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Interview with Yahoo’s Bradley Horowitz and Caterina Fake

Interview with Yahoo’s Bradley Horowitz and Caterina Fake

At the Supernova conference last week I had the pleasure of interviewing two of
Yahoo’s rising stars, VP of Product Strategy Bradley Horowitz and leader of the
Technology Development Group Caterina Fake (one of the co-founders of Flickr). They are
both part of what is loosely termed an R&D team, which other Yahoo business units can tap
into. We…

Micro Media: corporate blogging and podcasting

Micro Media: corporate blogging and podcasting

This is a personal/work post, to
explain one of my current projects Micro Media Corporation. It’s a corporate blogging and
podcasting program that aims to give business people insights into the Web20 and new
media worlds. We’re currently looking for more contributers for the
blogging and podcasting, so if you’re interested – please read on. Or if…

Widgets are the new black

Widgets are the new black

Earlier this week I
noted that widget services are really ramping up now. Indeed over the past
couple of days I’ve noticed lots of action in the burgeoning widgets industry,
plus some excellent commentary.

At the Connected
Innovators program at Supernova last
night PostApp revealed the high level of WidgetBox,
its “web widget…

What Adobe’s Kiwi Project is about

What Adobe’s Kiwi Project is about

This post was written by Ryan
Stewart, a Read/WriteWeb guest blogger. Note that Adobe’s use of the terms
‘Read/Write Web’ and ‘kiwi’ is not associated with this blog.

There is an interesting project going on over at Adobe that
aims to combine the power of Flex 2
with the potential of the Read/Write Web. The project is codenamed Kiwi and they…

Digg 3.0 expands beyond tech

Digg 3.0 expands beyond tech

This Monday Digg will release the next version of the enormously popular
community news site digg.com. Mike Arrington
and I did a
TalkCrunch podcast with Digg’s co-founder and Chief Architect Kevin
Rose and CEO Jay Adelson, in which we discussed Digg’s evolution and what the
new product (which they refer to as “Version 3”) offers. Below…

Supernova Panel: Power to the People

Supernova Panel: Power to the People

Panelists: Craig Newmark (Craigslist), Saul Klein (Skype), Tina Sharkey
(AOL), Mena Trott (Six Apart), Gil Penchina (Wikia)
Pic: Dan Farber; from left-to-right: Tina, Mena, Saul (doing a very good Robert Di Niro impression), Gil, Craig
Panel Blurb: “Users are becoming active co-creators of their media,
commerce, entertainment, and…

Engaged Markets workshop: small companies competing against bigcos

Engaged Markets workshop: small companies competing against bigcos

This workshop, moderated by Tara Hunt, split into 4 different groups for discussions.
This format worked well and the group I joined, about little companies competing against
big companies (Google, Microsoft, Yahoo, etc) was an interesting one. The premise: you’re
a startup launching a product, but just as this happens you find out a Google or…

Yahoo Does Microformats

Yahoo Does Microformats

I missed the ‘Decentralizing Data’ session at Supernova unfortunately (still on NZ time and so slept through my alarm this morn!), but Dan Farber has the story about Yahoo Local’s new support for microformats. I spoke briefly to Andy Baio afterwards, so I plan to write a more in-depth post later on this news. Here’s Dan’s coverage:

“In the quest…

Widget services ramping up

Widget services ramping up

Paul Kedrosky points
to a new service called PostApp, which is a new
widgets syndication service currently in private beta. While the sign-up page doesn’t go
into detail about what PostApp does, Fergus Burns from Nooked has an interesting
post on this subject:

“A new space is beginning to develop – widget marketing.

Led initially be desktop…

Reporting live from Silicon Valley

Reporting live from Silicon Valley

Today I arrived in San Francisco for two and a bit weeks of conferences and networking. This week I’m attending the Supernova conference, then it’s Dave Winer’s BloggerCon IV and finally Chris Pirillo’s Gnomedex.

Marc Canter’s company Broadband Mechanics, who I work part-time for, is releasing People Aggregator at Gnomedex. So all the BBM team is…

Digg CEO Jay Adelson responds to Netscape challenge

Digg CEO Jay Adelson responds to Netscape challenge

Digg CEO Jay Adelson took time out of his busy
schedule to email me some thoughts about Netscape’s
new digg-inspired community news site. Jay’s thoughts below, but first some context.
I’ve written two posts about the new Netscape site. In the Read/WriteWeb post
I had two main points:

1) I think introducing paid editors into a community site may…

The Sad Decline of PubSub

The Sad Decline of PubSub

It’s a shame to hear from Bob
Wyman that PubSub is in trouble and in big danger
of shutting its doors. Bob says that “internal political issues” are behind PubSub’s
demise and implies that this has deflected resources from actually improving the product.
It’s not my place to comment on the politics, but I do think PubSub has dropped the ball
on the…

eBay Wiki – world’s largest commercial wiki launched

eBay Wiki – world’s largest commercial wiki launched

eBay, in collaboration with
JotSpot, has just released a new community wiki – making it almost certainly the
world’s largest wiki platform for a commercial website (Wikipedia is bigger, but it’s
non-commercial). eBay Wiki is described as “a collection of
fact-based articles written and maintained by eBay Community members” and is powered…

Sampa – Blog Platform On Steriods

Sampa – Blog Platform On Steriods

Sampa is an interesting new homepage-builder product that
has just gone into beta. Like a lot of the products I’m interested in these days, it’s
quite hard to explain what it is! Sampa founder Marcelo Calbucci, an ex-Microsoftie who is
still based in Redmond, calls it a “blog on steroids” – in other words, the next level up
from a blog platform…

Review of the official World Cup website

Review of the official World Cup website

The official FIFA World Cup website is run by and
co-branded with Yahoo. A
Washington Post story today highlights the interactive and multimedia features of the
site – including blogs, chat, and three- to five-minute video highlights for all of the
64 games. Also in lieu of live webcasts (not possible I presume because of TV rights),
the site…

Open AIM opens up some more

Open AIM opens up some more

Open, freedom, dynamic, flexibility. Not words you’d
traditionally associate with AOL. But they’re pushing on with their Open AIM platform, announcing more upgrades to it
today. The latest updates are:

– Support for AIM Bots
– Location-based services
– PC-to-PC voice calling
– Support for developers working on the Mac OS X, Linux, and Pocket PC…

Update on Personalized Start Pages

Update on Personalized Start Pages

I was pleasantly surprised that my post The Future of Personalized Start Pages get Dugg last week. Looking through the comments, most of the Digg readers liked Netvibes or Google’s start page. btw Google is still promoting its start page on the google.com page, which I think is significant (not many other people do though, judging by the lack of…

Page Views 2.0

Page Views 2.0

It’s funny that I posted the
PlentyOfFish.com post not long before the Scoble-leaving-Microsoft
announcement predictably blanketed
Techmeme. Because reading Robert’s
latest post about his decision made me think about the fundamental reason
why ‘Web 2.0’ is (dare I say it) in bubble phase right now. It’s the exact same
reason the Dot Com bubble…

Plenty Of Cash for one-man band PlentyOfFish.com

Plenty Of Cash for one-man band PlentyOfFish.com

Markus Frind is an interesting character, who has left some provocative
comments on Read/WriteWeb before. He claims he’s earning $10,000 per day from Google
Adsense from his dating website, plentyoffish.com. These claims have been
vigorously challenged by some, but external data sources (e.g. see this comment thread) do seem to back him
up…