• AOL Data: First Web Interface Up

    It was only a matter of time before someone put up a simple web interface to the 20 million search queries published by AOL last week (see AOL Proudly Releases Massive Amounts of Private Data, and AOL: “This was a screw up”). A commenter on our original post wrote: Here’s something you guys might like. I whipped this up to help those of you who don’t feel like grepping… Read More

  • TripHub brings structure to travel plans

    Seattle based TripHub is launching a beta version of its integrated trip planning service on Tuesday. Users can co-ordinate group events, travel plans, lodging and activities. It’s a good service for centralizing lots of information in a structured format for multi-person activities. I’m not sure if it will prove to be a viable stand alone service, but it’s worth a… Read More

  • Sony mylo wifi device packaged with Skype

    Two big, related announcements are coming out tomorrow – MobileCrunch has the scoop. Sony announced its new mylo (“my life online”) personal communicator, a wifi device that works in any 802.11b wireless network. It allows instant messaging, internet browsing and emailing, as well as listening to music (MP3, ATRAC or WMA) and viewing photos and MPEG-4 videos. This thing is… Read More

  • Yahoo Launches Personalized Search

    Yahoo made a strong competitive move against personal search startups like Eurekster and Rollyo today with the announcement of Yahoo Search Builder, a customizable search engine tool. A custom search engine can be created that searches just a few defined sites, and/or the entire Yahoo search index and Yahoo News. The search engine can be further tailored to include a specific search term… Read More

  • Fox: $1 billion Search Deal with Google

    Fox Interactive Media has entered into a nearly $1 billion, 3+ year deal with Google to exclusively power search across most Fox online sites, including Myspace. The partnership will begin in the fourth quarter of this year and extend though the second quarter of 2010. Teams from Google and Fox say they have been working nonstop for five days to nail down the details on the deal, which was… Read More

  • DesktopTwo offers a powerful web desktop for free

    DesktopTwo is a powerful new web based computing service that offers an impressive list of well designed features, all for free. Created by a New York and Toluca, Mexico based company called Sapotek, DesktopTwo is an enhanced version in English of Sapotek’s Computadora.de service. Their Spanish service already has 100,000 subscribers. This service is something truly useful. If you… Read More

  • AOL: "This was a screw up"

    AOL is apologizing in the aftermath of yesterday’s story about their voluntary release of search data on 650,000 users. In addition to removing the data, AOL spokesperson Weinstein has left comments on blogs, including ours, and to the press in general: All – This was a screw up, and we’re angry and upset about it. It was an innocent enough attempt to reach out to the… Read More

  • FavoriteThingz launches social commerce widget

    Sprout Commerce, the company behind MyPickList, has launched a new product today, called FavoriteThingz. A widget for social networking sites like MySpace, FavoriteThingz lets users identify their favorite bands, movies and other branded products and display those brands in a nice looking slideshow. Their readers can click through to purchase the same goods and affiliate revenue is split… Read More

  • WordPress.com Rising: Stats After 8 Months

    WordPress.com, a free, hosted blog service, turns eight months old this month. CEO Toni Schneider shared some of the current stats of the service with me over the weekend at a conference they held in San Francisco. The top blog (by traffic) on WordPress.com is written by Robert Scoble (who was, incidentally, just interviewed by the San Jose Mercury News). But there are 300,000 other blogs… Read More

  • AOL Proudly Releases Massive Amounts of Private Data

    Yet Another Update: AOL: “This was a screw up” Further Update: Sometime after 7 pm the download link went down as well, but there is at least one mirror site. AOL is in damage control mode – the fact that they took the data down shows that someone there had the sense to realize how destructive this was, but it is also an admission of wrongdoing of sorts. Either way, the data… Read More

  • Are Wikis the Best Format For Travel Guides?

    Wikia, a for-profit offshoot of Wikipedia, will announce the launch of a free, editable “worldwide guide of places to go and things to do” on Monday, called World Wikia. The content is very light for now, although for an example of how this might look down the road see their deep content on Roman churches. They will also announce a number of partnerships with commercial publishers… Read More

  • Keep an eye on Government: WashingtonWatch

    WashingtonWatch is a site that breaks down the costs behind proposed U.S. federal legislation and regulation, and then asks your direct feedback in the form of comments and a simple yes/no poll. Since government tends to go crazy in an election year, this site is particularly important right now. Take an example: Proposed legislation HR 4411 would prohibit businesses from accepting payments… Read More

  • PrefPass makes anonymous personalization easy

    PrefPass is a new project aimed to offer users a personalized experience on a wide variety of sites without giving up personal information or going through tedius registration forms. It will also let site publishers deliver more targeted content and advertising without being intrusive towards their readers. It’s a very cool idea; if you like BugMeNot.com, a site for pooling dummy… Read More

  • Feedburner Testing Blog Networks

    Feedburner is testing a new product called “Networks” which are groups of blogs on a single topic that are using Feedburner to manage their RSS feed. The idea is to allow people to subscribe to a single mashed up feed containing all of the content from all of the blogs in that category. See this feed for the venture capital group as an example (which, by the way, I just subscribed… Read More

  • Hubpages Launches, Gets $2 m from Hummer Winblad

    Berkeley based Hubpages, which we wrote about in February, launched today. CEO Paul Edmondson also tells me that he’s raised a cool $2 million from Hummer Winblad, with Mitchell Kertzman taking a board seat and Will Price taking a board observer seat. Hubpages allows user to create topical web page (think Wikia or Squidoo) that also included blog-like modules like comments. Pages are… Read More

  • Attensa offers two rich enterprise RSS products

    Enterprise RSS vendor Attensa has released two new products this summer and I was able to take a look at both last week. The company now offers Attensa for Outlook version 1.5 beta and an Attensa Feedserver. Attensa Online, a consumer product we’ve written about in the past, has been deprioritized in favor of an enterprise focus. Attensa was one of the 12 highlighted innovators at… Read More

  • More Stats on Del.icio.us, This Time Positive

    This is an update on the post I wrote about del.icio.us earlier today that showed massively decreasing traffic on the site according to Comscore, and flat traffic from Alexa. I spoke with del.icio.us founder Joshua Schacter this afternoon as well as Eckart Walther, VP Product for Search (Joshua’s boss) and Melissa Rische, PR Manager for Yahoo Search. They gave me some internal Yahoo… Read More

  • Meebo to face more competition from stealth startup Wablet

    We’ve caught rumor of a new Meebo competitor in the web IM space called Wablet. Development is underway in both San Francisco and the Philippines. Reader Mike Abundo, a tech writer from the Philippines, claimed it was going to blow away Meebo in a comment responding to our coverage of the new Meebome offering last week. Aiming to create “a highly scalable next generation… Read More

  • Flickr to offer drag and drop geotagging?

    Several Flickr users noticed a brief appearance this morning of a new option on their dashboards to map the location of their photos. Flickr user Brad77 reports on his blog that for just a few minutes he was able to access a page that asked him to set geotagging permissions, then drag and drop his photos onto a Yahoo! map. Very cool. Flickr user James & Vilija’s was able to capture… Read More