• Rafer joins Polldaddy

    Scott Rafer, former CEO at MyBlogLog (acquired by Yahoo!), has joined Ireland-based PollDaddy as an adviser. The startup has a service that provides polling widgets for blogs, websites, and social networks. Rafer is adding to a busy schedule. He is currently the CEO of Lookery, co-founder of Mashery and Chairman of Winksite. CrunchBase Information PollDaddy Information provided by CrunchBase Read More

  • More GTA IV screens for you, Mirror's Edge too

    It wouldn’t be really worth posting unless the pictures were totally bad-ass, and they are. Since you won’t be getting your hot little hands on it until April 29, just satisfy yourself for now with some sweet screens. There’s video in the via, too, if you like that kind of thing. There’s also some new Mirror’s Edge shots, which I am personally excited… Read More

  • SXSW 2008: My job as a cyber security expert panelist. Yes, I was a panelist.

    [photopress:sxswdpanel.jpg,full,center] Hey, gang. Did you know that I’m also an expert in cyber security? There was a panel here at SXSW called Cyber Safety in the Interactive Age. Someone from Symantec was supposed to be on the panel but couldn’t make it because of a plane delay. Through some weird six degrees of separation thing, I was invited to take the Symantec… Read More

  • Take-Two plans severance for potentially fired employees

    IF and WHEN EA buys Take-Two, the makers of such classics as GTA and the rest of the GTA series will be well taken care of. In an SEC filing, Take-Two executives who are flopped out on their flabby white butts will get 1.5 times their salary and bonus for up to 18 months if they are fired without cause. Now it’s up to EA to get all Michael Clayton on Chairman Strauss Zelnick and CEO… Read More

  • UK's AdJug ad marketplace hooks up with German marketer

    German online marketing group Tomorrow Focus is taking a 17 percent stake in London-based web ads marketplace AdJug. TF and existing investor Balderton Capital have also invested about £3.3 million pounds ($6.5 million dollars) in a second round of funding. AdJug won “several million dollars” in July from Balderton Capital and Espotting founder Seb Bishop. AdJug will also get TF… Read More

  • Leap year patch for BlackJacks, ACE WinMo phones now out

    [photopress:samsung_home_screen_calendar_right.jpg,full,center] Windows Mobile 6 users on certain devices may have noticed that their homescreen calendars didn’t automatically sync up with that pesky extra day at the end of last month, leap year being as it is, we had 29 days in February. There’s a patch out, so if you’re an ACE, or BlackJack, or BlackJack II user… Read More

  • Slashdot asks: can nerds date believers in astrology?

    [photopress:astrology_planet_chart.jpg,full,center] Over the weekend, my friend Jimbo and I had a pretty good conversation about hippies, and about my uncanny ability to get into fights with them every weekend. He pointed out that it’s likely because, as a man of reason and a trained engineer, if there’s a conflict, I find a mutually agreeable resolution based on principles of… Read More

  • Garlik highlights UK government data failings

    UK online identity startup Garlik is putting the UK Government under pressure with new research which shows it is continuing to fail to put in place basic data protection and integrity policies despite recent major information breaches. When Garlik put in some Freedom of Information requests, all 14 of the government departments that responded admitted they lack basic systems for proving… Read More

  • Ericsson's Bergendahl: Wi-Fi's days are numbered

    [photopress:johan_bergendahl_eri_19721c_1.jpg,full,left]Ericsson’s Chief Marketing Officer, Johan Bergendahl, said earlier today that he believes wireless broadband, known here as 3G, WiMAX, or a variety of other acronyms, will soon replace Wi-Fi as the de-facto wireless standard. And he’s right. Laptops are outselling desktops at a decent clip, and handsets are getting more and… Read More

  • Review: Golla Chorus 15.4-inch laptop sleeve

    [photopress:scaled.IMG_1629.JPG,full,pp_image] In the long, storied history of bag reviews (see Mark Twain’s What Shall I Put In My New Canvas Sack? from the January 1897 issue of Harper’s Monthly for an example of the proto-bag review), it has been the journalist’s imperative to offer a fair and intelligent comparison of the “usefulcasity” of the bag when compared… Read More

  • Chip art: tiny etchings lurking in your PCB

    How cool is this? Bored engineers personalizing their chips with extremely tiny etchings of their favorite cartoon characters, code names for the chipsets, and just generally cool things. There’s a lot of detail there, but you can only see it with a high-powered microscope, which is exactly what the guys have done here. They have a ton of great pictures at the gallery; scroll down a bit… Read More

  • Why get wet? Stay in and watch Mobile Monday London

    As anyone in London knows right now, today is not a day to be venturing outside. So, helpfully, the nice people at Mobile Monday London will tonight be streaming their event live via Qik.com. The live video will be here from 6.30pm onwards. I wonder if anyone will now turn up at all…? Read More

  • Duck Hunt: The quest to shoot that damned dog continues

    [photopress:duckhunt_dog_laugh.gif,full,center] I’ve always wondered this about Duck Hunt for the NES: That snarky dog that laughs at you, is he there just to torment? For those not in the know, Duck Hunt shipped with most US versions of the original Nintendo Entertainment System, normally packaged on the same cartridge as the seminal Super Mario Bros. In the game, you’d use the… Read More

  • Dopplr to calculate carbon

    UK startup Dopplr – which allows you to ‘optimise’ your trips to allow more useful meetings with your social or business network thus effectively reducing travel – is to soon allow members to calculate their carbon emissions as they traverse the planet. Dopplr is teaming up with AMEE for the feature, being tested alpha-testers currently. The latter is a neutral… Read More

  • Spielberg's Ghost Venture Backed By Terry Semel

    Update to our post last week about Steven Spielberg’s new Ghost and UFO based social network: We still don’t have the name of it, but it is being referred to as “Ghosts” to outsiders they are pitching it to (I still prefer “Ghost Town”). They will be putting a big focus on original video content (think Twighlight Zone-type stuff) with a permanent host. Read More

  • News Corp Gives Up The Fight For Yahoo

    Rupert Murdoch is reported to have said that News Corp won’t fight Microsoft for Yahoo. Talking to investors at the annual Bear Stearns Media Conference, Murchdoch said that “We’re not going to get into a fight with Microsoft, which has a lot more money than us.” Murdoch also gave support to Google as FIM’s ad provider: “We’re very happy to be in… Read More

  • Strong European growth for Google

    Stats from US search engine marketing firm Efficient Frontier shows that the European market, where Google dominates, showed very strong growth in February 2008, with advertiser spend on Google in the UK up 69% and more than 100% in the rest of Europe. In Q4, Google reported that 48% of its revenues came from outside the US, with 14% of total revenue from the UK. The “rest of… Read More

  • Video: Etch-A-Sketch powered clock

    http://flash.revver.com/player/1.0/player.swf?mediaId=719432 Once in awhile, you find something that where practicality loses out to the powerful forces of all that is awesome. this Etch-A-Sketch based clock is one perfect example. This might be the coolest thing you’ll see all day. Make Blog [Make] Read More

  • MIT working on a small, smart ‘City Car’

    This all looks very nice on paper and I’d be one of the first wide-eyed optimists to use one of these things but I just can’t help but think that we’re probably not going to see these on the road in the next three to four years (as MIT hopes). The full-size version of this “City Car” being developed by the brave men and women at the Massachusetts Institute of… Read More

  • Sched.org is No Twitter, But It Does Help Sort Through Conference Chaos

    Keeping up with all the panels, speakers, and parties at a big conference like South by Southwest can be overwhelming. But attendees to this year’s SXSW have a clean, Ajax app called Sched.org to help them out. Coded in a 14-hour marathon session by two guys in their twenties, Chirag Mehta and Taylor McKnight, Sched.org lays out each event in easy-to-read, color-coded bars. (Orange is… Read More

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