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Directory of Online Music Services

Directory of Online Music Services

Interesting new directory of “music 2.0” services, which includes the following useful categorization:

Music
Services – places like iTunes and Rhapsody where you can purchase or subscribe to
music

Music Discovery –
places that help you find music – these fall generally into 3 subcategories:

Social –
wisdom of the crowds sites like last.fm…

Browser Market Share: Maxthon May Stop Firefox’s Slow Climb

Browser Market Share: Maxthon May Stop Firefox’s Slow Climb

The latest browser stats are causing some discussion – mainly because of this
article by InformationWeek, which pours water over Microsoft’s claims about IE7:

“Although Microsoft recently touted the 100 millionth installation of Internet
Explorer 7, Web measurement firms said that the new browser is simply being swapped out
for older editions and…

Trendwatching – Wired Or Tired In The Blogosphere

Trendwatching – Wired Or Tired In The Blogosphere

By Alex Iskold

Last week Apple’s iPhone made a stunning
debut. There are very few people who were not blown away by what Steve Jobs showed to
the world, from the stage of MacWorld 2007. The irony was that beforehand, we didn’t know
what exactly the iPhone would be, but most of us knew it was coming – because there were
rumors and lots of…

The Art, Science and Business of Recommendation Engines

The Art, Science and Business of Recommendation Engines

By Alex Iskold

In October last year, Netflix launched an unusual contest. The online movie rental company
is offering 1 million dollars to anyone who can improve their recommendation engine by
10%. Netflix is known for its innovation and
bold moves and in the grand scheme of things, $1M is not a lot of money for such a
business.

The…

Google Promotes Checkout on Homepage

Google Promotes Checkout on Homepage

Spotted tonight by John Milan, Google has a promotion for its online shopping product Google Checkout on its homepage – probably the most traffiked web page in the world.

Also there’s some interesting speculation over on the
Cost Per News site that Google Checkout is set to ramp up:

“I‚Äôve heard rumblings from my sources within the…

Yes or No, is Ajax a RIA Technology?

Yes or No, is Ajax a RIA Technology?

I was reading a
post by Ryan Stewart, who is my main source of news and information about
anything to do with RIA (Rich Internet Applications). Wikipedia defines
RIA as “web applications that have the features and functionality of
traditional desktop applications.” When I think of RIAs, I usually think of
Adobe’s Flex or Microsoft’s WPF…

Twango Tackles Lucrative Media Sharing Market

Twango Tackles Lucrative Media Sharing Market

Twango is a new media sharing service, for video,
photos and other media. It’s similar to eSnips, Multiply and PeopleAggregator, in that it combines media
sharing with social networking. Twango was founded by a group of 5 ex-Microsoft employees
in fall 2004 and officially launched in October 2006. I spoke to co-founder, Randy Kerr,
yesterday…

Yahoo’s Acquisition Pattern: Smart and Cheap

Yahoo’s Acquisition Pattern: Smart and Cheap

Written by Emre Sokullu and edited by Richard MacManus

Yahoo has had its problems lately. Bad financial results in the 3rd quarter
of 2006 and the
peanut butter manifesto of senior vice president Brad Garlinghouse resulted
in doubt about the company’s ability to compete against Google and others. Some also
think that Google’s YouTube…

Read/Write Intranets

Read/Write Intranets

I am always one to promote the ‘read/write’ meme and today I noticed a post
by Rod Boothby, on what he’s calling the read/write
Intranet. I didn’t see a definition for what this is exactly, but in any
case Rod’s asking people to vote for the best read/write intranet systems. In
the interests of finding out what people think, I’ve included the…

Talkr Up For Sale – More Web 2.0 Fallout

Talkr Up For Sale – More Web 2.0 Fallout

We’re
starting to see a lot of startups either shutting
down, fading
away or being put
up for sale. The latest is Talkr, an
automated text-to-voice service that we actually use here on Read/WriteWeb. At
the bottom of each R/WW post, you’ll see an
Audio link – click on that to hear a computer-generated female voice read
out the post. I introduced…

Jakob Nielsen Takes Potshots at Web 2.0 in Best Intranets of 2007

Jakob Nielsen Takes Potshots at Web 2.0 in Best Intranets of 2007

I’ve been following
usability guru Jakob Nielsen’s annual Best Intranets column for as long as I can
remember. This year
Nielsen specifically mentions web 2.0, albeit in a very condescending way. The summary is
just the start:

“This year’s winners emphasized an editorial approach to news on the homepage. They
also took a pragmatic approach to…

Software Mutation: Predicting the Missing Link, Part 2

Software Mutation: Predicting the Missing Link, Part 2

By John Milan. This is the second
in a two-part series. Part 1 is
here.

What will the software solutions of tomorrow look like? They
will be forged by four powerful elements: The Internet, Open Source, Mobile Devices and
Web 2.0. We can debate the merits of each, but taken as a whole they will shape the
genetic blueprint for the successful…

Software Mutation: Predicting the Missing Link

Software Mutation: Predicting the Missing Link

By John Milan. This is the first in
a two-part series. Part 2 is here.

What will the software solutions of tomorrow look like? They
will be forged by four powerful elements: The Internet, Open Source, Mobile Devices and
Web 2.0. We can debate the merits of each, but taken as a whole they will shape the
genetic blueprint for the successful…

Google Reader May Evolve Into Read/Write App

Google Reader May Evolve Into Read/Write App

James Corbett has
an interesting post speculating that Google Reader might become a ‘read/write’ app
over the course of 2007. Says James:

“The addition of support for tagging and link
blogging were the warning shots but the coming months will see Reader evolve into a
fully fledged Reader/Writer (let’s call it ReWriter). Google ReWriter is the…

Findory Fades Away

Findory Fades Away

Greg Linden just posted on his
blog that Findory, the personalized news service he
created and has been running for the past 3 years, is to slowly “fade away”. In other
words, he’s not going to put any more effort into developing it or the business. However
findory.com will continue to be a live site throughout 2007.

Findory is kind of like a…

LinkedIn and The Impending Challenge of Facebook

LinkedIn and The Impending Challenge of Facebook

By Alex Iskold

What happens to people after they
graduate college? Most of them get jobs and launch their professional careers. So Mark Zuckerberg and his Facebook team are no doubt preparing for their user base of college students turning into professionals. Launched in 2004, Facebook quickly grew to become the number one social network for
US…

Tag Cloud View of Bill Gates CES Keynote

Tag Cloud View of Bill Gates CES Keynote

Todd Bishop at Seattle P-I newspaper has published a telling tag
cloud view of Bill Gates’ speech at CES earlier this week. Notes Bishop:

“Putting our fancy new gizmo to work, we fed the text of Bill Gates’
Sunday night Consumer
Electronics Show keynote into the tag-cloud generator, and added
the results to our scrolling timeline of…

Steve Jobs: iPhone Ain’t Opening Up

Steve Jobs: iPhone Ain’t Opening Up

OK so Jobs didn’t use the word “ain’t”. But in a Newsweek
interview with Steven
Levy, Jobs put the kibosh on any talk about the iPhone opening up its
platform for third party developers:

‚ÄúYou don‚Äôt want your phone to be an open platform,‚Ä? meaning that
anyone can write applications for it and potentially gum up the…

ShoutCentral Sold On eBay For $13,800

ShoutCentral Sold On eBay For $13,800

Ever
wondered what a MySpace-like social network site, which are seemingly a dime a
dozen these days, is worth on the open market? Well the developers of ShoutCentral.com,
which claims to have “over 1,000 users”, has just
sold their SNS for $13,800 on eBay. The sellers were originally after $15k,
so it was close to what they wanted…

Ugenie Launches Textbooks To Save Students Money

Ugenie Launches Textbooks To Save Students Money

Ugenie,
a comparison shopping service that we profiled in November, has released a new
textbook service. You may remember that Ugenie’s defining feature is the the
ability to group items into a ‘bundle’ and find the best price for that bundle –
i.e. find the best price for multiple items across multiple merchants. This
takes into account all the…

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