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Retrievo innovates in consumer electronics search

Retrievo innovates in consumer electronics search

Blogged Live from DEMOfall by Alex
Iskold

This morning at DEMO Retrevo launched a public beta of a new vertical search engine for consumer electronics. This is one of the better examples of vertical search that I have seen so far. Retrievo offers a simple search box and then organizes the results into several categories. The Top results section…

Widgetbox: A Chat With CEO Ed Anuff

Widgetbox: A Chat With CEO Ed Anuff

Widgetbox is a marketplace for widgets and
they are one of the companies presenting at DEMOfall ’06. Alex Iskold caught up with Widgetbox CEO Ed Anuff
today for a quick interview, before their presentation on Wednesday…

R/WW: What is your company about?

Widgetbox is a web widget marketplace that makes it easy to build widgets, find
widgets…

Live from DEMOfall: USBCell does away with chargers

Live from DEMOfall: USBCell does away with chargers

Blogged Live from DEMOfall by Alex
Iskold
Look
Ma, no charger! Today at DEMOfall, the CEO of Moixa
Energy Simon Daniel (a quirky physics PhD from the UK) dropped a bag full of
chargers on stage. He kicked them away and pulled out of his pocket the marvel
created by his company – a battery called
USBCell that charges from the USB port. Not only…

Live from DEMOfall: Lirix innovates in music advertising

Live from DEMOfall: Lirix innovates in music advertising

Blogged Live from DEMOfall by Alex
Iskold
Until
now, online music advertising has been a somewhat unsolved – sometimes
controversial – problem. Today Lirix
unveiled at DEMO an intelligent and elegant solution to the problem, called AdLirix.
It is a smart, context-sensitive advertising solution that will allow musicians
to make money off their music…

StumbleUpon Continues To Impress

StumbleUpon Continues To Impress

We hear a
lot about digg, Slashdot and del.icio.us as traffic drivers for media websites and blogs.
But one site that doesn’t get enough props in this regard is StumbleUpon. In our recent Social
Bookmarking Faceoff, we noted that StumbleUpon has the largest user base with
1,271,345 users. Its main rival in the space, del.icio.us, recently announced…

Live from DEMOfall: BuzzLogic innovates in social influence space

Live from DEMOfall: BuzzLogic innovates in social influence space

Blogged Live from DEMOfall by Alex
Iskold

BuzzLogic has unveiled a solution today which helps marketers keep track of social influence. Based on your topic of interest, BuzzLogic software turns the chaotic world of blogs and web sites into a network of flows of influence. The software finds top influencers, measures the weight or importance of…

Live from DEMOfall: Presto – photos for people who are not online

Live from DEMOfall: Presto – photos for people who are not online

Blogged Live from DEMOfall by Alex
Iskold

Presto has launched a photo service which is focused on helping get photos to people who are not online. This might not be a spicy web 2.0 ajax application, but it solves a big problem and does it very well. Here is how it works. Say your grand mother is not web savvy. For $149.99 you purchase an HP…

Live from DEMOfall: Tribeca Labs bring interesting twist to photo space

Live from DEMOfall: Tribeca Labs bring interesting twist to photo space

Blogged Live from DEMOfall by Alex
Iskold

Tribeca Labs launched
an interesting photo service at DEMO, focused on helping you preserve your digital photos. Their
application continuously crawls your hard drive and when it finds a photo it does a few
interesting things. Firstly by using adaptive imaging, Photobot automatically improves the
quality…

Google Office: a Micro Media bulletin

Google Office: a Micro Media bulletin

Back in June I
spoke about the corporate blogging project that I co-run with The Rights Marketing Company. Called Micro
Media Corp, it’s a corporate blogging and podcasting program that aims to give
business people insights into the Web 2.0 and New Media worlds. Our first major customer
is British Telecom and we’re currently in expansion mode…

DEMOfall 2006 Coverage, Day 1

DEMOfall 2006 Coverage, Day 1

It’s been a busy day on Read/WriteWeb, with Alex Iskold managing to find time
to file multiple reports from DEMOfall 2006 in San Diego. Here are his posts
from today:

Widgetbox:
A Chat With CEO Ed Anuff
USBCell
does away with chargers
Lirix
innovates in music advertising
BuzzLogic
innovates in social influence space…

Google’s Structured Data Search Play

Google’s Structured Data Search Play

Google is making some bold moves to bring structured data into the mainstream search box. And in the process, it appears to be running over the top of microformats, the Web community’s open standards for structured data. Not to mention the challenge this will ultimately represent to eBay.

According to a PC
Advisor report, Google plans to…

NY Times Futurist On Paperless Reading

NY Times Futurist On Paperless Reading

Newly appointed Futurist-in-residence at the New York Times, Michael Rogers, spoke with Patrick Phillips
from iwantmedia.com. I was particularly interested in what Rogers had to say about Times Reader,
the hybrid web/desktop app built with Microsoft technology that aims to give a paper-like
reading experience to the screen. He said that he…

VoIP Sans The PC – Jajah, Rebtel Make Announcements

VoIP Sans The PC – Jajah, Rebtel Make Announcements

Lately there has been a lot of talk about new VoIP services that work without
needing to be on your computer. Tonight two announcements were made:
1) Jajah Mobile, which
claims to take the computer out of the Jajah equation. Now you can make Jajah
calls directly from your existing mobile phone.
2) Rebtel, a VoIP company which offers
unlimited…

In Search Of The Valley: DVD movie released today

In Search Of The Valley: DVD movie released today

A new documentary on Silicon
Valley premieres today on DVD. It was directed by my friend Steve O’Hear,
who I met over the Web earlier this year and now work with on my corporate
blogging project called Micro Media Corp. ‘In Search of the Valley’ is a movie
which tells the story of three friends’ personal journey in September of 2004
into the psyche…

Weekly Wrap-up

Weekly Wrap-up

Another busy week of Web Tech news and analysis. Here is what we covered on
Read/WriteWeb during the week (number of comments in brackets)…

OneWebDay: In Celebration
Of The Web (2) – looks like this didn’t take off in a big way, judging by the lack of
blogosphere love for it. I still think it’s a great idea though, a day to celebrate…

Googleyness: Inside The Google System

Googleyness: Inside The Google System

For some great weekend reading, check out
this Fortune magazine article that gets inside the great Google brain. Some extracts
that I enjoyed…

“What emerges from months of interviews with employees ranging from
fresh-out-of-college hires to the CEO is that Google firmly believes it has a
framework for figuring out the future. It should…

OneWebDay: In Celebration Of The Web

OneWebDay: In Celebration Of The Web

Today is the first OneWebDay, a global
awareness event to “create, maintain, advance and promote a global day to celebrate
online life.” It was founded by Susan Crawford, associate professor at the Cardozo School
of Law in New York City. Some big Web names have been lined up in support – including Sir
Tim Berners-Lee and Craig Newmark of…