Daily Archives: March 4, 2009

Chris Nuttall

Facebook is launching a new-look home page for its 175m users and adding features that can boost the presence of businesses and brands on the social networking service.

In a presentation at Facebook’s headquarters in Palo Alto, founder Mark Zuckerberg talked about making Facebook more “real time”, referring to the popularity of the micro-blogging service Twitter. Read more

Maija Palmer

2012 logoSustainability is a watchword for the organisers of the London 2012 Olympics. Their aim is to make these the “greenest” games to date. Atos Origin, the key technology supplier for the Olympics is attempting to do its part.

“We are looking to reduce the amount of hardware, power consumption, air conditioning and space needed,” said Michele Hyron, Atos Origin’s chief integrator for the Olympics. The Beijing Games required some 10,000 computers and 50m sheets of paper. Ms Hyron said she hoped to reduce these levels “dramatically” in London. Read more

It was probably just a slip of the tongue, but these things can often be significant.

Asked about Twitter at the Morgan Stanley technology conference in San Francisco today, Eric Schmidt pointed out that Google had just started an account on the service, so now you could get messages from Google “in 160 characters or less.”

160? By our calculations, that’s about 14 per cent more than Twitter actually allows. The Google CEO’s other comments about Twitter also suggested he had not spent too long pondering the significance of the service. Read more