The state Attorneys General are busy today. In addition to the Washington AG hitting up Intelius with a fine and injunction for its years-long post transaction marketing scams, the Attorneys General from thirty three states, plus the AG Guam and the AG of the Northern Mariana Islands (wherever that is) have entered into an agreement with Topix to stop their $20 fee for expedited review of… → Read More
Well, it’s official. The Washington Attorney General is one of the first government entities to do more than yell about post transaction marketing scams like the ones we’ve been writing about at Intelius for years now.
A Consent Decree filed in the King County Superior Court in Washington requires the payment of $1.3 million in fines by Intelius. And they’re also restricted from engaging in some… → Read More
Gigaboxx, the mobile music download platform targeting artists and record companies who want to set up shop to sell direct to fans, has opened in public beta.
The UK service, which was first outed in April at GeeknRolla, has a particular emphasis on live events – hence the mobile component – offering artists a “suite of marketing tools”, including their own store URL, QR codes and a SMS reply… → Read More
Presumably iPhone users are better at getting their kicks in real life. But the chart still leaves the greatest question of our time unanswered, “Do attractive people buy more iPhones, or does the iPhone somehow… → Read More
Adidas Originals, makers of the Star Wars kicks, is about to drop some Kashyyk on you and yours. The Wookiee coat features a furry hood, a Wookie belt (what did he have in there anyway?) and a quilted outer shell. → Read More
Short version: Just a simple backpack with clever styling and average material quality. I’d like the bag if it fit right. → Read More
Grade management service LearnBoost, which recently received $975,000 in seed funding, made its first product available to the public today. Now, using LearnBoost’s free teacher gradebook and lesson plan software, teachers can manage their entire classroom with one account instead of having to have a separate lesson plan software account, an account for Google calendars, etc.
Learnboost’s… → Read More
Tagadas is a newly launched private buying club in the UK. Only unlike the more general designer offerings of Vente-Privee, Brands4friends and their various competitors, the London-based startup is attacking a more specific vertical: baby and children’s products from brands such as French Connection and Minihaha.
It could also be seen as a British version of US-based Zulily.com, a private buying… → Read More
There’s an app for being green, and by an app, I mean a slew of apps. These iPhone apps range from offering general sustainability tips and games to store and product directories.
A lot of green apps focus on offering general tips for everyday actions you can take to help make a difference, which really doesn’t take advantage of the iPhone’s capabilities. Below are the top ten green apps across a… → Read More
Ready or not, 3D technology is quickly hitting more and more TVs. Soon it will be a standard feature on most mid-tier sets and no longer considered just for early adaptors. Nevermind the fact there’s virtually nothing to watch outside of random sporting events. Samsung’s latest, the PN50C490, drops the technology to the sub-$1000 price-point with an $989 price. The only sacrifice is… → Read More
Noah Everett, the founder of Twitter photo sharing site Twitpic has launched a new site today, called Heello. Details are sparse on the startup, which draws its name from the greeting ‘Hello,’ but according to a blog post on the new site, the site aims to “make communication easier.”
The post says that Heello will be launching a series of products around this goal soon. Everett says that Heello… → Read More
High fives for the guys over at PreCentral, who used their eagle eyes to spot this changelog. What’s that you say? There hasn’t been an update, so there shouldn’t be a changelog? Exactly. → Read More
In an odd bit of timing, news is breaking that former United States Senator Ted Stevens was on board a plane that crashed in his native Alaska last night. A former aide stated earlier that Stevens passed away in the crash, but Stevens’ family has yet to comment. Stevens was the longest-serving Republican Senator in history, serving from 1968 until 2009. He was known for a number of key legislation… → Read More
This is a guest post by Julian Ranger (@rangerj) an Angel investor and founder of Surrey, UK-based innovation hub iBundle. Current iBundle projects include Raffle.it. SocialSafe, mifiction and DAD. Julian has been an investor since 2007. Previously he was founder and Managing Director of STASYS Ltd, which he sold to Lockheed Martin in 2005.
Privacy is something we jealously guard in real life. → Read More
HTiB systems aren’t generally something to be proud of. They’re usually sub-par components from mainstream CE companies that carry massive profit margins for both the retailer and manufacturer. But this system from JBL Synthesis and Mark Levinson is a bit different — at least concerning the sub-par components part. The Synthesis One Array ML Premier is just about as good as home… → Read More
Meet Precious. Precious will ride from the Atlantic to the Pacific, Tweeting his stats along the way and making assessments over time including comments on the weather, hilliness of the terrain, and speed. Why? Because it can.
Online comment platform Disqus, which lets you use a single profile across some 500,000 sites across the web, is launching some key new social features today.
The first change concerns Disqus’s global user profiles, which let you get an at-a-glance view of a user’s recent comments. These are good for figuring out who someone is and to gauge the quality of their contributions, but before now it’s… → Read More
Open source software has many benefits, but one of the greatest is the ability to not reinvent the wheel. By sharing solutions, the open source community is able to develop great software quickly and effectively. Although open source software usually stands alone, on ideological grounds, you can easily find examples of open source software in a great number of successful proprietary applications… → Read More
The funding will allow Palo Alto-based Nanosys to move to a larger manufacturing space to produce its digital display and lighting nanotechnology. → Read More
Gmail is a great product; easily one of my favorites on the web. But it has an Achilles heel — well, actually it’s more like a bum leg: Contacts. Despite a solid contact area being a vital part of pretty much every email and productivity service, Gmail’s is awful. Or, it was awful. Today it’s getting a lot better.
Starting today, Google is rolling out its latest version of Gmail to users around… → Read More
When we stop for a moment and look around, it’s easy to see that we are living in the future – today. I can remember watching Captain Picard of the Enterprise playing around with a small touch screen device, kind of like an iPad. Today, most all of us have a similar touch device, whether iPad or mobile phone. → Read More
If you commute to work every day, chances are you’re not alone. There are people all around you on the road doing the same thing. And some may be even going to the same place. But when you’re each in your own vehicle, you obviously can’t communicate and interact. Social mapmaking tool Waze is trying to help with that.
A new feature in their Waze 2.0 release is that you can now form and join… → Read More
Playspan has scored a number of high profile deals to power micropayments for social networks, game developers, media companies and gaming platforms. Today, Playspan is announcing that it will be deploying its payments platform on Sanrio Digital’s social game Hello Kitty Online.
Hello Kitty Online, which is in private beta, is the official massively multiplayer online game (MMOG) of Sanrio’s… → Read More
While the WikiReader might seem like a bit redundant to the smartphone crowd, but it’s no doubt an invaluable tool to those without Internet access — or the Luddite crowd. The self-contained device contains more than 3 million Wikipedia entries and was just updated to include 15 languages. The International, 8GB version carries a $99 pricetag and is available from both Amazon and… → Read More
For those placing bets on which startup Google will buy next in its impressive social shopping spree (Jambool, Slide, etc.), you might want to lower your wager on Gowalla, at least for now. According to founder, CEO Josh Williams, Google has yet to initiate takeover talks with the the location based service— although, he says reading the market speculation “made me smile just a little… → Read More
Google cannot contain its legal problems surrounding the inadvertent collection of personal data from WiFi networks by ots global fleet of Street View cars. Earlier today, police in South Korea raided Google’s offices there to confiscate computers storing data collected from Street View cars in that country. This action follows similar investigations in France, Germany, the UK (where Google was… → Read More
A step forward in data security: Toshiba today announced what it claims to be the world’s first technology that makes it possible to automatically wipe sensitive data from self-encrypting drives when a system is powered down or the HDD is removed from the system. Dubbed Wipe, the solution automatically invalidates the security key that was used to encrypt the stored user data. → Read More
Short Version: Let’s kick this bag review week up a notch into the luxury bag market. Saddleback Leather specializes in bags made of real, well, saddle leather. It’s a full quarter-inch thick, carefully cut and stitched, and is heavy as the dickens. However, I’m pleased to report that this is one of the nicest laptop bags I’ve used. → Read More