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Web War Not Won Yet

Web War Not Won Yet

In
my previous post, I noted how the new Gmail/Google Docs & Spreadsheet integration
feature threatens Microsoft. There’s also some high level discussion going on in the tech
sphere about how Microsoft’s continued loss of search market share and
confusion over the Live branding means they are losing the “web war”. Infamous Dot
Com analyst…

Widgetbox Releases Blidgets

Widgetbox Releases Blidgets

Written by Alex Iskold and edited by Richard MacManus

We covered Widgetbox,
the widget market place, in June last year as
well as during its DEMOfall 2006
launch. Today Widgetbox announced a new product called blidgets, which helps bloggers
create a widget that represents their blog.

Widgetbox is an online marketplace that connects widget…

Mainstream Media Usage of Web 2.0 Services is Increasing

Mainstream Media Usage of Web 2.0 Services is Increasing

Written by Alex Iskold and edited by Richard MacManus

I was reading a Time magazine article online today, entitled Marketing to your
mind. This article was very provocative and I enjoyed reading it. But after I was
done, something else caught my attention. I was surprised to see a row of ‘web 2.0’
buttons at the bottom of the article. Time…

Gizmo Call Launches, Browser-based VoIP

Gizmo Call Launches, Browser-based VoIP

VoIP company SIPphone is at DEMO today, where
it is launching Gizmo Call – an online service
that makes VoIP phone calls possible from any web browser. It works via a Flash plugin,
which enables users to make calls simply by typing a phone number into a text-field in a
browser. Users can also use URLs like http://gizmocall.com/18005551212 (that…

SalesWorks Takes On Salesforce.com With Hybrid Web/Desktop App

SalesWorks Takes On Salesforce.com With Hybrid Web/Desktop App

Mission Research, a vendor of contact
management solutions for the nonprofit sector, has launched a product today at DEMO aimed
at the SOHO market. The product is called SalesWorks and is similar to Salesforce.com, in
that it’s used to manage contacts or sales leads. In fact it’s being billed as “a
Salesforce.com for the SOHO market”, but without…

Zoho Announces Notebook – “Not Just Online OneNote”

Zoho Announces Notebook – “Not Just Online OneNote”

Disclosure: Zoho is a sponsor of R/WW.

At DEMO today Zoho, the Web Office suite company, will announce an
interesting new preview product called Zoho
Notebook. I was given a run-through of the product by Raju Vegesna. The obvious
competitors to Zoho Notebook are Microsoft’s OneNote application and
Google Notebook. This new offering by Zoho
is…

How Will Microsoft Respond To Online Office Threat

How Will Microsoft Respond To Online Office Threat

Written by Jay Fortner and edited by Richard MacManus

With the consumer release
today of Microsoft Office 2007, it’s a good time to look at the online office space – and
what, if anything, Microsoft will do to address this growing market.

In 2007 we expect to see good progress in the adoption of Internet-based productivity
applications, such as…

Imagini’s Visual DNA Aims To Improve Social Networking

Imagini’s Visual DNA Aims To Improve Social Networking

Imagini Friends is an unusual new social network,
that calculates your “VisualDNA” and uses it to find other people that match your
choices. It’s an application of Imagini, the
technology – which aims to understand the emotional preferences of consumers, using
VisualDNA. This can be used for marketing and advertising purposes, as well as…

Windows Vista Hits New Zealand Stores First

Windows Vista Hits New Zealand Stores First

New
Zealand is the first country to experience the worldwide consumer launch of
Windows Vista on 30 January, due to its position on the timeline. New Zealanders
get the opportunity to buy Windows Vista in retail stores a few hours before
Australians, 13 hours before the UK and a day ahead of Americans. The 2007
Microsoft Office system is being…

Nobody Knows You’re A Dog 2.0

Nobody Knows You’re A Dog 2.0

Written by Jitendra Gupta of KarmaWeb
and edited by Richard MacManus
On the internet it is easy to pretend to be somebody else.
Don’t like your name, adopt a new one. Don’t like the way you look,
Photoshop your picture. Think you are too young or too old, select a new
age. How is anybody going to find out anyway? As the now classic…

Poll: Do You Ever Fake Your Online Identity?

Poll: Do You Ever Fake Your Online Identity?

In this week’s R/WW poll, we’re asking whether you ever fake your Web identity – or even just part of it. Note that this doesn’t count times when you are anonymous on the Web (such as almost all snarky blog comments). We’re specifically asking about the times when you use an identity – e.g. online dating, peer-to-peer transactions sites such as…

The Top 100 Alternative Search Engines

The Top 100 Alternative Search Engines

Written by Charles S. Knight,
SEO, and edited by Richard MacManus. The Top 100 is listed at the end of the
analysis.
Ask anyone which search engine they use to find information on the Internet
and they will almost certainly reply: “Google.” Look a little further,
and market research shows that people actually use four main search…

The Granular Web

The Granular Web

Written by Emre Sokullu and edited by Richard MacManus

OpenID, RapLeaf, Amazon S3, Amazon
EC2, Undisposable. All of these services have
one thing in common – they make web development more granular. By granular, we mean they
are making web development componentized and outsourceable. So as a web developer, you
can outsource things like…

Vodafone To Launch Mobile Web Portal, Betavine

Vodafone To Launch Mobile Web Portal, Betavine

The Mobile Web isn’t just
about the Googles and Yahoos of this world muscling in to the lucrative mobile content
market. The existing mobile network operators and handset manufacturers are also busy
adjusting to the Internet, to defend their turf and just maybe get a jump on their
competitors. On 31 January Vodafone will launch a
new open source…

Amazon Quietly Launches Amapedia, a Wikipedia For Products

Amazon Quietly Launches Amapedia, a Wikipedia For Products

Amazon
has just released a new Wikipedia clone, called Amapedia.
It’s described as “a community for sharing information about the products
you like the most.” So far Amapedia has had no promotion from Amazon, but
it was discovered today by
Rogers Cadenhead. Anyone with an Amazon.Com account can edit the site. Regarding the name…

The Decline of Desktop RSS Readers

The Decline of Desktop RSS Readers

The latest Read/WriteWeb
poll has highlighted some interesting trends. We asked what type of RSS
Reader do you use the most? Here are the results so far, from nearly 900
respondents:
1. Web-based (e.g. Bloglines, Google Reader, Rojo) 55% (495 votes)
2. Desktop (e.g. FeedDemon, NetNewsWire) 18% (160 votes)
3. Start page (e.g. Netvibes, Pageflakes…

MySpace, Yahoo Top US Charts for Time Spent Online

MySpace, Yahoo Top US Charts for Time Spent Online

Compete (a R/WW sponsor) has released
data that shows MySpace and Yahoo are the top websites in terms of average time spent
on them by users. The data is for US users only. Here are the figures from Compete,
expressed as % of total time spent online in the US in Dec 06:

Source: Compete

The good old long tail is in the house here, with 20 domains…

Attn Steve Jobs: Red Swoosh P2P Service Wants To Save You $15 Million

Attn Steve Jobs: Red Swoosh P2P Service Wants To Save You $15 Million

Red Swoosh is a P2P desktop client which appears to
compete against the BitTorrent client. It’s a very promising technology in
a Web world increasingly filled with video and other large multimedia files. Red Swoosh
is a desktop client (Windows only) that enables users to download and stream files from
each other, rather than from webservers. It…

The New Face of Amazon – Tags, Ajax, Plogs & Wikis

The New Face of Amazon – Tags, Ajax, Plogs & Wikis

Written by Alex Iskold and edited by Richard MacManus

Lately Amazon has been
introducing a raft of ‘web 2.0’ features to its e-commerce website. In this post we
explore how Amazon has implemented tagging, Ajax, blogs and wikis – and ask whether it’s
made much difference to the user experience, and to the bottom line. In previous posts,
we’ve…