• Next Windows version to have 'iPhone blowing away' touch features

    Better than this? Ha! When was the last time you were “blown away” by anything Windows did? With the next version Windows (code-named “7,” aka the one after Vista), you may be blown away by its touch features? Wait, “touch features,” sorta like the iPhone? Yes, apparently. A Microsoft blogger let it slip yesterday that the next version of Windows will… Read More

  • GeekBrief.TV #274

    Since I started the holiday season, I’ve wanted to do a robot Brief, but I’m disappointed in robotics right now. There are some fun robots available and there are some practical robots available, but it seems like we’re a long, long way from the robots of our dreams. I’ve had a Roomba for more than a year. On hardwood floors it works pretty well. On carpet… Read More

  • 'Jackass 2.5' is first online movie premiere backed by big studio

    http://www.mtv.com/jackassworld/player/embed/jaw/wp/ Revolutionary! Paramount Pictures will debut “Jackass 2.5″ on the Internet next week, the first time a major studio will premiere a movie online. The movie, which consists of footage cut from “Jackass 2,” is about 90 minutes long and will stream for free on Blockbuster’s Movielink. The Will Be Ads. Yup, before… Read More

  • P2P Loans GainingTraction. Lending Club Goes Nationwide

    Despite sub-prime loan worries rocking the economy, peer-to-peer loans are gaining some traction. You’d think loans between individuals would be much riskier than loans from a bank, but it turns out that individuals can be more risk averse than banks when it comes to lending out money. If you look at Prosper, the leader in P2P lending with more than $100 million in loans out so far, only… Read More

  • Led Zeppelin takes the bullet train to Squaresville?

    Led Zeppelin gets a bustle in their hedgerow and demands that grainy, shaky, short clips or their reunion show be taken off of video sharing sites like YouTube. The band’s label, Warner Music, is "making the takedown requests to users of YouTube and other services hosting the clips on behalf of the band." It’s widely believed to have something to do with a live concert… Read More

  • Forgetful? Text Kwiry Your Reminders

    Kwiry, an SMS reminder service is officially launching today. The team has been working on the product for the last year after taking $1 million in funding from Hummer Winblad Venture Partners. The product is pretty straight forward. It lets you SMS reminders to yourself while you’re on the go. Hear about a new band, product, or restaurant, but don’t have anywhere to save it? Read More

  • Meebo Brings Chat to Facebook Apps; Hits 20 Million Monthly Users

    Bringing more immediacy to Facebook apps from BuddyMedia, (fluff)Friends, RockYou, Slide, The Broth and the WaterCooler, Web-based instant messaging startup Meebo is now letting Facebook developers add chat to their apps through a new partner program. Basically, these are versions of Meebo Rooms inside Facebook that can be customized and skinned any way the app developer wants. They… Read More

  • Magnify.net And ClipSyndicate Partner For Embedded Content

    Video discovery and broadcast service Magnify.net has partnered with ClipSyndicate to give users the ability to search and embed content from a variety of mainstream media sites. Magnify.net users will have access to content from providers including ABC, NBC, and CBS affiliates, Bloomberg, AP and Fox News. The additional content allows for the creation of new channels that can be used to… Read More

  • NewsGator Gets $12 Million

    Makers of the desktop RSS reader, NewsGator, have raised a $12 million led by a new investor, Vista Ventures, and supported by existing investors Mobius, Venture Capital, and Masthead Venture Partners. This brings the total raised by NewsGator to $30 million over three rounds. Their RSS reader has been a personal favorite of the TechCrunch team. I use it over Google reader, which can lag… Read More

  • CNET To Shutter Newsburst RSS Reader

    CNET will shut down its online RSS reader, Newsburst, on December 31, 2007. An email went out to users and a notice has been displayed on the site (see below), along with instructions on exporting news feeds via OPML. Few people will be affected – Compete.com says only 4,000 people visit the site monthly. It competes with Bloglines, Google Reader and scores of other competitors and… Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Mind Games Edition

    Sega teaming up with NeuroSky to make mind-powered games
    Audio spotlight to put voices, ads in your head
    Loc8tor device to be installed in new Chevrolet vehicles
    Win a Weighted Companion Cube TONIGHT at Funde Razor
    Mercedes-Benz aims to keep drooping eyelids off the roads Read More

  • As Google Maps Comes To New Zealand, PM Responds To Blog

    New Zealand joined the exclusive Google Maps club yesterday, a day that according to local press reports Prime Minister Helen Clark joined the blogosphere. The Maps rollout provides “localised and customised” Google Maps for New Zealand viewers, that includes full local business search capabilities and Local Business Centre so “any Kiwi business can get a free… Read More

  • New Jackass Movie To Be Offered Free Online

    http://www.mtv.com/jackassworld/player/embed/jaw/wp/The latest installment in the Jackass Movie franchise, “Jackass 2.5″is to be released exclusively first online and will be free to view. The move by Paramount pictures is being hailed as “the first studio-backed feature film to have its premiere online.” Jackass 2.5 (trailer above) cost $2 million to make and is a one… Read More

  • Online Ad Spending Growth To Slow, No Need To Panic

    Figures released by eMarketer show that growth in online advertising will slow, but there’s no need to panic. According to the report, online advertising growth will slow in 2008 to…wait for it…only 29% and worse still by 2012 online advertising will only grow by 12% compared to 2010. Now I’ve got the sarcasm out of the way the figures are quite remarkable, particularly… Read More

  • Don't forget: Crunchies nominations close tonight at midnight!

    Another reminder that the Mothership is closing nominations for the inaugural 2007 Crunchie awards, like, soon, midnight tonight (Wednesday, December 12). One of the categories is gadgets, and while we’re nominating our own, you, the reader, are free, as well as encouraged, to do the same. What piece of hardware has caught your attention this year? What’s the most innovative… Read More

  • Adobe Releases BlazeDS, Open Source Version of LiveCycle Data Services

    One of the difficulties facing developers who want to create rich internet applications is HTML’s static nature, which requires that pages (unassisted by other scripting languages) must refresh in their entirety for any new information to load and appear. Technologies such as Ajax and Flash have been developed, at least in part, to overcome this limitation of HTML and facilitate the… Read More

  • Audio spotlight to put voices, ads in your head

    Hearing voices might not mean you’re crazy after all, as a company called Holosonics has developed a technology it’s calling an “audio spotlight” that projects sound into your head. No, really, using focussed soundwaves, you’ll hear the message, whatever it is they want you to hear, in your head, and nobody else will. Right now the audio spotlights are being used… Read More

  • eBay Takes a $30 Million Hit Over Buy It Now Patent

    A Federal Court judge has found that MercExchange LLC is due $30 million from eBay in compensation for a patent breach of MercExchange’s “Buy It Now” patent, a long standing feature available on eBay auctions. The case started back in 2001, and in 2003 a jury found in favor of MercExchange. According to the Wall Street Journal, the case triggered a review by the U.S. Read More

  • Mercedes-Benz aims to keep drooping eyelids off the roads

    I’ve never fallen asleep at the wheel, though I was once in a car with someone who did. It was only through my Boy Scout training and quick reflexes that we did not die, and he still owes me for saving his paint job. New technology from Mercedes-Benz might make such scenarios a thing of the distant, archaic past. We’ve seen gadgets with similar intents in the past, mostly in the… Read More

  • Naneu Pro K3 Heads Back to the Motherland

    BEIJING — As an urban warrior on the streets of New York City, it’s almost a requirement for me to own a backpack with a laptop compartment. For the past year and a half, I’ve used the STM Sports backpack with much success and originally planned to take it on my trip to China. But then I was given the chance to bring the Naneu Pro K3 back to the motherland (it, like me… Read More

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