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Google Gives Personalized Homepage “Personality”

Google Gives Personalized Homepage “Personality”

NOTE: Please see important update about this week’s R/WW Poll below, on
the topic of Personalized Homepages. We had to re-set it and so are asking for
you to re-submit your vote.
Today Google launched
6 new themes for its Google Personalized
Homepage. The themes to choose from include: a beach, a city,
a sweet dreams theme, a teahouse, a winter…

Winner of Office 2.0 Caption Contest

Winner of Office 2.0 Caption Contest

We had an awesome response to our
caption contest on Monday – over 80 comments! The Under The Radar folks and
myself had a tough choice deciding… but the winner of the free ticket
to the Under
The Radar Office 2.0 conference, to be held this Friday March 23 at the
Microsoft Campus in Mountain View, is… (drum roll)
Ali from the Everybody Go To…

Allth.at Launches Innovative Search Agents App

Allth.at Launches Innovative Search Agents App

Allth.at
was one of the
100 top alternative search engines in Charles Knight’s February list. It’s a
search agent that allows you to define a search topic, then refine it with the
use of filters, and finally subscribe to it via email or RSS. It’s similar in
many respects to PubSub, the now defunct ‘future search’ engine that I was a fan
of. I got…

How to Build a Profitable Startup by Knowing Your Users Better

How to Build a Profitable Startup by Knowing Your Users Better

How to build a $50M online company is a topic that Dan
Mitchell at the NYT explored recently, taking his cue from Jeremy Liew of
Lightspeed. A few weeks ago Jeremy wrote
about the scale a business has to achieve to get to $50M in revenue. I have
summarized the scenarios from Jeremy’s post in the table below:

RPM = Revenue per thousand…

P2P Lender Zopa Gets $13M Funding – Expands into US

P2P Lender Zopa Gets $13M Funding – Expands into US

One
of the more innovative web apps around has just gotten another
big injection of funds, and a new CEO to boot. Zopa
describes itself as a “marketplace for Social Lending”, where people
lend and borrow money with each other – sidestepping the middleman, i.e. banks.
They recently advertised
for jobs in their new America operation (in San…

Userplane Releases Userlist – IM for Websites a Trend to Watch

Userplane Releases Userlist – IM for Websites a Trend to Watch

Disclosure: Userplane is a sponsor of Read/WriteWeb

Userplane,
the provider of community web apps that was acquired by AOL in August last year, is today
releasing Userplane Userlist – a Flash-based instant messaging app that you can integrate
into web sites. Basically Userlist enables users on a site to view other users’ online
status and initiate…

Exclusive: Yahoo oneSearch Launches on US Mobile Web

Exclusive: Yahoo oneSearch Launches on US Mobile Web

On Tuesday Yahoo will significantly expand the reach of their new mobile search
product, Yahoo! oneSearch, by making it
the default mobile Yahoo homepage at http://m.yahoo.com
for US users. In effect this brings oneSearch, which Yahoo launched in January
2007, to the Mobile Web
masses. The US masses anyway – it will be rolled out to other countries…

Web 3.0: When Web Sites Become Web Services

Web 3.0: When Web Sites Become Web Services

Today’s Web has terabytes of information available to humans, but hidden
from computers. It is a paradox that information is stuck inside HTML pages, formatted in
esoteric ways that are difficult for machines to process. The so called Web 3.0, which is
likely to be a pre-cursor of the real semantic web, is going to change this. What
we mean by ‘Web…

Poll: Which Personalized Homepage Do You Use?

Poll: Which Personalized Homepage Do You Use?

Update: Unfortunately we have had to re-set the poll, 12 hours after it went live, due to some suspicious voting behavior. We have now blocking repeat voters by Cookie and IP address (previously it was only cookie). We apologize for the inconvenience, but please cast your vote again.
With the release of Netvibes’ latest version, now is a good…

Caption Contest – Office 2.0 Ticket Giveaway

Caption Contest – Office 2.0 Ticket Giveaway

Read/WriteWeb has 1 free ticket to give away for the Under
The Radar Office 2.0 conference, to be held on March 23 at the Microsoft
Campus in Mountain View. More details at the Under
The Radar blog. The free ticket will be presented to the winner of this
caption contest. To enter, simply provide a witty caption for the photo below,
in the…

Adobe Launches Apollo, Alpha Version

Adobe Launches Apollo, Alpha Version

Adobe will launch the first public alpha version of its Apollo
platform later tonight – Ryan Stewart got the news out first. Apollo is the
code name for the much hyped Adobe cross-operating system. It allows developers to build
RIA (Rich Internet Applications) for the desktop, using the development platform of
their choice. A key value…

Techcrunch Gets a CEO – Blogs Big Business Now

Techcrunch Gets a CEO – Blogs Big Business Now

Well here I am joining a
Techmeme scrum 😉 The big news today is that Michael Arrington announced a CEO for
Techcrunch – Heather Harde, who is currently the SVP of Mergers and Acquisitions at
Fox Interactive Media. This really does prove that blogs can be big business – it’s a
heck of an achievement head-hunting a senior executive from Rupert…

Weekly Wrapups Email Newsletter and RSS Feed

Weekly Wrapups Email Newsletter and RSS Feed

Every Friday afternoon PST, Read/WriteWeb publishes a Weekly Wrapup of news,
reviews and analysis from the past week. I know a lot of people are too busy
with their jobs to
keep up with Web tech news on a daily basis, so the Weekly Wrapup is the perfect
opportunity for those people to catch up with the most relevant Web Tech news
from the…

Weekly Wrapup, 12-16 March 2007

Weekly Wrapup, 12-16 March 2007

Here is a summary of the week’s Web Tech action on Read/WriteWeb.
Analysis Posts

Google Interview

This week Read/WriteWeb finally got an interview with Google, something I’ve been
wanting for a long time. Matt Cutts, head of Google’s web spam operations,
talked to me on the topic of next-generation search. Unfortunately I published it
just as…

Summize: Enhancing Search With Heatmaps

Summize: Enhancing Search With Heatmaps

We wrote about Abdur Chowdhury in our recent
coverage of the Open Data 2007 Workshop. Until recently he was running AOL Search,
but left to start a new venture. Abdur is an impressive thinker and articulate speaker,
with a great track record in the industry. So we decided to take a look at what he is up
to! As it turns out, he is developing an…

Adobe Remix on Photobucket

Adobe Remix on Photobucket

Adobe recently announced they are to bring out
online versions of some of their desktop software suite, including Photoshop, within the
next 6 months. The first place we can get a glimpse of these offerings is on the popular
photo and video sharing site Photobucket. Since last month, pro users of Photobucket have been
able to access an Adobe online…

Rating the Memetrackers: Redux

Rating the Memetrackers: Redux

13 months ago Read/WriteWeb published a review post about the leading “meme
trackers” – i.e. sites that cluster and filter the latest tech news. My
conclusion at that time was that Techmeme
came out on top, closely followed by Tailrank
and Topix.net. My summary back then:

“All in all, Memeorandum still comes out trumps in terms…

PureVideo and The Rise of Online Video Portals

PureVideo and The Rise of Online Video Portals

With
the proliferation of online video (yes there is more than just YouTube out
there!), the opportunity has arisen for portal players that provide a ‘one stop
shop’ for online video. One such service is PureVideo,
which has just released some new features. In fact it almost has too many
features, because it’s hard to get a grip on what the site…

We Dig TV Brings Television Game Shows To The Web

We Dig TV Brings Television Game Shows To The Web

A new website called We Dig TV is transforming TV game shows and re-making
them for the internet. The site converts tv programs and formats into Internet tv shows,
making them interactive and a two-way Web experience. As of now they have adapted 4
classic TV game shows and optimised them for broadband use – with the user as the main
participant…