1. Bebo’s developer platform now open to all
2. Facebook to let you hide applications on your profile page
3. Top Israeli web companies to tour Silicon Valley
4. Fewer IPOs in Europe this past year
5. Satisfaction, a site where customers can review companies, growing fast, to offer API
6. Vast.com, white label search company, buys Edgeio asset Adaptive Real Estate
Bebo‘s developer platform now open to all — Bebo’s platform was announced last month, with more than 35 of launch partners including Rockyou and Gaia Online. Now San Francisco-based social network has opened the platform up to all developers. Information for developers here; a list of applications here. Earlier this week, I looked at how Gaia is gaining new traffic through its Bebo application.
Facebook to let you hide applications on your profile page — Apparently, enough people have complained about the proliferation of third-party applications on Facebook profiles that the company needs to set limits. It will soon introduce a “profile clean-up” tool, that will let you put apps you don’t use into an “extended portion” of your profile that others can view at the bottom of your profile. The tool will alert you to unused apps, similar to how a computer will alert you to unused desktop icons. It will recommend that you keep key profile features, like your Wall, as well as your twelve most favored applications. How long before Bebo offers the same feature, I wonder?
Top Israeli web companies to tour Silicon Valley — Fifteen interesting Israeli companies will be touring Silicon Valley, February 4-7. They’re being sponsored by the California Israel Chamber of Commerce and were chosen from among 90 applicants. VC Cafe has more information about the companies here.
Fewer IPOs in Europe this past year — 38 European venture-backed companies completed IPOs worth 893 million Euros, according to Dow Jones VentureSource — down from 89 companies and 1.7 billion Euros in 2006. Some causes, according to the report: Fears of recession and the credit crunch. The good news: The median amount raised via IPO was 15.8 million Euros, the highest in six years. The median pre-valuation for the companies was 59.2 million Euros, the highest since 2000.
Satisfaction, a site where customers can review companies, is growing fast — Both its number of users and traffic are doubling each month, says chief executive Thor Muller who also — full disclosure — designed VentureBeat’s site. Satisfaction is also planning to release an application programming interface, so companies with forums on Satisfaction can embed discussions them on their own sites.
Vast.com, white label search company, buys Edgeio asset Adaptive Real Estate — Online classified service Edgeio sold off most of its other assets to Looksmart for $280,000 after it went out of business last month. Vast.com is based in San Francisco, and operates vertical search based on specific sources, including classified ads.
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