Goowy

Goowy has rebuilt a number of commonly used applicatons (like email) in Flash. It includes traditional web services such as email, contacts, calendar, games and widgets. Goowy is highly interactive and, as you’d expect with a flash application – fast. Visually it is a very beautiful site as well, and I wasted a good amount of time today playing around with the applications (including some very addictive games).

Goowy is one of the first full featured internet applications that uses Flash 8. For more detail, see Mike Schleifstein’s post on Goowy, although I disagree with some of the conclusions in this post – Ajax, xforms and other technologies are gunning for some of these same applications right now.
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Sphere

Relevance in blog search is very difficult. Google-stype PageRank analysis, which looks at incoming links to a piece of content, simply doesn’t work because new content doesn’t have much in the way of links. Until now, no one has come up with a way to properly sort blog posts by relevance, and the general default way of showing results is “reverse-chronoâ€?, which simply puts the newest stuff at the top.

Sphere appears to have solved the problem, or at least taken big steps in the right direction. Their approach involves three key algorithms – an analysis of links into and out of a blog, an analysis of metadata around a post (links, post frequency, length of posts, etc.), and something Tony calls their “secret sauceâ€?, which is content semantic analysis to filter out spam and to understand what a blog post is talking about.

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RememberTheMilk To Do Lists

RememberTheMilk is a new ajax-rich to-do list that is similar to 37 Signal’s Ta-Da Lists.

RememberTheMilk lists are organized by tabs. Items are easily entered (although there is an extra click in there that bugs me). Clicking between lists is very straightforward. Items can be easily reordered. And you can also share lists and/or choose to make them public.

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Ma.gnolia

Another del.icio.us ??

What you mark in Ma.gnolia not only stays found but keeps coming back to you as your interests change. That’s our pitch, plain and simple, and it’s why we say that found is the new search.
If you’d like to be one of the first to see exactly what we mean, just enter your email below. You’ll be notified of our launch and become one of the first members of the Ma.gnolia community, where we believe you’ll discover the new evolution in growing and sharing information across town or across the globe. You may even be invited to participate in Ma.gnolia’s December 2005 Beta Launch.

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Kaboodle = Bookmarking + Wiki

Kaboodle’s mission is to make it easy for you to research and make decisions on the web. It make it easy to collect, organize, and share information as well as receive feedback on that information. Kaboodle’s free service is extremely simple:

1. Capture anything you find on the web with one click
2. Our powerful information extraction technology summarizes the page for you
3. Your information is organized on a single Kaboodle page that is easy to share
4. Every item on the page allows for easy ranking, rating, and comments

Based in Silicon Valley, Kaboodle’s team has tons of experience building both large scale and consumer friendly applications. It is this mixture of expertise that benefits our users. Kaboodle provides you with a very powerful engine that is extremely easy to use. Just one “click” and you have started your own Kaboodle page.

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Wink

Wink is a very interesting new search site that combines traditional search results with del.icio.us and other user generated metadata.

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Riya

Riya leverages potent facial and text recognition technology with an intelligent interface to help people make sense of the thousands of untitled and untagged photos that are building up on their hard drives (and on the web).

• Riya finds unknown faces
• Riya learns who’s who
• Riya recognizes & auto-tags
• Riya finds similar looking people
• Riya reads signs
• Riya reads folder names
• Riya reads manual tags
• Riya reads file names
• Riya groups photos by names
• Riya groups photos by albums
• Riya groups photos by scenes
• Riya groups photos by time

Use Riya to search your photos, your friends’ photos, and the web.
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A view into Google’s inner workings

A view into Google’s inner workings by ZDNet‘s Dan Farber — Douglas Merrill, senior director, information technology at Google, entertained a sleepy Vortex 2005 crowd, offering a view into his company’s inner workings. According to Merrill, who joined the company in 2004 and was previously at Charles Schwab, Price Waterhouse and the RAND Corporation, for Google information is “enlightenmentâ€? (not power) and the entire organization is compelled to […]

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AJAX: How to Handle Bookmarks and Back Buttons

AJAX: How to Handle Bookmarks and Back Buttons by Brad Neuberg — The clever in-page dynamics of AJAX make for richer web applications, but they don’t necessarily tolerate the use of bookmarks or the browser’s back and forward buttons particularly well. In this article, Brad Neuberg shows off a new framework that brings bookmarking and back-button awareness to AJAX.

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SoonR – In Touch Now

SoonR let’s you access your desktop from your mobile.

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