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Australia Rules Against eBay and PayPal

Australia Rules Against eBay and PayPal

In April, eBay filed a notification with the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) seeking permission to circumvent section 47 of the Australian Trade Practices Act of 1974, which disallows businesses from creating exclusive deals that have the purpose or effect of lessening competition, in order to more fully integrate PayPal…

Will the Future Novel be More than Text on a Page?

Will the Future Novel be More than Text on a Page?

We all know what it looks like when a novel is adapted for film or television. But what would it look like when the novel format is adapted for the Internet? We reported in March that more and more reading is being done online, especially by the younger generation, but because of the distractions of the media rich world in which we live, most…

Prediction Markets vs. Survey Data: Fight!

Prediction Markets vs. Survey Data: Fight!

Prediction markets are speculative markets in which investors put money into ideas that are tied to a future event — such as “Will the Lakers cover the spread?” The idea is that the more people who buy into an idea, the more likely it is to occur. This is an application of crowd wisdom. One such prediction market, Intrade, which has been in…

Creative Block? Try Moodstream

Creative Block? Try Moodstream

The world’s largest stock imagery company, Getty Images, this week released a new mashup that leans on the company’s vast stock image and audio assets. The flash app called Moodstream draws on Getty’s photo, video, and audio collections to create what the company calls a “powerful brainstorming tool designed to take you in inspiring, unexpected…

A Smart Social Media Play From… Coca-Cola?

A Smart Social Media Play From… Coca-Cola?

Coca-Cola quietly launched one of their first social media applications last weekend, a bookmarking widget for Facebook called CokeTag. (Coke Singapore also has a Facebook application out, promoting a tie-in with UEFA EURO 2008.) CokeTag is not only a smart play from the company, but also a fairly useful app as far as profile widgets go. The…

An Inside Look at Y Combinator

An Inside Look at Y Combinator

3 year old seed fund Y Combinator has funded over 80 companies and seen a handful through to Series A round funding or successful exits. Given the amount of money that Y Combinator invests in each startup (in the order of $10-20k), it would be hard to classify their oft emulated model anything but a success. Though many of Y Combinator’s alumni…

AOL Announces Revenue Sharing for Open AIM

AOL Announces Revenue Sharing for Open AIM

Last month we called AOL’s Open AIM developer platform an “often over-looked social networking platform,” but with 80 million users and plans to integrate the AOL Instant Messenger platform into bebo, it might not be over-looked for long — in fact, it now has 295,000 developers signed up. AOL has been pushing their chat platform hard this year…

6 Ways to Sell Your Stuff Online

6 Ways to Sell Your Stuff Online

So eBay’s in trouble, and whether or not the auction format was indeed a fad, you may feel the inclination to find a new place to sell your stuff. Online sellers are increasingly finding the web to be a more competitive market, and with management and rules changes at eBay, many are in search of a new home as well. Where are they going? And…

And You Thought the Tech Blog Echo Chamber was Bad

And You Thought the Tech Blog Echo Chamber was Bad

You see it happen every day: a story breaks on Techmeme, and 30 minutes later, the headline is followed up by tens of “discussion links.” Some bloggers weigh in just to get the trackback link, or the link on Techmeme, some because they’re generally interested in the news, and some because they think they have something new to add to the…

YouTube Monetization: Let Users Sell Ads

YouTube Monetization: Let Users Sell Ads

Partner Program not working out? NewTeeVee reports that YouTube will begin allowing content creators to sell their own ads, with the Google-owned video property taking a cut. The YouTube Partner Program, which gives top producers on the site a slice of ad revenue, opened to all last December. Now, at least one major content creator…

SocialCash Launches New Facebook Ad Network

SocialCash Launches New Facebook Ad Network

Social networking has been notoriously hard to monetize. Despite loads and loads of inventory, hitting on an ad model that works has proved thus far elusive. Traditional banners haven’t worked, contextual ads have been lackluster, selling app installs isn’t sustainable, and getting people to sell to their friends hasn’t worked. There’s just no…

US Congressman Tries Digg for Politics

US Congressman Tries Digg for Politics

Launched a couple of weeks ago by U.S. Representative John R. Kuhl, Jr., a Republican from New York’s 29th District, the “Fix Washington” project aims to make DC politics a user generated affair. Noting that the majority of Americans aren’t happy with the way Washington is run, Kuhl is soliciting ideas for bills until July 18th. Kuhl will then…

Could Facebook Be the New Ning?

Could Facebook Be the New Ning?

Earlier this week something interesting happened in the world of social networking: Verizon, which this week became America’s largest mobile carrier after moving to acquire Alltel, moved its branded social network to Facebook. The company announced a plan to shut down its Verizon Community site — a moderately popular corporate social network…

Watch Out TV: YouTube is Taking Over

Watch Out TV: YouTube is Taking Over

The theme for this week must be the erosion of market share for dominant technologies. Earlier, we reported on the Firefox web browser’s steady march into Internet Explorer territory, and today NewTeeVee points to a recent study from Ipsos MediaCT that shows the PC continuing to encroach on the television’s dominating position for eyeball time…

Thinkbase: Mapping the World’s Brain

Thinkbase: Mapping the World’s Brain

If Freebase is an “open shared database of the world’s knowledge,” then Thinkbase (found via information aesthetics) is a mind map of the world’s knowledge. The interesting and incredibly addictive Freebase visualization and search tool is the brainchild of master’s degree student Christian Hirsch at the University of Auckland. Thinkbase is one of…

Yahoo! Pushes Search Results Customization to Users

Yahoo! Pushes Search Results Customization to Users

Yahoo!’s SearchMonkey platform got a little more public today with the unveiling of the Search Gallery — the platform’s official application repository. The gallery has already been open to developers and curious bloggers for a couple of weeks, but Yahoo! is now pushing it to the public at large via a “Customize” drop down menu on all search…

Can Microsoft Win the Search Wars with Charity?

Can Microsoft Win the Search Wars with Charity?

The Microsoft Live Search team announced today that it had expanded the company’s Search and Give charitable searching program to more than 1 million eligible organizations. The program donates 1 cent for each search conducted by users to the school or charity of their choice up to 500 searches per month (or $60/year per person). Can Microsoft…

Visualizing Digg: Tree Rings

Visualizing Digg: Tree Rings

The wonderful Information Aesthetics blog points us to human-computer interaction student Chris Harrison’s Digg Rings visualization. Digg Rings is the latest in a series of awesome visualization projects from Harrison, and it displays a year’s worth of Digg data in an absolutely stunning manner. These are interactive visualizations like those…

Yahoo! Releases Address Book API

Yahoo! Releases Address Book API

Yahoo! today becomes the latest web BigCo to offer an API allowing developers to gain access to users’ address books. Though the Address Book API was publicly launched today, it has already been in use at a handful of large partner sites, including LinkedIn and Plaxo. Charles Wu, the product manager for the Address Book platform, offered a number…

Trouble at eBay

Trouble at eBay

“I think [fixed prices] will disappear online, simply because it is possible – cheap and easy – to vary prices online.” That was MIT Media Lab’s Patti Maes in 1999, at a time when eBay’s business was booming and auctions were seen as the future of ecommerce. Flash forward 9 years, and BusinessWeek is today calling online auctions a dying breed…