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Watch Out Silicon Valley: Here Comes NYC

Watch Out Silicon Valley: Here Comes NYC

Last night at a reception to kick off New York’s Internet Week held at Gracie Mansion, the official residence of the mayor of New York City, Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced NYC Seed, a seed-stage technology fund for NYC-based companies that seek to “express their original ideas through software and web-oriented technologies.” Bloomberg, who is…

Firefox Continues Long March to the Top

Firefox Continues Long March to the Top

Last month when we reported that MySpace controls 3/4th of social network traffic one commenter, Jon Gos, wrote, “As Google or Microsoft will tell you, once you’re king of the hill in one area, it’s incredibly hard to get displaced. Unless of course you make some royal mistakes like Friendster did, whoever’s got the momentum usually sets the pace…

Feed Compare: Alexa for Feedburner

Feed Compare: Alexa for Feedburner

There are a lot of ways to measure blog popularity, and Feedburner reader counts may be one of the worst. Though reader stats via Feedburner can be helpful for publishers if taken with a helping of salt, and though a Feedburner subscriber chiclet can do wonders for turning casual readers into feed subscribers, the numbers are at times nonetheless…

Blender Open Movie Project 2 Released

Blender Open Movie Project 2 Released

In a bid to push open source 3D modeling software Blender as a suitable environment for professional 3D animation, Blender has released the results of its second open movie project. The 10-minute animated short, Big Buck Bunny, was released free on the Internet last Friday. The movie is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0…

Blockbuster Kiosks: Still a Bad Idea

Blockbuster Kiosks: Still a Bad Idea

Blockbuster is struggling, and seems to be trying as hard as it can to keep that moniker. Even though the company’s finance’s are looking up, it continues to make one questionable move after another in its attempt to compete with Netflix, Apple, and Amazon. From its decision to try buying Circuit City — another struggling retailer — in some…

Oh Boy Obama: User Generated Campaign Think Tank

Oh Boy Obama: User Generated Campaign Think Tank

Outsourcing research and development to customers via Digg-style voting is a hot trend for tech-savvy companies right now. Dell did it with IdeaStorm (our coverage), Starbucks did it with My Starbucks Idea (our coverage), and Salesforce did it with IdeaExchange. The concept has now made the leap to politics with Oh Boy Obama, an unofficial…

Award Winning Fiction in 140 Characters

Award Winning Fiction in 140 Characters

“Constraints drive innovation and force focus,” according to 37Signals in their popular “Getting Real” book. If that’s true, then Copyblogger’s Twitter Writing Contest, announced a couple of weeks ago, should have had writers brimming with creativity. The task? Write a short story in 140 characters. Not less than 140 characters, exactly 140…

Could Struggling Economy Help Second Life?

Could Struggling Economy Help Second Life?

Forget taking a class in social media, how about taking a class in social media? Specifically, virtual worlds. No, not taking a class about virtual worlds, but actually donning an avatar and going to see your professor (who very well could be dressed as a unicorn) inside Second Life. That’s a reality for some students of San Jose State…

idAuth: Proposed Push Identity-Data Relationship Standard

idAuth: Proposed Push Identity-Data Relationship Standard

How can people be sure that a blog comment left by “Bill Gates” is from the real Bill Gates? How does your lifestream aggregator know? Web developer Kyle Brady, creator of lifestream aggregator OneSwirl, has proposed a system he calls idAuth that he thinks addresses this issue. idAuth is a “push” system for data that can be linked to a…

How Many Friends is Too Many?

How Many Friends is Too Many?

Offline, I have a network of under 50 people that I interact on a regular basis as friends. But online, the concept of “friend” is completely different. On Facebook I have nearer to 250 friends, on Twitter I have just over 300 followers. That’s just a blip compared to how many friends some of the true power users on those services have, but it…

Who Owns All These Comments? You? Us? Someone Else?

Who Owns All These Comments? You? Us? Someone Else?

Hank Williams relates a story about one of Robert Scoble’s comments on FriendFeed being deleted after the author of the blog post he was commenting one removed his FriendFeed account. While the cynical response might be, “So one of the ten million comments Scoble leaves each day was delete — he’ll live,” it does bring up a valid point about…

15 Places to Find Great Screencasts

15 Places to Find Great Screencasts

Screencasts, how-to videos that show only what’s happening on the computer screen, have been around since as early as 1994, according to Wikipedia. But in recent years, their popularity as an instructional method has grown and screencasts have become an essential means of teaching on the web (the term “screencast” was actually coined in 2004…

Google Gears Turns One: Future is in Open Standards

Google Gears Turns One: Future is in Open Standards

Google Gears, the offline web application API it debuted last year at its developer conference, is turning one this week, and to celebrate, Google will be dropping the company name from Gears. The name change is a symbolic move aimed at reinforcing Google’s commitment to working with existing standards communities and helping them to define better…

SocialHistory.js: See Which Sites Your Users Visit

SocialHistory.js: See Which Sites Your Users Visit

With so many social media sites in circulation today, badge soup can become a real problem for web sites trying to squeeze the most out of their traffic. Everyone has a different set of core social media sites that they use — from del.icio.us and Ma.gnolia, to Digg, Reddit, and Diigo, we all have our favorites. But appealing to your users…

The Social Networking Arms Race

The Social Networking Arms Race

Last November, when Google launched Open Social we asked readers if Facebook would join Google’s platform. The results were split right down the middle, but as we get farther from the Open Social launch, and the two sites continue to launch competing APIs (Google FriendConnect vs. Facebook Connect, for example — the former banned by Facebook…

Poll: Are You Still Watching Cable TV?

Poll: Are You Still Watching Cable TV?

Chris Albrecht has a post on NewTeeVee this morning asking for suggestions to help him break up with cable. Even though cable prices have gone up 77 percent since 1996, which according to the New York Times is nearly twice the rate of inflation, many people are having trouble kicking the habit. “I hate dealing with the cable company, but I just…

What’s the Biggest Rails App? It Doesn’t Matter

What’s the Biggest Rails App? It Doesn’t Matter

Once upon a time, whenever anyone asked, “But are there any big applications built on Rails?” The answer was usually, 43Things, anything from 37Signals, or Odeo. But over the past year, there’s no doubt that if there is a poster child for Rails, it is now Twitter. With such notorious bouts of downtime, a worse poster child Rails could not…

Sometimes Crowds Aren’t That Wise

Sometimes Crowds Aren’t That Wise

Last week, computer book publisher SitePoint relayed a story about recent experiences with Digg that demonstrates that the Digg system is far from perfect. We’ve written recently on ReadWriteWeb about the decline and fall of quality on Digg, but SitePoint’s anecdote demonstrates that sometimes the wisdom of crowds approach is, well, kind of…

New York Times API Coming

New York Times API Coming

As print circulation continues its slide at most newspapers, one of the United States’ most respected newspapers, the New York Times, is taking steps to boost online readership. The paper is already the third most cited web site on Techmeme, and the first on Memeorandum, proving that bloggers at least pay attention to its reporting. Now, the Grey…

Studios Should Look to Trent Reznor for Future of Distribution

Studios Should Look to Trent Reznor for Future of Distribution

There was an article over the weekend in the New York Times about new tactics Warner Brothers is planning to boost flagging DVD sales. Warner plans to release direct-to-DVD companion films alongside new releases in the future, in an attempt to build buzz for the later DVD release of the main feature. What they really should be doing, is to…