• Microsoft Acquires Enterprise Group Chat Company Parlano

    Microsoft has announced that it has agreed to acquire Chicago-based Parlano, the maker of the enterprise group chat platform MindAlign. Microsoft said that it would use Parlano’s group chat functionality to improve Microsoft Office Communications Server and Microsoft Office Communicator. Parlano’s platform provides group chat technology “that enables people to carry on… Read More

  • If A Car Launches In Second Life, Will Anyone Notice It?

    Scion, a division of Toyota that sells “trendy” cars targeted at Gen Y in the United States, was one of the earliest companies touting its wares in Second Life. In 2006, Scion became the first car maker with a Second Life presence, offering residents customizable versions of the Scion xB. Fast forward nearly 12 months and many of the great and much hyped corporate outposts in… 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. Read More

  • Jaiku Adds Instant Messaging

    Microblogging platform Jaiku has added Jabber-based instant messaging capabilities to its service. The new feature will allow Jaiku users using Jaiku’s Web, iPhone, and Nokia Series 60 smart phone clients to communicate with users on Jabber-based IM networks including Google Talk. Functionality includes the ability to instantly add and read new posts, comments, channel messages, and… Read More

  • SayNow Lands $7.5 Million Series A

    SayNow, a service that enables “celebrities to connect to their audience over the phone” will announce $7.5 million Series A funding September 12, in a round led by Shasta Partners. Tugboat Ventures’ Dave Whorton, a SayNow advisor since early 2006, also participated in the round as did Costella Kirsch. Rob Coneybeer, MD of Shasta Ventures will join the SayNow board of… Read More

  • Crunchyroll Pushes the Envelope On Video Copyright

    Crunchyroll is a San Francisco based startup that is a sort of YouTube for anime and other mostly Asian video content. The three founders, who asked to remain anonymous, are all employees of HotOrNot and the company operates out of HotOrNot’s San Francisco offices (although HotOrNot has no financial interest in the company, according to the founders). The site launched in the summer of… Read More

  • The Aftermath, Nokia: Go Play After Party

    Well, Nokia sure knows how to throw a party. If you’re into Maroon 5 then you would have enjoyed the after party at the Ministry of Sound. I know I missed it earlier, but I try not to disappoint all of you. Hit the jump for pics of everything after hours including the BLACK 5700 XpressMusic. Read More

  • BrightSpot.tv: Another Twist On The Get Paid To Watch Advertising Model

    BrightSpot.tv offers a newish twist on the get paid to watch advertising model. The concept is nearly as old as the internet. Users must watch advertising in some form or another and then receive compensation for their time. BrightSpot.tv model involves users viewing video advertising, often with the occasional question thrown in to make sure that the user is actually watching the ad, then… Read More

  • Coming Soon: Hulu Branded Panty Hose. Oh, And they Lifted Their Mission Statement From Google

    Hulu finally announced its name today after a five month wait. Unfortunately, the name, which has some translation issues, may not have been researched properly before the final decision was made. Now a quick perusal of the company’s trademark application shows very aggressive and somewhat ridiculous merchandising plans. And the Hulu mission statement is eerily similar to… Read More

  • Honeywell Introduces Signal-Correcting HDMI Cables

    I never thought I’d be blogging about a cable, but here I am doing it, and it’s a doozy. Honeywell has introduced what I’m coining as a Smart-Cable, a standard HDMI cable with error-correcting built-in. That is so cool. The cable’s “brain” looks for corrupted HDCP and EDID data and fixes it on the fly, meaning your picture’s sharper and… Read More

  • Nokia: Go Play Recap

    Now that the main event has wound down and I’ve had a few moments to collect my thoughts, here’s the quick and dirty on what really happened in London today. There was a black 5700 XpressMusic floating around the event, but I wasn’t able to get my hands on it for you, dear reader. My sincerest apologies. But I did manage to get tons of hands on photos of the 5310 and 5610… Read More

  • AT&T Ocean Clone Surfaces, Runs WinMo 6, Looks Good

    Are you envious of those of us carrying around the swank Helio Ocean, but stuck with your AT&T plans? You want the dual-sliding fun that we’re having, but foolishly ignore the call of the Helio service? If that’s you, then we’ve got a phone you might like. AT&T is prepping for a likely holiday launch of a new phone, the Pantech C810. Like the popular Ocean, it goes… Read More

  • Apple's Portable's Marketshare Increases; It's Likely You Know Someone With a MacBook

    Back when I actually owned stock in the company, Apple had something like -4% of the American laptop market, a segment it helped create with the Powerbook 100. They were bulky and expensive, though often innovative: my first laptop was a Powerbook 1400, the first notebook with a CD-ROM drive. And it looked good (for 1996, anyway). Times have changed, and so have Apple’s notebooks. Gone… Read More

  • Hulu Translates To "Cease" and "Desist" in Swahili. Oops.

    Congratulations are in order to YouTube-competitor Hulu, which took just five months to come up with a name after announcing itself in March. CEO Jason Kilar says the name “captures the spirit of the service we’re building” in an open letter published today. Just don’t translate that name to certain languages, because the name may capture significantly more of the spirit… Read More

  • DLO Launches Open FM, Help for FM-Transmitting MP3 Players Everywhere

    You know that iPod FM transmitter you got for Xmas a couple years ago? The one that’s in your glovebox collecting dust? The one you tried a few times but gave up because you couldn’t find a clear channel? Find it, because DLO is offering a new, free service called Open FM that might just make it handy after all. For those of you in the sticks, it’s not an issue. But for those… Read More

  • Bose SoundDock Portable Quick Look

    I’m sure Mike Kobrin can do a better job of assessing these new portable iPod speakers from Bose — they’re portable! With a battery compartment! But they just arrived a few minutes ago and I popped in the iPod with nice results. After using a smaller pair in the kitchen for almost a year, there is definitely improvement in the bass and clarity and the portable was just about… Read More

  • TheFind.com Acquires Glimpse

    Shopping search engine startup TheFind has acquired the high-fashion shopping site Glimpse.com for an undisclosed amount. It’s an early deal for Glimpse, which just launched this year. TheFind is a comparison shopping search engine that crawls many shopping sites across the internet (190 million products at over 500,000 stores). Other shopping sites often charge for the privilege of… Read More

  • New American-ized Nokia N-95 Vs. Old N-95: Hands On, Side-By-Side

    Nokia just announced a new American-ized N-95 (the one on the right side in the photo). The big deal is that it is optimized to latch onto our GSM 3G networks, so you can get your HSDPA or EDGE on stateside (it does the dance with both AT&T and T-Mobile.) It also has a few cosmetic changes—like the camera lens, as you can see. It’ll hit the states in September, and the price is… Read More

  • DHL Is Decadent and Depraved

    Just a quick post to inform you all to avoid DHL for international shipping, especially if they trust fly-by-night drop-off points. I’m a watch nut so I like to buy and sell watches. I was about to sell an expensive watch to a guy in England who wanted me to use DHL. I rarely use DHL — I prefer USPS for international shipping, even though they’re equally decadent and… Read More

  • Canadians Hear Second Voice

    Are you one of those split personality types who has to be so connected that you carry two mobile phones? Such creatures do roam our streets, talking loudly and often incoherently into a device held up to the ear. While chatting away, a similar device displayed prominently on the belt will invariably ring, causing confusion and frustration. Canada’s largest cell phone carrier, Rogers… Read More

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