• A tale of municipal Wi-Fi gone terribly wrong

    Wow. I have an empty house sitting in a neighborhood in St. Louis Park, Minnesota that’s supposed to be blanketed with solar-powered municipal Wi-Fi Internet access. The ugly brown poles were placed on just about every corner and never really worked correctly from the get-go. Well it seems like the city is fed up with its contractor, Arnic. “We’re going to tell Arinc… Read More

  • Rumor: Macs to get streaming video

    You know the drill. Get out that tub of salt and pucker up. Rumors of video streaming from Netflix for Macs are surfacing again and for no apparent reason. Ok, that’s not entirely true, but just because a company says they want to do something doesn’t necessarily mean it’s going to happen. Studios want DRM, Macs can’t use the Microsoft-DRM that’s in place, which… Read More

  • Slimmest Waterproof Mobile Phone

    If you want to be the first on the block to own the world’s slimmest waterproof 3G Mobile Phone, you should buy a Fujitsu F705i. The handset is only 13.7 mm thick and is being marketed as the thinnest waterproof phone ever made. A lot of technology went into making this phone to meet IPX5 and IPX7 waterproof standards. This wonder will work even after being sprayed or submersed in water… Read More

  • Grand Theft Auto IV coming this April

    There are a slew of updates to game play such as having no control over your inebriated body or something more useful like autosave after each mission. It gets a tiny bit dramatic when you’re in sniper mode. You won’t be winning any Oscars or anything, but the whole thing turns into a short film. Throwing grenades sound pretty cool because you get to see your victim disintegrate. Read More

  • Via to release 'Isaiah' 64-bit chips in mid-2008

    Via is going to release 64-bit chips that “provide double the performance of the company’s current chips but consume the same amount of power,” according to CNET. The dual-core chips will run at 2GHz and are being marketed under the “Isaiah” moniker. Read More

  • Meg Whitman's Exit Interview

    I just got off the phone with Meg Whitman, eBay’s departing CEO, and John Donahoe, her successor. Whitman talks about her biggest successes (going global and buying Paypal) and her biggest mistake (losing Japan), gets a dig in at Skype’s founders, and ruminates about whether Facebook can become a platform for commerce. Donahoe talks about eBay’s renewed focus on… Read More

  • LiveCastr Launches; Next In Wave to Live Stream Video From Phone

    Amsterdam based LiveCastr, a service that lets users live stream video from their mobile phone, launched today at the World Economic Forum in Davos. It joins a parade of competitors that have launched over the last couple of years, including Mogulus (not mobile), Qik, and Flixwagon among others. Davos was a good venue for launch – founder Ralph Cohen has already captured live videos… Read More

  • AT&T Posts Strong Fourth Quarter Wireless Growth

    AT&T announced today stronger-than-expected wireless growth in the fourth quarter. Investors were concerned that a slowdown in the U.S. economy would hurt the company’s subscriber growth. But AT&T added 2.7 net new wireless subscribers in the quarter. This is higher than the 1.92 million subscribers that some analysts had predicted. AT&T’s fourth-quarter profit was… Read More

  • NTT DoCoMo to use Goolge’s Mobile Search Engine

    It was announced today that Japan’s largest mobile carrier, NTT DoCoMo, is partnering with Google to provide customers Internet searches and other services from the search engine giant. NTT DoCoMo currently uses its own i-mode to provide mobile Internet services. By spring of this year, Google will be set as the default search portal page. Keyword-based advertisements will appear on… Read More

  • If "Real Journalism" Fails As A Business, Should Government Step In?

    The chart to the right, which shows the stock price of the New York Times Company over the last five years, is somewhat representative of the state of print journalism in general. They’re getting their lunch eaten on the revenue end by Craigslist and (to a lesser extent) on the page view end by blogs and other alternative news sources. When the business model of “real… Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Rock on Mars Edition

    Nokia releases ‘organic, modern’ 7900 Crystal Prism
    Southwest Airlines eyeing in-flight wireless access
    Virgin Galactic reveals SpaceShipTwo, plans open-source starships
    Super special clear body Pentax K20D, K200D
    Oh, I almost forgot: Tusken Raider spotted on Mars Read More

  • Teh.Be$T.Kommenter.Evar

    Comments are the greasy oil that keeps the blog machine running. Here are three great (and 100% unedited) comments recently posted by your fellow readers. Next-gen Sidekick Revealed Shannon STFU you angry person!!! why in god’s name are you yelling? boyfriend obviously not giving you enough attention….i work for t-mobile too and yeah it’s just a rumor let ppl say what they wanna… Read More

  • Bono Responds To The Davos Question

    I mentioned the Davos Conversation YouTube site a few days ago, where anyone can create a YouTube video and answer the question “What one thing do you think that countries, companies or individuals must do to make the world a better place in 2008?” and upload it to the Davos Conversation YouTube site. A few minutes ago Bono answered the question here at the conference. He was… Read More

  • Chirp Launches Its Social Screen Saver In Beta

    Today, Chirp is launching in public beta. Chirp is a screen saver, previously covered here, that lets you bring social feeds from Flickr and Facebook onto your desktop. Other social Websites will be added in the future. “Our purpose is to enable you to stay up to date with your friends without the hassle of logging into multiple websites,” says CEO Eve Phillips. Chirp will let… Read More

  • Digg Changes Algorithm: No More Group Voting Up Stories

    Kevin Rose has posted details tonight of a major change to the Digg Algorithm that would seemingly put an end to group voting up stories. According to Rose, the changes are focused on ensuring that “the most popular content dugg by a diverse, unique group of diggers reaches the home page.” Rose gives an example of the new algorithm keeping a story with over 100 votes in the… Read More

  • Yahoo May Offer DRM Free Music For Free


    Yahoo is said to be in talks with record labels on offering DRM free music to customers. The options discussed by Yahoo are to sell DRM free music, or offer it ad supported and free to. According to an AP report, the talks took place last month, but are still at a preliminary stage with Yahoo still working out details. Yahoo has confirmed the talks, but not the details of them. Yahoo offering… Read More

  • Google Health Coming Soon?

    Spotted by Google Blogscoped is a login page for Google Health, Google’s entry into the online health records space. At the time of writing the site isn’t allowing logins, but it does include this text: With Google Health, you can:
    * Build online health profiles that belong to you
    * Download medical records from doctors and pharmacies
    * Get personalized health guidance and… Read More

  • Last.fm turns on ad-supported free music model, a teaser towards subscriptions


    TechCrunch US has got the story on LastFM’s news business model (it appears to have been released on a US media schedule). The gist is that the CBS-owned service will now allow you to stream the full track of any song up to three times for free, in addition to the famed music-discovery service which streams related songs you might like in a random order. After the three plays a popup… Read More

  • New Sony camera PMA roundup


    No major announcements from Sony like “we’re going analog” or “everything is now left-handed” but there are a few respectable updates for their point-and-shoots. Now’s the time to buy the last generation, people! Unless you really need your camera to only take pictures when it detects a smile. Kind of creepy. Hit the link for the good stuff. Read More

  • EveryBlock Launches as Local News Aggregator for SF, NYC, and Chicago

    EveryBlock launches today as a geographically-filtered news and data aggregation service for San Francisco, New York City, and Chicago. The site attempts to answer one deceptively simple question: “What’s happening in my neighborhood?” For EveryBlock, it boils down to three types of information: geographically-relevant news and blog entries, civic information, and… Read More

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