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SXSW: See All Austin Check-ins in One Place

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Cliqset has produced this nifty web app that aggregates status updates and check-ins sent from people in and around Austin to all of the different major location-sharing services — Gowalla, Foursquare, Twitter, Brightkite and of course Cliqset. It’s called Cliqset Crowd

It’s a nice tool you can use to get in on the location sharing game if you, like me, are one of those people who prefers to observe from the outside. With this all inclusive map, you certainly won’t miss anything big.

File Under: Events

Webmonkey Goes South, Then West, for SXSWi

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We’re headed to Austin, Texas tomorrow along with the crew from Wired’s Underwire blog to attend South By Southwest Interactive. The week-long nerd fest starts Friday, and we’ll be reporting from the trenches.

If you’re headed down to SXSWi, here’s what Webmonkey will be checking out. If you’re not going this year, you’ll be able to follow along from home here on the blog and everywhere else on the intertubes using the hashtags #sxsw, #sxswi and #sxsw2010.

The Wired Party, of course. Monday, March 15th at 5pm.

Molly Holzschlag from Opera leading a discussion about the current issues surrounding web browsers. Saturday, March 13 at 12:30pm.

The ActivityStrea.ms crew talks up their data format, which aims to let real-time status updates work across the entire social web. Saturday, March 13 at 9:30am.

The Beauty in Web Design panel, where designers will contemplate what it takes to move beyond usability and into real beauty on the web. Friday, March 12 at 2pm

New Publishing and Web Content, Jeff Zeldman’s panel about the use of web standards in e-books, e-magazines and the future formats of digital publishing. Saturday, March 13 at 5pm.

The Mozilla Party, happening right after the e-publishing panel. Saturday, March 13 at 6pm.

The SXSW Web Awards on Sunday night.

Google’s Hackathon, a hands-on app-building workshop. Sunday, March 14, all day.

Evan Williams’ keynote. We think he’s going to talk about Twitter or something. Monday, March 15 at 2pm.

Fun with HTML5 Video. As messy as the landscape is, there’s still some cool, creative stuff being done on the bleeding edge. You’ll see some of it here, Sunday, March 14 at 3:30pm.

Google Talks About Gmail and Buzz on Sunday, March 14 at 5pm.

The Bigg Digg Shindigg, with a live Diggnation broadcast and a live set from The Walkmen. Saturday night at Stubb’s BBQ

Scott Gilbertson will be holding down the daily coverage on the blog while I’m attending these (and other) fabulous SXSW events. I’ll also be tweeting as @webmonkey whenever anything interesting happens, which should be often. So stay tuned!

File Under: Browsers, Events, HTML5

Meet the Winners of Webmonkey’s Google I/O Giveaway

We’re giving away a pair of passes to Google I/O today.

A little over a week ago, we kicked off our contest, encouraging you to send us any HTML5 web apps or Google Chrome browser extensions you’ve built. Alternatively, we asked you to tell us how you’d describe a web app to your grandmother. We got a heap of submissions, but we worked our way through the field and picked two winners.

Abraham Williams and Mike Cantelon will be heading to Google’s premiere developer event, which takes place May 19 and 20 at Moscone Center in San Francisco, free of charge.

Here are the winning apps, chosen by the Webmonkey staff, along with a couple of honorable mentions:

Winner: Intersect by Abraham Williams

Williams came up with this cool extension for Chrome that shows additional information about a user’s followers on Twitter — in particular, it shows where you and another user’s social graphs overlap. Install the extension and visit somebody’s Twitter profile page. You’ll see additional grids loading below their stack of followers. You see which of your friends are also following that user, which friends you have in common and which followers you have in common. It’s an excellent social discovery tool for Twitter power users, and the best extension for Twitter’s stock web interface we’ve seen yet. Congrats, Abraham!

Winner: Blood Funnel by Mike Cantelon

Cantelon created this funky little game called Blood Funnel using JavaScript and HTML. It’s basically Space Invaders, except with flying, demonic Goldman Sachs bankers standing in for the buglike aliens. The paranoia is amped up by an awesome, thumping techno soundtrack — served up as an ogg file, of course. Check out Cantelon’s JavaScript source, it’s elegant. Caveat: Blood Funnel is nimble in Chrome, but it’s slower in Firefox. Congrats, Mike!

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File Under: Events

Win A Free Ticket to Google IO 2010

Google’s premiere developer event is coming up in just a couple of months, and we’ve got two passes to give away.

UPDATE: This contest is over, and we have announced the winners.

Google I/O takes place on May 19 and 20 at Moscone Center in San Francisco. It’s the company’s largest developer event, with hundreds of sessions and demos of all the latest Google tech. Plus, there are the big keynotes like the launch of Wave, the first major public demo of Android and the HTML5 coming-out party where everyone in the room got a free Android phone.

If you live in or near San Francisco, or if you have the means to get here, you can win one of the two passes we’re giving away. Each one is worth $500! Here’s the deal:

  • Submit a link to something cool you’ve built using HTML5 — a web app, a canvas demo, an audio or video demo, a mobile app that uses geolocation. It has to be your own work, and it has to be somewhere on the public web.
  • Or, submit a link to a Google Chrome extension you’ve built. Tell us what it does and why it’s awesome.
  • Or, tell us how you would explain what a “web app” is to your grandmother. Let’s assume your grandmother is a nontechnical web user — you can’t use the word “application” or any acronyms, just plain English. (Yes, your submission has to be in English).

To participate, leave a comment on this post, send a tweet to @webmonkey, or send an e-mail to webmonkey@wired.com. Whatever you do, make sure your contact information is easily accessible. A valid e-mail address or URL is a must if you want to collect your prize.

Keep in mind, Google I/O is in San Francisco, and we’re only giving away a ticket to get you in — we’re not paying for flights or hotels, though we will pass along some free Webmonkey swag at the conference. And, OK, we’ll buy you a taco if you ask nice. Also, your ticket is nontransferable.

We’ll pick two winners in a few days, so enter early and don’t miss out.

File Under: Events

Google I/O 2010 Registration Is Open

Google has announced details for the next Google I/O, the company’s largest developer event. It runs May 19 and 20, 2010, at Moscone Center in San Francisco. Registration is $400 now, but the price goes up to $500 a month before the event, so register early. Students and faculty can get in for $100, but you have to act quickly.

I/O is two days of Google’s big ideas. Past events have been the forum for Android’s coming out party, the debut of Google Wave and VP of engineering Vic Gundotra’s epic HTML5 keynote, which showed off everything the HTML5 stack can do in the browser. The excitement has grown to be huge, much like the Stevenotes from many a Macworld past.

Last year, everyone got a free Android touchscreen phone. The official @googleio Twitter account has been pegged with questions about what’s going to be given away this year, but whoever is operating that feed at Google says there are no plans for giveaways at this year’s event.

Of course, if Google was planning on giving away something extra cool, why would it spoil the surprise?

This year’s event is set up much like the previous ones — there’s a big keynote each morning, followed by breakout sessions all day long on a wide variety of tech topics. Some sessions we’re looking forward to: A bunch of stuff about Chrome, like how to use Chrome Frame, how to make extensions and an update on HTML5′s progress. There’s also an intro to using Chrome’s built-in developer tools.

There are a couple of sessions about how to optimize your site for social activity using single sign-on systems and the real-time publishing technology PubSubHubbub.

There are also sessions on all the Data APIs and Google Web Toolkit. Read the full list.

There are also after-hours parties featuring things like drunken tricycle races, and this year there’s a special gadget party for the hardware geeks (and aren’t we all?).

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