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Ride the Wave

Google Wave is "a personal communication and collaboration tool" announced by Google at the Google I/O conference on May 27, 2009. It is a web based service, computing platform, and communications protocol designed to merge e-mail, instant messaging, wiki, and social networking. It has a strong collaborative and real-time focus supported by extensions that can provide, for example, robust spelling/grammar checking, automated translation between 40 languages, and numerous other extensions.

'Wave' was announced in Google's official blog on July 20, 2009, that the preview of Google Wave will be extended to about 100,000 users on September 30, 2009. At that point, the current view of the Google Wave website will be replaced with the application itself.

HTML 5 is no Flash or Silverlight killer - yet

Much has been made of how HTML5 will kill proprietary media tools and players from Adobe Systems and Microsoft. Web advocates claim that with the much more sophisticated audio, video and animation tools in HTML 5, the web will no longer need proprietary plug-ins from outside vendors.

W3C Adopts Semantic Standard for Web Data

The web's governing body wants to make it easier for researchers to find the data they're seeking using web-based tools. The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) has a whole department, the Semantic Web group, dedicated to integrating data from different sources under a set of common formats.

Microsoft Bridges PHP and .Net with New PHP Toolkit

Another step in Microsoft's goal for better interoperability. They have released a PHP Toolkit for ADO.Net Data Services. As its name suggests, the toolkit enables PHP developers to connect and leverage the various services offered in ADO.Net Data Services.

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