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  • Sprint Nextel & Intel Team Up on WiMax

    Sprint Nextel is working on securing their place in 4G cellular services by announcing their plan to establish a nationwide network based on the forthcoming WiMax standard. The new technology is said to be able to deliver wireless broadband at speeds up to 70Mbps in ideal conditions, but real world estimates are significantly lower – expect about 20-50Mbps on a good day – with a… Read More

  • Viacom to buy Atom Entertainment

    San Francisco’s Atom Entertainment is about to be purchased by media giant Viacom, the Wall St. Journal reports. Atom Entertainment is home to Atom Films, a site that highlights short films, and the ShockWave series of game sites. The price is rumored to be $200 million; Valleywag reported on the WSJ story first. Viacom was rumored yesterday to be interested in purchasing social… Read More

  • Mighty Morphin' Car Panels

    Joachim Tandler, a car safety researcher in Germany, is working on a project for the first shape-shifting car. The car will use hood-mounted cameras and radar to spot a vehicle that is going to hit your car for a side collision. The camera and radar sends a message to the side of the car once it has calculated that impact is imminent and reinforces the bond between the door and the frame, which… Read More

  • Newsgator releases useful toolbar – look out Bloglines

    Newsgator just announced the release of a new beta browser toolbar for Windows users of Newsgator Online, Newsgator Inbox and FeedDemon. Some key functionality has been added that will help the company compete with competitor Bloglines. Users will now be able to subscribe with one click to any page’s RSS feed in IE and Firefox, a feature that had made Bloglines the easiest online… Read More

  • Bix Launches $50,000 Contest

    Online karaoke site Bix ended its beta with flair last night with the launch of a $50,000 “Second Chance” video and audio karaoke competition. The “Second Chance” refers to the many of us that did not win on American Idol — not a requirement for entry. This is exactly the kind of contest, with the kind of prize Bix needs to catapult itself into public… Read More

  • BossBitching: Who's been your worst boss?

    BossBitching is a simple but cool site where users can post anonymous comments about their bosses and other users can comment and rate the stories with a slick ajax interface. It’s fun, it’s like an old classic but for individual bosses. Launched by someone who identifies himself as Unknown Tech Guy and claims to live in New York city (it could be just for effect), BossBitching… Read More

  • Google, Yahoo! agree to independent click fraud audits

    As the outcry by advertisers grows louder than the assurances from Google that click fraud is not a substantial problem, representatives from Google and Yahoo! publicly stated today that they would accept independent click fraud audits. Of course the true independence of any audit will need to be closely watched. The pay per click advertising business is a monster – with billions… Read More

  • Topix.net finally usable after relaunch

    Topix.net, possibly the most feature rich news search engine online already, has relaunched and looks very cool. The Topix index of 50,000 news sources is 10 times larger than the Google News index and 7 times as large as Yahoo! News. Topix really focuses on local search. Today’s relaunch makes the search results on Topix much easier to use than they have been before. Founded in 2002… Read More

  • Bebo passes MySpace in the UK

    Hitwise is reporting that online social network Bebo passed MySpace for the first time last week in number of weekly visits in the UK. MySpace retains its lead in the US, but the new UK numbers show that the Fox super-site is beatable in particular countries. MySpace is planning to roll out localized versions in several European countries this summer. Hitwise analyst Heather Hopkins… Read More

  • Web 2.0: The 24 Minute Documentary

    A couple of weeks ago Michael Arrington got together with a number of startup CEOs and executives to video a discussion about Web 2.0. Participating in the discussion were Aaron Cohen (Bolt), Scott Milener and Steven Lurie (Browster), Keith Teare (edgeio), Steven Marder (Eurekster), Joe Kraus (JotSpot), Jeremy Verba (Piczo), Auren Hoffman (Rapleaf), Chris Alden (Rojo), Gautam Godhwani… Read More

  • TripHub brings structure to travel plans

    Seattle based TripHub is launching a beta version of its integrated trip planning service on Tuesday. Users can co-ordinate group events, travel plans, lodging and activities. It’s a good service for centralizing lots of information in a structured format for multi-person activities. I’m not sure if it will prove to be a viable stand alone service, but it’s worth a… Read More

  • Fox: $1 billion Search Deal with Google

    Fox Interactive Media has entered into a nearly $1 billion, 3+ year deal with Google to exclusively power search across most Fox online sites, including Myspace. The partnership will begin in the fourth quarter of this year and extend though the second quarter of 2010. Teams from Google and Fox say they have been working nonstop for five days to nail down the details on the deal, which was… Read More

  • DesktopTwo offers a powerful web desktop for free

    DesktopTwo is a powerful new web based computing service that offers an impressive list of well designed features, all for free. Created by a New York and Toluca, Mexico based company called Sapotek, DesktopTwo is an enhanced version in English of Sapotek’s Computadora.de service. Their Spanish service already has 100,000 subscribers. This service is something truly useful. If you… Read More

  • FavoriteThingz launches social commerce widget

    Sprout Commerce, the company behind MyPickList, has launched a new product today, called FavoriteThingz. A widget for social networking sites like MySpace, FavoriteThingz lets users identify their favorite bands, movies and other branded products and display those brands in a nice looking slideshow. Their readers can click through to purchase the same goods and affiliate revenue is split… Read More

  • PrefPass makes anonymous personalization easy

    PrefPass is a new project aimed to offer users a personalized experience on a wide variety of sites without giving up personal information or going through tedius registration forms. It will also let site publishers deliver more targeted content and advertising without being intrusive towards their readers. It’s a very cool idea; if you like BugMeNot.com, a site for pooling dummy… Read More

  • Attensa offers two rich enterprise RSS products

    Enterprise RSS vendor Attensa has released two new products this summer and I was able to take a look at both last week. The company now offers Attensa for Outlook version 1.5 beta and an Attensa Feedserver. Attensa Online, a consumer product we’ve written about in the past, has been deprioritized in favor of an enterprise focus. Attensa was one of the 12 highlighted innovators at… Read More

  • Meebo to face more competition from stealth startup Wablet

    We’ve caught rumor of a new Meebo competitor in the web IM space called Wablet. Development is underway in both San Francisco and the Philippines. Reader Mike Abundo, a tech writer from the Philippines, claimed it was going to blow away Meebo in a comment responding to our coverage of the new Meebome offering last week. Aiming to create “a highly scalable next generation… Read More

  • Flickr to offer drag and drop geotagging?

    Several Flickr users noticed a brief appearance this morning of a new option on their dashboards to map the location of their photos. Flickr user Brad77 reports on his blog that for just a few minutes he was able to access a page that asked him to set geotagging permissions, then drag and drop his photos onto a Yahoo! map. Very cool. Flickr user James & Vilija’s was able to capture… Read More

  • Clickdensity maps the heat of website traffic

    BoxUK’s Clickdensity offers low cost heat maps of web site visitor clicks. We’ve profiled similar offerings from Crazy Egg and Clicktale, but neither of those services are available for public use yet – you can use Clickdensity now. After you drop some javascript in your page code, Clickdensity tracks where users click on your site, how many people click on each link and… Read More

  • SkyRider aims to monetize P2P

    Mountain View based stealth P2P company SkyRider formally announced their company’s existence today but was maddeningly vague about what they will actually do when they launch this fall. The company, which is headed by former Cisco CTO Edward Kozel and has received funding from Sequoia Capital and Charles River, says it will enable the commercialization of P2P software through… Read More