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Weekly Wrapup, 9-13 April 2007

Here is a summary of the week’s Web Tech action on Read/WriteWeb. Note that due to recent travel and the start of the Web 2.0 Expo, this week’s Wrapup is later and shorter than usual.

Top Web News

The big news this week came right at the very end of the week – just after 5pm PST on Friday to be exact, when Google announced it will aquire DoubleClick For $3.1 Billion. In other news, Salesforce.com announced a new Web 2.0 Enterprise product called ContentExchange.

Analysis Posts

Read/WriteWeb’s Define Web 3.0 Contest got some outstanding answers – some humorous, but a number of impressive serious definitions too. Whatever you think of adding version numbers to the Web, many of the definitions we received are great pointers towards the next trends in Web technology.

Alex Iskold’s post Google – The Ultimate Money Making Machine got a lot of people talking. Not everyone agreed with the conclusions in the post and there was healthy debate about the economics theory in it. But that’s what blogging is all about – getting conversations going and making people think. Especially concerning the most influential Internet company around right now! Check out Alex’s post if you want to find out why Google is so successful – and where are they headed in the near future. Alex followed up with another Google post later in the week: What Does Google Think You Look Like?

David Lenehan’s The World Of Wikis is an excellent overview of one of the original ‘read/write’ products on the Web – wikis.

Want proof that Web 2.0 has well and truly gone mainstream? Check out my analysis of Martha Stewart’s web 2.0 re-design.

Emre Sokullu looked at the issue of privacy in the Social Web, with his post OpenYou: The Limits of Privacy on the Social Web.

One of the funniest posts I’ve read in a while is Charles Knight’s The Talking Search Engines: A Conversation with HAL. Check it out if you’re a Stanley Kubrick fan!

John Milan continued the IT Web 2.0 theme he wrote about last week, with Web 2.0’s Future All Depends On IT’s Future. A thought-provoking post about how Web 2.0 affects enterprise and IT – and vice versa.

Sean Ammirati took a look this week at the growing Internet Video Hyperaggregation category.

Finally, as if you haven’t got enough of Google this week, check out Google Continues Search Engine Dominance – Even In Verticals! and Google Eyeing Maxthon – Will Stoke Flames of Jealousy in Firefox.

Startup Action

Here are the startups we covered this week:


Our poll this week asked: Would you use a tool like Central Desktop or Google Apps as your company intranet? Here are the results:

Yes, they are great for lightweight intranets 48% (52 votes)

Perhaps as a part of a custom built Intranet solution 19% (21 votes)

No, give me Vignette or Interwoven any day 12% (13 votes)

Intranets? Bah, they’re dead! 21% (23 votes)

Nearly half agreed that web office apps make great lightweight intranets. 

Also check out our latest poll of Weird Search Engines!.

That’s a wrap for another week!

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