• Touching The Android: It's No iPhone, But It's Close

    So today I finally got to touch an Android phone. T-Mobile, Google, and HTC put on a big media circus in New York City (see our live notes), complete with Google co-founders Sergey and Larry coming out on rollerblades to tell us how cool the phone is because you can hack it just like a computer. (Sergey wrote an app that uses the built-in accelerometer to measure how long it takes for the… Read More

  • Bentley updates Ego laptop line – still extremely overpriced, dated technology

    Twenty thousand U.S. dollars should buy you one hell of a laptop, right? Not so with the Bentley Ego laptop though, where 20k buys you standard Best Buy special-type specs (64-bit processor & 160GB HDD) within a Bentley handcrafted case. These laptops have been around since ’03, but maybe you got yourself a new Bently and so you might want laptop constructed with the same… Read More

  • Qype boosts team – competitors start to worry

    After just announcing new funding, Qype, the pan-European local reviews site, is not wasting any time. It has just poached LastMinutes’ Sophie MacLaren and Emily van Lierop to be UK Marketing Director and Marketing Manager respectvely. Sophie has also been at Ticketmaster, the New York City Opera, Brazen and Spin Media PR agencies. Emily joins directly from koodos, a UK fashion website. Read More

  • Google Android 1.0 SDK unleashed

    If there’s anyone out there dying to delve into Android development who couldn’t bring themselves to start crackin’ away on the v.9 beta release, your moment of coding splendor has arrived. Alongside today’s T-Mobile G1 announcement, Google has released v1.0 of the Android SDK to the masses. With this release, developers can trust that the applications they write… Read More

  • The TomTom ONE XL II gets poked and prodded by the FCC

    The TomTom ONE XL II (that’s a mouthful) launch is one step closer with the FCC stamp of approval. Details are still up in the air, but it seems this guy simply updates the previous model with Bluetooth hands-free calling. Even the available users guide doesn’t reveal any juicy details as it seems as if the guide is just repurposed from the current generation. All the docs are… Read More

  • ShareThis To Acquire Fellow Widget Maker madKast

    More acquisition news from the TechStars Demo Day: madKast will soon be acquired by ShareThis, a widget company that allows users to share a blog post or news article across multiple services like Digg and MySpace. madKast, which we covered last October, is also a widgetmaker, allowing users to share posts through web services as well as through other routes like SMS messages and… Read More

  • Flirtomatic picks up a million users, with most on mobile

    Flirtomatic is one of the oldest social networks in the UK you probably haven’t heard of. Why? Because it’s largely on the mobile, aimed at young people and it’s taken a less subtle approach than some sites: full on flirting. But that strategy appears to be paying off. It’s just announced a million registered users, mostly based in the UK and more than half of them… Read More

  • The must-see Android video demo from Google

    Google just made available an in-depth look at Android that you’re going to wanna watch. Shows off the Google syncing, phone lock, and much more. It should answer most of those questions swirling ’round your head about the just-launched G1’s operating system. Update: Just added the not nearly as informative but still official HTC T-Mobile G1 tour after the break.  Read More

  • Xing launches UK push for its business network

    It’s interesting that Xing, the business social network which competes with LinkedIn has chosen now to launch a marketing campaign in the UK this week – probably something to do with the Adtech trade show on in London right now. There’ll be advertising on some 400 Xing billboards by major London Underground stations, ads in the Metro freesheet and online on at The Guardian… Read More

  • Wireless USB coming to Samsung digital cameras

    Samsung has been working with Alereon on a wireless USB solution for Samsung cameras and it seems they have something dubbed NaBee. From the sounds of the press release, it’s simply a small dongle that plugs into both the camera and computer’s USB port. That’s it. Read More

  • Ten Years Later, A "Third" Google Founder Comes Out Of The Woodwork

    http://vimeo.com/moogaloop.swf?clip_id=1777558&server=vimeo.com&show_title=1&show_byline=1&show_portrait=0&color=&fullscreen=1 Just as Google is celebrating its 10th anniversary, a man claiming to be the “third” founder of Google has come out to stake his claim to history. In the video above, a man calling himself Hubert Chang claims that as an NYU… Read More

  • 21 UK digital firms hit NYC last week – no wonder there was trouble

    Earlier this year 20 UK startups went to Silicon Valley to network with the tech scene. The government-backed trip was called Webmission. Last week 21 UK companies were over in New York on the UK Trade & Investment’s “Digital Mission“, put together by UK online new media community/events outfit Chinwag. Here’s a guest post on the event by Benjamin Ellis. The… Read More

  • Pixsy Opens Up Embed Feature For All

    Last year, media search platform Pixsy was in the news for forming a strategic partnership with Veoh, which would let the company play Pixsy videos directly in the page with the help of Pixsy’s new embed feature. Realizing the value of that, Pixsy will unveil a new service called Video Search Playback, that will open its embed feature to any company that asks for permission to use… Read More

  • T-Mobile G1 gets priced & dated

    You can finally get your grubby mitts on your very own T-Mobile G1 Android phone for $179 with a two-year contract with data on October 22 here in the US. Existing T-Mobile customers can pre-order today in limited quantities. The U.K. will get the phone beginning in November, and will be across Europe by the first quarter of ’09. Wonder if we’ll see long Apple iPhone-ish lines? Read More

  • Seedcamp video in full

    With a little too much going on last week to keep track, I missed some of the videos coming out of the Seedcamp sessions, so here they are in full. Day 1
    Seedcamp 2008 Day 1 Highlights from Seedcamp on Vimeo. Day 2
    Seedcamp Day 2 Highlights from Seedcamp on Vimeo. Day 3
    Seedcamp Day 3 Highlights from Seedcamp on Vimeo. Day 4
    Seedcamp Day 4 Highlights from Seedcamp on Vimeo. Day 5

    Seedcamp Day 5… Read More

  • Automattic Has Acquired IntenseDebate's Enhanced Comment System

    Today at the TechStars demo day, Automattic, the company behind WordPress, announced that it has acquired enhanced commenting system IntenseDebate for an undisclosed amount. WordPress has long been in need of an upgraded commenting system, which has led to a number of replacement and augmented systems in the last year, including Disqus and JS-KIT. WordPress CEO Toni Schneider says that… Read More

  • NetNewsWire iPhone app usage stats released

    This morning, NewsGator released a small batch of usage statistics for the free iPhone RSS aggregator NetNewsWire, a port of the OS X application of the same name. According to the blog post by Josh Larson, NewsGator’s Community Manager, NetNewsWire has already seen over 200,000 downloads, 115,000 of which have signed up over the last 30 days. On average, NetNewsWire for iPhone… Read More

  • T-Mobile officially announces the G1 Android phone

    We’ll be covering the event live, which starts in about 20 minutes. We already have the official press release and images, though, so here you go. Enjoy… Read More

  • T-Mobile G1 Launch Liveblog

    This post will update itself with text and images. Enjoy. 11:06 AM We’re here and we’re ready to rock. 11:08 AM Doug is uploading official press images. That was pretty fast. Read More

  • Trion Closes A Whopping $70 Million In Series C Funding

    Trion World Network, an online games developer, announced today that it raised $70 million in Series C funding. Peacock Equity, the joint venture between GE Commercial Finance’s Media, Communications & Entertainment business and NBC Universal, which was a B-round investor, was the leading investor in the company’s Series C round. The fact that Trion was able to raise $70… Read More

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