What’s Killing the Printer Business?

What’s Killing the Printer Business?

The printer, once an indispensible peripheral, has become so peripheral that sales are in decline. How did the printer business reach this sorry state of affairs? Blame it on the combination of mobile devices and cloud storage.

The Power of Online Retail: Amazon Could Beat the California Taxman

The Power of Online Retail: Amazon Could Beat the California Taxman

California lawmakers may give Amazon.com a one-year reprieve in their contentious battle over state taxes, according to a report in the Los Angeles Times.

Amazon has been fighting a new law that demanded Internet retailers collect state taxes starting this past July if they had offices, workers or other connections in California. Lawmakers…

Facebook Unveils Skype Video Calling and Group Chat

Facebook Unveils Skype Video Calling and Group Chat

Facebook announced today that the company will launch group chat, video calling with Skype and a redesigned chat side bar to make communication on Facebook easy and powerful.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced the new features at the company’s headquarters in Palo Alto, Calif. This announcement follows up on Zuckerberg’s portent of…

Skype Debuts Its Half, Now It’s Facebook’s Turn to Integrate

Skype Debuts Its Half, Now It’s Facebook’s Turn to Integrate

We were excited last month to find out about the integration of Skype and Facebook. This morning, the feature is going live for all to see with the release of Skype 5.0.

The latest version comes with some cleaned up design features, built-in Facebook integration and the group video chat we’ve watched develop in the beta releases. For Skype…

WordPress Channels Tumblr with Subscriptions

WordPress Channels Tumblr with Subscriptions

Blogging platform WordPress has been working hard lately to increase a sense of community on the site. Last month, WordPress.com users got the ability to “like” each others’ posts and today, the site is introducing a subscription feature.

Last month we compared the addition of the “like” feature to Facebook and this month, we can’t help but notice…

The Web is Undead

The Web is Undead

Over-reaction is endemic to discussions of the Web. Over-enthusiastic proponents – Millennialists – seem to be convinced that every burp in online tech, every new tool, every momentary trend, every relocation of a dialog box on a popular site, hails the onset of a Brave New World. On the other side, Professional Doomsayers play the part of sweaty…

Memo to Gov Agencies: You May Now Tweet, Blog and Facebook

Memo to Gov Agencies: You May Now Tweet, Blog and Facebook

Next time you hear about your city council looking to pass a law, make sure to check out their blog, Twitter and Facebook accounts. The Office of Management and Budget issued a memorandum yesterday that should make it easier for government agencies to both communicate with citizens and receive feedback by way of the Internet and social media.

From DOS Games to BBSes: Five Ways To Reminisce About Your Online Past

From DOS Games to BBSes: Five Ways To Reminisce About Your Online Past

These days, all you ever hear about are iPhones, iPads, Twitter, Facebook, Google, and stuff like Gowalla and Foursquare. Do you ever wish you could just go back to a simpler, more linear, 2400 baud type of time? Well, there are a number of sites out there that can help you revisit your pre-Internet past as if it were enshrined in resin and on…

You Are Not a Gadget: The Continuing Case Against Web 2.0

You Are Not a Gadget: The Continuing Case Against Web 2.0

Jaron Lanier was a pioneer of “virtual reality” in the early 1980s and in his book, You Are Not a Gadget: A Manifesto, he makes the case for a more humanistic approach to Internet technology. Lanier rails against web 2.0, which he calls at the start of the book “a torrent of petty designs” and “freedom […] more for…

Opera CEO Claims Unite is Secure, But That’s Not Its Real Problem

Opera CEO Claims Unite is Secure, But That’s Not Its Real Problem

In a recent interview with Network World, Opera CEO, Jon von Tetzchner, defends the company’s upcoming web browser (Opera 10)’s  “Unite” feature – the new technology that turns your browser into a web server. He said that Unite’s decentralized nature makes it more difficult for hackers to break into computer systems – not easier.

That…

Lessons from the Ant Colony: Overcoming the Biases of Web 2.0

Lessons from the Ant Colony: Overcoming the Biases of Web 2.0

Operating as a collective, an ant colony can achieve remarkable things, complete tasks, and solve problems that would be unimaginable for a single ant. Colonies are responsible for building elaborate nests, waging battles, and creating efficient highway systems to food sources. The collective intelligence of an ant colony can serve as inspiration…

Cat eats pigeons: why Web 2.0 has jumped the shark

Cat eats pigeons: why Web 2.0 has jumped the shark

Well my declaration that Web 2.0 is dead set
the cat amongst the pigeons. Let me give a bit of background…

I’ve been thinking for a while now about re-focusing Read/WriteWeb onto more
media-related Web technologies. Many of the things I’m interested in are being done by
Yahoo!, which by now is generally recognized as a media company. Web-based…

Ben’s Top Ten 2006 Features to Flip

Ben’s Top Ten 2006 Features to Flip

Ben Barren’s written an excellent series of posts about his favorite features to flip. Here’s his top ten:

#1 – Podcasting Ratings
#2 – Better Blogging Tools
#3 – MySpace meets Linkedin
#4 – Non-Text RSS Reader
#5 – RSS Search/Reader Attention Glue
#6 – Images for Adsense
#7 – Podcasting Creation Tool
#8 – Enterprise Vanity Search
#9 – Blog/RSS…

Sir Tim Berners-Lee blogs

Sir Tim Berners-Lee blogs

The inventor of the World Wide Web is now blogging:

“In 1989 one of the main objectives of the WWW was to be a space for sharing information. It seemed evident that it should be a space in which anyone could be creative, to which anyone could contribute. The first browser was actually a browser/editor, which allowed one to edit any page, and…

What is lightnet?

What is lightnet?

Lucas Gonze has been evangelizing a concept called lightnet. He coined the term, based on a recent Alex Barnett post entitled Hypertext and the next 15 years. Check out Lucas’ del.icio.us page full of lightnet links. So what is lightnet? It took me a bit of clicking around to grok it, but basically it’s the Two-Way Web for rich media.

As Jon…