Google has officially launched its +1 Button browser extension for Chrome. The extension appeared in the Chrome Web Store today described as a way "you can publicly +1 any page that you're visiting with one easy click."
Twitter has released a short promotional video [0:47] claiming that it's "faster than earthquakes". While the video is meant to be understood as a light-hearted quip, the claims made in it are generally true and do validate Twitter's potential role as an early warning system.
WordPress founder Matt Mullenweg published some impressive platform statistics earlier this week that show the content management system's continued phenomenal growth this year. WordPress now powers 14.7% of the top million websites, up from 8.5% one year ago, and perhaps more interestingly, 22% of all new active domains in the US run WordPress.
The official website for the city of Cupertino, California has posted new renderings of Apple's planned circular headquarters, first revealed in June of this year. The building, officially known as "Apple Campus 2", will house 12,000 Apple employees in a single four-story circular structure that is due completed by 2015.
According to a report by US-based mobile ad company Jumptap, iPhone users are almost twice as likely to click on ads than their Android counterparts. The average ad click-through rate (CTR) for Android users is just below the 0.52% industry average at 0.47%, while iPhone users are well above the average at 0.78%.
On-demand internet video streaming service Netflix has plans to expand to Europe, according to a Variety report. Variety quote "leading European film distributors" confirming Netflix's plans to introduce its service in both Spain and the UK as early as spring 2012.
To coincide with US President Barack Obama’s state visit to Ireland on May 23rd, an initiative that attempts to get Ireland trending on Twitter that day is well under way. The initiative, started by PocketNative, hopes that a high volume of tweets containing the hashtag ‘#IRLday’ will ensure that the topic trends on Twitter during the President’s visit and Ireland receives the attention of over 200 million other Twitter users.
According to the latest comScore mobile subscribers market share report, Google’s Android platform has continued to make significant gains in US mobile market share, largely at the expense of RIM, the makers of BlackBerry mobile devices. Google remains the dominant player in the US mobile market with an average 34.7% of market share during the three months ending March 2011, up 6% on the three months ending December 2010.
Free online music site, Spotify, is “looking forward” to launching in the United States in the coming months, according to an email reportedly from the company published by All Things Digital. In the email, which ATD published yesterday, Spotify asks some US citizens who are testing the site’s premium service to change details on their online account
eBooks and eReaders are heralding “a golden age of publishing” Brian Napack, president of Macmillan said at the Digital Books World Conference in New York. Napack’s optimism comes comes as Waterstones announces the closure 11 stores in the UK and Ireland.