It's been a busy couple of days, with the announcement of Zimbra being acquired by Yahoo! for $350M, Google launching its much anticipated Presentations app, and Mozilla launching a new organization to focus on email innovation. Also the TechCrunch40 conference has commanded much attention (see R/WW's coverage of the 8 sessions).
Now it's time to catch our breath and check out some of the recent highlights from the Read/WriteWeb Network...
Google Reader Goes Multilingual, Comes Out of Beta - Marshall Kirkpatrick reviewed Google Reader now that it's gone out of beta. He gave it the thumbs up, but with some provisos:
"Now free of the beta tag that even GMail still carries with it, a Google Reader primed for international use will probably increase its already huge market share substantially. The service just added search functionality earlier this month, something that was no doubt required before it could lose its label as an experiment. Still limiting the scope of its potential adoption, though, is lack of support for authenticated (password protected) feeds. So much for business use, or even filtering certain GMail labels to RSS, if you're a Google Reader user."
Check out the full review and be sure to leave your comments.
See also Marshall's review of Lunarr, "a deceptively simple looking collaboration platform" - and note we have invites for the first 200 readers who want to check it out. Marshall's first post on R/WW was also a goodie - a review of two new consumer apps from Intel; a developer focused beta testing site called Whatif and a mashup tool called MashMaker.
Wall Street Journal May Be Set Free - Josh Catone comments on the news that Rupert Murdoch is considering removing the $79/year fee for full WSJ access. Josh warns though that "free content doesn't work for all online businesses, however. Social networking and dating site Hot Or Not told its customers today that it will be switching back to a paid model."
Winamp goes where iTunes doesnÄôt dare - last100 reports: "Winamp, that staple of media players, will soon turn 10! And its not letting it pass without a bang. On the 10th of October at 10:10am, Winamp 5.5 (PC-only) will be released sporting two new and potentially controversial features: support for mp3 blogs and the ability to stream your music collection over the Internet."
Picture this! Visualizing Search Results - AltSearchEngines attempts to persuade you that the Interface is the key.