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Automattic – company that started WordPress

San Francisco, CA, started 07-05 –

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Automattic is a web development and blogware company which can attribute much of its success to its popular blog platform, an adaptation of the open source WordPress project. The company was founded by 20-something Matt Mullenweg who continues to be the primary developer and spokesman for the company. Former OddPost CEO and Yahoo Senior Executive Toni Schneider is CEO.

In addition to having 4 self-produced products (,, and bbPress) Automattic will now integrate Gravatar identity badges and all of Gravatar’s premium features into WordPress templates. Gravatar is Automattic’s first acquisition.

There are more than a million blogs hosted by Automattic, with thousands of new ones created each day.

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Microsoft buys Powerset, Gets Foot in Semantic Search Door

Microsoft announced in June that it has purchased natural language search startup Powerset in hopes of adding its team and technology to Live Search. The move is yet another attempt by Microsoft to chip away at Google’s market share, but at least this one is centered around staying ahead of the competition… for now.

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Twitter Search



Twitter now has the ability to search the posts. So you can See what the world is doing — right now.

Twitter has acquired Summize—an extraordinary search tool and an amazing group of engineers. All five Summize engineers will move to San Francisco, CA and take jobs at Twitter, Inc. This is an important step forward in the evolution of Twitter as a service and as a company.

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Created by Marc Andresseen and Gina Bianchini in Oct 2004, Palo Alto, CA (

Ning is a social network site that lets anyone create theri own social network. Ning offers the latest social networking features, all infinitely customizable to meet your unique needs. The Ning Platform makes this possible. As a platform, you don’t have to appeal to Ning for the features you want. If you have the time and the inclination, you can build them yourself. It’s the software equivalent of Home Depot. Unlike other services that offer a “one-size-fits-all” offering, your social network on Ning runs on a programmable platform.

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Twellow is a great new search tool and directory for discovering Twitter users that could fundamentally change the way people use the microblogging service. 

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The explosive growth of online social media has led to unprecedented opportunities for finding and connecting with people of experience and expertise in your areas of interest. However, sifting through the overwhelming volume of content and services in order to connect with people you want to find can be daunting and frustrating. Enter from the producers of WebProNews. has been designed from the ground up to help you “cut through the clutter”. From the home at Twellow headquarters, they actively search and categorize millions of inter-personal exchanges available on the internet every day. is thereby able to assist you in finding real people who really matter. Twellow does the hard work of sifting out people who can help bring your vision to reality, whatever that vision might be. is currently grabbing publicly available messages from the microblogging service. They then analyze and categorize each of the users responsible for those messages into the various categories found at By adding these people to specific categories they help you narrow your searching into specific niches where you can find who you are looking for. In addition to Twitter, they’re actively working on adding more social media services to broaden your capacity to find people who matter.


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Filed under Companies  founded 1999 by Marc Benioff;  San Francisco, CA is an on-demand Customer Relationship Management (CRM) solution vendor. was founded in 1999 by former Oracle executive Marc Benioff. In June 2004, the company went public on the New York Stock Exchange (CRM). has been a pioneer in developing enterprise platforms through its innovative AppExchange directory of on-demand applications, and its “Platform as a Service” (PaaS) API for extending Salesforce. is headquartered in San Francisco, California, with regional headquarters in Dublin (covering Europe, Middle East, and Africa), Singapore (covering Asia Pacific less Japan), and Tokyo (covering Japan). Other major offices are in Toronto, New York, London, Sydney, and San Mateo, California. has its services translated into 15 different languages and currently has 43,600 customers and over 1,000,000 subscribers.


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Powerset – launched in 2005, based in San Francisco, CA

Powerset is a semantic search service.

It searches wikipedia only at the moment but may go further in the future. It appears to be an implementation of Tim Berners Lee’s “Semantic Web”, where we have a searche that is based on “meaning” rather than on matching words or phrases.

This could be the emergence of a Web 3.0 technology.

Powerset’s goal is to change the way people interact with technology by enabling computers to understand our language. While this is a difficult challenge, we believe that now is the right time to begin the journey. Powerset is first applying its natural language processing to search, aiming to improve the way we find information by unlocking the meaning encoded in ordinary human language.

Powerset’s first product is a search and discovery experience for Wikipedia, launched in May 2008. Powerset’s technology improves the entire search process. In the search box, you can express yourself in keywords, phrases, or simple questions. On the search results page, Powerset gives more accurate results, often answering questions directly, and aggregates information from across multiple articles. Finally, Powerset’s technology follows you into enhanced Wikipedia articles, giving you a better way to quickly digest and navigate content.



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