• Store Web Content Offline with Webaroo

    For those of us who are still offline sometimes and want access to at least some web content (me) and running a Windows machine (not me), Santa Clara based Webaroo will be a useful service. It launched today. Webaroo indexes the “highest quality” websites for content and creates topic based web packs for download. The content in those webpacks is stored offline on your computer… Read More

  • Great RSS to Website Tool: FeedoStyle

    FeedoStyle is a new service that allows people to pull any RSS feed into a stylized module on a web page. The idea is to allow blog and other website publishers to include new content directly onto their site in a very easy way. The service is easy to set up and does not require the creation of a user account. The style and size of the module/widget is customizable – I’ve included… Read More

  • BuzzShout is Yelp for Web 2.0 Companies

    BuzzShout, which went live yesterday, is a collaborative review site for new web companies. Some people are going to think this is useless, and a few will have a ton of fun with it. If you have something to say to or about a web 2.0 company, this is the place to do it. Anyone can suggest a new company (and there are a few already). The process includes stating the company name and URL, uploading… 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

  • The Flickr Gunners

    Flickr wasn’t the first photo sharing site, and it isn’t the most popular. In fact, it isn’t even the most popular photo sharing site owned by Yahoo – this is. But Flickr caught our attention and, at least with the technology-savvy crowd, it has become synonymous with photo sharing. A whole new crop of services are gunning for flickr and the title of “coolest… Read More

  • Online Video Sites: Breeding Like Rabbits

    No sooner did I proclaim Motionbox the best online video sharing service (mostly for its editing and deep tagging tools), than a new contender arrives on the scene. San Francisco based stealth startup Jumpcut, founded by Mike Folgner and Ryan Cunningham, just launched minutes ago. In my mind there are now two distinct types of video sharing services. The first is the YouTube crowd and its… Read More

  • Pixrat Bookmarks Photos

    Bangalore based Pixrat, founded by three ex-Yahoo employees, is Del.icio.us for photos. Functionality is straightforward: add their bookmarklet to your browser, and when you are on a page with photos and you’d like to bookmark one of them, click the bookmarklet and follow the steps to choose the photo and tag it. Photos can be sorted by recency or popular, or searched by tag. If you see… Read More

  • New Features at MusicStrands

    Musicstrands is a music discovery and search engine that I wrote about last December. They launched new features recently (including some today) that make it an excellent side service to whatever music player you use. Co-founder Gabriel Aldamiz-Echevarria took me through some of their new features last week. MusicStrands works best as a companion to iTunes (they have a PC plugin available on… Read More

  • CNET rolls out "College Live" at Webshots

    Webshots, a photo publishing and sharing service which was acquired by CNET in August 2004, is starting to launch social networking features to compete with the more cutting edge photo services like Flickr. Last month they launched the social networking features. Later today they will launch a new service called “College Live”, which targets the 30 million or so U.S. young… Read More

  • TalkCrunch: Battle of the Online Feed Readers

    Episode 4 of TalkCrunch is a follow up to Frank Gruber’s popular post last week comparing features and performance of nine of the best online RSS readers. I invited on executives from four of my favorite readers: NewsGator, Attensa, Rojo and Feedlounge. We discuss features, who’s fastest, and whether Feedlounge can sustain its fee model (it is the only online reader that… Read More

  • Memeorandum Does Baseball

    Tracking Major League Baseball coverage this year will be a little bit easier than before – Gabe Rivera is launching a Memeorandum site called BallBug today. BallBug offers a news summary, updated every five minutes, spotlighting the most buzzed about baseball stories and blog posts on the web. It’s like tech.memeorandum, but for baseball. This is good news. I know a little… Read More

  • Two New Shopping Lists, with Different Goals

    UK-based Gifttagging just launched moments ago, and Florida-based MyPickList will be launching a private beta in about two weeks. These are similar products (product bookmarking), but with different functions. Gifttagging is focused on a wish list (think Amazon Wish List), whereas MyPickList is all about making cold, hard cash based on product recommendations. Gifttagging Gifttagging.com… Read More

  • New York Times Redesign

    The New York Times launched a redesigned website a few minutes ago. Many of the changes are subtle, but they’ve added a few new features which I really appreciate. First, they now have a dedicated area of the site to show video clips. And more importantly, they have a “most popular” area that includes most emailed, most blogged, and most searched articles. I like the… 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

  • Motionbox – Best Online Video Sharing So Far

    There have been big changes in the online video space since I wrote a comparison post of the companies in the space (Flickrs of Video) last November. Some things haven’t changed: Flickr still hasn’t released a video product, and YouTube (TechCrunch posts here) is still the reigning champ of online video with just massive traffic growth and mindshare. But new tools are coming out… Read More

  • Stealth Startup Goop to Launch

    Rumors about Palo Alto based stealth startup Goop have been buzzing for weeks now. A standard landing page accepting email submissions for beta testing is now up, and some information has been leaked about the company. CEO Peter Gibbons (previously at Initech, a TPS automation company) gave me a walk through of the product earlier today, April 1, 2006. Goop certainly has the next generation… 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

  • Exclusive: Alexa Web Search Platform Beta

    Amazon have been beta testing their web search platform and we have managed to get a hold of some screenshots as well as some information about it. Alexa is giving users and developers access to their crawler in order to build their own search engines. From the website: The Alexa Web Search Platform provides public access to the vast web crawl collected by Alexa Internet. Users can search… 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

  • Obopay set to Launch: More Mobile Payments

    Update: The Obopay website is now live, although you cannot register and use the service until April. Palo Alto based Obopay is set to launch sometime Thursday (the site is currently password protected). This is the newest product in the very active mobile payments space (see PayPal Mobile and TextPayMe as well). A few more details about Obopay have come out since Matt Marshall posted a teaser… Read More