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Apple to own rich media in ’06?

Apple to own rich media in ’06?

The Internet Stock Blog
asks: “Is it possible that if Yahoo is the new Internet media leader with RSS, etc. and Google is the leader in search, that Apple will own rich media?”
Well ‘own’ is too strong a word, but I do know I’ll be paying much more
attention to Apple this year than last. With iTunes and the recently video-enabled iPod…

LA Times Goes Ape With Media Industry Predictions

LA Times Goes Ape With Media Industry Predictions

Looking at the media year ahead,
the LA Times christens Google the new 800-pound gorilla – and also the Big Bad Wolf –
of the media business. It’s an extraordinary article that predicts mega-billion dollar
wheeling and dealing in the media industry in 2006. Here are some highlights relating to
Web companies:

Google PC, Cubes

LA Times suggests…

2005 reflections and plans for 2006

2005 reflections and plans for 2006

It’s technically New Years Eve where I am, as I write this. I haven’t done much
blogging over the past week, because I’ve been re-charging my batteries and making plans
for 2006. In this post I reflect on the year that’s past and tell you a bit about my
plans for R/WW in 2006.

A year ago I set myself a goal to convert my hard work on Read/WriteWeb…

Acquisitions and The Big 3

Acquisitions and The Big 3

William Slawski has compiled two very useful lists of acquisitions, first by Google and now by Yahoo (see also The Guardian’s list). I’ll add the third, Microsoft’s
acquisitions as listed on their corporate site. From 2003 on:

Nov. 3, 2005: FolderShare 
Nov. 3, 2005: media-streams.com AG 
Aug. 30, 2005: Teleo Inc. 
Jul. 20, 2005…

A Year of Web 2.0 Weekly Wrap-Ups

A Year of Web 2.0 Weekly Wrap-Ups

On 9 January
2005, I published the first of my Web 2.0 Weekly
Wrap-ups. When I launched it I described it as “a weekly summary of news and views
relating to Web 2.0 (Web as platform).” I pumped out one a week for the rest of 2005. In
many ways I viewed the Wrap-Up as the anchor for my blog. 

Currently the Weekly Wrap-Up is on a
break – as I…

Best Web Companies and Innovators of 2005

Best Web Companies and Innovators of 2005

Last year about this time I did a post celebrating the best Web companies of
2004. I was planning on doing a mega version of that this year, extending it to
software and services. But then Dion came up with his excellent list
of best Web software of ’05, as close to definitive as you’ll get. So I’m going to focus
once again on companies and…

Phone-throwing kiwi explains

Phone-throwing kiwi explains

After
my phone-throwing incident earlier this week, I think I’ve calmed down enough
now to do the equivalent of going
on the Letterman show and saying sorry to anyone I offended. My friend Mike Arrington called
me a traitor and others baled me up about what I wrote. My position hasn’t
changed, but I think I can do a better job of…

Lots going on in Citizen Journalism

Lots going on in Citizen Journalism

– Dan Gillmor is building a non-profit ‘Center for Citizen Media’, moving on from his previous (for-profit) project called Bayosphere. [via SiliconBeat]

– The much-anticipated Pegasus News has released their first product, a music and entertainment news site called TexasGigs. It started as a music blog by Cindy Chaffin in 2002 – Chaffin will…

Thanks Feedster

Thanks Feedster

Feedster has named Read/WriteWeb one of their Feeds of the Year. Their summary of my blog is pretty funny, given the controversy over the past few days. Russell Shaw, whose post was the final straw which led me to declaring myself fed up with all the Web 2.0 hype and debate, was one of the judges!

Talk about coincidence. A couple of days ago on my…

Cat eats pigeons: why Web 2.0 has jumped the shark

Cat eats pigeons: why Web 2.0 has jumped the shark

Well my declaration that Web 2.0 is dead set
the cat amongst the pigeons. Let me give a bit of background…

I’ve been thinking for a while now about re-focusing Read/WriteWeb onto more
media-related Web technologies. Many of the things I’m interested in are being done by
Yahoo!, which by now is generally recognized as a media company. Web-based…

Ben’s Top Ten 2006 Features to Flip

Ben’s Top Ten 2006 Features to Flip

Ben Barren’s written an excellent series of posts about his favorite features to flip. Here’s his top ten:

#1 – Podcasting Ratings
#2 – Better Blogging Tools
#3 – MySpace meets Linkedin
#4 – Non-Text RSS Reader
#5 – RSS Search/Reader Attention Glue
#6 – Images for Adsense
#7 – Podcasting Creation Tool
#8 – Enterprise Vanity Search
#9 – Blog/RSS…

Sir Tim Berners-Lee blogs

Sir Tim Berners-Lee blogs

The inventor of the World Wide Web is now blogging:

“In 1989 one of the main objectives of the WWW was to be a space for sharing information. It seemed evident that it should be a space in which anyone could be creative, to which anyone could contribute. The first browser was actually a browser/editor, which allowed one to edit any page, and…

Web 2.0 Weekly Wrap-up, 10 – 16 Dec 2005

Web 2.0 Weekly Wrap-up, 10 – 16 Dec 2005

Here’s the Top Ten web technology and new media memes, issues or news stories of the
past week.

1. Yahoo buys
del.icio.us. Yahoo! continues its buying spree of cool Web app companies, after also buying Flickr and konfabulator
this year. Bubblegeneration had a nice
summary: “Yahoo, I think, is rolling up social plays so it can basically do what…

Web 2.0 is dead. R.I.P.

Web 2.0 is dead. R.I.P.

I’ve had enough of the hype. I’ve had enough of cynicism. I’ve had enough of hate blogs. The nail in the coffin was this post on ZDNet, by Russell Shaw. The thing is, I agree with Russell. The term ‘Web 2.0’ is distracting from the real value going on in the Web right now.

Read/WriteWeb will be focusing on more media-related web technology in…

Yahoo opens Javascript Developer Center

Yahoo opens Javascript Developer Center

Toni Schneider, who runs the Yahoo Developer Network, just announced the addition of JSON support for various Yahoo APIs and a new Javascript Developer Center. This is designed for people who “eat, sleep and breathe JavaScript” :-0.

JSON stands for JavaScript Object Notation. According to the Wikipedia entry, JSON’s simplicity has “resulted in…

ZDNet: Top Ten Web 2.0 Moments of 2005

ZDNet: Top Ten Web 2.0 Moments of 2005

I’ve just published a list of the top ten defining moments of Web 2.0 this year. Here’s a taster, but please click through to ZDNet to read the whole post.

It’s been a huge year for the Web! A time of renewed optimism in Silicon Valley and an incredible number of new web applications. In a sense it all started with Google’s IPO in August 2004, the…

Media plan of the future

Media plan of the future

Liked this
quote from the recent Reuters Media and Advertising Summit in New York:
“The media plan of the future will look like the tiles of your bathroom floor … a number of component pieces fitted together very precisely, but lots of pieces,” said David Verklin, chief executive of media buyer Carat Americas.
Digging a bit more into that… in…

Structured blogging is here

Structured blogging is here

Phil Pearson, Marc Canter and others have been burning the midnight candle getting Structured Blogging up and running. It’s live now and Phil has a round-up of all the action. Structured blogging basically means publishing different kinds of information – like events, reviews and classified ads – in a ‘structured’ format, so that aggregators can…