The entire service is controlled by computers, and the voice recognition is pretty capable. I tried confusing … Read more
AOL wants advertisers to be able to buy search ads that appear only on the AOL network. So, AOL has made a deal for a Google white-label AOL-branded search advertising service--dubbed AOL Search Marketplace. The service has been in beta with about 30 advertisers since the beginning of the year, but is being expanded to a larger group of chosen advertisers on Monday, AOL says.
The deal is an extension of a partnership between AOL and Google that dates to 2002 and was renewed and expanded in December 2005. As part of the deal, Google invested $1 billion for a … Read more
Blackle is a front end to Google that works exactly like Google, but with one difference: Its home page and its results pages are black. Why? To save the planet. As it says on the about page, "Blackle saves energy because the screen is predominantly black." The page quotes a 2002 report that maintains, "a given monitor requires more power to display a white (or light) screen than a black (or dark) screen."
That makes intuitive sense when you're talking about CRTs, but not LCD monitors or laptops, which power their backlight consistently regardless of … Read more
It's an interesting experiment. Especially if, as we've been hearing, it represents thinking that's going in to a new version of My Yahoo. I can't see what this site offers over the current My Yahoo, aside from the capability to add custom search engines. However, adding a search engine that's not already supported on the service is hugely difficult. Compare it to adding … Read more
One of the key benefits of using Google Desktop rather than the search functionality that ships with Microsoft Windows XP is its speed and online functionality. Vista has improved the built-in search, but for XP users, Google Desktop is a powerful search tool that does a much better job at helping you find things, even if they're online. This morning, Google released a version of its Desktop search client for the Mac operating system. Sure enough, the release has a lot of people asking why? After all, Macs have been shipping with Spotlight, OS X's built-in system-wide search … Read more
The San Francisco New Tech Meetup is on tonight at CNET headquarters. There are four companies presenting, two of which I have covered before: MerchantCircle and MyThings. That leaves two newbies, both interesting plays that lack only for business models.
Tellfriends is a nicely designed site for social recommendations. You can recommend a favorite local bar or restaurant to the crowd. Other people can vote your recommendation up or down, and you get standing in the community when you make good recommendations. Sounds like Digg, no? Or maybe Yelp? It's a little of both, resulting in a social-bookmarking site … Read more
One application that Yahoo will make available creates a link between Flickr and Yahoo Mail. The service looks at the subject line of an e-mail and searches Flickr for photos related to that word, such as "party."
The company envisions a whole list of applications that can be built using mail.
For example, people can find ways to access e-mail from different mobile clients or to combine social networking features and multimedia with mail, … Read more
The site's content is managed and controlled by community moderators called "constables." After being screened and chosen even more carefully than ordinary contributors, constables are given the power to manage user submissions and general content. Constables aren't paid or given compensation for their services, it's purely a volunteer gig. Likewise, contributors receive nothing besides the prestige of creating and editing content for the service.
There are just more than 1,000 entries on the site. This pales in comparison to Wikipedia's 1,700,000 plus, but Citizendium just launched. Wikipedia's been live since early 2001.
Citizendium is an interesting experiment (a term coined by its founders, not me). It's too early to say whether or not it will become a serious competitor to Wikipedia. To my mind, Citizendium is setting itself up for problems.… Read more