Josh Catone joined Mashable in May 2009 and is Executive Director of Editorial Projects. Before joining Mashable, Josh was the Lead Writer at ReadWriteWeb, the Lead Blogger at SitePoint, and the Community Evangelist at DandyID.
Chrome Extensions Likely by May
The number one most requested feature for Google’s Chrome web browser is support for third party extensions. We know that Google is working on a plugin system for Chrome, and now it seems likely that it will be here by May.
App Engine to Add Offline Processing, XMPP
Google App Engine — an important part of Google’s Web OS strategy — is likely getting some major updates in the next few months: billing, a new runtime language, offline processing, and XMPP to name a few.
Firefox Exec: Bundling? No Thanks
The EU may force Microsoft to start bundling other browsers along with Internet Explorer in Windows. Opera contends that will help alternative browsers build market share. Firefox developer Mike Connor says: No thanks.
Data Breaches On the Rise: Bad News for SaaS
According to a study by security analysts at Enterprise Strategy Group data breach incidents rose in 2008, and that’s bad news for software as a service vendors trying to reach out to a mainstream audience.
Amazon’s Fine Line: Infrastructure Provider vs. Competitor
Amazon took their Flexible Payments service out of beta today, meaning they now offer a complete end-to-end ecommerce platform (hosting, payments, and fulfillment). But is it a good idea for store owners to rely on it?
Mozilla Phone: Help Design Your Dream Phone
What would happen if there was a mobile phone that encouraged user feedback all the way through the design process from start to finish? Would the resulting phone be better or worse? We’ll find out with the Mozilla Phone.
Lesson: Don’t Bury Important Stuff in Your TOS
If there is anything vital that your users should know, spell it out to them clearly and somewhere they’ll actually read it — that means, don’t bury it in your terms of service document.
Facebook and Basecamp Turn 5: Which Means More to You?
February 4th, 2004 was an important day in the history of the recent Internet. That’s the day two highly successful and important sites were launched: Basecamp and Facebook. Which means more to you?
Google Change Breaks Third-Party Analytics Tools
Google is testing AJAX search for some users in the US. One possibly unintended result: search referrer tracking now breaks for all third-party analytics software. Overlooked consequence or Google being evil?