• MerchantCircle Takes $10 Million Series B

    Hyperlocal business directory provider MerchantCircle has taken $10 million Series B in a round that included previous investors Rustic Canyon Partners, Scale Venture Partners, Steamboat Ventures (Walt Disney), and new participants IAC and Square 1 Bank. The funding will allow MerchantCircle to pursue acquisition opportunities and accelerate their strategy of becoming “the most… Read More

  • Wetpaint Combines Discussion Forums With Wikis

    Seattle-based Wetpaint, which launched in June 2006, is a hosted wiki site that focuses on great looking sites and making the user interface as easy as possible. A number of wikis have popped up around popular pop culture stuff, as well as more private sites. Tonight they added new feature that should generate a lot of page views – they have fully integrated a forum/message board into… Read More

  • iLike vs. Facebook: The Battle For The Music Artist

    Facebook just got a whole lot friendlier for music artists. With the launch of Facebook Ads, it is welcoming bands and musicians to set up their own public Facebook pages where members can sign up as fans. Alas, there will be no standalone Facebook Music service. Instead, Facebook is treating music artists just like any other brands, which can also set up their own Facebook pages, collect… Read More

  • Cal's marching band are a bunch of geeks

    Just watch and try not to smile. Read More

  • Google Taking Design Lessons From Yahoo In China?


    Google is testing a new home page for Google.cn that completely abandons Google’s clean uncluttered look for something that looks more like Yahoo. Google Blogscoped notes that this may just be a test and might not become the main Google portal in the worlds second largest internet market, but even as a test it’s a big change. Google has struggled to gain marketshare in China… Read More

  • Lenovo's ThinkStation workstations shed IBM moniker

    Lenevo today introduced new ThinkStation brand workstations into the PC market. The two new models include the S10 and higher-end D10 workstations. The S10 will offer Intel Core 2/Core 2 Extreme processors, graphic solutions from NVIDIA, dual Gigabit Ethernet, and multiple slots, bays and USB ports. The D10 will feature all of the above except with the quad-core Intel Xeon processor. Make sure… Read More

  • Trouble In Redmond: Microsoft Boots CIO

    Microsoft has fired chief information officer Stuart Scott for “violation of company policies.” Microsoft refused requests for further information from multiple sites, saying only that “We can confirm that Stuart Scott’s employment with Microsoft was terminated after an investigation for violation of company policies.” Scott joined Microsoft in 2005 after 17 years… Read More

  • Microsoft wants to keep Xbox 360 around for a while

    If Microsoft has its way, you’ll still be happily playing your Xbox 360 into the next decade. Mindy Mount, CFO of Microsoft’s entertainment division, wants to buck the traditional five-year shelf life trend when it comes to her company’s current console, hoping that it’ll perform similarly to the PS2 which has remained popular for the last seven years. Read More

  • Try gOS on your PC


    We talked about Everex’s gPC last week, explaining that it’s basically a cheap PC running a version of Ubuntu that links directly to Google apps for most of its office functionality. What we didn’t know is that you can download gOS all by itself, burn it to a live or installation CD, and enjoy turning your $3,000 gaming rig into a $199 Wal-Mart clunker. Why would you do this? Read More

  • More USB dongles, this time from Sony Ericsson

    The MD300 from Sony Ericsson is the first USB mobile broadband modem that connects you to HSDPA, UMTS, EDGE or GPRS networks. It also comes pre-installed with PC software so you just have to plug ‘er in and you’re browsing in no time. It’s compatible with Windows 2000, XP, Vista and OS X. The MD300 will be available in luxury black and metallic silver starting Q1 of… Read More

  • Fight the Brumak this week

    Do you remember the one scene in Gears of War where you’re driving away from a gigantic locust instead of shooting at it? You’re thinking, “What the hell? Are they seriously not going to let me blow this dude up?” Well the wait to kill the Brumak is over. Microsoft Game Studios announced Gears of War will be coming to the PC this week. I checked the EB Games site… Read More

  • HTC Omni = Google Dream (??)

    There hasn’t been too much information since last July about the HTC Omni, but rumors have definitely been circulating. The latest and greatest rumor flying around is the HTC Omni might be the Google OS Demo unit titled, “Dream.” Why the speculation? There are some glaring similarities between the two devices. According to Google, the “Dream” will feature a… Read More

  • Sony Ericsson updates Walkman line of phones

    Alongside the K660, SE announced two new Walkmen phones, the W890 and W380. The W890 features an FM radio, HSDPA, stereo speakers, support for up to 2GB of music, a 3.2-megapixel camera with 3.2x digital zoom, and stereo Bluetooth. It also arrives Q1 of next year. Most likely only in Europe and Asia. Read More

  • Changing the Face of Brand Advertising Online

    It’s offical. Facebook is now an advertising network with Web-wide ambitions. Today’s announcement of Facebook Ads is the company’s play to become a major force in brand advertising online, as we reported previously. Facebook Ads is a new platform for creating and disseminating socially-aware ads on Facebook. Facebook Ads is comprised of three parts: Ads targeted at… Read More

  • Fifth new planet discovered in 'cousin-like' solar system

    SPACE.com: Artist rendering of the newly found planet in the 55 Cancri star system. After 18 years of observation, scientists were able to confirm today the existence of a new planet in a “distant star system that that now looks like a ‘cousin’ to our own.” The solar system is called 55 Cancri and is roughly 41 light-years away near the Cancer constellation. The… Read More

  • Sony Ericsson reveals Web oriented K660

    Today in London, Sony Ericsson announced the HSDPA K660 mobile phone. It’s been optimized for Web browsing and the nav key acts as a ‘magnetic mouse pointer’ that mimics your PC browsing experience. You can even browse the Internets in landscape and zoom in on text and images. A 2-megapixel camera with 4x digital zoom adds a bit of spice to the handset in case you want to… Read More

  • M.C. Hammer's DanceJam Opens Its Doors To A Select Few

    DanceJam, founded by M.C. Hammer, Geoffrey Arone and Anthony Young (Arone and Young come out of Flock), is opening its doors to a select few beta testers this afternoon. This is a company that I have personally invested in, so I won’t editorialize much here (I will be linking to other blogs and news sources who cover it, though). The site, which has already had some mainstream news… Read More

  • Lock down your humble abode with InGrid's out-of-the-box security system

    What’s the deal, Biggs? I thought I was your west coast hippie? Apparently I’m getting replaced because I’ve been sitting on this story for a little too long. About two weeks ago I was demoed a new home security system called InGrid in San Francisco. As someone who has never owned their own home, I can’t say I’m terribly familiar with the home security industry… Read More

  • What's a SuperZune?!


    The SuperZune has its own special interface. Click through to find out what it is. Read More

  • Intel goes home with NAS for consumers

    This home-networking thing is really taking off. With the popularity of BitTorrent, and the average consumer realizing they can rip DVDs they own, home-based network attached storage is going to be a huge market. And Intel know it, that’s why its launching the SS4200 family of affordable, easy-to-use NAS systems. The systems can contain up to 4 SATA drives and attach to the network… Read More

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