• $150 Million BlackBerry Partners Fund Spreads The Wealth

    The BlackBerry Partners Fund, a $150 million VC fund co-managed by JLA Ventures and RBC Venture Partners, has announced its first three investments: The first is for buzzd, a geo-aware social network that also doubles as a location information guide. BlackBerry Partners Fund participated in a $3.2 million Series A Round, along with Greycroft Partners, Qualcomm Ventures, and Monitor… Read More

  • Psystar hopes Apple won't notice Blu-Ray desktops


    Psystar is still beset on all sides by the inequities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men aka Apple but now they’re shipping “OS X-compatible” machines with Blu-ray installed. Sadly, there is no built-in Blu-Ray support which means you’re stuck using Toast 9 to do anything at all. In our experience, Psystar is basically selling bare bones PCs with a little… Read More

  • LinkedIn Means Business With New Application Platform

    LinkedIn has launched its new OpenSocial-based application platform called InApps – an answer to the platforms found on social networks like Facebook and MySpace, but without the clutter and “junk” apps that plague those sites. Unlike most other social networks, LinkedIn apps must go through an approval process before they will go live on the store, and all apps must be… Read More

  • Android Speed Reviews: Twidroid, LOLcat Builder, SpellDial, BudgetDroid, Krystle II, CallerID, Santas War

    With the doors to the Android Market open to developers as of yesterday, the applications have begun pouring in. To celebrate, we decided to take a look at some of the notable applications lurking about in this first batch. Notable, mind you, doesn’t necessarily mean the best. A few were highlighted for their greatness. Some were noted because we just like the concept. And the others? Read More

  • Activision working to resolve Guitar Hero World Tour drum sensitivity issue

    User reviews of Guitar Hero World Tour aren’t so hot—it’s averaging a 5.8 on Metacritic (but nets an 87 based on “professional” reviews). One reason for the low score is this weird drum kit sensitivity issue that a bunch of people are reporting. Activision, the game’s publisher, says the problem only affects an early run of drums. Be that as it may… Read More

  • Blogger And Podcaster Media Network Looks To Turn Long Tail Blogging Into A Full-Time Job

    For all of the millions of blogs on the web, only an incredibly small fraction generate enough revenue to serve as full time jobs. Most people are happy enough with just sharing their thoughts with the public, even if they only see a few hundred hits a months with the very occasional comment. But what if there was a way for even these small-timers to generate enough money to put food on… Read More

  • Onkyo announces THX-certified 7.1-channel speaker system

    Today, the HT-S9100THX system was announced and it has its sights set on HD theater buffs across the country. The 7.1-channel system (130W/channel) includes THX’s Loudnes Plus technology and comes with four HDMI v1.3a ports. The more HDMI ports, the better, I say. Audyssey and Faroudja handle onboard audio and video processing. Faroudja’s DCDi Edge technology bumps all… Read More

  • Dragon covered Xbox 360 controller combo available at Wal*Mart

    In case any of my friends and family are reading this post then you should know that I’m in desperate need of an extra wireless 360 controller. The one you see above is exclusive to Wal*Mart and is covered with a dragon and what appears to be a female. It’s only $49.74. Again, I am in desperate need of an extra 360 controller, family and friends. Thank you. Product Page Read More

  • Netviewer Scores $9 Million From T-Online Venture And The Samwer Brothers

    T-Online Venture and the European Founders Fund (the investment vehicle of the infamous Samwer brothers who recently invested in Facebook) have invested a total of €7 million or nearly $9 million in Netviewer, a provider of web-based collaboration and communication software. Read More

  • Intern wanted for TechCrunch UK (maybe)

    This is not set on stone as it really depends on finding the right kind of person. If I don’t find them then there’s no vacancy. But anyway: I’m looking for an intern for TCUK. Someone curious (ok, very curious) about Web/Mobile tech startups, possibly (probably!) already blogging and willing to take direction. Ideally located in London. Also there is some database work to… Read More

  • Fallout 3 now available, ads pulled, don't even think about killing kids

    It’s been a ridiculously long time since Fallout 2 hit the scene (10 years ago) and available today is Bethesda’s much hyped and highly anticipated RPG Fallout 3. Thousands of retailers stayed open into the early morning last night to quench gamers thirsts for destruction and gore. Some folks in DC didn’t take too kindly to the ads because they depicted our nation’s… Read More

  • The FeedRoom Updates Enterprise Video Platform

    Fresh on the heels of being dropped as the premier video platform for The NYTimes.com in favor of Brightcove, The FeedRoom has unveiled the latest iteration of its enterprise video platform. The release of FeedRoom 4.0 Enterprise Video Platform (EVP) was announced at the 2008 Forrester Consumer Forum. The platform is built on two key components: FeedRoom ContentCore, which acts as a… Read More

  • The Myvu Crystal now works with your iPhone 3G

    Ever use the Myvu Crystal? It’s a pair of glasses that has a built-in VGA-quality display. The idea here is that you connect the Crystal to your portable media player or cellphone and you can take immersive audio/video with you wherever you go. That’s the idea, but like I said I haven’t used them so I can’t speak to how well they work. Doug seemed to like it, though. In… Read More

  • New VIA VB8001 ‘Nano’ processor and motherboard combo, plus more early info about holiday offerings

    You guys like computers, do ya? Me too. I spent a fair amount of time with the good people at VIA today and got some info about various upcoming products – some that have just been announced and some that haven’t yet. For starters, here’s the VIA VB8001 CPU and motherboard combo that was recently announced. It uses VIA’s new “64-bit, superscalar, 1.6GHz VIA… Read More

  • London TechHub – It might actually be happening

    Back in July I got a little tired of the perennial problem that hampers the development of startup eco-systems in the UK and Europe: The lack of definable geographic clusters where startups can congregate. This is not just a “nice to have”. Silicon Valley became a big deal – admittedly after decades – because people there were largely in tech. They met eachother and… Read More

  • Simply Hired Looks For Jobs Overseas

    Job search engine Simply Hired is expanding its operations into Canada, UK, Australia and India. The venture-backed startup was once an acquisition target for Google, and was recently called out for showing enormous jumps in traffic numbers that may have had something to do with shady tactics. Depending on where you look, the company says their database contains in between four and seven… Read More

  • A majority of wireless access points in New York City are completely insecure

    The majority (51 percent) of wireless access points in New York City are completely insecure, either using no security whatsoever or relying on WEP, which is all but useless. That number excludes publicly accessible hotspots you’d find at a café or park, meaning that a majority of those blue little routers sitting in the corner of every New York City apartment can be broken into with… Read More

  • Flixster Launching Meebo Community IM Tonight

    We just received word that tonight at 9pm PT Flixster will roll out its integration of Meebo Community IM, which adds instant messaging-like chat functionality to any website. Out of 19 total launch partners, a couple more will push their implementations live over the next two weeks, then a large batch of partners will launch theirs in early 2009. We don’t have any word yet on which… Read More

  • Video Interview: Microsoft's Bob Muglia On Going After The Cloud

    Steve Gillmor is at the Professional Developers Conference in Los Angeles where he caught Microsoft senior exec Bob Muglia on camera for an interview that touches upon Microsoft’s new cloud initiatives, how it relates to its existing server business, Silverlight, and what Microsoft is like without Bill Gates around every day. Muglia is the senior vice president in charge of the server… Read More

  • Review: iStik for the iPod Nano 3G

    I’ll keep this review short and sweet. The Good
    Super strong magnets keep this case in place and actually manage to keep your fat nano from falling out. It freaks people out, too, which I like. Read More

  • Ballmer Email: Microsoft Is Really Sticking To "Software Plus Services" Message

    Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer sent an email to customers today (reprinted below) summarizing some of the big news coming out of the Professional Developers Conference (PDC) in Los Angeles. He talks about both the Azure cloud services platform (a comprehensive set of storage, computing, and networking infrastructure services) as well as Office in the browser. The email reiterates… Read More

  • Student trying to alert school to computer vulnerability instead charged with three felonies

    Dear school administrators, What’s the best way to ensure that your computer network remains riddled with security vulnerabilities that leave you, your personnel and [someone think of the] schoolchildren in danger? Why, to demonize the student who discovered the vulnerability and alerted you to it, of course. Have him charged with a felony while you’re at it. A student in a… Read More

  • Review: Kata DR-467 Digital Rucksack

    I can’t help but compare Kata’s ‘digital rucksack’ to the Lowepro Fastpack I reviewed earlier this year. Its looks, features, and price are similar, but it all boils down to personal preference and what you’re looking to do with it. My initial reaction when the Kata made it into the office was that it was a cheap knockoff of the aforementioned Lowepro, but after a… Read More

  • Yahoo Opens Up Big Time

    Six months after first announcing its open strategy, Yahoo has released a slew of development tools (as we told you it would) under the Y!OS 1.0 platform. It’s kind of like a Web OS, but Y!OS officially stands for Yahoo Open Strategy. As part of its strategy to remain one of the most popular starting points on the Web, Yahoo is making it much easier for data, content, and applications… Read More

  • MTV posts music videos: Dogs and cats, living together

    http://media.mtvnservices.com/mgid:uma:video:mtvmusic.com:107879 Bob Dylan |MTV Music In what must be one of the signs of the apocalypse, MTV has posted hundreds – dare I say thousands – of music videos for your perusal. It’s all there – go ahead and dig through. I found Scarlett Johansson cavorting to the the sad-eyed crooning of Bob Dylan along with a video that… Read More

  • Some guy stabbed someone else because he was playing World of Warcraft too loudly

    Kids, when your friend asks you to lower the volume of your computer while you’re playing World of Warcraft please do so as soon as possible. Because if you don’t you might end up getting stabbed. In the head. With a chef’s knife. That’s exactly what happened in Australia. The victim is doing about as well as one could after being attacked with a knife; only one of… Read More

  • Google Launches Google Apps Labs, Third Party Developers Welcome

    Google is launching Google Apps Labs today, a new platform for experimental apps (Google Moderator is one of the first to be added). These are third party applications that can be added by businesses and schools using Google Apps. In addition to Google Moderator, two other apps are available now: Google Code Reviews (peer review of software code) and Google Short Links (change URLs to… Read More

  • Review: Good Nite Lite

    If you have kids or roommates who are younger than three, you’ll quickly learn that toddlers can’t read clocks and, as a result, will wake your ass up at 5am. The Good Nite Lite is designed to keep the younguns asleep – or at least in bed – until you’re at least done listening to Morning Edition. Read More

  • They grow diamonds in petri dishes now (sorta)

    A group of research scientists at the Carnegie Institution have devised a new method to grow diamonds. Keep in mind that there’s more to diamonds than the tragic trade surround them (explained in great detail in the book The Heartless Stone), as they’re used in things such as high-quality optics and quantum computers (when they’re not hoaxes). Now, growing diamonds… Read More

  • The HTC Opal cruises its way through FCC testing

    Finally! The day no one has been waiting for has come. It’s being reported the HTC Opal is currently being reviewed by the FCC. While some are speculating that this means it will be released in the US, don’t get your hopes up – HTC told us back in September that it’s only intended for emerging markets. As far as we know, the only reason the FCC’s taking a glance at… Read More

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