• Guy Kawasaki's Truemors Gets Acquired By NowPublic

    Truemors, a rumor site launched by Guy Kawasaki in May 2007, has been acquired. The buyer is NowPublic, a “participatory news site” that we covered last year when they raised their second round of financing. Kawasaki is joining the company’s advisory board as well. The terms of the deal aren’t being disclosed, but my guess is that it’s very likely to be a tiny… Read More

  • My On-Again, Off-Again Relationship with MobileMe


    Before Like most Mactards this morning I headed over to me.com to check out the new goodies to be found in this all-encompassing update to the old-timey Mac.com web services suite. As I logged in I was presented with the MobileMe screen with an array of icons and my excitement, needless to say, was palpable and turgid. Sadly, however, my palpability deflated as I was then kicked back to… Read More

  • This app turns your iPhone mobile phone into an abacus

    http://blip.tv/scripts/flash/showplayer.swf?enablejs=true&feedurl=http%3A%2F%2Fcrunchgear%2Eblip%2Etv%2Frss&file=http%3A%2F%2Fblip%2Etv%2Frss%2Fflash%2F1072887%3Freferrer%3Dblip%2Etv%26source%3D1&showplayerpath=http%3A%2F%2Fblip%2Etv%2Fscripts%2Fflash%2Fshowplayer%2Eswf
    (video with special permission for crunchgear.com – thanks Kako-san) Here comes an application from… Read More

  • Apple App store rolls out a bit early, Apps available now

    Just a few hours before the iPhone 3G starts trickling out around the world, the App store has made an appearance. It hasn’t officially launched yet, so it’s still not linked to directly within iTunes – however, with a bit of digging around, you can explore it early. You’ll need the 2.0 software to actually run anything, but it’s still fun to peek around. To get… Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Vending Rivalry Edition

    Add ‘Pod’ and ‘Pillow’ for some true beach nerdery
    Getty Images could buy your Flickr photos
    Samsung announces YouTube friendly SC-MX20
    Meet Black OX, Gigantor’s rival robot (and pre-order for a lot of Yen)
    Trek is testing a vending machine selling, you guessed it, bike parts Read More

  • iPhone App Store Has Launched (Updated)

    Update: The iPhone 2.0 software is now available.
    Update 2: Top apps by number of downloads is here. Apple’s iPhone App Store is now live, several hours ahead of its rumored 9 am PST launch. To access it, download iTunes 7.7 here. Once iTunes has upgraded, you can access the App Store here. You can “get apps” on iTunes now, but you’ll need the iPhone 2.0 software… Read More

  • Graspr Raises $2.5 Million, Shifts Into Syndication Mode

    You could say we were less than enthused when writing about the launch of Graspr last September. The nascent instructional video site captured our attention because it was led by an ex-Yahoo VP, but it didn’t really do anything to stand out from the crowd. It turns out we weren’t the only ones to notice the service needed a little something extra. Graspr has shifted its strategy… Read More

  • Rackspace Downtime: A Reminder That All Are Vulnerable

    37signals went down for about two hours tonight (twice), due to a cooling issue in one of the Rackspace data centers. A quick blog search turned up other applications, such as Syncplicity, that were also hosted at the Rackspace datacenter and were also down. Rackspace seem to be jinxed since being named the “most reliable” hosting service by NetCraft back in September of… Read More

  • Yahoo Radically Opens Web Search With BOSS

    When you’re the distant second player in web search, you’ve got nothing to lose by making bold moves. So it makes sense that Yahoo has adopted an open strategy with the following idea in mind: woo developers to build on top of your technology, and then display your advertisements to more eyeballs throughout the long tail of the web. Yahoo takes a large step in that direction today… Read More

  • Webjam Secures Further $1.9m For Branded Communities

    London-based Ning-competitor Webjam has secured a further $1.9 million (1.2M Euros) in funding led by initial investor I-Source. The A round extension won’t match Ning’s millions, but it will see Webjam execute some new functions, including allowing organisations to create branded online communities (the so-called B2B2C market). That’s slated for a full launch in September as… Read More

  • UGame's Community Gamer Site Opens Up Public Beta

    UGame, a social network for gamers, has opened in public beta. The site, which entered private beta in February, offers gamers a place to share their scores, meet other gamers, form teams and guilds, and post blogs and pictures. The site was founded by Sam Mathews, the creator of Fnatic, a well-known gaming team. His goal with UGame was to connect gamers with likeminded people and to unite… Read More

  • Come See An Exclusive Pre-Screening of Batman: The Dark Knight

    The Dark Knight Trailer
    http://mediaservices.myspace.com/services/media/embed.aspx/m=35852214,t=1,mt=video Live in Los Angeles? Come see the latest Batman movie with us. We’re co-hosting an exclusive pre-screening of The Dark Knight with MySpace on Wednesday, July 16th at 7pm in Universal City (near Hollywood). We’re showing the movie, starring Christian Bale and Heath Ledger, 2… Read More

  • Video: Adobe LiveCycle Enterprise Suite

    Steve Gillmor and I met today with Brian Wick, a director of product marketing and the VP of the Livecycle division at Adobe. Livecycle is a J2EE based enterprise stack for data capture, management, assurance, etc. with the two main Adobe client formats – PDF and Flash. Currently there are over 5,000 customers using LiveCycle application server and apps within the enterprise, the… Read More

  • Kodak Zi6 quick look

    This was pretty sloppy but we needed to get the wee one into bed. Here is the Zi6, Kodak’s cool new 720p camcorder with YouTube upload functionality. It’s quite compact, especially considering it records in HD. It has an SDHD card slot and 2.4-inch screen. More info as we get it but it looks to be a definite Flip competitor. Read More

  • Most popular posts for Wednesday, July 9

    Today’s Top Posts: Blackberry Thunder’s keyboard kicks ass, reportedly and that post’s evil twin: BlackBerry Thunder isn’t quite ready for production, keyboard stinks Japanese company unveils solar-powered wireless keyboard Samsung announces YouTube friendly SC-MX20 60GB Xbox 360 on the way says leaked e-mail Meet Black OX, Gigantor’s rival robot (and pre-order… Read More

  • Index Puts $35 Million Into Cnet of Europe (BestofMedia) and $25 Million Into IP Surveillance (Milestone)


    The IPO drought is just as bad in Europe as it is here. Filling in the gap for high-growth companies hungry for capital are late-stage growth venture funds, such as the 400-million-Euro fund launched last January by Index Ventures. “The IPO market being closed is helping us,” confirms Index partner Dom Vidal. Today, Index is announcing two big investments in that fund: $35… Read More

  • Sequoia Capital Gets Serious About Fantasy

    Challenge Games, the maker of fantasy fighting game Duels and fantasy baseball game Baseball Boss, has raised a $4.5 million first round of funding from Sequoia Capital. Sequoia’s Roelof Botha has also joined the Challenge Games board of directors. Duels, where users create fantasy characters and fight other players asynchronously, first launched last year and scaled so quickly it… Read More

  • Druvaa Dusts For Fingerprints to Save Bandwidth and Storage

    Druvaa, an enterprise data backup solutions provider, recently launched their new product, Druvaa inSync. InSync is an enterprise PC backup system, that boasts 10x faster data backup while reducing 90% of the bandwidth and storage utilization. InSync is based around a new technology from Druvaa called SendUnique, that creates a fingerprint for each file to prevent duplication. When 80%… Read More

  • D-Link now shipping a fancy Wi-Fi picture frame

    Today D-Link is shipping a new 10 inch Wi-Fi digital frame (DSM-210) that will seemingly make it a snap to share photos from sites like Flickr and Facebook. Also, since it connected to the internet you can pull streaming content from websites and widgets. If you’re one of those “it must be green” types you’ll be happy to know that this frame has motion detection so it… Read More

  • Trek is testing a vending machine selling, you guessed it, bike parts

    For the next few weeks in Madison, Wisconsin, Trek is testing out a new vending machine aimed a bikers, called “Trek Stop”. The vending machine sells basic bike repair parts, water bottles, and energy bars. It also has an air compressor so you can put air in your tires. People are reporting that it also has a kiosk with how-tp videos to help you fix your bike. With the… Read More

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