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I’m always on the look out for smart new apps that save me time.

Feeds2.0 is one of my stand-bys for RSS readers. It ranks incoming articles based on your previous reading patterns and tends to border on clairvoyance. Pretty amazing stuff.

That said, I’m up for trying new services. A few new ones I’ve come across this week are:
aiderss
feedhub
pipes
silobreaker (thanks Rob)

All of them are slightly different, but very useful. I’m trying out feedhub sent through Google Reader. We’ll see if their results can top Feeds 2.0. Pipes is just so hackable, it begs to be loved and silobreaker is a news-junkie’s best friend. Enjoy.

Filed under: Artificial Intelligence, Software, Technology

The new Face(book) of Corporate Venturing

Facebook announced their fbFund to at the TechCrunch40 conference earlier this week. The fund will provide between $25k-$250k to developers building applications on Facebook’s platform. This is very similar to Google Gadget Ventures, who launched earlier this year offering $10k-$100k.

Facebook are also rumored to be gearing up to provide hosting for developers as well.

The net effect of Google and Facebook is a wake up call for VCs. Accel and the Founders Fund are behind Facebook and the fbFund, so creating a mini-ecosystem to support an existing investment makes plenty of sense (it’s almost corporate venturing).

What’s really clear, though, is the real cost of bringing new companies to market- peanuts. Most entrepreneurs can scrape together $25k or beg, borrow or steal time/input/equipment to get to an equivalent of $50k.

As the price continues to drop will we see a shift to this new breed of corporate venture?

Filed under: Venture Capital

Coda- one window web development for OS X

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I’ve been using Panic’s Coda, everything-web-development tool, and agree with others, it is the bee’s knees. Not only is it a great web development tool, it’s five tools in one window: HTML Editor, CSS Editor, Terminal, FTP, Browser and Library.

One of the great features is saving your work on a “Site”. When you close Coda, all the tabs you had open while working on a particular site are saved- essentially saving your entire workspace. Split windows are really helpful as well. Another useful (unless you’re a ninja coder) is the Book Library integration. You have HTML, CSS, Javascript and PHP reference manuals built right in- which means you can find specific code in 3 nano seconds.

The software is at 1.0.3, so it’s very early days, but the software shows lots of promise. Ruby on Rails integration is (rumored) to be coming as well.

Filed under: Apple Computer, Software

Post to Typepad from your iPhone

Six Apart have released an iPhone friendly version for their blogging platform, TypePad. If you don’t have an iPhone yet (or live in unsupported regions such as Europe), you can give it a whirl here.

Filed under: iPhone

Free Dave Matthews @ iTunes store

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Grab Dave’s video while it’s free… (US store only)

Filed under: Apple Computer, iPhone, iPod

Europe gets an iPhone. Or not. (Well, kind of…) [Updated]

Where is the iPhone 2, with 3G for European markets? A truckload of journalists were shuttled into BBC’s offices to view the Stevenote:

New nano. Check.
New iPod Classic. Check.
New iPod Touch. Check.
New cheaper iPhone. Check.
New 16GB iPhone- now available in Europe. Or not. (see iPod Touch above)

That’s a load of unhappy journalists and unhappy mac fans. Maybe we’ll get an iPhone for Christmas….

[Update] 18th September

iPhones before Christmas! There’s lots of complaining going on that it’s not 3G and that Nokia phones are better, blah blah. I’m not going to sit around for 12 months waiting for Apple to sort out the battery issues associated with 3G chips.

The Cloud integration is good- and the £35 per month isn’t much more than my current Vodafone contract…

[Update] 29th September
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The Cloud today announced that it is giving Wi-Fi access to owners of Apple’s new iPod touch in thousands of hotspots across the UK. From Monday, users will be able to use their iPod touch to access the internet and Apple’s online iTunes service in Wi-Fi hotspots provided by The Cloud.

The new Wi-Fi service, called Cloud Unlimited Music, will be available from Monday 1st October 2007 for £3.99 per month, specifically for iPod touch, and is not subject to any minimum term contract.

Filed under: iPhone

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