BT Communicator

BT Group
BT Centre
81 Newgate St.
London ECIA 7AJ
0800 800 152
BT Communicator with Yahoo! Messenger by BT Group, a UK wide communications provider with global reach. Free download. Free phone calls for 1 month with signup before Sept. 2004. Must have existing BT residential phone account. Find phone numbers online with 118500 Directory Enquiries. Requires a multimedia PC with 700MHz minimum, sound card, microphone and speakers or headset. Recommendations are Windows XP, 256Mb RAM, IE, and Macromedia Flash 6 or higher.[Updated 2004/07/23.]

Wolverhampton, England
Windows only software allows control of chat room and server access from a child's PC. Register and choose rooms to monitor. Recommended that parents go to a chat room and hang around to see the environment. ChatNannies consults with Child Protection Agencies and Police. Nannie Bots help compile statistics for rooms. They are artificial intelligence tools that hangs around in chat rooms continually and reports back to Chat Nannies to keep stats up to date. Nature of the structure discourages and often excludes pedophiles from the rooms. Current version 1.0 and Windows XP is recommended. A free web edition is due out soon. Created by Jim Wightman. [Updated 2004/07/25.]
Digital Chocolate

Digital Chocoloate, Inc.
1855 South Grant St.
2nd Floor
San Mateo, California 94402
Develops innovative social networking and entertainment software for mobile phones, including games, lifestyle and entertainment applications. In June 2003, acquired Sumea Interactive, a developer of high quality games for mobile devices based in Finland. New games expected out late in summer of 2004. DcHOC Babysitter & DCHOC Baseball and Bubble Ducky coming soon. Founded in 2003 by gaming pioneer and CEO, Trip Hawkins.[Updated 2004/07/28.]

Ludicorp Research & Development, Ltd.
1052 Homer St. 2nd Floor
Vancouver, BC V6G 2W9
Phone: (604)696-6269
Fax: (604) 696-6209
A real time media sharing community, making it easy to share photos simultaneously. Photos are placed in a "shoebox" along the bottom of the screen, and can be sent to another Flickr user by dropping the picture on a buddy's name. Set privacy levels per photo. Post photos to any blog. Even upload images from a camera phone. Images must be under 5MB each to upload with a maximum of 50 allowed in a shoebox. Instant message, chat and email from within your account. Join Flickr public groups of interest and private groups by invitation. A user can be a group administrator and kick out or block specific users from that group. The faster the Internet connection, the more fun the experience. No download necessary. The latest version of Flash Player is recommended as well as a current browser version. Safari 1.2 recommended for Mac users. Currently in public Release 1. Full RSS & XML feed support. Free to join. ProAccount gives access to FlickrLive which allows real time chat. Privacy policy states they Will not share your email address.[Updated 2004/07/23.]

Friendster, Inc.
415 N.Mary Ave. Ste 112-280
Sunnyvale, CA 94085
Phone: (650) 618-2638
Fax: (650) 618-2527
An online social networking community that connects people through networks of friends for dating or making new friends. Create your profile with photo, interests and vital statistics, then create your own personal and private networks. Almost no limit to the number of people per network. Must be 18 or older to register. Not for commercial use. Free while in beta. Your browser must accept session ID and persistent cookies. Privacy policy states member email addresses and last names will be kept private. Friendster, Inc is a private company founded in 2002. [Updated 2004/07/19.]
Allows anonymous searches for information on the internet using bi-directional information transfer. Runs over HTTP adding a new layer of routing to what is done at the IP level. Differs from traditional search engines in that information is not centrally controlled or pushed. Where a file is located is irrelevant. Users control what they look for & it is optional to give your real name. Popular with MP3 and movie enthusiasts. Users can create a Gnutella web page with messaging, journal features and run web cams. There are user & gaming forum areas. Downloadable for Windows, Linux/Unix, and Macintosh. Started by a division of America Online called Nullsoft. See list of recommended clients per o/s at Released by Justin Frankel and further developed by Gene Kan who passed away 6/29/04. Gnuttella is an open source project. Infrasearch is a file sharing system based upon Gnutella. [Updated 2004/07/19.]

Meca Communications, Inc.
3743 Electro Way
Redding, California 96002
(530) 224-4670
Fax: (530) 224-4671
The next generation messenger. Review who tried to message you when you were offline and what they said. InterOp is built into MECA which allows it to integrate with other messengers such as AIM, MSN, Yahoo and ICQ. Be invisible to buddies when logged on. File transfer, monitor your email and access emoticons from inside MECA. Send text messages to cell phones. Use the MECA translator to translate into other languages. Currently in version 4.0. There is also a MECA Korean website & the program is available in Korean. [Updated 2004/07/21.]

Meetup, Inc.
133 West 25th Street, #6W
New York, NY 10001
An advanced technology platform and global network of local venues that helps people self-organize local group gatherings on the same day everywhere. Real life Meetups take place in up to 612 cities in 51 countries at local cafés, bookstores, and other local establishments averaging 4 - 12 people per group. At least 5 people must RSVP or meeting will be cancelled. Wide range of searchable topics and interest groups. Minimum age 14, but may change to 18 soon. Basic service is free to users. Companies pay to be listed as a possible Meetup location. Increases revenue to business and Text ads only. Next version due late summer 2004. [Updated 2004/07/19.]

Napster, LLC
Los Angeles, California
Download or play music, movies from largest legal organized list online. Files reside on users' computers not a central server. Customize Napster's commercial-free radio stations to play only songs in genres of choice. Chat with other members or post on message boards, and read band biographies. Began with free downloads, but due to issues with the music industry, copyrights and intellectual property, it now requires a small fee per download or $9.95 per month. Downloadable with 7 days of free access. College students are largest audience. Requires a PC, Windows XP/2000, Internet Explorer 5.01 or higher, Windows Media Player 7.1 or higher, and Internet connectivity. Over 60 different players are compatible. Original utility was created by an 18 year old student Shawn Fanning in 1999, and is now a division of Roxio with offices in Los Angeles and New York. (Nasdaq: ROXI) [Updated 2004/07/19.]

Yahoo! Inc.
701 First Ave.
Sunnyvale, California 94089
Phone: (408) 349-3300
Fax: (408) 349-3301
A Web-based application with email, blogs and the latest ads all in one place. Get mail from up to 6 other accounts, spam filtered, with built-in spell check, RSS feeds, and no ads. Accessible via POP and IMAP. Subscription is $30 per year with 10% going to non-profit organization. You choose from 7 groups they provide. Try free for 30 days. No longer accepting new accounts due to being acquired by Yahoo! Existing subscriptions are continued free and will get a free year of the new Premium Yahoo! Mail Service. [Updated 2004/07/21.]
Orkut, LLC.
A personal online trusted community for networking and socializing with others of like interests. An invitation from a current member is required to join and login to the site. In beta. Not for commercial use. Users must be 18 or older. No collection tracking or distribution of email addresses. Developed by Orkut Buyukkokten a former Google engineer. Affiliated with Google which is headquartered in Mountain View, California USA. [Updated 2004/07/19.]

Infinite Loop
Cupertino, California 95014
(408) 966-1010
Allows devices to broadcast and the network to be setup automatically. Uses standard internet protocols. Windows, Unix, Linux, Solaris, Mac OS X computers and Java applications can communicate with other Rendezvous devices. Windows machines can discover web servers and file servers on their wired or wireless LAN using Internet Explorer. Algorithms keep network traffic to minumum. Supported by major manufacturers including products like network printers, consumer electronics, database and enterprise management systems. [Updated 2004/07/28.]

Skype Group
Offers free telephone calls anywhere in the world over the internet. Conference up to 5 total callers. Provides instant messaging, talk and chat. All interaction is between Skype users only, and phone calls to a physical phone is not available. Conversation is initiated by button selection or choice from a contact list. Boasts higher quality sound, little configuration, and works behind a firewall or network address translation box. Data encryption end to end. Free download while in beta. Version No ads. Recommended for 14 and older. Available in 17 languages. Requires a PC running XP or Win2000, 400MHz processor, 128MB RAM, sound card and microphone. A minimum of 33.6 Kbps modem or faster equivalent internet connection required. Founders Niklas Zennstrom & Janus Friis also co-founded KaZaA. Offices in UK and Estonia. [Updated 2004/07/19.]

Adult multi-player online site for roleplaying, all about social interaction. Must be at least 21 years old to participate. Entrance page notes not to enter the site if you are a minor or if you find certain images are offensive. Differs from other similar online games due to allowing sexual taboos to be indulged in complete with consequences, diseases and pregnancy. Has a strong political side with choices of democracy or tyranny being part of the game. Free forum for users 21 and older. Sounds can be turned off. In closed beta testing and currently available only if you sign up to be a beta tester. A credit card is required but stated only to determine age of user. Recommendations are Pentium 4 or AMD processor 1000MHz or greater, 256Mb RAM. website is coming soon. [Updated 2004/07/28.]
Mac only freeware developed at the Technical University of Munich in Germany by Martin Ott, Martin Pittenaeur & Dominik Wagner. Based on Mac OS X's Rendezvous, it is a collaborative and distributed text editor. It allows multiple users to type anywhere in the text while not locking parts of the text for other users. As a development tool, it can be used as an editor for Apple's Project Builder and for paired programming, meetings and collaborative endeavors. Supports file sharing, ftp client integration, and supports C, C++, CSS, HTML, Java, Javascript, LaTeX, Objective-C, Pascal, Perl, PHP, Python, Ruby, SQL, XML. Uses BEEP (block extensible exchange protocol) to power its networking layer. Free for non-commerical use with a link for "donations". Commercial license $35 each. Available in 10 languages. Current version 2.0.1 requires Mac OS 10.3. Older versions available for download. [Updated 2004/07/19.]
Safars RSS

Apple Computer, Inc.
Infinite Loop
Cupertino, California 95014
(408) 966-1010
Mac only browser product with all access through web browser. Thousands of the latest news stories, news feeds, personalized content. There is an option to start private browsing therefore no information about you and your browsing will be cached or logged by any sites visited. [Updated 2004/07/21.]

Userland Software, Inc.
4115 Blackhauk Plaza Circle Suite 100
Danville, California 94506
(925) 465-1300
Fax: (925) 465-1300
Weblog and website publishing tools for individuals or organizations. Create websites and give others permission to change them. Manila is the product for organizations, server based, current version 9.0.1. Manage a community of many weblogs, email lists and discussion groups. Free download for 60 day evaluation then $1,099 annually. RSS. Is built on the core technology of Frontier and is availble in other languages. Runs on Mac Classic and OS X, Windows 98 and above with a minimum processor of Pentium III. 10Mb disk space and 128Mb RAM recommended. Radio Userland is the product for individuals. Runs on a local PC. Free to join and receive bulletins. Free download to use for 30 days, $39.95 to purchase. Available in French and Italian. Same system requirements as Manila, but 13Mb disk space needed and at minimum a G3 for the Mac version. [Updated 2004/07/21.]

Xfire, Inc.
formerly Ultimate Arena, Inc.
Menlo Park, California
A Windows only Instant Messenger for gamers. Receive messages without interruption of the game. No need to run multiple programs. Supports all popular games, server or non-server based and works with any game type, gaming service or browser. Over 120 games supported. Keeps track of friends and where playing making it easy to join the game quickly. Stores messages sent to you until you finish a game, notifying you with sound if someone wants to chat. Sounds can be turned off. Currently over 500,000 subscribers. Version: BETA. Free download. Requires PC with Pentium processor, Windows 98 or above, 2Mb free disk space and IE 4 or higher. Best with broadband internet connection. Founded by Dennis Fong (Quake World Champ), Mike Cassidy (former CEO of Direct Hit), Max Woon, and David Lawee. [Updated 2004/07/19.]