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Future of Web Apps – London

The Future of Web Apps looks like it could be one of the top events of Web 2.0 in the UK this year. If I wasn't on holidays, I'd certainly be there.

Firefox 2.0 Just Released

Following hot-on-the-heels of Internet Explorer's latest browser release, Firefox have just launched Firefox 2.0. A browser for the Web 2.0 age? Well, you'll have to download it to find out.


Here is what Firefox have to say about their key features:

Enjoy a Better Web Experience

Firefox 2 delivers helpful new features to make your online experience more productive.

Stay Secure on the Web

Firefox continues to lead the way in online security, and now includes active protection from online scams to keep you safer.

Personalize Your Browser

Choose from over a thousand useful add-ons that enhance Firefox. It’s easy to personalize Firefox to make it your own.

Some of the online news sites have this to say:

Mozilla this week unveiled Firefox 2.0, the next generation of its Web browser that includes security enhancements and quite a few new features that make Web browsing a bit more fun and a lot more intuitive.
Washington Post

New features in this latest version of the open-source browser include
a spell checker for Web forms, antiphishing warnings, and improved
search and tabbed browsing capabilities.

Cover Your Online Tracks With Hacktivismo

Just came across an interesting article on Smartbro's Ups And Down about a new "Firefox-based" browser which allows for anonymous webs surfing. Apparently it has no installation which means that it can be used from a USB drive. According to a press release:

Hacktivismo, an international group of computer security experts and
human rights workers, just released Torpark, an anonymous, fully
portable Web browser based on Mozilla Firefox. Torpark comes
pre-configured, requires no installation, can run off a USB memory
stick, and leaves no tracks behind in the browser or computer. Torpark
is a highly modified variant of Portable Firefox, that uses the TOR
(The Onion Router) network to anonymize the connection between the user
and the website that is being visited.

As Smartbro says:

When you use Torpark, it will show different ip address every a few
minutes to the website your visiting. For example if you are in London,
Torpark will show the website that your in Australia and a few minutes
it will show that you are in China.

Just think of the implications this could have on accurate stats reporting for websites amongst other things.

Web 2.0 Thoughts


from Gaping Void

Web 2.0 Projects


If you would like to get an up-to-date list of the latest Web 2.0 projects, head off to As Steve Rubel reports is a visual front end for Web2list. Simply click on the logo and you will get the latest information on that project. If you would like more information and reviews of Web 2.0 technologies, take a look at the Web 2.0 Awards on the Seomoz site.

On Flickr and Yahoo!

The Search Engine Watch blog notes that Flickr #1 Photography Site In UK, whilst over on Yahoo!'s Search blog the guys at Yahoo!say that the search engine will now return Flickr images on its main search results pages.

Google Buys Writely

Both the Google blog and Writely Blog announce that Google has indeed bought Writely. Writely is a Free, at the moment!, online collaborative tool which allows users to share, upload/download documents through their website. I have been using this tool for the past few months on a number of projects and am mightily impressed. I just hope now that Google will ensure that it remains an exciting Web 2.0 tool.

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Web 2.0 Explained

There's been a lot of hype surrounding Web 2.0 and how it is going to change the Internet landscape. Well, you can get the low down on Web 2.0 from an in-depth article in .Net Magazine, written by Ivan Pope. Here's an extract from that article:

While no one can pin down exactly what makes a Web 2.0 project
(possibly because the name itself is already controversial), most
commentators agree they can recognise it when they see one. As forecast
by The Cluetrain Manifesto (,
everything is a conversation. The internet has become the transport
layer for that conversation, and the conversation is increasingly
happening in real time. We are all able to participate and choose when
and were we do it: blogging, podcasting, publishing, programming, all
have become almost omnipresent in a relatively short period of time.

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Fon – Spanish Wi-Fi Start Up Gets Investment from Google


As someone who has a keen interest in what goes on in Madrid, I was pleased to hear that a Madrid-based company has just received the backing of Google and Skype to the tune of $21.5 million. According to their website Fon is:

".. a Global Community of people who share WiFi. Share your WiFi broadband access at home/work and enjoy WiFi all over the world! FON: small cost, great benefit!"

Though this idea is not new, Tech Convergence thinks that Fon might have the right formula in that:

One, it aims to be global in scale, rather than a limited local community movement. Secondly, it has a business model that encourages people to build the Wi-Fi access community, and free software that attenuates the security problem of sharing bandwidth.

If you provide broadband for others, you get to keep a small percentage of FON’s traffic revenue. For end users, you either get free or very low cost Wi-Fi access, depending on the area.

The company is only 3 months-old and was set up by Argentine Internet Entrpreneur Martin Varsavsky, who first posted his thoughts on the business on his blog.

FON Wi-Fi backed by Google, Skype (Tech Convergence)

Google, Skype Fund FON's Wi-Fi (Red Herring)
Start-up opens world to WiFi (Mercury News)
Google, Skype Back WiFi Startup (Light Reading)