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A brief glimpse of Nokia's popularity outside the Western world

It's easy to forget just how different the customs of other nations are. While Americans carry dogs around in handbags, Koreans eat them. In England, we gurn; and in Spain, they throw tomatoes. We're a world of completely disparate customs -- yet somehow we can't fathom that Nokia and the Symbian OS could be ahead of Apple and Google in the smartphone market. It's really quite crazy. It's like...

Netflix to go international in 2011?

Over at Cnet, Don Reisinger is reporting that Netflix is positioning itself for international expansion. The service finally made the jump from the U.S. to Canada this year, and CEO Reed Hastings has said that move "has provided us with very encouraging signs regarding the potential for the Netflix service internationally." Spokesperson Steve Swasey recently told a CBC interviewer "based on the...

International Kindle users: change your country to avoid additional fees

Okay, so my earlier story about how Amazon is messing with International Kindle users made a bit of a splash. Quite a few things came up in my investigations before and after the story, but the basic fact remains: Amazon will add a fixed $2.00 surcharge to most items (which may or may not be a "roaming charge") if you're an international customer, even if you're using a WiFi-only device. But I've...

The Book Depository offers free worldwide shipping for paper books

The Book Depository is one of those frumpy-looking sites that are actually pretty incredible once you get past the plain looks. It's a massive bookstore, and what makes it so attractive for non-US customers is that it offers free worldwide shipping on everything. No minimum orders, no hidden costs. I have no idea how they do it, but I just bought a book there for $11 including shipping. That...

Hulu plans to go international

Online video site Hulu has become one of the most popular video portals in the internet over the past year. It showcases high quality content from major television and film studios with fewer commercials than you'd see if you watched the same programs on TV. But Hulu has faced one major hurdle: The company doesn't have deals in place to distribute that content outside of the US, which is why...

Get Twitter tracking and free international SMS with Twe2

Remember when Twitter let you track your @replies and search terms, and when SMS alerts were free around the world? Well, I do, and I miss it. Fortunately, Twe2 has come along to fill the void. The service lets you customize which Twitter alerts you want to get on your phone, when you want to get them, and how many you want per hour. So far Twe2 has worked as promised for me, although it can...

Online video site Veoh limits international access

Some online video sites like Hulu have gotten a lot of flack for being unavailable outside of the US. But you know what? It's expensive to stream video over the internet. And it's even more expensive to secure the right to stream copyrighted works internationally. It's also much easier to sign advertising deals in some countries than others, which helps justify the streaming costs. So how do...

Skype to launch unlimited international calling plan

Have friends, relatives, or business contacts located in faraway lands? Internet telephony company Skype is launching its first plan that lets you make unlimited international PC to telephone calls, assuming you're calling a landline in one of 34 countries covered by the plan. Most of Europe is covered, as well as the US, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, Japan, Korea and Taiwan.The $9.95/month...

Hulu acknowledges existence of TV viewers outside of the US

Online video site Hulu has gotten a lot of good press over the last few months for actually offering up full-length TV shows and movies that you might actually want to watch. There are hundreds of episodes of popular TV shows from networks like Fox and NBC, and movies from partners including Fox, Universal, and MGM. There's just one problem, you can only stream these videos if you live in the...

Google rolls out Gmail updates in 37 languages

It's been a few months since Google rolled out some major updates to the Gmail interface, including support for colored labels, group chat, graphic emoticons, a new contact manager, and new keyboard shortcuts. Now Google is offering the same features to non-English speakers. The company is rolling out the updated version of Gmail to 37 new languages. There are still a few unsupported languages....

Watch Hulu videos outside of the US with Hotspot Shield

Since our recent invite bonanza, we've enjoyed the heck out of our Hulu membership. But, since its inception, Hulu has been a US-only party. And, while OPENHulu or TVparadise opened up Hulu to a crowd of non-invitees, international users were still out of luck. Of course if you're willing to trick Hulu into thinking your non-US computer is actually connected to a US internet connection, you can...

AOL takes Truveo online video search international

Just a few months after relaunching Truveo as a video search engine (as opposed to a video sharing site), AOL is taking Truveo worldwide. Or at least adding localized versions for a number of countries including France, Germany, India, Japan, Korea, Spain, Tawain, and the UK. AOL, which owns both Truveo and this blog, plans to bring more regional versions online in the next few months....

Google Reader goes international, loses beta tag

Google Reader has come out of beta. That's right, Google now has at least two services that don't have a beta tag, their search engine and Reader. Gmail, which predates Google Reader still wears a beta label even though it's been a while since we've seen any major new features. But just a few weeks after Google added the much sought-after search function to its RSS Reader, the company has decided...

Teenie Bopper social network site Piczo gets a larger vocabulary

One thing that tends to take a while in the Web 2.0 market is the expansion to non-English speaking markets. Even Google is guilty of waiting a while to open up services for non-English speaking residents of the world. Piczo, the social network that specializes in the teen market, has finally expanded to include other languages. The second place superstar in the social space for teens now has...

Netvibes international updates

The folks over at Netvibes have been very busy as of late. In the last few weeks they've released 10 new international versions of their "customizable Web 2.0 home page/portal solution" (buzzwords aside, it's a terrific service). If you haven't given it a try yet, perhaps one these new versions will entice you: Greek, Turkish, Quebecer, Ukrainian, Russian, Danish, Canadian, Polish, Brazilian and...