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It’s all happening…

It’s all happening…

Sorry for lack of updates recently, I’ve been busy getting married 🙂 I see others
have been busy too – Mike Arrington’s expanded the
Crunch empire with a new mobile blog called MobileCrunch, Susan Mernit’s been hired by
Yahoo! (does this mean I get my name on the 5ive page now? ;-)), Ben Barren’s
launching
an Aussie blog search engine called…

Thoughts on Steve Jobs’ Macworld Keynote

Thoughts on Steve Jobs’ Macworld Keynote

I’m not usually an Apple fanboy, but I decided to check out Steve Jobs’ Macworld
keynote this year. The webcast was provided by Apple (nb:
they force you to download the latest iTunes + Quicktime in order to watch it). Steve
wowed us with some big numbers, including impressive iPod figures. Apple sold 14m ipods
last quarter, a figure which was…

Latest SNS Numbers – MySpace Streaks Ahead

Latest SNS Numbers – MySpace Streaks Ahead

A USA Today
article reveals that MySpace has now reached 47.3 million members. The Blog Herald
also reports that MySpace “is growing by an amazing 160,000 new users a day,
according to MediaPost”.

USA Today gives a rundown of numbers for SNS sites, c/o comScore Media Metrix. They note that “in the past year, the number of visitors to MySpace (from…

Conspiracy Theories: MySpace, Facebook, Amazon

Conspiracy Theories: MySpace, Facebook, Amazon

Perhaps I ventured a bit too far out of my echo chamber, but today I came across 3 different conspiracy theory articles about popular Web companies. One was about e-commerce giant Amazon.com and the other two related to leading Social Networking sites MySpace and Facebook. The theories namecheck the CIA, the FBI and a non-showering CEO who…

Yahoo Acquires Webjay

Yahoo Acquires Webjay

Yahoo continues to buy up all the great talent, this time they’ve snagged my blog buddy Lucas Gonze and his innovative music-sharing web app Webjay. As the Yahoo! Music Blog explained [via TechCrunch]:

“Webjay is visionary and fantastic, but we are also keenly interested in Lucas the individual. He’s contributed a lot of great work to…

Google OS = Moby Dick

Google OS = Moby Dick

I used to think
the Semantic Web was the Moby Dick of the Web. But now I think the Google OS and Office
is. In the famous novel, Moby Dick is a mythical great white whale. It’s an embodiment of
evil and power to Captain Ahab, whose goal is to hunt down the beast. However the book’s
narrator, Ishmael, isn’t sure if the whale is good or…

Main Themes of Internet Companies at CES

Main Themes of Internet Companies at CES

There’s been a ton of CES news to digest these
past few days, especially in the past 12 or so hours. Yahoo released Go and
CEO Terry Semel made a
speech at CES; Google released Google
Pack, Google Video Player and Google Video Store;
Larry Page did a speech
at CES. As I trawled through all the news – thanks in particular to Engadget
and PaidContent…

Admin: Moving Web Hosts

Admin: Moving Web Hosts

Apologies for light posting over the past few days, as I had to move web hosts (not once, but twice!) at very short notice. Comments have been down and you may have noticed some site glitches recently. But, knock on wood, things should be back to normal by end of today. I have a few CES-related posts sketched up in my notebook, so I can’t wait to…

Yahoo! Go – A Portal That Spans Devices

Yahoo! Go – A Portal That Spans Devices

Yahoo! Go is being advertised as “a new
suite of products and services for your PC, mobile phone and even your TV”. The main aim
is to enable people to connect with their content (e.g. email, photos, music) across a
range of devices. 

Right now the Go product range is limited. Upon clicking the “Get Started Now” button
I got two “coming soon…

Yahoo and the Future of Television

Yahoo and the Future of Television

Yahoo will broadcast
a reality tv series called “Wow House” on their Web portal within the next few
months. The SF Chronicle calls it an early step in Yahoo’s ultimate goal to create
television of the future. Wow House has a technology focus, as families participating in
the show compete to outfit their homes with $10,000 worth of the latest…

Apple to own rich media in ’06?

Apple to own rich media in ’06?

The Internet Stock Blog
asks: “Is it possible that if Yahoo is the new Internet media leader with RSS, etc. and Google is the leader in search, that Apple will own rich media?”
Well ‘own’ is too strong a word, but I do know I’ll be paying much more
attention to Apple this year than last. With iTunes and the recently video-enabled iPod…

LA Times Goes Ape With Media Industry Predictions

LA Times Goes Ape With Media Industry Predictions

Looking at the media year ahead,
the LA Times christens Google the new 800-pound gorilla – and also the Big Bad Wolf –
of the media business. It’s an extraordinary article that predicts mega-billion dollar
wheeling and dealing in the media industry in 2006. Here are some highlights relating to
Web companies:

Google PC, Cubes

LA Times suggests…

2005 reflections and plans for 2006

2005 reflections and plans for 2006

It’s technically New Years Eve where I am, as I write this. I haven’t done much
blogging over the past week, because I’ve been re-charging my batteries and making plans
for 2006. In this post I reflect on the year that’s past and tell you a bit about my
plans for R/WW in 2006.

A year ago I set myself a goal to convert my hard work on Read/WriteWeb…

Acquisitions and The Big 3

Acquisitions and The Big 3

William Slawski has compiled two very useful lists of acquisitions, first by Google and now by Yahoo (see also The Guardian’s list). I’ll add the third, Microsoft’s
acquisitions as listed on their corporate site. From 2003 on:

Nov. 3, 2005: FolderShare 
Nov. 3, 2005: media-streams.com AG 
Aug. 30, 2005: Teleo Inc. 
Jul. 20, 2005…

A Year of Web 2.0 Weekly Wrap-Ups

A Year of Web 2.0 Weekly Wrap-Ups

On 9 January
2005, I published the first of my Web 2.0 Weekly
Wrap-ups. When I launched it I described it as “a weekly summary of news and views
relating to Web 2.0 (Web as platform).” I pumped out one a week for the rest of 2005. In
many ways I viewed the Wrap-Up as the anchor for my blog. 

Currently the Weekly Wrap-Up is on a
break – as I…

Best Web Companies and Innovators of 2005

Best Web Companies and Innovators of 2005

Last year about this time I did a post celebrating the best Web companies of
2004. I was planning on doing a mega version of that this year, extending it to
software and services. But then Dion came up with his excellent list
of best Web software of ’05, as close to definitive as you’ll get. So I’m going to focus
once again on companies and…

Phone-throwing kiwi explains

Phone-throwing kiwi explains

After
my phone-throwing incident earlier this week, I think I’ve calmed down enough
now to do the equivalent of going
on the Letterman show and saying sorry to anyone I offended. My friend Mike Arrington called
me a traitor and others baled me up about what I wrote. My position hasn’t
changed, but I think I can do a better job of…

Lots going on in Citizen Journalism

Lots going on in Citizen Journalism

– Dan Gillmor is building a non-profit ‘Center for Citizen Media’, moving on from his previous (for-profit) project called Bayosphere. [via SiliconBeat]

– The much-anticipated Pegasus News has released their first product, a music and entertainment news site called TexasGigs. It started as a music blog by Cindy Chaffin in 2002 – Chaffin will…