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  • NetVibes gets an ecosystem

    Paris/London based NetVibes, which provides a personalized Ajax homepage, released significant upgrades yesterday, including new plugins and community sharing features. Tariq Krim, NetVibes CEO took us through this new version. First they have released 2 new plugins accessible in the default feed menu. One is displaying hottest digg news and the other helps you monitor Ebay activities. They… Read More

  • SixApart To Launch Comet, Renamed Vox, on June 1

    San Francisco based SixApart, which owns the Typepad, MovableType and LiveJournal blogging platforms, will start letting users test their new Vox (formerly Comet) hosted blogging platform on Thursday, June 1. Initially a few thousand people will be let in, and they will ramp up from there. Vox was initially introduced last fall at a DEMO conference (click here for details and a video archive… Read More

  • Download Your TV – The Current Options

    Downloadable television, first made popular by Tivo and its competitors, is compelling stuff. As consumers become accustomed to watching a show whenever they choose, pausing at will and fast tracking through commercials, tuning in to a station at a scheduled broadcast time seems quaint at best. Today, 7% of U.S. households have a digital video recorder, or DVR and most cable companies offer a… Read More

  • Maxthon gets ready to face browser War

    Maxthon browser: a Beijing based company we reviewed recently, will announce today an investment with Charles River Ventures and is preparing a version 2 of its already very popular browser that is supposed to be realeased in weeks time. Maxthon went over 50 millions downloads since last time we reviewed them. They are now over 55 millions and are growing at the speed of over millions per month. Read More

  • Improve yourself with Mecanbe

    Mecanbe is an Australian start-up founded by Adam Korbl that will enable you to track your goals in life. It still is in development but the founders were kind enough to take us through a first preview of the service. Mecanbe is a service for self-coaching and self-improvement. As you can see from the screenshots below the service is very nicely designed and has many applications and… Read More

  • Do More: Online To Do Lists Compared

    Time is our most valuable commodity. Productivity pays. Procrastination costs us time and money, and leaves us stressed, exhausted and unreliable in the eyes of others. For many, the classic “To Do” list is the remedy. But for heavy web users, there are a number of recently launched to-do list products to choose from, with convenient sharing and other features, and easy to use… Read More

  • CityCita is jumping into the social organization jungle

    After Meetup and recently reviewed Renkoo, France based CityCita is bringing up together a new service that help groups create group events in a smart way with a nice series of features. CEO Jamin Rubio mentionned they are about to launch the service in private beta next Monday and the services will be aimed at the US market first although anyone will be able to register the service. The… Read More

  • Comparing the Mapping Services

    Online mapping has come a long way in the last year. Google Maps entered the field and added satellite imagery to spring itself into the spotlight – challenging the colorful cartoon-like map images of longtime mapping frontrunner Mapquest. The Google Maps API enabled developers to create new applications and mashups, thereby pushing the Google Maps brand to mainstream audiences. Read More

  • Subscription Music Services Compared: Part 2

    We’ve analyzed the services that sell digital music and are presenting the results in a two part post. This Part 2 compares the subcription music services that let you access an entire music library of up to 2 million songs for a single monthly fee. Part 1, posted last Thursday, focused on the pay-per-download services (such as iTunes). While the pay per download market is dominated by… Read More

  • Let’s Buy Some Music: Part 1

    We’ve analyzed the services that sell digital music (iTunes and its competitors). This Part 1 focuses on the pay-per-download services. In Part 2 (now posted) we’ll compare the all-you-can-eat subscription services. While compact disc sales have declined 19 percent since 2001, online music sales have started to boom. According to a recent report by the International Federation of… Read More

  • Will Wikio challenge Google News and Technorati?

    Wikio, a Switzerland based company, was released in private Beta yesterday night (in French). It is one of the most ambitious web launches born in Europe this year. Pierre Chappaz originated this idea after the successful adventure of his vertical ecommerce comparison engine Kelkoo, that was sold to Yahoo. He’s going to try to make it again but this time with an interesting news… Read More

  • The State of Online Feed Readers

    Syndication is undoubtedly the heartbeat of the web 2.0 movement. A feed reader, the most common solution to consuming synidcated content, saves the user time by monitoring countless sites and sources and providing near real-time updates to one location. There are a number of different types of readers: web-based, desktop, Outlook based, etc… This post is focused solely on web-based… Read More

  • Typepad is launching blog widgets

    SixApart’s Typepad is about to announce Widgets for bloggers. And this is about to simplify the life of million of bloggers who until now had more or less to deal with placing html code in their template to customize and enrich their blogs with third party features. First this has nothing to do with Yahoo/Apple desktop Widgets. Typepad will offer users a much easier and seamless way to… Read More

  • Sky-Click: your web call-center with Skype

    The success of a service can sometimes be measured according to the business activity it is generating around it (think of accessories for Ipod or recently SkyLook). Skype’s success is giving many ideas to imaginative entrepreneurs (the Skype-conomy). Switzerland based Sky-Click is a an interesting idea released by Ads-Click that already launched a white label adwords/adsense-like… Read More

  • Maxthon: the browser that rocks

    Maxthon is in my view the best alternative to Internet Explorer. Firefox and Opera are doing a great job (both in product and buzz) but they just don’t catch up with Maxthon. Founded by the very young and brilliant Jeff Chen in 2003 in China (under MyIE name), Maxthon became very quickly popular in Asia (awarded last year in Red Herring Asia ) and all over the world. The big difference… Read More

  • Socialight – location aware application

    Socialight, that launched yesterday, is a mobile location aware application that allows you to take notes about places you go by in the street so that when your friends go around the same place get notifications on their cellphones about your notes. Their about page reads: Socialight is a mobile phone and web based platform that allows users to create and share location-based messages… Read More

  • Ning launches!

    Ning, also known as the official name for 24 Hour Laundry‘s project, just launched. I actually had to keep myself from posting early because I was excited about it. Now that I got the word from them with the approval to post, here goes the unveiling. Ning is, and I quote, “a free online service (or, as we like to call it, a Playground) for building and using social applications. Read More

  • Speaking of loops: Slide

    Company: Slide
    Launched: 2005
    Location: San Francisco Everybody wants to get media distribution done right. Slide and Filmloop both tackle the problem through a desktop application that is constantly updated with media items, scrolling to your hearts content. Contrary to Filmloop that is in closed Beta, Slide is out there and we’ve seen it for ourselves at our last barbecue. I’ll… Read More

  • Mash-up: Placeopedia

    New day, new (notorious) mash-up envolving Google Maps. Placeopedia is a great mash-up that combines Google Maps with Wikipedia, creating a visual representation of topics by place – thus allowing you to search for articles that relate to a certain location in a map. Placeopedia tackles the problem with Wikipedia of not having a visual guide to where (in a map) articles refer to. Read More

  • Welcome to the new server

    If you’re a regular at Techcrunch you have probably been wondering why the site has been so slow lately. With the growing number of readers we’ve been having, the site has been getting massive ammounts of traffic and the server we were on wasn’t enough to hold everybody. So, in order to better serve you, we just changed servers and are now feeling much better. The new machine… Read More