• Fox Said To Be Exploring Termination Of Google Advertising Deal

    Even while parent company News Corp. continues to try to disrupt the Microsoft/Yahoo merger, Fox Interactive Media (FIM) is rumored to be in negotiations with Microsoft take Google’s place as the MySpace advertising partner. The Google-FIM deal, first announced in August 2006, obligated Google to make guaranteed minimum revenue share payments to FIM of at least $900 million based on… Read More

  • Bloglines Suffers Major Outage

    RSS reader Bloglines has suffered a major outage over the weekend with the service simply ceasing to update any blogs from just before midnight PST February 24. Threads on the Bloglines forum suggest that the issue is widespread and to date no statement has been issued by Bloglines or IAC/ Ask staff in relation to the issue. A test at 11pm PST shows the most recent stories indexed by Bloglines… Read More

  • Video: Apple Product Evolution from 1976 to 2008

    Fabien Thomas made this little video that I’m sure has been done before. He’s a French Masturbateur Visuel. Yeah, I don’t know. FAN [Fabien Thomas] Read More

  • Take-Two rejects EA's $2 billion

    Earlier this month, EA offered to buy out Take-Two for $25 a share which was rejected and then resulted in an offer of $26 a share earlier this week, which was also rejected. Today, they offered to take over the mid-sized publisher for $2 billion. EA is the number one publisher on the planet, but they’ve been losing a little steam since last year and they’re looking to absorb… Read More

  • Glam Raises $85 million In Equity + Debt Financing Round

    Brisbane, California based Glam Media reported an $85 million round of financing, their fourth, today. We first reported that Glam was looking to raise as much as $200 million in August 2007. More rumors popped up in November 2007. The round was $65 million in cash and $20 million in debt, on top of almost $30 million they raised in three prior rounds. Investors included Hubert Burda Media… Read More

  • Digg Competitor Mixx Takes $2 Million Series A1

    Social voting outfit Mixx has taken $2 million Series A1 in a round led by existing investor InterSouth Partners. Mixx offers a category based social voting service that competes with sites such as Digg, Reddit and Propeller. McLean, Virginia based Mixx was launched in September 2007 with talent including former executives from Yahoo!, AOL, USA TODAY and The Associated Press. The company… Read More

  • Apple event, presumably SDK, delayed until March

    Reports are coming in that a February 26th Apple event has been postponed until mid-march. Folks are assuming this is the SDK announcement. Look for more info in weeks to come. Apple event postponed until Mid March [9to5mac] Read More

  • Radar Networks Raises $13 Million B Round; Velocity's Ross Levinsohn Joins Board

    Semantic Web startup Radar Networks raised $13 million in a B round, led by Velocity Interactive Group. Velocity’s Ross Levinsohn will join the board. Other investors include Draper Fisher Jurvetson and Paul Allen’s Vulcan Capital. The company previously raised $5 million from Vulcan, Leapfrog Ventures, Ron Conway, and Peter Rip. Radar Networks is the company behind Twine, a site… Read More

  • LinkedIn Goes Mobile—Finally

    Six months after Facebook came out with a version of its social network for the iPhone, LinkedIn is finally coming around to releasing a mobile version of its own. It is live now. Just go to http://m.linkedin.com/ on any mobile browser. Of course, if you have an iPhone, you will see a version optimized just for that device. This isn’t exactly what we had in mind when we noted there is… Read More

  • ShifD Launches in Beta. Move Notes, Places, and Links From the Web to Your Phone.

    Today, in conjunction with the 1.0 release of Adobe AIR, the digital labs of the New York Times Co. is releasing an application in public beta called ShifD. An early version of the app won a Yahoo Hack Day last June. It is designed to let users easily shift notes, links, and addresses between their computers and their mobile phones. Instead of e-mailing yourself notes to remind yourself to… Read More

  • Windshield wipers replaced with nano coatings

    [photopress:nano.jpg,full,center] I like nano technology. The fact that at some point in the future a cloud of self-replicating, devouring micro-robots will take our bodies apart molecule by molecule is cool, academically speaking. Right now, though, nano technology is used to keep your windshield water-free. I bow to our futuristic micro overlords and thank them for making my car… Read More

  • CrunchDeals: Incredible HDTV/PS3 package at Best Buy's website

    [photopress:f_700tvps3_080224.jpg,full,left]So you’re getting your tax refund pretty soon, and you want to blow the whole wad on something fun for yourself. With Blu-ray winning the format war, why not a new PS3-based gaming system? Best Buy has a suh-wheat deal on just such a set up. Not just the PS3, but a 40-inch LCD HDTV at 1080p, and the Blu-ray movie and PS3 game of your choice… Read More

  • Carpool monitoring cameras being developed in the UK

    [photopress:hotlane.jpg,full,center] Loughborogh Uni scienticians have developed a camera system that can automatically detect how many people are in a car to bust those who undeservedly use carpool lanes. There aren’t enough police to patrol all of the UK’s highways, so this camera is meant to compliment their efforts. No word on if it can be fooled by a dummy like on that episode… Read More

  • Activision offering swap or Wiifund on Guitar Hero III disks

    [photopress:slash.jpg,full,center] We know there are a lot of you out there, so we had to make sure you didn’t miss this. If you’re a Wii-loving Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock player, your disk might have a faulty audio mix. Activision is being cool about it, though, and offering to swap your defective disk for one with remastered Dolby Digital 5.1 for free, or a refund. Guitar… Read More

  • PSP's GPS demoed; Games are afoot

    [photopress:sony_psp_gps.jpg,full,center] We’ve been hearing for awhile now that the PSP was getting GPS, and it was recently shown off in Japan. It’s a devkit version, so this isn’t what it will likely look like, but so far besides general mapping Sony is demoing GPS-based games. There’s no way this could be used by creepy stalkers, especially in Japan. GPS… Read More

  • Electronic Arts tries to buy Take-Two before GTA IV launch

    [photopress:gtaiv1.jpg,full,center] It’s not as big as Microsoft and Yahoo!, but EA’s bid to acquire fellow game maker Take-Two is news. After being refused a sale at $25 a share, EA is trying again at $26 a share, 64% more than Take-Two’s price per share at market closing on Friday. EA is counting on strong share holder sentiment to make the sale go through, but Take-Two… Read More

  • Meet Magneto Man, the kid with a static charge

    [photopress:Picture_4.jpg,full,center] I was afraid of this. The mutants are real, and they’re here, and they’re geeky kids, just like in the movies. Meet “Magneto Man”, an unfortunate young man who generates a static charge powerful enough to break computers as he uses them. We had a kid like this in my grade school, though he’d have to use a hammer. Magneto… Read More

  • Video: Slow motion water balloon and breasts

    http://embed.break.com/NDU3MTky Peter Ha really wanted all of you to see this, the best super slo-mo popping of a water balloon you’ll see all day. Read More

  • The Personalized Homepage War: Who Matters

    It’s time for an update on the personalized homepage wars – Netvibes and Pageflakes tend to get most of the press attention, and they are certainly pushing the envelope and trying to find new ways to make their services useful to users. But those two services have less than 4% of the market for personalized homepages between them (I have emailed both companies to see if their… Read More

  • Blogged Hopes to Become the Yelp of Blog Directories

    Today, yet another blog directory launches. Blogged has blog ratings and reviews in many categories, including technology, entertainment, business, sports, culture, and politics. Its own staff rates and reviews the top blogs, and that is combined with reader ratings and reviews, similar to how Yelp combines staff and user reviews of restaurants and stores. (After a blog gets more than 10… Read More

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