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JotSpot Case Casts Doubt on Future of Web Office Startups

JotSpot Case Casts Doubt on Future of Web Office Startups

Recent Google acquisition JotSpot found itself the
subject of unwanted attention this week, when an early customer complained of being shut
out after the Google deal. A blog
post by someone named Kevin (no last name supplied) had all the gory details, but
Kevin then subsequently deleted it (note: I’d already read it before it…

Online Classifieds Market Overview

Online Classifieds Market Overview

Written by Alex Iskold and edited by Richard MacManus.

A few weeks ago we were briefed by the co-founder of vFlyer, Oliver Muoto, about the changes and new features
in their upcoming release. Oliver gave us a great overview of the service (which we will
talk about a bit later) but he also shared with us an interesting map of the entire
classifieds…

Yahoo Ramping Up Content Networks – But Scaling Back on RSS?

Yahoo Ramping Up Content Networks – But Scaling Back on RSS?

This week Yahoo has released some new
initiatives and polished up the design of existing content properties. Here is R/WW’s summary of the action, along with some commentary…

Yahoo TV re-design – and is Yahoo scaling back RSS?

Yahoo TV has had a re-design, giving it a liberal
sprinkling of Ajax and social Web features. I was interested to…

Orange Launches Online Music Analysis and Recommendations

Orange Launches Online Music Analysis and Recommendations

Orange Spain, a mobile operator, has two new music services – ‘New Talents’ and ‘Enjoy your Music’. Both are
powered by Music Intelligence Solutions, a
provider of AI (artificial intelligence) software for music recommendation and
discovery.

Music Intelligence Solutions is an intriguing company. It was founded in 2002 and
is based in Spain and…

Blastfeed and the Future of RSS Filtering

Blastfeed and the Future of RSS Filtering

Blastfeed is the latest in RSS filter products to
cross my virtual desk. Back in April I looked at this
space and at the time noted that filtering would be a hot topic in 2006. Why? Because
it’s the next step up from RSS aggregation, as many of us now have too much information
coming at us.

But we’re now at the end of November and really, to be…

Amazon Web Services Success Stories

Amazon Web Services Success Stories

Written by Alex Iskold and edited by Richard MacManus.
We have written
before about the innovative Amazon Web Services Platform. This stack was officially
announced
by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos during the recent Web 2.0 summit and is now considered part
of the core business strategy for Amazon. While analysts, competitors and Wall Street…

Microsoft Expression Web: Taking Over From Frontpage and Taking On Adobe

Microsoft Expression Web: Taking Over From Frontpage and Taking On Adobe

It’s going to be a busy
month or two for Microsoft, as the business launch of Windows Vista and Office 2007 is set for November 30 and there are a
number of complementary initiatives that will see the light of day soon. One is the Expression suite
of web design tools. Expression
Web is part of the suite and is a standards based Web Design tool…

Admin: R/WW Expansion, Sponsor Opportunities

Admin: R/WW Expansion, Sponsor Opportunities

Just a quick admin note about a few things. Firstly, Read/WriteWeb has been
growing so well in recent months that I’m in the process of expanding the site. Key to
this is continuing to provide premium content on web technology – and building a
community around that. So I want to thank all the regular and loyal readers of R/WW –
especially for all…

Virtual Ticket: Media Player for Rock Band Websites

Virtual Ticket: Media Player for Rock Band Websites

Ultrastar is a music fan site management company,
started by David Bowie in the late 90’s. They create and manage sites for a range of pop
music acts – such as The Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Rolling
Stones, David Bowie, Sting, INXS and about 9
other acts. They emailed me today to tell me about out a new product for all their
bands, a…

Holotof – Crowdsourcing Creativity

Holotof – Crowdsourcing Creativity

Holotof is a
network of “advertising creatives”, which enables businesses to come and pitch them work –
in the form of ad projects and campaigns. The idea then is that creatives submit ideas for
the pitch and the client chooses the best one to work with. The site was launched in May
this year by Robby Ralston, a native of Peru. Robby told me via…

R/WW Trend Watch: User-generated Sites Define This Era of the Web

R/WW Trend Watch: User-generated Sites Define This Era of the Web

Lloyd Sakazaki has written a good overview of recent trends
in global websites. It is based on Alexa data, a stats source which comes under regular
fire for its faults (most recently ex-Netscape boss Jason Calacanis
took aim). Nevertheless, there are some interesting underlying trends in the Seeking
Alpha article. Not new trends, but well…

Google Docs and Spreadsheets Interview

Google Docs and Spreadsheets Interview

Interesting podcast
interview by
Gizbuzz, with Jen Mazzon and Sam Schillace of the Google Docs and Spreadsheets team (both ex-Writely).
They start off by saying that D&S is aimed at “people who need to collaborate and
share their stuff online”. To the question of whether people are using it instead of
desktop apps (such as Excel), Jen said that…

Laszlo To Release a WebOS

Laszlo To Release a WebOS

While in San Francisco
earlier this month, I met up with Laszlo’s
Founder and CTO, David Temkin, along with CMO Kent Libbey. Laszlo has an open source Ajax
application development platform called OpenLaszlo – which has been used for external apps
like Pandora (online radio and music sharing) and ishares.com (Barclays sharemarket app…

Poll: Will Google develop a GoogleOS?

Poll: Will Google develop a GoogleOS?

Our post this week about
GoogleOS led to some vigorous and fascinating discussion in Read/WriteWeb.
87 mostly thoughtful comments were left here, plus many more on Slashdot
and Digg.
To get a final, more succinct, picture of whether R/WW readers expect to see a
GoogleOS – here is a poll for you. I hope there are sufficient options in it…

Top Web Apps in Serbia

Top Web Apps in Serbia

Written by Dejan Bizinger, a web
manager at Serbian media company B92.net, and edited by Richard MacManus

Serbia is a country located
in Southeast Europe with around 9 million people. Around 1.5 million Serbians use the
Internet and the majority of them are still dial-up users. The main reasons for the small
broadband penetration are the…

Microsoft vs Google Heats Up

Microsoft vs Google Heats Up

I know, a predictable (almost tabloid-y) blog headline. But in this case, there really
is some interesting back and forth going on between Microsoft and Google currently –
especially with regards to office software.

Firstly Google CEO Eric Schmidt
wrote an article for The Economist, in which he takes aim at Microsoft with this:

“In 2007…

GoogleOS: What To Expect

GoogleOS: What To Expect

Written by Emre Sokullu and edited by Richard
MacManus.

There’s no such thing as the GoogleOS in reality – but despite that, it is one of the
most talked about Web products. People can’t stop discussing it – and even
imagining screenshots for it! Seems like everyone expects Google to get into direct competition with Microsoft, by
releasing an…

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