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Swap Meet 2.0: Selling Handmade Goods Online

Swap Meet 2.0: Selling Handmade Goods Online

For a long time, artisans wishing to sell their hand crafted goods generally had to do so locally through gift shops, swap meets, and craft fairs. Then in the mid-90s along came eBay, and for many years it was the best option for artisans to get their goods out to the world. But in the past couple of years, new online marketplace startups…

Office Apps on the iPhone: iPhone vs Blackberry

Office Apps on the iPhone: iPhone vs Blackberry

It’s possible the iPhone launch on Friday 29 June is more hype than substance – indeed
the
current poll we’re running on R/WW has only 20% of respondants interested in buying
an iPhone as soon as it’s released! 41% have no plans to buy one and a further 18% said
they’ll never buy one. The poll is below, if you’d like to have your say…

Google Opens Pocket to Gadget Developers

Google Opens Pocket to Gadget Developers

Google has created a site called Google Gadget Ventures. Marissa Mayer will announce it this evening at the Searchonomics Conference in Santa Clara.
It’s a pilot program, with the aim of “bootstrapping an economic ecosystem around gadgets” – according to a press email we received. The program has two separate monetary offers. The first is an…

Poll: Will You Buy an iPhone?

Poll: Will You Buy an iPhone?

With the excitement building about Apple’s iPhone, and lots of third party apps being developed for it, now is a good time to find out how many R/WW readers will be buying one – and if so, when? Please participate in our poll below:

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iPhone Web Development Frenzy

iPhone Web Development Frenzy

As media and blog coverage of the iPhone release on Friday June 29 reaches boiling
point, web app providers are frantically pumping out versions of their apps for the
iPhone.

CRM provider Etelos – which has already embraced other popular
Web platforms like Google Apps, Netvibes, Pageflakes and Windows Live – announced on its blog today an
Etelos…

Yahoo! 2.0: Its Reorganization and Future

Yahoo! 2.0: Its Reorganization and Future

Yahoo! is changing. Terry Semel’s resignation and co-founder Jerry Yang’s return to the CEO position is one of the most visible changes. Yahoo! has always been harshly criticized for not being a technology company and lagging behind Google. They have even been criticized for not having the foresight to buy Google early on when the opportunity arose…

Facebook Acquisitions: Fad or Proof of Platform Success?

Facebook Acquisitions: Fad or Proof of Platform Success?

On Monday the blog Inside Facebook broke the story that the Facebook-only application Favorite Peeps had been acquired by slideshow creator Slide (and Slide confirmed to me yesterday that they had reached an agreement with the creator of Favorite Peeps). The rumored acquisition price was $60,000. This is the second Facebook app buy-out reported…

Update on R/WW Writers Wanted

Update on R/WW Writers Wanted

Just a quick update on my post last week, stating that Read/WriteWeb is looking for writers to do startup and web product reviews. The response has been overwhelming – over 100 people so far have emailed to say they’re interested. So it’s taking me longer to sift through the emails than I first thought (and also I have been traveling this week). So…

Morfik Builds First iPhone Development Tool

Morfik Builds First iPhone Development Tool

WebOS vendor Morfik has created a platform for developers to build applications for Apple’s iPhone, which is being released Friday night. Morfik claims this is the first development tool for the iPhone.
Up till this point, no one had announced a development tool for the iPhone – although there have been suggestions by bloggers that Adobe AIR and…

Google’s Marissa Mayer on The Future of Search

Google’s Marissa Mayer on The Future of Search

Written by Nitin Karandikar;
all photos by Jeremiah
Owyang

The highlight of the Searchnomics 2007 conference today was a keynote, at the
very end, by Marissa Mayer, Vice President, Search Products & User Experience at
Google. Mayer’s presentation was titled The Future of Search, in which she
covered eight areas Google is focusing on now and in…

Microsoft Announces Next Generation of Windows Live

Microsoft Announces Next Generation of Windows Live

Tonight Microsoft is launching two more products
into its suite of Windows Live branded consumer web
apps – Windows Live Photo Gallery Beta and Windows Live Folders Beta. According to
Microsoft, tonight also marks the beginning of the next stage of the Windows Live
rollout. This “next generation” of Windows Live has the goal of being a more…

Top Web Apps in Canada

Top Web Apps in Canada

By Heri Rakotomalala of Montreal Tech Watch
Canadians use the Internet more than anyone in the
world. According to
comScore, Canadians spend on average 39.6 hours per month on the Internet, followed
by Israel at 37.4 and South Korea at 34, while the USA is in 8th position with 29.4.
Canada also leads in online reach with 70% of households having…

Google vs. Microsoft: Just a ‘PR Stunt’

Google vs. Microsoft: Just a ‘PR Stunt’

Quick background: In April, Google sent a 50-page white paper to the US Department of Justice asserting that Microsoft was violating its 2002 antitrust settlement by not allowing outside desktop search engines (such as Google’s own Desktop Search application) to be installed in Windows Vista. Microsoft initially denied the claims, saying that…

Internet Radio Goes Silent Tomorrow: Will You Be Listening?

Internet Radio Goes Silent Tomorrow: Will You Be Listening?

In protest of a recent rate hike of 0.012 cents per song, per listener, from the current 0.007 cents rate (that’s about 270% for you math gurus) by the US Copyright Royalty Board, the SaveNetRadio Coalition is staging a “day of silence” tomorrow. These rates are retroactive from January 1, 2006, meaning that net radio stations will owe back…

Fairtilizer – New Online Music Service

Fairtilizer – New Online Music Service

The other day I tracked down another early alpha-testing startup
called Fairtilizer, which is an online music
community aspiring to define a new generation of music media. The premise behind this
startup is that user generated music media is a threshold where online recommendations,
distribution, artists and labels will pass the traditional TV…

Keeping Tabs on Web 2.0

Keeping Tabs on Web 2.0

Even with consolidation going on left and right, the galaxy of sites that make up what we call “web 2.0” is expanding at a frantic rate (or perhaps that elusive goal of being snapped up by a bigger fish is helping to drive it). So how do you keep up with this ever growing array of web 2.0 sites? That is, other than reading Read/WriteWeb. The…

Spock – Vertical Search Done Right

Spock – Vertical Search Done Right

There has been quite a lot of buzz lately around a vertical search engine
for people, called Spock. While still in private
beta, the engine has already impressed users with its rich feature set and social
aspects. Yet, there is something that has gone almost unnoticed – Spock is one of the best
vertical semantic search engines built so far…

Lessons Learnt from People Ready Controversy

Lessons Learnt from People Ready Controversy

I know you don’t want to read another blog post about the People Ready controversy, which
was ignited by Valleywag on Friday US and turned into an all-in brawl over the weekend.
But I feel obligated to sum up my position on it, as one of the 6-7 bloggers at the
center of the storm. I
initially wrote a post about it Saturday night my time (Friday…

LinkedIn to Open Up – How It Can Take On Facebook

LinkedIn to Open Up – How It Can Take On Facebook

Dan Farber talked to LinkedIn founder and Chairman Reid Hoffman on Friday at the Supernova 2007 conference, and was told that over the next 9 months LinkedIn will deliver APIs for developers. It seems that LinkedIn has been hurried onto this open track due to the hype surrounding Facebook’s new open platform. Dan also reports that LinkedIn wants to…

Google’s Sheryl Sandberg on Next-Generation Advertising

Google’s Sheryl Sandberg on Next-Generation Advertising

On Thursday at the Supernova conference, Udi Manber Google’s VP of
Engineering talked about what
a difficult problem search is. This was followed up by Sheryl Sandberg, Google’s Global
VP of Sales and Operations, giving a presentation entitled What’s next for
advertising?.

Google’s History in Advertising

Sheryl started by providing a little…

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