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Google Calendar Starts Testing “Sneak Preview”

Google Calendar is testing out a new feature that should make scheduling events a tad easier than it used to be by allowing you to see at a glance if the event you're creating will conflict with the schedules of the people you're inviting. Dubbed "Sneak Preview", the feature's name is perhaps more exciting than its actual function, but it should prove to be quite useful. The feature is apparently in a limited rollout right now, so don't be surprised if you don't have access to it. Once you've activated Sneak Preview (assuming you have access to it), whenever you create a new event you'll see a new viewing mode that displays a calendar alongside your event details. This calendar will show the schedules of each of the people you've invited to the event (provided you're a friend or coworker with access to that information), and the proposed time for your event will appear as a semi-transparent blue box so you can quickly see where yo

2010: The Year Android Will Shake Its Money Maker

Editor's note : More and more mobile app developers are deciding to make apps for Android, even though it still doesn't have the same reach as the iPhone. In this guest post Kevin Nakao , the VP of Mobile for Whitepages , makes the argument for taking the Android plunge now (as he is preparing to with a new Whitepages Android app launching next week). Follow him on Twitter @knakao Mobile games publisher Gameloft might have thrown in the towel on Android , but that is a mistake. I certainly understand why they gave up on Android. Since launching in February of this year, our own Whitepages Caller ID app has become a top ten grossing Android application , and yet we've seen less than $54,000 in revenue. While our iPhone app download counts are in the millions, our Android app downloads are a mere 17 percent of this volume. Despite our meager return on investment this year, I believe that the real potential for Android app developers lies in the New Year. Her

Screening The News

Editor's note: Today, being a news junkie requires not just the ability to keep up with hundreds of breaking stories a day, but the ability to redistribute those stories to your followers and news sites. To get some insight into the modern news junkie, we asked Mrinal Desai to share with us how he screens the news in the guest post below. Desai is the co-founder of CrossLoop , but some of you may recognize him more from Twitter or Techmeme, where he tips stories every day—580 of those tips have appeared as headlines since the beginning of this year. You can read his last guest post here . Like many out there, I have been, am and always will be a news addict. For many news junkies, it is the fleeting, current fix of information about a breaking topic that interests them, only to be replaced by the next headline. They jump from headline to headline, forgetting the one they just read as they move on to the next one. For me personally, news is not only timely informatio

Saturday Giveaway: Kodak 5250 All-In-One Printer, Just For You

Good afternoon, readers! What does Santa have in his bag for you today? Interestingly enough, he was unable to bring his bag because this printer is far too big for it. We present, for your inspection, the Kodak 5250 all-in-one: a scanning, printing, faxing, photofinishing machine that can best the big boys in the printer race. Best of all, the 5250 has built-in WiFi so you can stick the printer on your network and print from any computer in the house. Take a look at Kodak's 5250 product page and then click through to figure out how to win. Published by Original source : http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/Techcrunch/~3/Uh3HT...

TechCrunch Readers: God is Your Co-Pilot, and Stuff that Piggy Bank

When pitching to VC’s, entrepreneurs hype the heck out of their ideas, years of experience and management teams. But I’ve never heard of anyone touting their luck or connection to God. After reading the posts on TechCrunch, one could easily get the impression that God doesn’t play much of role in Silicon Valley. But ask any successful entrepreneur in private what made them successful, and you might just hear a different story. In a research project my team just completed, the majority of 549 company founders told us that their most important success factor, after “experience” and “management team”, was “good fortune”. Many respondents wrote in comments stressing the extreme importance of faith and God. You didn’t think that successful entrepreneurs were this pious did you? Neither did I. After all, what did God have to do with Google aside from Jeff Jarvis stealing his book title from fans of Jesus and their much copied meme? Did God build the Internet? Did he build the microch