• Wikinvest To Add Unique Comp Data For Stock Research

    Financial and stock research sites like Yahoo Finance, Google Finance, Marketwatch, or CNNMoney have done a lot to democratize investment research by bringing reams of financial data for any publicly traded company to investors at the click of a button. But when it comes to financial metrics, much of the data they provide is the same for every company: revenues, earnings, PE ratios, market… Read More

  • A UK perspective on Yahoo! and Microsoft

    Some interesting figures from Hitwise on a combined Microsoft/Yahoo impact on the UK. According to HItwise Microsoft has a dominant market share with its Hotmail service in the UK, while Gmail has been flat for the last few months. Last week the combined market share of the Microsoft and Yahoo! services was 13 times that of Google. Google’s market share in News services is… Read More

  • European VC down, but getting more focused

    European venture capital firms are backing the fewest companies on record, according to VentureBeat. They invested in just 897 companies last year, the lowest number since 1999. However, more money is going into fewer startups, reaching €4.56 billion, a two percent rise from 2006, and the fourth year of consecutive increase. Obviously this is all VC (so Cleantech etc etc), not just Web or… Read More

  • 'Formal war': Why Google is ready to throw a hissy fit over Microsoft/Yahoo!

    [photopress:googismad.jpg,full,center] In Internet time, the Microsoft bid for Yahoo! is not already old news, but it’s also teetering on the boring. All the more reason to squeeze out detail after detail, then, about each party’s motives and why, as chief executive put it, Google may have just declared “formal war” on Microsoft. Hooray for war metaphors. As you… Read More

  • eBuddy to expand in UK

    Amsterdam-based IM service eBuddy has raised €6.5 million in a Series B round of funding led by Prime Technology Ventures this week. The company had previously raised €5 million from Lowland capital. eBuddy will use the investment capital for serious growth and expansion into the UK and have already established a small office in London and have a small sales staff on the ground here. Read More

  • The Wall Street Journal’s Digital Network goes Mobile

    The Wall Street Journal Digital Network announced today a free, downloadable application for Windows Mobile phones that provides users access to WSJ.com, MarketWatch.com and Barrons.com. The service was developed with help from Action Engine Corporation, a mobile application platform provider. While on-the-go, users will be able to read financial news, mange their personal stock portfolio… Read More

  • Ex-Googlers Launch Instructional Video Site Howcast, Raise $8 Million A Round

    A New York City startup called Howcast is launching today that wants to be the YouTube of instructional videos. In fact, the three founders—Jason Liebman, Daniel Blackman and Sanjay Raman—are ex-Google employees who worked on Google Video and YouTube before they left eight months ago. They actually are going for a little more polish than YouTube, trying to bring some… Read More

  • 150 Invites To 123people.com For TechCrunch Readers

    New comer to the people search game 123people.com is a Austrian based startup that is looking to provide a new take on the competitive people search market with a European focus. There’s no shortage of wannabes in this space. Spock, Wink, Zoominfo, WikiYou and PeekYou are a few companies we’ve reviewed previously. 123people.com joins that list, but there are a few differences that… Read More

  • Helio And Buzzd Offer Local Entertainment Service

    US based MVNO Helio has signed a deal with mobile focused entertainment aggregator Buzzd to offer real-time geotargeted information for bars, clubs and restaurants to its user base. The service from Buzzd, available to all Helio customers, delivers event and venue information and up-to-the-minute reviews and ratings from friends and other members of the Buzzd community. The service… Read More

  • A La Mobile Takes $6.75 Million Series B

    San Ramon, CA based a la mobile has taken $6.75 million Series B in a round led by original investor Venrock. Under the deal, Venrock managing partners Ray Rothrock and Tony Sun join the a la mobile board. a la mobile was the first company to offer a complete package of applications based on Google’s Android mobile phone operating system. a la mobile is aiming to build a “bold… Read More

  • BlogTV Goes Mobile

    Live streaming video service BlogTV is now offering its live shows on mobile phones. The new mobile site from BlogTV m.blogtv.com offers live streaming to most mobile phones without the need for a plugin (I’m presuming it’s flash based, because it doesn’t work on my iPhone.) BlogTV claims that their mobile streaming services is the first of its type available for mobile phones. Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Bargain Hunter Edition

    Matt Hickey endorses the Col-Pop
    Cupertino meets deep space with Star Trek engraving
    Don’t feel like buying a MBA then rent one instead
    Rumor: Penryn chips invading Dell, possibly Apple very soon
    The Unreasonable Stance: HD DVD will be triumphant Read More

  • Decision Time For Yahoo

    The dust is settling on Microsoft’s $31 per share offer to acquire Yahoo, and the options left open to the company are fairly well understood at this point. There will almost certainly be no White Knight or other buyout offer coming to the table – the sorry state of the debt markets is assuring that. Yahoo was hoping for a competing bid, any competing bid, if only to boost… Read More

  • Google To Challenge Baidu In China With Free Music

    Google is set to challenge China’s largest search provider Baidu by offering free legal music. The success of Baidu has long been credited to the search engine providing music search from its front page, but much to the lack of amusement of record companies, the music found by Baidu is nearly all pirated. Baidu fronted a Chinese Court in December, and won the day with a ruling that … Read More

  • Liveaps page builder – invites ahoy

    UK-based Liveaps has a drag’n’drop page webpage builder currently in private beta prior to a launch late Feb/early March. Think online Dreamweaver for creative peple who want to build a site visually. In addition to the drag’n’drop web page builder it has tools supporting text, images, lines, shapes, hyperlinks, multimedia files, and html widgets. The back-end has… Read More

  • Lunarr: Collaboration System of the Future or Reproducible Feature?

    The lasting power of many web services is hard to gauge, especially when those services are at an early stage and require users to adjust some of their most ingrained habits. Lunarr is a service going into private beta that promises to put an end to the habit of emailing documents back and forth to collaborate. Its creators want to simplify collaboration by placing documents within the web… Read More

  • Google Expanding Africa Presence

    Google is expanding its presence in Africa, in what locals are suggesting is part of a move by Google to “realign” its growth strategy part in response to Microsoft’s takeover offer for Yahoo. Google is currently advertising or has employed staff in Ghana, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda, Nigeria and Senegal, and is expanding its Africa head office in Kenya. AllAfrica reports… Read More

  • The US army's open source woes

    I don’t think anyone thought that converting an entire military-industrial complex to Linux would be easy. Well, now we know for sure it’s hard, and it seems that they forget to check whether their new free and open-source-based systems would play nice with their Windows-based legacy software. Apparently they chose Linux for their new multi-billion-dollar program because they… Read More

  • Numobiq Raises $4.5 Million A Round To Prove That The Network Is the Cell Phone

    If mobile software startup Numobiq had a slogan, it might be “The network is the cell phone.” Founded by three veterans from Sun Microsystems, it wants to bring sophisticated applications to the simplest cell phones by keeping all the complexity in the network. CEO Mark Young and marketing VP Kenneth Lui both held key positions on Sun’s Java 2 Platform, Micro Edition… Read More

  • A gift for you

    [photopress:caption0205_1.jpg,full,center] I’ve been trying all day to find a story that would let me use this image, but I couldn’t find anything that fit, and it’s late on a Tuesday, so anyone reading now deserves it. Read More

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