• Dash Wants To Bring Web Mashups To Your Car

    Map mashups may be one of the coolest things on the Web, but they would be even cooler in your car. Dash Navigation is announcing today that it will make possible exactly such vehicular mashups (the Web kind, not the actual kind). Dash is developing a GPS navigation system for cars that will go on sale early next year. The device will collects data about traffic conditions from all other… Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Racing Stripes Edition

    Virtual Affection: The Hug Shirt
    Adobe to drop desktop apps, move entirely online-based within the decade
    To promote PGR, Microsoft backs Formula One’s Lewis Hamilton
    Re: Giant genitals on Motorola phones Read More

  • Flock 1.0 Beta Released: Surprisingly Very Good

    Flock 1.0 beta has been released for public download and is available here (at the time of writing it’s not shown on the front page). The new version of Flock, the first full release was first demonstrated at the TechCrunch 40 conference in September. The new version builds on previous Flock versions by offering a variety of social networking tie-ins. I’ve been hard on Flock in… Read More

  • Twine Launches A Smarter Way To Organize Your Online Life

    Radar Networks, the not-so-secret stealth startup, is finally unveiling its site, dubbed Twine. Twine is targeted straight at groupware and knowledge-management apps that have mostly been confined to enterprise installations, and opening that up to a broader base of consumers. The startup has raised $5 million from Paul Allen, Peter Rip, Ron Conway in April, 2006, and has done work for… Read More

  • Flickr To Launch New Geotagging and Places Pages

    When I heard that Flickr was making announcements this evening, I assumed it was the long awaited integration of video into the service. That isn’t happening (it will soon, though), but they are making significant upgrades soon around geotagging and a new area of the site will launch called “Places Pages.” GeoTagging Updates Flickr first launched geotagging for photos a year… Read More

  • Dispatch From the Web 2.0 Launch Pad

    Today’ Web 2.0 Summit ended with a Launch Pad session where six startups each got six minutes to pitch their companies to the crowd and a panel of venture capitalists. Here’s a thumbnail sketch of each with my initial impressions (For a more thorough take on these startups from a real venture capitalist, read Christine Herron’s post): CleverSet—Best of Show went to… Read More

  • AT&T quietly launches Sierra 881 3G PCMCIA card

    We absolutely love 3G and how it’s rolling out right now. AT&T loves 3G, too. So much, in fact, that its giving away its brand new Sierra Wireless 881 card for free (after shifty rebate) when you sign-up for a two-year soul-sucking contract at $59.99 a month (for unlimited data, $29.99 for 10MB or less). Now, we’ve used AT&T’s HSDPA network and got download speeds… Read More

  • Google Reports Impressive 46% Jump in Q3 Profit

    The Google train keeps on rolling. After seeing its stock rise above $600 per share not even two weeks ago, Google has exceeded forecasts by earning a profit of $1.07 billion in the third quarter of 2007, a 46% increase over the $733.3 million it earned during the same period in 2006. Sales have risen 57% to $4.23 billion. The company is attributing the overall rise to the increasing… Read More

  • Breaking: Technology makes it easier to get to pr0n at work

    According to a survey by the American Management Association, you’re looking at porn at work. Yes, you. And, lo and behold, it’s because the technology we use every day makes it easier. Cellphones, laptops, and other portable devices are making it harder to crack down on habitual porn users. It’s quite shocking. In related totally obvious tech news, Apple releases products… Read More

  • Re: Giant genitals on Motorola phones

    Remember that nice, big dick on the clock on the screen of those Motorola phones? It’s now Moto’s Loch Ness Monster: despite evidence, it doesn’t exist. BGR, who brought us the story, got a quote from Moto saying it was just unfortunate shading, and if someone’s offended, they can just disable the analog-style clock. It’s a bit of a mia culpa for sure, there was… Read More

  • RIAA now targeting Usenet: The party's over?

    The RIAA has now set its sights on Usenet, that decentralized network of discussion groups, some of which happen to host copyrighted material. The cartel filed suit against http://www.usenet.com, a Usenet access provider, for offering—get this—”essentially the same functionality” as the Groksters of the world. (When was the last time anyone used Grokster? Why don’t… Read More

  • If You Are A Frequent Traveler, You Are Going To Love Tripit

    Tripit, one of the companies that launched at TechCrunch40 is an extremely useful application for frequent travelers. It’s dead simple to use and it keeps you organized – all you have to do is forward confirmation emails to them when you purchase airline tickets, hotel reservations, car rentals, etc. Tripit pulls the relevant information out of the emails and builds an… Read More

  • Virtual Affection: The Hug Shirt

    We get the weirdest crap in our tips inbox, most of it unpublishable (unless your filter allows through things like “Hard HORSUE sexx tranny”, as ours does). But then there’s things like this Hug Shirt. It connects to your mobile phone via Bluetooth. It has sensors as well as actuators. You have your Hug Shirt, your partner has their Hug Shirt. You hug yourself, and the… Read More

  • New copyright group forms today; Companies take a realistic look at Web video?

    The Samberg Digital Shorts are the best thing going on SNL right now. Dick in a Box and The Chornic (les of Narnia) were viral hits that instigated new interest in the show. The video shorts buzzed around the Internet and won Timberlake an Emmy. If it wasn’t for sites like YouTube hosting the video, none of that was likely to happen. So the question for copyright holders is this: how do… Read More

  • Skype to launch handset for UK

    Although there has been no official announcement, my sources say it’s a done deal that Skype will launch a mobile handset with UK operator Three this month. BusinessWeek is also claiming that the mobile will also launch in Italy, Hong Kong, and Australia, with the five remaining territories for Three after that. There appear to be no plans to launch the mobile in the US, which makes… Read More

  • Verizon Wireless serves up blitz of smartphones

    Heads up! It’s smartphone day at Verizon Wireless, where the carrier has today launched not one, not two, but four new smartphones today. Read More

  • Xtreme Mac's Tango Studio iPod speaker+dock: When new really isn't new

    Do you have a bookshelf or a desktop? Do you like to listen to music? Oh man, then you and XtremeMac’s Tango Studio are a perfect match. It’s more or less the same speaker+dock we’ve seen for the past several years, complete with FM radio and compatibility with damn near every iPod out there (save for the really old ones). Nearest I can tell, the only “new”… Read More

  • Western Union building mobile payment service

    Soon, you’ll be able to get money on your mobile phone no matter where your location. The GSM Association is working with Western Union to develop a cross-border money-transfer service that would work in any country with a GSM network. Together, the two companies are building the technology that would allow customers to transfer funs with their mobile phones. Come Q2 of next year, you… Read More

  • Adobe to drop desktop apps, move entirely online-based within the decade

    And you thought this whole Web 2.0 thing was a fad. Adobe’s CEO said yesterday that, in five to 10 years, all of its applications, including Photoshop, will be available to use online. Not only that, but that by the time that happens, Adobe said it will have completely shifted its resources from developing desktop applications like we see now to online-only apps. No more multi-gig… Read More

  • edocr aims to be YouTube of documents

    UK-based edocr opens its doors officially today allowing anyone to upload documents. There are already US startups trying to become the ‘YouTube for documents’, notably Scribd and Docstoc and edocr does something similar, but with a twist. Coming out of Manchester, edocr lets you upload your document and then allow people to download, share or embed it via a Flash interface on… Read More

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