Google+ API Opens to Flipboard; Bejeweled Blitz Pulled Off from the Site; Google Acquires Over 50 Magnolia Broadband Patents

Google+'s Bradley Horowitz at LeWeb, announced that the company has opened its Google+ API to Flipboard. With this, the news app Flipboard joins Buddy Media, Hootsuite, Context Optional, Hearsay Social, Involver and Vitrue as a Google+ "trusted" partner.The API will soon allow Flipboard users to Google+ comment on and +1 Flipboard items, in addition to […]

Bejeweled Blitz removed from Google+

Google+'s Bradley Horowitz at LeWeb, announced that the company has opened its Google+ API to Flipboard. With this, the news app Flipboard joins Buddy Media, Hootsuite, Context Optional, Hearsay Social, Involver and Vitrue as a Google+ "trusted" partner.

The API will soon allow Flipboard users to Google+ comment on and +1 Flipboard items, in addition to sending individualized pieces of content to Google+ Circles. "It works like it should," said Horowitz, "Flipboard has done an amazing job. "

When asked what was taking Google so long in opening its API to the public, Horowitz said, "We squeezed a decade of social networking history into 11 months."

Also, if you like playing online games on social networking sites, including Facebook, and Google+ -- now, you can no more play "Bejeweled Blitz" on Google+ -- as the PopCap, the company behind the game pulled the game off.

"PopCap has decided to suspend Bejeweled Blitz on Google+ to redeploy our resources to other adaptations of Bejeweled," a PopCap spokesperson stated. "Certainly, Google is a valuable gaming partner for PopCap and EA, and we'll continue to develop for Google platforms."

PopCap, thanking its players, remind users to use up their coins and keep playing - elsewhere.

"Bejeweled Blitz" has more than 9 million monthly active users, while the three Wooga games combine for more than 33 million monthly users, according to AppData. The games were among the "first wave" of Google+ Games when it launched last August.

However, despite the losses, Google+ still offers "Angry Birds" and more than 40 other games.

Google buys over 50 Magnolia Broadband patents

Finally, in other Google news, the company has acquired more than 50 patents from New Jersey-based fabless semiconductor company Magnolia Broadband.

These patents cover "methods for increasing spectrum utilization (network capacity), expanding coverage, improving uplink transmission speeds at the cell edge, and improving device battery life," Magnolia said.

The terms of this transaction were not disclosed, but Magnolia's chairman of the board Yaron Eitan notes that this deal "provides a return to our investors and funding for continued development of Magnolia's MTD technology."

Its technology, Magnolia says, helps enhance RF transmit signal levels, which "significantly enhances data device performance as well as overall network performance." The company argues that its technology can increase network capacity by 40% and increase data throughput at the cell edge by 100%. It also promises a 10-15% increase in battery life.