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AJAX News Roundup: Meebo, WikiSeek, Zimbra and Weebly

Meebo, the AJAX instant messenger, announced $9 million funding from Draper Fisher Jurvetson and Sequoia Capital, two of Silicon Valley’s top backers of hot Internet start-ups. With a number of users increased to reach one million in the past three months, meebo become the most popular AJAX chat application. The company launched in September 2005, received its first funding from Sequoia Capital in December 2005 and currently employs 12 people. While Meebo’s 2007 predictions didn’t mention any financial dream, maybe it was obvious ?

WikiSeek, finally launched its beta version with an idea to provide a better way to search wikipedia. The awaited search engine by the creator of WikipediA, seems to be very experimental as the result didn’t looks relevant at all for me, maybe for being restrictive to wikipedia and websites linked from there. It uses AJAX for suggestions to refine your search results, which is pretty useful. The new service is totally monetized by Google AdSense program with a very long list of sponsored links. You can use their wiki to provide feedback.

Zimbra wins InfoWorld 2007 technology of the year award, this is not strange since the company announced earlier in October more than four million paid Zimbra mailboxes, in addition to millions of more users who implemented the Zimbra open source edition. Zimbra AJAX Collaboration Suite attracted many professionals for its flexibility, ease of use, and mobility with its Push email and Native synchronization of Zimbra Mobile.

Weebly, the AJAX website creator, received recently funding from YCombinator of an undisclosed amount. This came with opening Weebly for developers via its new API, and the possibility to use it on your own domain, in additions to the tons of great features that make Weebly one of the best AJAX web creation tools.

Ajax, Meebo, WikiSeek, Zimbra, Weebly, IM+Chat

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