Serph is a little different from Technorati (which is littered with splogs) in a way that it is designed to track the buzz much like Techmeme does at the moment. While Techmeme´s approach is to seed the system with trusted blogs manually, Serph will track and aggregate buzz from Feedster, Bloglines, Topix, Technorati, Sphere, Youtube, Digg, Podzinger, Google Blog Search and others. The results are then sorted and organized so the most recent buzz appears first. Users can also subscribe to an RSS feed for searches.
Just as on Youtube, Scribd for the first time has made it dead simple to share documents with people at large. The User Interface, comments, tagging and ratings are similar to Youtube if not a blatant copy. Just as Youtube, Scribd´s internal dynamics encourages copy right violations and they are adopting similar tactics to cope with it “We will take it down, if and when you will ask us to do so”, but till than it won’t hurt us to ride on the traffic generated by such documents. And last but not least posting and viewing could be done anonymously, so no one can catch you for any violations what so ever.
Vibe Solutions, has launched a video aggregator, Pyro.tv. Pyro.tv enables users to create personalized channels, search for popular channels, subscribe to these channels and others users etc. It is in essence a video feedreader, something that Youtube´s channel subscription feature has almost accomplished. Users can also embed their clips in MySpace, Friendster and other social networks.
The real value of creating channels for videos will come with the videos itself and unless and until pyro.tv gets a huge collection of that i dont see it to be of great use. When it comes to building a repository of videos even the great google couldnt beat youtube at its game. For now i guess users would be happy with making channels and subscribing to videos on youtube.
StreetAdvisor is based in Australia and aims to become a highly targeted social network for your neighbourhood and streets. It will allow the community to share the essence of their locality by allowing them to share information like street noise, public transportation info, street and night life, gossips and stories of the community. Other social network goodies like ranking, reviews, street maps etc are naturally included.
Users might be able to get Google Search, Gmail, Google Maps, and Blogger amongst other things pre installed on their LG mobile phones. At the moment we dont know for sure what apps will be loaded or not on the phone, as nothing concrete has come out from either company.
Ever since its IPO Google has really played smartly as far as partnerships are concerned. It partnered with firefox to have firefox search box default to Google, it partnered with Dell to have Google software pre installed on Dell machines, it partnered with MySpace and Friendster to be a default search engine for the social networks. Google wants to reach as many people by default as it can. It knows fair well that Microsoft didnt killed Netscape by making IE better, rather by making it a default browser option for people.
Fliptrack has raised $1.5M in Series A funding from Mohr Davidow Ventures and have launched their service. Fliptrack allows users to generate slide shows of their photos and sync them with music.
Photo slideshows is a saturated market with Slide, RockYou and Photobucket trying to cut eachothers throat. The distinctness of Fliptrack in this cut throat competition is the ability ot sync music of your choice with the slideshows. The web editer is extremely easy to use and is almost automated. All you need to do to make a FlipTrack, a slideshow on the service, is to pick a music track and upload your desired photos from your pc, website or the social network that you are using. The rest is their job.
You can also use drag and drop to order photos, create effects and transitions, add captions, crop, rotate and pan images. FlipTrack also plans to add video editing to its service. There is however one problem with all this, any existing service like Slide, Photobucket can add this functionality into their feature set in order to out do fliptrack It will be interesting to see what they will do if and when this happens.
Mashable is reporting that MySpace now generates $30M a month out of which $24M are from US revenues whereas the rest of it comes from the rest of the world. The analysis is originally done by Richard Greenfield, but says nothing about the Google deal. So the Web2.0 and social networking craze is finally generating a bit of green bucks. Fox acquired MySpace in fall of 2005 for $580M, which many claimed to be a grab.
The monthly revenue are expected to double year on year and hence will touch $60M by same time next year.
In a bid to out-google google, Yahoo has announced free unlimited email storage to all users starting from May 2007. Yahoo Mail currently offers 1GB storage per account and charges $20/year for a 2GB account.
With this announcement Yahoo mail now surpasses GMail´s 2.8GB+ and Live Mail´s 2GB storage limit by an unlimited margin. Yahoo mail came into existence as RocketMail (which offered 2MB storage limit) almost a decade ago. Yahoo acquired RocketMail in 1997 and relaunched it as Yahoo Mail (storage got doubled to 4MB) in 1997.
Payoneer, a New York based startup that lets bloggers use prepaid debit cards to pay their errands, has recieved $4M from Greylock Partners. Earlier investor Crossbar Capital and Cross Bearm Capital also participated in the round. This takes the total capital raised so far to $5M.
The unique feature of Payoneer payments is the debit option, which makes it easier for bloggers and other small businesses to make payments. Other payment services do not allow you to have debit option, which makes payment a rather time consuming activity, more so if its an international payment. So in essence its a prepaid MasterCard, with fewer setup steps, and is easier and cheaper than PayPal.
Xobni is one of its kind analytics service targeting email market and is doing pioneering work in the identification of pseudospam, and email prioritization. Xobni tracks time spent writing emails, how quickly you respond to emails, When to contact a busy person, When you receive most emails, How much time you spend reading emails and so on. Xobni recieved seed funding from Y Combinator and we covered it in Y Combinator funded companies.