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CBS’ New Online Video Strategy: Court Web 2.0

CBS’ New Online Video Strategy: Court Web 2.0

Last May CBS launched Innertube, an online video site that would allow the network’s viewers to watch popular television shows like “CSI” and “Survivor” online for free, as well as bonus content and original mini shows. The site, which was ad supported and used RealPlayer, was ill-conceived from the start since it was put to head-to-head with…

Facebook to Launch Classifieds Service

Facebook to Launch Classifieds Service

Social network Facebook is set to launch a classified service to its users on Friday, according to the New York Times. The service will be free, though Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg told the Times that the classifieds, which will launch under the name ‘Facebook Marketplace,’ might someday provide a source of revenue for the company.

Users will…

Flickr Eats Yahoo! Photos (Not The Other Way Round)

Flickr Eats Yahoo! Photos (Not The Other Way Round)

Yahoo! is
set to announce that it will close its online photosharing website Yahoo! Photos in favor of Flickr, the web 2.0 darling that it purchased two years
ago. According to web metrics firm Hitwise, Yahoo! Photos is currently the number 2 photo
website on the web, behind Photobucket, which has seized 40% of the market on the back of
strong…

Listen To The News With BlueGrind

Listen To The News With BlueGrind

When the people at BlueGrind say they’re in beta, they mean it. The website nearly doesn’t work at all. Even the ‘About’ and ‘Contact’ pages don’t yet exist, so this post is going to be full of a lot of speculation. That said, however, BlueGrind is too compelling for me to pass up.

BlueGrind is a text-to-speech technology provider. Their…

WorkHack Redefines ‘Simple’ Task Management

WorkHack Redefines ‘Simple’ Task Management

To-do lists should be simple, or so claims WorkHack, a task list web app that takes simple to a whole new level. There are very nearly no features to WorkHack. There is no sign up, no tagging, no due dates, no multi-user support. Just to-do lists, organized into three priority categories (High, Medium, and Low) and sorted by color or…

Saving Links Through IM with Meshly

Saving Links Through IM with Meshly

Meshly is not really like Twitter; it is not really like del.icio.us; and it is not really like digg. But comparisons to all three are fair when trying to figure out just what exactly Meshly actually is. Like Twitter, Meshly is an instant blogging application, like del.icio.us it is about saving links, and it has a voting component that closely…

Senduit Is An Easy Way To Send Files

Senduit Is An Easy Way To Send Files

In 37Signals’ ubiquitious web app design philosophy book, “Getting Real,” they talk about “underdoing” your competition. “Do less than your competitors to beat them. Solve the simple problems and leave the hairy, difficult, nasty problems to everyone else. Instead of oneupping, try one-downing. Instead of outdoing, try underdoing,” they write in…

Citizendium One Month Later

Citizendium One Month Later

Citizendium, the Wikipedia fork (sort of) that aims to be a more credible alternative to Wikipedia, was launched into public beta on March 25th, which makes it nearly one month old. So how does it stack up to its progenitor?

First some background. Citizendium was founded by Larry Sanger, a 38-year-old who holds a Ph.D. in philosophy from Ohio…

Video Podcasting Comes of Age with ON Networks

Video Podcasting Comes of Age with ON Networks

Valleywag recently declared podcasting dead (or at least conceded the battle to Apple). But iPod’s play video, remember, and video podcasting (or vidcasting, or vlogging — pick your favorite term) is alive and well, and still a wide open space. Mostly when we think of online video, however, we think of amateur videographers talking into a…

Kyte: It’s Like Twitter That Moves

Kyte: It’s Like Twitter That Moves

Kyte launched today, and as Rex Dixon pointed out, it has already been discussed ad nauseum. But never one to shy away from the latest hot trend, I decided to see what all the fuss was about. Kyte is a media remixing service that lets anyone “create their own interactive TV channel,” which basically means you can upload video, photos, and audio…

Tracking Sickness Using Web 2.0

Tracking Sickness Using Web 2.0

To all hypochondriacs who
yearn to make their imagined ailments seem more legit, pay attention. There exists a
website that tells you what’s currently making people in your area sick. The website is
Who is Sick? and it has other uses besides adding
legitimacy to fictitious symptoms.

Who is Sick? is a Google Maps mashup, which as Alex Iskold…

Your Guide to Online TV Guides: 10 Services Compared

Your Guide to Online TV Guides: 10 Services Compared

Following last year’s backlash over Yahoo!’s re-design of their TV section, and in particular their television listings feature, many users felt left out in the cold. I was one of them. Having previously relied on the Yahoo! online television guide to know what was on the boob tube, I was annoyed when a simple and easy-to-use product was…

Crowdsourcing: A Million Heads is Better than One

Crowdsourcing: A Million Heads is Better than One

The “wisdom of crowds” is a popular web 2.0 buzzword, popularized by James Surowiecki‚Äôs
book of the same name. At its most basic, the term means that two heads are better than
one, and that still more heads will yield even better results.

The wisdom of crowds is all around us these days. Wikipedia is one of the best known examples of the…