Whaddya mean, what's Froogle? Well, maybe that lack of recognition is one of the reasons why Google has chosen to rename its shopping price comparison service. It'll now be known as simply Google Product Search. Froogle always sounded like a dance to me...
MySpace has just put its new MySpace News service live, so I've been playing around with it. The service has been billed as a Digg-killer, but it's not really – at least, not in its current form. It's a news-aggregation service with user voting, but with an extra layer of moderation in between the original news sources, and what gets onto the site itself.
Following the terrible shootings at Virginia Tech in the US this week, discussion is already turning to whether poor communication within the university's campus could have contributed to the scale of the massacre. Could micro-blogging technologies like Twitter help in future? It's already being suggested as a way to quickly spread urgent security messages through an academic community.
As you'll know if you read Games Digest's comparison of the Wii and PS3 web browsers yesterday, the only area in which Wii's Opera browser struggles is any site using Flash 8 – which includes the videos on MySpace and Bebo. However, one of Opera's senior technical service consultants says it's Adobe's fault for not including Flash 8 in the latest version of its Flash SDK.
Let's get one thing straight. The internet isn't killing music, any more than home taping did back in the 1980s. Yes, CD sales are on the slide. Yes, people are still using peer-to-peer download services to trouser free music, despite the threat of legal action from the music industry. And yes, it's possible that a whole generation of teenagers now believe music isn't something you pay for.
Google plans to extend its Google Apps office software with the introduction of a presentation application that takes a shot at Microsoft's PowerPoint.
Well, almost any. Blinkx Remote is a new service that helps you find full-length TV shows online. You can search by series and episode to watch shows including Doctor Who, 24, South Park and, er, Dora The Explorer. Check Techscape for the full story.
You might remember a couple of recent posts looking at how well the Wii and PS3's web browsers cope with Web 2.0 sites. Well, Games Digest now has a unified megapost blending the two tests to see who's best.
When the twin forces of Borat and the Beeb start using a new Web 2.0 site, you know there's more to it than hype. Okay, so I don't think it's actually Sacha Baron-Cohen posting tweets, and chances are it isn't BBC News Online either. But still, they're two of the most popular new Twitter feeds.
Proof that the Web 2.0 trend is reaching out beyond geeks: the cosmetics firms and fashionistas are getting involved.