Google’s Priority Mailbox and the Future of the Web

A paper showing how Google’s Priority Inbox feature works shows how the future of the web can evolve to deliver hyper-personalized results to users while relying on a huge sample of people connected through the cloud. Priority Inbox isn’t just good for productivity, it’s the future.

Salesforce Acquires Dimdim

Cloud CRM provider Salesforce has announced the acquisition of web conferencing and meeting tools provider Dimdim. Salesforce says that it will use Dimdim’s presence and on-demand meeting and collaboration technologies and development team to add new real-time communication capabilities to its Chatter collaboration platform.

Imagining a Cloud-Based Future for Mac OS X

Apple has recently been awarded a patent for “administering and maintaining a network-booted operating system.” This could point to the development of a cloud-based Mac OS X. If it comes to pass, what would a cloud-based OS X actually look like and how will it work?

What Was the Biggest Internet Outage of 2010?

If anything, 2010 was the year when our reliance on web technology went through the roof. And as our usage went up, so did our expectations of uptime and reliability — as evidenced by the near-panic that set in as these 10 services went (temporarily) down.

Google Predicts Rise of Web OS in 2011

With the launch of ChromeOS, Google CEO Eric Schmidt realized his long-time dream of building a network computer. Today, Dave Girouard, Google Enterprise president, in a blog post, vividly paints the company’s cloud-future. As it takes on Microsoft, Google believes 2011 will be about Web OS.

Apple’s iPhone Is Made Better With Google

Even when vying for industry dominance, sometimes a company’s competitors are also its best friends. This is definitely true of Apple and Google when it comes to the cloud. Here’s a look at just a few of the ways Apple’s platform is dependent on Google services.

Keep Your iTunes Music in the Cloud With mSpot

Apple has yet to introduce either a streaming iTunes subscription, or a good way for MobileMe users to store their music library in the cloud for remote access. However, a service called mSpot is here to remedy that problem, by providing online space for your music.

Why MobileMe Wants to Be Free

In response to complaints about MobileMe, the latest terse Steve-mail asserts Apple’s cloud services “will get a lot better in 2011.” That’s good, because it’s hard to imagine the industry-trailing MobileMe taking a downward turn from where it is in 2010.

Heroku CEO Talks About Salesforce, Future

Salesforce.com’s decision to buy Heroku for $212 million seems to be a giving Ruby developers a pause, making them wonder about the future of their beloved platform. Heroku CEO says there is no reason to worry, as he outlines the future plans and Salesforce’s intentions.