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Google Web Toolkit – rumored Morfik partnership

Google Web Toolkit – rumored Morfik partnership

Google has just released its Ajax toolkit, called Google Web Toolkit:

“Google Web Toolkit (GWT) is a Java software development framework that makes writing AJAX applications like Google Maps and Gmail easy for developers who don’t speak browser quirks as a second language.”

Also an interesting rumor is swirling around that Google either partnered…

Web Conference List 2006

Web Conference List 2006

Eric Weaver has come up with a very useful list of web/media conferences for this year, something which I was looking for a couple of weeks ago but couldn’t find. I’m travelling to Silicon Valley again in June and will be attending Supernova, Bloggcon and maybe Gnomedex. I’m looking forward to my next trip to the heart of Web technology!

Feedburner Ramps Up Ad Network

Feedburner Ramps Up Ad Network

Feedburner has been running ads in feeds for a
little while now. They have a slick self-service system for publishers to select which
ads run in their feeds, which personally I’ve been happy with (it allows me to delete any
‘offers’ of ads with a $1 CPM gross – there are surprisingly a lot of advertisers who try
to get away with that pathetic…

Exclusive: New Yahoo! homepage

Exclusive: New Yahoo! homepage

The world’s most visited webpage, Yahoo.com, has just had a major re-design (available for now at yahoo.com/preview) and Read/WriteWeb has the inside story. As well as the first in-depth look at the new yahoo.com, I have for you an exclusive podcast interview with Yahoo! Chief
Product Officer Ash Patel and Vice President of Front Doors Tapan Bhat…

What matters 2.0

What matters 2.0

Tim Bray
in a post entitled What Matters: “Every day that goes by I believe more
and more that the only important new thing is that the Net is read-write.
Everything that matters follows from that.”

I came across this the same day that I noticed a new
round
of ‘defining web 2.0’ posts popping up (it’s a never-ending cycle). I came to
the…

53,651 male, youngish, rich, powerful and geeky readers

53,651 male, youngish, rich, powerful and geeky readers

There’s been a lot of talk recently about Josh Kopelman’s post, in which
he wrote:

“As more and more entrepreneurs start building what Fred Wilson referred to as second
derivative companies, I think they run a big risk of designing a product/service that
is targeted at too small of an audience. Too many companies are targeting an audience
of…

MSN Originals – Web’s version of a TV network?

MSN Originals – Web’s version of a TV network?

I just noticed that MSN has a new project called MSN Originals, in which MSN will partner with content creators to deliver a “new generation of storytelling online”. It’s described as:

“MSN Originals will expand the ways that top brands can tell their stories beyond standard media through in-content integration, and even have a seat at the table…

DataMashups.com – new web app builder aimed at the enterprise

DataMashups.com – new web app builder aimed at the enterprise

DataMashups.com is the latest Ajax-based web app
development service to be released. It’s a hosted service for developers and offers
an integrated development environment “to rapidly create mashups and web applications
with limited or no need for server side code”. The service is based on the open source
AppliBuilder – a AJAX builder tool. The…

AIM Pages – AOL breaking down the Walled Garden

AIM Pages – AOL breaking down the Walled Garden

Stowe Boyd
and Mike
Arrington reported today that AOL’s new social networking product AIM Pages is now live. I’m told by my sources
that it’s still in the testing phase, nevertheless it *is* live on the Web. There is a lot more functionality to come though. For example
PaidContent wrote recently:

“Unlike walled-garden Classic AOL, AIM…

Pageflakes blurs read/write line

Pageflakes blurs read/write line

Pageflakes, one of the little startups in the
‘personalized start page’ market, has come out with a page publishing feature that
nicely connects with my post the other day: Web 2.0 market segment
mashups. In that post I noted that we’re seeing a lot of market segment cross-over
nowadays, in terms of functionality and feature sets. I also made the…

How Web technology is changing (into) media

How Web technology is changing (into) media

Late last week it was surprisingly revealed that Microsoft now aims to be a media company, rather
than a software company. This was in the context of Microsoft’s launch of its adCenter
product, a direct competitor to Google’s Adsense and Adwords. But there it was in black
and white, in a Microsoft press
release:

“”Ad-supported software services…

List of Web 2.0 Lists

List of Web 2.0 Lists

As a Web (2.0) consultant and analyst (about me), I track a variety of market
segments and products. Luckily for me, nowadays I don’t have to do as much grunt work on
gathering high level product data as I used to. There are a plethora of product lists and
data about web 2.0 companies on the Web now, unlike 12-18 months ago when I had to track
it…

Web 2.0 market segment mashups

Web 2.0 market segment mashups

Mike Riversdale asked an interesting question
in the comments of my previous
post:

“What, in your (and others) opinion, is the difference (if any) between the “online
desktop” (A) (I’m thinking Netvibes and the like) and the “Personal Content Network”
(B).”

Actually I’m seeing a lot of crossover and cross-pollination in the market segments
I’m…

Microcontent Aggregators: Suprglu

Microcontent Aggregators: Suprglu

In part 3 of my
look at mc aggregators [here are parts 1 and 2], I get stuck
into Suprglu. In this post I ask the question: how
sticky is this site? But enough puns, let’s get down to business. SuprGlu, a production
of New York design studio Iridesco, is another product that
enables users to collect their content from various services (flickr…

Microcontent Aggregators: Peoplefeeds

Microcontent Aggregators: Peoplefeeds

Continuing my
look at Microcontent
Aggregators, Peoplefeeds is right up there
with 43Things.com as a leader in this market. Before I
start the review, I came across a new Web 2.0 list today called categoriz – which puts Peoplefeeds in its ‘Content
Management’ category and the others I’ve been tracking in categories such as ‘Social
Networking’ and…

Review of Yahoo Tech – by The Gen X Web 2.0 Geek

Review of Yahoo Tech – by The Gen X Web 2.0 Geek

The big news of the night is Yahoo’s release of a new
technology portal, aimed squarely at non-geeks (see site tour). To make the point it’s not for
geeks, the site features 4 stereotypical “advisors” (aka bloggers): The Boomer, The Mom,
The Working Guy, The Techie Diva.

They are described as “struggling with tech every day, just like you…

WebOfficePalooza

WebOfficePalooza

I’ve been writing a lot recently on the topic of Web Office, over at my ZDNet blog. Some R/WW readers may be interested in checking out those posts too, so here are the recent ones:

– Morfik tests browser boundaries – builds Javascript chess app
– WebOS market review
– XIN – a Web OS that wants to be a platform
– Is Google or Microsoft best…

News Corp launches blogs

News Corp launches blogs

News Corp has quietly released its own set
of blogs, dubbed “Newsblog”. The design is rather bland and the
actual personalities of the bloggers is not revealed. It all seems a bit too
corporate for my tastes, but some of the ‘blogs’ are getting a large amount of
traffic already. For example a
post about an Australian military death…

New Influencers, Company Advisory Boards and R/WW

New Influencers, Company Advisory Boards and R/WW

James Governor of analyst firm Redmonk has posted a thoughtful piece on
how blogging is changing the analyst and PR landscapes. When he wrote this part, he may
as well have been talking about myself and Read/WriteWeb:

“Bloggers and emerging non-traditional analyst firms are increasingly influencing
technology and product strategies. In order to…

bbc.co.uk 2.0

bbc.co.uk 2.0

The BBC has always been at the vanguard of new media in the Web 2.0 era, thanks in part to their public service charter – but also they obviously have a lot of smart, innovative thinkers on board. Today they announced “bbc.co.uk 2.0”, which will be a full-on attempt to turn BBC online into a Web 2.0 poster boy. They’re even going to create a…