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digg logo Digg, The Social News Mogul Hits 1 Million User Mark
Digg, the social news mogul of our times today announced that they have hit the 1 million registered user mark in less than 2 years. The one thing we don’t know yet is whether this include all those fake accounts, that have been set up on digg, as well or not.
 Digg, The Social News Mogul Hits 1 Million User Mark
At digg you could submit you favorite story from across the web. Users could then digg, bury, comment and blog about it. Digg eclipsed Slashdot, a long time back, as the leading hub for techies, and continues to build on that momentum. Digg recently added the ability to share and rank videos as well alongwith the introduction of several other news categories. Readers could also see upcoming stories and visualize them Digg in real time by utilizing tools provided by Digg Labs. A great feature is the ability to read an excerpt from the story on the popular stories page, an idea incorporated from Google.

Due to Digg´s ability to send huge amounts of traffic to content providers, it has been an active battle ground for people trying to game it to promote their stories or to bury the ones from competitors.

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googlefriendster Google Bags Friendster Deal at the Expense of Yahoo
Friendster has announced (pdf file) an exclusive search and ad deal with Google. Its a win for Google (they bagged another social network after MySpace) , a win for Friendster (getting in bed with Google who could generate more money for them) and a loss for Yahoo (showed the door, so much for the hype surrounding Panama’s launch). Friendster has already integrated the text and display advertising components of the deal. The Google search box would be integrated by the mid of 2007.

The real question remains answered: How can you make the once hot celeb (Friendster) hip again in the face of competition from the likes of MySpace, facebook, Bebo and so on.
 Google Bags Friendster Deal at the Expense of Yahoo

Turkey Bans Youtube

youtube logo Turkey Bans Youtube
ABC News is reporting that Youtube has been banned in Turkey after a Turkish Court ordered the ban of the site. This has resulted from uploading of videos insulting the founder of modern day Turkey, Mustafa Kamal Ataturk. Turkey’s largest Telecom provider, Turk Telecom, has already enforced the ban.

Over the past few weeks a virtual war has been taking place on Youtube between Greeks and Turks, with both sides belittling each other. The alleged video claimed that Ataturk and Turkish are homosexuals. Insulting Ataturk is a crime punishable by prison in Turkey. Last year a publisher was jailed for publishing Noam Chomsky´s book in Turkey. He was later released on Chomsky´s intervention.

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My.Netscape Clones Netvibes

 My.Netscape Clones Netvibes
MyNetscape relaunched yesterday as a customizable Ajax start page, which is verbatim as the popular Netvibes. This is yet another attempt to keep up with the fast moving world of startups, where cool new products and services are being launched every now and then. Previously the Netscape.com portal was transformed into a Digg clone.

This is an entrenched battleground with Netvibes, Pageflakes, Live.com, Google Personalized Home Page, My Yahoo etc competing against each other.

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auctionads logo Auction Ads, Ebay Advertising Widget, Launched
AuctionAds is a new widget service for site owners looking to monetize their content. All you have to do is to place the embed code in your site and add descriptive tags relevant to your content. The AuctionAds widget will then retrieve the relevant eBay auctions and display them on your site.

The AuctionAds service is yet another step towards everything embracing widgets. Its yet to be seen how AuctionAds compare to Google Ads in terms of monetization for site owners.

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Uclue: Google Answers Reborn

uclue logo Uclue: Google Answers Reborn
Google Abandoned Google Answers in late 2006, after experimenting with it for 4 years. But now, some researchers from the Google Answers team have started their own service, Unclue.

The model is similar to the failed google service with minute differences like payments by paypal instead of credit card, support of Spanish and German Languages alongwith English.

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mpire logo Shop Visually With Mpire´s Shopwave
Mpire which launched initially in November 2006, has launched Shopwave, a service that lets you shop visually using a Flash based tool.

The User Interface is clean and simple with a rich feature set. The feature that i liked the most is the ability to visualize the price trends of your desired items in recent days. This way users could make informed decision on buying immediately or holding on for a few more days.
 Shop Visually With Mpire´s Shopwave
Other features include mashup of Amazon and Epinions to provide user reviews on site along with coupons and deals, plugin support for IE7 and Firefox, Digg like voting on popular deals and the ability to describe your item visually in case you don’t know exactly what you are looking for.

Visual shopping is an exciting space and we are beginning to see startups like Browse Goods, Riya´s Like.com and theFind.com targeting this market.

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geni logo Geni: Social Network for the Family Raises $10M in Second Round
Geni, which could rightfully be called a Social Network for the family has raised $10 million in their second round of financing from Charles River Ventures at a post money valuation of $100 million, which is a staggering amount considering the fact that the service is just a few weeks old. George Zachary from CRV will be joining the Geni Board. Geni initially raised $1.5 million from the Founder’s Fund.

Geni currently boosts 100,000 registered users with 2 million family nodes.

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addthis logo AddThis To Solve The Social Bookmarking Clutter
AddThis is a new widget service that was launched in October 2006. With so many bookmarking services popping up these days, something like this was imminent. By Creating an account on AddThis blog and site owners could generate a simple, free button that could be placed at the end of posts (see sample button at the end of this post). Readers can then bookmark the post on Digg, StumbleUpon, Google Bookmarks, Technorati, Reddit and the likes with a single click on the button. The service also provides with statistics including content that your readers bookmarked the most, over various periods of time.

AddThis claims that they have served 100+ million buttons to-date, with 2 million buttons being served daily.

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 OctoPart: A Vertical Search Engine for Gadget Parts

Octopart is a vertical search engine that lets electronics buyers find great deals by aggregating product data provided by Allied Electronics, Digi-Key, mouser and Newark InOne. Octopart is YCombinator backed and was started by two physics grad students who got tired of searching for identical electronic parts in lots of different catalogs.

Octopart already supports advanced search features like wildcard searches, phrase and boolean matching. Results include price comparisons, specs of the parts in pdf fromat along with images.

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