• Text Message Petition Filed with FCC

    Eight consumer and public-interest groups filed a petition with the FCC (Federal Communications Commission) asking to prohibit carriers from blocking advertisements sent via text messaging. This petition comes after Verizon Wireless decided in September to block text messages on its network from abortion rights group Naral ProChoice America. The decision was reversed the same day and the ads… Read More

  • Bebo Embraces Facebook Apps With Its "Open Applications Platform"

    When Google developed OpenSocial, it was intended to obviate the need for developers to reprogram the same social networking applications for separate platforms. Several social networks without their own proprietary developer platforms, including Bebo, quickly embraced OpenSocial as their opportunity to get in on some of the social-application action that Facebook monopolized with its… Read More

  • Google Checkout Tries To Ring Up Market-Share Gains With Free Transactions

    It must be the holidays. Just as it did last year, Google Checkout is trying to pay for market share in online payments. It is extending a “free transaction processing offer” until February 1, 2008. That means any merchant who uses Google Checkout, as opposed to Paypal, won’t have to pay any fees for items bought through Google’s payment service. Since Google is… Read More

  • Budget Acer Aspire reviewed, gets good marks

    PC Magazine recently reviewed the $600 Acer Aspire 4710-2013 and they liked it, saying, "Cheap laptops are usually synonymous with heft and ugly designs. The Aspire 4710-2013, happily, is an exception." It uses an older Intel Core Duo processor and only has 1GB of RAM but features a dual-layer DVD burner, large hard drive and speakers that "sound better than you would expect on… Read More

  • Update: Classmates IPO is Pulled

    With the IPO market cooling, United Online has pulled the IPO of its Classmates.com business. No surprise here. I thought the filing smelled funny from the get-go. Nobody else was buying Classmate’s story either. Let’s see, a high churn rate, an FTC investigation, and hints of self-dealing. No wonder investors passed. How is United Online going to get back that $50 million… Read More

  • Microsoft Buys Multimap for a Reported $50 Million

    Mapping is a key app for any Web 2.0 player, and will become even more important as applications move to mobile devices. Today Microsoft strengthened its hand in the mapping game by buying UK-based Multimap, which is the second-most popular Web-based mapping service in the UK (between Google Maps and Google Earth). The Times of London reports that Microsoft paid $50 million for the tech… Read More

  • Big Daddy suit for sale on eBay

    The Big Daddy suit has now come full circle. From an odd Halloween costume to a VGA-feted wonder-thing, it has been through a lot and now it’s for sale on eBay. Bidding starts at $999 but expect it to go for more than that. I hear the Society for Creative Ayn Randianisms is nosing around as is a Bay Area cosplay fetish club. Has someone been good this Christmas? Product Page Read More

  • XM Satellite Radio now doing that podcasting thing

    I’m gonna be paying closer attention to satellite radio from now on, not just because the bosses told me to, but because the proposed merger is the defining moment of our times. It’s like the moon landing. XM is now in the podcasting game. The satellite radio company has created several podcasts, many of which are exclusives. Right now, you’ll find podcasts ranging from… Read More

  • PS2 still top played console for the year

    Sony’s PS2 may be seven years old, but it’s still the most played console out there. Nielsen released figures yesterday covering the April-November period that show the PS2 accounted for 42.2 percent of all gaming minutes. The Xbox1 came in second, followed by the Xbox 360 and Gamecube. Wii and the PS3 round out the list. Even though Nielsen never contacted me, I’d day my… Read More

  • Movable Type Finally Goes Open-Source

    Although it’s been long-expected, Six Apart finally transitioned its Movable Type blogging software to an open-source license today. In many ways this is a response to the success of WordPress, the open-source blog-publishing software that is increasingly popular, especially among bloggers who like to tweak their own code. (TechCrunch uses WordPress, for instance). Now, Movable Type… Read More

  • Scoble To Leave PodTech, Heading For Fast Company

    Famous blogger Robert Scoble will be leaving his current job at PodTech in mid January, he says. He will likely be joining Fast Company to start Fast Company TV. Scoble was with PodTech for just a year and a half. He was previously at Microsoft and acted as their unofficial spokesperson. Scoble isn’t saying if he’ll continue to use the same format as his current show, ScobleShow… Read More

  • Zoho Show 2.0, Cleaner Look, New Features

    Over the past two years Zoho has launched 12 applications along with 4 utilities, nearly all with APIs. The team has shown a strong commitment to steadily improving their products, making them a compelling alternative to the incumbent, Google. This morning they’ve released a new version of Zoho Show that cleans up the program’s interface and adds a greater array of features… Read More

  • AppJet Makes Simple Web Apps A Breeze

    Making and hosting a web application just got a whole lot easier. Y Combinator’s AppJet has just launched a website where you can write and run hosted applications right in your browser. The system is currently pretty basic, but aims to add levels of sophistication in the coming year. Using AppJet reminds me a lot of when I first learned programming through Lisp. Lisp has a simple syntax… Read More

  • Helio's Ocean granted hot new native YouTube app; Downloads and Uploads now both totally mobile

    I love YouTube. I mean I love it. I like unhinged videos of Mexican UFOs, crazy Japanese gameshows, and Lohan falling down. It’s unlimited entertainment, because there are more hours of content uploaded per day that there are hours in the day, meaning you could never possibly watch it all. And it’s all free. Sadly, the world of online video is restricted to, for the most part… Read More

  • Mahalo Goes Social

    New wiki-based search engine Mahalo is launching social networking features today at the LeWeb3 conference in Paris. Mahalo is a search engine that focuses on user link submissions and an editorial process to theoretically produce better search results than algorithm-only engines like Google. It first launched in May 2007. The company already pays users for quality submissions. Today, they… Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Dynamite Is Forever Edition

    I dare you to take this clock through airport security
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  • Nominate your favorite gear for the 2007 Crunchie Awards!

    Just a reminder, the Mothership is closing nominations for the inaugural 2007 Crunchie awards, like, soon, midnight tomorrow (Wednesday, December 12) night. 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

  • Teh.Be$T.Kommenter.Evar

    Comments are the greasy oil that keeps the blog machine running. Here are three great (and 100% unedited) comments recently posted by your fellow readers. The Pencil Bench office furniture: 1,600 pencils, 1 bench Rob the Drummer would totally suck if you had your homework in your back pocket. Read More

  • Why Isn't BlogCharm Paying Its Bloggers?

    Launched in 2006, BlogCharm promised to pay bloggers for blogging at the site, another variation on the blog network theme. Bloggers were paid on a straight 50% rev share based on revenue made against their content from a mixture of CPM ads and Adsense units. According to a BlogCharm member who contacted TechCrunch, they have been waiting months to be paid, and despite sending multiple emails… Read More

  • Going into the jungle with your iPhone? Ruggedize the sucker

    If you absolutely must traverse the Amazon with your iPhone, you should probably do something about keeping it, you know, dry and clean, that sort of thing. I don’t think waterproofing was on the feature list. Well, H20 Audio has the solution: this pretty cool-looking iPhone case. It’s impact and “element” resistant, though I’m not sure if that refers to weather… Read More

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