• Rocketboom Inks Seven-Figure Distribution Deal With Sony

    Rocketboom, the daily video blog, is turning over its distribution and ad sales to Sony Pictures Television in return for a seven-figure guarantee plus a share of revenues. Rocketboom will be distributed on Sony’s Crackle video site, as well as across other Sony platforms such as the PS3, PSP, and Bravia I-Link TVs. Rocketboom founder Andrew Baron says he went with Sony because of… Read More

  • Steve Jobs admits MobileMe not up to Apple's standards

    Steve Jobs has admitted that the MobileMe launch was “not up to Apple’s standards.” That’s in reference to all the problems the service has had since it launched last month. Jobs admitted as much in an internal e-mail sent to Apple employees, which Ars Technica got a hold of. He said MobileMe shouldn’t have been launched on the same day as iPhone 3G, Firmware 2.0… Read More

  • Flypaper Raises $3.5 Million For Interactive Presentations

    Flypaper Studio, a startup that allows users to create flash-based web presentations without any programming experience, has closed a $3.5 million round of funding. The round was led by Sierra Ventures and SCF Arizona, and brings the company’s total funding to around $6.5 million. Flypaper behaves like a mix between Microsoft’s PowerPoint and Adobe Flash. Using a simple… Read More

  • Steve Jobs admits MobileMe is "not up to Apple's standards"

    Lambasted by bloggers around the globe for its laundry list of issues, MobileMe hasn’t had the best start. Turns out the critics aren’t alone in thinking it wasn’t ready for prime time. In an internal e-mail that was pretty much guaranteed to leak, Steve Jobs acknowledged that MobileMe was “not up to Apple’s standards” after a rushed and improperly… Read More

  • ChaCha Cuts Pay Rate In Half, Prepares For Implosion

    We’ve never been big fans of ChaCha, the human powered search engine that pairs you up with a “guide” who attempts to answer your questions in real time. The search model was obviously unscalable from the outset, but ChaCha’s botched implementation hasn’t helped much. When it first launched, ChaCha allowed users to initiate full on chat sessions with their… Read More

  • The Viral Video Guy Gets $1 Million In Funding

    Dan Ackerman Greenberg is a master at getting lots of views for online videos. Last year he wrote a less-than-well-received post here on TechCrunch called “The Secret Strategies Behind Many “Viral” Videos.” In the face of hundreds of negative comments he wrote a follow up post where he clarified some of his original points – “We do NOT spam email… Read More

  • Another Google Exec Departs To Run Another Social Network: Kimber To Friendster

    These social networks sure do like Google execs. Facebook hired Sheryl Sandberg, Google’s VP Global Online Sales And Operations, in March 2008. Bebo hired away Joanna Shields as President – previously she was Google’s Managing Director for Google Europe, Russia, Middle East & Africa. Now Friendster. They’ve hired Richard Kimber, who was Google’s Managing… Read More

  • Transforming shoe changes from a sneaker to a sandal

    During the summer some people find it difficult figuring out what kind of shoes to wear, sandals or sneakers. A German designer named K&T hopes to end that dilemma. They’ve designed a shoe called the Nat-2 that transforms from shoes into sandals with a pull of a zipper. Read More

  • Homemade handheld Ardu Game shakes it up with retro look

    Ardu Game by BricoGeek is a portable videogame made out of old parts. Using rescued buttons from a PSP the handheld sports some stylish vintage looks. An accelerometer is incorporated, which add a fun dimension to a simple ball game that was programmed for the machine. The source code is available on their site. All the juicy details of how it’s made and what is in it, here. via Make Read More

  • New Sonos Gear is Smaller, Cooler

    Sonos just announced smaller receivers and players. The ZP120 – with amp – is 43 percent smaller and the ZP50 – without amp – is a standard receiver. Both use MIMO for increased range and link quality. If you’re familiar with the current Sonos line-up you’ll be doubly impressed by the size of these little buggers. The entire kit, along with the LCD-based… Read More

  • New Sonos gear: Smaller, cooler

    Sonos just announced smaller receivers and players. The ZP120 – with amp – is 43 percent smaller and the ZP50 – without amp – is a standard receiver. Both use MIMO for increased range and link quality. If you’re familiar with the current Sonos line-up you’ll be doubly impressed by the size of these little buggers. The entire kit, along with the… Read More

  • DIY USB hot plate – I could actually make this

    http://www.metacafe.com/fplayer/1582942/diy_usb_cooking_pan.swf This little USB-powered hot plate looks simple enough that even a bonehead like yours truly could put one together. A couple USB wires, some bits of porcelain, and a couple pans are all you need for a functional whatever-it-is. Of course, since it needs two USB ports, you’re out of luck if you have a MacBook Air. Proven… Read More

  • Even the Christian Science Monitor knows about pro gamers

    Although competitive and professional gaming has been less than rare for some time now, some people are still just now finding out about it. The Christian Science Monitor of all things has a profile of pro gaming right now, and while it’s a bit “what will they think of next!” it’s respectful and flattering of those involved. Of course, it’s less of a shocker to… Read More

  • Little hope for victims of Olympic ticket scam

    The International Olympic Committee has filed a lawsuit in California accusing at least six websites of selling illegitimate or nonexistent tickets. Reuters has reported that the ticket scam is international with victims in multiple countries. While the IOC is taking action, it appears unlikely that replacement seats will become available. Tickets for events in the host city of Beijing… Read More

  • New colors for Creative’s speakers and headphones

    Fans of Dell’s new Studio notebooks and desktops that offer crazy colors may find it difficult to find sound accessories that match. Creative must also be a fan since they are releasing speakers and headphones that match the color choices. As of Monday, T10 speakers and EP610 headphones now come in Jet Black, Plum Purple, Tangerine Orange, Flamingo Pink, Midnight Blue, Ruby Red and… Read More

  • AT&T to Extend iPhone Exclusivity Contract in U.S.

    USA Today is reporting that AT&T has reached an agreement with Apple to extend AT&T’s exclusive rights to carry the iPhone in the United States. AT&T will remain the exclusive retailer of the iPhone through 2010. AT&T subsidizes the price of the iPhone to the tune of about $300, which keeps the handset’s retail price at $199. AT&T hopes to make up for the subsidy… Read More

  • Video: Behind the scenes of Bionic Commando Rearmed Part 2

    You’ve already seen the first one, so you might as well keep on going and watch the second part. Read More

  • WePlay Scores $8.6 Million In Series B

    Youth-oriented sports social network WePlay raised $8.6 million in a series B financing led by Deep Fork Capital. Existing investors also participated in the round, including FirstMark Capital and athletes Derek Jeter, LeBron James and Peyton Manning. That brings the total capital raised to $13 million. WePlay launched in March, and is designed as a social utility where parents, coaches… Read More

  • Most popular posts for Monday, August 4th

    Today’s Top Posts: Apple pulls BoxOffice app for S and G ‘Heavily’ into Diablo III development, Blizzard refuses to ‘fix’ new art direction Nokia working with Microsoft on secret Zune phone? German policewomen to be issued bullet-proof bras The Beijing Olympics are a trap 7 new LiMo handsets, yeah! Pigeon plays Tap Tap Revenge on iPhone T-Mo drops the Curve… Read More

  • Jobvite Cherry Picks Yahoo AMP Director of Engineering

    Adam Hyder, Yahoo’s Senior Director of Engineering for its Advertising Management Platform (AMP), has joined the flood of recent departures from the search giant in hopes of greener pastures. Hyder has joined Jobvite, an online recruiting service, as the company’s CTO. Last month, Jobvite hired Yahoo HotJobs boss Dan Finnigan as its CEO. It’s likely that Finnigan had… Read More

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