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Linux.com: Open Source Software Empowers Web Widget Maker

Mar 16, 2007, 11:15 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Tina Gasperson)

"When entrepreneur Adam Green introduced Michael Kowalchik to the idea of reading lists (OPML subscriptions to customizable collections of news feeds), it got the software developer fired up. 'I built a prototype of a reading list browser kind of thing, and the more we talked the more we realized we had a lot of vision in common,' Kowalchik says. 'I said, 'Hey, do you want to partner with me on this?'' Green, who started out in an advisory role only, decided he liked Kowalchik's interactive browser widgets so much that he would invest his money and his time, and Grazr Corp. was born.

"Grazr offers free feed 'Grazrs'--little JavaScript widgets you can configure to pick up any feed you like, without subscribing. New entries appear at the top and older entries roll off the bottom of the box, just like on a blog. The boxes fit nicely in the sidebar of a typical two- or three-column blog, and Grazr.com generates code for your blog based on your specifications. Copy and paste the code into your site, and the widget appears and updates automatically..."

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