• Get Bob Dylan to read out your message on Facebook

    UK Facebook application specialists Techlightenment have won the account to create an application for one of the legends of modern music: Bob Dylan. The application was created for Bob Dylan’s forthcoming single and his recent album for SonyBMG. Users fill out ten boxes with words they want Bob to read out on his boards during one of his most famous tracks, Subterranean Homesick Blues. Read More

  • New Phone Charging Standard To Use Micro USB

    This time next year, a lot of consumers will have less of a headache when they get a new cellphone. The Open Mobile Terminal Platform group has set a new standard for charging mobile phones and most of the big names are on board. Sony-Ericsson, Nokia, LG, Samsung and Motorola (no Kyocera or RIM?) will all be implementing Micro USB charging into future phones. BoingBoing has details on the… Read More

  • Google To "Out Open" Facebook On November 5

    Yesterday a select group of fifteen or so industry luminaries attended a highly confidential meeting at Google’s headquarters in Mountain View to discuss the company’s upcoming plans to address the “Facebook issue.” The meeting was so secret that all attendees had to sign confidentiality and non-disclosure agreements strictly forbidding them from discussing what was… Read More

  • MySpace News Is Stealing Your Search Results

    We’ve wondered previously who was going to use MySpace News (if ever), and now we’ve found the traffic source: Google. Framed pages of blogs and news sites, complete with MySpace News branding and MySpace URL, are being indexed by Google as original content, stealing search engine placement and direct links from content creators. A search of Google found thousands of MySpace News… Read More

  • Virgin Mobile Ad Campaign Ruins Girl's Life

    Becoming a Web celeb is a very easy thing to achieve these days. Just look at the he/she/it cried and cried about Britney after the VMAs. Obviously he/she/it knew it would garner some attention and he/she/it took full advantage. In some instances you can grab a lot unwanted attention because someone else thinks it’s funny and finds a way to exploit you. Alison Chang’s case… Read More

  • Caring.com Gets $6 Million To Help With Your Parents' Elder Years

    Caring.com, a website community about elderly care, just announced a $6 million Series A round of financing from DCM and Split Rock Partners. It’s yet another one of the subject-specific knowledge communities to pop up over the last year. The site, as you can guess, is about caring for your parents in their “Golden Years”. It provides articles about dealing with your… Read More

  • Microsoft Turns Tafiti into a Halo 3 Ad; Too Bad Few Will See It

    Exactly a month ago we reported on Microsoft’s new experimental, Silverlight-based search site named Tafiti. Our verdict then: it’s visually attractive but not functional enough to make many people use it on a daily basis. Well, Microsoft hasn’t been doing much to change that opinion. But they have been making it even prettier (if you consider well-rendered Master Chiefs… Read More

  • Vodafone in mobile web storm

    An almighty row is breaking out between Vodafone and mobile startups, who claim the giant is hobbling the mobile web for its own gain. The chorus of disapproval is being lead in the main by Luca Passani (pictured), the architect behind an open source mobile project known as WURFL. In a long public statement written yesterday, he – and four other leading mobile web players who have backed… Read More

  • Earthlink Pulling Back From Helio, SK Telecom To Invest An Additional $270 Million

    Earthlink is stepping back from its investment in Helio, stating that they will not be putting any more money into the company. At the same time, Earthlink’s joint venture partner in Helio, SK Telecom, has invested an additional $270 million and will likely take a majority share holding. According to an Infoworld report, Helio is expected to lose between $340 million and $360 million… Read More

  • Google Sued For Crimes Against Humanity

    If you think you’ve seen bizarre lawsuits before, check this one out. Pennsylvania resident Dylan Stephen Jayne is suing Google for crimes against humanity and is asking the court for $5 billion in damages. The charge: his social security number, when turned upside down and scrambled spells Google. A copy of the complaint is below. And even though it is handwritten, it’s a real… Read More

  • Internet Celebrity Doesn't Translate: Amanda Congdon Let Go By ABC

    Amanda Congdon, best known as the original host of Rocketboom, has been let go by ABCNews.com. ABCNews.com said in a statement: “It’s been a great year with Amanda — a great experiment for both of us. We thank her for her many contributions and know that she’s about to embark on new endeavors and expect there will be times in the future that we can again work… Read More

  • MacBook Rumors: We Told You So!

    We really hate when we have to utter the phrase, ‘we told you so’, but it’s times like these that make it justifiable. 9to5Mac has some insider scoops about the impending MacBook redesign, which we first told you about months ago. Some of what they know falls inline with what we know, such as: slimmed down MacBooks that are a tad skinnier than the MBP, ‘something… Read More

  • Google Plans Pacific Cable, Wireless Bid In The UK

    Google is planning a multi-terabit undersea communications cable across the Pacific Ocean for launch in 2009, according to a report from Commsday. The Unity cable has been under development for several months, and Google is said to have met with Telstra (Australia’s largest telco) and Asia Netcomm in Sydney last week. The cable would run to Australia via Guam and Hawaii. Interchange… Read More

  • Film vs. Digital: Are We Really Still Discussing This?

    Dan Havlik, our photo guy, posted a thought-provoking forum question on PDNPulse, a fairly geeky photoblog. His question is simple: How many professional photographers use film on a regular basis? The responses, needless to say, were vociferous and varied. I came into photography after the digital revolution. A buddy of mine in Boston called me about a year ago and asked me which camera to buy. Read More

  • PDF Files Can Steal All Your Base

    GnuCitizen just published an interesting bit of news. PDF files, the lingua franca of online documents, have an exploit that can offer up control of Windows “completely, invisibly, and unwillingly.” All you have to do is open the file. From the site: My advise for you is not to open any PDF files (locally or remotely). Other PDF viewers might be vulnerable too. The issues was… Read More

  • PodShow Available On TiVo

    Adam Curry’s Podshow will formally announce an alliance with TiVo next week that sees PodShow content becoming available to TiVo’s 10-12 million users in the United States. According to our source, the news is planned to be formally announced the day before the Podcast and New Media Expo to maximize Podshow’s coverage during the event. At this stage there is no word on the… Read More

  • Snapvine Raises $10 Million

    Online voice messaging service Snapvine has raised a $10 million round led by Bridgescale Partners, a new Silicon Valley firm. This is on top of a $2 million round they raised back in last year from Draper Fisher Jurvetson, First Round Capital, and Russell Siegelman. Snapvine makes a widget that lets you leave voice comments for friends and is one of the many competing online voicemail widgets. Read More

  • Woot Joins The Social, Gets Beaten Up

    Woot, purveyor of all that is discount gadgetry, is receiving a healthy amount of backlash from its customers because it continues to slash the price of Zune media players. The white Zune first showed up a month or so ago and $150 was a great deal on a sub-par device. I have one and it’s not that great, which is how I feel about my iPod, too, so don’t think I’m hating on MS… Read More

  • MatchMine Takes $10 Million From Kraft Group

    Media discovery startup MatchMine has raised $10 million from original seed investor the Kraft Group. Boston based MatchMine launches Sunday with a product that is advertised to “unlock a whole new world of music, movies, video and other cool stuff to match the tastes of the original, quirky, one-of-kind inner you.” MatchMine’s “MatchKey” technology uses… Read More

  • Details On Eye Of Judgment Emerge

    One of the more exciting reasons for owning a Playstation 3 has to be The Eye of Judgement, Sony’s new title that uses a camera for game interaction. Today on the official Playstation Blog, Sony unveiled five new things about the upcoming title. While a few were silly jokes like how “Judgment” is spelled with only one E, the rest was valuable information for the rabid PS3… Read More

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