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By Alison McNeill

I have to admit, whenever I saw an ad with the term “AOL Keyword” at the bottom, I wondered to myself, “Who still uses AOL?” And after being left behind in the wake of Web 2.0, AOL has now introduced the Beta version of myAOL. The new personalized product suite is Web 2.0 for the rest of us and lets users find, store, manage and share content from across the Web. It has three main features:

myPage: A personalized homepage that allows users to put just about any content they want on it — from AOL properties or from content providers across the Web. myPage offers users the ability to use modules or insert RSS feeds, and provides access to a variety of third party widgets from places such as Google Gadgets and Goowy Yourminis.

Mgnet : A visual content discovery service designed to scout the Web for relevant content based on user preferences. Using “image clouds,” users simply click on pictures they like and Mgnet helps identify topics and content of interest. Mgnet continues to learn about the user over time to deliver even more personally relevant results.


Favorites: A Web-based news reader that allows users to create, bookmark and mashup feeds to share.

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Well folks, it’s the end of the week and most of you were probably on vacation so check out this week’s BubCast to see what you missed! We have last week’s poll results, our photo of the week, highlights from Supernova, news on the iPhone, Technorati, Xbox and more! Be sure to fill out this week’s online poll below!

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By T.J. DeGroat


Photo credit: Nicole Lee

My first Web 2.0 party was a good one: Laughing Squid’s 10th anniversary shindig at Varnish back in November of 2005. I was in the area for two weeks to look for an apartment and a friend thought it would be fun for me to meet some of the people whose blogs I’d been reading regularly for several years. I had no idea who Scott Beale was or what a squid had to do with anything and I probably hadn’t heard the term Web 2.0. But I had a blast at Varnish — especially outside, where there was a sort of circusy, dark junkyard theme going on.


Photo credit: Margarita Azucar

That’s why I’m psyched to check out LuckyOliver’s upcoming soiree, which takes place at a San Francisco junkyard. At last month’s SF Beta, LuckyOliver’s Hunter Block told me that the company was inspired by Beale’s parties. If you’re ready to get away from Minna and Varnish for a night, head to this event in the Bayview. More info. is here.

For those who don’t know, LuckyOliver is a photo-selling web site that has been around for about a year (this is a first birthday party). You can learn more about the company here.

For more Bay Area event info. and reports from the parties, follow us on Twitter. Watch us live on Justin.tv.

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Words and photos by T.J. DeGroat

I don’t know who decided to hold an event at the Apple Store the night before the iPhone was to go on sale, but I applaud the person. I had been planning to stay as far away from the Apple insanity as possible, but the Bay Area Video Coalition’s latest Innovation Salon event forced me into the eye of the storm, where I was able to mock — and secretly envy — the enthusiastic early adopters who planned to wait in line all night to make sure they’d get their hands on the $500 and $600 phones. Of course I snapped a few photos:

Inside the store, the second of the Innovation Salon series events focused on how San Francisco companies — some Web 2.0-related companies among them — are helping save the troubled music industry. The panel, moderated by Lydia Popovich of Quannum Projects, featured Elise Nordling (SomaFM), Steve Bronstein (IODA), Jessica Stoner Steel (Pandora), Dusty DiMercurio (Digidesign) and Gabriel Benveniste (SonicLiving). Here’s a quote from the event’s description:

“From how music is produced to how music finds its way to listeners, Bay Area companies have revolutionized the music world. We’ve watched companies like Digidesign turn nearly every recording studio digital and Apple make it possible to put our entire music library in our pockets. Now add to that IODA, Gracenote, Real Rhapsody, Yahoo, Snocap, MP3.com, Pandora, SonicLiving, INgrooves and IRIS, and the Bay Area becomes ground zero for the future of music.”


Photo credit: BAVC

Besides talking about San Francisco’s role in helping new and independent musicians find success, the panel spent a lot of time discussing the fate of Internet radio, something the majority of the bub.blicio.us set uses regularly. The Copyright Royalty Board, put into power by Library of Congress, recently approved an exorbitant increase in royalty rates paid by webcasters that will, people in the know insist, kill Internet radio — at least, some of the industry’s premier outlets. The rates are retroactive to Jan 1, 2006, and the only solution is Congressional action. Find out how you can help here.

For more on iPhone coverage, check out bub.blicio.us’ report from ground zero, the Palo Alto store. Follow us on Twitter and watch us live on Justin.tv.

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Adriana Gascoigne and Nandor Fejer of bub.blicio.us tv attended the Supernova conference to meet with some of the most connected innovators defining the new web.

In v3, Adriana interviews:

Jyri Engestrom, Jaiku

Frank Gruber, Somewhat Frank and AOL

Nick Carr

The Supernova conference, organized by Kevin Werbach and The Wharton School, is where technology and business influencers, leading investors, top innovators and thinkers came together to debate the future of the connected world.

Visit Brian Solis’ photo sets on flickr for more from Supernova.

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