News roundup: YouTube rival cometh, Tabblo purchased, Kongregator goes public
Purchases, upgrades and new releases. This is a big day in Web news.
- NBC and News Corp. push new Web rival to YouTube. If you can't beat 'em join 'em, which is what AOL, MSN, Yahoo and MySpace are doing to combat media juggernaut YouTube. The companies have combined forces and are gearing up to launch a new online video service this summer. Besides user-submitted clips, expect to find full-length TV shows and paid-for movies from two major studios. (CNET News.com)
- HP to acquire photo start-up Tabblo. Photo sharing and printing service Tabblo is being acquired by Hewlett-Packard. In our hands-on we noted the ease and simplicity of its built-in printing options, and apparently HP took notice too. HP purchased competing photo-sharing service Snapfish a few years ago, and intends to keep it and Tabblo as separate brands. (CNET News.com)
- Site wants to become YouTube of games. Flash games site Kongregate (previous coverage) has a received $1 Million in funding and has opened up the site to everyone (it was previously a private beta.) The site now hosts over 300 games. (CNET News.com)
- Picnik adds new features, Picasa Integration. Picnik, the Web-based photo editing and browsing tool we checked out last month, has added some neat new features like tinting, focal change, and drawing right on photos with a doodling tool. Also new is the ability to sync up with Picasa Web albums using the newly released Picasa Web Album API.