A Norwegian lawmaker has nominated WikiLeaks for the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize, saying Wednesday that its disclosures of classified documents promote world peace by holding governments accountable for their actions. – source
Android Market Website
Previously, you could only access Android Market directly from your device, but today, we are introducing the Android Market website that lets you browse and search for great apps right from your web browser.
The website makes it easy to discover great new apps with a bigger, brighter interface. You can also send apps directly to your Android device with just a few clicks—no wires needed. We’ve built in new social features, too. You can share apps with your friends through Twitter. And you can read and post app reviews directly to Android Market from the web or from your device [more].
Google has introduced in-app purchase in Honeycomb, Android’s latest release.
MySpace for sale?
News Corp. officially stated it plans to sell MySpace. During the call, COO Chase Carey said that “now is the right time” to attempt to place the social network “under a new owner.” [source]
Nokia Updates OVI Maps–Is More Social Now
Before Ovi Maps 3.06, you needed a cable and a computer to download the street maps to your phone. Now, you can download all the map data directly to your device, saving you time. Map data is large so we recommend you perform these downloads over a WiFi network, if you have the feature.
Transit lines are now included in the map data, meaning you can see the train lines, subways or trams that run in over 80 cities around the world. Not only does this help to remind you of what train is on what line, but opening the map will instantly show you all the nearby stations too, with intersecting transit lines. Open up the map, click the toolbox icon and select transit lines.[more]
Messenger now powering over 2.8 billion minutes of Facebook chat
Nearly 18 million people now driving over 2.8 billion minutes of Facebook chat on Messenger
In November, we gave an update on Messenger powering over 1.5 billion minutes of Facebook chat. Since then, the number of Messenger customers who have connected Messenger to Facebook has grown over 75% to nearly 18 million people. The addition of these new connections has nearly doubled the number of chat sessions between Messenger and Facebook to about 440 million, powering more than 2.8 billion minutes of Facebook chat. We expect even more progress with the availability of Facebook chat from Messenger to the remaining countries we’re releasing this feature to today.[source]
Good Read: Quora’s Technology Examined
Quora uses persistent connections. A HTTP connection is established with the server when you start typing the search query. This connection is kept open and further requests are made on this same open connection. The connection will terminate (times-out) if not used for 60 seconds. If a connection times-out then a new connection is established when typing begins.