• Verizon Wireless confident recently won spectrum will increase its broadband capability (really?!)

    Verizon Wireless wants you to know, paying customer, that it’s got your back. All that spectrum it won last month? It’s totally going to use it to “further [its] broadband strategy.” I do wonder if *its* strategy will be good for *us* or just another money grab. For those of you bored at your desk this Friday afternoon, VZW just posted a powerfully worded PowerPoint… Read More

  • Motorola's "next-generation in-vehicle phone," Smart Rider


    Back when I was a kid, we had a carphone, and it was awesome. Great sound, great signal, and it was big as hell, with a long curly wire. Looks like Motorola has been rummaging through my childhood memories, and has come up with a new product along the same line. The stubby little thing is designed for hands-free or simple one-hand operation and has such innovations as traffic reports, a… Read More

  • Guiyu, e-waste capital of China


    Photos like these (check out the accompanying multimedia presentation) make me rethink my entire career as tech journalist. This is a mess. In Guiyu, China, the electronics recycling industry has destroyed the ground water and lead poisoning is effecting young children due to the overall mess created by this lucrative sweatshop industry. Money is money, however, and we should start talking… Read More

  • NextWeb – Werner Vogels argues Amazon's model matches the new world

    NextWeb: Live blog: Keynote: Werner Vogels, Chief Technology Officer and Vice President of Amazon.com: Presentation title: “Uncertainty” I’m the oldest guy on the slate so I should take a few steps back, and the guys asked em to do a more visionary talk. I wanted to look at the web services word and broader economic models. If you look at how the media has changed in the past… Read More

  • Grease thief thieves grease, cops cop fop

    Why can’t anyone take a dignified mugshot anymore? This man, David Richardson, was arrested for trying to steal used cooking grease from a Burger King. He was to use the grease for his biofuel Wacky Races car. While I agree he should have been arrested for even going to a Burger King—I’m a Howard Dean-loving, latte-drinking, New York liberal*—he should have known better. Read More

  • Playboy cellphone only marginally linked to mag (pretty bad phone, too)

    In the interest of human dignity, I will spare you any “funny” jokes about this Playboy cellphone. The only thing that makes it a Playboy phone is the logo on the front. That’s it. And on top of that, it’s a pretty terrible phone for 2008. Only a 1.3-megapixl cam and 10MB onboard memory. You have heard of the iPhone, right? I hear it’s pretty good. via Gizmodo Read More

  • PutPlace secures further funding, strengthens team

    Irish startup PutPlace has secured a further funding round and added to its board with a number of industry veterans. The round was a co-investment between existing and new investors as well as Enterprise Ireland. The actual amount was not released but I understand it takes PutPlace’s funding to date to well over a million Euros. The new team is a strong one. Industry veterans Pat Lynch… Read More

  • Radio engineers wanted


    I’m doing an interview with Griffin next week about their ClearBoost case, discussing the merits of putting a piece of metal near your phone to boost the signal. I’m looking for a certified and impartial electrical engineer to sit in on the call to confirm the claims Griffin is making. I’m sure Griffin means well, but this topic has been rehashed over and over again and… Read More

  • To spark interest in robots, man wants to build 60-foot-tall Gundam

    In order to form a more perfect union and get kids interested in robots and robotics (but not cockfights), some Japanese guy, Takayuki Furuta, created blueprints to build a 60-foot-tall Gundamn. The total cost of such a robot comes out to $742 million, which is, I think, the price Haliburton charges for a single tire. in Iraq. (Oh no, he’s getting political!) Furuta, realizing that… Read More

  • Where did Iron Man (the song) come from?

    Clearly the MSM is working hard to find ways to build up Robert Downey Junior’s turn as Iron Man in the upcoming film of the same name. This usually means the movie will suck but in a cool yet ironic historical exegesis the Boston Globe’s Joshua Glenn explores the roots of Iron Man the comic book and “Iron Man” the song. The Black Sabbath song is actually about a… Read More

  • Place your photos in meat-world

    Have a box of old photographs of people in places no one can remember? Viewfinder is a new project designed to “place” photos in the geographical location they were taken in less than a minute. While this might seem really nice to “place” Grammy in Times Square in 1972 it’s also a great way to “place” Osama Bin Laden next to a tree in Outer Burri… Read More

  • NextWeb – Startup pitches round 3 (Day 2)

    [Live notes from The Next Web conference] Bemba
    This Dutch startup has a browser button plugin allowing you to share any content with your network on Hyves, Twitter or Bemba’s own network. Select the social network you want to post a page to, post to Twitter, has a widget, see what others are sharing. Useful for people who use multiple social platforms. Full API, Statistics, Delicious… Read More

  • Internet people: Theoretically millionaires

    http://media.mtvnservices.com/mgid:cms:item:southparkstudios.com:165195:: Canadians on strike! Pandas sneezing! Butt stuff! South Park, America’ favorite show most of us claim to watch but barely watch anymore, made fun of the writers strike, Internet celebrity, and Canada all in the same episode. Vwag found a few choice clips, including a NSFW one after the jump, and proves that those… Read More

  • Zumobi Wins E-Tech Award at 2008 Wireless Conference

    Zumobi was awarded top honor in the CTIA Emerging Technology (E-Tech) Awards in the Consumer Mobile Widgets category at CTIA Wireless 2008. Zumobi’s open mobile widget platform is free and supported by advertising. “We are thrilled that Zumobi has seen such success at Spring CTIA 2008, and are equally proud to be recognized at the same event we launched at a year ago,” said… Read More

  • Verizon to Build Broadband with its Acquisition of 700 megahertz

    Verizon was the recent winner in the FCC’s auction of the 700 megahertz spectrum. (See: Bids in.) The company plans to use the spectrum to build a faster wireless broadband network to deliver high-speed services. Verizon will hold a webcast later today to discuss the plans for the spectrum’s use. AT&T, the second big auction winner, has already said it will use the spectrum… Read More

  • Google Reveals Spectrum Auction Strategy

    During the recent wireless spectrum auctions that just brought the FCC $19.6 billion in license fees, there was a lot of speculation about what drove each of the different corporate bidders. But the bidders themselves were barred from speaking publicly about their auction strategies. Now that Verizon has been declared the biggest overall winner, and the auction is over, the participants are… Read More

  • Live From the Next Web (2008): Day 2

    On Day Two of the Next Web conference, we are once again streaming it live from Amsterdam (click more). Kicking things off is Robert Scoble, who is talking about the new digital divide: People with friends and people without friends. The old digital divide (rich versus poor) still exists. But the new digital divide is a consequence of how social software works. You have a better… Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Poolside Zapper Edition

    Blast Knuckles self-defense accessory delivers 1.9 million volts (!?)
    Mr. Robotato Head at Disneyland’s newest high-tech ride
    Apple says NYC’s new apple logo infringes on its trademark
    Swiss pool being warmed by nearby IBM datacenter PCs
    Car posse nabs the Claw Read More

  • Red Envelope Saga All But Over

    Bad news for San Francisco based ecommerce site Red Envelope, an “upmarket online retailer with the primary goal of making gift giving easy and fun”: it’s about done. The company’s market cap is just $2.95 million even though it has cash on hand of nearly $12.3 million. The stock is trading at $0.23/share – it was as high as $8.42 in the last year. Red Envelope… Read More

  • BuzzShed Rides The Fail Train

    Despite local reviews claiming “NZ Firm Leads Online Video Advertising Revolution,” BuzzShed has slashed payments after discovering failed models don’t get any better with age. The revolutionary model: pay users to watch advertising. We’ve seen the model many times before. Web 1.0 delivered services like AllAdvantage and a sea of clones. More recently BrightSpot.TV… Read More

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