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Google Inc. has bought Upstartle, the Silicon Valley-based company behind Writely.com, an internet-based word processor. The move is Google’s latest expansion away from its core search product and marks the company’s increasing interest in a market long-dominated by its Seattle-based rival. The acquisition of Upstartle, disclosed Thursday on Google's Web site, continues the Mountain View, Calif.-based company's effort to assemble a suite of software applications that are tethered to an Internet connection instead of a single computer's hard drive. Google didn't reveal how much it paid for Upstartle. In an analyst presentation last week, Google said it has been aggressively buying high-tech startups to deepen its product line as well as its pool of engineering talent.  Writely, which was founded in 2004, allows users to create documents using an internet... (more)

SYS-CON Launches New Web Hosting News and Content Site webhosting.sys-con.com

SYS-CON Media today launched a new Web Hosting news and content site at webhosting.sys-con.com. The new SYS-CON portal will be the central news and information resource for global Web Hosting solution providers and their customers. WebHosting.sys-con.com will publish breaking news stories from the wires, exclusive interviews with leading hosting companies, as well as case studies and success stories from the Web Hosting industry. Also this week SYS-CON introduced a new portal, AJAX.sys-con.com, a leading Ajax information and news resource for its i-technology readers. ... (more)

Seamless Wi-Fi Launches "High-Security Web Hosting Facility"

Seamless Wi-Fi, Inc. recently announced the launch of Alpha Internet, Inc., an Internet hosting services provider, as “part of its vertical expansion strategy”. The entity was created to enable the company to better facilitate its Seamless Phenom secure communications services designed for customers that do not wish to purchase their own Oracle server or whose equipment is not Oracle-compatible. Alpha Internet is only available for Seamless customers and provides high security hosting services. Discussing the launch, Seamless Wi-Fi’s CEO Al Reda stated, "Our str... (more)

Web Hosting Provider Affinity Internet Names Jim Collins As CEO

Affinity Internet, a provider of web-based services, has appointed Jim Collins, the company's current president, to the position of CEO, effective immediately. Jim Collins has been with Affinity in various executive roles for more than five years and has helped reshape the company. Under his leadership Affinity Internet has evolved from a web hosting provider to a full-service web based services firm, dedicated to helping businesses create, deploy, market, maintain and secure their online presence. According to Sanjeev Aggarwal, Senior Analyst Small and Medium Business Strategies... (more)

Webhost Verio Launches Web Hosting Innovations, New Service Plans

Verio Inc., a US-based subsidiary of NTT Communications Group and of hosting and Internet services for small to midsized companies and partners, has announced an industry-leading hosting innovation for developers of Microsoft Windows applications with the launch of its MultiSite hosting solution. The company has also recently launched new hosting plans on the Windows Server 2003 platform. Enhancements include the addition of MultiSite services to all shared hosting for Windows plans as well as Managed Server for Windows. MultiSite provides the capability to split the resources of a... (more)