Uses Ajax and some other web2.0-ish features.
Sergey Brin is telling employees to stop making old products and start improving new ones. "For example, said Chief Executive Eric Schmidt, Google plans to combine its spreadsheet, calendar and word-processing programs into one suite of Web-based applications."
Google now lets you do searches -- including regular expression searches -- across public source code.
James Yu has a screenshot of a new design Google has been testing lately.
The Participatory Culture Foundation (formerly Downhill Battle) has finally launched their Internet television platform. Grab existing videocast feeds or make your own, all with a gorgeous interface.
Google has released a new program that gives users 100MB of web space to make simple HTML pages in.
Google is buying the leftover ad space in the _Chicago Sun-Times_ and filling it with AdWords ads related to the rest of the content. I wonder how they're going to charge advertisers. The domains posted are the real domains, so it can't exactly be pay-per-click.
Want to send someone $4? Just text "PAY 4 [phone number here]" to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Started as a hobby by Internet rockstar Ben Brown.
Pandora uses an exhaustive database of musical features generated by the Music Genome Project to figure out what songs you'll like. Then it creates a custom webcast station that plays those songs, learning as you tell it which songs you like and don't.
Some great stories about Google's early days, with more to come.
"As easy as peanut butter." Started by David Weekly.
Pick a background, drag and drop some windows, etc.
The Search Engine Experiment gives you the results from Yahoo, MSN, and Google without saying which is which. Currently, 41% of those who have taken the test picked Google (33% Yahoo, 26% MSN).
"why did four perfectly happy Disney/ESPN employees leave their jobs to build it? ... [It will be a]ttractive not just in looks but in function as well. At Newsvine, we feel strongly that an article's life only begins the second it is published. It is only when readers interact with it that it achieves its full impact." (sign up for the beta)
A free version of Urchin, a company Google bought. (official blog post)
You could also buy equipment to extend it into your house. (proposal)
"Dabble combines the best of group spreadsheets, custom databases, and intranet web applications into a new way to manage and share your information online."
The Google advanced search page now lets you limit your search to CC-licensed results.
Satellites, drag and drop, and more.
This is pretty amazing stuff.
This takes us another step closer to the possibility of being able to run Ajax applications like Gmail while not connected to the Internet.
In a long New York Times piece, top Googlers speculate about the future of advertising, including Google selling TV ads, using more personalized information, and links to store inventory information.
Investors include Omidyar Network, the outfit led by eBay co-founder Pierre Omidyar, Netscape co-founder Marc Andreessen, and Greylock partners.
"At the same time, we're rolling out a pilot program allowing other businesses access to our commercial APIs ... the goal is to open it up completely and give you the biggest variety of choices when it comes to doing things with your photos."
Following in the footsteps of Adrian Holovaty's Chicago Crime, Seattle 911 shows you where all the latest 911 calls originated from and whether they've been responded to yet.
Backstory: the developer of this web app was tired of keeping it running so he sold the site -- the domain, the trademark, the software -- on eBay with the starting bid as one cent.
"We're currently pushing about 250mbps of traffic through our multiple network pipes, and that's growing by 10-20% each month. (If you're more familiar with bandwidth stated in terms of transfer allowances, that's a transfer rate of almost 3TB (terabytes!) per day.) ... the data center we are in ran out of space and power"
Details about how it works in the link.
Sort of like Amazon.com Listmania but for web pages. Also see H2O Playlist.
Also plots results on a Google map. Recently received $20M from the Mayfield Fund, joining Ignition Partners and Trinity Ventures. Competitors include Simply Hired ($3M in angel funding) and Indeed ($5M from NYT and Union Square).
(sample map) It uses your zip code to figure out where to place you on the map.
The Open Content Alliance is an organization that includes Yahoo!, the Internet Archive, and a number of libraries and is committed to scanning books that are out of copyright and putting them on the Web completely free for any purpose. Some sample books are also now available. One of them details the project.
Lets broadband users access video clips from popular Comedy Central shows as well as special broadband-only content. Expected to be able to view it on mobile devices soon as well. MTV has a similar system called "Overdrive".
Appoints "President of Sales and Business Development".
The product that drove webmasters crazy was back...for a moment, at least.
Back during Bubble I, a startup called Third Voice allowed you to post a sticky note on any webpage for everyone to see. Website authors cried foul and the company eventually went bust, but stickis apparently plans to revive the feature, although the notes (annotations) are reportedly only shared with friends.
There sure are a lot -- everything from ZipCars to urinals.
The author also runs a weblog about practical software development.
Walking around and see something cool? With socialight, you can leave a 'sticky shadow' in that locations so that if your friends head back to the same place they get your message or photo.
You upload your photos to Riya and it recognizes the faces in them and allows you to search based on the people. They hope to analyze the photos on the entire Web soon.
"What you mark in Ma.gnolia not only stays found but keeps coming back to you as your interests change. That’s our pitch, plain and simple, and it’s why we say that found is the new search." Web design guru Jeffrey Zeldman lends his endorsement. Beta launch in December.
Get easy to understand, doctor-reviewed information on medical conditions.
Uses Wikipedia and social networking. (review)
The OPML support allows for some cool features, like quick access to the different Amazon.com stores.
Search for [apple] and it will ask whether you meant the fruit or the computer. Also provides previews of the resulting pages right in the search results.
"Features: post-centric ad insertion, post to email."
Reminds me of Epinions (now owned by CNET's Shopping.com) a little.
Lets users tag search results to improve searches in the future.
Pump Audio takes music from indie musicians and provides it to people who make television shows and movies so that they can have pre-licensensed, genuine music to put in their works.
The deadline for the Winter Founders Program is just days away, but Y Combinator has announced some of the impressive speakers that will address the founders, including Joel Spolsky (Fog Creek), Evan Williams (Blogger, Odeo), Joe Kraus (Excite, JotSpot), Chris Sacca (head of new business development at Google), and Simon London (management editor for the Financial Times).
Touted as the new Viaweb, Shopify looks to be a Ruby on Rails based online store builder.
Outfoxed is a Mozilla derivative that shows you whether your friends like certain web pages in things like Google search results.
Combined network has 275 million users.
A clever hack that uses the disk storage features built into Flash to let Ajax applications store data on your local hard drive, instead of keeping it all on the server.
Search for something like [lax nyc] and Google will help you buy plane tickets for that trip.
i2hub is file-sharing software that's extremely popular at some colleges.
Joining a number of recent high-profile blogger hires -- Blogdex developer Cameron Marlow, Django (a Python-based Ruby on Rails competitor) developer Simon Willison, and upcoming.org developers Andy Baio and Leonard Lin -- BBC developer Tom Coates (plasticbag.org) has been snapped up by the Yahoo! Tech Development Group.
The folks at Ionist (see below) are apparently working on some sort of web-based RSS reader. Looks very nice.
Sam Stephenson (the developer of the Prototype Ajax library that's included with Ruby on Rails and is quickly being used by every Ajax app) and Marcel Molina, who previously did Ruby on Rails consulting as Ionist have joined the lead developer of Ruby on Rails at 37signals, makers of such Ruby on Rails-based web apps as Basecamp.
See exactly where the available hotels are on a Google Map.
Startup school attendee Beau Hartshorne has downloaded lists of every .com and .net domain name and imported them into a large MySQL database. Now you can instantly see whether a domain name is taken as fast as you can type them. It really makes it easy to try different variations and possibilities.
Google and Yahoo have joined existing startups Technorati and IceRocket in launching blog search services. Now here comes another blog search startup, with an interface designed by Adaptive Path (see below), that touts better spam filtering. (screenshot) The company apparently has ties to Oddpost, the early ajax-based email client that Yahoo! purchased and plans to roll-out as Yahoo! Mail soon.
Flock (formerly round two), the well-funded San Francisco startup that is trying to include "Web 2.0" stuff right in their Mozilla Firefox-based browser, has finally launched a developer preview (reportedly because people were sharing private versions on filesharing networks). In my testing, the software is still buggy, slow, and crash-prone, but it's full of buzzwords -- tagging, blogging, Web 2.0, Ajax, and Firefox.
Matt "photomatt" Mullenweg, creator of the open source blogging software WordPress is leaving his job at tech destination site CNET to work on WordPress full-time. Mullenweg is currently in the process of launching WordPress.com, a (free?) WordPress-based blog hosting site. (Tip: You can get a free blog by using Flock; see above.)
"DVD Jon" Johansen, the Norwegian teenager who cracked the CSS encryption on commercial DVDs, has since turned to cracking the encryption on songs downloaded from the iTunes Music Store. He's recently been snapped up my Michael Robertson, the man behind Lindows, to work on a new digital music project named "Oboe" for his company mp3tunes. Details about the project are scarce but Johansen notes that Robertson will protect him from any more lawsuits.
A look back at the Y Combinator Startup School as well as Y Combinator's funding programs. References a joint EU-US report on venture capital which notes:
there is a fundamental market failure in the provision of early-stage financing in both the US and the EU. Venture capital funds are concentrating on larger and larger deals, leaving the small and risky early-stage deals aside. This is due to the more attractive returns and lower risks available in later-stage investments to more established firms, and in buyouts of larger companies. This can become a self-reinforcing cycle: because few venture capital funds are active in the seed and early stage area, they don’t have any longer the necessary knowledge to operate there. The few remaining seed funds and the business angel investors cannot by themselves cover the demand for equity investments.
Jason Fried is founder of 37signals, the company that started as one of the leading usability design consultancies and has, since the launch of their project management software Basecamp, transformed into one of the leading web-based software companies. Their lead programmer, David David Heinemeier Hansson, is also the creator of Ruby on Rails, which not only powers all of 37signals's software but is fast becoming the toolkit of choice for web applications everywhere.
37signals has their barebones Ta-da List, but Remember the Milk provides a todo service with tons more features.
Hot on the heals of buying Weblogs.com, Verisign, the company that manages the .com infrastructure, has purchased Moreover, one of the first RSS companies. Moreover provides bloggers with access to a wide variety of news stories through RSS and other methods.
Tagging has been all over the place recently and apparently Google couldn't resist. Now you can tag sites in your search history for later retrieval.
Google joins the already crowded RSS aggregator space with their new ajax RSS reader, done in the style of Gmail. Blogger project manager Jason Shellen led the project.
A real-time collaborative environment along with social networking-style buddy list features.
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