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 AJAXWorld Conference & Expo 2007 West, which will take place September 23-26, at the Santa Clara Convention Center, in Santa Clara, California, will present a session by IBM's Rod Smith entitled: "How to Develop Situational Applications with Web 2.0 Mashups." Click here to register for the conference Click here to submit your paper Web 2.0 is one of the hottest things on the consumer Web, but where does it fit in the enterprise? What’s the business value and how can developers use new Web 2.0 mashups to bring value to the line-of-business users? You’ll hear all of this and more from Rod Smith, IBM Fellow and Vice President of the IBM Emerging Internet Technologies group. Rod will discuss what IBM is doing in the Web 2.0 space, give a demonstration of a mashup maker being developed by his team, and share lessons he's learned from joint Web 2.0 development... (more)

InteleCom Launches Web 2.0 Viral Communication Tools Through Its Social Network

InteleCom announced that its new Web 2.0 Social Network toksee successfully launched 3 new viral communication tools or widgets for easy copy and placement on websites and blogs. All 3 immediately received top rankings from Widgetbox. The toksee chat or video messaging widget allows toksee Members to talk with and see their friends and family who also have the toksee online conference system. The toksee guest chat widget can be emailed to multiple non-toksee Members for video conferencing. The most popular is the toksee instant messenger widget which can be placed on any website... (more)

Web 2.0 Is Dead And It's Time To Get Out Of This Mess!

Industry blogger Alex Bunardzic writes in his "Ethical Software by Alex Bunardzic" blog: "Now that Microsoft has jumped onto the web 2.0 bandwagon, it is more than obvious that web 2.0 is dead as a doornail. Everyone knows by now that anything Microsoft touches turns into this big slimy brown mush, so now’s definitely the time to get out of that mess." Bunardzic analyzes and explains the Web 2.0 movement's fast rise and quick demise in his blog entry. He ends his blog with the following words: "So while wikis have been the first harbingers of the web 2.0 revolution, they continue... (more)

Facebook Valuation Hits $15BN As Microsoft Buys 1.6% Stake For $240M

Launched in February 2004, Facebook is now worth $15BN - judging from the fact that Microsoft has reportedly just bought itself a modest 1.6% chunk of the company for a staggering $240M. Mark Zuckerberg, a former member of the Harvard Class of 2006, will not be short of change any time soon: as of October 2007, the website had 42 million active members worldwide and expects to pass 60 million users by the end of the year. According to today's New York Times, "Microsoft will sell the banner ads appearing on Facebook outside of the United States, splitting the revenue with it." "Ma... (more)

Day Software Enhances Social Media and Open Source Expertise

Day Software has expanded its presence in the social media and open source markets with the acquisition of the founders and key innovators of Mindquarry, an open source collaborative software platform provider. Alexander Klimetschek, Alexander Saar and Lars Trieloff, experts in social media and collaboration, have joined Day's product development team. The entrepreneurs' combined expertise in file sharing, task and content management, collaboration and social media technologies will enhance Day's product pipeline. In addition, the team's experience with Apache Jackrabbit, JCR (th... (more)