• Earthlink Rolls out New Photo and Storage Service

    Last week Earthlink released a free online RSS reader, and a social bookmarking site. Recently, word has leaked (Earthlink actually quietly announced this on their blog in June) that a much more ambitious project, called WebLife, is now live as well. WebLife is a combination of two services: photo management and sharing, and online storage/backup. The basic service allows 1 GB of storge and… Read More

  • Who-R-You Connects Email with Photo

    German startup Who-R-You is a dead simple social network. It also may turn out to be one of the most straightforward online dating sites (although that it not its stated use). Go to the site, tell it your email address and add a picture of yourself. Confirm your email. Done. Visitors to the site can browse pictures, or type in an email address and see if a picture is associated with it. Read More

  • Multiply closes first funding round

    Online social network Multiply has closed a Series A funding round with $5 million from Transcosmos and $1 million from the company’s founders. Multiply is a service that filters all networking functions, from highlighted users to visible tag clouds, through a proximity filter with a slider. In other words, users determine whether they want to view information about people just on… Read More

  • Zooomr Being Courted

    Rumors are circulating that controversial photo sharing site Zooomr, the creation of 18 year old Kristopher Tate, is in acquisition discussions with at least three possible acquirors, with discussions taking place in the $5 million range. I ran the rumor by one of the supposed bidders, who confirmed on the condition of anonymitity that they were in talks to acquire the company. They said… Read More

  • Skype Protocol Hacked

    Reports are coming in from Asia that the Skype protocol has been hacked. If accurate, this means that users can access the Skype VOIP network without using the Skype client – calls could be made through third party software directly to and from Skype users. A Skype-compatible client may be available by the end of July. The reports are also suggesting that the new software will not… Read More

  • When Did Earthlink Get So Cool?

    Earthlink doesn’t conjure up images of cutting edge new web apps. In fact, the first thing that comes to mind when I think of Earthlink is my old dial-up ISP account that took me forever to cancel. And on more than one occasion I’ve asked Steve Gillmor, who boasts Earthlink as a sponsor on his influential tech show Gillmor Gang, if any of his listeners (early adopter types) would… Read More

  • Technorati scores $7.6m more funding

    Blog search engine Technorati raised an additional $7.6 million in Series C funding in June from previous investors Draper Fisher Jurvetson and Mobius Venture Capital. The information has been picked up from a SEC document files by one of the investor’s limited partners. Notably, August Capital, a previous investor, did not participate in this round. This news comes just after news of… Read More

  • Brand your life story with Dandelife

    Dandelife is a fascinating new “social biography network” that launched its beta this week. Users tell their life stories with text, photos, videos and time lines. Part of the business model will be to license users’ stories to corporations seeking case studies and brandable narratives. I feel very ambivalent about this. The company is lead by Kelly Abbot of marketing firm… Read More

  • Empressr, A Flash PowerPoint Competitor

    A number of Ajax based powerpoint applications have launched in the past few month – notably Zoho Show and Thumbstacks (Thumbstacks also has a Flash option). Empressr, headquartered in New York, is the newest entrant into this space. It’s a flash-based application with rudimentary features. Online office applications are serious business with real acquisition possibilities. Writely… Read More

  • IM interoperability: not just a dream anymore

    Microsoft just announced that today marks the first day that interoperability between its IM client and Yahoo! Messenger with Voice is available. Microsoft says this is the first time two distinct, global consumer brands have made their IM clients interoperable. The combined user base of nearly 350 million accounts is the world’s largest, the company says. IM interoperability took… Read More

  • Firefox 2.0 beta – the highlights

    A first Beta version of Firefox 2.0, called Bon Echo, is now available. (download for Mac or PC) The 2.0 Alpha had been available since March. Firefox 1.0 was released on November 9, 2004. Will 2.0 be a world-changer? There are some nice new features and if the memory and stability issues have been improved at all then there will be parties in the streets. Recent numbers indicate that… Read More

  • Amazon releases early info on S3 storage use

    Just over three months ago Amazon made a major move beyond online retail with the launch of its S3 grid storage service. The company today released some information about the program’s early progress. Online storage as a utility might seem unexciting to some, but it could be a real boon to innovation. S3 just passed 800 million discrete objects stored and has some interesting… Read More

  • KickApps social networking software launches

    KickApps, a white label social networking software service, launched publicly today. Think of it as a way for any web site to add functionality similar to MySpace or YouTube. After looking at the way that the system works, I can say that KickApps looks strong on a technology level. While major media companies seem excited these days about buying social networking sites, this is a way they… Read More

  • Watch internet users’ behaviour with ClickTale

    Israel based ClickTale provides a new service that bridges an important gap in the land of online statistic services. The service is in private beta for now but should be releasing soon. Until then you can register for an invitation at ClickTale.com We had the chance to get an exclusive private preview. If you are a site owner, understanding your users is a primary concern to optimize the… Read More

  • NYTimes launches MyTimes, a weak RSS play

    NYTimes.com has launched a limited beta of a personalized news site called MyTimes.com (screenshots via PaidContent), an RSS play that looks more like MyYahoo than it does the recent Newsgator partnerships with MyUSAToday and MyNewsweek. Unlike in those services, it does not appear that users can add sources from outside the recommended feeds to their MyTimes page. If that’s the case… Read More

  • Wired News and Magazine reunited by sale

    South Korean owned Lycos has announced the sale of Wired.com to Condé Naste for $25 million. Lycos originally paid $83 million for Wired Digital, which included the Wired.com assets. However, Wired Digital also included a number of properties, including HotBot, Hotwired and Webmonkey, that are not being transferred to Condé Naste in this current acquisition. Conde Naste already owns… Read More

  • Porn Browser Heatseek Launches (yeah, porn browser)

    Heatseek is a pornography focused browser that quietly launched today. The point of this software is to make porn browsing more efficient and more secure. The browser is available on Windows machines only, and is built on top of Internet Explorer. They’ve clearly thought this through. Every feature is aimed at either making porn consumption easier or making it less likely that others… Read More

  • MySpace hit #1 US destination last week, Hitwise

    Hitwise is reporting that MySpace was the website most visited by US internet users last week. This is the first time that’s happened, the company reports. Yahoo and Google traditionally lead the pack, but Hitwise’s Bill Tancer points out today that MySpace attained a market share figure of 4.5% of all the US Internet visits for the week ending July 8, 2006. Though traffic stats… Read More

  • Dogster Has Competition

    Dogster (and sister site Catster), which turned two last January, now has competition in the pet social network space from a newcomer – Massachusetts based PawSpot. The new company was founded by Mark Roberge. The PawSpot site is still in beta and there aren’t many users yet (Dogster has 260,000 pets and gains about 700 new pets per day). However, it’s also taking a much… Read More

  • Digg v3 out of 3 week long beta

    Cynics allege that Web 2.0 is in a perpetual state of beta, but the newest version of Digg.com spent only 3 weeks in beta before opening up for full public use today. The new Digg is most notable for including news categories beyond tech. During the beta period non-tech sections of the site were restricted to logged in users, a group that was surely dominated by geeks already using the… Read More