Like many other web 2.0 geeks, today I woke up to Mike Arrington’s elaborate April Fools joke that Techcrunch has acquired infamous dot com site F**kedCompany.com. It actually is 1 April where I live, but it wasn’t until I had finished reading the article that I realised it was probably an April Fools joke (thanks to a timely IM from Steve…
Here is a summary of the week’s Web Tech action on Read/WriteWeb.
This week Charles Knight released the March edition of his Top 100 Alternative Search Engines. As usual the list provoked a flurry of comments, with the Search Engine of the Month KoolTorch coming under a bit of scrutiny (mostly for being IE-only). But I think everyone…
Desktop On Demand (DOD) is the latest WebOS to come onto the market. It is a free “online desktop service” that lets you access your desktop remotely. DOD comes with 1GB of free disk space, with extra space available for a fee. DOD is aiming to go beyond simply being a virtual desktop – it wants to be “a wide ranging and powerful remote…
BlogRovr is an interesting new way of getting blog information, on the go while you’re surfing the Web. It is a download plugin for Firefox 2.0, which works cross-platform on Windows, Mac and Linux. There’s no IE plugin for now, but support for IE6 and IE7 is coming soon (a couple of weeks away). BlogRovr is basically a personalized vertical search…
Written by Can Erten and edited by Richard MacManus. This is the first in a 2-part series on Read/WriteWeb, exploring the world of P2P on the Web. Part 1 (this post) is a general introduction to P2P, along with some real-world applications of P2P. Part 2 will discuss future applications.
As the connection speed of the internet has increased, the…
Earlier today Yahoo launched a Yahoo Mail API. Recently we analyzed the current API and Mashup trends on the Web and noted that Yahoo is one of the big companies most active in this area. Also not long ago we profiled Yahoo! Pipes – a new tool that, we argued, treats the web as the database. We later expanded these ideas in our post entitled When…
Continuing Read/WriteWeb’s series on international web apps, I bring you a sample of all that the emerald isle has to offer. 20 years ago Ireland was a sleepy backwater with high unemployment and mass emigration. Jobs were rare and the only new startups were farms. But all of that changed when the ‘celtic tiger’ came along. No one can agree what…
Mike Shaver from the Mozilla foundation is here at ETech talking about the Mozilla Manifesto. Traditionally, a manifesto on an organization’s web site says what they stands for. These declarations are not necessary or typical, but are often made to emphasize the values that an organization believes in. It is also a strong message to their users and…
Microsoft Labs gave a talk today on the latest projects going on in Microsoft that focus on web innovation. The projects presented, as well as other explorations, can be found at http://labs.live.com/.
Deepfish – Enhanced Browsing on Mobile Devices
Deepfish is Microsoft’s intelligent web browsing technology for mobile devices. It renders mobile web…
Yahoo Mail news is coming thick and fast this week. Yesterday they announced
that Yahoo Mail now has free unlimited email storage space, and today Yahoo has
announced an API for Yahoo Mail.
Earlier today I spoke with Chad Dickerson, Head of Yahoo! Developer Network, and
John Kremer, VP Yahoo! Mail, to find out more.
The Yahoo! Mail Web…
Well, it’s that time again! Time for the monthly update of the Top 100
Alternative Search Engines.
Before we get into it, allow me to back up just a bit. First of all, the
“Alternative” in the title refers to “alternatives to
Google.” That is, one criteria for making it onto the list is to exhibit
superiority to Google in one…
This is a point/counterpoint argument, with John
Milan taking the position that online desktop apps are better, while
Richard MacManus argues for offline web apps. Let us know what you
think, in the comments.
Point (John Milan)
John Milan: ReadWriteWeb is currently running
a poll asking which web apps should also work offline. Shouldn’t…
Alex Iskold is reporting live from ETech
Apollo team from Adobe is here at ETech, presenting the Alpha version of their new
runtime environment – which is aimed at empowering web developers to create desktop applications.
Apollo is a lightweight virtual machine that runs on the desktop and acts as an interpreter
wrote a piece back in January called IBMÄôs
Entry Into Social Networking, where I discussed the potential for applying
web 2.0 techniques in the enterprise. Subsequently, I have written extensively
about Enterprise 3.0 and the
Extended Enterprise trends. A company from England contacted me after
reading the IBM piece. This company…
Alex Iskold is reporting live from ETech 2007
Werner Vogels, VP and CTO of Amazon.com, took
the ETech stage to discuss the challenges in building a large-scale, reliable web infrastructure.
Amazon spent a decade and a whopping $2 billion dollars to build the world class technology that powers their web sites.
Today Amazon makes available their…
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Hawkins made a name for himself in the tech industry as the founder of Palm Computing and inventor of the Palm Pilot. He later founded Handspring, where he invented the Treo. If you were a fan of his work then, you are going to love what Jeff is
up to now. He is currently pursuing his life-long passions, neuroscience and
today announced the launch of ZenZui, an
independent Mobile Web company. ZenZui offers a patented (by Microsoft)
“Zooming User Interface” for mobile phones. The technology was
initially developed by the Microsoft Research lab in Redmond, then acquired by
ZenZui – who also got venture capital funding from Microsoft IP Ventures to…
MusicPlusTV.com launched a revamped
website today. As well as a new look, it has doubled the resolution of its
flagship 24/7 television broadcast stream, added social networking capabilities,
and more. MusicPlusTV.com is an interesting blend of online video/music and a traditional TV
network – only with a niche audience. It reminds me of…
Written by Phill Midwinter,
a search engineer from the UK. This is a great follow-up to our article last
Takes On Google With Semantic Technologies.
What is a Semantic Engine?
Semantics are said to be Äòthe next big thingÄô in search engine
technology. We technology bloggers routinely drum up articles about it and