Webware Radar: Washington Post teams up with Simply Hired

Also: The creator of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" is answering questions from fans on Hulu's official blog; BackType has raised $300,000 and released new features; and more.

The Washington Post and job search engine Simply Hired announced Friday that they have inked a deal that will allow Washingtonpost.com users to access Simply Hired's database of listings on the publication's site. According to the companies, Simply Hired's listings will be placed in widgets on news story pages. Most of the listings will be in Washington, D.C., but there will be some national listings, too.

In what may be a strategy Hulu might pursue with more shows going forward, the company announced Friday that it has posted answers from Joss Wheldon, the creator of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," "Angel," "Firefly," "Dr. Horrible," and "Dollhouse" to questions posed by fans of the shows. According to Hulu, more than 200 people asked Wheldon questions and he chose from the bunch and answered some on the company's blog.

Conversation tracking service BackType announced Friday that it closed a seed round of funding that netted the company $300,000. The round was led by True Ventures. Along with its funding announcement, the company also launched two new services Friday. The first, BackType Connect, will allow users to enter a blog post URL and the service will find all conversations about that post from across the Web. The company also launched a new site called BackTweets, which lets users search for Twitter conversations concerning a particular keyword or online article. Both features are free and available now.

In a turn of events unlike anything you've seen, Delfina Pizza, a restaurant in San Francisco, Calif., has printed T-shirts for their employees to wear with comments made on Yelp about how bad the restaurant is. Each shirt features a different review by patrons who helped give Delfina its one-star review on the popular local reviews site.

TongXue, a rapidly-growing Chinese social network, has raised $6 million in a round of funding that was led by Tano Capital. TongXue, which means "classmates," was originally founded in 2006 by a Harvard Ph.D. student as a community for Chinese students studying in the U.S. According to the company, it now has over 10 million registered users and it will use the funding to invest in "product innovation and brand promotion."

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Don Reisinger is a technology columnist who has covered everything from HDTVs to computers to Flowbee Haircut Systems. Besides his work with CNET, Don's work has been featured in a variety of other publications including PC World and a host of Ziff-Davis publications.

 

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