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  • 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

  • Pickle makes photo, video sharing easy as email

    Pickle is a new photo and video sharing service that emphasizes email and phone submissions and shared project pages. Created by an Arlington based company called Incando, Pickle is based on the premise that email is the dominant way that multimedia is shared and thus should be the basis of media sharing systems. Despite some early beta bugs, the usability looks good and I really like the… Read More

  • Markaboo is awesome open-source social bookmarking

    Markaboo is a fantastic new social bookmarking tool developed by Christian Romney and Jean Thomas from a company called tglo. It’s open source and has a great feature set. I’ve used for my social bookmarking for some time, largely out of habit. Other social bookmarking tools have features that are very appealing to me, but none have been compelling and usable enough… Read More

  • Why is Flickr afraid of Zooomr?

    Flickr says that users own the the images and tags we enter into their system. Apparently that doesn’t mean they have to make it easy for us to take what we own elsewhere. When Kristopher Tate, the founder of the feature-rich startup photosharing site Zooomr (see prior coverage), asked Flickr earlier this month for access to their Commercial API, Flickr’s response by email was… Read More

  • Industrious Kid lets parents watch kids network

    Emeryville, California based Industrious Kid Inc. launched a new social networking service for children today called Imbee. The service takes strong measures to keep kids safe. I was skeptical at first, but after looking at how security is implemented I think it just might work. The company was started with $6 million in funds from founder Jeanette Symons. Symons was a co-founder of… Read More

  • Ray Ozzie to replace Gates as Chief Software architect

    In a press conference today Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer and chairman Bill Gates announced that in two years Bill Gates will stop working for Microsoft full time. He will shift to part time work there and will be working full time at the Gates Foundation instead. A two year transition plan is being announced today. Ray Ozzie will take over Gates’ role as chief software architect… Read More

  • TalkShoe: host podcasts by phone and get paid

    TalkShoe is a podcasting service and directory that combines recorded conference calls with revenue sharing for show hosts. It appears to be very simple to use and the community elements make me think this service could be successful. I can’t imagine many show hosts are going to make much money off of this, but the online video world has shown that when sharing is easy people will do… Read More

  • Külist offers price comparison bookmarklet and cash back

    Külist is a new service that uses a browser bookmarklet to offer price comparisons across a number of online shopping sites. The service offers cash back for using its affiliate links on select sites, a referral reward program for getting other users into the service and price tracking alerts by email. Külist is headed by Don Wolfe of San Clemente, California. I think it’s a great way… Read More

  • Digg v3 screenshots show aims beyond tech: will it work?

    Valleywag got the scoop today that a next version of the hugely popular news site Digg will include many new categories outside of technology. Whether other communities of interest and expertise will follow and fill an expanded digg space seems to be the question. Here are the Valleywag discovered screenshots side by side with screen captures of the corresponding sections of the current design.
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  • Cooliris now supports previews for Safari

    Cooliris is a service that provides pop-up previews of the contents of a link when you hover over it. Previously only available for Firefox and Explorer, the company has now released a version for Safari. While other services perform this function for Firefox and Google search results, the new Cooliris Safari plug-in offers previews of links in Google (Web, Images, News, Groups, Froogle)… Read More

  • Simplyhired launches GLBT friendly job search

    In honor of National Gay and Lesbian Month, the online job search service SimplyHired has launched a GLBT (Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgendered) friendly job search feature. The new filter searches within companies given a perfect score for GLBT friendly policies by The Human Rights Campaign. SimplyHired points out that there is no US federal policy prohibiting employment discrimination on… Read More

  • SmutVibes is social networking minus censorship

    The Kingston, Jamaica based Vibesnetwork officially launched today its newest online social networking service – Smutvibes. (Warning: this site is full of very naked people.) VibesNetwork CEO and President Delroy Frazer says that Smutvibes will give many adult users what they want out of a social networking service, a place to have uncensored conversations about sex, and will create… Read More

  • Google does Shakespeare

    In support of New York City’s Shakespeare in the Park event, Google Books has created a nice landing page aggregating the complete works of the author. What better use could there be for Google Booksearch? What could better improve the PR of the controversial opt-out system for in-copyright books that Google has set up? To be fair, its search results won’t display the full text… Read More

  • EBay integrates Skype into auctions

    After months of anticipation, eBay announced tonight its pilot integration of Skype, the internet telephony giant it acquired last September for approximately $4.1 billion. The announcement was made tonight at eBay Live!, eBay’s annual community conference. Beginning June 19th, US eBay sellers will have the option of adding a SkypeMe button to individual item listings in 14 select… Read More

  • Yahoo! Answers launches Ask the Planet campaign

    Yahoo! Answers unveiled a new promotion today called “Ask the Planet,” where celebrities, notables and allegedly interesting people will pose questions that users will answer for a chance to win prizes. The celebrity line up is high-profile and should garner a lot of attention. Questions will be posed to users by the following: Marilyn vos Savant, the holder of world’s… Read More