Category: Web 2.0 (News)

Windows Live Writer lives again

Really glad to read that Microsoft’s Windows Live Writer has been open-sourced and is being maintained by a group of volunteers. I spent a huge amount of time inside WLW when I was writing on a Windows machine, and while I’ve moved over to MarsEdit on OSX in the last year, my secondary machines are running Windows 10 (mostly for my podcasting and radio software), and its great to have a solid offline blogging client for those machines as well. You can find Open Live Writer at openlivewriter.org and the code is at GitHub.

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Where will Ello find $55 million to return to investors?

Ello, the social network that “will never sell your data, or have advertising”, has taken on another round of funding. $5.5 million funding to be exact. If we assume the investors are looking at a standard x10 return as an initial target, where will Ello find (at least) $55 million to feed the beast? The clock is ticking and I’m struggling to see how the altruistic message pushed out will counter the standard VC play for a start-up.

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It’s like The Grauniad, but for teh Internet!

Quickly, head over to Stef Lewandowski’s latest hack, tehguardian.com. I was telling Pascal Auberson and Bill Thompson, two of the other hackers about the fact that I owned the domain, and there were about seven of the Guardian team in the room, and well, wouldn’t it be really funny to demo something on-stage that was a hack on their site? And we riffed about what it could be, and somehow we found ourselves laughing about how it would be wonderful to take the piss out of the reputation that the Guardian, probably unfairly nowadays, has for typos in published articles. By inserting our own

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Buy in September, close it in January, the Web 2.0 way

Even though Bump has been around since September 2009, even though it’s one of the biggest iOS/Android sharing apps out there, even though as a free download it continues to appear in the top download charts… Google’s purchase of Bump Technologies in September 2013 has led to the service being closed down some three months later. Twenty-nine days from now and Google will switch the service off and the data will be lost. Imagine that… Google deleting data.

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You gotta have an app store, even your wrist needs an app store

And so we move on to the next digital revolution. Once upon a time you knew that your cutting edge technology had made it because someone had ported ‘Doom’ to it. Now you know you’re with the hip crowd when your device gets its very own app store. My wrist now has an app store, thanks to Pebble: We are extremely excited to announce the Pebble appstore! Many of you, as developers, have asked for it and we are happy to announce that it will go live with Pebble SDK 2.0 early next year. Pebble appstore will be included in the

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