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June 25, 2007

Welcome to the June 25 edition of the Startup Search Weekly Web Wrapup. Each week we summarize news and announcements affecting the web technology ecosystem. In this week's issue: sharing your slide deck, signing on to MySpace, finding long-lost relatives, and a financial planning site boosts its own finances.

Google acquires Zenter

Zenter logoGoogle announced the acquisition of Zenter, an online slideshow creator and sharing application. The company participated in Y Combinator's winter 2006 seed program but had yet to publicly launch. Zenter features support for PowerPoint importing, drag-and-drop editing, live slideshow broadcasts, and charting. The software collects live and archived viewer feedback via on-site comments, e-mail, SMS, or live site chat. Google acquired Tonic Systems in April, a company focused on back-end production of online presentation services.

MySpace alters authentication pages

MySpace logo
MySpace changed their authentication behavior last week, changing the way third-party sites inject widgets and other content into the site's social networking profiles. Some viral and automatic posting features of MySpace widget sites were offline for a few days as product teams adjusted to the new changes.

Geni public search

Geni logoSearch outside your family tree with Geni's new public search feature. Genealogy site Geni now lets members opt-in to public profile sharing including member photos, geographic location, and family members. Geni members can now receive private messages from visitors hoping to get back in touch, researching a family tree, or any curious observer.

Digg launches new comment system

Digg comments headerSocial news site Digg.com introduced a threaded comment system on Thursday, redesigning one of the most active commenting communities on the Web. The new system takes advantage of Ajax technologies for loading additional comments and comment posting to create smaller initial page loads.

Wesabe raises $4 million Series A

Wesabe logoPersonal finance social network Wesabe announced a $4 million funding round led by Union Square Ventures. Union Square Ventures partner Brad Burnham joins the Wesabe board of directors.

Coming this week...

Apple's highly anticipated iPhone goes on sale this Friday, June 29, at Apple Stores and AT&T retail outlets across the country. Expect many announcements from startups over the weekend touting site and service compatibility with the iPhone's mobile Safari browser and its 320 by 480 pixel multi-touch display surface.
WebGuild hosts the Searchonomics conference this Wednesday, June 27, in Santa Clara. New product announcements are expected from search engines and web analytics companies presenting at the event.

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.