• BlackBerry Curve hits Alltel

    Is it just me or is Alltel getting a decent amount of cool devices lately? The latest device to hit Alltel store shelves is a titanium-colored BlackBerry Curve 8330. This one is akin to the Curve available on AT&T because it lacks Wi-Fi, but has GPS. A new 2-year contract will fetch the Curve at $230 starting May 1, but you can pre-order now. Read More

  • Review: HTC Shift (CDMA version)

    The HTC Shift (CDMA version) is a UMPC with a 7-inch tilting screen and a slide-out QWERTY keyboard. The device runs Windows Vista Business and connects to Sprint’s EVDO data network for on-the-go computing. At around $1500, the device is a no-brainer for businesses that need super tiny notebooks for salespeople or field technicians and it even falls into the temptation zone for… Read More

  • Hints of iGoogle Turning Into Its Own Social Network

    Google has long used its personalized homepage, iGoogle, as a launching point for its foray into social-networking applications. Any developer who builds an OpenSocial app, for instance, can make it work as a widget (er, gadget) on iGoogle. So far, it’s been more of a personal home page. But now iGoogle is taking another step towards becoming a full-fledged social network in its… Read More

  • Skype Offers Unlimited International Calling Plan for $9.95 a Month

    Skype announced today an unlimited international calling plan that only costs $9.95 a month. The plan allows unlimited calls to land-line phones in 34 countries. The countries include most of Europe, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Chile, China, Singapore, Taiwan, Japan, Korea and Malaysia. Calls to U.S. landlines and cell phones are included, as are calls to cell phones in Canada, China… Read More

  • Apple drinking too much, wants to recreate Prodigy by way of Second Life

    A patent shows a “virtual shopping world” that will eventually — i.e. never — end up in the Apple store. The project, which is similar to Second Life, will allow you to walk through a virtual store and buy real things. My problem with this is that when you visit an online store, you’re not shopping — you’re buying. You go to the Apple store to pick up… Read More

  • Acer WiMax notebook to be sold by service providers

    The cost of your next notebook might just be subsidized by a wireless carrier. Acer today announced the Aspire 5920 notebook, which will contain a WiMax chipset and will be sold by upcoming WiMax providers like Sprint along with service packages, much like mobile phones are sold. The notebook is currently being manufactured by Taiwan’s Quanta Computer and will actually be available to… Read More

  • To test Facebook ads, man poses as woman, declares social ads broken

    So some guy complained aloud that the only ads he sees on Facebook are sexual in nature. Meet hot, out-of-work singles in your area… today! That sort of thing. Rather than ignore the ads like a normal person, he said to himself, “Aha! This illustrates just how broken social advertising is. All they can sell me, a single man, is sex? What are they, crazy?” Apparently so, yes. Read More

  • China Mobile’s First-Quarter Profits Up 37%

    China Mobile, the world’s largest mobile phone carrier, announced today that its first-quarter profits are up 37%. China has the largest population of mobile users, with around 520 million accounts. The government of China predicts that this number will increase to 600 million in the near future. “The rapid growth in China’s economy and the vigorous demand for… Read More

  • Microsoft really, truly thinking about ad-supported, subscription-based MS Office. For real now.

    Microsoft is planning an online Office service, called Office Live , which could — and probably will — replace the software version of MS Office in the next few years. The big kicker is that the company might be planning an ad-supported version of the service, based on MS Works, which will enable those so inclined to do most of their work in the browser or in a very thin client on… Read More

  • It's part book, part computer, yet completely not real

    Rather than accept the fact that books are passé, and they are, let’s shoehorn a computer in there to keep the good times a-rollin’. Such is the premise behind Kyle Bean’s book-computer-thing. While it has the exterior of a book, its insides are all computer. There’s some sort of display, full keyboard, optical drive, the works. A nice design and all, sure, but as well… Read More

  • MSI to enter tiny laptop arena with the 'Wind'

    Just to reiterate how I feel about June, 2008 one more time; it’s gonna be sweet. That’s the month that tiny Eee-like notebooks will be coming out of the woodwork from manufacturers the world over. Now MSI joins the party with the “Wind,” a 2.2-pound notebook that comes in 8.9-inch or 10-inch flavors at 1024×600 resolution, 80GB hard drive, 1GB RAM, Windows XP… Read More

  • Why ComScore's Google Paid Click Estimates Are Not Predictive Of Google's Revenues

    After Google’s earnings call last week, Google’s stock jumped on strong results and comScore’s took a temporary hit. Many analysts and pundits were using comScore’s estimates of flattening paid-click advertising growth at Google to conclude that Google’s overall revenue growth would also be flat. Yet Google reported 42 percent year-over-year revenue growth, and… Read More

  • Genetically engineered food gains popularity during food crisis

    Not anymore, you don’t Who benefits from the food shortage that’s causing riots in developing countries and hoarding in America? Why the biotech crowd, of course. Since the increase in price of certain foods, consumers and companies have started dropping resistance to what the Europeans charmingly refer to as Frankenfoods. If non-genetiocally modified rice is too expensive, load up… Read More

  • WebMission Day 2: Brunching and lunching

    So day two of WebMission began with plenty of recovery time following the previous evening’s partying, which took in the tad pricey Clift Hotel bar, and the Slide and Le Colonial clubs. I gather. I of course turned in with a nice cup of cocoa. In the morning the WebMission crew jumped on a bus and headed over to the rather nice house belonging to Jim Buckmaster of Craigslist who very… Read More

  • Eastern promise at TMT Ventures

    Smart-up, a great blog about Central and Eastern European startups has been covering the TMT.Ventures’08 conference in Kiev. It sounds like a fascinating event. Blogger Michal Faber has also shot some video of the presenting VCs which includes the London-based Greg Marsh, of Index Ventures and Sean Seton-Rogers of Benchmark Capital, below. Read More

  • TeachStreet Turns The Lights On

    Seattle-based TeachStreet, which we covered yesterday, has now gone live – they “flipped the switch” a couple of hours ago. For now they are bridging real world classes to their website in Seattle only. If you live up there, you may want to check out your local cooking, dog obedience, or yoga courses. CrunchBase Information TeachStreet Information provided by CrunchBase Read More

  • Sprout: Now A Viral Distribution Platform for Web Services

    Sprout – the impressive browser-based tool that debuted at DEMO in January and suddenly made it feasible for non-developers to create rich Flash-based widgets – has got even better with the release of v1.5. One of the most promising things about Sprout was that it integrated third-party services. At launch, publishers could add to their widgets, among other components, polls… Read More

  • A Better Interface For Image Search?

    People seem to like Apple’s interface for scrolling through albums visually with a scrollbar. It was copied by SearchMe as a way to browse normal search results. And now an Austrian developer named Franz Enzenhofer has built his own interface to Google Image Search: CreativeSpace. Users scroll through image search results with the same interface. This is built with Ajax, not Flash… Read More

  • Chinese Hackers Take Down SportsNetwork

    The SportsNetwork, a privately held sports website located in Hatboro, PA, has been under attack from hackers for about 24 hours. Early Sunday the site was defaced with “Tibet was, is and will always be part of China” messages. Engineers returned the site to normal, but late Sunday evening the site was again hacked and taken offline. The message in the image second above is now… Read More

  • House Republicans Move To Increase H1B Visa Quota

    Last Friday the House Republican Study Committee sent a letter to Nancy Pelosi and Steny Hoyer, the Speaker of the House and Majority Leader, respectively, requesting an increase in the current H1B visa quota of 65,000 per year to 115,000. They also request a 20% yearly increase in the cap every year, assuming the previous year’s quota was met. The letter is embedded below. The current… Read More

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