• Missing iGoogle? Try Backstitch Instead

    Missing iGoogle? Try Backstitch Instead

    In July, Google announced its plans to shut down iGoogle, its personalized homepage that users customized with gadgets of their choosing, including things like Twitter updates, shopping lists, calendar appointments, news feeds, weather, and more. There was a surprising amount of backlash at the time – apparently, some folks out there were still pretty reliant on having a one-stop-shop… Read More

  • Analytics Dashboard Netvibes Sold To Dassault Systèmes

    Analytics Dashboard Netvibes Sold To Dassault Systèmes

    Netvibes has just been acquired by European product design company Dassault Systèmes (sure this isn’t the type of thing I usually write, but I like the founder Tariq Krim so bear with me here … ). French startup Netvibes is an analytics dashboard that allows Fortune 500 companies to track their social media presence throughout the realtime web. Dassault is a “3D… Read More

  • TweetUp Teams Up With, Netvibes And

    Fresh off the heels of announcing the acquisition of Android Twitter client Twidroyd and popurls, Twitter search and advertising platform operator TweetUp has signed up several new distribution partners. TweetUp will be powering its search results with four new publishers, namely, Netvibes, Farlex’s online reference sites including and… Read More

  • Netvibes Is Prepping An iPad (Web) App, And We Have Some Early Screenshots

    Netvibes, which has been making start pages more personalized and more ‘real-time’ for users for years now, is working on an iPad application website. The alpha version of the site will be available later today (screenshot below), but users will have to wait a couple of more weeks for the launch of the more polished version (screenshot above). The site you’ll be able to… Read More

  • NetVibes Launches A Realtime Tracking Platform With Instant Dashboards

    On the heels of announcing profitability, startup NetVibes is announcing a new feature today to help users monitor the realtime web. NetVibes is launching a personal dashboard monitoring platform, called Instant Dashboards. The new feature allows users to enter a keyword on NetVibes’ site to pull up an instant dashboard that automatically collects all of the latest photos, videos… Read More

  • Netvibes Makes It To Profitability By Appealing To Businesses

    Netvibes CEO Freddy Mini announced today that the startup founded five years ago has finally made it to profitability. The site has seen a lot of changes since then. It began as one of the original Web 2.0 personalized homepages, became a distributed widget platform, changed CEOs (when founder Tariq Krim stepped down in 2008 to start Jolicloud), then started appealing to enterprises, brands… Read More

  • Grab Your Beta Invites To Wasabi, Netvibe's Powerful New Stream Reader

    We recently reviewed Wasabi, Netvibes’ powerful new stream reader which consolidates news feeds, blogs, Twitter and Facebook streams, email, and more in an extremely manageable interface. The site entered private beta recently and we have 200 invites for TechCrunch readers. To get an invite, visit Wasabi and enter the code “WASABITC.” As we wrote earlier, Netvibes CEO… Read More

  • Netvibes Delivers A Potent Stream Reader With Wasabi (Beta Invites)

    Netvibes, original widget homepage, is morphing into something much more interesting. The next version of the service, dubbed Wasabi, is a potent stream reader which consolidates news feeds, blogs, Twitter and Facebook streams, email, and much more in an extremely manageable interface. Wasabi will become available early next week in a private beta, but you can start signing up for it… Read More

  • Netvibes Allows Publishers To Push Updates At You, But You Can Shove Them Back

    If you run a website that others are going to use, there’s probably a desire to find a mixture between user-customization and putting forth your content. For simple sites, that’s easy enough, but what if you want to change the design of pages, and put in elements like new widgets? Netvibes now has a way. Read More

  • Feedly Adds New Ways To Explore The Blogosphere

    I find myself relying on traditional feed readers less and less these days (stream readers like TweetDeck and Seesmic have replaced them as an hourly habit). But when I do look at my feeds, I like to look at them through Feedly, which presents the stories in a visually appealing, magazine-like layout. Feedly is a Firefox plug-in that lets you import all of your blog and news feeds from… Read More

  • NetVibes Gets Into Website Design

    NetVibes, the startup that lets you assemble all your favorite widgets, feeds, social networks, email, videos and blogs onto a customizable homepage, is rolling out a new feature today that lets users create personalized widget-based web pages. NetVibes’s tool, called Theme Publishing, is a visual design editor that lets users personalize and edit every part of their… Read More

  • NetVibes Adds Drag And Follow Search Widgets For Twitter, Facebook And MySpace

    NetVibes, the startup that lets you assemble all your favorite widgets, feeds, social networks, email, videos and blogs onto a customizable homepage, is rolling out helpful “drag and follow” widgets for Facebook, MySpace and Twitter tomorrow. NetVibes has offered Facebook, MySpace and Twitter widgets for some time now. Once you insert the respective widgets onto your NetVibes… Read More

  • Speeding Up RSS

    I’m sorry, but RSS feeds are way too slow. I know this first-hand. As part of my job here at TechCrunch, I monitor a lot of RSS feeds for breaking news. We also produce our own feed and I can see how quickly it propagates to various feed readers and feed-powered news aggregation services. The lag time between posting a story and seeing it pop up in the RSS feed is usually a few… Read More

  • Don't Have Enough Widgets In Your Life? Netvibes Adds Recommendations.

    For those of you who need more information widgets in your life, Netvibes is adding widget recommendations to its homepage service. It just started rolling this feature out today, and all Netvibes users should see it within the next two or three days. It looks at all of the information widgets on all the pages and tabs in your account, compares that to other members with overlapping taste… Read More

  • Alltop Launches Personalized Feed Reader That Can Hardly Be Personalized

    Alltop, the “online magazine rack” that offers visitors a clean overview of RSS-feed enabled sources categorized by topic, is launching version 3.0 today with the addition of a custom feed reader that’s supposed to make it easier for users to personalize their user experience when browsing for online news. But how personalized is it really? The feature, dubbed MyAlltop… Read More

  • New Screenshot of Jolicloud Netbook Operating System

    Netvibes founder Tariq Krim sent me a new screenshot of Jolicloud, the Linux-based Netbook-optimized operating system he’s building (we first covered Jolicloud last December). The screen shot, which is significantly evolved from what we saw in Paris, shows a set of featured applications that mixes desktop and cloud software – Facebook, Skype, Meebo and Youtube, among others, are… Read More

  • Netvibes Adds Slick Magazine Layout Options; Supports OpenSocial

    The widget is ready for its closeup. Today at the LeWeb conference in Paris, Netvibes announced a major step forward in how widgets are presented on a start page. Instead of the standard jumble of boxes filled mostly with text-only feeds, Netvibes members can now arrange the different widgets they subscribe to in different layouts that help to break up the page. And within a given widget… Read More

  • Netvibes Partners With Russian Web Portal

    Netvibes, the site that lets users customize their homepages with a variety of widgets, has partnered with to bring its widgets to the massive Russian web portal. Rambler is the Yahoo of Russia, with an estimated 40 million users and 3 billion monthly pageviews. The deal is being described as “multi-year” and worth “multi-millions”, but further details… Read More

  • Start Page Schmedley Pre-Launches With 5000 Invites

    If Netvibes is getting old and you’re tired of looking at your desktop to find all your favorite apps, Schmedley might be a worthwhile alternative. Leading up to its public beta next week, Schmedley is offering 5,000 private beta invites for TechCrunch readers who want to take the site for a spin. The premise is simple: you sign up and get brought to your start page, which can be… Read More

  • All It Takes To Inflate Your FeedBurner Numbers Is a Netvibes Account

    Feedburner hacked! from Boris Veldhuijzen van Zanten on Vimeo. It is hardly surprising that FeedBurner’s subscriber numbers can be faked. What is surprising is how easy it is to do so. As the video above shows, all you need is a Netvibes account. The folks at the Next Web in Amsterdam took a blog with 43 subscribers and turned that into 2,500 overnight simply by creating an OPML file… Read More

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