• Google Processing 20,000 Terabytes A Day, And Growing

    A recent white paper by some Google engineers puts some numbers around the massive amount of computation that Google does every day to index the Web, process search results, and serve up ads, among other things. As oflast September, Google was processing 20,000 terabytes of data (20 petabytes) a day. This large-scale computing capability is a big part of Google’s competitive advantage… Read More

  • French Press Falls For Major Facebook Prank

    This is probably the biggest hoax in the history of Facebook. It happened in France and is one of the most discussed stories in the French blogosphere right now. It all started a few weeks ago with a simple third-party Facebook application that was aimed at designating, every quarter, a new “Facebook Worldwide president”. A young 28 year-old French man by the name of Arash… Read More

  • Billionaires Can't Keep Frontline Wireless From The Deadpool

    Despite the backing of billionaires John Doerr and Ram Shriram, as well as former Netscape CEO Jim Barksdale and former FCC commissioner Reed Hundt, ambitious startup Frontline Wireless is closing up shop. According to the New York Times, the startup was unable to come up with the $128 million deposit needed to participate in the upcoming wireless spectrum auctions that it did so much to… Read More

  • Ear to the Floor: Hot CES Audio Gear


    Ahh, CES. Where the weak are killed and eaten. And where zillions of companies decide to debut products that should’ve been smothered at birth. But a few things actually managed to impress me so far as I stumble through CES and its constellation of surrounding events. So here they are, a handful of goodies I saw and heard that make my ears glad to be attached to my head. At least… Read More

  • Typeroom Simplifies Web Page Editing Online

    Los Gatos, CA based Typeroom is developing a web based content management system that enables on the fly editing of existing sites. The idea is simple. Typeroom users specify the URL of the page they wish to edit. Typeroom then creates a copy of that page on their servers for editing. The editing itself is WYSIWIG based and covers areas such a text editing and image placement. Once a user… Read More

  • Sign Of The Times: Web 2.0 Outsourcing Humor

    Something that you don’t often see a lot written about in new media is the strong trend by startups to outsource a lot of their work. Digg for example was originally designed by Kevin Rose outsourcing the job on elance, and sites such as Slideshare, illumobile.com have gone down a similar path. Naturally it’s a cost thing. I spoke to one startup CEO last year who hired five… Read More

  • Google, IBM and VeriSign in talks to join OpenID

    Google, IBM and VeriSign are all in talks with the OpenID foundation with a view to joining imminently, according to a highly-placed source. Digg, Technorati, Microsoft, AOL, Plaxo and WikiPedia have previously announced their intention to support the standard which is seen as an easy way for users to use a single digital identity across the Internet. The official news about the new players… Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Dress the Magic Colthes Edition

    Vuzix’ iWear video glasses actually work
    iPhone pig docks from China
    Motorized under bed TV mount makes me hate my plain old crappy bed with nothing but crap under it
    Tuning Lamp is part lamp, part PC, part no-idea
    Just a reminder that R2D2 as a projector is awesome Read More

  • How Many Twitter Accounts Do You Have?

    Twitter, at least for those who use it heavily is changing the way we communicate online. The social networking aspect is creating new relationships, whilst the always on nature means that you often hear about big news stories first on Twitter.
    TechCrunch France editor Ouriel Ohayon like a growing number of people loves Twitter, but he is (well, I thought initially) fairly unique because has… Read More

  • Social.im: The Instant Messaging Service For Facebook Junkies

    If you don’t mind installing one more instant messaging client on your computer, and you happen to be a heavy Facebook user, check out social.im. This isn’t yet another instant messaging application that resides on Facebook; rather, it’s a normal IM client that grabs all of your Facebook friends via the Facebook API and brings them into Social.im. It’s only available… Read More

  • Data portability? Not for EU, Sunny Jim

    The European Union is very likely to rain on the whole data portability parade. Data privacy laws around the world do not uniformly fall into line when it comes to the likes of Google and Facebook. For instance, as ZDNet enterprise blogger Dennis Howlett cogently points out, article 8 of the UK Data Protection Act states: 8. Personal data shall not be transferred to a country or territory… Read More

  • Virtual Banking Banned in Second Life

    Linden Lab has announced that virtual banking within Second Life is to be banned effective January 22 after receiving multiple complaints by Second Life residents scammed by bank operators. Banking and associated services have become popular in Second Life over the last two years, with many offering ponzi style interest schemes that usually sounded too good to be true. Ginko Financial was the… Read More

  • The OpenID Train Steams Ahead: Google, IBM and Verisign Said To Be Joining

    TechCrunch UK’s Mike Butcher is reporting that Google, IBM and Verisign are in late stage discussions with the OpenID Foundation. This news comes on the same day that Google, Facebook and Plaxo joined the DataPortability Workgroup. Google has been testing OpenID with its Blogger platform since late last year, but this is said to be a more general implementation across core Google… Read More

  • Hands on with the Printstik, the printer that fits in your pocket


    If you have big, long pockets that is. This tiny thing is really quite small and light, and it prints onto super-thin thermal paper. It pairs with a phone or anything Bluetooth-capable, or you can use USB if you’re weak. It’s certainly not the fastest printer in the world; in fact, I’d say that its speed of 3 pages per minute puts it among the slowest. You’re also… Read More

  • Motorized under bed TV mount makes me hate my plain old crappy bed with nothing but crap under it

    http://progressive.playstream.com/playstream/progressive/flashplayers/FLVPlayer.swf If you watch this video and think, “Hey, I could build one of those,” do it. I’m telling you, man. This thing is really expensive. I asked the guy how much and he said that depending on the options, it starts at around $16,000 to $18,000. I thought he was going to say $1,600 to $1,800 but boy… Read More

  • CES 2008: Sensio's 3D TV tech works for us colorblind nerd jerks!

    I love the new types of 3D technology coming to our homes. Sensio’s got a type they were showing off, and it works. I’m colorblind, so 3D usually just looks like crap to me, but their system is using the far superior polarized system, and it worked. They’re utilizing a combination of various 3D methods to pull this off, and the outcome is very god indeed. It didn’t pop… Read More

  • The latest craze sweeping the nation: it's the Wü!


    No, not the Wii, the Wü. Complete with little dots over the things of the U. This was one of many knock-off games present at CES, and almost certainly the most shameless, unless you count the guys who ripped off both Guitar Hero and Rock Band by offering alternatives for each one, under similarly altered names. The Wü people didn’t really want us to take pictures, but it was too good… Read More

  • CES 2008: A photograph of a device from the show floor

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    I just took this photograph in the South Hall at CES 2008. I am offering it here without comment. Read More

  • Ah, D-Box. I want one.

    http://progressive.playstream.com/playstream/progressive/flashplayers/FLVPlayer.swf It’s a chair with hydraulic legs that moves around in harmony with whatever game you’re playing or whatever movie you’re watching. Well, maybe not whatever game or movie but there’s an impressive and growing list on the D-BOX site. It’s not cheap, but can you really put a price… Read More

  • iRobot CEO Colin Angle talks about the future of robotics

    Early in Colin Angle’s blogger round-table today, he recounted the story of Packbot, their first military robot. iRobot sent a team to Afghanistan in 2002 where they showed soldiers how to use and manage the new Packbot robot, a self-righting, remote controlled surveillance bot designed to enter a room or cave so soldiers don’t have to. Read More

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