• Microsoft really, truly thinking about ad-supported, subscription-based MS Office. For real now.

    Microsoft is planning an online Office service, called Office Live , which could — and probably will — replace the software version of MS Office in the next few years. The big kicker is that the company might be planning an ad-supported version of the service, based on MS Works, which will enable those so inclined to do most of their work in the browser or in a very thin client on… Read More

  • It's part book, part computer, yet completely not real

    Rather than accept the fact that books are passé, and they are, let’s shoehorn a computer in there to keep the good times a-rollin’. Such is the premise behind Kyle Bean’s book-computer-thing. While it has the exterior of a book, its insides are all computer. There’s some sort of display, full keyboard, optical drive, the works. A nice design and all, sure, but as well… Read More

  • MSI to enter tiny laptop arena with the 'Wind'

    Just to reiterate how I feel about June, 2008 one more time; it’s gonna be sweet. That’s the month that tiny Eee-like notebooks will be coming out of the woodwork from manufacturers the world over. Now MSI joins the party with the “Wind,” a 2.2-pound notebook that comes in 8.9-inch or 10-inch flavors at 1024×600 resolution, 80GB hard drive, 1GB RAM, Windows XP… Read More

  • Why ComScore's Google Paid Click Estimates Are Not Predictive Of Google's Revenues

    After Google’s earnings call last week, Google’s stock jumped on strong results and comScore’s took a temporary hit. Many analysts and pundits were using comScore’s estimates of flattening paid-click advertising growth at Google to conclude that Google’s overall revenue growth would also be flat. Yet Google reported 42 percent year-over-year revenue growth, and… Read More

  • Genetically engineered food gains popularity during food crisis

    Not anymore, you don’t Who benefits from the food shortage that’s causing riots in developing countries and hoarding in America? Why the biotech crowd, of course. Since the increase in price of certain foods, consumers and companies have started dropping resistance to what the Europeans charmingly refer to as Frankenfoods. If non-genetiocally modified rice is too expensive, load up… Read More

  • WebMission Day 2: Brunching and lunching

    So day two of WebMission began with plenty of recovery time following the previous evening’s partying, which took in the tad pricey Clift Hotel bar, and the Slide and Le Colonial clubs. I gather. I of course turned in with a nice cup of cocoa. In the morning the WebMission crew jumped on a bus and headed over to the rather nice house belonging to Jim Buckmaster of Craigslist who very… Read More

  • Eastern promise at TMT Ventures

    Smart-up, a great blog about Central and Eastern European startups has been covering the TMT.Ventures’08 conference in Kiev. It sounds like a fascinating event. Blogger Michal Faber has also shot some video of the presenting VCs which includes the London-based Greg Marsh, of Index Ventures and Sean Seton-Rogers of Benchmark Capital, below. Read More

  • TeachStreet Turns The Lights On

    Seattle-based TeachStreet, which we covered yesterday, has now gone live – they “flipped the switch” a couple of hours ago. For now they are bridging real world classes to their website in Seattle only. If you live up there, you may want to check out your local cooking, dog obedience, or yoga courses. CrunchBase Information TeachStreet Information provided by CrunchBase Read More

  • Sprout: Now A Viral Distribution Platform for Web Services

    Sprout – the impressive browser-based tool that debuted at DEMO in January and suddenly made it feasible for non-developers to create rich Flash-based widgets – has got even better with the release of v1.5. One of the most promising things about Sprout was that it integrated third-party services. At launch, publishers could add to their widgets, among other components, polls… Read More

  • A Better Interface For Image Search?

    People seem to like Apple’s interface for scrolling through albums visually with a scrollbar. It was copied by SearchMe as a way to browse normal search results. And now an Austrian developer named Franz Enzenhofer has built his own interface to Google Image Search: CreativeSpace. Users scroll through image search results with the same interface. This is built with Ajax, not Flash… Read More

  • Chinese Hackers Take Down SportsNetwork

    The SportsNetwork, a privately held sports website located in Hatboro, PA, has been under attack from hackers for about 24 hours. Early Sunday the site was defaced with “Tibet was, is and will always be part of China” messages. Engineers returned the site to normal, but late Sunday evening the site was again hacked and taken offline. The message in the image second above is now… Read More

  • House Republicans Move To Increase H1B Visa Quota

    Last Friday the House Republican Study Committee sent a letter to Nancy Pelosi and Steny Hoyer, the Speaker of the House and Majority Leader, respectively, requesting an increase in the current H1B visa quota of 65,000 per year to 115,000. They also request a 20% yearly increase in the cap every year, assuming the previous year’s quota was met. The letter is embedded below. The current… Read More

  • CrunchGear Week in Review: We've Squozen Our Whole Supply Edition

    Yeah, that’s a clock
    Tresling = Tetris + Arm Wrestling
    Hive speaker bar looks better than your surround sound speakers
    Samsung wants you to use your hands
    Attention, Seattle: CrunchGear reader meet-up, April 25th!
    Massage pants seem to be exactly what they sound like Read More

  • Etelos Lets Your Web Apps Run Offline

    Web application distributor Etelos has released a new feature in beta that allows web apps obtained through the site to operate offline. The company, which provides a marketplace for developers to provide apps to consumers, also says that all applications with the new technology will be able to communicate securely with one another. The functionality is enabled by a system Etelos has… Read More

  • Fix8 Lets Users Join The Presidential Primaries

    Computer generated animation provider Fix8 has joined the US President Primaries season with the addition of Candidate avatars (video example above). The limited-time free software allows users to become their favorite or least favorite candidates and debate each other live via video chat. Users can also create and post Fix8 videos across all the leading social networks as well as video… Read More

  • TwittEarth Makes Twitter A Global Experience

    Twitter visualizations are nothing new, but they always provide a great way to waste some time. The newest, TwittEarth, is eye-candy at its finest – a mesmerizing and mostly useless diversion that sticks you in space and whips you around the globe to see a new geo-located tweet every ten seconds. Tweets are accompanied by small, goofy icons that remain static on the map, eventually… Read More

  • Six Apart Launches Ad Network, Moves Into Services

    Six apart is launching an advertising network for blogs and will begin offering professional services (design, implementation, development, optimization) after acquiring New York based creative agency Apperceptive (this was correctly guessed by Cameron Barret in a Friday post (see comment 156) asking for readers to tell us who they thought Six Apart acquired). Advertising Network – Six… Read More

  • New HTC device(s)?

    So Mobile-Review.com forum member deuxani posted the image to your left and asks whether or not the bottom row of HTC devices have all been announced. Most are recognizable right off the bat, but Into Mobile points out that the device in the lower left corner seems like the odd duck. Thoughts? Maybe this is what we’ll see at the HTC event next month in London. Is it the Dream? Read More

  • Skype to offer unlimited international calls for $10

    Despite the nasty rumors going around about eBay selling Skype, the VoIP provider is poised to introduce an unlimited international calling plan that will cost $9.95/month. The 34 countries included are Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Chile, China, Singapore, Taiwan, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, and most of Europe. This new plan will, of course, include calls to domestic land-line phones and… Read More

  • UserVoice Offers A Better Way To Take Customer Suggestions

    http://www.viddler.com/player/56df0f97/ UserVoice offers a hosted way to harness the innovation and ideas of customers and potential customers that replaces email. San Francisco based UserVoice improves the signal-to-noise of user opinion by allowing the moderation of the ideas of one person against the opinions of the many. UserVoice allows users to voice opinions, suggestions, and complaints. Read More

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