Another busy week of Web Tech news and analysis. Here is what we covered on Read/WriteWeb during the week (number of comments in brackets)...
OneWebDay: In Celebration Of The Web (2) - looks like this didn't take off in a big way, judging by the lack of blogosphere love for it. I still think it's a great idea though, a day to celebrate the Web.
Microsoft Plans Web-based Works Suite - Including Word Processing And Spreadsheets (4) - this news seemed to underwhelm people. Microsoft Works as a Web Office suite? People expect more innovation I think. But this is where Zoho, Zimbra and other small companies come into play.
Business Web Desktop From Salesforce.com (1) - personalized start pages come to the business world.
The Social Networking Faceoff (23) - Alex Iskold's latest Faceoff post noted that Orkut is perhaps more influential than most people think. But there was some robust discussion on the accuracy of the Alexa stats we used.
Breaking News: Facebook in talks with Yahoo for rumored $1B deal (9) - no confirmation from Yahoo sources yet, but according to Michael Arrington in his latest podcast "something is clearly going on there". So watch this space...
Interview: Can Userplane Help Transform AOL? (0) - Userplane's Michael Jones: "We expect Userplane to have a great influence on the future of AOL's strategy and culture."
DEMOfall 2006 Presenting Companies Announced (0) - DEMO is on this week and Alex Iskold will be providing on-the-scene reports for R/WW.
Top Web Apps in Japan (10) - this is a fascinating post, thanks to the information given to me by Benjamin Joffe (CEO of Plus Eight Star Ltd) and Masashi Kobayashi (partner of Globis Capital Partners - one of the largest Venture Capital firms in Japan). Must read, IMO.
9rules Adds Community Search Engine (0) - a neat example of social search.
3Tera Brings Utility Computing To Web Apps (7) - watch this company, 3Tera. They are building outstanding web technology.
The Social Bookmarking Faceoff (65) - Alex's post got a great deal of attention, so scroll through the comments if social bookmarking is your thing.
France Web Market Overview (19) - another in our popular international web apps series.
Building Web Native Apps: Google Calendar and Web Office (4) - Web Native apps are Google's raison d'etre.
Can Google China compete with Baidu? (8) - check out the comments for some excellent pro and con arguments. Most people do expect Google to compete well, long term, against Baidu in the China market.