It\u2019s nice to share. It must be; how else can you explain the ongoing (and increasing) popularity of online collaboration tools\u2014from simple instant messengers to complex screen sharing apps.\u00a0 Given that growth, it\u2019s no surprise to see\u00a0 new sharing tools come on the market. One of the most recent, Jybe, from Advanced Reality, seeks to find a\u00a0middle ground between\u00a0ease and utility, offering more\u00a0sharing features than an instant messaging client but not requiring the network bandwidth and learning curve of\u00a0more full-featured collaboration tools.Jybe loads as a plug-in for Internet Explorer or Mozilla Firefox and lets users browse the Web together as well as upload Microsoft Office documents for on-the-spot presentations and collaboration (though you can\u2019t actually edit the documents while you view them).It\u2019s certainly slick and easy. You simply download the small Jybe plug-in, create a new password-protected session, upload\u00a0 to Jybe\u2019s servers any documents you want to view, send an e-mail with a link to participants, and away you go. The whole process takes only a couple of minutes. Documents appear as HTML in\u00a0your browser, with a small toolbar for features at the top and a chat\u00a0window\u00a0underneath. It\u00a0even\u00a0integrates with Skype\u2019s\u00a0voice over IP service, giving you quick access to start meetings with your Skype buddies (integration with other collaboration tools is on the way). \u00a0 Downsides? A few. The company admits that sharing between Firefox and IE can cause some problems (though I didn\u2019t see any during my demo). The integration was also so complete that I forgot to log off my demo session and started up my intranet blog interface\u2014complete with typing in my username and password\u2014before realizing that the other meeting participants could have seen it all if they were still logged in. Corporate users probably won\u2019t like the whole "upload the docs to an external server" thing, either (though it\u2019s probably more secure than e-mail). For security minded folks, Advanced Reality offers an Enterprise version for a licence fee that lets you run a Jybe server behind your firewall. It\u2019s a tool certainly worth a test run. The same goes for Snap News (from Perfect Market Technologies). This beta site consolidates news sources from around the world, but it uses a somewhat different interface from its competitors like Google News. Based on\u00a0search technology from X1, Snap News lets you sort quickly through half a million stories by using basic keyword searches that you can then refine instantly according to date, time, title or source. Plus there\u2019s no "search" button. Just like X1\u2019s desktop search tools, you begin searching as you type. Who knows if Snap\u00a0can make any headway against the giants of the news search space, but it\u2019s always nice to have options, especially if you\u2019re starting to suffer from Google Fatigue.