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  • Google Desktop 4 leaves beta, launches gadget dev contest


    The Google Desktop team just announced that version 4 of the software has left beta status, so all you cynics about perpetual beta can give it a rest! This version only spent 6 weeks in beta. Maybe GMail is next, who knows? Today’s announcement included the expansion of Google Desktop into now 27 languages, the availability of a new drag and drop system for gadget (or widget) UI… Read More

  • Cellfire coupons by phone goes national today

    Coupons by mobile phone service Cellfire goes nationwide for Cingular users today, with support for other carriers said to be on the way in the future. Oliver over at MobileCrunch reviews Cellfire and points out that tests in California saw coupons redeemed at a rate of almost 20%, with some surpassing that mark. That’s pretty incredible compared to paper coupon redemption… Read More

  • Farecast airfare prediction engine opens public beta today

    The airfare prediction Farecast launches its public beta today, enabling travelers to leverage more than 60 billion records of past airfare prices to predict whether prices will rise or fall over the next 7 days. The beta covers only flights departing from Seattle and Boston, but the company plans to roll out US-wide coverage through the end of this year. The company showed me around the… Read More

  • Warner Bros. offers video on demand through Guba

    Guba, a pioneer in the user-generated video content space, became a pioneer of another sort today, when Warner Brothers’ film and television content went on sale on Guba.com at 2 PM PST. Through its deal with Warner, Guba will initially sell almost 200 movie and television titles (quickly expanding shortly thereafter), ranging from new releases like “Good Night and Good Luck”… Read More

  • Automattic now offers enterprise WordPress support

    How do you make money by giving away free software? Automattic, the company that’s home to several key developers of the free open source blogging software WordPress (used by this blog and many more) has announced today a new service called the Automattic Support Network. It’s intended help large organizations and enterprise users leverage WordPress and the community around it. Read More

  • ZapZap does social podcast directories right

    ZapZap is a new audio and video podcast directory service based in Japan, just launched this weekend. While podcast directories are launching fast and furious, this one is particularly nice. Ajax is used just right, digg-type voting is central, synch with iTunes or play on site. The aesthetic is attractive and there are English and Japanese sections of the site. ZapZap’s creator is… Read More

  • Zoho announces an online power-point type tool

    The online office suite Zoho launched a new presentation tool this week called Zoho Show, for use in creating and displaying remote presentations on the web. Zoho parent company Adventnet is a TechCrunch sponsor. Thumbstacks appears to be the primary rival faced by Zoho Show, and both have certain advantages and disadvantages. This newest offering is the 12th Zoho web based application… Read More

  • GoodStorm to offer e-commerce widget with 50% revenue split for bloggers

    San Francisco based GoodStorm will soon launch a new program called MeCommerce that will allow bloggers to insert product listings in a javascript and iframe box on their sites and keep 50% of the retail mark-up for themselves. Blog readers will be able to purchase books and CDs inside the box without leaving the blog page they are on. Blog publishers can populate their boxes by tag or… Read More

  • PostApp launches WidgetBox, a marketplace for widgets

    Stealth start-up PostApp announced at Thursday’s SuperNova Connected Innovators session the launch tomorrow of WidgetBox, its new beta marketplace for managed web based widgets, and $1.5 million in funding from Hummer Winblad. If you like widgets, there’s about to be a whole lot more of them available for use in your blog or profile page. If you’d like to develop widgets… Read More

  • Photobucket vs. Flickr in Alexa and Technorati

    One of the top stories in the blogosphere today is a new Hitwise chart finding that Photobucket has a 46% leading market share in online photosharing and that Flickr is in 6th place with only 6%. This was a big surprise for parts of the blogosphere where Flickr is a hot topic. I looked up these two sites on Alexaholic and found traffic results quite different from the Hitwise graph. Many… Read More

  • Pluggd podcast community launched today

    Seattle based start-up Pluggd opened their podcast directory for public use today; the company aims to make podcast listening easier for nontechnical users. It has several features that I think look great. Company CEO Alex Castro came from Microsoft, with an emphasis in multimedia. The Pluggd team also has members with backgrounds at Real and ESPN.com. Pluggd offers a few things that… Read More

  • MySpace moves to protect children

    Next week will see a number of moves by MySpace to try and protect young users, the New York Times reported today. The biggest change will be that users registered as over 18 years of age will be required to enter the full names or email addresses of users under 16 years of age in order to contact them. Usernames are sufficient to send a friend request to anyone in MySpace now. The obvious… Read More

  • E-Messenger raises funds, relaunches as eBuddy.com

    The battle of the Ajax web chat services took a new turn today when old-school E-messenger.net relaunched as Ebuddy.com. The Netherlands based company has also secured a round of funding from an as yet undisclosed, but top tier, VC firm. E-messenger (now eBuddy) has been around since 2003, offers chat in a pop-up box and added Ajax functionality in February. It’s been challenged… Read More

  • Second Life turns three years old

    Though a pile of recent mainstream media coverage and a Jeff Bezos round of investment may have turned many readers on to the virtual world of Second Life only recently, it (like many parts of the Web 2.0 world) is not entirely new. The virtual world is celebrating it’s third birthday starting today. According to the Second Life history wiki, the world’s creators Linden Lab took… Read More

  • Microsoft teams with Creative Commons

    How different are things now that Bill Gates at Microsoft has made his symbolic hand-off of power? Microsoft tonight announced a new partnership with Creative Commons, the organization dedicated to providing content producers a legal alternative to “all rights reserved” copyright law, to offer a new tool for easy insertion of Creative Commons licenses into works created with… Read More

  • MySpace in foreign languages due out this summer

    MySpace co-founder and chief executive Chris DeWolfe was quoted by the Financial Times yesterday and said that the first localized, non-English versions of MySpace will be available this summer. The company has designated 11 countries to target, naming specifically only France, Germany, China and India. I’ll place my bets on Japan, Korea, Brazil and Italy making the list as well, based… Read More

  • Comparing SMS price comparison services

    People say that mobile devices will be the key platform of the future, but there are quite a few things you can do already with good old SMS. The launch of Mobsaver this week got me looking around at a number of similar services for price comparison by text message and here’s what I found. Even with a web enabled mobile device, being able to quickly send a text message to one… Read More

  • Opera releases version 9.0, includes bittorent

    The web and mobile (and Nintendo Wii) browser Opera released its 9.0 version today and a number of cool new features are offered, including a built in bittorrent downloader, tab previews and widgets. The Oslo, Norway based browser originated in 1994 and has a loyal, if small, user base – especially among international mobile users. The bittorent system may be painfully slow to… Read More

  • Windows Live Messenger speeds out of beta


    The first Windows Live product to leave beta status globally will be released tonight by Microsoft. Windows Live Messenger spent just six weeks in public beta. We reviewed most of the features available now when the beta launched. Most notable are the inclusion of voice calls through the interface and dedicated hardware, offline messaging and an easy system for file sharing. After years… Read More

  • SolidSpace offers very simple podcasting service


    North Carolina based SolidSpace Llc. will launch a new podcast hosting service called SolidCasts tomorrow at the CommunicAsia conference in Singapore. Hardcore Web2.0 heads here may not find the SolidCast interface exciting, but this is a tool that could go a long way towards making podcasting for organizations easier. I have people ask me what the simplest way to start podcasting is all… Read More