• WiMAX still looking at spring time roll out

    Despite recent hiccups for Sprint in the last four to five months that may have led many to believe that Xohm aka WiMAX was dead in the water, we’ve learned that things are still on track for a spring time launch. However, it won’t be a full roll out of the service, but, rather, a soft launch, which is somewhat disappointing unless you’re in Baltimore, Chicago, or… Read More

  • Not yet real cellphone powered by kinetic energy

    [photopress:kcp.jpg,full,center] Biggs has been talking phones all week, but this phone, the Atlas Kinetic Cell Phone, isn’t real. It’s only a render, a mock-up, and looks like something the Legion of Doom would use. (It also looks better than damn near everything that came out of Barcelona this week.) Its gimmick is that it’s charged by kinetic energy—you need to movie… Read More

  • Yahoo! looks to News Corp. for possible merger deal

    [photopress:ncyh.jpeg,full,center] Yahoo! is in talks with News Corp. about merging itself with MySpace and the company’s other Web outlets, including IGN and Photobucket. That’s because Yahoo! rejected Microsoft’s bid a few days ago and it’s looking less likely than before that Microsoft will raise the price of its bid. The discussions between Yahoo! and News Corp. Read More

  • Topper Makes Search Complicated In The Name Of Progress

    Topper search offers a search service which….um…machine learning….um something…..results. Here’s the pitch anyway. Here is a quick description of how to use it. Enter a search query. Topper Search will go out and get the top 100 results and display the top 10. Select at lease one ‘+’ and one ‘-‘ result. Topper will use machine learning to… Read More

  • Couchville Joins The Deadpool

    TV listings site Couchville has joined the deadpool. The service, provided by PVR software maker Snapstream, offered US TV listings via zip code and cable or satellite provider. According to Michael’s March 2007 review:
    … and it shows you a simple, easy to navigate TV guide. A vertical red line shows you what’s currently on, and via an Ajax interface you can grab and drag… Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Awful blockhead is awful drunk

    The wee Neo 808i: Awful small
    SD card readers for gauche Japanese girls make me want to vom
    Block Guy gets drunk
    DRM cripples ‘repaired’ Xbox 360, can no longer access paid for content
    Lily Allen’s MySpace says she got a free MacBook Air 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. Lisa Brewster on Our own Devin “Heavenly” Coldewey is Geek Sugar’s Geek We Love for Valentine’s day I’d hit it. ryan red on Lenovo drops ThinkPad X300 to answer MacBook Air If I had endless money, beyond… Read More

  • Serious Drama As KnockaTV Shuts Down

    I haven’t seen this much public drama between founders and their investors since the FilmLoop forced merger in early 2007. Earlier today I wrote that Israeli startup KnockaTV was heading to the DeadPool. Employees, who are apparently going unpaid, are pushing the company into liquidation to try to get at least some of what is owed to them. We dug a little more into the story, because it… Read More

  • CNN iReport: iLame Or iGood?

    CNN launched iReport.com yesterday, a “citizen journalism” site dedicated to user news submissions. Andy Warhol said in 1968 that “In the future, everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes,” and iReport.com is offering users at least part of their 15 minutes as submissions may be used on CNN itself. But unfortunately that’s where it ends, because there is no… Read More

  • Seesmic Announces $6 Million Series A Round

    Seesmic founder Loic Le Meur wrote a long blog post about his $6 million Series A round of funding today (I am an investor in this company). Most of the round was taken by Atomico (founded by Skype’s Niklas Zennstrom and Janus Friis), and rounded out with a long list of angel investors. Much of this was reported late last year. This is Loic’s fourth or fifth startup, but his first… Read More

  • MySpacers Will Love This AddHer Widget Thingy

    http://addher.com/battle.swf?profileId=110 Anyone who’s ever visited HotOrNot and clicked on pictures for hours will be a perfect user for AddHer. Users (women only at this point, look for AddHim soon, say the founders) upload a photo of themselves and create a widget that can be embedded on MySpace or another website. The widget shows the user plus another randomly selected woman and… Read More

  • "Post to MySpace" Button Released for Easier Sharing

    MySpace is now providing an easier way for publishers to help users spread their content virally. They’ve set up a “Post to MySpace” button that essentially just runs a snippet of JavaScript that sends some content to a user’s MySpace profile page. The snippet takes four parameters: a title, some content, a URL, and the location in the user’s profile page to post… Read More

  • Plaxo's Buyer – Not Facebook, Not Google. Likely Comcast

    Plaxo finally got bought, say valley whispers, and blog after blog have speculated incorrectly about who the buyer might be (first Facebook, then Google). Finally, someone may have gotten it right – Valleywag is saying that Comcast is the buyer, for $175m. That makes sense based on what we heard earlier today, too: that one of the cable players bought them, for something just under the… Read More

  • Yahoo Makes Its Case in Letter to Shareholders

    Yahoo has just released the following letter to shareholders outlining its reasoning for rejecting Microsoft’s offer to buy the company. In it, CEO and co-founder Jerry Yang emphasizes Yahoo’s strengths as both an online destination and an advertising network, and argues that Yahoo is better off going it alone than combining with Microsoft. He states: “The global online… Read More

  • Lily Allen's MySpace says she got a free MacBook Air

    [photopress:2003638115.jpg,full,left]We credit the lasses at Shiny Shiny with the scoop, but it appears as if one Lily Allen, the only pop princess I actually kinda wanna make out with, has a MacBook Air, and we do not. It’s ok, though, I’m man enough for a full-sized MacBook Pro, and the Air seems perfect for Lily. She sadly doesn’t say much about it other than it’s… Read More

  • SD card readers for gauche Japanese girls make me want to vom

    [photopress:AD_MRCMR_1.jpg,full,center] ADTEC have lost their collective mind, releasing new SD card readers that can be customized — no, Bedazzled — by fingernail artists to make personalized works of electronic, tacky art. They’re big in Japan, but you know this kind of crap is going to make it across the Pacific sooner rather than later. Pimpable MicroSD Card Reader… Read More

  • PageOnce to Put All Your Online Accounts in One Place

    Personal content aggregators are nothing new. We recently covered the latest of many services that consolidate your social networking activity into one place. But PageOnce, a company that was on this year’s Israel Web Tour, wants to become the one stop shop for all your web-accessible accounts. The site is still in private beta and working to expand the number of account types that… Read More

  • The random endorsement: Nifty little Mac apps

    [photopress:endorse021308.jpg,full,right] Back to tech today. Well, software. Whatever. It was raining hard and windy and I dropped my umbrella in a garbage by accident earlier. I’m not kidding*. Today I’m giving a “shout out” to some the smaller Mac apps that make my life a little easier. Small apps, not the big obvious ones like iTunes or Firefox. Aurora, Unison… Read More

  • Chinese Stealth Startup Qifang Wants to Bring P2P Lending to the Mainland

    Peer-to-peer lending is coming to China. This morning I interviewed a Chinese-American entrepreneur living in Shanghai named Calvin Chin working on a stealth P2P lending site for Chinese student loans called Qifang. (The name, which translates to “bloom,” comes from the Chairman Mao quote, “Bai Hua Qi Fang”—”Let a hundred flowers bloom.”) … Read More

  • GTAIV will be multiplayer on every platform

    [photopress:gtaiv.jpg,full,center] GTAIV is one of the most anticipated games of 2008, no doubt, so any news is important, but this is just rad on so many levels. According to Rockstar, ya know, the guys making the game, every platforms’ version of the game will be multiplayer capable. We’re not sure what kind of content the multiplayer version will have, but it definitely sounds… Read More

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