The Headline Hub

Each week, the Digital Surgeons team compiles the week’s news for designers, developers, online marketers, social media experts, and overall tech-lovers. For the geek-on-the-go, catch up on all the important headlines from the week with just one click!

  Google +
Plenty of news here, as the world scrambles to get a precious invite. As more users filter in, the early reviews and theories have turned it more discussion about the future of the product and how to integrate it into your daily social browsing. This week, we’ve discovered that profiles not have the option to be private. While users can choose whom to share information with, their name and gender will remain viewable.

  In addition, Google announced that they are creating a separate G+ experience for businesses that will be integrated with AdWords and analytics tools, to be released in two weeks. Finally, Google announced that Blogger and Picasa would be retired in place of products that would support the new Google Plus.

  Smartphone Invasion
Android, Blackberry, iPhone – all popular household names that have emerged with the rise of smartphones, which have now reached 76.8 million Americans, according to a report from comScore. TechCrunch reported that 1/3 of mobile phones are smart and Google Android is holding on to the first place, with Apple and RIM holding second and third, respectively.

  Social Good Summit
For the second year in a row, Mashable, 92Y and the UN Foundation will be hosting the Social Good Summit. The rise of social media has given way to a group of activists determined to utilize technology for solving world issues and spreading awareness. The lineup of speakers this year includes Mashable’s Pete Cashmore, Nancy Lubin of and Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel. The dates are Sept. 19-22.

  Facebook Features
Shortly after the launch of Google Plus, Mark Zuckerberg and Skype CEO Tony Bates announced one-to-one video messaging within Facebook, alongside other new chat features including group text chat and a redesign of the contact list. Zuckerberg avoided the Google Plus question, outwardly other than to say that social would become integrated with numerous existing platforms.

  Amazon Introduces Cloud-based Music System
Amazon is unlimited music through the company’s cloud-based storage system. For a limited time, users can pay $20 per year and store all of their music online. This is a smart move for Amazon, timing wise. Google Music is free, but still in beta and invitation-based. There is also a limit to 20,000 songs. Apple has yet to release iCloud or their new iTunes Match system, to be released this month as part of Lion.

  Highlight Reel:
-Droid 3 is introduced to Verizon
-Obama holds the first ever Twitter Town Hall
-Twitter is valued at $7 billion dollars
-Facebook has reached 750 million users
-Apple’s App Store reaches 15 billion downloads