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Will Google's Buzz Hurt Facebook? Twitter? : MediaBytes with Shelly Palmer February 10, 2010

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Google debuted its new social feature Google Buzz yesterday. As expected it allows GMail users to share links and updates, as well as locations with contacts. Google hopes that users will take advantage of the "new world inside of Gmail" as "there has always been a giant social network beneath" the email client.

Sports Illustrated is bringing its annual Swimsuit issue to your cell phone. By incorporating JAGTAG's, or, as SI calls it, "Mobile Beauties", readers will be able to identify pages with their cell phone cameras that lead to videos from Swimsuit issue photo shoots. The interactive edition finds major magazines like Sports Illustrated pushing the boundaries between digital and print, and giving users additional content where they want it.

Disney is officially preparing content for the release of Apple's iPad. CEO Robert Iger noted that Disney is readying a version of ESPN's Sports Center for the iPad, as well as apps for Marvel, Disney books and ABC News. Disney is slated to not only adapt iPhone and web apps for the iPad, but to create all new outlets for its content as well.

As the 2010 Olympics near, Google is busy creating a behind-the-scenes view for spectators. In continuing its Street View project, the search giant is taking to the slopes in order to present the wild Canadian wilderness to Olympic viewers. By strapping a multi-directional camera to a snow mobile, Google hopes to give users an on-site view of the Olympics as they've never been seen before.

Shelly Palmer is a consultant and the host of MediaBytes with Shelly Palmer a daily show featuring news you can use about technology, media & entertainment. He is Managing Director of Advanced Media Ventures Group LLC and the author of Television Disrupted: The Transition from Network to Networked TV. Shelly is also President of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. You can join the MediaBytes mailing list here. Shelly can be reached at shelly@palmer.net For information about Get Digital Classes, visit www.shellypalmer.com/seminars