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  • 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

  • QuickMuse: famous poets throw down

    QuickMuse is a new site where well known poets battle it out in a fifteen minute race to pen the most compelling text inspired by a thought provoking quote about art. The live event is archived so you can watch each keystroke beside a ticking clock and then discuss the race and poetry in the site’s forum. It’s fun to watch the pauses, deletions, misspellings and bursts of text… Read More

  • Platial to launch multimedia mashup at Where 2.0

    The multimedia and user-generated online atlas service Platial will announce a new live offering called Today Nearby at the Where 2.0 conference starting tomorrow. The new service will combine RSS feeds of news, photos, videos, events and places with Google Maps and Google Earth. Content will be mapped from Reuters, Flickr, Eventful, YouTube and other users’ maps. Updates to locations… Read More

  • Plugaid will bring trackbacks to MySpace, Xanga

    Plugaid is an innovative and easy way for bloggers using systems that don’t support automatic trackback discovery to show the conversations that their posts are a part of. The tool targets systems like MySpace, Xanga and I think it will be very welcome there. Plugaid was co-founded by a student from the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology named Trent Kang. Read More

  • BloggerKit provides easy affiliate ads, good revenue sharing

    BloggerKit, an easy to use tag-based interface for the Amazon affiliate program, is officially launching today. The company founders say their service allows greater control over what is advertised than other systems and is easier to use. Unlike MyPickList, a similar service Mike profiled here earlier, BloggerKit requires very little interaction with other sites and has a great revenue model. Read More

  • One True Media gets funding for easy online slide show creation

    One True Media will announce today $5 million in new funding from Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers. The service provides online video and photo slide show editing and sharing. One True Media’s service is highly usable, is well positioned to target families and online social network users but leans towards lock-in in its approach to the tension between the viral nature of online… Read More

  • Mikonoclast offers personal icons for social networking

    A Cedar Park, Texas based startup called Mikonoclast, LLC recently launched, a site for self expression, social networking and commerce. Through clip art. The service is all about little icons; mikons is presumably a play on “my icons.” You can claim, share or draw your own mikons in a shockwave drawing feature. The sharing function allows you to put a creative… Read More