Daily Archives: September 17, 2010

Chris Nuttall

The brief surge of interest in Chatroulette this year suggests we’re all a little intrigued at what a person might look like on the end of a connection.

But does that mean video calling on phones, the subject of this week’s Personal Technology column in the FT’s Business Life section, is finally going to catch on with the mainstream consumer or just become another passing fad? 

Tim Bradshaw

Facebook has today launched its check-in feature, Places, in the UK.

In keeping with Facebook’s cookie-cutter approach to international product rollout, it’s identical to the US version, albeit using a local provider of location information.

But the social network’s ambitions for location-based information don’t stop there. 

Chris Nuttall

Of the 16 social and media technologies making their debut at the Demo conference in Silicon Valley, Bump.com was perhaps the most intriguing and original idea.

It’s social networking through your US number plate, or license plate as it’s called here – with possibilities for dating, car talk, safety messages and receiving offers all wrapped up in your bumper. 

Joseph Menn

Yahoo executives on Thursday outlined plans to improve its mail, news and other main services in the next few months, pledging faster load times, better integration with Facebook and Twitter, and deeper personalisation.

Chief product officer Blake Irving, who has been on the job since April, didn’t signal any bold new direction during the presentation at the company’s Sunnyvale headquarters. Instead, he argued that the company has been on the right track all along and just needs to move faster.