• Friendfeed v. Twitter: Half The Followers In Five Months

    Twitter is still far larger than its much younger competitor Friendfeed in aggregate terms. But an interesting trend is developing – many longtime Twitter users are noticing that the number of followers they have on Friendfeed is growing far more rapidly than on Twitter. And the conversations at Friendfeed are better, too. I joined Twitter when it launched in mid 2006 (about 24 months… Read More

  • The Mysterious Grey Box On Gmail

    Last week we received an email from an eagle-eyed Gmail user pointing out a strange graphic that has appeared in the top-left hand corner of the application. The icon is a ten by ten pixel graphic with a diagonal line across it, with one half in black and the other in gray. It isn’t an inline image, as you can not highlite it or select it in your browser, nor right-click on it. There is… Read More

  • Webaroo Raises A $10 Million Round For SMSGupShup

    Webaroo Technology has raised a $10 million round of funding for their product SMSGupShup, an SMS-based community site in India, according to Pluggd.in. The round, the third for the company, was co-led by Helion Venture Partners and Charles River Ventures. SMSGupShup is a community site that enables users to join groups according to their interests and receive updates through their mobile… Read More

  • The End Of CAPTCHAs As A Security Mechanism?

    There was a good post on ZDNet recently talking about how a market has developed for the bulk-purchasing of Gmail, Hotmail and Yahoo email accounts (amongst others). The market rate seems to be around $10 for every thousand accounts, with discounts applied with larger orders of 100,000 accounts or more. The most popular security mechanism for protecting against accounts being automatically… Read More

  • Plus ça change

    Holiday weekends, especially the ones that bracket the summer months, tend to be stress tests for the tech media. With the proliferation of smart phones, social media aggregators, and of course the Twitter clonestakes, it’s now trivial to get a snapshot of what is going on throughout the “time off.” Is nothing going on? Has the TechMeme conversation dried up, as Robert… Read More

  • Plus ça change

    Holiday weekends, especially the ones that bracket the summer months, tend to be stress tests for the tech media. With the proliferation of smart phones, social media aggregators, and of course the Twitter clonestakes, it’s now trivial to get a snapshot of what is going on throughout the “time off.” Is nothing going on? Has the TechMeme conversation dried up, as Robert… Read More

  • Current top 10 of Akihabara's most expensive retro games (photo report)

    Here are the top 10 of the most expensive retro games currently sold in Tokyo’s Akihabara district (based on my research in about 10 stores). I took the picture above in the place I love the most on this earth, the Super Potato used game store in the heart of Akihabara. Believe it or not, I didn’t see anything cool gear-wise so this list must do as a “live” report from… Read More

  • Google starts Street View mapping in UK. And here's the evidence

    Somewhere in Google’s picture archive of UK streets there is now a picture of a man holding up a camera, photographing the moment when Google’s unmarked Street View car captured his London street in a full 360 degrees. How do I know? Because he sent me the above. But even as Google starts its photo-mapping of the UK’s streets, the BBC is reporting that Google’s… Read More

  • Think Before You Voicemail

    Voicemail is dead. Please tell everyone so they’ll stop using it. When I first started out in the real world in the mid-nineties voicemail was an important productivity tool. I remember people talking about the pros and cons of various enterprise voicemail systems – which had the best forwarding and group messaging, which allowed for archiving, and how many messages could be stored… Read More

  • Yahoo's Helpful Shortcut To Pictures Of Underage Girls

    Yahoo Shortcuts automatically finds and underlines interesting items in articles and provides additional information via a pop up window (Yahoo Shortcuts also refers to shortcuts in Yahoo Search for common things like travel search). “People, places, organizations, and other things of interest are underlined,” says the FAQ. One blogger is pointing out, though, that the tool may… Read More

  • Seedcamp opens up this year's startup competition

    Travelling around Europe on my TechCrunch Euro Tour one of the topics of conversation I hear almost constantly is the desire for more seed funding for startups. Right now there is no such thing as Ycombinator-style incubator for startups which is pan-European. However, the closest thing we have to that concept – a startup competition where the prize is a cash injection to get the… Read More

  • Joey Chestnut Beats Kobayashi Again in Hot-Dog Eating Contest


    It’s not the 4th of July without the Coney Island Hot-Dog Eating Contest (that’s how we celebrate in Brooklyn, by stuffing our faces with as many hot dogs we can fit). This year’s winner is defending champion Joey “Jaws” Chestunt, who won in overtime from six-time champion Takeru Kobayashi. Both ate 59 hot dogs during the 10 minute contest (down from 12 minutes… Read More

  • Sharp presents solar LCD TV prototype for the 1.6 billion people on earth with no electricity

    Today Sharp unveiled a prototype of a 26-inch LCD Aquos TV [JP], which is solely powered by solar energy. The company said one day, their solution might bring television to all the 1.6 billion people on earth who don’t have access to electricity. Sharp’s new green TV uses half of the power existing LCDs need. In comparison to the power consumption of the 28C-PB500 [JP], a CRT TV… Read More

  • The Problem With Identi.ca Is That It Is Not Twitter

    The launch of Twitter clone Identi.ca earlier this week caused a bit of a blogstorm because it appears to have a solution to Twitter’s all-too-regular downtime. (That problem has reached comical proportions, with the familiar Twitter Fail Whale now appearing on T-shirts and kitschy art). Identi.ca’s answer to Twitter’s scaling issues is by open-sourcing its code and… Read More

  • Follow Animal Migrations On Google Earth


    Google Earth is turning out to be a great resource for scientists to visualize and communicate the phenomena they study. You can see the migration patterns of endangered and other threatened animals, based on data collected by the Commission for Environmental Cooperation. (The image above shows the range of both the Northern spotted owl and the Mexican spotted owl). Anybody can take… Read More

  • This humanoid robot may soon replace fashion models (or maybe not)

    The Hyogo Prefectural Institute of Technology recently presented [JP] a humanoid robot that is programmed to walk like a fashion model. The researchers claim they used materials easily available anywhere for the development of the robot, which comes with a frame made of aluminum. The Manekin Robotto (fashion model robot) stands just 160cm tall, which might not be enough to let it run on cat… Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Seed Bomb Edition

    Drones use AI, not GPS, to frag you
    Seed bombs: Make the world greener while forcing your philosophy on others
    Incredibly tiny RC helicopter: prototype for Dune Hunter-Killer?
    Tokyoflash SPACE WATCH!
    Play your Nintendo DS like a Jedi with a Lightsaber Stylus Read More

  • HP attempts to charge customer $1099 due to "liquid inside keyboard"

    Interesting approach to customer service you’ve got there, HP! Hot tipper Zack, who sent his still-under-warrantee HP laptop in to be serviced for a bad hinge, writes: Well today I received a call from an HP Tech Support guy. I was informed
    that liquid had been inside my keyboard and when they opened the computer to
    diagnose it, the liquid spilled onto the motherboard causing damage. Read More

  • Independence Day

    Tomorrow we celebrate July 4th, and a week later our long National Nightmare is over. On the 11th we deposit our 2G iPhones in the FriendFeed donation bins and officially hook ourselves up to the Enterprise iPhone. The ePhone will change how we work and play, and in the process free us from the tyranny of our jobs as consumers. When the iPhone shipped last year, IT responded with a wave of… Read More

  • Most popular posts for Thursday, July 3

    Today’s Top Posts: PINs hacked from ATM transaction processing software Blockbuster backs out of Circuit City buy Play your Nintendo DS like a Jedi with a Lightsaber Stylus Shell Japan to build big solar power panel factory Interview: James Dyson loves and hates on the iPhone, BlackBerry Beer-bottle telephone Voice Search comes to Google Maps for BlackBerry Japanese companies start… Read More

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