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The latest innovative tech coming out of Europe

  • Wingmap flies new approach to flight search

    Wingmap is the beta site for a stunning new flight search tool based around a point-and-click map interface. Co-founder Tom Wood exlained to TCUKI that the site allows users to search for flights leaving the area surrounding a city – not just the city or a single airport itself. Trying the site it becomes totally obvious what this means and I found it actually makes the process of finding… Read More

  • Panthius.com demos Salesforce model

    Irish software startup Panthius.com has gone live with a demo site. The hosted eBusiness suite offers a pretty wide collection of integrated tools to help people run their business, not dissimilar to the Salesforce.com ASP model of offering things like accounting packages online. Right now the system is live and showing demo companies for users to trial the site and kick the tyres before a… Read More

  • Web 2.0 and VOIP threatens telcos. Fact.

    Most telecoms professionals are not confident that their industry is set up to cope with the threat from new internet and IP-based services. According to research from STL, a telecoms analyst firm which surveyed over 550 people, over 75% now believe that telcos need to “dramatically alter their business models” if they are to prosper in the Web 2.0 world. The suggestions from… Read More

  • Zubka in promo and partnership

    Zubka – which allows people to tangibly benefit form their network of contacts and suggest them for jobs – has embarked on some pre-Christmas marketing. It’s promotion offers users a case of Champagne if their candidate’s details are accepted by a hirer between now and December 28th. How does it work? You send the job details to a candidate, provide a hirer with key… Read More

  • When will Politics 2.0 happen?

    Given that one of the questions posed by Loic Le Meur at Le Web3 was how will the web change the political system, I thought this link from Stuart Bruce’s was apt. Simon Dickson who writes the brilliant theyworkforyou.com has created a new mash-up of UK MPs using Google Maps.  From time to time I like to keep an eye on what my local MP Theresa May is doing, how she is voting on… Read More

  • Le Web3 the good, bad and ugly.

    (Subscribe to the RSS feed)  It’s day one of Le Web 3. So let’s start with the good. One Thousand people from around the world have converged on Paris. Loic and his team have worked really hard to pull together an impressive list of speakers, sponsors and attendees. Everyone I spoke to last night at the warm up party is hoping the event will live up to the billing and better… Read More

  • Scoopt endorses Flickr for Citizen snaps

    Scoopt, the self-styled “citizen journalism picture agency”, will now allow Flickr members to tag their images with the keyword ‘scoopt’, enabling Scoopt to push tagged images to their media outlet buyers. Scoopt will also encourage buyers to use Flickr as a commercial image resource. Scoopt founder Kyle MacRae said the new feature makes sense as “there’s… Read More

  • Yahoo! closes London mobile div in push for Go

    What lies ahead for Yahoo! and mobile? It sounds like Yahoo! Go for Mobile will be given a big push, now that Yahoo! is downgrading its SMS messaging services in favour of services which run over the mobile data network. The evidence has come in the form of the closure of Yahoo!’s mobile division in London. In the last couple of months about 15 or so people, mostly engineers in the… Read More

  • Another niche Wiki, this time a green one

    Here come the niche Wiki launches. Following on from JobberWiki, the career information resource site that anyone can edit, comes Tiptheplanet.com (quoting): Tiptheplanet is a project to create a green wiki website that encourages discussion and the generation of tips that benefit you and the planet – From tips for individuals about staying happy and healthy to tips for… Read More

  • Video ga-ga

    The whole Web TV thing seems to be heating up right now, what with the US blogsite GigaOm setting up a new blog called NewTeeVee That site led me to this rather good summary of just some of the ‘Net Video plays out there over here. Quite a list….and most of the UK plays like Mydeo, TIOTI et al are missing from it. In addition, older model ‘Net players like Brightcove have… Read More

  • Don't Shoot the Webbys

    This week Nik Roope of Poke London assembled a great gaggle of Internet creatives and players. Billed as “Webby Night at the ICA”, the idea was to promote UK talent and enourage people to enter the internationally recognised Webby Awards (the deadline for entries is December 15th by the way). On Wednesday night at the Institute for Contemporary Art, some drinks were laid on and a… Read More

  • Virtual Worlds, Real Potential – Imaginary Numbers?

    On Tuesday night I attended the The Music: Ally Debate Virtual Worlds, Real Potential event on the commercial potential of virtual worlds. Keynote talk was from Justin Bovington, CEO of Rivers Run Red, and panelists were: Barney Wragg, global head of digital, EMI Music Daniel Heaf, interactive editor, BBC Radio 1 Roo Reynolds, metaverse evangelist, IBM Labs Paul Van Gerven, founder, PVG… Read More

  • Toys search site launches using Google Co-op

    Mad For Toys is a new search engine that uses Google’s Co-op service to do a niche search on the UK’s 250 toy stores which are online. Toys are grouped into four categories, Traditional, Contemporary, Collectibles and Models (like model cars etc), although a lot of the shops have been hand-picked. Mad For Toys is produced by the Internet creative consultancy Futurescape. It… Read More

  • Free trip to Hong Kong for budding UK entrepreneurs

    Thanks to Colin Donald over at JigsawUK who has pointed out this new program from the British Council: Digital Pioneers is an international mentorship programme that aims at identifying and nurturing a new generation of creative entrepreneurs in the digital media industry. This programme will run in parallel in both Hong Kong and UK, annually. Six outstanding entrepreneurs aged 21-35 who… Read More

  • BBC Backstage Party Final Guest List

    Ian Forrester has just sent out the final guest list for this weekend’s London Xmas party. Please see if your on there. Plus keep an eye on this URL for developments around a possible Club wide Twitter system and other late breaking news. Ian is also looking for help from people on the main list. If you can spare a couple of hours before the doors open to help out for the good of… Read More

  • An academic manifesto for Web 2.0?

    In recent years, the School of Informatics at the University of Bradford has produced graduates that have gone on to staff the likes of AOL and Freeserve (now Orange’s broadband division). Indeed in the late-90s and the first era of the British internet industry, one department alone provided Freeserve with a co-founder of the company, a number of designers, developers and project… Read More

  • What is the collective term for a mashup of startups …

    A few months ago I was speaking with Clive Gringas a partner from the city legal firm Olswang about the UK startup market. Having been a software developer in his past and now a commercial lawyer focusing on e-commerce, the Internet and IT, Clive has a unique insight. We began to discuss how different it was developing software today, mainly because of the simplicity of the development tools… Read More

  • Google and Sky to partner on video and comms

    This is huge breaking news and is all over the web today. Sky and Google are to partner over offering Sky-branded, but Google-based services. The two companies will team up to offer online video (both Sky content and user-generated), voice communications and search advertising. Sky will launch a user-generated video portal powered by Google’s video tools – whether that’s going… Read More

  • Fedafi on the block

    Fedafi, the Glasgow-based startup which makes it possible for anyone to create, manage, market and track valid RSS and Podcast feeds, is for sale. According to the blog today by founder Gary Reid: “After some major changes here it’s with a certain sadness that I have decided to sell Fedafi. Fedafi is a business I’m passionate about, in an industry I think is on the edge… Read More

  • Has the Ordnance Survey CTO left over Web 2.0?

    Following up from our recent story about how the data strangelhold on mapping is being attacked by projects like OpenStreetMaps, it’s now emerged that the influential CTO of Ordnance Survey, Ed Parsons, has announced he’s leaving on his blog, in what appears to be a joint statement with the organisation. There is the obligatory “We wish Ed every success…” from… Read More