Tech Week In Review

Tech Week in Review 1-9-10

Pearl Jam Exchanges a Tweet for a Song

You might not see the power of OAuth or even know what OAuth is. On it’s face, it let’s you connect your Twitter account to 3rd party apps in one click, but it also makes it simple to make a somewhat intimate (technically) connection with your audience. Pearl Jam’s new site gives you a code to download their song “Just Breathe” from iTunes. In exchange for the music, your account automatically follows @pearljam and sends out a tweet about the single. The possibilities here are endless. They are not just limited to music. OAuth could be a very powerful marketing tool for your brand.

Google FINALLY Releases the Nexus One

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As we all pretty much expected, Google released the Nexus One phone on the Jan 5th. From what I hear, it beats the iPhone in many areas and could possibly give Apple a run for their money. At a price tag of $529 with no contract, I guess I’ll be sticking with what I already have. You can also get one for for $179 with a 2-year T-Mobile agreement. It comes unlocked, so it should work with any carrier that uses a SIM card.

Gay Marriage Trial Must Be On YouTube

Proposition 8, the ban on gay marriage in California, will be making another appearance in court. This time, the proceedings will be a lot more public. Actually, they’ll be on YouTube for all to see. Although it won’t be live, it’s possible the exposure may help get rid of this thing for good.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports that a California judge ruled earlier today to broadcast the trial thanks to a pilot program approved last month. The program permits the “telecasting of selected nonjury civil trials” and could be a bold move for the government to further open up proceedings to the eyes of its citizens. (via RWW)

Seesmic Buys Ping.fm

Ping.fm is one of the services I use the most. I used to use Seesmic, back when it was a social video site. Now, as a Twitter client, Seesmic has become a serious contender. I’m not really sure what Seesmic is going to do with Ping.fm, but I’m pretty sure taking a look at how PeopleBrowsr or Hootsuite has integrated it will give you a taste.

What would really be impressive is if Seesmic finds a way to reverse the power of Ping.fm so that users can listen to multiple networks as well as broadcast to them. There are already too many Ping.fm zombies roaming around in the social media world.

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