Webware Radar: Bebo launches site for Latinos

Also: Aviary acquires Digimix; Mozilla announces new Labs features; and Slacker Radio launches a new radio station to hear performances at the 2009 SXSW.

AOL-owned social network Bebo announced Monday that it has launched a U.S. site for Latinos. According to the company executives, they decided to open a version of its site catering to the Latino community after enjoying success in offering a similar experience to those in the U.K., Ireland, Poland, and elsewhere.

Along with the launch of the new site, Bebo also announced that it has partnered with Hearst Magazines Digital Media and AOL Latino to incorporate offerings from both companies into Bebo. Hearst will be providing interactive content syndicated from its MisQuince Magazine, and AOL Latino will give users access to music and entertainment. The new site is live now.

Aviary, a company that provides browser-based design apps for free, announced Monday that it has acquired Digimix.com, a company that offers an audio-editing Web app called Digimix. According to the Aviary, it plans to incorporate Digimix into its own suite of applications. Digimix was created with Adobe Flex and Flash technology and can mix 15 tracks in real time directly in a browser. The terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Mozilla reported on its Labs blog last week that it has developed improvements for its Firefox tab system. According to the company, it has added two new features for beta users to test out: a quick-access bar and contextual actions. The new quick-access bar will make it easier to open a tab and enter a URL. Contextual actions will allow users to use a one-click action that will open a URL sooner or open a closed tab quickly to recover it.

Online radio service Slacker has added a new station called "BlackBerry at SXSW 2009 Radio." According to the company, the station will stream acts from SXSW 2009, including Glasvegas, Cold War Kids, Ra Ra Riot, Okkervil River, Fastball, The Decemberists, Youth Group, and more. The station is up and running now, and is available only on the Web and on mobile devices like the BlackBerry and iPhone.

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