• 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

  • Pentax's new Optio point-and-shoots are alive with the sound of megapixels


    If you’re in the market for a new pocket camera, you could do worse than a Pentax. My friend just bought one from the old generation and she likes it, but when she sees these she’ll be mad. Click the link below for the whole menagerie, in arbitrary order since there are no prices and some are better than others in different ways. All the cameras have USB 2.0 high speed interfaces… Read More

  • Kerpoof Helping Kids Connect Online, Create Together

    Kerpoof launched its set of picture, story, and movie creation tools for kids at the TechCrunch40 conference this past September. Since then, the company has been working to improve the functionality of these free browser-based products and, in particular, to transform Kerpoof into a platform for kids to communicate and collaborate with each other online. Kids can now create their own avatars… Read More

  • Super special clear body Pentax K20D, K200D

    You may or may not catch a glimpse of these at PMA. [photopress:2188184989_0175870938_b.jpg,thumb,pp_image][photopress:2188972426_f21249a9c2_b.jpg,thumb,pp_image][photopress:2188976838_a27f04dd21_b.jpg,thumb,pp_image] Read More

  • First hands on with Pentax K20D, K200D

    The wait is officially over, folks. Today marks a new chapter for Pentax and the big boys better pay attention. The K10D and K100D Super are being replaced today with the K20D and K200D. There have been significant changes from previous models and I think many will be surprised. Read More

  • Apple TV high-def movies are rental only, not for sale

    iPod Observer recently spoke with someone at Apple and was able to get a little more information about renting HD movies using the new Apple TV software. The basic gist is that HD movies can only be rented, not purchased. Standard definition movies can be purchased, but high-def movies can’t. The movies are streamed directly from Apple’s servers and displayed on your TV. Nothing… Read More

  • Virgin Galactic reveals SpaceShipTwo, plans open-source starships


    Burt Rutan and Richard Branson are doing their “deep pocketed space explorer” thing again. They’ve revealed the second version of their suborbital spacecraft, aptly called “SpaceShipTwo” and pictured above, presumably via a cell phone camera at the event. They also announced that the launch vehicle, “WhiteKnightTwo,” will be on an open… Read More

  • Video: Far Cry 2 opening sequence

    Here’s the opening for Far Cry 2. Looks pretty nice, huh? Apparently there will be a longer trailer coming soon but hopefully this can tide you over for a little while longer. Via Tom’s Hardware Read More

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