Active development on Google Wave, a collaboration tool that used features of email, chat and document sharing, has been shut down. Google announced that the chief reason for discontinuing Wave was the low user adoption. The platform will live on within other Google projects, as well as the many portions of Wave that have been open sourced.
A number of ad tech sources reported that Snapchat has engaged select ad partners for an advertising API development. Snapchat declined to comment, but many have anticipated an advertising API from Snapchat. While an ad API makes sense, Snapchat has an unfortunate history with API vulnerabilities.
Datasift has released a new query builder for customers working with social media. It answers a simple question: what do you do as a company, with all that data, all the Tweets, Facebook and blog comments about you? It turns out, that if you can really focus in on the comments about you, about your industry, about what customers are thinking, the answer is a goldmine of connection to your best customers and a key to going viral.