Three key pieces in Facebook's mobile strategy were announced Thursday: Single Sign-On; Location APIs for check-in to Facebook Places from third-party apps; and Facebook Places check-ins are now enhanced with local deals.
Two weeks ago, I participated in a panel organized by U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's Office of Global Women's Issues called "Mobile Technologies as an Effective Tool for Women's Empowerment and Global Development."
Microsoft has a big problem in mobile, one that threatens to turn Windows Phone 7 into the mobile equivalent of the $2 billion-a-year cash incinerator known as Bing. Microsoft's mobile software business model is fatally flawed.
Google's Do-It Yourself app creation software allows more people without the technical chops to build an app to get their ideas off the ground and provides a great training-ground to show youth the power of technology creation.