• 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

  • Firefox Surges to 16% Market Share in U.S.

    Amsterdam based analytics firm OneStat is reporting that Firefox has captured a worldwide market share of nearly 13%, up from 8.7% in April 2005. There are some surprising country-by-country statistics included in the report as well. Firefox usage in the U.S. stands at 16%. Australia, 24%. And in Germany Firefox commands a whopping 39% market share. OneStat is an analytics service for… Read More

  • Bebo Shuns $550 Million Acquisition Offer

    San Francisco based social network Bebo, which recently raised $15 million from Benchmark Capital, rejected a £300 million ($552 million) acquisition offer from British Telecom Group “a few weeks ago”, according to an insider on the transaction. Bebo’s asking price? North of $1 billion. A Benchmark representative wouldn’t comment on whether or not the rumor was… Read More

  • Guba to add Sony videos

    Online video site Guba is clearly in the good graces of Hollywood these days. Fresh on the heels of last week’s deal with Warner, Guba announced a second internet film distribution deal with Sony this evening. Favorites like Spider Man 2 headline the content. In the short-term the experience will mirror the Warner deal, so many of the limitations/issues raised by TechCrunch readers after… Read More

  • Yahoo! to put Maps and Flickr to work on travel

    Yahoo! brought its Trip Planner out of a 9 month beta period today and it’s an interesting example of cool Web 2.0 apps aimed for popular adoption. Users can drag and drop Flickr photos from a pop-up of their Flickr sets to illustrate travel destinations. Maps are put to a commercial use beyond illustrating the geography of search results. Blogging via Yahoo! 360 takes… Read More

  • Habbo Hotel Microtransacts itself to $30m in Revenue

    Habbo Hotel, a Helsinki, Finland virtual world/social network startup, announced a 6 million Euro round of financing today (parent company is Sulake) from Movida Group (a joint venture by SoftBank BB Corp. and Asian Groove). Previous investors include Taivas Group, 3i Group plc, Elisa Group and Benchmark Capital. This most recent round was a “substantial valuation increase” from… Read More

  • Sharing site eSnips adds e-commerce

    Israel based eSnips is an intriguingly simple online social network for sharing images, video, files and almost anything else. We wrote about it here when it recently relaunched and now the site has added PayPal functionality to allow users to buy and sell directly on the site. The company already saw people trying to buy and sell through their pages and said that adding e-commerce only… Read More

  • Cellfire Raises $10 m Series B

    MobileCrunch is reporting that Cellfire, which provides coupons via cell phone, is announcing a $10 million Series B financing on Tuesday. This follows a $4 million Series A from Storm Ventures. The company launched in June. The round is being led by Menlo Ventures. The press release, which hasn’t hit the wires yet, is below. SAN JOSE, Calif. – July 11, 2006 – Cellfire Inc. Read More

  • Fabrik media storage opens limited beta accounts today

    Fabrik, a Web 2.0 savvy multimedia storage service, is opening up its web application to a limited number of beta users today. I got a look around inside this system awhile ago and was impressed. Company CEO and co-founder Mike Cordano came from storage provider Maxtor, now a Seagate company. Chairman and co-founder Keyur Patel came from Maxtor as well, following time as Senior Vice… Read More

  • GDrive plays whack-a-mole with bloggers

    Another hint at a coming online storage service from Google has been discovered by bloggers and quickly taken down. Corsin Camichel took the smart if logical step of adding index.html to the end of Google’s Writely.com URL and found a page allegedly detailing a Google storage service, codenamed Platypus. Since being blogged about, the page is offline (the link is to a mirror). Since… Read More

  • Zango brings adware to MySpace

    These days almost every developer of a widget or a gadget tells us they are targeting MySpace – so why should malware makers be different? Vitalsecurity.org has written a long article this morning on a company called Zango that offers free videos and games for MySpace but requires installation of a Zango Search Assistant and Toolbar as part of the use of the videos. That toolbar serves… Read More

  • Kool IM Launches to Battle Meebo

    Michigan based Kool IM, an Ajax web chat service that compares to Meebo and eBuddy, launched today. These services are very popular, particularly with employees and students who are unable to download and use normal IM clients on their computers. Kool IM takes features from both Meebo and eBuddy. Like eBuddy, Kool IM does chat through a browser pop up window (Meebe embeds it on the page… Read More