Registrations open for Google’s Mapathon 2013 in India!

Google’s got something interesting for its users in India – Mapathon 2013. In an official blog post, Google’s Jayanth Mysore, Senior Product Manager for Map Maker introduces the search giant’s newest initiative that it will throw open for anyone in India – from February 12, 2013 to March 25, 2013.

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Mysore explains that Mapathon 2013 stems from Google’s initiative towards creating better maps for India, for which they’ll need everyone’s help. Mapathon 2013 is India’s first ever mapping competition and this nation-wide mapping contest is open to just about anybody who lives in the country. All Google Maps users from all over the country can participate and help Google create better maps for India by adding knowledge of their neighborhoods through Google Map Maker. What’s in it for you, you ask? Mysore reveals that the top 1000 mappers in India can win Android tablets, smartphones, gift vouchers and Google merchandise. The registrations for the competition have just opened, and to join, log in to – : http://g.co/mapindia2013

Facebook Wants to Buy Opera (Rumor)

Are you ready for a Facebook browser? As we are curious for Facebook Mobile nowadays, a web browser from Facebook might be fun too. It can really happen soon, if Mark Zuckerberg decides it one night, he can buy it before asking CFO or Facebook Board.

That’s exactly what could be on the way soon, according to one report from Mashable today. A  “trusted source” that Facebook wants to buy Opera Software — manufacturers of the Opera web browser, which claims more than 200 million users worldwide.

The Facebook browser would include default menu bar plugins, further permeating Facebook into users’ general web experience, according to the report.

A custom browser would be a significant step toward Facebook becoming your web, as opposed to just an Internet site you visit and service you use. Opera’s mobile browser has received strong reviews online, meaning a functional Facebook browser using it could be even more powerful. Facebook has struggled to penetrate mobile use as deeply as many think it should be able to — and will need to in order to sustain long-term growth.

A Facebook browser would also bolster the newly public company’s competition with Google. Google Chrome recently became the web’s most-used browser, but Facebook’s gigantic user base of more than 900 million people would present a potential serious threat down the line. It would be interesting to see Facebook try to battle Google for browser dominance as Google+ struggles to play catchup in social networking.

Things You Missed at TechCrunch Disrupt

Who’s buying Facebook stock, the CEO that thinks Dropbox is overvalued, Tumblr’s growing pains, and more from today’s TechCrunch Disrupt. Which companies should Yahoo acquire next? What’s the secret to a successful start-up ecosystem in New York city? When is Facebook stock worth the buy? Which companies should Yahoo acquire next? What’s the secret to a successful start-up ecosystem in New York city? When is Facebook stock worth the buy? These were just a few of the big questions discussed this morning at TechCrunch Disrupt in Manhattan’s Pier 94, a cavernous former ship terminal (complete with draft and sparrows flying overhead) that functions this week as the event’s home. Monday’s panels and presentations consisted of a veritable who’s-who of the tech and start-up world—with a big focus on the growing New York City start-up scene. On the investment side, Fred Wilson and David Tisch chatted about Facebook’s IPO and New York City innovation. Jason Goldberg, the founder of Fab.com, said he wants to create the next Ikea—not just the next Zappos-sized company. Michael Arrington said he’ll be buying Facebook stock today. And Brad Garlinghouse, a former executive at AOL, admitted to hearing rumors that Arianna Huffington was almost fired from The Huffington Post. Gossip or real, it is up to you to believe!