• NowPublic Gets $10.6 Million For Crowd Sourced News

    “Crowd sourced” news network NowPublic.com has closed a $10.6 milion series A round of financing led by Rho Ventures with seed investors Brightspark and the Working Opportunity Fund participating. Crowd sourcing is part of the widely expanding “citizen journalism” category, which encompasses all the new ways non-professionals can participate in the news reporting process. Read More

  • The U.S. May Get A Free Mobile Service Before Europe

    We don’t know much about Indiana-based Mosh Mobile yet, but it claims to be offering free, advertising based mobile service to U.S. customers after they purchase a phone. The news comes as Amp’d, a high profile U.S. MVNO (mobile virtual network operator) has ceased operations after blowing through $360 million in capital. Blyk, a much anticipated MVNO in Europe with a similar… Read More

  • More Information On That Secretive Twitter Financing

    When Twitter announced a round of financing last week they mentioned most of the investors – an A list crowd that includes Union Square Ventures, Charles River Ventures, Marc Andreessen, Dick Costolo, Ron Conway, and Naval Ravikant. But they didn’t disclose the amount raised, even though it is customary to do so. We sniffed around and heard that the the company held a special… Read More

  • Validas to Help You Understand Your Cell Phone Bill

    It’s sad to say it, but it’s true: most cell phone bill are so complicated that it is nearly impossible to understand exactly what you are being charged (and perhaps over charged) for. A new site called Validas promises to make sense of the chaos, help you understand where you are spending money, and what you can do to lower your bill. It hasn’t launched yet, but there is… Read More

  • eSwarm: Group Buying Online

    Boulder, Colorado based eSwarm aims to bring buyers and sellers together with a model that is similar to bulk buying clubs. Buyers register for a free account then join current swarms (groups of buyers) or create new ones. Swarms can be focused on any consumer good, debt refinancing, pre-paid gift and debit cards and even insurance products. Sellers then bid for the business. The theory is… Read More

  • TechCrunch 9 At August Capital: Thank You for Coming

    http://www.viddler.com/player/4a41a3d2/ Well, it’s over. TechCrunch 9 At August Capital last night was a blast, with 900 or so people demo’ing products, drinking wine and, if the video above is any indication, looking for the man of their dreams. To be fair, Julia Allison, one of the women above, is a regular correspondent on Fox and her friend Meghan Asha works at a hedge fund. Read More

  • Teh.Be$T.Kommenter.Evar

    It’s TBKE for this super Saturday, the 28th of July. Let’s get the ball rolling with a comment about the comments contained within the previous comments post… Amit says: “To comment on comments begets a commentary, doesn’t it?” It does, I think. Kind of like staring into a TV that’s hooked up to a camera that’s filming the TV. As Joey Lawrence… Read More

  • New York Times Reviews 'The Simpsons Movie'

    The New York Times has reviewed The Simpsons Movie and the verdict seems to be that it’s decent; akin to a long episode. Ask any die-hard Simpsons fan and they’d probably tell you that it would be impossible for such a movie to encompass every lovable facet of the show’s 18 seasons. I would think that this would be a good opportunity for Groening and company to make this… Read More

  • Q&A With Nintendo's Reggie Fils-Aime

    I’ve never met the man and I don’t know what goes on behind closed doors at Nintendo, but Reggie Fils-Aime seems like a pretty decent guy. In an interview with GamePro, the Nintendo of America CEO speaks candidly about the state of the gaming industry, Nintendo’s seemingly-eternal Wii shortages, online console gaming, and predictions for the future. Read More

  • World Series Of Video Games Tomorrow On CBS

    Get this. CBS Sports will air the World Series of Video Games at noon tomorrow. That’s right, smack dab in the middle of all the golf, baseball, and auto racing on the other networks. CBS, you’ve got cahones my friend. Wonderful, cutting-edge cahones. Kudos for taking a risk. If you were to tell someone ten years ago that poker was going to become a nationally-televised… Read More

  • PatentMonkey: Nokia's Karaoke Ring Tones

    This week Nokia received a patent for more than just mere ringtones, but ringtones that can be modified with a secondary tone, or what they call “compound ring tones“. Oh yes, get all your friends to record singing to your favorite song as a way to know who’s calling. Details after the jump… Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Flight Plan Edition

    Razer Upgrades Diamondback To 3G
    Qantas Upgrades Fleet, Now Includes Power and Wi-Fi
    Originally For iPod, iZap Battery Works Wonders On iPhone
    The AudioFile: The iPhone Is Eyeing Your Living Room
    iRiver Siren Digital Photo Frame Read More

  • Originally For iPod, iZap Battery Works Wonders On iPhone

    The iPhone’s battery life is already acceptable, but who wouldn’t want to squeeze even more talk time out of it? (Josh. Nah, he wouldn’t.) Battery specialist Zap’s $80 iZap battery, originally designed for the iPod, works swimmingly with the iPhone, dontcha know. Read More

  • How Much Is A Facebook User Worth? At Least $0.30

    People aren’t wasting any time trying to figure out how to monetize all those thousands of Facebook apps that have sprung up over the last couple of months. At least three advertising experiments have launched – the most promising, by far, is RockYou. fbExchange The first out the door was FBExchange, a copycat of the LinkExchange idea from the nineties. It was created by the… Read More

  • Impact Unlimited Takes The Boring Out Of Trade Shows, Conventions

    If you’ve ever been to a trade show or a convention, you probably noticed that the main way vendors try to get your attention is with giant signs, hot women and swag. These are all things I’m not opposed to, but with everyone doing the same thing, it’s hard to get noticed. Impact Unlimited specializes in giving companies an edge out on the floor using a host of unique… Read More

  • Dear Podtech: I'm Not Your VP Marketing

    So Podtech is apparently unhappy with the post I wrote last evening – What’s Really Going On With Podtech? First Podtech subsequeCEO John Furrier emailed me repeatedly this morning asking for changes, then later Robert Scoble wrote on Twitter that much of my post was incorrect. It may well be incorrect, but it is certainly what I believe to be true after the extensive research I did… Read More

  • iPhone Class Action Lawsuit

    A Cook County, Illinois resident has filed a class action lawsuit against Apple and AT&T over the iPhone. Jose Trujillo is claiming that Apple and AT&T misled iPhone buyers by not clearly informing them that the iPhone battery was sealed, and could only be professionally replaced. According to the papers: Unknown to the Plaintiff, and undisclosed to the public, prior to purchase… Read More

  • Sony, Sky To Bring On-Demand Video To PSP

    UK PSP owners can look forward to on-demand video coming their way thanks to Sky. Details, the bread and butter of any story, are sort of, well, non-existent at the moment, but we do know that Sony Computer Entertainment Europe and Sky have joined forces, creating a company whose whole purpose, whose joie de vivre comes from giving you, o mighty consumer, top notch video. On-demand, no… Read More

  • MediaWhiz Buys Another Ad Startup, AuctionAds

    Performance marketing company MediaWhiz has snatched up eBay affiliate marketing service AuctionAds, which launched back in March. The price was not disclosed. AuctionAds is an advertising widget that serves contextually relevant eBay auctions based on tags supplied by the publisher. MediaWhiz had previously purchased another sensibly named advertising startup, TextLinkAds, last November… Read More

  • Zazzle Rumor: Big Hedge Fund Investment

    Here’s an unconfirmed but well sourced rumor: silicon valley based Zazzle will be closing a second round of financing in the $30 million range, at a $300+ million pre-money valuation. The round is expected to be led by an as-yet-unnamed hedge fund. Kleiner Perkins (which led the company’s $16 million Series A round in 2005, is supposedly also particpating in the round. Look for… Read More