Microsoft released the first release candidate of their web browser, Internet Explorer 8, today. This means that they’re not too far from releasing it to the public. If you run a self-hosted blog, you should download the release candidate to make sure that everything works as intended. If not, try and fix it.
Artiklz is a new search engine designed specifically to index the information, opinion and comments contained in blogs, social media and bookmarking sites.
Launched on Wednesday as a public beta, the service describes itself as a “conversational search engine”, and works by “aggregating discussions around the social media, answering the question of who, where, why, when, and what people are discussing across the social media.”
The concept appears to be to aggregate comments from various popular services and the multitude of blogs so that users can either search for what people are talking about on a particular subject, or find every comment from a particular author. [Read more…]
FriendFeed, the highly popular social discussion site used by many (including me!), is previewing a beta version of their new site design over at the FriendFeed blog.
The design will feature several new features, such as Friend Lists:
Friend lists enable you to organize your friends into groups. With friend lists, you can get updates from your family separately from your coworkers, or you can add an acquaintance to a list and remove them from your home feed.
Another new feature is seeing a feed of your friend along with all of their subscriptions:
You can now see a feed of a person and all of their subscriptions. This new feature is a great way to show your uninitiated friends what your FriendFeed experience is like, and it is a great way to find interesting people you haven’t subscribed to yet.
All of the new beta features, layout, and design can be seen at beta.friendfeed.com.
The fourth release candidate for Movable Type 4.2 is out now, and apparently it is the last one prior to the release. Check it out if you want to be bleeding edge.