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Sign O’ The Times: Billboard Adds Online Streaming Data to Charts

Sign O’ The Times: Billboard Adds Online Streaming Data to Charts

Interesting news tidbit today that Billboard is adding online music streaming to its ‘algorithm’ for compiling the Weekly Billboard Top 100. As a Gen X person who grew up listening to the weekly American Top 40 (by Casey Kasem and then Shadoe Stevens), this struck a chord with me. According to the press release, in the new Billboard Hot 100…

WebbAlert: Read/WriteWeb on TV

WebbAlert: Read/WriteWeb on TV

A new online video show about web technology debuted this week, called WebbAlert. It is already making some waves in the blogosphere. Hosted by Morgan Webb, it’s a daily 5-minute show on the latest web tech news. I watched the debut episode yesterday and immediately added the RSS feed to my start page. Then today a couple of people pinged me to say…

Yahoo! Plans a Run at YouTube

Yahoo! Plans a Run at YouTube

A report yesterday from Bloomberg says that Yahoo! is planning to revamp its online video offering by year’s end in an effort to compete with YouTube and MySpace TV. According to comScore, Yahoo! is actually third in the US in terms of total video streams, though their 4.6% market share is well off the pace set by Google (mostly via YouTube…

Google Mashup Editor

Google Mashup Editor

I just got in to the shiny new beta for the Google Mashup Editor and I wanted to share my thoughts on it with you. Like Yahoo! Pipes before it (our review here), the Google Mashup Editor provides a simple interface that enables developers to make basic web applications and mashups quickly. And again, like Yahoo! Pipes, it is very definitely aimed…

Adjustables Debuts Video Ad Service at ad:tech Chicago

Adjustables Debuts Video Ad Service at ad:tech Chicago

The growing ranks of online marketers gathered this week
at ad:tech Chicago. Big technology players like Google, DoubleClick, WebTrends,
Omniture, and Advertising.com were present, along with email
marketing firms, large online agencies, and whole raft of smaller
players with new tools for RSS, mobile, and
video advertising.
The coolest new…

Platform Wars: Netvibes Launches Facebook Widget

Platform Wars: Netvibes Launches Facebook Widget

In a cheeky move, Netvibes has released a Facebook widget. Both Netvibes and Facebook are leading Web platforms for widgets (i.e. mini web apps that can be plugged into web pages and sites). So Netvibes is neatly trying to entice Facebook users to use Netvibes instead of Facebook as their homepage. Here is an example of the Facebook widget that…

rollSense: Your Blogroll on Steroids

rollSense: Your Blogroll on Steroids

Bloggers have long used the blogroll as a way of linking to their compatriots and sharing traffic. But a blogroll has always just been just a static list of links, that on some blogs (especially among political bloggers, where they might be most popular) have become so bloated and long there is very little incentive for readers to click on any…

Newser: Human Edited News Aggregation

Newser: Human Edited News Aggregation

The web has a new news aggregation site today with the launch of Newser, a start up with an impressive team behind it. Newser is run by Highbeam CEO Patrick Spain, Vanity Fair columnist Michael Wolff, and Caroline Miller, who was the editor in chief of New York Magazine. According paidContent.org, the site was “born with the idea of trying to…

Yahoo! Buzzlist versus Google Trends

Yahoo! Buzzlist versus Google Trends

As part of this week’s Read/Write Web Files, we’re looking at what may be on the cards in Yahoo’s 100-day strategy for getting its house in order. In the inaugural post of the week, Richard outlined his Top 10 Yahoo! Properties. And I’d like to make the case for another one here: Yahoo! Buzz Index. This post takes a look at how the two biggest…

Amazon in Your Living Room

Amazon in Your Living Room

Our network blog last100 has an excellent feature story on Amazon’s digital living room product range, including Amazon Unbox (the company‚Äôs digital video download service), “information products” like Internet Movie Database (IMDB) and Digital Photography Review (dpreview.com), and how it could all be integrated via ‚Äúcloud…

New Yahoo! Search Features: Search Assist, Shortcuts

New Yahoo! Search Features: Search Assist, Shortcuts

Earlier this week the Yahoo! search results pages on my laptop mysteriously began showing a completely new page design. Oddly enough, my other computers — all logged into the same Yahoo! ID — still showed the results pages with the plain old vanilla design. After talking to some people at Yahoo! to figure it out, it turns out my laptop was in…

VCs: Startups Are Too Reliant on the M&A Market

VCs: Startups Are Too Reliant on the M&A Market

I’m at the AlwaysOn Stanford Summit reporting for Read/WriteWeb. This afternoon there was an interesting presentation about the state of the venture capital market. Specifically, it started with a presentation by Paul Denninger, Vice Chairman of Jefferies & Co, entitled “Why Aren’t VCs Happy?” and then Paul joined a panel moderated by Mark…

Top 100 Alt Search Engines, August 2007

Top 100 Alt Search Engines, August 2007

Read/WriteWeb network blog AltSearchEngines has just published the August Top 100 Alt Search Engine list. Here is the excel spreadsheet; the full list is on ASE.
This week AltSearchEngines also published a 3 part series defining a) What is a Search Engine? (an article by Nitin Karandikar), b) What is Not a Search Engine? (by Kaila Colbin) and…

Burying the Digg Clones

Burying the Digg Clones

Editor: This is a guest post by Rogelio Bernal Andreo, founder of CoRank – a service that lets you create you own custom
social network. Rogelio has a bee in his bonnet about the term ‘digg clone’, probably not
helped by the fact Read/WriteWeb called CoRank a “Create Your Own
Digg” site in May when it re-launched 🙂 But Rogelio is adamant that…

Operator11: Live Netcasting Gets Social

Operator11: Live Netcasting Gets Social

There’s no denying that live online video is hot right now. Sites like Stickam, Ustream, Justin.tv, and Kyte allow users to broadcast themselves to the world 24/7. On Monday, I had a chance to chat with Josh Harris, the CEO of Operator11, a new entry into the growing field of live online video companies and he told me why he thinks his service…

The Emerging Global Innovation Graph

The Emerging Global Innovation Graph

The old joke was that your start-up needed to be no more than one tank of gas away from Sand Hill Road in Silicon Valley. Now VCs have to set up shop in Israel, India and other far away places that will do serious damage to their carbon footprint.
This is a significant change. Innovation is going global. Like everything else online, the power is…

Social Networking Goes Global – Especially in North American Region

Social Networking Goes Global – Especially in North American Region

With the attention-grabbing headling Social Networking Goes Global, comScore has released its latest stats on the large social network sites. According to comScore, MySpace is over twice as large as its nearest rival, Facebook. Both Facebook and Bebo have had extraordinary growth over the past year (270% and 172% respectively):

These are…

Postful: Email Meets Snail Mail

Postful: Email Meets Snail Mail

A few weeks ago, I wrote about a company that lets you send snail mail from the web for free by completely a bunch of spammy offers. At the end of that post I concluded that if someone “offered a service that stored my address book online so I didn’t have to constantly retype the recipient’s address, and allowed me to pay the postage and not have…

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