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Safari Coming to Windows; iPhone Runs AJAX Apps

Safari Coming to Windows; iPhone Runs AJAX Apps

In an effort to boost market share, Steve Jobs dropped an unexpected bombshell on the audience at the WWDC this morning: Apple’s Safari web browser is coming to Windows. IE currently controls about 78% of the browser market, Firefox 15%, and Safari just 5% (according to Jobs’ stats — depending on who you ask, Safari accounts for between 1.5…

Fiction Writing 2.0: Six New Ways To Write The Next Great Novel

Fiction Writing 2.0: Six New Ways To Write The Next Great Novel

Even in a completely online world, the book will never go out of style. The novel hasn’t changed much over the years, barring more colorful covers, more environmentally friendly paper, and some new electronic distribution methods — but that doesn’t mean the way you write the next bestseller has to stay the same. Below we’ll explore some start…

Day Without Google Begins!

Day Without Google Begins!

Are you ready to spend a whole day, today (Tuesday), without using Google? There are literally hundreds of alternative search engines to choose from. Once again here are the ‘ground rules’, as prepared by AltSearchEngines editor Charles Knight:

1. All day Tuesday, June 12th, don‚Äôt…

Tumri Advertiser Launched – Aims to be Adsense 2.0

Tumri Advertiser Launched – Aims to be Adsense 2.0

Last week I was briefed on the new online advertising platform that Tumri is launching today. Flush with $16.5 million in investment and already well covered by business tech blogs, Tumri is building out a widget-based Merchandising Network that it hopes will be The Next Big Thing in online advertising – after Google Adsense. Tumri Advertiser aims…

EditGrid Announces Series A Funding – Goal is to Re-define the Spreadsheet

EditGrid Announces Series A Funding – Goal is to Re-define the Spreadsheet

Hong Kong based EditGrid, a leading online spreadsheet that has also partnered with other Web Office startups, has just closed its Series A funding of $1.25M from WI Harper. We confirmed this with the founder and CEO, David Lee.
EditGrid, which we last covered in February 2007, was built by the 8-person company Team and Concepts Limited…

Adobe Apollo is now Adobe AIR

Adobe Apollo is now Adobe AIR

Adobe has just unveiled the official name of its much talked about Adobe Apollo product: Adobe Integrated Runtime, or Adobe AIR for short. Adobe is also announcing a beta version of the runtime, which will include Ajax
and HTML support. This means developers can create an Apollo application entirely based on HTML, without using Flash at all.
For…

Open Source Economics Driving Web 2.0 Innovation

Open Source Economics Driving Web 2.0 Innovation

Written by Jitendra Gupta of Karmaweb
In the area of computers and Internet, the open source movement is almost as old as computers themselves. In the beginning there was Multics, Unix, BSD, Minix etc. Than came Richard Stallman’s GPL, GNU and FSF. That was followed by Linux, Apache and many more projects. Over time, the open source movement…

This Tuesday: A Day Without Google

This Tuesday: A Day Without Google

AltSearchEngines is asking everyone to go one day, this Tuesday (whatever your timezone may be), without using one of the major search engines; Google, Yahoo!, MSN, AOL, or Ask. This was inspired by a similar Between The Lines experiment.

AltSearchEngines editor Charles Knight wants everyone to try one of the alt search engines in his most…

Me.dium Secures $15M Series B – The Dawn of Collaborative Browsing?

Me.dium Secures $15M Series B – The Dawn of Collaborative Browsing?

Colorado-based Me.dium is announcing today a $15M Series B round led by Commonwealth Venture Partners. Me.dium is developing a next-generation collaborative browsing technology that dynamically combines visualization and chat. We covered Me.dium during its February launch at DEMO. We noted at the time that me.dium appeared quite intrusive on users…

Poll: Which online collaboration platform do you use?

Poll: Which online collaboration platform do you use?

This week’s poll was requested by a reader, who wanted to find out what online collaboration platforms R/WW readers used. The email I received noted: “While mass services such as myspace and facebook get a lot of coverage, there’s not a lot of data showing how well collaborative platforms do. I think that your audience could help.” It’s very…

Weekly Wrapup, 4-8 June 2007

Weekly Wrapup, 4-8 June 2007

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New Ask.com UI Gives 20%+ More User Satisfaction

New Ask.com UI Gives 20%+ More User Satisfaction

This week Ask.com released a new user interface, which they nicknamed Ask3D. The vertical layout scheme looks very unusual for a general purpose search engine. However it’s aesthetically pleasant. But as well as the visual enhancements, the new vertical scheme has other wisdom behind it. Let me explain with this graph:

Newspaper Alliances Help Yahoo! Expand Ad Reach

Newspaper Alliances Help Yahoo! Expand Ad Reach

The alliance between newspaper publishers and Yahoo! that was unveiled last November has now grown to 17 publishing groups representing over 400 daily papers, reports Red Herring. Hearst, the publisher of 12 daily newspapers including the San Francisco Chronicle, Houston Chronicle, and the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, said the alliance has…

Webby Awards 2007: Big Winners Include Flickr, LinkedIn, last.fm

Webby Awards 2007: Big Winners Include Flickr, LinkedIn, last.fm

This week the winners of the 11th annual Webby Awards, billed nowadays as the “Oscars of the Internet”, were announced at a ceremony in New York. Much of the publicity was over the fact that David Bowie was there (Prince attended last year). But other than that, what were the highlights of the Webbys? In this post we’ll review the winners list, and…

Akamai Releases Internet Traffic Visualizations

Akamai Releases Internet Traffic Visualizations

Akamai Technologies delivers 15-20% of all web traffic each day, which puts them in a unique position to monitor the status of the global web. This week, they released their previously customers-only web performance visualization tools to the public. The set of six flash-based visualizations let users identify how data is moving across the…

R/WW Network Update: Joost & Babelgum, Great Debates & Ms Freckles!

R/WW Network Update: Joost & Babelgum, Great Debates & Ms Freckles!

last100 reports that Joost, a hot Internet TV startup from the founders of Skype, may come out with a set-top-box (i.e. allowing Joost to connect to a TV) and a mobile version of their product. Right now Joost is a browser-based app. But it certainly makes sense to bring Joost more into the living room (set-top-box). Perhaps less so to make Joost a…

Rumor Mill: Amazon-Netflix, Yahoo!-Facebook

Rumor Mill: Amazon-Netflix, Yahoo!-Facebook

Rumors of a potential acquisition by Amazon today sent shares of Netflix up over 5.5%. Amazon closed down nearly 2%. The price of the rumored acquisition is anywhere from $1.5 to $2.1 billion.

Because Netflix’s stock has been stuck in a slide recently — down almost 18% this year — some analysts think it is the perfect time for the company to be…

Internet Companies Push For Mobile Phone Carriers to Open Up

Internet Companies Push For Mobile Phone Carriers to Open Up

In the US mobile phone carriers run closed networks: my Samsung phone will only run on the Verizon network, and if I switch to another carrier, the applications I bought over Verizon’s service won’t come with me. This set up has big Internet companies up in arms. Last March, for example, Google CEO Eric Schmidt accused the carriers of…

Web 2.0 Forum, Sydney

Web 2.0 Forum, Sydney

Today I traveled to Sydney, Australia for a Web 2.0 forum. Most of the top Aussie web 2.0 startups were in attendance, as well as an interesting mix of Australian business people and executives in the audience. I got the sense that Australian big business is interested in utilizing new web technologies, and I made a point of saying how innovative…

Clearspring Lands Major Deal With NBC

Clearspring Lands Major Deal With NBC

Clearspring is going to annouce tomorrow that
it was chosen by NBC to be its exclusive widget platform for the next year. This is a major deal for Clearspring, and for NBC
as well. The specific terms of this business arrangement have not been disclosed.

According to Clearspring founder, Hooman Radfar, this is a first of kind deal between a widget…

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