Webware Radar: WorldSings launches with $500,000 for top artist

Also: Zemanta now supports Safari, Opera, and Google Chrome; Kijiji allows users to post classifieds on Twitter and Facebook; and DriverSide has secured $5.3 million in Series B funding.

A new social site for music discovery called WorldSings has launched and to celebrate that, it has also announced that it will award $1 million in prizes to users who participate in its World's Best Song Competition.

According to the company, WorldSings will combine artists and music fans to create an environment where they can interact with each other and share music. The site is open to any musician or band performing original music and fans can vote for their favorite songs. The bands who recorded the top 20 most popular songs will be sent to Las Vegas to compete at the WorldSings concert at Planet Hollywood on March 19, 2010. The winning band will take home $500,000. Meantime, bands and users can sign up for WorldSings now for free.

Zemanta, a tool that finds information from across the Web to help users add relevant information to a blog post, announced Thursday that it has added support for Safari, Chrome, and Opera, to join its current support for Firefox and Internet Explorer. Once a user registers for Zemanta, it will work with the new browsers as a bookmarklet, constantly searching for related images and content, and allowing the blogger to add those to his or her post in a single click.

Kijiji.com, a free, local classifieds Web site, has unveiled a new feature that will allow users to post their new classified ads on Twitter and Facebook. According to the company, users will be able to add their ads to Facebook or Twitter in one click from the main Kijiji page.

DriverSide, a company that provides car information to help owners find the true value of their vehicles, announced Thursday that it has secured $5.3 million in a Series B round of funding led by Allegis Capital. Allegis executive, Bob Ackerman, will also be joining the DriverSide board of directors.

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