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Pownce: ‘Send stuff to friends’

Pownce: ‘Send stuff to friends’

Pownce is the hot new kid on the social networking block. Digg’s Kevin Rose is involved and that has been enough to generate considerable buzz, but is it deserved?

Pownce is self-described as ‘a way to send stuff to your friends.’ You can send links, files, events and messages, each as a distinct type. The messages functionality has prompted…

Top 10 Worst Web App Names

Top 10 Worst Web App Names

One aspect of Web 2.0 that continues to entertain is the strange, sometimes awful,
names that startups come up with to promote themselves. Some of them turn out to be
successful – e.g. del.icio.us – but others prove to be ineffective. Some web 2.0 names
have been compared to Star Wars
characters and there’s even a Web
2.0 Name Generator, in case…

Review of Streamy, a News Networking Service

Review of Streamy, a News Networking Service

Getting to the crux of Streamy, a very new beta startup, has proven to be
more difficult than several prominent bloggers originally thought. I have been testing
the development since Friday and awoke today to the news that Streamy is everything from
a Digg competitor to a doomed social networking site. I was working late Friday, when the
founders…

4 Years Ago Today – Netscape Corporation Killed, Mozilla Foundation Born

4 Years Ago Today – Netscape Corporation Killed, Mozilla Foundation Born

4 years ago today, 15 July 2003, AOL Time Warner disbanded Netscape Communications Corporation – the company that sparked the Dot Com Internet boom in the mid-90’s with its 1995 IPO. Also 4 years ago today, The Mozilla Foundation was established. mozillaZine reported at the time:

“It has been learned through public and private sources that AOL has…

Weekly Wrapup, 9-13 July 2007

Weekly Wrapup, 9-13 July 2007

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Here is a summary of the week’s Web Tech action on Read/WriteWeb. Note that you can
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Top Web News

After all the iphone buzz of the last couple of weeks, it was a relatively
quiet week of web tech news. However there was another big Google acquisition…

Get Your Hands on Hot Beta Invites

Get Your Hands on Hot Beta Invites

Mike Arrington wrote about it. Rafe Needleman did too. It was, as Rafe said, “inevitable” so I’m going to write about Invite Share as well. With Pownce invites for sale on eBay a full-on invite exchange was likely.

Invite Share launched just 5 days ago on July 8 and already has nearly 6,500 users (there appear to be are a lot of people…

Rock On: Net Radio Lives to See Another Day

Rock On: Net Radio Lives to See Another Day

With potentially devastating royalty rates looming this weekend, a deal was brokered last night that will allow some US Internet radio stations to stay online at least a little while longer. SoundExchange, the group charged with collecting royalty payments, agreed not to enforce the new rates temporarily while a deal is worked out, according to…

The State of Citizen Journalism: Part 1, Newsvine

The State of Citizen Journalism: Part 1, Newsvine

In the young but growing world of user-generated news, sites like
digg and slashdot dominate in the tech sphere. In the political arena, it is mostly
editorial-driven sites that do well – such as DrudgeReport, HuffingtonPost and RawStory.
Those sites get a lot of attention, but there are also a lot of so-called “Citizen
Journalism” sites out…

Top 5 Hottest Product Launches of 2007

Top 5 Hottest Product Launches of 2007

So far in 2007 we’ve seen some exceptional web app launches. From video to
micro-blogging, new startups have transformed the web landscape. So what defines a ‘hot
launch’? Obviously, a great product is essential, but also the ability to generate
buzz.

So let’s take a look at the startup launches that have packed the most powerful punch in…

Outsource Your Brain for Science

Outsource Your Brain for Science

A new project from the University of Oxford (UK), the University of Portsmouth (UK) and Johns Hopkins University (US) aims to harness the power of the human brain to identify and classify galaxies and stars. On the Galaxy Zoo website, users are asked to identify the objects in photographs as spiral or elliptical galaxies, the direction of…

Viewpoints Takes on Epinions With Personalized Reviews

Viewpoints Takes on Epinions With Personalized Reviews

Viewpoints.com has set its sights on being the “end
all” review site for people who like to read and write reviews. This niche probably
should have been filled by now, but mysteriously no one site has dominated this segment
of Web 2.0 – with the possible exception of Epinions. Viewpoints offers a platform for reading,
rating and writing reviews…

Best Web Company in 2007: Facebook, Google, Apple Lead The Pack

Best Web Company in 2007: Facebook, Google, Apple Lead The Pack

Our poll this week asks: Which Web company impressed you the most over the first half of 2007? Mid-week, Facebook has a handy lead over Google. Facebook has 34% of the vote, with Google second on 27%. Apple is third with 15%, probably reflecting the recent iPhone launch. Note that we added Adobe and Mozilla after about 100 votes, so the others…

History of Microsoft’s Internet TV Strategy

History of Microsoft’s Internet TV Strategy

Our sister site last100 has started a 2-part series exploring Microsoft’s Internet TV strategy:
There may not be another company as well-positioned to take advantage of the growth in IPTV as Microsoft. Despite being primarily a software company, Microsoft has long had a passion for television. The company launched the 24-hour cable news…

The Evolution of Web Widgets: From Self-Expression to Media Companies

The Evolution of Web Widgets: From Self-Expression to Media Companies

Everyone knows that widgets are the new black. They are cool, they are slick, they are playful.
Cool and fun is one thing, but business is another. We are seeing an increasing number of media companies
and publishers turning to widgets. But why? What is it that media giants expect from these microchunks
of their content?

Apparently a lot…

Hollywood Talent Agency Launches Web Movie Studio

Hollywood Talent Agency Launches Web Movie Studio

United Talent Agency, a Hollywood talent agency that represents big stars like Liv Tyler, Ben Stiller, Harrison Ford and the Coen Brothers, has teamed up with advertising agency Spot Runner to create 60Frames Entertainment. 60Frames will work with top on-screen talent and directors on the “financing, ad sales and syndication of…

Top 10 Twitter Apps

Top 10 Twitter Apps

Twitter has been a runaway success
since the status message inspired web app launched about a year ago. Its rapid adoption,
ease of use and extensibility resulted in a lot of excited developers taking Twitter’s
best bits and mixing them up to their own ends.
FranticIndustries and the Twitter Fan Wiki
together present a comprehensive list of…

Battle of the DIY Social Networks: Ning, vibEngine, PeopleAggregator

Battle of the DIY Social Networks: Ning, vibEngine, PeopleAggregator

There are a number of DIY social network services on the market, and in this post
we’ll take a look at 3 of them – Ning, vibEngine and PeopleAggregator. By DIY, we mean
services that allow you to create a custom social network for any topic. These services
can be either hosted or based on your own server. In many ways, these services represent
the…

Is Blogging Dead?

Is Blogging Dead?

That’s a dramatic and possibly even sarcastic headline, but it was derived from a real question asked in our current post comparing indie blog platforms Six Apart and Automattic. Commenter jm wrote:

“the other vision is that blogging is dead vs myspace/facebook stuff. Where is the need for a individual expression tool when the whole business is…

5 News Aggregation Methods Compared

5 News Aggregation Methods Compared

News is delivered in many different ways via the Internet. With so many blogs and news sites, it is sometimes hard to keep up and know if you’re really getting all the day’s top headlines. That’s where content aggregation comes into play. Aggregators are sites specifically designed to bring multiple news sources together and repackage them in…

Terrible Idea: Buy Blog Comments Sells Spam

Terrible Idea: Buy Blog Comments Sells Spam

File this one under the “bad ideas” folder. If you thought PayPerPost and ReviewMe, which some have likened to payola, were bad, get ready for Buy Blog Comments, a service that lets marketers pay for comment spam.

Darren Rowse calls Buy Blog Comments “one of the worst business ideas [he has] heard for a long time,” and I am obliged to agree…

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