Daily Tidbits: Delicious gets some 'intelligent' competition

ZigTag, an "intelligent" social bookmarking tool, has finally launched to the public and Times Square is fitted with cameras to record New Year's Eve festivities.

ZigTag, a social bookmarking tool that has been in the works for years, has finally launched to the public. Competing with services like Delicious and Ma.gnolia, ZigTag categorizes bookmarks through the use of tags and allows users to share those bookmarks with friends. To set itself apart, ZigTag claims its service is "intelligent" and uses semantic technology to understand the meaning of tags. In essence, ZigTag tags have stated definitions, which the company uses to categorize bookmarks more effectively. ZigTag is available upon registration.

Times Square NYC announced its New Year's Eve footage schedule Monday for those who wish to view the event online. According to the organization, New Year's Eve footage will begin Monday at 3:00 p.m. EST detailing the events behind the show, including the arrival and installation of the "2009" sign at the top of One Times Square. The site will also feature live coverage of the Times Square 2009 festivities, featuring views of Times Square, the Crystal New Year's Eve Ball, and all those in attendance. The feed will also be provided free of charge to media organizations to use in their own programming efforts.

UpDown.com, an online community that connects young people through investing practice, announced Monday that it has partnered with Young Money to power YoungMoney.com's "Stock Market Game." According to UpDown.com, its trading platform has been deployed on the Young Money site, which will feature real-time trading simulation and contests for entrants who want to earn a prize. Each user will be given $1 million in virtual money to invest as they wish.

GoalSpring, a company that aims at helping individuals with financial issues, announced Monday that it has launched an online application dubbed DebtGoal.com, to help users with debt create and manage a plan to pay it down. According to the company, DebtGoal.com allows users to enter debt information, interest rates, and payment schedules into the app. Once input, it delivers a customized plan to pay down debts as efficiently as it deems possible. To add some social elements, the site also provides a forum where users can share tips and get feedback from experts. DebtGoal.com is free to use upon registration.

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