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iBookstore Now Part of  iTunes, But iBooks Still iOS Only

iBookstore Now Part of iTunes, But iBooks Still iOS Only

Much of the reading news from yesterday’s WWDC keynote focused on the new features in iOS 5: the Instapaper-like Reading List in Safari and the new magazine subscription delivery system via Newsstand. But what about e-books, or iBooks rather?

Apple did tout the number of books that have been downloaded since the iBookstore opened – some 130…

Manage Your Household Bills, All in One Place, with Manilla

Manage Your Household Bills, All in One Place, with Manilla

As much of our lives are now conducted online, we still all receive a surprising amount of paper in the mail. Even with the advance of online banking and bill pay, much of what we lug in from the mailbox is related somehow to our personal finances. And even if we can pay some of our bills online, they’re often separate transactions.

That’s…

FounderFuel Launches a Montreal-Based Accelerator Program

FounderFuel Launches a Montreal-Based Accelerator Program

Although Silicon Valley gets the bulk of the tech world’s attention, as ReadWriteWeb’s Never Mind the Valley series likes to highlight, there are actually thriving startup hubs all over the place. And arguably one of the most vibrant in North America is in Montreal, Quebec. So it’s good news for the entrepreneurial community that there’s a new…

Sickweather Analyzes Social Data to Map Illness Outbreaks

Sickweather Analyzes Social Data to Map Illness Outbreaks

There have probably been times when just a cursory glance at your Facebook feed or Twitter stream reminds you that it’s flu season and plenty of your friends’ status updates referred to some sort of sneezy, snuffly, achy, barfy condition. Thanks to mobile technology, that’s something you can still do while sick in bed: post to your various social…

What Does Crime Look Like in Your Neighborhood?  Crime Maps Will Show You

What Does Crime Look Like in Your Neighborhood? Crime Maps Will Show You

There are a number of questions people ask when looking for a new place to live: What are the schools like? How close is public transportation? Are there grocery stores nearby? But one of the most common concerns is safety. People want to know about the crime rates in cities and neighborhoods.

The real-estate Trulia launched a new product…

Mashape, the Marketplace for APIs, Moves to Beta

Mashape, the Marketplace for APIs, Moves to Beta

When Mashape launched in private alpha last year, the startup described itself as the “Etsy for Cloud Services.” The comparison may be apt: Mashape provides a community marketplace where developers can buy and sell their own APIs.

But that’s really just a small piece of what the company is doing, and Mashape is set on rearranging the building…

iSwifter Enables iPad Users to Play Flash-Based Games

iSwifter Enables iPad Users to Play Flash-Based Games

Despite numerous pronouncements about the death of Flash, there are still plenty of games and videos that require it, much to the frustration of anyone using an iOS device to try to access those websites. But with the release of a new app available today, iSwifter will bring Flash to the iPad so that users can play Flash-based social games and…

Twitter Announces Better Search, Photo Sharing

Twitter Announces Better Search, Photo Sharing

Twitter has just announced some photo news, as rumors circulating over the Memorial Day holiday weekend hinted it would. The big reveal isn’t exactly a new photo-sharing or photo-storage service – Twitter will not be hosting the photos you Tweet now. But that doesn’t mean that today’s announcement is irrelevant or unimportant.

Today’s…

Oracle Donates OpenOffice to the Apache Software Foundation

Oracle Donates OpenOffice to the Apache Software Foundation

Oracle announced today that it will contribute the OpenOffice.org code to the Apache Software Foundation, where the free office productivity suite will become part of Apache’s incubator program.

The announcement comes after a rocky year for OpenOffice, which was largely abandoned by Oracle and turned over to the community, many of whom in turn…

Google Launches Its Groupon Competitor, Beginning in Portland, Oregon

Google Launches Its Groupon Competitor, Beginning in Portland, Oregon

We can’t help but have a soft spot for Portland here at ReadWriteWeb, as several of our writers live there. And it appears that Google shares our belief that the Rose City is a good place to start a trial of a new service, as the company is launching a beta trial of Google Offers there, beginning today.

“There’s no end to the city’s great…

Lodsys Moves Forward With Lawsuits Against iOS App Developers

Lodsys Moves Forward With Lawsuits Against iOS App Developers

Despite a letter from Apple lawyers last week stating that its licensing agreements protected iOS app developers, Lodsys is moving forward with its lawsuits against developers for patent infringement.

Lodsys owns four patents that it claims app developers must pay to use, and in a series of blog posts today, Lodsys outlined its plans to continue…

Hey Kids, Build Your Own Video Games With Stencyl

Hey Kids, Build Your Own Video Games With Stencyl

Although it’s getting a lot easier to build your own video games, many of the tools out there for doing so require you have a background in programming. Not so with with Stencyl, a new game creation studio that launches today.

“Our goal is to build the ultimate game creation experience, one that democratizes the game creation process by…

Twitter Acquires Ad Platform AdGrok

Twitter Acquires Ad Platform AdGrok

Rumors surfaced over the holiday weekend that Twitter was in talks to acquire AdGrok, and the startup has just confirmed the news on its blog.

A Y Combinator alum, AdGrok offers a platform to help businesses manage their Google Adwords. The company built a number of tools to make the process easier for businesses to be able to gauge the…

Where the Boys Are (Reading Tech Blogs, Apparently)

Where the Boys Are (Reading Tech Blogs, Apparently)

Men outnumber women in the tech industry. This isn’t particularly newsworthy, although it continues to be quite disheartening.

Figures released today from web monitoring company Royal Pingdom highlight another repercussion of the skewed gender representation in tech – namely, the overwhelming predominance of male visitors to technology…

iChromy:  Bookmarking Service Diigo Releases A Chrome-like iPad Browser

iChromy: Bookmarking Service Diigo Releases A Chrome-like iPad Browser

I doubt that Google has plans to bring its Chrome browser to the iPad anytime soon, but for fans of Chrome, there’s a new app you might want to consider: iChromy.

The app has some of the look and feel of the Chrome browser. There are tabs at the top of the screen and an omnibox that’ll let you perform searches as well as type URLs. There’s…