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Read/WriteWeb Weekly Highlights

In case your RSS Reader got the better of you over the working week, here’s a snapshot
of last week’s Read/WriteWeb posts. The big web tech stories were Times Reader, Zune,
Yahoo Mail Beta, iTV. Here are summaries of all our posts this week:

New York
Times Reader Launches
– NY Times releases the beta of its new desktop app, promising a better Web
reading experience. Built with Microsoft WPF technology.

Claims 5 Million Users
– despite Netvibe’s 5M user base (is that return users?),
we’re still a way off start pages being mainstream tools.

Zune –
Social Networking Differentiates It From iPod
– while the new Microsoft iPod-like device will offer social music sharing via
WiFi, questions remain over its DRM.

Mail Beta Release – Exclusive Podcast With Ethan Diamond
– Yahoo opens up the beta
for its Ajax-powered web email, which has desktop-like user experience and great features
such as calendar and RSS Reader integration.

Apple’s iPod
Success Won’t Be Repeated With iTV
– 30 people commented on this, most of them making
good cases for Apple succeeding with iTV.

The Web VC
– Alex Iskold’s well-researched and beautifully designed chart of Web VC
investments. Keep the comments coming in, because we’re going to do an update real
soon on the chart.

Do Personalized Start Pages have a viable future?
– 52% say yes, 46% no and 2% don’t
know what start pages are.

VCs on
Web Technology: Judy Gibbons from Accel
– this is well worth a read if you’re a
budding entrepreneur in the Web space. Judy has 25 years experience in the computer
industry, so her advice should be noted.

What New
Web Technology Has Apple Unveiled?
– a wrap of Apple’s announcements this week,
including movies on iTunes and an as-yet unreleased device (currently named iTV) that
will enable you to view video content on your television.

Desktop/Web Synchronization – Soon For All Types Of Files
– this is what Next
Generation Web Technology is all about; solving a big pain point (synching files/data between PC, mobile
and other devices) and making it all seem easy.

Smartpox: Bar
Codes For The Web
– Read/WriteWeb was the first publication to cover the oddly named
Smartpox, which offers barcoding technology to connect the online and offline worlds.

Top Web Apps
in Brazil
– continuing our very popular series on international Web markets, we
discovered that Brazil Internet users are very community-minded and social. And yes, a
lot of them use Orkut.

Internet Penetration Now 16% – Asia Growing Fast!
– China and Asia in general are
making great progress in Internet penetration. Despite the US and countries such as my
own being above 65% penetration, much of the world is closer to 10-15% or lower.

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