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PowerReviews Takes On Amazon.com With Distributed Model

PowerReviews Takes On Amazon.com With Distributed Model

Written by Jitendra Gupta of KarmaWeb
and edited by Richard MacManus
At the NewTechMeetup
on Tuesday, I saw a presentation from Robert Chea, Founder and COO of PowerReviews.
PowerReviews is a new startup that provides free Amazon.com-like
user reviews to web retailers. Amazon.com reviews are one of the main reasons why the giant retailer is…

Poll: Accessing Office EMail With Y! Mail, Gmail, Hotmail, etc

Poll: Accessing Office EMail With Y! Mail, Gmail, Hotmail, etc

The NY Times has an
interesting article about how many office workers forward work email into
their web email accounts (Yahoo Mail, Gmail, Hotmail, etc). Employers are
worried about the security implications, as well as legal issues. It’s a classic case of web 2.0 consumer apps infiltrating the enterprise
(the consumerization of the enterprise, as…

Still No Killer Apps For Amazon Mechanical Turk

Still No Killer Apps For Amazon Mechanical Turk

HIT
stands for Human Intelligence Task and it’s the term for a small job at Mechanical
Turk, Amazon’s AI task management service. According
to Wikipedia’s definition, “Mturk enables computer programs to
co-ordinate the use of human intelligence to perform tasks which computers are
unable to do.” The payments are micro, but the idea is…

Firefox 3 Plans and IE8 Speculation – Browsers Heading Apart Again

Firefox 3 Plans and IE8 Speculation – Browsers Heading Apart Again

Mozilla has published a wiki page detailing
its plans for the next version of Firefox, codenamed “Gran Paradiso”. The target release
date is sometime in the third quarter this year and it hopes to release a major version
of Firefox every year. While Firefox is still aiming for a broad mainstream audience,
Mozilla recognizes that its strengths for…

GoodSearch – Search Engine That Gives to Charity

GoodSearch – Search Engine That Gives to Charity

GoodSearch is a Yahoo-powered search engine that
gives away half its advertising revenues to charities and schools designated by its
users. It works like a normal search engine – it’s not only powered by Yahoo, but looks
almost identical too. The only difference is whenever you click on ads (located on the
right, and top and bottom of the screen…

GravityZoo: It’s a WebOS Jim, But Not As We Know It

GravityZoo: It’s a WebOS Jim, But Not As We Know It

Written by Emre Sokullu and edited by Richard MacManus

Over the past few weeks, we have examined possible GoogleOS scenarios and covered top WebOS offerings. GravityZoo is a very early stage WebOS, with a whole
different – and noteworthy – approach.

What the heck is a WebOS again?

Firstly, let’s revisit what a WebOS is. A WebOS is a web-based…

RSS Tuning with Attensa and Real Time Matrix

RSS Tuning with Attensa and Real Time Matrix

Enterprise RSS software company Attensa
has announced
a partnership with The Real Time Matrix
Corp, which develops search and filtering technology. The partnership aims
to help enterprise users create focused search channels – essentially topic
feeds. Craig Barnes, Attensa CEO, calls this an “RSS Tuner”, which is
a nice term signifying…

Top Domain Names of 2006

Top Domain Names of 2006

There’s one industry which has continued to flourish, whether it be web 1.0
or 2.0 or anything in between. And that’s the domain name market. The Domain
Name Values Weekly site polled 30 domain name
experts to find out their Top 20 Domain Transactions of 2006. The main
criteria wasn’t most money paid, but best long-term value (4+ years). Here…

Best Products at CES 2007

Best Products at CES 2007

CNET’s huge cadre of editors
has published a Best of CES 2007
article. There aren’t many Internet apps in the selection, but Microsoft comes out smelling of roses. They won the
Peoples Voice award with ‘Ford Sync powered by Microsoft’ (an in-car
communications and entertainment system). Ford Sync is for
connecting up devices such as MP3 Players and…

Analyzing Trends From Seth Godin’s Web 2.0 Index

Analyzing Trends From Seth Godin’s Web 2.0 Index

By Alex Iskold

Marketing guru and blogger Seth Godin is also
known for his Web 2.0 Traffic Watch List on
Alexaholic. This list tracks the changes in Alexa traffic for about 1000 Web 2.0
companies. For example, MySpace and YouTube are numbers 1 and 2 respectively (although
check our
previous post, which has YouTube in the top spot). While there has…

YouTube Now 4th Biggest Web Property in World

YouTube Now 4th Biggest Web Property in World

YouTube continues to grow and on current Alexa figures, the online video
site is now ranked number 4 web site in the world – behind only Yahoo, MSN and Google itself! The chart below
shows YouTube well ahead of MySpace now and (on today’s data) now ahead of China’s
biggest search engine Baidu.

Exploring Apple TV and iPhone

Exploring Apple TV and iPhone

By Steve O’Hear, a Mac fan who runs a ZDNet blog
called The Social Web. Steve was also
the writer and director of the documentary In Search of the Valley: a personal journey
into the psyche of Silicon Valley.

Today’s Macworld keynote by Steve Jobs was possibly the most hyped since his return to
the company 10 years ago. Along with the usual…

CES Web Tech News Wrap-up

CES Web Tech News Wrap-up

With two conferences to keep track of (CES and Macworld), it’s easy to get lost in all
the website coverage. One blog though is doing an outstanding job of covering both
events – Engadget. I’m also enjoying the CNET CES coverage for
down and dirty details on the products.

Today I’ve been scanning through the latest CES news, to try and find Web…

Boom! iPhone Rocks Tech World

Boom! iPhone Rocks Tech World

At the Steve Jobs keynote speech at Macworld this morning PST, he
announced “three revolutionary new products”. An iPod, a phone, an internet mobile
communicator. But turns out it’s all one device: the fabled iPhone!

We’ll have extended
analysis about this later today, but for now let’s review the news. Here’s the feature
list:

Instead of a…

MyBlogLog Acquired by Yahoo – Grist To The Distributed Network Mill

MyBlogLog Acquired by Yahoo – Grist To The Distributed Network Mill

After only 3-4 months of
general release, distributed social network MyBlogLog has been bought by
Yahoo for an estimated $10-12M. This adds to Yahoo’s collection of trendy Web 2.0
apps – they can pop the MyBlogLog folks in with Flickr and del.icio.us. When MyBlogLog
initially came out in October 2006, I described it as “a kind of instant…

Browster Is Gone, But Are Web Previews Here To Stay?

Browster Is Gone, But Are Web Previews Here To Stay?

Written by Alex Iskold and edited by Richard MacManus

Last week it was
reported that Browster, one of the first
companies to deliver previews of web pages, is done. Browster drew a lot of attention in
2005 and was backed by a 6M first round from Advanced Technology Ventures, Vanguard
Ventures, First Round Capital, and individual…

Yahoo Mobile Announcements at CES

Yahoo Mobile Announcements at CES

Yahoo issued a slew of
press releases today, at CES, all about their mobile Internet services. The main news is
the launch of Yahoo! Go for Mobile 2.0 (now available
for java-based handsets) and Yahoo!
oneSearch. This comes on the back of recent initiatives by Google, which appears to
be leading the Mobile Internet and search space right now – over…

Bill Gates CES Keynote 2007

Bill Gates CES Keynote 2007

Bill Gates’ keynote at CES was webcast
live by Microsoft. This keynote was entitled ‘Connected Experiences’ and a
relaxed-looking Bill Gates kicked things off by cracking a joke about how, at future CES
appearances, he might talk about infectious diseases (referring to his increasing
involvement in philanthropy work).

The Digital Decade

He starts…

R/WW Coverage of Macworld and CES

R/WW Coverage of Macworld and CES

It’s going to be a big week of tech news, as Apple’s Macworld conference and expo in San Francisco
goes head-to-head with the 40th annual CES (Consumer
Electronics Association) show in Las Vegas. Both conferences kick off Monday 8 January
and there will be no shortage of blogs and other websites covering the news. What
Read/WriteWeb will do is…

Hacking 2.0: Today’s Hackers Target Web, For Money

Hacking 2.0: Today’s Hackers Target Web, For Money

Web Security
firm Finjan has just released their Q4 2006 report on web threats, which
includes describing two cases of web 2.0 hacker attacks, on Wikipedia and MySpace. What’s
more, the report says that hacking the Web is very much a commercial activity nowadays –
which is keeping Web security companies like Finjan on their toes heading into…

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