• Yahoo Search Wants to Be More Like Google, Embraces Hadoop

    Yahoo is following in Google’s footsteps again in search. Today, it is shifting a crucial part of its search engine to Hadoop, software that handles large-scale distributed computing tasks particularly well. Hadoop is an open-source implementation of Google’s MapReduce software and file system. It takes all the links on the Web found by a search engine’s crawlers and… Read More

  • CrunchDeals: Rock Band for $35

    Don’t mean to burst your bubble, but this one is limited to Xbox 360 owners and it’s sans instruments. However, it’s still cheap for just the game itself and there’s free shipping. You just need to figure out the drum kit situation and you’re good to go. Deal News Read More

  • AT&T and T-Mobile Return Fire: Sprint Takes Aim

    MobileCrunch reported yesterday that Verizon’s new unlimited calling plan could start a price war in the U.S. mobile market. Hours after the announcement by Verizon Wireless, both AT&T and T-Mobile returned fire with unlimited calling plans of their own. Consumers should be happy but stock holders of the telecommunications companies may become a little gun shy. Verizon’s $99.99… Read More

  • Floating lamp: Balloon with built-in LEDs

    [photopress:floating_lamp2.jpg,full,center] Every one of y’all needs to petition the designer of the floating lamp, a balloon with an LED base. Fill her up with helium and you’ve got, yes, a floating light. Since the balloons follow all the laws of physics, you can expect them to last only so long before they fall back to the earth. Probably the best thing I’ve seen in a… Read More

  • GenieTown Launches To Tackle Local Services

    Palo Alto-based Genie Town launches this morning. They’re trying to crack the local services nut – a huge market, but one that a lot of the big guys are eyeing, too. The company says they are addressing the long tail of local services. The GenieTown site allows local service providers (plumbers, dentists, whatever) to put up a web presence. Users looking for providers can find… Read More

  • Blist Secures $6.5M for Cloud Database Software

    Blist, a browser-based database management application, has raised $6.5M in Series A from Frazier Technology Ventures and Morgenthaler Ventures. The company launched in private beta at DEMO this year, although we first covered them this past November. In addition to this funding announcement, Blist is also rolling out data importing, sharing, and charting features. The new charting… Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Chocolate Rain Edition

    Fake gecko skin could heal your guts
    MP3 player for infants: Just what growing brains need
    Unboxing the Swiss chocolate iPhone
    Microsoft giving away Zunes
    Chumby available for purchase Read More

  • Mozilla Messaging Thinks Email Is Broken

    Mozilla officially launched its new Thunderbird focuses spinoff Mozilla Messaging yesterday with David Ascher as CEO. Mozilla Messenging begins with the proposition that e-mail is broken, with its goal being to fix it. Writes Ascher: Email and other forms of internet communications present us with a paradox. The stunning proportion of our days spent communicating online clearly indicates that as… Read More

  • Price comparison sites are going, going, gone…

    A shake-out in price comparison sites in the UK – and possibly in the US – looks imminent after Experian said it was reviewing its online price comparison shopping service PriceGrabber and has “lots of interest from private-equity and listed companies”. The statement came after reports suggested the credit checking company is looking to sell the business. Experian… Read More

  • Lessig May Run

    http://blip.tv/scripts/flash/showplayer.swf?enablejs=true&feedurl=http%3A%2F%2Flessig%2Eblip%2Etv%2Frss%2Fflash&file=http%3A%2F%2Fblip%2Etv%2Frss%2Fflash%2F686650&brandlink=http%3A%2F%2Fblip%2Etv%2F%3Futm%5Fsource%3Dbrandlink&brandname=blip%2Etv&showplayerpath=http%3A%2F%2Fblip%2Etv%2Fscripts%2Fflash%2Fshowplayer%2Eswf Erick reported February 15 that a Facebook group… Read More

  • VideoEgg: Rich Media Ads, Pay Only When Users Engage

    Videoegg, the one-time video startup that sort of competed with YouTube and sort of competed with BrightCove (very different companies), has basically transitioned itself into a very robust rich media advertising network. In August 2007 they started selling ad units for Facebook applications. Since then they’ve expanded to include advertising for many other sites, including Meebo… Read More

  • Video: Nerd Girls get it wrong

    You know, I’m something of a nerd, but I wouldn’t be calling these girls anything. At least nothing I’m allowed to post on this blog. Fellow geeks: you can do better on your own. Read More

  • KITT 2008 uses Apple hardware

    [photopress:KITT_01.jpg,full,center] The keyboard in that two hour long Ford commercial from Sunday night? Yah, it’s from a Mac. Does that mean KITT is running Leopard? No, his Wi-Fi likely works. Zing! KITT 2008 powered by a Mac? [Macenstein] Read More

  • Peter Lynch Wants to Give You $1 Million

    What is legendary investor Peter Lynch doing involved with a sweepstakes Website that guarantees giving out $1 million a week, and offers jackpots as large as $100 million or more? Lynch is an investor in Jackpot Rewards, a site that mixes retail discounts, giveaways, and charity. The company has raised a $16.7 million series A financing from Lynch and other Boston-area captains of… Read More

  • Mark Rein from Epic gets snarky regarding MS buyout rumors

    [photopress:Markrein.jpg,full,left]So there’s this rumor spinning around that Microsoft wants to buy Epic. Since it didn’t get Yahoo!, it’s got a little extra spending money, and it would be a great addition to the Xbox group. GamePro reported MS might be willing to offer up to $2 billion. Epic’s VP Mark Rein blogged that he hadn’t heard the rumors much or read… Read More

  • Introducing The Most Advanced News Site On The Planet

    Well, another news aggregator launched today. This one is called Newspond, and while they didn’t set a record for baseless hyperbole, they come close. The site, like TechMeme and Digg, tries to determine breaking and important news – but it is a little different than both. Digg uses user voting to determine headlines. Techmeme uses linking behavior of blogs and other news sites. Read More

  • It's official: T-Mobile offers $99.99 unlimited voice and messaging


    Straight from the horse’s mouth: BELLEVUE, Wash., Feb. 19, 2008 – T-Mobile USA, Inc., announces today that it will offer consumers a plan that includes unlimited nationwide wireless calling and unlimited nationwide messaging for $99.99 per month. This offer will be available beginning Thursday, Feb. 21, and will be a great value for new and existing T-Mobile… Read More

  • Fake gecko skin could heal your guts

    [photopress:geico_gecko_1.jpg,full,center] That little piece of catfood that sells Geico insurance with a smug Brit accent just might be the key to fast surgery recoveries in the future. Scienticians have found a way to use the same science that lets geckos climb along the celing to help heal surgical wounds. A bandage is made of the new material which binds the incisions together and… Read More

  • ASUS aims to make your monitor a full high-quality HDTV media center

    [photopress:asusbox.jpg,full,center] While there’s no really replacing a good HDTV, your flat panel monitor can totally display HD content, though on a smaller scale. More importantly, it can disply HDTV, and ASUS has put together a neat little combo box for just that. The HDTV Suite-HDMI box plugs into your monitor’s HDMI port and acts as an HDTV tuner as well as a media center PC. Read More

  • Alienware stuffs new 45nm Intel proc into popular m15x laptop

    [photopress:alienware_area_51_m15x_m17x_laptop.jpg,full,center] Alienware’s going micro once more with the first 45nm Core 2 Extreme laptop with a 15.4-inch screen, a size that many (including this blogger) think is the perfect size. This new proc is fitted within the Area-51 m15x laptop, increasing its performance and battery life. With the 800MHz front side bus, this makes the m15x… Read More

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