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Reality Digital: YouTube for Businesses

Reality Digital: YouTube for Businesses

Reality Digital is an online video and social
networking platform for business websites, for example those with a media and
entertainment focus. Crudely put, Reality Digital enables businesses to set up their own
branded YouTube. They view their competition as being the likes of VideoEgg, VidaVee,
BlipTV – which are all video publishing platforms…

Wired Acquires Reddit (instead of just white labeling it)

Wired Acquires Reddit (instead of just white labeling it)

In other acquisition news today,
Techcrunch reported that Cond?©
Nast, owner of Wired and other magazines/websites, has acquired Boston-based Reddit.
I pinged Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian about this and he confirmed to me that
they have been acquired, “for an undisclosed sum”.
Reddit is another to have been extensively profiled by…

Google Acquires JotSpot: Adding to Google’s Web Office Armory

Google Acquires JotSpot: Adding to Google’s Web Office Armory

News this morning that JotSpot, a favorite Web Office contender of mine, has
been acquired by Google. I’ve spoken to co-founder and CEO Joe Kraus several times over the past
year or so and have found him to be one of the most eloquent people on the topic
of Web Office. Here’s what he wrote this morning on the Google
blog:

“As we built the…

Compete Takes On Alexa – Launches SnapShot and Social Search

Compete Takes On Alexa – Launches SnapShot and Social Search

US analytics
firm Compete, a company formed in 2000 by Bill
Gross of Overture fame, has quietly released a new search engine and at the same time
opened up some of its analytics data to the public. What’s more, there is an e-commerce
component that displays special shopping deals next to search results. I spoke to Compete
CEO Don McLagan and…

Top Web Apps in Australia

Top Web Apps in Australia

Written by Vishal Sharma and
edited by Richard MacManus

Richard’s
intro: Australia is a country of 20.75 million people, 14,663,622 of whom are
Internet users according to a
Nielsen//NR report from August 2006. That gives Australia an Internet penetration of 70.7%,
which is about average for the Western world. Not as high as New Zealand’s though…

Microsoft’s Live Search – Next Generation, or Competitive Bluster?

Microsoft’s Live Search – Next Generation, or Competitive Bluster?

“Why on
earth does the world need another search engine?”, asks the new Live Search promotional site. In addition to that
website, as John Battelle’s
Searchblog reports, Microsoft has launched a campaign for Live Search with digital
and print ads in major newspapers – New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Seattle
Times/PI, SF Chronicle, USAPicture…

Metacafe’s Online Video Revenue Sharing Goes Live

Metacafe’s Online Video Revenue Sharing Goes Live

Metacafe, a YouTube-like video sharing site originally
from Israel, has just gone live with a revenue sharing program called Producer Rewards. The payments are
on a sliding scale and based on ‘views’. Payments start at 20,000 views ($100) and go up
from there – e.g. 2 million views is $10,000. Videos must also have a rating of 3.00 or
higher…

Pluck RSS Reader Shuts Down: Consumer RSS Readers a Dead Market Now

Pluck RSS Reader Shuts Down: Consumer RSS Readers a Dead Market Now

The Pluck RSS Reader is shutting down, according to a message posted on the Pluck website:

“All versions of Pluck’s RSS readers for Internet Explorer, FireFox and Pluck’s web
edition will be discontinued on 1/5/2007. The RSS Readers have served our community of
end users well for several years, but with Pluck’s focus in other business areas…

Tamago: The Only P2P eCommerce Market

Tamago: The Only P2P eCommerce Market

Tamago recently launched a peer-to-peer commerce
system that enables people to sell digital media directly to customers. It’s designed for
semi-professional and amateur people who publish music, videos, photos, e-books, etc. to
earn royalties whenever their creative content is downloaded. Meanwhile the buyers can
also earn commissions, for…

Google Re-Org Rumors: Google Maturing As Media Business

Google Re-Org Rumors: Google Maturing As Media Business

There’s an interesting rumor doing the rounds about Google doing a re-org of their
advertising business.
Jeff Molander wrote:

“Three of my most credible resources, including DM News’s Giselle
Abramovich, are indicating plans for a significant re-organization at Google (Nasdaq:
GOOG). […] On the re-org, says Ms. Abramovich,

“What…

Web Browser Faceoff

Web Browser Faceoff

Written by Alex Iskold and edited by
Richard MacManus.

The last few weeks have been packed with browser action and the two market leaders, Internet Explorer and Firefox, have launched major new versions. So
to round out our recent browser coverage, we present the Web Browser Faceoff – looking at
how all the main browsers compare with each…

Trumba: Interconnecting Online Events and Calendars

Trumba: Interconnecting Online Events and Calendars

Last week I
spoke to Jeremy Jaech, CEO and president of Trumba,
whose team is building an innovative online event calendaring system aimed at
enterprises. Jeremy Jaech was also the founder of both Visio and PageMaker
– two of the Internet’s early successful desktop publishing systems. It’s basically the same engineering team from both…

Transclick: Mobile Translation For Borderless Business

Transclick: Mobile Translation For Borderless Business

Transclick is a mobile enterprise application that
translates text in email, SMS and IM. The software has been around for a while (see

this CNNMoney.com article from March 2005), but is now starting to make waves as a
business productivity tool. RIM Blackberry just announced Transclick as the winner of its
BlackBerry
Developer Productivity Tools…

Eurekster’s Reaction To Google’s Eureka! Moment

Eurekster’s Reaction To Google’s Eureka! Moment

Disclosure: Read/WriteWeb will be going live shortly with a custom Eurekster search
box.

One of the big pieces of news this week has been Google’s new Custom Search Engine. It’s noticeable not because
it’s an innovative product, but more because Google is most definitely a follower
and not a leader when it comes to custom / social search. Not…

Review of Firefox Recommended Add-ons

Review of Firefox Recommended Add-ons

Written by Alex Iskold and edited by
Richard MacManus. Disclaimer: Alex’s company AdaptiveBlue has a product called The
blueorganizer, which was one of the twenty “Recommended add-ons” selected by Mozilla for
the Firefox 2 launch.

This week the spotlight is on Firefox as it launches its milestone 2.0 release. We’ve
covered the launch with a…

Firefox 2 Officially Launches

Firefox 2 Officially Launches

The moment has arrived, Mozilla has pushed the go-live button on Firefox 2.
The new final 2.0 version of the browser is now available for everyone to download.

Read/WriteWeb has been actively covering the launch, most recently with a pre-launch
interview with Chris Beard – Mozilla Vice President of Products. We’ve also reviewed the
product and…

Firefox 2 Launch: Interview With Chris Beard, Mozilla VP Products

Firefox 2 Launch: Interview With Chris Beard, Mozilla VP Products

This
afternoon Firefox 2 will be officially launched. In anticipation of the unveiling, here
is an in-depth interview with Chris Beard (Mozilla Vice President of Products). Subjects
discussed in the interview include the growing enterprise usage of Firefox, the
importance of user experience and security, Mozilla’s theory behind Web feeds and…

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