• Ningbar Launches, Plus Ning Stats

    Palo Alto based Ning made a significant change to their application interface on Friday, removing the mandatory sidebar on applications and replacing it with a fully customizable javascript bar across the top of the page. I met with CEO Gina Bianchini a week ago to see the changes. Gina also gave me an update on how Ning is doing in general. Ning is a site that lets users create customized… Read More

  • New Look, New Name For Gada.be

    Tag metasearch engine Gada.be (TechCrunch posts describing the service are here) is getting a name change and a redesign at the Gnomedex conference in Seattle later this week (Chris Pirillo founded the company and also runs the conference). The new service will be called TagJag (and will be at TagJag.com). Like Gada.be, TagJag can be queried easily from a mobile device. Gada.be launched in… Read More

  • The Best Widget Ever – Gapingvoid

    If you don’t know Hugh Macleaod and his daily cartoons on Gapingvoid, you aren’t in the cool crowd. His art is clever, insightful and always timely. It’s often strange. He also doesn’t mind pissing people off every once in a while. Hugh joined the Gillmor Gang as a guest for an April podcast. We spoke about how Hugh might generate more attention for his work, and the… Read More

  • Zoho announces an online power-point type tool

    The online office suite Zoho launched a new presentation tool this week called Zoho Show, for use in creating and displaying remote presentations on the web. Zoho parent company Adventnet is a TechCrunch sponsor. Thumbstacks appears to be the primary rival faced by Zoho Show, and both have certain advantages and disadvantages. This newest offering is the 12th Zoho web based application… Read More

  • GoodStorm to offer e-commerce widget with 50% revenue split for bloggers

    San Francisco based GoodStorm will soon launch a new program called MeCommerce that will allow bloggers to insert product listings in a javascript and iframe box on their sites and keep 50% of the retail mark-up for themselves. Blog readers will be able to purchase books and CDs inside the box without leaving the blog page they are on. Blog publishers can populate their boxes by tag or… Read More

  • PostApp launches WidgetBox, a marketplace for widgets

    Stealth start-up PostApp announced at Thursday’s SuperNova Connected Innovators session the launch tomorrow of WidgetBox, its new beta marketplace for managed web based widgets, and $1.5 million in funding from Hummer Winblad. If you like widgets, there’s about to be a whole lot more of them available for use in your blog or profile page. If you’d like to develop widgets… Read More

  • Digg 3.0 To Launch Monday: Exclusive Screenshots and Stats

    Digg 3.0 will launch Monday, June 26, in the morning PST. The launch is being announced this evening, and Digg has made a number of screen shots available to me which are included in this post. Richard MacManus and I interviewed Digg founders Jay Adelson and Kevin Rose about the new launch, and we also spent some time talking about new Digg competitor Netscape, as well as other Digg… Read More

  • Photobucket vs. Flickr in Alexa and Technorati

    One of the top stories in the blogosphere today is a new Hitwise chart finding that Photobucket has a 46% leading market share in online photosharing and that Flickr is in 6th place with only 6%. This was a big surprise for parts of the blogosphere where Flickr is a hot topic. I looked up these two sites on Alexaholic and found traffic results quite different from the Hitwise graph. Many… Read More

  • Pluggd podcast community launched today

    Seattle based start-up Pluggd opened their podcast directory for public use today; the company aims to make podcast listening easier for nontechnical users. It has several features that I think look great. Company CEO Alex Castro came from Microsoft, with an emphasis in multimedia. The Pluggd team also has members with backgrounds at Real and ESPN.com. Pluggd offers a few things that… Read More

  • Ether pay-per-call launches for public use

    The telephone-time monetization system Ether officially launches today, after beta testing since March. The company calls its new stage “zeta.” Ether lets you set a price for people who want to call you on the phone. The company provides a phone number, billing services and will also do pay-per-view for documents or other files. A button on your website lets potential callers… Read More

  • MySpace moves to protect children

    Next week will see a number of moves by MySpace to try and protect young users, the New York Times reported today. The biggest change will be that users registered as over 18 years of age will be required to enter the full names or email addresses of users under 16 years of age in order to contact them. Usernames are sufficient to send a friend request to anyone in MySpace now. The obvious… Read More

  • E-Messenger raises funds, relaunches as eBuddy.com

    The battle of the Ajax web chat services took a new turn today when old-school E-messenger.net relaunched as Ebuddy.com. The Netherlands based company has also secured a round of funding from an as yet undisclosed, but top tier, VC firm. E-messenger (now eBuddy) has been around since 2003, offers chat in a pop-up box and added Ajax functionality in February. It’s been challenged… Read More

  • Second Life turns three years old

    Though a pile of recent mainstream media coverage and a Jeff Bezos round of investment may have turned many readers on to the virtual world of Second Life only recently, it (like many parts of the Web 2.0 world) is not entirely new. The virtual world is celebrating it’s third birthday starting today. According to the Second Life history wiki, the world’s creators Linden Lab took… Read More

  • Swaptree Update, First Screen Shots

    A couple of weeks ago I wrote a somewhat negative post about an unlaunched startup in Boston called Swaptree. Ouriel wrote a follow up post comparing Swaptree (unfavorably) to a French service called SplitGames. Since that time I’ve had a chance to talk at length with Swaptree founder and CEO Greg Boesel about some of the perceived shortcomings of the service that I pointed out. That… Read More

  • Microsoft teams with Creative Commons

    How different are things now that Bill Gates at Microsoft has made his symbolic hand-off of power? Microsoft tonight announced a new partnership with Creative Commons, the organization dedicated to providing content producers a legal alternative to “all rights reserved” copyright law, to offer a new tool for easy insertion of Creative Commons licenses into works created with… Read More

  • MySpace in foreign languages due out this summer

    MySpace co-founder and chief executive Chris DeWolfe was quoted by the Financial Times yesterday and said that the first localized, non-English versions of MySpace will be available this summer. The company has designated 11 countries to target, naming specifically only France, Germany, China and India. I’ll place my bets on Japan, Korea, Brazil and Italy making the list as well, based… Read More

  • MySpace Feeds the DeadPool, Nukes Another Startup

    MySpace, the 27.4 Billion Pound Gorilla, stomped on another startup today. DatingAnyone.com has shut down its service. Last week startup Singlestat.us closed its doors in response to a MySpace cease and desist letter. The same letter, with a different name and address, is the cause of the shutdown of DatingAnyone.com. The services, which are nearly identical, let you know when… Read More

  • Comparing SMS price comparison services

    People say that mobile devices will be the key platform of the future, but there are quite a few things you can do already with good old SMS. The launch of Mobsaver this week got me looking around at a number of similar services for price comparison by text message and here’s what I found. Even with a web enabled mobile device, being able to quickly send a text message to one… Read More

  • Opera releases version 9.0, includes bittorent

    The web and mobile (and Nintendo Wii) browser Opera released its 9.0 version today and a number of cool new features are offered, including a built in bittorrent downloader, tab previews and widgets. The Oslo, Norway based browser originated in 1994 and has a loyal, if small, user base – especially among international mobile users. The bittorent system may be painfully slow to… Read More

  • Announcing TechCrunch Japan

    I am very pleased to announce that TechCrunch is now available in Japanese at jp.techcrunch.com. All TechCrunch content will be translated into Japanese and posted within a day or so of the English version. In addition, Japanese startups will be featured on the site, and many of those posts will be translated to English for inclusion on the main TechCrunch site. The RSS feed is… Read More