Google and Apple are becoming the perfect frenemies, Boxee is looking to get content developers paid, and Bill Gates jumps head first into, yes, actually having a web site in your nearly-day-ending notes.
- The Gates Notes
Ostensibly posted as a means of communicating the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s notes and progress reports, it’s really a chance to see how Mr. Gates rolls when he’s on the web. At the moment, there’s no RSS or comments, but those are coming, and you can follow Bill on Twitter.
- The War Between Apple and Google Has Just Begun
How far apart have Google and Apple drifted? Apple’s looking at making Bing the default search engine on the iPhone, YouTube is looking to start its own movie rental business, and, man, there’s a lot of money and muscle to be thrown around in the days to come. [Bits Blog/NYTimes.com]
- YouTube Debuts Movie Rentals
Speaking of YouTube movie rentals, they just arrived—for five Sundance Film Festival entrants, at least, at $3.99 a pop. The video service says that more offerings will be available in the coming weeks. [Mashable]
- Coming soon: Boxee Payments
Looking to expand beyond free web videos, the media center software is looking to offer content providers a means to get paid, with fees lower than the typical app store. Exciting stuff—let’s hope HBO is paying attention. [Boxee Blog]
- Doing our share to help Haiti
If you’ve got a Google Voice account and need to make a call to Haiti, it’s free for the next two weeks. [Google Voice Blog]
- Communicating Directly with Your Users via Email
Facebook applications can now contact their users directly via email. Facebook asks that apps send “interesting and relevant information,” but give it two months and we’ll see what arrives. [Facebook]
- Serving better ads in Gmail
If Gmail doesn’t have a good advertising match for your message—like if it, say, has certain tragic words—the free webmail service will now pull relevant ads from another message you’ve recently viewed. [Official Gmail Blog]