TECH TALK: Web 2.0: Conference Highlights (Part 4)

Zdnet has a report on some of the other developments:

Rollyo demoed its personalized, vertical search engine (at right). You select sites that you want to search and save it as a searchroll, which can be shared.

Flock tooks the wraps off its open source, social networking browser based on Firefox code. CEO Bart Decrem said the first public release will come out in about a week. “We are focusing on favorites and history and how to drag them into the modern era in our initial relaease and on integrating blogging into browsing,” Decrem said.

Zimbra, which I have written about here, demoed its calendar/e-mail application, and Joyent introduced its Web-based e-mail/calendar small group collaboration application, with tagging and open APIs.

zvents showed off a local event/calendar and fully Web 2.0RSS, REST, SOAP, ,XML-RPC, iCal and blogging widgets for embedding event data in a blog or Web siteaccording to CEO Ethan Stock. Yahoo just acquired, which lets users manage and share their social calendar and syndicate event calendars to their own sites.

Ross Mayfield of Socialtext announced that he is gradually moving his company’s Wiki unique code (which is built on an open source foundation) into the open source arena, starting with real-time and asynchronous editing.

KnowNow demoed an continous live RSS notification service for consumers and enterprises. KnowNow doesn’t require an RSS reader and is free for personal use. AllPeers 2.0, which works within the Firefox Web browser, claims to “assist in the creation of so-called Web 2.0 applications: software that exploits new trends such as social networking, self-publishing and client-centric computing.” Forget the buzzwordsit’s peer-to-peer application for tagging, annotating and sharing media files and Web pages.

Jeff Clavier had this to say about BrightCove:

Brightcove will offer a rich application, developed in Flash (why am I not surprised ?) for maximum reach, allowing content owners to assemble, package and deliver media for target audiences. The packaging involves adding metadata that will be used by search engines and end users: title, producer, genre, etc. A piece of packaged media can include videos, photos, music, animations, etc. Different quality and size of videos are supported.

Brightcove allows content owners to create white labeled players that will include the publishers brand, choice of functionality, and specific advertising. The player can then be integrated in any container through a piece of HTML code, and play the content that has been packaged through the service. This is very similar to what client Userplane offers to 8,000+ communities in the real-time communication space.

Dion Hinchcliffe has posted an excellent round-up of the conference: Day 1, Day 2, Day 3.

Tomorrow: Conference Highlights (continued)


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