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YouTube rolls out new personalized homepage to all users

YouTube, after testing a redesign of its homepage for quite a while, has now begun the rollout to all YouTube users. The new homepage brings many improvements, all designed to make it more personal to each user. The 'Videos Being Watched Now' module has been removed, and some modules that haven't seen much use, such as 'Spotlight' and 'Featured Videos' have been moved to the right sidebar, to ...

Microsoft testing new "Be what's next" Metro- and IE9-inspired homepage

It's been a long time coming, but Microsoft is finally testing a new Be what's next homepage. To enable the new look, you need to visit http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/preview/default.aspx. The layout is strongly reminiscent of Windows Phone 7's Metro UI, with not a single rounded corner to be found. There are also some design elements from Internet Explorer 9, such as the 'cut off' back and fo...

Video Review: About.me lets you easily create a personal landing page

About.me is a direct competitor of Flavors.me; both services try to help you create a personal landing page, hooked up to your "social media presence" on other sites (Facebook, Flickr, et al). About.me left public beta a few days ago, and I decided to give it the video treatment today. I've put together an extensive review covering most of its features from a first-time user perspective. It's ...

Myfav.es (Fav4) adds new icons, registration, custom URLs

Remember Fav4? It's a customized browser home page, with a super-clean layout featuring a huge, beautiful icon for each of your favorite sites. And now it has a new domain name – Myfav.es (although fav4.org still works), along with a few notable additions. I couldn't find a list of all of the updates on the site, but here's what I've noticed: Many new site icons: Including the world's le...

AOL launches homepage redesign

AOL -- our benevolent overlord -- has finally taken the wraps off its new homepage design. The new page, which was initially slated for launch on Monday, emphasizes AOL content from our sites like Engadget, Switched and DailyFinance, and also features heavy social integration. Apart from current trending topics, the page will also display activity from your AOL Lifestream if you've got an account...

How to make Internet Explorer 9 display your most popular sites on startup

Recently on Twitter, an Internet Explorer 9 beta user asked how to have his most popular sites displayed whenever he launched the browser. By default, IE9 shows a localized version of MSN.com and you can switch to home page(s) you define. As it turns out, it's a very simple task to swap in your popular sites. Here's an easy way to do this: click the gear icon, then select Internet Options. I...

Sitehoover is a speed dial page with RSS support

I've been searching for a good start page for some time now. While I haven't found anything which is just what I need, I did come across some interesting options, and Sitehoover seems at least worthy of a mention. Like most start pages, it seems to be geared toward novice users. But that doesn't mean it's crappy. Sitehoover lets you set up folders with your sites; once you feed it an address, ...

Nudge, nudge! Facebook wants to be your homepage

It seems Facebook is now asking to be your homepage. If you 'use Facebook regularly', a new dialog box will appear, asking you in no uncertain terms to PUSH ME. I have a nagging feeling that you'll be seeing this box even if you don't use Facebook regularly however... I'm surprised it took Facebook this long to implement such measures! A quick Google search shows it used to offer the set-homep...

DooID lets you easily post your contact details in style

DooID presents a slick solution to an all-too-common problem: it provides people who have accounts on multiple social websites with one single place to post all of their contact information. It strives to act as an online business card, and I must say it does the job quite gracefully. Ideally, you would be able to meet someone new and give them a single, simple URL (such as http://dooid.com/...

Fav4: meet your new favorite start page

For a while, iGoogle was the end-all-be-all of homepages for me, and then I flirted with Bing (those daily photos are pretty sweet). I think I've finally found the start page of my dreams, though: Fav4.org. It's just 4 huge, gorgeous buttons for the websites of your choice, set on top of a tasteful grey gradient. Yeah, I know this isn't revolutionary, but I love seeing it pop up every time I open...

Facebook simplifies home page layout, inevitable complaining begins

Facebook has made some minor alterations the layout of its home page, aimed at simplifying your social networking experience. As with the last 5 design changes Facebook has made, this one has riled up users and inspired "bring back the old Facebook" groups. What's to get excited about, though? The changes seem mostly positive to me. "News Feed" and "Live Feed" have been changed to the more des...

Google unveils new homepage: did you even notice?

Google has finally launched a new version of its homepage after extensive testing, so you can look forward to the following exciting new features: the text on the page fades in when you first move your mouse. And ... that's all. I guess Google didn't want to mess with a good thing, and the site does look a lot cleaner on first load, with just the logo and the search field, but I'm sure a lot of...

iGoogle keeps on growing with some yummy new food themes

iGoogle, Google's customizable homepage, has some pretty sweet-looking themes. In fact, I rounded up the 10 best on Download Squad not too long ago. Google keeps adding themes faster than I can change my homepage, though. The latest fresh batch of themes is food-related, and a bunch of food-themed homepage gadgets have come out at the same time. While this news probably isn't going to rock you...

Digg's homepage will display trending stories for user voting

How can a Digg story make the front page without making the front page? Digg is about to show you, by placing some highly-active stories on the homepage for 10 minutes at a time before they have enough diggs to be there. By putting these trending stories up front, Digg intends to have a higher volume of users digg or bury them, as a sort of filter to decide what belongs on that coveted high-traff...

MSN.com gets its first major redesign in a decade

MSN.com, Microsoft's search, news and services portal page, hasn't weathered the years well. Tweaking the same basic design for a decade left it far behind the times in terms of design and usability. With today's clean, whitespace-friendly, reimagining of MSN.com, Microsoft ditches the spectre of MSN search and delivers a site that's a little more worthy of showcasing the company's new search h...