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Library E-Book Checkouts Get a Major Boost

Library E-Book Checkouts Get a Major Boost

The number of people who check out e-books via their local library is still pretty small – less than 15% of people in a recent survey indicated that they turned to libraries for their digital content. In part, it’s been difficult for libraries to offer e-books to their patrons, but as the popularity of the e-books and e-readers has skyrocketed…

Meet the Speed Geeks from Today’s RWW 2WAY Summit

Meet the Speed Geeks from Today’s RWW 2WAY Summit

The RWW 2WAY Summit is not a pitch event, but that doesn’t mean it’s not a great opportunity for tech companies to showcase their products. So today we invited a group of startups and established companies to present at our conference, a continuation of what’s become a tradition at ReadWriteWeb’s tech events: Speed Geeking.

Rather than taking…

Angry Birds Coming Soon Everywhere (Literally)

Angry Birds Coming Soon Everywhere (Literally)

Just when you thought Angry Birds had spread to every possible platform – iOS, Android, Facebook, Chrome – the game-maker Rovio is taking the stage here at the ReadWriteWeb 2WAY Summit to make a new announcement, one that will take Angry Birds to a whole new place. In fact, Angry Birds will soon be everywhere. Quite literally.

With this new…

Chris Dixon: Hunch, Taste Graphs & the Link Between Lettuce & Politics

Chris Dixon: Hunch, Taste Graphs & the Link Between Lettuce & Politics

During the 2008 Presidential campaign, John McCain accused Barack Obama of being “the guy who worries about the price of arugula,” a suggestion that Obama was an elitist. Many scoffed at the remark, but according to Hunch CEO and co-founder Chris Dixon, liberals do prefer arugula while conservatives opt for iceberg lettuce. The connection between…

Exploiting Social Media with The Onion’s Baratunde Thurston

Exploiting Social Media with The Onion’s Baratunde Thurston

Social media is supposed to empower users, giving them a platform to communicate more broadly. But as The Onion’s Baratunde Thurston points out, social media also provides an opportunity for some great humor and pranking.

From live hate-tweeting the premier of the Twilight movies to creating rallies in support of Foursquare mayorships…

Tune in Today to ReadWriteWeb’s 2WAY Summit

Tune in Today to ReadWriteWeb’s 2WAY Summit

ReadWriteWeb has been holding its 2WAY Summit at Columbia University in New York City.

We have a full program again today. We’ll be hearing from thought-leaders, researchers, investors, technologists and entrepreneurs – all great minds who’ll be sharing their thoughts about the future of the Web.

Yesterday’s keynote speakers included NPR’s Andy…

2WAY Summit Preview: Teens + Mobile = Trouble?

2WAY Summit Preview: Teens + Mobile = Trouble?

Moral panic. Time and time again, changes occur that make some people feel as though the very fabric of society is at risk. Those changes can be cultural; they can be technological. Often, they involve activities associated with and undertaken by youth.

It’s no surprise then that of mobile phones and children have repeatedly elicited moral…

Google Says Yes, You Can Doodle In Our E-Books

Google Says Yes, You Can Doodle In Our E-Books

I realize its anathema to some, but one of the things I miss most about the transition from print to digital books is the ability to write on the pages. Oh sure, I can justify my notes and marginalia as being full of intelligent insights. But I think it all stems back from a love of coloring books and from adding my own creative and colorful…

500 Startups Hits the Accelerator Pedal (and Program) Again

500 Startups Hits the Accelerator Pedal (and Program) Again

Less than a year after the launch of the investment fund, Dave McClure’s 500 Startups is going full throttle. That’s the image that you should take away from the fund’s press release today with a headline that invokes The Fast and the Furious at least. Speed, risk, victory – you get the picture.

500 Startups makes a couple of important…

ShowYou’s New Features Aim to Make It the Instapaper of Video

ShowYou’s New Features Aim to Make It the Instapaper of Video

The video-sharing app ShowYou is continuing to roll out improvements to its platform, with couple of new features today including the ability to view it on more screens – thanks to a new browser version of the app.

The Web version is similar to the iPad and iPhone app. You can scroll through and view the videos that are in your social streams…

Graphicly Reboots Its Web App, as the Future of Comics Looks to HTML 5

Graphicly Reboots Its Web App, as the Future of Comics Looks to HTML 5

I remember distinctly the moment during the official unveiling of the iPad last year that I knew I’d be buying Apple’s new tablet device: it was during the demo of the comics app. I was sold. It seemed clear that this was the future of the genre.

Now there are a number of different ways in which fans can buy and read comics online – on their…

Evernote Re-engineers Studying By Flash Cards With Its New iPad App

Evernote Re-engineers Studying By Flash Cards With Its New iPad App

An elephant never forgets. And as Evernote’s elephant logo suggests, the note-taking platform already sees itself as a tool for storage, yes, but also for enhancing memory.

That couldn’t be clearer with a newly release app today: Evernote Peek (iTunes link). The app makes rather ingenious use of the new iPad Smart Cover, creating a new way…

Wikipedia Is “Making the Grade” With More & More Academics

Wikipedia Is “Making the Grade” With More & More Academics

Although Wikipedia has long been viewed with suspicion by many educators, the Wikimedia Foundation has been working hard to forge alliances with academia, to build a better reputation, but also to elicit strong content contribution for the collaborative online encyclopedia.

At the beginning of the school year, we wrote about Wikimedia’s Public…

The Internet Archive, Now Preserving Printed Books As Well

The Internet Archive, Now Preserving Printed Books As Well

The Internet Archive is arguably one of the most important projects on the Web, with its mission to preserve the Internet and make available to the public the rich collection of all the digitized material therein: websites, music, videos, as well as public domain books.

It’s the latter – the ongoing efforts to digitize books, something that…

Commenting via Twitter and Facebook Now Enabled for WordPress.com Blogs

Commenting via Twitter and Facebook Now Enabled for WordPress.com Blogs

Visitors to WordPress.com blogs will now be able to sign in with their Facebook or Twitter accounts in order to leave comments. This is in addition, of course, to being able to comment anonymously (as a “Guest”) or as a WordPress user.

The new feature is intended to give users the flexibility to decide which identity they want to utilize for…

Ning Now Lets You Broadcast Live Video with Ustream Integration

Ning Now Lets You Broadcast Live Video with Ustream Integration

Ning announced a new feature today that will enable its users to broadcast video directly from their sites. The capabilities are a result of a partnership with Ustream, bringing the live streaming video capabilities to the social networking platform.

The Ustream integration will let Ning users embed both live and recorded video into their sites…