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  8. Socialthing.comGoogle App Engine Earlier this week, Google launched App Engine, a web service that takes care of hosting, servers and databases for developing web-based applications, all using Google's own infrastructure. This frees up the developers to work on their applications while relying heavily on Google to maintain the nuts and bolts. Though the service is similar to Amazon's AWS, it lacks the ability to use App Engine's features a la carte. According to, "applications cannot use more than 500 MB of total storage, 200 million megacycles/day CPU time, and 10 GB bandwidth (both ways) per day" and can only be written in Python. Potentially I can see apps built on App Engine used on Android, Open Social and iGoogle, building Google's dominance in advertising and social networking.

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