• Yahoo Leadership Meeting Tomorrow; Premium Music Services to be "De-emphasized"

    Our sources are telling us that tomorrow afternoon Yahoo CEO Jerry Yang will be holding a confidential meeting for all Yahoo execs (vice presidents and above, called the “leadership team”) to map out his strategic plan for the company going forward. This is the next step in executing on his promised 100 day plan back in July. I’m hoping we’ll have the opportunity to… Read More

  • Web 2.0 Startup Simulator

    Time-waster of the day: Sim Web 2.0. It’s a little flash game that automatically generates a name for your Web 2.0 startup, like Twitcast or Youcrunch, a press clip, and a list of things to do to build the company: Read More

  • ZiiTrend: The Latest Social Prediction Website

    Do you think you know who is going to buy Facebook, or how many copies of Halo 3 will be sold by the end of the year? You can make your make your best guess on ZiiTrend, a social prediction site that launched on Monday. (The answers to those two questions right now are: No one and 6.2 million, respectively). ZiiTrend comes up with a group prediction based on every player’s vote. Unlike… Read More

  • Burmese Students Cellblog From Protests

    In most instances, blogging is all about inaccuracy, dick jokes, and blurry pictures of LOLCATS. In this instance, however, it’s about taking down a dictatorial junta in a country where the media is as tightly controlled and editorial freedom is but a pipe dream. Student protesters are acting as “citizen journalists” in Burma, posting cellphone images and content life from… Read More

  • CrunchGear's Futurist Predicts the Undoing of Web 2.0

    Seth Porges, who writes for a column called “The Futurist” every Thursday on CrunchGear, this week discusses what he thinks will eventually prove to be Web 2.0’s achilles heel. His thesis: “The Web 2.0 era will come to end sooner rather than later. Because if there is one immutable law of humankind, it is that we are really, really lazy.” Unlike with Web 1.0, most… Read More

  • WowWee FlyTech Barry B. Benson RC Bee: This Means Satan Walks Among Us

    Can you smell the brimstone, people? This is the end of days. It’s a flying bee. From WowWee. It’s supposed to be from Dreamworks’ Bee Movie but you and I both know that this is Old Scratch’s doing. He and his minions are taking the form of robotic flying bees and will soon open the first seal — The Sex and the City movie. Get thee to a nunnery, friends… Read More

  • Gateway One Has Arrived

    Oops. Guess I let this one slip out a bit early yesterday, but here it is again. I present to you the Gateway iMac…errr…I mean the Gateway One. A lustrous and chic all in one PC if you can’t tell by the images. The One is encased in metal at just 3.6-inches deep with a 19-inch widescreen TFT active-matrix LCD with 1440×900 resolution. Its plethora of features isn’t… Read More

  • Google hires first engineering chief for Europe

    Google has appointed its first ever Vice President of Engineering in Europe, in a move which could herald new local products from the search giant. Nelson Mattos (Ph.D.) will oversee Europe, the Middle East and Africa, in a sign that Google is increasingly interested in concentrating its management talent in high growth areas, like Europe, for its products.
    In a statement Alan Eustace, Senior… Read More

  • Digital Life 2007: SHOWSTOPPERS!!!!

    http://progressive.playstream.com/playstream/progressive/flashplayers/FLVPlayer.swf In which the boys attend ShowStoppers and find out that there’s more to life than beer and partying — they learn that someone loves them. Read More

  • Sling Announces SlingPlayer Mobile For Symbian OS Handsets

    By pure coincidence Sling has announced that the SlingPlayer Mobile software is now working with Nokia Nseries and Eseries hand sets running the Symbian S60 3rd edition software. The coincidence stems from Nokia’s US launch of the HSDPA N95. That sounds fantastic. I’d love to watch my shows while on the road on my phone. To sweeten the deal Sling is offering current and future… Read More

  • BlackBerry Curve Review

    Cast your memory back to the dark ages before smartphones. The StarTAC was still in common rotation. Cellphones were bricks. Windows Mobile was just a glimmer in Bill Gates’ eye. Enter the BlackBerry 850, a small QWERTY device that made getting email on the go dead simple. But this was 1998! Why did we need email on our hips? Well, now we know that learning about V1AG7A and P3nni st0cks… Read More

  • AOL Is Gussying Itself Up for an Advertising IPO

    What’s behind all the shuffling going on at AOL lately? New CEO Randy Falco is moving the headquarters from Dulles, Va. to New York City, more layoffs are rumored at the dying dial-up business, and all the advertising businesses are now grouped together under the ominous name, Platform A. Falco is putting all of his advertising eggs into Platform A, which is made up of the collection… Read More

  • Google: 99.999 Percent Reliable, in Brazil

    The folks at Pingdom measure the uptime of Google in different countries around the world. Google users in Brazil encounter the fewest hiccups.  Google’s Brazil site was down only three minutes in an entire year, giving it five 9s reliability.  The U.S. search site was down ten times as much, giving it only 99.994 percent reliability.  I think I can live with that.  (Sweden came in… Read More

  • Bill Gross Is Into Atoms

    As my final act for the print edition of Business 2.0, I interviewed serial entrepreneur Bill Gross of Idealab. Gross is best known for his Web 1.0 companies, especially GoTo.com/Overture and CitySearch, and eToys. So he’s had his share of both successes and failures. But if you look at his portfolio of startups today, other than the click-per-action search engine Snap.com, it is… Read More

  • Microsoft Announces Upgrades to Live Search, Including "Blended Search"

    Microsoft has announced a set of what it claims are “significant advancements in core technology and consumer experience” for its search engine, Live Search. Among these advancements: improved results relevance, faster load times, UI enhancements, a search index four times larger than before, and special results pages for queries related to entertainment, shopping, health, and… Read More

  • New Advertising Model: Wish Fulfillment

    This idea caught my eye, although so far execution consists of nothing more than a blog post on their site: payittome. Readers who want something take a picture of it along with the price and submit it to the site. Pictures will be chosen from those submitted and will appear on the home page. Advertisers can buy the item for the person, associating their brand with the item, and the picture… Read More

  • Deca.TV: VCs Invest New Media Production House

    Mayfiled, General Catalyst Partners, and Atomico Investments have put $5 million into Deca.tv, a newly launched production house for mainstream digital entertainment. Deca was started by Michael Wayne and Chris Kimbell, both from Sony Pictures. The company will be putting the investment into finding and financing novel digital entertainment web properties. Deca, however, will not serve as… Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Technology Wave Edition

    Firstlook: Slingbox SOLO
    EchoStar To Buy Sling Media
    Transformers USB Flash Drives: Somewhere Doug Aamoth’s Head Just Exploded
    Newton 2.0?
    InfoBar 2 Announced For Japan
    The Juicer Read More

  • Picture this – LinkedIn adds profile photos

    On Friday LinkedIn plans to allow profile photos on its business-focused social network, in a move which reflects its increasingly international focus. It’s taken four years for LinkedIn to add photos, when every other social network has done it forever. The site for business professionals has always kept a conservative, business-like tone. But although it says the decision has been… Read More

  • Twitter Adds Tracking Feature

    As mentioned last week, Twitter has now launched a new mobile tracking feature. Users are able to subscribe to alerts based on keywords, for example a subscription for “NYC” will result in a user receiving copies of all tweets that mention NYC. To turn the tracking service on users should IM or TXT “Track search term”. From there users can IM “whois… Read More

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