• Shell Japan to build big solar power panel factory

    The Japanese have a growing interest in solar power, it seems. Today Showa Shell Sekiyu, a Japanese subsidiary of Shell, said [JP] it will set up one of the world’s biggest plants for manufacturing solar power panels starting in 2011. Showa Shell Sekiyu is Japan’s fifth biggest oil distributor. The company said it is willing to invest $940 million into the factory, the location… Read More

  • Google Talk For the iPhone: Not What You Think

    Google has announced an iPhone version of Google Talk which is simply an iPhone-ized browser-formatted version of the Google’s text chat application. This means you can’t talk over the Interwebs but you can tap out halting messages to your friends on the iPhone’s screen and, thanks to Safari’s tendency to clear pages randomly, you probably won’t enjoy a… Read More

  • Play your Nintendo DS like a Jedi with a Lightsaber Stylus

    Nintendo and Lucas Arts are releasing Lightsaber Stylus for the DS at the end of July. Star Wars fans will be able to buy a two pack featuring light up lightsapbers ($16.99) or a three pack of boring non-light up lightsabers ($7.99). One of the major downfalls of the stylus is you can not put it in the holder on the DS. That means you are most likely going to lose these things after one day. Read More

  • Normal-sized business cards at last from Moo

    Just as The Governator tries to pursue green policies, like keeping Tesla’s electric production car local, you’ll now also be able to hand out full-sized “green” business cards with Flickr images, courtesy of the same guys who brought us those cool little mini-cards, Moo.com. They are launching full-sized business cards with a new partner, LinkedIn, which makes sense in… Read More

  • Flowgram Reinvents The Screencast (1,000 Beta Invites)

    http://beta.flowgram.com/widget/flexwidget.swf?id=130&hasLinks=false What you see above is not a video or a slide show, it is a Flowgram. If you click on it, you will be taken to a full-screen player with what appears to be a screencast with a voiceover. Except that you can control the pages by scrolling up and down, watching any videos that might be on the page, or clicking on the… Read More

  • PINs hacked from ATM transaction processing software

    According to a report by the Associated Press hackers were able to break into Citibank ATMs located in 7-Elevens and mine users PINs. The fraud ring is alleged to have stolen more than $2 million between October and March. While there are strict industry standards for protecting customers’ PINs, it appears not all ATM operators are putting enough protections in place. The report said… Read More

  • Judge Protects YouTube's Source Code, Throws Users To The Wolves

    The ongoing Google/YouTube-Viacom litigation has now officially spilled over to users with a court order requiring Google to turn over massive amounts of user data to Viacom. If the data is actually released, the consequences could be far more serious than the 2006 AOL Search debacle. Louis L. Stanton, the senior judge on the United States District Court for the Southern District of New… Read More

  • Blockbuster backs out of Circuit City buy

    Blockbuster has withdrawn its bid to acquire Circuit City. Jim Keyes, Blockbuster Chairman and CEO, said the company’s decision was based on market conditions and the completion of “initial due diligence,” but said that he hasn’t given up on the dream of “a consumer retail proposition” that would marry content and devices “under one brand.” Read More

  • Europe's Mobile 2.0 startups come together

    Europe is a hotbed of mobile startups right now, so appropriately enough the Mobile 2.0 event which started in San Francisco is putting on a one-day international event tomorrow in Barcelona which focuses on mobile startups, dubbed Mobile 2.0 Europe. I’ll be moderating a panel there, hosting a TechCrunch networking party and we now have the exclusive on the early stage start-ups selected… Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Coming in from the Rain Edition

    Drobo’s got a posse – a developer posse
    Mr. Asahi reminds us we need a beer
    Eco Brolly: Someone is trying to improve the umbrella
    Nanowire storage system has a creamy crystalline center, stores 3 bits
    A little brain buzz might go a long way Read More

  • Combo Wants to be the Social Network Hub for Your iPhone

    Many of the startups we come across are “beta” in name only – they’re feature complete, with thousands of users and only a few (if any) bugs. Combo, a new startup that is looking to offer users a central hub for communication across their social networks, isn’t any of these things. Combo is a beta in the truest sense, and frankly, it needs work. Services update… Read More

  • Massively Me Working on Kiwi Heroes, A Socially Responsible Virtual World for Children

    Massively Me, a stealth gaming company, has announced the upcoming launch of it’s MMOG for kids and young teenagers, Kiwi Heroes. Scheduled for release later this year, Kiwi Heroes will be a Flash-based game that attempts to strike a balance between a virtual world and a traditional MMOG (like WOW). Massively Me claims that the intention behind Kiwi Heroes is to promote social awareness… Read More

  • Internet-enabled DVD player coming from Toshiba?

    Despite Blu-ray’s victory over HD, Toshiba does not seem to be accepting defeat and quietly adopting Blu-ray. The folks over at TG Daily speculate that instead Toshiba is working to enhance the image scaling capabilities of its DVD players and possibly launching an Internet-enabled players. Though no specifics have been nailed down, TG Daily based its report on the Toshiba-chaired… Read More

  • Most popular posts for Wednesday, July 2nd

    Today’s Top Posts: Blizzard Authenticator helps secure your World of Warcraft account VUDU continues to infiltrate Best Buy Windows Vista: Not that bad, really, try it Azeroth in World of Warcraft is the size of Newcastle, planet is flat MSI Wind mini-desktop confirmed in Asia and Europe RIM releasing iDEN BlackBerry Curve WALL-E: interstellar copyright scofflaw iPhone ranked No. 1… Read More

  • Drobo's got a posse – a developer posse

    In case the charms of the Drobo aren’t enough for you, Data Robotics has started up a development community for creating apps and extensions for everyone’s favorite RAID-bot. There are already a few things up there, including: UPnP capability for streaming to your 360, media center, or whatever, and a couple utilities to make Drobo more usable on Linux or tweak its behavior in… Read More

  • No XMPP: What Is Twitter Protecting?

    It turns out the battle for control of Twitter rests almost exclusively in the unique value proposition of XMPP-served track. As Twitter strips away various features of its service to rebuild a scalable fail-whale -proof version, the one remaining hurdle is restoration of a fully-functional Track over IM. For the last two weeks, a one-way IM service via Gchat inside Gmail or Gtalk standalone… Read More

  • Mr. Asahi reminds us we need a beer

    http://blip.tv/scripts/flash/showplayer.swf?enablejs=true&feedurl=http%3A%2F%2Fcftech%2Eblip%2Etv%2Frss&file=http%3A%2F%2Fblip%2Etv%2Frss%2Fflash%2F1049555%3Freferrer%3Dblip%2Etv%26source%3D1&showplayerpath=http%3A%2F%2Fblip%2Etv%2Fscripts%2Fflash%2Fshowplayer%2Eswf Mr. Asahi hangs out in the Asahi Beer Brewery where he dispenses beer to the wonderment of all and sundry. Read More

  • Rumors say LG is working on a 8 megapixel touch phone

    Supposedly there was a leak about LG developing a touchscreen camera phone named KC910 and has the potential to put competitors to shame. This will be the first LG phone to feature an 8 megapixel camera, decent flash, and image stabilization. On top of that, if the rumor is true you should be able to take 720×480 video. The phone will also feature a “new” interface and… Read More

  • Angry Businesses Organize Anti-Yelp Websites. This Is A Sure Sign Of Their Success.

    Yelp, a user-generated database of customer reviews of local businesses, first launched in October 2004. Users rate and leave reviews for local businesses, participate in forums, and can generally get social around local businesses. Yelp almost immediately caught on organically in San Francisco, but founders Jeremy Stoppelman and Russel Simmons ran into some early criticism. Rumors circulated… Read More

  • Sony removes v2.4 firmware upgrade

    After the debacle that is firmware v2.4 for the PS3, Sony has pulled the firmware upgrade from their servers and are looking into issues that have affected some with a bricked console. Some Playstation forum members are reporting that bricked consoles from the upgrade can simply remove the hard drive and reformat via PC. Read More

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