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June 17, 2007

Welcome to the first edition of the Weekly Web Wrapup (WWW). Each week we'll summarize the biggest news in the web technology startup ecosystem. In this week's issue:

WebKit on Windows

Safari Adobe AIRApple and Adobe are collaborating on new browser technology for the Windows platform. Apple announced the immediate availability of its Safari web browser for Windows XP and Windows Vista on Monday during the Apple Worldwide Developers' Conference. The Safari browser will be distributed with Apple's QuickTime and iTunes software products. Windows users downloaded more than 1 million copies of the Safari beta during its first 48 hours of availability.
Adobe's Apollo project has a new name. Adobe Integrated Runtime (Adobe AIR) bundles Adobe Reader, Flash Player, WebKit, and SQLite into a single desktop application development platform.
Adobe AIR, QuickTime, iTunes, and Apple Safari are all based on open-source browser engine WebKit. Safari availability on the Windows operating system will help startup companies easily test their web application performance and layout in Apple and Adobe applications.

Kyte.tv receives funding, expands to Facebook

Kyte Nokia N95Mobile streaming site Kyte.tv announced a strategic investment from Nokia Growth Partners on Tuesday for an unspecified amount. Kyte's parent company decentral.tv has raised three rounds of venture capital over the past year from both sides of the Atlantic. Strategic investments from both Swisscom and Nokia should help the startup gain new users and partner traction in European's 3G data market.

comScore highlights photo widgets

comScore logoInternet measurement firm comScore released its first Widget Metrix report on Wednesday. The report tracks Flash widget usage across comScore's observed user base of about 2 million consumers. Startup companies Slide and RockYou came out on top, reaching 13.8% and 9.7% of the April online audience measured by comScore respectively. Slide and RockYou distribute hosted images through Flash photo slideshow players.

Rifftrax acquires Cuts.com

Rifftrax Michael NelsonVideo comedy site Rifftrax acquired video editing site Cuts on Tuesday for an unspecified amount. Cuts' CutMaker software let anyone remix an online video with new sound effects and voice overs. Rifftrax publishes feature-length voice-overs for popular movies from Mystery Science Theater star Michael Nelson. Rifftrax visitors will soon be able to edit and remix their own comedic voice-overs using the online CutMaker software.

Events next week

The Supernova conference takes place Wednesday-Friday in San Francisco. Supernova mixes web practitioners with business school academics for a three-day examination of the social web.
O'Reilly Media hosts its annual Foo Camp at its corporate headquarters Friday through Sunday. About 200 technologists from the open source, Web, and publishing world come together for a weekend of ad-hoc sessions and schmoozing.

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