• Mobile Search Trends Show Economic Decline And Rise In Pizza

    V-Enable, a voice-enabled mobile 411 system, conducted a study by taking a random sampling of 20,000 searches in major metropolitan areas from customers of several V-Enable partner carriers including Alltel and MetroPCS. The findings clearly represent interesting trends caused by the recession. For one thing, people are eating more pizza! The results for the top restaurant searches for… Read More

  • Oops! Comcast forgets to lay cable to customer's house

    Poor Comcast, now even the Washington Post recognizes how terrible you are. There’s an article in today’s paper about a Comcast customers who only wanted to transfer his account and services from one home to another. Simple, enough, right? Comcast thought so, too. The thing is, after five weeks of repeated attempts to get the guy’s new house up to snuff, Comcast realized what… Read More

  • Universal Music, Sky to launch music subscription service this year

    The UK’s Sky and Universal are the latest companies to try, and ultimately fail, to knock Apple’s iTunes off its high horse. The two have teamed up to launch a new service, due later this year, that will be one of those all-you-can-eat subscription schemes. Think Napster and Rhapsody. Thankfully, songs that are downloadable will be DRM-free. Universal is the biggest record company… Read More

  • AT&T Navigator now works in 20 countries

    Those of you with AT&T, and a compatible cellphone, will now be able to use the company’s Navigator GPS service in 20 different countries. This luxury will set you back twice what you’d pay for regular domestic coverage, or $19.95 per month. That’s on top of any data you have to pay for while overseas. Maps cost like €5, for the record. The coverage extends to… Read More

  • Items of wonderment from Tokyo’s Panasonic Center

    Here’s a handful of doodads and gizmos that may or may not interest you. Among them; a cool feature called “Intelligent Auto” that’ll be found on new Lumix digital cameras, a giant plasma TV with an SD card slot for instant digital photo gratification, a Surface-like touchscreen tabletop (apparently Panasonic’s been doing that stuff since long before Microsoft)… Read More

  • World's first portable battery-powered oxygen supplier for better hiking

    Ymup [JP], a Shizuoka-based company with a bad homepage, has developed a backpack with an integrated oxygen generator powered by batteries. The portable device comes with a remote controller and is – according to Japanese newspapers – a world first. Users can use the backpack if they need oxygen while mountain trekking or hiking, for example. The oxygen with 30% concentration can… Read More

  • It's Facebook Day! Say Hello To The Three Tier App System

    Update: Our live notes from Mark Zuckerberg’s Keynote are here. Today is definitely Facebook day as they hold their second annual F8 developers conference in San Francisco. Last year they released their developer platform, which led competitors to hurriedly release their own competing offerings. What’s in store for tomorrow? We’ve made our predictions, and CEO Mark… Read More

  • Youth and Experience

    The news is full of transitions. Chad Dickerson returns to his East Coast after years at Yahoo! and InfoWorld. Steve Jobs faces concerns about his health as Apple prepares to ripple their product line. The social media community is caught in a crossfire between market force power plays and standards body jockeying. We don’t know how any of this will turn out, but history as always… Read More

  • Daily Crunch: We Live in a Dump Edition

    Wall-E robot from Disney up for pre-order
    3-D TV task force looks for a set of standards
    Biodegradable shoes, sounds great if they don’t rot while you walk
    GE sold out of wind turbines till 2010
    Dr. Dre’s Beats headphones here on July 25 for $349 Read More

  • Video: Scoble Tells the Comment Trolls To Go Back to Digg

    http://blip.tv/scripts/flash/showplayer.swf?enablejs=true&file=http%3A//blip.tv/rss/flash/1112153&feedurl=http%3A//techcrunch.blip.tv/rss/&autostart=false&brandname=TechCrunch&brandlink=http%3A//techcrunch.blip.tv/ Robert Scoble caused a stir yesterday with a post on how tech bloggers are failing our readers. We all chase the same stories, get spun like a top by the… Read More

  • Glam Media Snags A Google Exec To Head Up Corporate Development

    Glam Media has hired Michael Adair, most recently Google’s head of North American sales finance, as their new VP Corporate Development and Finance. Prior to Google Adair was an investment banker at Lehman Brothers and he has an MBA from Harvard. He’ll be responsible for making investments and acquisitions on behalf of Glam. Glam, a women-focused advertising network, raised a… Read More

  • MedPedia Is Wikifying the Medical Search Space

    The medical industry is one that thrives on innovation and evolution. New procedures, medicines, diseases, and theories are released practically every day. In such an environment, the need for a website to reflect and allow for documentation is apparent. MedPedia is a new project, currently in development, that will offer an online collaborative medical encyclopedia for use by the… Read More

  • Most popular posts for Tuesday, July 22

    Today’s Top Posts: Acer AspireOne quick look Tiny dragonfly will deliver doses of fun, poison Nokia N96 on sale this September (in UK, at least) Rumor: Apple coming out with ‘MacBook Touch’ Flash: The world is round, says new Vista ad campaign NEC technology identifies person’s age and sex, delivers targeted ads Free: WordPress for iPhone now available Despite… Read More

  • What Role Did The Web Play In Capturing Karadzic?

    News broke out across the world yesterday that Bosnian Serb war-time leader Radovan Karadzic had been captured after 12 years on the run. Karadzic had adorned the top of the Interpol most wanted list for over a decade, commanding a reward as large as that offered for Al Quaeda terrorists such as Osama Bin Laden. What was most surprising about the arrest was that Karadzic had been living in… Read More

  • Limited edition Gears of War 2 bundle announced, detailed


    Announced today by Microsoft were details and images of the limited edition Gears of War 2 bundle. The bundle includes a 48-page hard cover book, “Beneath The Surface: An Inside Look at Gears of War 2.” The book is said to contain character profiles, concept art and foreword by Cliffy B. A DVD containing behind the scenes footage, promo videos and trailers is also included as well… Read More

  • Zynga Raises $29 Million B Round (Led By Kleiner Perkins) and Buys Virtual-World Facebook App YoVille

    Social gaming network Zynga just got some serious funding. It raised $29 million in a B round led by Kleiner Perkins. (IVP and prior investors Union Square Ventures, Foundry Group and Avalon Ventures also participated in the round). The company is also announcing the acquisition of YoVille, a virtual-world app for Facebook with 150,000 daily active users. And, along with the cash, new… Read More

  • Panasonic ‘digital wall’ prototype

    Here’s a gigantic wall display by Panasonic. It features picture in picture, music, movies, bouncing balls, e-mail, and a bunch of other stuff that you may or may not ever be able to afford. It’s meant to go in your living room or, perhaps, a child’s bedroom. Hell, why not just put one in every room? Read More

  • Yet Another Open Data Foundation?

    Chris Saad, a co-founder of the Data Portability project has posted that tomorrow at OSCON a new Open Data Web Foundation will be announced by David Recordon and others. The goal of the new foundation is to set out the actual data specifications, legal structures around data portability and in helping to evangelize set formats. Saad says that the initiative is different to the Data… Read More

  • Some kind of weird DirectX 11 news


    More from Microsoft’s midweek games-related getaway, Gamefest 2008. There’s some basic info about DirectX 11. No new graphical tweaks or performance gains are mentioned in the information that I got, but they said that Direct3D 11 will be compatible with DirectX 10 hardware — my awesome hardware, for example, if I were running Vista. They’re also making multi-core… Read More

  • New Open Data Foundation To Set Out Data Formats

    Chris Saad, a co-founder of the Data Portability project has posted that tomorrow at OSCON a new Open Data Web Foundation will be announced by David Recordon and others. The goal of the new foundation is to set out the actual data specifications, legal structures around data portability and in helping to evangelize set formats. Saad says that the initiative is different to the Data… Read More

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