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Last week, Google hosted their annual developer’s conference Google I/O, announcing some exciting new products and releases that will likely change the world in the few years to come.
And of course, one of the products that were heavily discussed about was Google+.

To quote the great philosopher, Ferris Bueller, “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.”
As fast as life moves, technology moves even faster. It only took Facebook eight years to land a billion users. Twitter hit the five hundred million mark in just six years. Apple’s App Store launched in 2008 and is already closing in on 50 billion downloads.

Summer is almost upon us and traveling somewhere new is always exciting. What new cultures are there to see? Where to eat? What attractions are there to view? What kind of events are there to attend? Traveling has changed so much, especially with the help of a smartphone. With tens of thousands of apps available for helping you travel, costs can range from free to up to $9.99.

Earbits was featured on TechZulu awhile back. But how are things holding up at Earbits since the last time? From the look of things, Earbits is on the right track to be a force in the online music streaming industry. With a new mobile app releasing today (on all Android devices) and the social currency system gaining new ground, Earbits just upped its game.

amSTATZ is an online community that brings fitness professionals, athletes and fitness events together into one place. The fitness professional network develops business tools that make it easier for fitness professionals to run their businesses and keep their clients engaged between training sessions.

Meeting strangers can be…well…a strange ordeal. Either everything can go well and leads to a new friend or everything goes wrong and leads to creating a missed opportunity. In the business world, this is more crucial as it can lead to potential future opportunities or be the very downfall of a career. The developers of CanWeNetwork want to make it easier for people to meet and discuss future business endeavors and/or grow their network base.

My interest was piqued last year during a phone call with Nick Allen, a member of my CALinnovates Advisory Board. Nick told me that he was in the process of winding down his fund at Spring Ventures, which would allow him to focus his energy on a new business he founded with Sunil Paul. The new venture, called SideCar, launched in San Francisco last June.

Google announced it will retire its Reader service July 1 to the disappointment of many, and many were out already looking for the best alternative. However, Google had something else in mind, launching a service that might even be better than Google Reader.

Lost your bike? Where are my kids? Has the delivery truck found the best route to its destination? My motorcycle was stolen? These are some questions that have gone through the minds of business owners and the general public alike. According to Valarm co-founder, Lorenzo Gonzalez, his motorcycle was stolen from an airport parking lot. Because of his unfortunate event, Lorenzo and his brother, Edward Pultar, teamed up and decided to build an app to prevent thefts and other applications for research and data.

This weekend, February 22-24th, will be your chance to attend UCLA Anderson School of Management’s 42 hour Developers Contest, hosted at ROC in Santa Monica. UCLA’s ASM has partnered with Microsoft, Nokia, WIX, Yahoo! and more to bring a true hack-a-thon to Silicon Beach, helping substantiate Southern California’s thriving Tech Community.