Tech WWWorld: Google Upgrades Real Time Search, Naspers Invests in OLX

Google has launched an upgraded version of Real time search (link) and the same will be available on a new home page, that enables several options to users like refining searches by location/see updates in conversational views/alerts etc.

In addition, we’ve added a conversations view, making it easy to follow a discussion on the real-time web. Often a single tweet sparks a larger conversation of re-tweets and other replies, but to put it together you have to click through a bunch of links and figure it out yourself. With the new “full conversation” feature, you can browse the entire conversation in a single glance. We organize the tweets from oldest to newest and indent so you quickly see how the conversation developed.- blog

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Nasper Invests in OLX

Techcrunch reports that Nasper (ibibo’s parent company) has invested in OLX, a classified service that competes with Craiglist (OLX has a presence in India as well :

While Buenos Aires-based OLX is not disclosing the amount invested, we’ve heard from sources that the investment was in the range of $20 to $40 million. Naspers also bought out the shares of all of OLX’s previous investors, which include Nexus Venture Partners, The Founders Fund, DN Capital, General Catalyst Partners, and Bessemer Venture Partners. Prior to this round of funding, OLX had raised nearly $30 million. – source

Facebook : YC Partnership

Facebook will ‘mentor’ YCombinator startups who are working on businesses around social experience.

We’ll provide product, technical and design resources to support new Y Combinator companies interested in working with us to build deeply social products, whether a website or an application on These companies will have priority access to our technologies and programs such as Facebook Credits, Instant Personalization and upcoming beta features. Y Combinator will be publishing a “Request for Startup” focused on social startups and is now looking for interested entrepreneurs for their winter 2011 funding cycle. – source

Easier Event Scheduling in Google Calendar

Google is launching set of new features for Google Calendar that makes event scheduling a breeze.

A new repeating event editor
The old interface for creating recurring events was clumsy and took up too much space on the screen. Now you’ll see only a summary of your recurring event on the main event page; if you want to edit it, you can use a window that opens when you select the “Repeats” checkbox. – source

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