Wikio continues its international development this Monday by launching an English version â€“ Wikio.com, und German â€“ Wikio.de and Spanish â€“ Wikio.es, tambiÃ©n.
Pierre Chappaz, who founded the popular (600,000 users in Fr, 100,000 in Italy) user-contributed news company, admits that while Wikio intends to stay a European focused news site, with a UK version coming next indexing the British media, Wikio.com is a direct stab at the massive U.S. market. Good luck to them.
Good news this week for a young Spanish start up – Panoramio, who find themselves part of the new Geographic Web layer in Google Earth.
JoaquÃn Cuenca Abela and Eduardo ManchÃ³n Aguilar, launched Panoramio, a Google Maps mashup for geo-positioning photos, back in October 2005. Itâ€™s a photo sharing free service – up to 2 Gb, with a geolocation mapping service twist.
‘Geographic Web’ is a browsable layer in Google Earth,
â€œAs of today you will see new icons -â€” the Wikipedia globe, the Panoramio star, or the information â€œiâ€ of the Google Earth Community – so just click on any of them to explore information about a placeâ€ from the Google blog
“The layer of Panoramio inside Google Earth’s “Geographic web” is not updated inmediately, it will take some time until recently updated photos are visible there. You can see all photos uploaded to Panoramio inside Google Earth updated in real time at this page” Eduardo ManchÃ³n
Panoramioâ€™s involvement in the Geographic Web along with Wikipedia and the Google earth Community looks like a sure fire guarantee of widespread deployment in the future for a site thatâ€™s made an effort to nurture an international community adding language translations regularly, with Russian and Korean included only last week.
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The France24 website was launched Wednesday night followed by the TV station – available on cable and satellite (list of satellite and cable service providers) as of Thursday.
The News website is in French, English and Arabic and will dedicate 20% of its programming to culture & lifestyle, the TV station has Arabic previewed for 2007 and Spanish in 2009.
So Chiracâ€™s vision of international news seen from a French perspective is finally under way and the public funded company (â‚¬86m) dwarfed by its major competitors CNN and BBC in terms of budget â€“ â‚¬1.2bn for CNN, is aiming at viewing figures in the region of 75 million households in more than 90 countries.
update: over 500,000 people from 108 countries connected to the France24 website during its Wednesday evening launch, according to AFP. via Le Expansion
more info Guardian Atelier.fr
Let the PC be the DJ
Musicovery can be useful if you like listening to Web radio and discovering new songs but get fed up with the constant rattling of the DJ. Or, youâ€™re with a group of friends and an uninterrupted stream of changing music, in an appropriate mood (tempo, year even), leaves you to chat or dance, with your nearest & dearest.
Musicicovery is a kooky little interactive music website from France. Itâ€™s based on a Liveplasma interface that first appeared under the name Musicplasma in 2004.
FrÃ©dÃ©ric VavrillÃ© who created Liveplasma has been joined by Vincent Castaignet, who invented the Emosound music interface, to develop Musicovery using a mashup of both techniques.
It made its first appearance on the site MusicME formally known as Allmusicbox, back in May. So far approximately 6.000 titles have been employed.
One small hitch, if you want hifi you have to pay- 1,8 euros a month. This seams a little â€˜mesquinâ€™ to me, I just donâ€™t think itâ€™s the way to take it, IMHO as they say.
source – ghacks
info – 01net
Need a leg up with Markup and Attributes?
Zsolt Georgescu from Hungary has just released htmlPlayground 0.3 beta, a cross reference tool for XHTML and CSS. Built using the Google Web Toolkit, itâ€™s a quick and effective way of showing what each tag does. The various frames show description, attributes and example code that you can modify to see the changes in the example result frame, all this on the same page, very handy.
It wonâ€™t change the world we live in but if you do any kind of part-time twiddling with a blog or website, this is one to put in the toolbox.
The WikiMatrix team has just blown out the first birthday candle and their popular Wiki comparison website enters its second year of helping people choose a Wiki that suits them.
They’ve also provided an API (REST-API) that makes accessing the data stored at WikiMatrix possible from within other applications.
Wiki developers maintain the data of their own Wiki products at WikiMatrix they also talk to other developers in the forums and exchange news and advancements in Wiki technology.
The name Wiki comes from an Hawaiian word meaning fast. Howard G. “Ward” Cunningham the American computer programmer who invented the wiki remembered being told to take a ‘wiki wiki bus’ at the Airport on a trip to Honolulu. Wikipedia