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Webaroo unveiled -- lets you carry cached Internet on your PC/smartphone

Webaroo is launching a new service that allows computer users to download versions of Web sites on their computers so that they can read them later while not connected to the Internet.

This is the same Seattle-Santa Clara company we mentioned a couple of weeks ago here, which at the time was being secretive, and was started by Junglee co-founder Rakesh Mathur.

We're a little flummoxed that this could be a big idea, as it seems sort of backward. Gosh, isn't the world moving to ubiquitous wireless availability? Not!, says the company. There are still plenty of places you can't get on the Internet, and having Web sites downloaded automatically can save people time and worry, the company is betting. Basically Webaroo users install the company's software on their computers, select the Internet sites they want collect from the Web, and the computer downloads it while it is connected to the Internet, and stores it so the user can view it while on the road.

The company also announces today that computer manufacturer, Acer, plans to bundle the Webaroo software on its laptop PCs.

Remember the rise and fall of Pointcast, which tried something similar years ago?

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Tracked: April 11, 2006 4:58 AM


I had used Avantgo a few years back downloading maps from mapquest onto my Palm Tungesten T. And this seems pretty much the same for any kind of a system; really surprised such an idea would be funded as part of Web 2.0! I agree that this seems a sort of backward step. Sometimes you get the feel of a bubble again and gosh, is that scary.

Anand on April 10, 2006 5:47 AM
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I'd like to tout my project MindRetrieve (http://www.mindretrieve.net/). It caches and allow you to search and retrieve all the web pages you've read (on top of other goodies like a fusion of tag and hierarchical based categorization system). Right now it save a strip down version of webpage. A version that save the full web page (with images) is coming soon. And this is open source.

As of this being backward, as a laptop nomad I can say the world is far from perfectly connected. Otherwise I won't pay $20 a month just to get connectivity in Starbuck, a place otherwise won't go much. Even if a few years down the road municipal WIFI become common place it will still have its utility. The main idea is you are searching your personal web, thigns you've seen but not the entire web in general. Other advantages is te destination server might go unavaiable, too slow, or a page might be moved, altered. In one surprise instance I found an article I have read has changed from English to Spanish (http://mindretrieve.blogspot.com/2005/02/article-gone-mindretrieve-save-day.html). It is actually gone entirely when I checked again today.

This might be a hard sell to many people. On the other hand I'm looking at personal web as a potential breakthrough in information retrieval.

Wai Yip Tung on April 10, 2006 10:34 AM
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Commendo Software (www.commendo.com) is another companies with similar technology.

John Smith on April 10, 2006 7:40 PM
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This exposes the real story behind so many "stealth" companies, founded by has-beens:

"We have nothing to show and no proof that our ideas will work. So we will pretend we know something you do not. We will act smug about it and try to impress you with past [irrelevant] accomplishments"

No wonder why bubbles happen.

Skeptic on April 11, 2006 12:13 AM
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iOra does similar software for Enterprise use, and has for some years (http://www.iora.com)

Steve on April 11, 2006 4:00 AM
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AvantGo could do this for PDA for years. Firefox and Opera can do this for years. Is is a kind of business you can get now funded in the Valley? How do you become such a lucky guy? You need to play golf with some VCs?

Yuri Ammosov on April 11, 2006 1:21 PM
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Hold off calling these guys lucky, Yuri.

If your plan is stupid, raising VC money would not help you with a successful exit. Only would raise the hurdle for taking home any money at all.

Would love to see what the reputations of these guys would be once they are done with Webaroo.

Remember AllAdvantage.com? Pets.com? WebVan? Deals like that come back to bite you.

Skeptic on April 11, 2006 6:51 PM
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I think its great.. all you guys seem to forget the pockets of this world where there is no cell phone network let alone internet connectivity....makes sense to be able to surf the web unconnected.

scooter on May 4, 2006 2:09 PM
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I think its great.. all you guys seem to forget the pockets of this world where there is no cell phone network let alone internet connectivity....makes sense to be able to surf the web unconnected.

scooter on May 4, 2006 2:09 PM
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