• Ask.com plays to people's privacy concerns with AskEraser: Erases your search history from its servers

    The last time I used ask.com to search for anything, the New England Patriots had a losing record. That was before Google came into its own, storing each and every one of my searches on its servers for all eternity. Now ask.com, seeing the heightened attention paid to privacy, has rolled out a new feature that will erase your searches from its servers—feel free to search… Read More

  • Mobile Ads for MSN in U.S.

    U.S. users of Microsoft’s MSN Mobile began to see advertisements on the service for the first time yesterday. Users in Belgium, France, Japan, Spain and the U.K. have been viewing ads for a while now. The technology for mobile advertisements comes from a recent acquisition by Microsoft of ScreenTonic. Paramount Pictures and Jaguar Cars are among the first companies to advertise on MSN… Read More

  • Coghead Pursues Platform Strategy With Launch Of Affiliates Program

    Every company in Silicon Valley wants to become a platform for other companies to build cool stuff on top of. It is the easiest way to attract customers. Coghead—the DIY, Web-based, business-app builder—is no different. Today it is publicly launching its charter affiliates program, whereby software developers can create their own enterprise apps using Coghead and then resell them… Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Mouse Chase Edition

    Stupid anorexic USB toy tells you how slowly you type, loser
    Tokyoflash 1259Q watch: Remember, Chavistas, set your unreadable watches backward 30 minutes!
    Don King invading your 360, Wii, DS in ‘08
    Electric car prototype can sell power back to utilities
    AC Gears open up shop in NYC
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  • FolderShare AutoDeletes Files. Whoops

    One of the favorite things I like to hear from developers when some horrible and embarrassing bug manifests itself is “It’s a feature not a bug.” It’s a joke of course, but it’s unlikely Microsoft developers will be doing any joking around as they try to control the damage from a recent bug that autodeletes users’ most important files. Microsoft… Read More

  • Shareapic Pays You To Host Pictures

    Picture and file hosting has established credentials as a business idea. As the cost of storage has rapidly decreased as social networking has boomed picture hosting has been a hot vertical. There’s no shortage of sites in this space, and easy money to be had. At the very top Photobucket was acquired by MySpace for $250 million. To date free file hosting sites have been just that: free… Read More

  • Everex takes on Eee for cheapskates everywhere

    The OLPC XO isn’t the only tiny, small, dwarven laptop making news this month. the Eee PC is the most wanted laptop under trees this year, and other manufacturers have taken notes, if not exception, with the popularity. Everex, makers of all Peecees super-cheap, has what it thinks is a competitor on its blueprints. They’re calling it the Cloudbook, and it’s pretty hot, in… Read More

  • MSN Gets Mobile Advertising

    Microsoft has announced the introduction of mobile display advertising on MSN Mobile, starting today. MSN Mobile customers in the United States will see banner and text ad placements that “conform to the U.S. mobile advertising guidelines provided by the Mobile Marketing Association to deliver a more consistent and engaging experience for consumers.” Launch partners include… Read More

  • CG Holiday 2007 Recommendation: Insignia 26-inch 720p LCD HDTV for $399

    After somehow destroying my 20-inch LCD TV in a cross-country move, I needed to face down the task of replacing it. I didn’t want to spend a ton of money and I didn’t need a huge TV but I did want something a little bigger than 20 inches. This TV has been a great replacement. There’s a built-in HD tuner, two HDMI connections, two component inputs, two composite inputs… Read More

  • Linux group: What Android?

    Google is making waves with its Android OS, the Linux-based operating system that is aimed at unifying mobile phone usage independent of carriers or brands. We like the idea quite a bit, but the Linux group itself doesn’t, and is making a competitor. As if we don’t have enough flavors of Linux as is. We don’t see the new yet-unnamed version of Linux really hurting Android… Read More

  • More rumors of Mac ultra-portables at Macworld make us feel funny where our bathing suits cover

    So we’re getting close to the end of year, which is followed by the beginning of a new year, and that means a Macworld Expo. Earlier this year, Macworld was the launching pad for what is perhaps Apple’s most anticipated device ever, the iPhone. This year, there’s now way they could match the hype, but it’s still the premiere arena to launch new lust-worthy hardware. Read More

  • YouTube Shares the Wealth With Everyone. Apply Now

    Tired of not making a dime off your human beatbox video on YouTube that’s been watched five million times? Well, YouTube wants to give you some of that crazy Google money. If you make the cut, that is. After half a year of testing out its Partners program with 100 lucky YouTube contributors, YouTube is now accepting applications from all comers. Tell them why they should give you… Read More

  • Help-Key: How to upgrade the measly HDD on your MacBook

    After much deliberation I have decided to just swap out the hard drive on the MacBook rather than letting the existing 60GB drive crap out. I also now don’t feel that my previous ranting on Leopard was fair considering the possibility that said hard drive was about to die a horrible death. Even though Leopard’s just as buggy as Vista, I´ll give it a go with a fresh hard drive. If… Read More

  • Jaxtr Racks Up Over 5 Million Users In Under 5 Months

    Social communications startup Jaxtr has been experiencing some pretty amazing growth. They’ve attracted over 5 million users in under 5 months (140 days). It’s a ten fold increase in users since they reported 500,000 users in July. Jaxtr attributes a lot of the growth to the utility of the product and virality of calling links placed in emails. In August, Jaxtr reported 1 million… Read More

  • OLPC's first kids get their units; vaporware schmaporware

    We’ve been paying a lot of attention to the OLPC project, and the resultant XO laptop. That’s because the project is ambitious as it is important, putting laptops into the hands of those who otherwise wouldn’t have access to them, thus bridging the digital divide. They’ve been in design, in theory, in limbo, and now, finally, in the hands of students who they’re… Read More

  • Ask Lets You Delete Your Search History … Yawn

    AOL’s data leak. Project Beacon’s fallout. There are plenty of reasons to be concerned about your privacy online, so it’s understandable why Ask would be proactive in letting users control their data with a new program called “AskEraser”. When enabled by the user, AskEraser completely deletes all future search queries and associated cookie information from… Read More

  • Congressional bill would decrease FCC's influence on Big Cable even more

    The cable companies were able to squeeze out from under the FCC’s efforts to regulate them more, including such niceties as a la carte programing, de-monopolizing areas, and creating increased competition. But they’re not done: their trade group, the National Cable & Telecommunications Association has lobbied Representative Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) to introduce legislation… Read More

  • Asus wants you to break the seal

    It’s good to hear good sense coming from a good company like Asus. Sure, one can argue back and forth whether their motherboards are better or worse than Abit’s, or Gigabyte’s, but here they’ve revealed a position every hardware manufacturer should emulate: ASUS Computer International (“ASUS”) recently received feedback from one of its valued customers… Read More

  • Capazoo Wants To Pay You For Your Social Networking Time

    Canadian social networking and entertainment site Capazoo wants to pay users for the time they spend interacting on the site, sort of. Capazoo comes with the usual variety of social networking functions, including blogging, photo and video uploads, profile pages etc etc. Where Capazoo differs is its offer to compensate its users for the time spent on the site and the activities they undertake. Read More

  • Stupid anorexic USB toy tells you how slowly you type, loser

    I’m a little frightened of this toy. It’s a USB words-per-minute display that’s also a plastic mouse on an exercise bike. The more words you type per minute, the faster this little guy goes, never mind the fact that this anorexic rodent looks like he needs a sandwich more than cardio. It features a monochrome display to tell you how you’re doing, but unless you’re… Read More

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