• 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

  • Buffalo lands 32GB USB drive with magical powers

    Looking in every way what a robot couple’s home pregnancy test would, Buffalo has just announced a 32GB USB thumb drive that its advertising as 20% faster than other USB drives because of something its calling “TurboUSB”. We’re guessing Voodoo in somehow involved. Nothing on pricing or availablity yet, but we’re guessing it’ll come in around $100 and will… Read More

  • CG Holiday 2007 Recommendation: Logitech Harmony 520 Universal Remote

    If you’re a home theater nerd, as I am, then you probably have more remote controls than limbs. With an HDTV, DVD player, surround sound system, cable box, and other components, it’s easy to let remote build-up happen. Sure, there are universal remotes, but for the most part they just consolidate everything into one unit, you still have to tell it every single command. That’s… Read More

  • CG Holiday 2007 Recommendation: Fortis B-42 Pilot Professional chronograph

    . From what I’ve gleaned about Fortis on the Web, they’re big with the aeronautic community so if you’re one of them then maybe this will tickle your fancy. It retails for $1,800 at the Cockpit store here in NYC, but I’m told it’ll be available online shortly. Cockpit Read More

  • Dead Tree Media Watch: BusinessWeek Lays Off 12

    It’s not an easy time in the dead tree media business at the moment. Competition is fierce, not just from online alternatives but from other publishers as well. Iconic magazine BusinessWeek has laid off a dozen editorial and business staff members as it attempts to remain competitive. Talking Biz News has the full memo of the “restructure” here. Other dead tree… Read More

  • SF goes solar with loans and rebates program, drum circles

    You don’t need me to tell you that San Francisco is a city full of hippies, it’s a known fact. But those hippies sometimes do really smart things, and the city’s new solar power plan is just that. The city plans on giving companies and individuals tax credits, government loans, and rebates if they choose to install solar panels to generate some of their power. It… Read More

  • Devin gives the gift of guiding others' gift-giving

    some awesome stuff, of course. First of all, it’s time to lose that junky DVD player you bought at a garage sale in 2001. If you’re like me, you both A: have a ton of old videos, shows, and movies burned to DVDs, and B: don’t really feel like dropping the cash on Blu-Ray or HD-DVD right now, since all that’s available is Casino Royale and Extreme Dreidels. Good news… Read More

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