.
MSNBC signs with BNO — BNO News, owner of the popular @breakingnews Twitter feed and iPhone app, has landed its first client: MSNBC.com, which will take over operation of @breakingnews at the beginning of December so that it will now link to stories on its domain. This is part of BNO’s impending January launch of its wire-service, which will also feed into the same Twitter stream, which now has more than 1.4 million followers.
Spotify now on Symbian — European music streaming application Spotify is now available on the Symbian mobile operating system, which covers many Nokia, Sony Ericsson and Samsung phones. Just like those who use Spotify on the iPhone, Symbian subscribers will have to pay a $16 monthly fee to access the service. This way, songs can be downloaded directly to the device so users can listen even when they have no cell phone service.