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Google and MSN’s Web 2.0 Homepages

Google and MSN’s Web 2.0 Homepages

Google has just announced a new My Yahoo-like
portal page, which they are calling a Personalized Google Homepage. It
will be one place for users to access their Google search, news, Gmail, weather, stocks,
driving directions, movies – and more. In
the Google ‘Factory Tour’
webcast, Product Manager Marissa Mayer said they’ll offer “Universal…

Web 2.0 Weekly Wrap-up, 9-15 May 2005

Web 2.0 Weekly Wrap-up, 9-15 May 2005

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This week: Greasemonkey mayhem, Ajax fever, Web Design Minimalism mojo, Blogpoly Fun!, Yahoo
Music Engine rave.

Greasemonkey gives power to power users

What is Greasemonkey? According to the
homepage, it’s “a Firefox extension which lets you to add bits of DHTML (“user
scripts”) to any web page to change its behavior.” In laymans…

Competition for Bloglines?

Competition for Bloglines?

We’re nearly halfway through 2005 and there’s still no heavyweight competition for Bloglines in the Web-based RSS Aggregator stakes. And
I’m not talking about an Aggregation service like MyYahoo and Firefox Live Bookmarks,
which aggregate feeds either on a webpage (MyYahoo) or in the browser bar (Firefox Live
Bookmarks). Although they are hefty…

Aunty Remix

Aunty Remix

The BBC has launched a
new beta site called BBC Backstage, which
is their new developer network. They’ve put the call out for people to remix their
content, using their APIs and content RSS feeds. Although over the years the BBC has been
understandably “cautious” about “letting go of control of so much of our content”, it’s a
good sign they’ve…

MBA and Web 2.0 Symbiosis

MBA and Web 2.0 Symbiosis

MBAs got top billing in my latest Web 2.0 Weekly Wrap-Up – and
there have been some interesting follow-ups. In the comments to yesterday’s post, Bud Gibson pointed to “The High Octane Blogging
Bootcamp” that his company is doing for MBA students at the University of Michigan, starting this Saturday. More
details here. Interestingly, they’re using…

Web 2.0 Weekly Wrap-up, 2-8 May 2005

Web 2.0 Weekly Wrap-up, 2-8 May 2005

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This week: business folk getting interested in Web 2.0, Adam Curry podcasting
from 2.0 perspective, cool Web 2.0 ‘mini-apps’, wrap-up of the adverts in RSS debate,
Bosworth’s Web of Data.

From MBA to Master of Web 2.0?

I get accused of being too geeky sometimes on Read/Write Web (no argument there!). So
I’m on the hunt for…

New: ionRSS.com and Digital Web Article

New: ionRSS.com and Digital Web Article

You know how Jude Law seemed to be in just about every movie released in Hollywood last
year? Well on a smaller scale, my writing is being published on various sites
across the Web currently. And no I’m not talking about those people who copy and paste my
posts into their blogs!

ionRSS.com

My new Silicon Valley Watcher blog, called ionRSS (eye on…

Healthcare in Web 2.0

Healthcare in Web 2.0

Web 2.0 is coming soon to consumer medical information services, says Gordon Gould. He
reckons the most interesting apps won’t come from established Web medical players, like
WebMD, but rather from startups. Gordon thinks the
established companies are too Web 1.0 – “monolithic, closed, and mostly just about
info-retrieval”. 

WebMD’s
mission…

post.icio.us update

post.icio.us update

Based on the great comments I received to post.icio.us a week ago, I’ve been doing some experimenting on R/WW. First I tried out the ‘5 links to a post’ style (again). I don’t think it worked, for me or for you. So now what I’m going to do is the “mini-analysis” style that Andrew Chen suggested. I did one earlier today, called Pulling the pieces…

Microsoft’s PC Hybrid and Media Vision

Microsoft’s PC Hybrid and Media Vision

Microsoft’s new version of Xbox, code-named Xenon, will be more of a “PC
hybrid”
according to Bill Gates. They’re aiming to be a media hub for the living room,
utilising the Web as a channel for media content and to enable collaboration. As Tom
Foremski notes, this will give Microsoft “a ready platform for its DRM technology and
for its MSN online…

Pulling the pieces together

Pulling the pieces together

Jeremy Keith has
developed a web app called Adactio
Elsewhere, which uses APIs to collect scattered pieces of Web content into one place.
It’s a nice idea and one that Erik Benson was
exploring not so long ago. Erik ended up piping all his content pieces through to his
weblog via the Bloglines API.

Jeremy built his app using Ajax (what else) and…

2.0 News

2.0 News

I’m trying again with a branded daily update of Web 2.0 news and
views. Not content with cornering the “Web 2.0” niche in blogs, I’m now making a play
for the term “2.0” 😉 Let me know what you think of the new format.

Backpack:
Web 2.0 Email?

Popular Web Design firm 37signals has announced a new email-to-web product. They’re
promoting it as a…

Web 2.0 Weekly Wrap-up, 25 Apr – 1 May 2005

Web 2.0 Weekly Wrap-up, 25 Apr – 1 May 2005

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This week: Google turns up the heat, Yahoo burns to be a media bigco,
Microsoft’s 64-bit light at the end of the tunnel, blogging media empires warm their
hands by the advertising fire, Craigslist – GoogleMaps make a combustible combo.

Google’s Preemptive Strike

In the Mojo Cold War, Yahoo took the initiative from Google at the…

3 Questions about Ads in RSS

3 Questions about Ads in RSS

Dave Winer has posted a comment by Jason Calacanis about adverts in RSS feeds. In a nutshell, Dave doesn’t want ads in RSS feeds and Jason does. I found this comment from Dave to be very curious:

“BTW, what exactly is wrong with the way the BBC and NY Times do it? They write good one or two sentence summaries and link to the full story from the…

Is Microsoft a Web 2.0 company? (alt title: The Center of the Universe)

Is Microsoft a Web 2.0 company? (alt title: The Center of the Universe)

Summary: Yes Microsoft is a Web 2.0 company, because their goal is to use the Web as a Platform. The difference is they’ll use the Web as a Platform via millions of Windows-run ‘devices’. That’ll be their interface into Web 2.0.

The Yahoo Search team has a vision called FUSE – which stands for Find, Use, Share,
and Expand. Apparently it represents…

The New New Journalism

The New New Journalism

Now that I’m part of
the new Silicon Valley Watcher network, reporting
on RSS, I’ve got to thinking about how I fit into this new world of
blog-journalism. Here’s the beginnings of my theory on this…

Back in the 70’s Tom Wolfe coined a style of news writing called New Journalism, which was very
influential for me growing up. Although I never…

Kiwi is Microsoft Number 3

Kiwi is Microsoft Number 3

I thought I’d post this before Phil
Pearson gets to it 😉 A New Zealander, Chris Liddell, has just been appointed to the
job of Chief Financial Officer at Microsoft, making him the third most powerful
person there (behind Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer). Mr Liddell commented:

“Obviously it’s a great privilege for me personally but…

post.icio.us

post.icio.us

I’ve been trying to figure out a way to do a daily Web 2.0 update with links – without being,
you know… one of those blogs that just links to other blogs. What I’m looking for is
something in-between del.icio.us and a ‘real’ post.

My ‘Web 2.0 News’ posts
from 1-2 weeks ago were a bit too long and time-intensive to write. So what I’m…

Web 2.0 Weekly Wrap-up, 18-24 Apr 2005

Web 2.0 Weekly Wrap-up, 18-24 Apr 2005

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This week: Macrobe/Adobemedia, sports RSS feeds, Google and Yahoo MojoWatch, Mobile Web 2.0 woes, Dan Gillmor’s Web 3.0.

Web Design Bigco: Adobe buys Macromedia

This was all over the Web Tech part of the blogosphere this week and the general
feeling was one of surprise that two Web Design heavyweights have joined forces. Are…

Web 2.0 Noted

Web 2.0 Noted

John Battelle: “In
the Web 2.0 world, it matter less that you have a major media company behind you, what
matters is if your voice and point of view are considered valuable by your audience.”

PaidContent.org:
Weekend Readings on Web 2.0 – hey Rafat, since you hate the term ‘Web 2.0’, I’m
available to do this feature for you if you like…

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