Juan Carlos PerezAssistant News Editor, IDG News Service

Juan Carlos Perez covers e-commerce, Google, Web application development, and cloud applications for the IDG News Service, and is based in Miami.

Page: Google+ to broadly impact other Google products

Google Co-Founder and CEO Larry Page made clear on Thursday the lofty expectations the company has for its new social networking site Google+.

Study: After surge, Google+ traffic falls back

Google+ traffic has deflated after a temporary spike following Google's decision to open up the social networking site to everyone, according to data analytics company Chitika.

Google+ APIs get beefed up

After releasing an initial set of basic APIs for Google+, the company is exposing more functions that external developers can access for the tools and applications they build for the social networking site.

Rhapsody buys Napster as it battles Spotify

With its Napster acquisition this week, Rhapsody, the venerable U.S.-only digital music subscription service, is in battle mode as rival Spotify attempts to carry its strong momentum in Europe to America.

Facebook automates, simplifies friend grouping

Facebook has developed new features designed to make it easier for its members to segment their list of friends into smaller groups for more granular sharing of content.

With 100 million active users, Twitter touts its influence

Twitter has 100 million active users, half of which log on to the microblogging site every day, the company said on Thursday.

Bartz out, after failing to deliver Yahoo turnaround

Carol Bartz is out as Yahoo's CEO. Here's what led to her departure.

Google adds offline access to Gmail in Chrome

Chrome browser users will be able to access Gmail when they're not connected to the Internet starting Wednesday and will gain similar offline capabilities for Docs and Calendar in the coming week.

Facebook shuts down Deals, boosts Photos

Facebook has decided to shut down its Deals feature after testing it for several months, but the social networking service is also upgrading its Photos feature.

Google to shut down Slide social apps

Google plans to shut down the social applications developed by Slide, a company it acquired a year ago for $182 million.

Google beefs up admin console for free Apps version

Google has strengthened the IT administration capabilities of the free, standard version of its Apps hosted communication and collaboration suite, the company said Friday.

Twitter adds photo function to API

Twitter has added a native function to its API for attaching images to posts, designed to make it easier for third-party developers to include photos with their applications' messages.

Complaints mount over Google+ account deletions

An issue that had simmered for several weeks boiled over this weekend, as Google apparently accelerated deletions of Google+ accounts over the site's requirement that members use their real names.

Gaining Postini features is a boost for Google Apps

Industry analysts think that Google Apps will become a more secure and easier-to-manage collaboration and communication suite now that Google is integrating e-mail security features from its Postini suite

Hitwise: Google+ grows fast, still minor player

The new Google+ social networking site, out in limited beta release since late June, is growing its usage very quickly, but online tracking service Hitwise says it has yet to make a splash in terms of website visits.