• LearnHub Relaunches Its Social Learning Network

    Online education has been booming recently, with new entries coming from startups eduFire and the upcoming (though nebulous) Grockit, among others. One of the newest is LearnHub, a startup that launched last March that has undergone a major redesign as it vies for a top spot in this space. LearnHub has modified its layout to be less overwhelming – the site’s homepage now reads like… Read More

  • What's Next For Bebo's Founders: Back To Birthday Alarm

    I had a chance to speak with Bebo co-founder Michael Birch last weekend at the Founders Brunch event at Loic Le Meur’s house in San Francisco. It was the first chance I’ve had to congratulate him in person for the $850 million sale of Bebo to AOL earlier this year. Most of our conversation was around the future, and what the Bebo founders will do next. Birch was recently interviewed… Read More

  • Pluggd Targets Brightcove With Delve Networks, A New Video Delivery Platform

    The Pluggd team is used to switching gears. The startup began in February 2006 as a destination site for podcasts. But after witnessing iTunes “suck the air out” of the market, it began developing speech recognition technology for video that could identify particular topics within news clips and other diverse content. The venture, which was started by two former Amazon Web… Read More

  • Redlasso Hires Ex-Studio Execs To Ease Infringement Negotiations

    Redlasso, a useful but controversial service that lets users grab video clips from television, has just established a Media Advisory Board to help manage relations with litigious content providers. The board includes former Viacom CFO Michael Dolan and former President of Paramount Station Group, Anthony Cassara. The additions come two weeks after the company added ex-CBS CEO Michael Jordan as… Read More

  • Estonia's Forticom Acquires Controlling Stake In Polish Portal For $92 million

    Estonia’s Forticom, which runs Lithuanian social network one.lt and owns a 25% stake in Russian social network Odnoklassniki.ru, has acquired a controlling stake in Polish web portal nasza-klasa for 200 million PLN, or about $92 million. This comes from a couple of reports – the Warsaw Business Journal says nasza-klasa has about 7.5 million monthly users and reported the price above. Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Hidden Shrub Edition

    New satellite TV dish isn’t a dish at all
    Solar briefcase for your laptop-enhanced picnics
    Wireless pen transmits characters written in the air on a screen
    New LCD widescreen tablet screen to be released in Japan
    The future of Moore’s law: IBM’s chief technologist weighs in Read More

  • At Glassdoor, Find Out How Much People Really Make At Google, Microsoft, Yahoo, And Everywhere Else.

    The idea behind Glassdoor is simple: You tell me your salary, and I’ll tell you mine. The stealth startup, which raised $3 million from Benchmark Capital last March, just went live. The site collects company reviews and real salaries from employees of large companies and displays them anonymously for all members to see. (The startup plans to make money from ads targeted at job… Read More

  • JetBlue's LiveTV to purchase Verizon's Airfone

    Phew! Just when it looked like all hope was lost for the service behind those crazy ugly, 5-dollars-per-minute phones that airlines once jammed into the back of headrests, JetBlue’s LiveTV has stepped in to save the day. In 2006, Verizon pulled Airfone from just about every plane it had been installed on. At the end of 2007, Airfone announced they’d be closing up shop completely… Read More

  • Funambol To Offer An Open-Source Competitor To MobileMe . . . As An iPhone App

    One of the big announcements yesterday from Apple was that it is replacing its .Mac service with MobileMe, a new service that will sync your email, contacts, calendar, photos, and files between your iPhone, Mac desktop, and a Windows PC. It will cost $99 per year. But if you want most of the functionality of MobileMe without the cost, you will be able to download an app from Funambol at… Read More

  • Super-overclocked Duron

    Do not try this at home. Thanks, Phil! Read More

  • Not Sure Whether To Rent Or Buy? Check the Heat Map.

    I can’t resist a good heat map, especially on real estate sites. HotPads, which brought us the foreclose heat map, now offers a handy rent ratio heat map. The rent ratio is a home’s sale price divided by the annual rent of a comparable home in the same neighborhood. Looking at the rent ratio gives you a quick sense of whether it makes more sense to rent or buy in a particular… Read More

  • Video: Moog takes to guitars, music nerds rejoice

    Maybe only music nerds will understand why this is significant, but it’s pretty amazing. Moog, the company known for making some of the most innovative musical products every, especially synthesizers, has turned its sites towards guitars. This video shows some legendary musicians loving on the the first Moog Guitar. What’s cool is, like original Moog products, it’s analog. Read More

  • New satellite TV dish isn't a dish at all

    I live in a building that has a contract with Comcast and refuses to allow its residents to use satellite dishes, which I guess is fine. I think they’re ugly, and the industry has done little to disguise them. In fact, during a recent Best Buy trip I noticed one carrier is now branding its customers’ dishes. Gauche. But one company is trying to improve the looks of the dish with a… Read More

  • Specs and shots of Lenovo's rumored X200 hit the web

    If you’re looking for a more full-featured laptop than the MacBook Air, the mythical Lenovo X200 might be for you, and now we’ve got updated specs — and a photo — for you to view. The machine’s been rumored for awhile, but this leak confirms many of the things we’ve heard about this tiny laptop, including the apparent addition of a tablet model. Sweet. What… Read More

  • Riddle me this: TomTom hints at GPS app for iPhone

    See if you can make sense of this quote from a TomTom spokesperson: Our navigation system runs on the iPhone already. Does that mean TomTom has an application in development for the iPhone App Store? If so, when will it be released? If not, then what exactly was TomTom talking about? My guess, that TomTom didn’t want o seem “hurt” by the inclusion of a GPS chip inside… Read More

  • Twhirl Supports FriendFeed Rooms, But Not Seesmic – Quite Yet

    I’m in Erick’s camp. While delighted to receive the occasional YouTube video in my inbox from friends, I largely sit things out when it comes to personal broadcasting services like Twitter and FriendFeed – they simply generate too much noise (and I have too little time to sift through it all). So perhaps I’m not the best-suited to review the newest version of Twhirl… Read More

  • LG KT610 S60 QWERTY clamshell hands-on'd

    MobileBurn has managed to get a hands-on with LG’s latest QWERTY clamshell, the KT610, which is possibly LG’s ugliest clamshell to date. Now, don’t get me wrong; LG can make some gorgeous looking handsets — but this isn’t one of’em. How do you go from something like the LG Dare, with its tight lookin’ angles and smooth finish, to this? The exterior… Read More

  • The future of Moore's law: IBM's chief technologist weighs in

    Trouble ahead, captain! Before ten years is out, our pattern of reducing the size of semiconductors (for example, the move to 45nm from 65nm with Penryn) every two years or so is going to hit a brick wall. In a few more shrinks, we’ll be approaching 10nm, at which point quantum mechanics begin to take over and reality gets all wobbly. So what’s next? IBM’s chief technologist… Read More

  • Motorola, Paramount team up for movie service for cellphones in Europe

    The one-time darling of the cellphone industry, Motorola will roll out a movie download service in Europe in the coming weeks, launching first today in the UK. The service will have movies for around $12 to $18 a pop, and will have to be sideloaded—you download the movie first on your computer then transfer it to your phone. No over-the-air magic, in other words. So far, Paramount is… Read More

  • The iPhone 3G's FCC filing hits the web

    If you’re not iPhone 3G fatigued, as I know I am, then you might want to have a gander at the recently unveiled official FCC filing of the new iPhone. There’s nothing there that we hadn’t seen before, but many of you love FCC and patent filings. That is because you’re nerds, and we’re okay with that. Are you ready for July 11? We know you are. Read More

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