Nick O'Neill

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Obama's Social Network

After reading ‚ÄúThat’s Not How You Do It Obama‚Äù I decided to check out Barack Obama’s new social network. I think that Fred (the author of A VC) makes a good point that the site shouldn’t be experiencing server overload, but aside from that I think the site is pretty good. If Obama is trying […]

Peel: Monitoring the MP3 Blog Buzz

A couple days ago my friend Jesse Thomas discussed a pretty cool new service called Peel. Peel enables users to subscribe to MP3 blogs from the comfort of their desktop. Peel seamlessly integrates with your Itunes player. Unfortunately the service is only available for Mac users, but hopefully they release a PC version soon. This […]

Flixster: A New Site for the IMDB Community?

There’s been a fair amount of buzz in the blogosphere recently about the new social network, Flixster. Much of the buzz is a result of the company closing a new round of venture capital. As Read Write Web pointed out yesterday, Flixster provides users with movies, actors, photos, news, reviews, ratings, previews, quizzes, showtimes, and […]

The Impact of Superbowl Commercials on Web Traffic

Yesterday, Hitwise released some interesting statistics about the impact of Superbowl commercials on web traffic. The results were pretty interesting. Some sites showed a significant increase including Budweiser, Budlight, and infoUSA. Showing the most significant increase was Snickers; a result of their controversial commercial with two men kissing. The Hitwise article poses an interesting question, […]

Program the Web With Yahoo Pipes

Yesterday Yahoo launched a new service called Pipes. The service is an extension of the pipes Unix feature. As yahoo describes it: Pipes is a hosted service that lets you remix feeds and create new data mashups in a visual programming environment. The name of the service pays tribute to Unix pipes, which let programmers […]

The New Version of Go2Web20.net Launches

Orli Yakuel and Eyal Shahar’s Web 2.0 directory Go2Web20.net launched a couple days ago. The site has a bunch of new features including a faster load speed, a new user interface, and more information for each site. The site is a complete digest of all the Web 2.0 sites. The site helps illustrate the sheer […]

Why the Buzz About Gmail?

Today there was a bunch of buzz in the blogosphere about Google opening up their service to everyone. I’m not quite sure why the buzz happened today. I’ve been openly creating Gmail accounts without the invite for months. Apparently Google released a statement today saying that their service has officially been opened to everyone. Not […]

Futurephone.com Becomes a Thing of the Past

About 6 months ago, a small website Futurephone.com came out with a new service that allowed you to make free international phone call by simply dialing an Iowa phone number. Once you were connected you typed in the international number and were immediately connected. I personally used this service a number of times to call […]

Walmart Launches Video Download Site?

Today Walmart launched their video downloads store. Whatever you do, don’t view it in Firefox or else you’ll get a screen looking like the one above. Techcrunch posted on this this morning and they still haven’t fixed the problem. This should probably be a quick fix for the person that worked on setting up the […]

Steve Jobs Wants to End DRM

Steve Jobs posted this month’s manifesto titled ‚ÄúThoughts on Music‚Äù. Jobs outlines three alternatives for the future of digital music: ‚ÄúThe first alternative is to continue on the current course, with each manufacturer competing freely with their own ‚Äútop to bottom‚Äù proprietary systems for selling, playing and protecting music. It is a very competitive market, […]