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Daily Dose: Google, Microsoft, and Yahoo Team Up to Improve Search

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Google, Microsoft, and Yahoo are usually thought of as competitors in the web search market, but that changed today with a collaboration between the three companies. The companies launched Schema.org, a website with common HTML tags that webmasters can use to mark up the structured data on their sites. The project aims to make web pages easier for Google, Microsoft, and Yahoo to crawl and identify information from, and hopefully find better results for their searches by promoting standard, common tags for the internet to adopt.

Google Releases Apps Extension Console

Google has released their Apps Extension Console, a project control panel for developers that extends Google Apps. Now, custom applications can be built in-house for the Google suite. The apps can be shared with a single sign-on and appear as a link on the main apps navigation bar or run within Gmail without having to create a Google Apps Marketplace listing. More information on the Google Apps Extensions Console can be found at the official website.


GitHub Creates Their Own Python Conference

Today, Github announced their new conference, PyCodeConf 2011, focused on the latest Python technologies. Organizers of the conference ensure that this is not a competitor to the PyCon Python conferences, and that "the world is big enough for both!" PyCodeConf is GitHub's second conference, and is aimed to provide a "smaller, tighter focused, more intimate experience".

PyCodeConf 2011 is taking place on October 6th and 7th in Miami, Florida. Signups and more information can be found on the official website.

Is Windows 8 Dropping .NET for HTML 5?

For the first time ever, the next generation of Windows, code-named "Windows 8", was revealed to the public at the D9 conference. The most drastic change is the new user interface, which drops the traditional desktop menu for a tile based start screen, similar to Windows Phone 7. Surprisingly, it seems as though Microsoft is pushing for Javascript and HTML instead of their own .NET framework.

"Windows 8 uses the power of HTML5, tapping into the native capabilities of Windows using standard Javascript and HTML."

Along with the new UI, Windows 8 will bring "fully touch-optimized browsing" with Internet Explorer 10 and promises to include Windows Explorer and Desktop to keep "the full capabilities of windows" available. More information, including the video demonstration, can be found on the Microsoft press release.

Updating Java EE in Production: A Report in Three Acts Including a Foreword and an Afterword

Thank you to user toomasr for today's top link: an analysis of a report about updating Java EE!

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