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Tuesday, June 21, 2005

New Technorati Live

Technorati went live with their nice new look.

Library Dumps Rare Books

When Universities start dumping rare books, you wish Google would have scanned ’em already... [Via ResourceShelf.]


At, people send photos and text messages from the street to their personal map and tag it. Apparently, this is another site using Google Maps as the underlying maps rendering engine... I wonder if that’s a good business model to build upon considering Google’s somewhat flaky position (they enjoy seeing people build on top of their stuff, but they also call it “stop” when it gets too much).

Technorati, Yahoo and Google Stats

Even more search engine related number crunching has been published over at the TNL blog.

City Satellite Imagery

I recently posted about how Google Maps now supports Europe and other parts of the world too, albeit in little detail. Several people alerted me to this again, and I was surprised to find out at what level satellite images are supported by now. E.g. my hometown Aachen, Germany, works well at a relatively close level when you switch to satellite mode (street maps are still not showing). Give it a try by entering your city and country name. (Of course, if you’re in the US, Canada, or UK, you could already experience this.)


Erik Bosrup writes:

“I’m a reader of your blog and thought you might be interested in a site I’ve been playing with on and off for the past few months. It is similar to Yubnub, Dozomo, and others but based on the client side with javascript and such. It has login so you can have your own private ’tags’ for bookmarks and search engines, but also a directory so you can share and import tags. Also has some features like handling ISBN’s, FedEx packages, calculator in the input box (again without submit) and so on. Check it out at”


YubNub is a “command line for the web." For example, you can enter “gim flowers” to do a Google Image search for flowers. [Via Slashdot.]


Straight from the rumors corner, quote Dave Winer of “I’ve been hearing rumors that Google is readying an iTunes-clone, based on RSS 2.0, and fully podcast-capable. Multiple sources on this one.” [Via Ben.]

Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town

Cory Doctorow’s new book Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town has been added to Authorama. The book by the Boing Boing blogger is available under a Creative Commons license and has been converted into multiple other formats, too.


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