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Weekly Wrapup: 10 Exciting Web Apps, Top Twitter Clients, State of Netbook Market, And More…

In this edition of the Weekly Wrapup – our newsletter summarizing the top stories of the week – we poll our readers on their 3 most exciting web apps or services, analyze the latest Twitter client stats, report on MySpace’s acquisition of Facebook app iLike, review the state of the netbook market, talk to Tim O’Reilly about his vision for a government web platform, and more. We also check in on our two new channels: ReadWriteEnterprise (devoted to ‘enterprise 2.0’ trends and products) and ReadWriteStart (dedicated to profiling startups and entrepreneurs).

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Top 10 Most Exciting Web Apps or Services

This week we asked what 3 web apps or services you find the most exciting right now. Not your 3 most used or favorite, but the apps that currently make you tingly with excitement. We got some great responses in the comments, so in this post we picked out our top 10 from your choices. We chose 5 services that got the most number of mentions, plus 5 lesser known web apps or services which got multiple mentions.

How to Use Facebook: 5 Tips For Better Social Networking

Facebook is a social networking site that is enormously popular, but it can be a frustrating user experience. The design of Facebook leaves a lot to be desired and there are almost too many choices for things to do on Facebook. So how can you best utilize it and find the good apps? In this post we aimed to find out.

iLike Acquired by MySpace

This week MySpace announced an agreement to acquire iLike, a social music discovery service. iLike is one of the top apps on the Facebook platform, so how will this affect the competition between the two social networking rivals? We live blogged a press conference with MySpace CEO Owen Van Natta to find out more.

The Top Twitter Client Is Still the Web

According to a new study from social media solutions provider Rapleaf, the most popular Twitter client is the web via Twitter.com – with 65% of tweets attributed to this method. As far as the third-party clients go, only a small handful of clients had enough users to warrant their own slice of the pie chart, and those slices were in the single digits.

Tr.im to Go Open Source, Community Owned

After weeks of controversy concerning a possible closure of the service, URL shortener Tr.im this week announced that it’s open sourcing its code, handing ownership of its domain name over to a community nonprofit organization and making clickthrough data freely available in real time. The new Tr.im may be the most exciting thing to happen in URL shortening since now market leader Bit.ly itself launched.

5 Reasons to Get Excited about Linux on the Netbook

Late last year, we boldly proclaimed that your next computer might be a Linux PC. Thanks to the ever-growing market for the low-end machines dubbed “netbooks,” this seemed like a real possibility at the time. In this post we take a look at the state of the market. 


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15 Fluid Apps You Can Build for Your Business

Fluid is a simple application for creating site-specific browsers (SSBs) on your OSX desktop. Fluid is really for anyone, but the low barrier to entry and the effect it has on productivity make it an attractive tool for getting things done. Though it’s been around for a while, few businesses have really taken advantage of its full potential.


Our channel ReadWriteStart, sponsored by Microsoft BizSpark, is dedicated to profiling startups and entrepreneurs.

6 Awesome Apps Begging to Be Developed

Y Combinator’s getting pretty fancy with their very detailed Request for Startups idea, which was somewhat like their “Startups We’d Like to Fund” post of yesteryear. While we can’t offer funding, it would make us picky little Internet geeks terribly happy if someone developed any of the six apps listed below. You know, while we’re waiting for the flying cars and food replicators.


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How Tim O’Reilly Aims to Change Government

Some people go to Washington to try to make the government more honest; others try to make it smaller. Technologist Tim O’Reilly is spending time in Washington, and bringing Washington officials to San Francisco, to do something different – perhaps something more realistic. O’Reilly is trying to help government become a platform for innovation. A “government as platform” would supply raw digital data and other forms of support for private sector innovators to build on top of.

What Does Google’s High Customer Satisfaction Rating Mean for Bing?

According to the results of a new survey by the American Consumer Satisfaction Index, Google’s users are extremely happy with their search engine. Google scored 86 points out of a possible 100, followed by Yahoo with 77 points. While this survey was conducted before Microsoft’s Bingarrived on the market, they clearly show the problems Bing faces in a marketplace where most consumers are perfectly happy with Google.

Bits of Destruction Hit the Book Publishing Business: Part 4

In this fourth part of our investigation into the ongoing changes in the book publishing business, we look at the author’s point of view. What are they getting today? What would they like to get? What can they reasonably expect to get as this drama unfolds? Authors are the creative juice of the whole eco-system. If they don’t create material that people want to read, no one will make any money.

Race To Data Portability: Google Chrome vs. Mozilla Weave

Google announced bookmark sync to the Chrome browser this week. Chrome users can sync their bookmarks across various machines and store them alongside Google Docs. While the feature is not a new concept amongst browsers, the significance is that yet another player is storing your data in the cloud with the ability to distribute it across networks.


That’s a wrap for another week! Enjoy your weekend everyone.

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