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Fastladder July 5, 2007

Posted by fukumimi in Internet, IT, Japan.
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Livedoor is attempting to go global with its new Fastladder RSS reader, which is basically a repackaged version of its existing Livedoor Reader for the local market.

It is basically a generic on-line feedreader. I noticed that OPML imports were slower than on some other on-line feedreaders I’ve imported my OPML files to in the past, perhaps because Fastladder doesn’t yet have much of a following yet and hasn’t got the relevant feeds cached.

Apart from the amusement factor of the uncomfortable English on show, the only slightly interesting point is that they show how many other Fastladder users have subscription to each of your subscribed feeds (social bookmarking of feeds).

Not sure there is enough here to make a huge impact on the already crowded landscape.

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iTouch sold for $191M July 4, 2007

Posted by fukumimi in Economy & Business, Internet, Japan, Mobile.
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Just a few months after For-Side.com sold its iTouch subsidiary (apparently for around $100M, and not GBP33M as I saw quoted elsewhere) to a group led by iTouch’s ex-CEO, iTouch has been flipped to the Italian mobile content firm Buongiorno for $191M.

$91M in 4 months isn’t bad.

But it does beg the question, did For-Side.com’s executives shop the deal around sufficiently to get the best price, as they would be expected to do by their shareholders?