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  • Docstoc Poses As File Transfer Service With OneClick

    Docstoc has taken a page out of YouSendIt’s book by releasing a desktop applet for sending documents to others via email without having to worry about size restrictions. The Windows-only OneClick app enables users to right click on certain file types (Word, PDF, Excel, etc.) and choose to email them via Docstoc. The files will begin uploading to the startup’s servers in the… Read More

  • Drop.io Adds Scribd's iPaper For Smoother File Browsing

    Drop.io, a file storage and sharing service, has partnered with Scribd to bring streamlined document viewing to the site. From now on all supported documents that have been uploaded to Drop.io will be viewable in Scribd’s Flash-based iPaper viewer. Drop.io’s “drop box” storage isn’t exactly unique, but it has a nice interface and a few key features that help… Read More

  • Scribd Introduces Effortless Email Attachment Viewing

    Scribd is launching iPaper@Scribd today, a new feature that lets users convert outgoing email attachments to the company’s iPaper format. Documents in iPaper can be viewed in any browser that supports Flash, which should mitigate the inevitable headaches associated with getting email attachments to work properly. The system is remarkably simple: CC ipaper@scribd.com on your outgoing… Read More

  • Webtop Watch: Adobe Launches Acrobat.com and Releases Acrobat 9 (With Flash).

    Continuing its push to become a major provider of Webtop software, Adobe is releasing two new products on Monday: Acrobat.com and Acrobat 9. Adobe’s Webtop arsenal already includes the recently launched online version of PhotoShop and its online media player, Adobe TV. Acrobat.com is another big step towards bringing more desktop-like experiences to the Web. “It is our intent… Read More

  • Scribd Goes Straight, Bans Porn

    Scribd, the “YouTube for documents”, has announced that it will be removing all pornographic material from the site beginning May 21. Here’s the announcement from the site’s blog:
    Over the next month, we will be updating Scribd’s Terms of Service to prohibit pornographic documents and images. It’s become clear that adult content is limiting… Read More

  • $3.25 Million More For Embeddable Flash Documents

    Docstoc, the professional document repository and community, has raised $3.25 Million in Series B funding. The round was led by Rustic Canyon Partners, and brings their total funding to over $4 Million. Docstoc serves as a repository for professional documents, featuring forms, templates, and a variety of other material. Its flash-based viewer can be embedded into other pages, allowing… Read More

  • Scribd Steps Up Its Game With iPaper

    Document sharing on the Web via embeddable Flash players keeps getting better all the time. Earlier this month I wrote about Issuu, a Denmark-based startup that does a really good job with image-heavy documents like magazines and photography books. Today, Scribd released a vastly improved upgrade to its document viewer, which it is now calling iPaper. Scribd streams the converted PDF… Read More

  • Insightory Wants To Be Wikipedia For Management Knowledge

    Woodlands, Texas based startup Insightory is setting its goals high, with the aim to do for management knowledge what Wikipedia has done for general knowledge. The service itself joins a growing list of document uploading sites that include Scribd and Docstoc, although the company claims that unlike these services Insightory is more targeted and heavily moderated. The content is aimed at… Read More

  • Docstoc Comes Through On That Financing

    I criticized Los Angeles based startup Docstoc in a post last month for pre-announcing a financing that hadn’t actually closed yet. At the time of that post, where I suggested that they may be counting their chickens before they hatched, they said: We are about to close another substantial round of financing from at least one, if not all, of the following investors 1) one of the… Read More

  • 1.9 Billion Words; Scribd Users Have A Lot To Say

    Wikipedia attracted a lot of attention earlier this week when Nikola Smolenski calculated how much paper it would take to print out the English entries in Wikipedia. Smolenski calculated that as of last September, Wikipedia’s English index of informative/controversial articles would fill about 750 400 page volumes. Under the assumption of a 6MB volume, the total site would take up… Read More

  • Competition For Scribd

    Scribd, dubbed “YouTube for documents” didn’t have the the traditional dip in traffic after its launch, and has continued to grow rapidly after raising nearly $4 million in two rounds of venture capital. I looks like they already have competition, though. I’ve been hearing good things about new startup Docstoc, which is currently in private beta. I haven’t been… Read More

  • Scribd Banks $3.5 Million from Redpoint

    Scribd, dubbed the “YouTube for Documents,” was the dark horse of their Y Combinator class, but the social document site now gives its critics pause to think. Since launching, traffic to the site scaled quickly to 75-100,000 uniques per day with a little help from popular link aggregation sites like Digg. This past month they logged 1.73 million unique visitors. The site gets… Read More

  • Scribd Rocking Along, Rumored Financing

    It looks like Y Combinator funded Scribd, a “YouTube for documents” is close to closing its first round of financing, possibly from Redpoint Ventures. Om says this is done; our sources say it will close next week. The rumored valuation of more than $10 million is very high, although the current trend is for entrepreneurs to take big money when it’s offered. We’ve… Read More

  • It's Still Very Early, But Scribd Looks Like A Winner

    We reported on the launch of Scribd, the “YouTube For Documents” a little over two weeks ago. The site drew a significant amount of traffic at launch. Unlike most startups, though, that traffic didn’t just vaporize after a day or two. 100,000 or so unique visitors come the site daily. 12,000 documents have been uploaded to 8,600 unique accounts (35% anonymous). The team says… Read More

  • Scribd "YouTube for Documents" Gets $300K

    Scribd, a site for sharing documents, is coming out of private beta this morning with a fresh Angel investment of $300K on top of their original Y Combinator nest egg of $12,000. Scribd is most easily described as a text version of YouTube. It is a social network that lets you tag, share, and comment on uploaded documents (.doc, .pdf, .txt, .ppt, .xls, .ps, .lit). Scribd is not just a carbon… Read More