255 Chaffin Road

I wish I was in the real estate market for 255 Chaffin Road because then James Shaw’s blog sale experiment would have been an instant success. Either way, James is trying to sell his house in Roswell, Georgia faster than his realtor by advertising his house on 255 Chaffin Road and asking if some of his readers could help advertise the site by linking to his blog. So in the spirit of participation, feel free to spread the word about 255 Chaffin Road:

Can a blog sell a house?

Microsoft and RealNetworks – Partners in Crime

Earlier today Microsoft announced a $761 million agreement with RealNetworks paving way for a new friendship and hope to tackle Apple – at least that’s what I think will end up happening. According to the Microsoft press release, �under the music and games agreements, Microsoft is scheduled to pay Real $301 million in cash and provide services over 18 months in support of Real�s product development, distribution, and promotional activities. Microsoft will earn credits at predetermined market rates to be applied to the $301 million for subscribers delivered to Real through MSN. Additionally, Real will take steps to support MSN Search, and Real and Microsoft will jointly promote use of Windows Media technologies with Rhapsody to Go.�

The new Hotmail

If you haven’t already jumped ship to GMail or the Yahoo! Mail Beta, then head over to the Hotmail Beta Conversion site to request conversion of your existing account to the new Kahuna interface. Kahuna was the code name given to the overhaul of Hotmail that was written from the ground up to be a more functional and productive web mail client. The list of enhancements as listed on the Mail Beta Features page is small but rest assured this is a subset of the hundred of enhancements that you’ll experience when using the new interface. Some of these enhancements include:

– Reading Pane
Quick and instant previews of messages

– The Information Bar
Information bar provides you with single click actions to report spam or approve known senders. During the beta test, the information bar also generated error logs that you could use to submit directly to Microsoft.

– Anti-Phishing
This feature alone will be a godsend as it clearly marks known / unknown senders and will be a significant step in preventing the increase in phishing scams.

– Right click
One click action to delete, forward, reply, print or view source. A massive time saver that you wonder how you managed without.

– Drag and Drop

– Address AutoComplete

– Keyboard Shortcuts

– Rich Text Editing

– Growing Storage

– Save Sent Mail

Yahoo! Blog Search

Yahoo! has started integrating blog results into Yahoo! News and thus paving the way for the new Yahoo! Blog Search. As reported by both Robert Scoble and Om Malik, I am not overly impressed with this product from Yahoo! They certainly did a much better job with Yahoo! Podcasts. Nevertheless, Yahoo will integrate content from Flickr and MyWeb thus tapping into the views and opinions of the growing Yahoo! userbase.