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Yahoo Mail To Offer Free Unlimited Email Storage

As Yahoo! Mail approaches its 10-year anniversary, I’m the lucky one who gets to announce that we will begin offering everyone unlimited email storage starting in May 2007. To mark the occasion, I checked in with David Nakayama, our group vice president of engineering, for some perspective on this milestone. In case that name doesn’t ring a bell, he’s the developer of RocketMail, one of the world’s first webmail products, which Yahoo! acquired and relaunched as Yahoo! Mail in 1997.

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March 28, 2007 Posted by | web2 | Leave a comment

Scribd “YouTube for Documents” Gets $300K

Scribd,  a site for sharing documents, is coming out of private beta this morning with a fresh Angel investment of $300K on top of their original Y Combinator nest egg of $12,000. Scribd is most easily described as a text version of YouTube. It is a social network that lets you tag, share, and comment on uploaded documents (.doc, .pdf, .txt, .ppt, .xls, .ps, .lit).Scribd is not just a carbon copy of YouTube. They borrowed a lot of the basic design principles, but also took advantage of the written format by including flexible file formats for download and upload along with some interesting analytics tracking. Documents can be displayed and embedded as html or the under-utilized, and faster-than-a-pdf, Flash paper format. They can be downloaded as .pdf’s, .docs, .txt, and even .mp3 files. The mp3 version is created by Scribd’s text-to-speech package (powered by Nuance) that lets you listen to the text of your document in a quivering British accent (downloadable example here). People have uploaded all sorts of documents for the private beta, like this guide to dating and seduction for dummies, or this less than legal copy of Visual C++ in 21 days. Scribd also lets you “geek out” on all the analytics generated by documents you post, such as how many votes and views your piece gets, as well as geographic location and http referrer that brought the reader there.

We’ve seen a lot of different social networks pop up around different mediums, photos, video, and even audio, but dominating a medium is no guarantee of an easy business model, as the “For Sale” sign on audio-focussed Odeo reminds us. So far social sites around the written word have dealt with books, rather than user generated, or at least user-uploaded content. Scribd lets people do something new, we just need to wait and see how far people go with it.

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March 27, 2007 Posted by | youtube clone | Leave a comment

After YouTube, Will it be LetsFilm.com?

The Web 2.0 era, the next step in internet evolution, has opened up the online world in a way that the internet is now largely driven by User Generated Content (UGC). Be it the popular Wikipedia, or the phenomenon called YouTube, the web experience is no longer a one way lane. Today, it’s all about buzz words like ‘Broadcast yourself,’ ‘Create your own space,’ or simply ‘Wiki’ in everything. Here’s looking at an effort by a 26 year old Indian techie, who – inspired by the Open source revolution, combined with his love for movies and technology in the Web2.0era – initiated a User Generated Movie platform, LetsFilm.com.

Keeping the successful open source-based Linux model in mind, LetsFilm.com was built on the same principle as Wikipedia, where web users from across the globe can contribute to the making of the first commercial, English movie online, completely free of cost.

The objective says Hinesh Jethwani, founder of LetsFilm, is to create an open- door platform for free flow of thought and an opportunity for the average Joe, to contribute with his own ideas, innovations and expertise and seamlessly integrate all these ideas into one single film. He said, “I realized everyone has an opinion on films. And there is a huge base of untapped talent, which may never get the right resources or contacts to actually be a part of a mainstream film. Now LetsFilm .com is offering an opportunity for web users to showcase their talent in any part of film making, starting from script writing to screenplay or from acting to providing voice over.”

“I believe in the statement that the internet is the biggest leveler. In my professional experience of working with technology communities, I have seen what the power of collaboration can do. I am excited to see the same enthusiasm and collaborative spirit at work in the world of films. Through the Lets Film project, it is my endeavor to both tap into and harness the talent of thousands of individuals across the world to make the world’s first mainstream community movie together.”

To create a method to the madness, Jethwani has posted a synopsis of the script of the film on the site and the 573 registered users have already begun to edit the script and have added their in the form of dialogs and ideas. The plan is to let the script take its own course and the concept to mature in its own time, with contributions of users and once paperwork is over, the site will host online auditions for the cast and crew. A production company will then assist crew with the technical aspects of the film making process. On completion, the film is may hit the theatres just like any other commercial film.

LetsFilm.com currently has features such as Instant Messenger (online and offline) member blogs and forums, with an audio and video feature coming soon. The portal will also have advanced video features and software for live online auditions and video chat within a month. In keeping with the Web 2.0 concept, a user polling and rating system will determine the final cast and crew of the film, before it hits the floor.

Another portal that has used the open source platform for film making is http://www.elephantsdream.org/, where users from across the globe contributed to the short animation film, created by the Orange Open Movie Project studio in Amsterdam during 2005/2006.

March 26, 2007 Posted by | youtube clone | 2 Comments

The Hungry Caterpillar

The announcement that NBC Universal and News Corp.—in conjunction with AOL, Yahoo! and Microsoft—would launch a Web portal is more notable for what was left unsaid than what was said. Even with those marquee players, there are too many elements missing from the pact to make anybody at Google/YouTube quake in their boots.

Just look at who’s not part of the consortium. Viacom—the guys who, a week ago, sued YouTube for a cool $1 billion—planned to join in but backed out at the eleventh hour. CBS was in talks but balked as well, believing, like Viacom, that the deal meant giving up too much control of its libraries, without enough revenue potential. Earlier on, ABC had been approached but wasn’t getting assurances that network branding would be integrated into series running on the site—an essential caveat of its landmark Apple iTunes deal.

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March 26, 2007 Posted by | youtube, youtube clone | Leave a comment

CrowdRules Launches – YouTube Meets Crowd Wisdom

A brand new video sharing site where you can insert the url of a video you’d like to share,  and get feedback from other users.  Some ways in which this can be used include market research, unbiased opinions,  or as a fun game.

They’ve included a challenge feature to hold contests for ranking a particular video, choosing the best of a group of videos,  and submitting videos to be voted on.  Anyone can initiate a challenge,  and it would be great if they could incorporate the ability for users to offer some sort of prize for the winners.  Challenges can also be exported to your profiles on MySpace, Piczo, hi5 and the rest, so you can rally up even more submissions and votes.

Regarding YouTube already having voting, we know: that’s exactly our point. The voting on YouTube and other video sites can be gamed, so the results aren’t reliable, i.e., business decisions can’t be based on them.

By keeping the voting honest, CrowdRules allows people to get meaningful ratings and rankings on anything. That will include movie studios quickly finding the best of 5 possible movie trailers still in development (currently an expensive proposition without CrowdRules), to having the crowd decide who does the best job of reading your poetry.

We still remember the kid last summer who put a Chopin piece on YouTube and asked for help. He got over 400 video responses, which he then had to slog through. If he did the same thing on CrowdRules®, then the Crowd could help him sort through the responses and he could watch just the best ones, then get back to playing piano.

We have great respect for YouTube. But YouTube is just for fun. YouTube provides no tools for user-generated contests. More important, they suffer from information cascades – things that bias the voting. It’s in our DNA to block them and keep the voting honest.

Videos on CrowdRules can come from anywhere on the web. Yet we’ve never seen ourselves as a video sharing site. Instead, we focused on what was necessary to successfully do media research. Media research and contests have a lot in common: they both seek to find the best stuff. But that can get complicated. So, to make it easy to use, we designed CrowdRules as a contest-oriented question and answer site with videos.

One point I didn’t see you cover was the fact that CrowdRules lets anyone leverage the collective intelligence of the crowd. That’s why we called it CrowdRules and not, say, YouTubeVideoShare.

Oh, and we will be adding prize and sponsor features soon. You’re quite right that they’re needed, and we look forward to offering it.

Again, thanks for taking the time to review us! It’s an honor!

David Moss
www.crowdrules.com

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March 24, 2007 Posted by | video, youtube, youtube clone | Leave a comment

NBC, News Corp. Plan YouTube Clone

Ah, poor Google. First Viacom files suit against YouTube, alleging a billion dollars worth of copyright infringement. Now two more massive media conglomerates are joining up to open a second battle front, this time in the market instead of the courts. NBC and News Corp. issued a joint press release this morning, saying they were planning on creating a new online video-distribution network, which they say will debut this summer with “thousands of hours of full-length programming, movies and clips.”The new entity — a company yet to be formed — will distribute its content on AOL, MSN, MySpace and Yahoo, the new partners say. They were quick to claim that those sites’ users represent 96% of monthly U.S. Internet visitors (take that, YouTube!). Each partner will be able to display video in a customized embedded player.

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March 23, 2007 Posted by | video, youtube | Leave a comment

Yahoo! Japan Launches Digg Clone

Yahoo! Japan Corporation has recently unleashed a new service called Minna Topics.  The website has a Digg-like rating system and utilizes popularity clouds.  The stories that users post can be categorized and commented on.  Users can also subscribe to the website using RSS.There is only so much I learned browsing the site using Google translator, but from looking at the number of votes on the particular stories, it seems to be a hit.  Yahoo! seems to have a strong market-share in Japan.   This is evidenced by the fact that Yahoo! Japan is ranked #10 in the Alexa Global Rankings and #1 in Japan.  It is also evidenced by this commercial of Yahoo! Japan’s phone software featuring Cameron Diaz:

March 22, 2007 Posted by | clone, video, youtube, youtube clone | Leave a comment

Youtube Clone, finally a solution

Seeing as there’s many youtube clones floating around the market, I thought I would share some insight on youtube scripts in general and why most of them aren’t made for long term goals and also the benefits of using attachmax as an alternative.

Now sure I can probably reveal line after line of every feature that attachmax has, I could probably even show you a comparison chart, but doing things a little different I will instead share some knowledge and let you all make your own decision.
These days there are many Upload Scripts being sold as Video File Sharing software, many of them, have great features, usability, look sharp and work great. However there is one major flaw in all of them.

They don’t support the ability to transfer Files to remote Dedicated Servers. Now why you may ask is this important?
Over the years I realized the importance of this factor alone, by launching a busy Video Website. I needed a way to solve these issues while still allowing the traffic to grow without affecting the main website. The problems that I encountered were these:

1)The File Storage sizes became so large that it surpassed the limit of the Hard Drive. Videos and Files are getting larger as time passes and it’s very easy to fill up your hard drive. In my case, the hard drive was so full that I was no longer able to continue. My only option at the time was to go through the time consuming task of manually deleting files. Files of which I needed and didn’t want to let go. With most Video scripts once you reach the limit, essentially you will be trapped by the same issue that I encountered.

2)As traffic started to get very high, it was slowing down my webpage and I was losing many visitors, there is a physical limit on Servers that is manageable. So once the limits were met, I found the server load increased dramatically and other users were unable to access the webpage because of the high traffic that was pounding my servers. Day in and Day out I was infact losing money and losing potential visitors. They got fed up with being unable to connect and just left. Most webmasters will again reach these limits and once this happens there will be no good option available to solve this major problem.

Basically you will be left with a choice to either buy another script, or get your script custom coded to enable this feature. Of which something like this cannot be easily integrated as the whole complexion of the script changes. These scripts on the market are akin to Computers that will run for one year, and then you will have a computer that is outdated and unable to upgrade to the latest software or new technology. This will force users to start back all over again and buy a new Computer. However you’ve just spent 1 year, organising your Software, emails, realistically you don’t want to start again! You are in fact looking for a solution!
The solution is attachmax because this script adequately solves the 2 issues. For Example:

1) Once you reach the limit of your hard drive, you simply add an additional Hard Drive and run the attachmax slave server installation script.

2) When the Server can’t handle any more traffic, you add another dedicated Server, run the Slave server Installation script and you move on. Your site continues on its path and grows.

I’m offering an alternative to the tired trend of scripts that will be very difficult to manage once you reach the limits. It’s interesting to note, that recently I received an email from an owner of that popular Video Youtube script that’s been floating around and basically the question was if he could migrate his website to use attachmax, simply because of the issues just revealed before. That’s basically the essence of it, making the right decision from the start so you don’t get trapped like the user before.
If you would like more information about the Attachmax Script, take a look at the demo at: www.attachmax.com

More information about the script can be viewed at www.insom.net

March 21, 2007 Posted by | youtube, youtube clone | Leave a comment

ScriptCopy.com – YouTube Clone Script

ScriptCopy.com is a new script directory for clones of popular web sites. If you need clone script to run image hosting site like ImageShack or File Sharing site like rapidshare.de, you will be able to find scripts at scriptcopy.com

ScriptCopy.com have youtube clone script that allow you to run your own youtube like web site.

March 21, 2007 Posted by | youtube clone | Leave a comment

The first Vietnamese YouTube clone

Following many China firms cloning YouTube recently, Vega Technology Group launched Clip in February 2007 as the first Vietnamese YouTube clone. The user interface is similar to almost other YouTube clones. Color scheme is exactly the same with Chinese YoQoo. Clip streaming speed is better than YouTube at Clip site (access from Vietnam), but no significant different at users’ blog as most Vietnamese bloggers use non Vietnamese blog services (Yahoo 360, Opera, WordPress, Blogger and others descending order). There is no revenue model at Clip now and no social networking partner yet. We would see some MySpace, Facebook clones soon so that Clip could team up.

 

March 21, 2007 Posted by | youtube, youtube clone | 2 Comments