• Pontiflex Raises $2.5 Million in Series A Funding

    Pontiflex has received $2.5 million in Series A Funding in a round led by New Atlantic Ventures and Greenhill SAVP. The company is involved in online lead generation, facilitating interaction between advertisers and publishers. They bill themselves as “the industry’s only open and transparent lead generation marketplace”, and feature real time campaign optimization and… Read More

  • Strike Two: DataPortability Workgroup Logo Challenged, Again

    The DataPortability Workgroup founded in November 2007, is aiming to develop best practices towards letting users move, share, and control their identity, photos, videos and all other forms of personal data stored in social networks and other web services. The young organization now faces its second legal challenge to, of all things, its choice of logo. In February, Red Hat sent a cease… Read More

  • Melbourne IT Acquires Versign DBMS For $50 Million

    Melbourne IT has acquired Versign’s Digital Brand Management Services (DBMS) division for $50 million. DBMS offers a portfolio of digital brand security services, including domain name management, global brand expansion services and digital brand monitoring solutions. Services include brand and fraud protection and “global digital brand expansion.” According to a release… Read More

  • Sick of IKEA? Design Your Own Stuff, And Get Rich While You're At It

    You know that doohickey you’ve wanted to make for the last decade, but you’ve never had the right materials or equipment? The one that’s going to make you rich? Your time for glory has arrived. Ponoko, which launched at TechCrunch40, has introduced a revamped site that will bring e-commerce functionality to their marketplace, allowing users to buy, sell, and give away… Read More

  • It's easier to invent the future than to predict it.

    The title of this post, a (mis)quote from computer scientist Alan Kay, is the last line in a job listing posted by Jeff Bezos in 1994 to the Usenet group mi.jobs. The title of the job listing was “Well-capitalized Seattle start-up seeks Unix developers.” Via HackerNews. Read More

  • Mint Moves Into Investment Tracking

    Silicon Valley-based startup Mint, which provides a service that lets users manage their checking, savings and credit card accounts online, will launch a new product on May 6 that lets users track virtually any type of investment account as well. Users will now be able to manage all of their financial assets on the Mint site. With this change, Mint says, 6,500 US financial institutions… Read More

  • MySpace.com loses MySpace.co.uk on appeal

    MySpace thought it was all over when it secured the MySpace.co.uk domain in February this year. A decision by Nominet’s dispute resolution service handed over the address, which previously had been owned by a small UK ISP since 1997, two years before MySpace.com launched. But an appeals panel has today handed the domain back to Total Web Solutions (TWS), a company in Stockport, near… Read More

  • Panedia Offers Georeferenced Panoramic Images

    Panedia is a content creation and licensing company, specializing in high quality georeferenced photography using immersive panoramic technologies. Panedia offers three core services. Panedia panoramas offer 360 degree immersive images of “amazing places.” The service is completely web based, so users choose a location and can move around each position. Panedia’s Map… Read More

  • Samsung's P960: a sweet TV-phone for the European market

    How cool does this phone look? I love that it totally has a full antenna. Two would be even better. The P960 is the first slider with mobile TV in Europe, and it supports the Euro mobile TV standards DVB-CBMS and OMA-BCAST. Obviously there’s nothing on at the moment but color bars, but they look pretty good. I don’t think we’ll be getting this thing any time soon, since… Read More

  • Marvel cancelling our Iron Man screening? WTF?!

    It appears Marvel is none to happy about us giving our readers in SF a crack at Iron Man before opening day since TC just received a C&D from Marvel. MA used to be a lawyer so hopefully he can get all of this sorted out. Read More

  • Rumor: NYC getting first dibs on T-Mobile's 3G network this week [Update]

    BGR has word that T-Mobile will be letting loose their 3G network May 1. Yes, that’s this Thursday. It corroborates previous rumors by TMoNews that this would be happening soon. Maybe RIM should consider giving T-Mobile first dibs on that 3G BlackBerry AT&T doesn’t seem to want to release. Update: Looks like TmoNews has more evidence and it appears T-Mobile will be rolling out… Read More

  • AT&T will subsidize 3G iPhone: As low as $199 for subscribers

    Apple and AT&T will cut $200 off the price of the iPhone 3G when it arrives this summer. The phones should hit at $399 and $499 for 8 and 16-gigabyte versions and the subsidy should drop the price to as low as $199. Fortune has also pseudo-confirmed a GPS chip inside the new phone. Read more iPhone coverage here Read More

  • EA-Land (The Sims Online) Joins The Deadpool

    EA-Land, the service previously known as The Sims Online will shut August 1, despite a much hyped revamp announced late February. The Sims Online was generally regarded to be a failure for EA, with the company unable to turn the success of The Sims franchise into an online hit. The service wasn’t helped by a complete lack of customizable features (outside of the usual Sims… Read More

  • Weplug Social Network Launches: Where's the Beef?

    Weplug is a new social networking site out of France that aims to combine the best parts of Twitter, Facebook, and geo-location. The site has just entered public beta, and is available on the iPhone at the same URL. Weplug has a clean interface and full featured (if somewhat generic) social networking functionality. Users can add their current status and location to a… Read More

  • Social Networking Goes Open Source With Insoshi

    Insoshi wants to be WordPress for social networks, except built on top of Ruby on Rails instead of PHP. We covered them in March when they presented at the Spring Y Combinator demo day. Now they’ve officially released their software for public download so anyone can install it on-premise to run their own social networks. Insoshi is not the first company to release its social networking code. Read More

  • Judge: "Making available" is not copyright infringement

    This is bad for the RIAA, but good for file sharers. Yet another judge today disagreed with the RIAA’s assertion that making copyrighted works available — say, on a P2P network like BitTorrent — is not copyright infringement. This marks the second time the law has sided against the RIAA on this exact same issue. The judgment basically says, “leaving something out… Read More

  • Chumby: Casual gaming platform?

    I’ve just wrapped my head around the Chumby as sort of a clock radio with a brain and now they want to add games? Albino Blacksheep and Everybody Panic! are offering accelerometer-based “casual games” for the Chumby. When they come around on the screen you pick up the Chumby and swing it around, moving balls and whatever else you need to manipulate on screen. I really like… Read More

  • Wishpot Takes $1 Million Series A

    Social shopping site Wishpot has taken $1 million Series A in a round led by Monster Venture Partner that included H-Farm and Adrian Hanauer. Wishpot is a social shopping service that lets you collect and and share information about items you find online and in stores. By creating a common space in which users can browse, recommend products, get advice, and find new items they’re… Read More

  • Video: Dark Knight, Why so similar?

    http://www.collegehumor.com/moogaloop/moogaloop.swf?clip_id=1813453&fullscreen=1 We’re supposed to get a new Dark Knight trailer on Sunday, and I’m excited. We’ve had the teaser for a few weeks now, but one thing I’ve wondered since seeing it the first time is why so many scenes look like they were ripped out of Tim Burton’s Batman from 1989. I guess… Read More

  • Google Relaunching Measure Map

    Those of you who remember MeasureMap are long time readers of this blog. It was a blog-centered analytics service that first surfaced in August 2005. The service was created by San Francisco based Adaptive Path. The first details emerged in October 2005. It was Google Analytics but just for blogs. It told you stats based on posts and other key blog features. By November 2005 Google had copied… Read More

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