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FeedSky, China’s Version of Feedburner – But With Bigger Numbers

FeedSky, China’s Version of Feedburner – But With Bigger Numbers

By Guest Writer Gang
Lu

FeedSky is the largest Chinese feed management
provider and has just launched its Beta 3. CEO Xinxin Lv described it to me as “mainly
a UI update with some performance enhancement”.

The web2.0 market is still quite young in China, but its concepts are rapidly
spreading throughout the country. The China Internet Network…

Best Web LittleCo of 2006 – and Most Promising for 2007

Best Web LittleCo of 2006 – and Most Promising for 2007

This is the third annual Best Web Companies round-up from Read/WriteWeb (ref: 2005 and 2004). This year
we’re spreading it out over 2 separate posts and this is the second one – see yesterday’s
post for Best BigCo of
2006. 

Best Web LittleCo

It was a very hard decision this year, for a few reasons. Firstly a number of the
frontrunners for…

GoogleOS II: Starring Linus Torvalds

GoogleOS II: Starring Linus Torvalds

Written by Emre Sokullu and edited by Richard
MacManus

Did the above image shock you?
No, this is not a real Google advert! But something similar may well turn into reality.
In this sequel to our original GoogleOS blockbuster, we try to clarify our thoughts on what GoogleOS will look like. You’ll have to read to the end for the exciting…

The Social Shopping Faceoff

The Social Shopping Faceoff

Written by Alex Iskold and edited by Richard MacManus

It’s no accident that Time magazine
choose YOU as their Person of the Year. In 2006, the Web was all about the social.
User generated content was king this year – and the Time editor in chief is betting that
the impact of this will be felt for years to come. In this article, just in time for…

2007 Web Predictions

2007 Web Predictions

Written by Richard MacManus, Ebrahim Ezzy, Emre Sokullu, Alex Iskold and Rudy De
Waele. Also John Milan wanted to contribute, but unfortunately got caught up in the Seattle
storm – so best wishes to John and all our Seattle readers.

In our previous post we reviewed the Web trends of
2006, noting trends such as the hyper-growth of social…

Ask X – New UI for Ask.com Secretly Launched

Ask X – New UI for Ask.com Secretly Launched

Tonight I stumbled upon what appears to be a brand new User Interface for Ask.com. I
was doing some searches on Ask.com, when I noticed a link in the
top right asking me to try out something called Ask X. Screenshot below:

When I clicked on the link, it regenerated my original query using a new interface –
labeled Ask X. The following 3-pane…

The Shrinking Long Tail – Top 10 Web Domains Increasing in Reach

The Shrinking Long Tail – Top 10 Web Domains Increasing in Reach

Last week I was following the De-Portalization of the Internet thread, started
by Fred Wilson and
then extended by Keith Teare. I was struck by
one observation in particular by Fred:

“I don’t have the data to prove it, but my guess is if you looked at the percent of
all pageviews that are generated each month, a much smaller portion exist on…

Digg Goes Multimedia – Launches New Video, Podcasting Features

Digg Goes Multimedia – Launches New Video, Podcasting Features

Popular social news site Digg has announced
a number of new features in anticipation of the new year, including a beta
podcasting service and enhanced video on the site. Digg says the aim of the new
features is to make Digg a more inviting environment for new users, in line with
Digg’s business imperative to broaden their audience beyond its…

edgeio and China: A Chat With Keith Teare

edgeio and China: A Chat With Keith Teare

In a recent blog post, Wenzhi Lai of online listings
company edgeio noted that their China operation –
called mulu100 – has become the second largest
source of traffic for edgeio. I was curious to know more about edgeio’s activities in
China – and also to tap CEO Keith Teare’s brain about the Chinese Web market in general,
seeing as Keith has…

Looking for Submissions: Best Web Companies and Innovators of 2006

Looking for Submissions: Best Web Companies and Innovators of 2006

Next week we’ll publish Read/WriteWeb’s annual Best Web Companies and Innovators post. Also coming next week is the 2007 Web Trends post (I’d hoped to do it this week, but it’s now Saturday where I live and I’m exhausted!). Anyway I’d like to tap the minds of the R/WW community some more, before I write the Best Of post. So I’m looking for feedback…

ZCubes: Trying to “Do It All” on the Web

ZCubes: Trying to “Do It All” on the Web

I recently came across a web
service called ZCubes, which is one of those
browser-based portal apps that lets you do virtually everything under the sun – social
networking, develop a website, browse the Web using a special built-in browser, create
media (pictures, audio, video), add RSS feeds and gadgets, paint, handwriting, etc. It
claims to be…

Prediction Markets at confab.yahoo

Prediction Markets at confab.yahoo

A report from the yahoo.confab event on Prediction Markets, held Wed Dec 13 in
Silicon Valley. Written by Nitin Karandikar from The
Software Abstractions Blog and edited by Richard MacManus. All photos are by David Rout for Yodel Anecdotal.

Can Prediction Markets make it easier to get at the knowledge that is already embedded
within an…

ChaCha: A Human-Powered Search Engine

ChaCha: A Human-Powered Search Engine

Written by Alex Iskold and edited by Richard MacManus

Earlier this week Emre wrote a very
informative and comprehensive overview of
the Search space. Each of the profiled search engines has a unique approach. They deploy
a range of sophisticated heuristics, clustering and machine techniques. In this article
we look at ChaCha, a search engine which…

Mobile Content in Context

Mobile Content in Context

This post is a short extract from the book Mobile Web 2.0, by Ajit Jaokar and Tony
Fish.

This week we’re focusing in on Mobile 2.0, which is basically the Mobile Web circa
2006. I’m much less familiar with the mobile world than the PC Web one, so I thought it’d
be a good idea to tap the mind of an expert in this space – fellow Web 2.0 Workgroup…

Sharpcast’s Mobile Push

Sharpcast’s Mobile Push

While we’re on the subject of mobile
2.0 this week, one of my favorite web startups Sharpcast has just announced a new version of their
Sharpcast Photos Mobile Edition. Sharpcast is a data sync service for consumers, allowing
users to sync their data across PC, Web, mobile and other devices. Right now their
flagship product is Sharpcast Photos. But…

Gotuit SceneMaker and The Online Video Holy Grail

Gotuit SceneMaker and The Online Video Holy Grail

Last week I was briefed
about a new product just released by Gotuit, called
SceneMaker. It enables
people to cut up and tag videos from platforms like YouTube or Metacafe. SceneMaker
essentially allows users to embed e.g. a YouTube video in a Gotuit page, then add
metadata around it.

I was impressed with the
usablity of SceneMaker, but one…

Why Browser War 2.0 Will Heat Up in 2007

Why Browser War 2.0 Will Heat Up in 2007

Written by Alex Iskold and edited by Richard MacManus.

We wrote
recently about
the renewed web browser war between Microsoft and Mozilla (and some other, smaller,
usually very innovative players). Our theory is that in 2006 a lot of the ground work for
a major battle was laid out. Microsoft launched a
significant upgrade to Internet Explorer…

Search 2.0 – What’s Next?

Search 2.0 – What’s Next?

Written by Emre Sokullu and edited by Richard
MacManus

You may feel relatively satisfied with the current search offerings of Google, Yahoo,
Ask and MSN. Search today is undoubtedly much better than what it was in the second half
of the 1990’s. But Internet search is still in its infancy and there’s much room for
improvement. Moreover, the super…

Poll: Best Internet Bigco of 2006

Poll: Best Internet Bigco of 2006

As a follow-up to our previous post covering the top Web Trends of 2006, we’d like to get your vote for Best Internet Bigco of 2006. Long-time R/WW readers will know that at the end of each year we write a post noting our top Web companies of the year. In 2005 the best bigco was Yahoo, while in 2004 it was Google. Who will it be in 2006? Well…