What came first, the international panic or the iPhone app? Yes, you can now chart the spread of swine flu from the comfort of your Apple product. Also in biz/tech/real estate news on May 1st: houses on wheels, new Bay Bridge span updates, and both Obama and the air conditioner (yes, the air conditioner) take important steps in the world of social networking.


The Google vs. AP news war rages on, with AP Press Chief threatening a “news blackout” if Google doesn’t compromise. Tech Meme

EnerNoc’s air conditioners instant message each other. What did one AC unit IM to the other? “Why you gotta be so cold?” Sorry, I couldn’t resist. CNET

Disney joins Hulu. Reuters


It’s about time: Barack Obama joins twitteronia. Tech Meme

But why did the White House delete Bush’s tweets? Perhaps he used too much LOLspeak? Valleywag

The Pentagon wants to get in on the action, too. Who’s next? Soon our Government will be @replying Al Qaeda. Chron

Twitter’s MVP got hacked! No, not Biz Stone – Ashton Kutcher. CNET

Here’s a lengthy analysis of Twitter’s “#Follow Friday,” for those who care. Basically, don’t beg, ridicule, or praise (overtly). CNET

Facebook Exec Chris Kelly is running for attorney general of CA. Do you Like or Dislike this? CNET

Is Google trying to kill Facebook? I mean, probably. Slate

Oh My God there is a swine flu iPhone application. Tech Meme

You know how annoying it is when someone asks you a question via Gchat and you have to exert yourself by leaving Gmail and opening up a whole new tab to search Google for the answer? Okay, me neither. But we don’t have to worry about it anymore, because now you can search the web from your Gmail account. Fine – that is kind of awesome. Tech Meme


Hey guys, a $29,500 house is for sale in SF! Where? Anywhere you want it to be. Because it is on wheels and roughly the size of Shaq. Chron

Architects have proclaimed the new east span of the Bay Bridge a “landmark.” The span, expected to open in four years, will feature bicycle and pedestrian paths, illuminating lights, and resting space for cormorants. Chron

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