• AOL Launches BlueString

    AOL is launching a new collaborative multimedia story telling service called BlueString at TechCrunch 40. The site ,is a Flex application that lets you pull in all your image, video, and audio content from across the web and mix them together into a multimedia slide show presentation. The shows can be embedded, shared, and edited by your friends. There are dozens of user generated content… Read More

  • Yap: Voice-To-Text Translation On Your Cell


    This is pretty sweet, Yap lets you send text messages just by talking into your phone. We’ve seen services like this before but the speech interpretation aspect has been porked. No word on how well this works yet but we’re assuming it won’t be that bad. Call it faith. The software also allows you to query web services like Google, Wikipedia, or YouTube with nothing but… Read More

  • Take Your Desktop On The Go With Ceedo

    So let’s say having access to your documents and applications all the time is vital to your work. Carrying a laptop gets annoying and saving individual Word files won’t cut it. Ceedo offers an easy way to carry your apps and docs and use them on any computer with a USB port, best of all no traces of your work are left on the host computer. Which is a good way to hide that… Read More

  • Free Music Download Site 'SpiralFrog' Hops Out Of Beta

    Ad-supported music and video download site, SpiralFrog.com, has officially launched (as in, it’s out of Beta) today. Here’s a little more info about how the site is kept free. Read More

  • TechCrunch 40 Session 3: Community & Collaboration

    Session three as follows, including our live notes. Story Blender Story Blender is an online collaborative video production platform where people can work together to “blend” their content into a new multimedia show. StoryBlend’s online editing tool lets users create videos by “blending” images, sound, text, and video clips. When users have created new video… Read More

  • Cubic Mobile: Roaming at Skype Rates

    Cubic Mobile: Roaming for Skype Rates

    Cubic Mobile has just launched two new phones under the Cubic Mobile moniker. They use MaxRoam SIM cards which allow you to add local phone numbers to your personal account along with a “flat rate” calling plan wherever you are. Say, for example, you’re in the UK and you fly to San Francisco. You buy a local SF number and your friends… Read More

  • DRM-free Audiobooks Coming Soon From eMusic.com

    You may not know this, but eMusic.com is the second largest music downloading service. It’s got 10% of the market (to iTunes’ 71%) and "sells more than twice as many songs as competitors like Napster, Rhapsody, and Walmart.com" according to the New York Times. Songs are, at most, 33 cents apiece and all are DRM-free. The catalog is made up of mostly independent labels… Read More

  • Yahoo for Teachers: You Know, For Teachers

    http://us.i1.yimg.com/cosmos.bcst.yahoo.com/player/media/swf/FLVVideoSolo.swf Yahoo for Teachers is a new product launching at Techcrunch40. It’s a social networking/tagging tool for teachers that let teachers build lesson plans and subject packages around Yahoo search results. The project lets you “gobble” pages using a program called the Gobbler (yeah, I know) and drag and… Read More

  • Technology Is Needed In Soccer, Pronto

    Soccer (football, blahblahblah) really needs to implement some sort of goal line technology. This is getting ridiculous. Peter has threatened to hunt me down if I give away the score of last Saturday’s Chelsea-Blackburn match, but let me assure you: the presence of technology would have altered the match’s result in one team’s favor. Note that I’m not a fan of either… Read More

  • Cognitive Code at TC40

    John Biggs just sent me a frantic Skype to look into Cognitive Code, a company he just discovered at TC40. After looking over its offerings, I’m forced to say that I’m sharing his excitement, albeit skeptically. Cognitive Code is the developer of SILVIA (Symbolically Isolated, Linguistically Variable, Intelligence Algorithms), a conversationally adept AI. Its technology can be… Read More

  • O2 wins UK iPhone? Fever mounts

    Until an Apple person stands up in front of a bank of journalists and bloggers tomorrow and utters the name of the carrier to win the iPhone, we won’t know for definite. However it is hard to ignore the wave of stories out today naming 02 as the network, with Carphone Warehouse as the independent distributor. These chime in with our own story that 02 won the iPhone deal some weeks ago… Read More

  • Free 'World's Smallest' USB Drive in Entertainment Weekly

    Break out the magnifying glass. I’m having the best time right now groovin’ to the Shelter house mix of Jill Scott’s “Hate on Me” right now, but before I get carried away, know this: Entertainment Weekly is giving away the “world’s smallest” USB drive in its September 21 issue. At 128MB, it’s not likely to get us tech heads riled up (what… Read More

  • Microsoft loses EU antitrust appeal

    Microsoft has lost its anti-trust appeal against the European commission. The court of first instance, Europe’s second-highest court, has upheld its March 2004 ruling decision to fine Microsoft a record €497m (£345m) for abusing its dominance of the software market and force it to share critical information with rival companies. Brussels is now free to pursue other cases against… Read More

  • Wii Case Mod Sets The Mood

    Not everyone enjoys the warm, soothing baby blue light that emanates from the Nintendo Wii. Maybe you like red or green and wish you could make that mod on your Wii without voiding the warranty. Well, now you can thanks to Talisman. It takes less than 10 minutes to do and everything you need to make the change happen is included. It’s only $9 and maybe you can fool your kid into… Read More

  • Here's What The Competition Thinks Of The iPhone

    The novelty of the iPhone is far from over, but everyone at the Gear except Biggs is over it. Multi-touch. Yay. It’s an iPod. Yay. It’s a phone. Yay. You get the point. So how do Helio, Nokia, Motorola, and Samsung feel about the iPhone? Read on to see what JW Kim, senior director of product planning and management at Helio; Rob Shaddock, corporate vice president, feature and… Read More

  • Leap Wireless Rejects MetroPCS' Offer

    Earlier this month, MetroPCS made a $5 billion offer to Leap Wireless for an acquisition. It would have bolstered the public image of both companies and would give more options to wireless consumers. Alas though, the deal is no more. Leap Wireless has turned down the MetroPCS offer, citing that the proposed buyout was not in the company’s best interests. Though MetroPCS may be a little… Read More

  • TC40 Keynote Speakers: Humble Beginnings

    Our live blog of the Keynote Speakers: Humble Beginnings Sessions from TechCrunch40. Sequoia’s Michael Moritz introduces the three guests: Marc Andreessen, David Filo and Chad Hurley. An amazing lineup: for those old enough to remember Andreessen was the CTO and Co-founder of Netscape, more recently he co-founded while label social networking startup Ning. David Filo was a co-founder… Read More

  • Kensington Slims Down Peripherals

    Thin certainly is in these days. It’s not like the old days where a few curves were hot and wanted, but it’s the way of the world and the plump mice and keyboards are suffering for it. Kensington is capitalizing on the endemic with the introduction of the SlimBlade line of hardware targeted towards those on the go. Read More

  • Thrrum Visual Browser Available For Sony-Ericsson Phones

    Designed with cameraphones in mind, the Thrrum visual browser allows you to point your cameraphone at an object of your desire (let’s say pears) and then search for information on it via the picture taken. Sounds like a pretty cool idea, though I’m not sure how useful it’d be in the long-run. Thrrum will be available for select Sony-Ericsson phones as a premium download. Read More

  • Breaking: Yahoo Acquires Zimbra For $350 million in Cash

    Yahoo will announce the acquisition of open source online/offline office suite Zimbra this evening, we just heard through a very solid source. The price: $350 million, in cash, confirmed. Our coverage of Zimbra goes back to 2005. They gained wide exposure at the 2005 Web 2.0 Conference. Recently they launched offline functionality. The company has raised $30.5 million over three rounds of… Read More

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