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Archive for February, 2006

PodBop: Events+Podcast Mashup

PodBop is a new service which provides concert info and songs from the bands performing in the city you search for. Currently available only in the U.S., PodBop provides concert info from Eventful.com and provides links to MP3 of the bands listed which can be subscribed to (RSS feed) for future events.

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SONR: Useful Or Not

SONR, a podcast tracking service which allows you to track who listens to your podcasts, how long etc.

SONR (Sonar) is a media tracking tool for content providers. Specifically geared towards podcasters (and later, publishers of video content), SONR’s goal is to provide detailed information on how listeners interact with your content. Currently, most podcasters only know when a listener has downloaded their content, but with SONR’s media player, providers can now track how much of their podcast was listened to and what the user did while listening.

Pete Cashmore argues (which I totally agree with) that the service would not work as it defeats the purpose of portability which podcasts are about. SONR requires the listener to play the podcast from the website using a special SONR media player embedded in the webpage. This can provide statistics to the blogger but confines the listener to be present on the page to listen. Pete also questions: If you’re listening to an audio file on your PC without subscribing to an RSS feed, is that even a podcast?

Richard MacManus has different opinions on the subject.

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UMA : VoIP Killer

The Register writes:

UMA kills the VoIP dream

3GSM It’s
small, it’s boring and won’t turn any heads – but it probably spells
the end of the road for Skype, Vonage and any other hopeful independent
VoIP companies. It’s Nokia’s 6136 phone, which allows you to make calls
over your home or office Wi-Fi network, as well as on a regular
cellular network. UMA, or unlicensed mobile access, is the mobile
operators’ answer to the threat of VoIP – and now it’s reality.…

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Google Buys Measure Map

Google has announced that they have acquired Adaptive Path’s Measure Map. Measure Map (still in private beta) is used to provide traffic stats for blogs.

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Ning 2.0 Screenshots

Om Malik has some screenshots of the new and to be launched Ning.com. Check them out here.

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Ideal AJAX Desktop

…should have the following:

  1. Word Processor (Writely)
  2. Spreadsheet (Numsum)
  3. Presentation ( anything out yet?)
  4. Music (Pandora)
  5. Instant Messaging (Meebo)
  6. Calendar (30boxes)
  7. Mail Client
  8. Photos (Flickr)
  9. Photo Editor (Pxn8)
  10. To Do List (TaDa List)
  11. RSS Reader (Newsalloy)
  12. Blog Client
  13. File manager
  14. Storage (Omnidrive, Streamload)

all at one place.

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Edgeio, secretive startup by onetime RealNames founder Keith Teare and TechCrunch blogger Mike Arrington was unofficially launched and Rob Hof has put his review here.

Few quotes from Rob’s article:

Edgeio is doing just what its tagline says: gathering “listings from the edge”–classified-ad listings in blogs, and even online product content in newspapers and Web stores, and creating a new metasite that organizes those items for potential buyers.

The way Edgeio works is that bloggers would post items they want to sell right on their blogs, tagging them with the word “listing” (and eventually other descriptive tags). Then, Edgeio will pluck them as it constantly crawls millions of blogs looking for the “listing” tag and index them on Edgeio.com.

Also, Edgeio sends a trackback to the blog, providing a way for the blogger to go to Edgeio and modify the listing, adding other tags such as “autos” and other data that will further help the listing appeal to potential buyers.

Mathew Ingram says it could become Craiglist 2.0

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