• Google Magazine?

    An interesting patent was granted to Google on November 8, titled “Customization of Content and Advertisements in Publications.” A number of blogs picked it up and speculated that Google may soon begin to offer users the ability to create customized, printed magazines from Internet content. And print ads included in the magazine would be customized, too. The speculation… Read More

  • Google Under Investigation For Tax Evasion In China

    Google is being investigated for tax evasion by the Chinese Inland Revenue Department following a tip off from an “informant” alleging wrong doing. According to local reports, the investigation into Google includes evasion of business and personal tax, and tax on employee options. At least some of the investigation relates to how Google has previously treated transactions from… 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. Google spending cash on 700MHz spectrum for sure, says WSJ Jarett Google just seems to buy things the think they might need eventually. It’s like going to Costco: I’m sure I’ll eventually finish off a five-gallon… Read More

  • High Quality Without HD: A Fair Marketing Ploy In A HD Age?

    Ive had an interesting conversation privately in the last couple of hours in relation to my previous post on YouTube looking to provide HD videos. The contention comes down to exactly what was meant when Steve Chen of YouTube told CNet that “high quality” videos were coming to YouTube. Liz Gannes over at NeeTeeVee contends that high quality doesn’t mean HD, and argues that… Read More

  • Amazon Kindle To Debut On Monday – Ugly But Impressive

    Update: Erick is liveblogging the event. The speculation over Amazon’s new ebook gadget, called the Kindle, ends on Monday afternoon during a special Amazon press conference in New York. Newsweek’s Steven Levy claims to have had the device for weeks and wrote a glowing seven page cover story review of the Kindle this weekend. He finds no fault with the device (every journalist who… Read More

  • Pioneer Backed TV Service To Offer Downloads Per Channel

    SyncTV from electronics maker Pioneer will launch in private beta Monday with a service that promises to deliver ala carte television viewing by allows users to download content from channels and subscribe only to channels they are interested in. The service will charge between $2 to $4 per month per channel with individual shows (we presume from unsubscribed channels) offered at $2 per… Read More

  • PayPal To Offer Virtual Credit Card Payment Product

    Paypal will launch a new virtual credit card payment product Tuesday. The new service “PayPal Secure Card” generates a one use unique Mastercard number that Paypal users can utilize to make payments on sites that don’t take Paypal. According to Reuters, the software package with PayPal Secure Card automatically recognizes an e-commerce checkout page and fills out the… Read More

  • CrunchDeals: free Halo 3 with 360 purchase

    It’s not completely free unless you’re an original Xbox owner who plays Live and hasn’t upgraded to the 360. Do these people still exist? The deal starts on November 21st and goes through till December 21st. Current Paid Xbox LIVE Members on the original Xbox console (not Xbox 360), here’s how to get your Halo 3 game: 1. Buy an Xbox 360 console between November 21… Read More

  • Oodle Revamps Site and Is Testing an Ad Network for Classifieds

    Classifieds search engine Oodle has just pushed through a major upgrade to its Website, which searches 30 million active classifieds listings across the Web. It is also testing an ad network across other sites that drops a local classified from Oodle’s paid listings at the bottom of a related classifieds search on a partner site as backfill, or as a contextual ad on the side of a… Read More

  • Did anyone else miss this?

    I just saw the trailer for this while watching Family Guy and now I see that the trailer has been around for five months. Where was I five months ago? Read More

  • Windows Live For Your Domain

    Microsoft has quietly launched a competitor to Google Apps for your domain, Windows Live Community Builder. The service offers customized versions of the Windows Live suite, including email, photo service, messenger, writer, livedrive and more for businesses or non for profit organizations ” looking to achieve deeper and more engaging connections with their community.” The… Read More

  • Flickr Releases New Geographical Features

    Yahoo’s popular photo-sharing site Flickr will release on Monday the two new geography-related features we reported on a month ago: Flickr Places and a new world map. While we have not yet had the opportunity to test these new releases, the Places feature appears to be the most substantial of the two. Flickr has chosen 100,000 locations across the globe (such as cities, states… Read More

  • Solor-powered Bluetooth headset keeps the douche times going

    Unless you’re driving, I maintain that Bluetooth headsets are for douchebags. But now the new Igua solar-powered Bluetooth headset lets hippies get in on the douchebag action. The $100 headset is pretty much what it sounds like, but what we do like about it is that there’s no external charger. The unit has solar panels built-in. And it charges as you douche on, meaning unless… Read More

  • Yahoo Newspaper Partnership Expands, Total Now 555

    Yahoo has signed 17 new newspapers to its newspaper partnership grouping, taking the total number of partners to approx 555 since launching in November 2006. New partners include The Columbus Dispatch and 16 regional newspapers owned by The New York Times Company, but as the Wall Street Journal points out, not the NY Times itself. The partnerships consist of three main services; syndication… Read More

  • Facebook Offers $85 Million To Acquire Chinese Social Networking Site Zhanzuo.com

    Facebook is said to have offered $85 million to acquire Zhanzuo.com, a Chinese social networking site with seven million users. According to The Times, Jack Zhang, Zhanzuo’s chief executive, and Mark Zuckerberg have been discussing the deal but it has not been accepted yet, with a spokesperson saying that the result of the talks will be disclosed towards the end of the month. The… Read More

  • Ghostbusters game preview, trailer

    http://www.collegehumor.com/moogaloop/moogaloop.swf?clip_id=1789742&fullscreen=1 Just wish I could understand Dutch. Read More

  • Helio File Viewer loosed

    I told you about File Viewer a few months ago. I’ve been patiently waiting and it was worth it. It’s now here and it’s free, but only for the Ocean. File Viewer works in conjunction with MME and allows you to view all Microsoft Office documents as well as HTML, PDF, TXT and an array of images. You can even check files from your microSD card. I haven’t tested it all out… Read More

  • Top 10 product failures

    Here’s a great list comprised of tech and food failures from the last 50 or so years. I don’t even remember some of these things, but I’m sure the old farts in the audience will be able to tell me what they were. What’s Betamax? The IBM PC Jr.? WTF?! Hop on over and check them out and leave your thoughts in comments. Maybe I’ll learn something today. Is there… Read More

  • Drop that horrendous data plan for your iFones, but…

    Well, lookie lookie at what AT&T did for all you crazed iFones owners. They’ve given you the option to drop your data plan down to $0, which is nice, though, you lose Visual Voicemail, SMS text messaging and unlimited data (re: no more e-mail and Web). Now, I don’t own an iPhone nor do I really know what the data plans are so this could all be old news, so I implore the CG… Read More

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