• North Korea to build new Mobile Network for the Masses

    Stalinist North Korea has contracted with the Egyptian company Orascom Telecom to provide mobile phone service in the communist country. North Korea began mobile service in November 2002 but within 18 months banned the service for ordinary citizens and recalled handsets. It is believed the network is still available for government officials. The deal will give Orascom Telecom a 25-year… Read More

  • Amazon Strengthens Its Digital Hand With $300 Million Purchase of Audible

    Amazon is betting big on digital media. This morning it announced the $300 million acquisition of Audible (a 7 percent premium to Audible’s $280 million market cap at the time of this writing). Audible is the leading provider of audio books in digital form, with a library of 80,000 titles. As Amazon begins to generate a greater share of its revenues from digital media, owning a… Read More

  • Comstar to Build WiMax Network in Armenia

    Comstar UTS, a Russian land-line operator, announced today that it has started building a mobile broadband network using WiMax technology in Armenia. Comstar will buy base station equipment from Airspan Networks. “We intend to launch the network this year and, therefore, become the first and the largest wireless broadband Internet operator in Armenia,” Comstar’s president… Read More

  • Jangl Powering Anonymous Phone Sex On PlentyOfFish

    When it comes to connecting with new friends safely and privately, Jangl fits the bill. The “Social Communications Widget” lets you make calls, send SMSs, and leave voice mails without exposing anyone’s phone number through a simple widget. In contrast to their competitor, Jaxtr, they’ve been mainly spreading through a series of direct deals with social networking… Read More

  • Meebo Turns Chat Rooms Into A Web Service

    Today, Web-based IM and chat room provider Meebo is releasing full-fledged APIs for its Meebo Rooms that will allow Websites to embed chat functionality in an automated fashion. Currently, Meebo Rooms can be embedded on sites or blogs manually by pasting in the appropriate code, which has already led to a proliferation of such widgets. There are more than 200,000 Meebo Rooms, attracting… Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Swamp Thing Pizza Edition

    These guys should make the Dragon Ball Z movie
    Domino’s pursues type-A, control freak demographic
    Free Alan Moore Swamp Thing PDF: One more thing to allow
    Razer/THX Mako Advanced 2.1 desktop speaker unboxing
    Breaking: Garmin goes feet-first into cellphone business with flagship Nuviphone Read More

  • Teh.Be$T.Kommenter.Evar

    Comments are the greasy oil that keeps the blog machine running. Here are three great (and 100% unedited) comments recently posted by your fellow readers. Super Smash Bros.: Umm… OK? Jon You’re acting like you’ve never seen a fox fighting a lizard before? Read More

  • Eons: Now You Just Have To FEEL Old To Join

    When Jeff Taylor launched old-people social network Eons in August 2006, he couldn’t use the site. That’s because the minimum age was 50, and he was just 45. That was the first warning sign that this thing was headed to the deadpool. Our initial review of the site was a thumbs down. Not only is it ridiculous that the founder and visionary for the service couldn’t actually use… Read More

  • Redfin Continues To Shrink The Real Estate Market

    Venture capitalist Josh Kopelman has stated that he likes startups that shrink markets – “We love investing in technologies and business models that are able to shrink existing markets. If your company can take $5 of revenue from a competitor for every $1 you earn – let’s talk!” And while he isn’t an investor in Seattle-based real estate startup Redfin… Read More

  • Google, Facebook Battle For Computer Science Grads. Salaries Soar.

    Google and Facebook are fighting hard to hire this years crop of computer science graduates, we’ve heard, and ground zero is Stanford. Most of the class of 2008 already have job offers even though graduation is months away. Last year, salaries of up to $70,000 were common for the best students. This year, Facebook is said to be offering $92,000, and Google has increased some offers… Read More

  • GlobalScholar Raises $27 Million B Round To Tackle Online Education

    Seattle-based GlobalScholar is announcing today a $27 million B Round from existing investors Ignition Partners and Knowledge Universe Education. This is on top of a previously undisclosed $15.5 million A Round the company raised early last year. Board members include Ignition’s Brad Silverberg and former Drugstore.com CEO Peter Neupert. In conjunction with the investment round… Read More

  • JibJab Has Our Number

    http://llnw.jibjab.com/content/player.swf JibJab has obviously figured out that pasting our pictures onto a video is a sure fire way to get a link from us. Here’s the latest, although I still like Gizmoz’s effort a lot more. Nice to see Om Malik doing the moves so soon after his hospital visit. :-) CrunchBase Information JibJab Gizmoz Information provided by CrunchBase Read More

  • Breaking: Garmin goes feet-first into cellphone business with flagship Nuviphone

    [photopress:Garmin_Nuvi_phone.jpg,full,center] Our NYC writers are at a mystery event sponsored by Garmin, and they’ve sent me something hot. Garmin’s getting into the mobile phone business, and they’re getting in hard. What you see above is the first image of the new Garmin Nuviphone, a touchscreen, 3.5G, GSM phone that’s packed — packed — with features… Read More

  • Dopplr preps calendar integration

    Dopplr, lets you share your future trips with your social network, has been been working on a new feature that lets you import trips from calendaring applications like Google Calendar and Apple iCal. They are still finalising the design and layout, but alerting early testers on the site. The startup won early stage funding in December from a gaggle Web names including Martin Varsavsky, Joichi… Read More

  • Slacker Portable finally shipping tomorrow?

    Lovers of Slacker Radio, prepare to shower me with petals of rare flowers, delicious food, and promises of sexual favors, for I bring news that the Slacker Portable, which has been delayed more times than Winehouse’s rehab visits, is finally set to ship tomorrow. For those not in the know, the Slacker Portable is a device not unlike an iPod or Zune, but it uses local Wi-Fi to load songs… Read More

  • Sony's expensive, but sweet, digital photo frames have Bluetooth and HDMI-out

    I’ve never really wanted a digital photo frame, but their feature sets are starting to get to the point where I can understand that someone sane might want one. These Sony ones are certainly of a high quality, at 7″ or 9″ and 800×480 resolution with 512MB of storage in the big one and 256MB in the small one. They both also sport Bluetooth connectivity so you can shoot… Read More

  • Rummble adds Bebo app

    Mobile internet start-up Rummble, a location-based content discovery startup still in closed beta, has launched an application for Bebo users. Beboers will get an application which shows a map on their profile and shows their friends which countries they have visited and what places they recommend in those countries. Rummble has a Facebook application already. Rummble’s mobile… Read More

  • Next-Gen disk sales outpacing original DVDs from the '90s

    [photopress:11353_news_image.jpg,full,left]This might not be news to everyone, but I found it rather interesting. Way back in the late 1990s, DVDs came out. They were slow to catch on, as the players were expensive, and the titles limited. Eventually the merits of DVD swayed people, and the cost of set-top players came down enough to make them a commodity. Next-gen disks, like HD-DVD and… Read More

  • Super Smash Bros.: Umm… OK?

    http://gamevideos.com//swf/gamevideos11.swf?embedded=1&fullscreen=1&autoplay=0&src=http://gamevideos.com/video/videoListXML%3Fid%3D17300%26ordinal%3D%26adPlay%3Dfalse I’m really the wrong guy to be posting this, but if you can figure out what the heck is going on here, please comment below. I mean why would Diddy Kong be fighting a lizard thing? Read More

  • Blyk wins more funds to expand, starting with Netherlands

    Startup MVNO Blyk – which supports its free mobile network for 16 to 24 year olds by sending them targeted adverts – has secured undisclosed investment from Goldman Sachs and the Industrial and Financial Investments Company (IFIC), and plans a launch in the Netherlands. It launched first late last year in the UK. Also in the round were Sofinnova Partners and some private investors. Read More

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