• Fora.TV Raises $2 Million Seed Round From Adobe and Will Hearst

    Fora.tv, which wants to become the C-SPAN of the Web, closed a $2 million seed round from Adobe Ventures and Will Hearst. The site has about 1,500 hours of public speeches from people like Harvard psychologist Steven Pinker and neurologist and New Yorker contributor Oliver Sacks. It gets its videos through partnerships with organizations like the Aspen Institute, the Commonwealth Club… Read More

  • Automattic Spurns $200 Million Acquisition Offer

    Automattic, the company that created the WordPress.com blogging platform and oversees the WordPress.org open source project, has rejected a $200 million acquisition offer, say multiple sources. Half the price was to be paid in cash, half in stock in the buyer. The company, which has raised just $1.1 million in capital, has been on a tear lately. They acquired avatar startup Gravatar earlier… Read More

  • Free From iTunes Addiction, NBC Universal Seizes Control Of Digital Destiny

    Following the announcement of Hulu early this morning, reports came pouring in about NBC Universal President & CEO Jeff Zucker’s vocal disdain for Apple turning media revenues “from dollars into pennies”. Disputes over revenue shares caused the pair to split back in August, letting their contract lapse after this December. But positive reviews of Hulu seem to have made… Read More

  • AT&T's Duo official today

    The Pantech Duo (aka It’s-not-the-ocean) has been officialized today by AT&T. The Windows Mobile 6 smartphone is a true world phone, and will work in most countries supporting GSM. Like the Helio Ocean, the Duo has dual-sliding keypads, one T9, and one’s QWERTY. We’re big fans of the Ocean for its design, but it’ll be interesting to see how the form factor carries… Read More

  • DWT: what is it and how can we fight it?

    Texting while driving is a sure fire way to get a ticket or get in an accident. Just being back in California this last week makes me wonder why and how I ever used my phone while driving. It’s ridiculously stupid and unsafe, but I still do it. Heh. But things may change thanks to some fancy speech solutions from Nuance. Oh, yeah, DWT means driving while texting. Watch the video and see… Read More

  • THX + Razer = Mako (Bombass speakers)

    Mr. Biggs already informed you about the Mako speakers from Razer, but I gleaned a few more details over the weekend from some THX folks thanks to Don Julio. So, the Razer Mako 2.1 THX Certified Multimedia bi-amplified speaker system is hitting online retailers this December and brick & mortars in January. They may be labeled as a Razer product, but this is all THX’s work. Read More

  • Hands-on: Fujitsu ScanSnap S300 Mobile Scanner

    How does one make the world’s smallest color ADF scanner sexy? Well, you really can’t so I’m not going to try, but I did get a look at the Fujitsu ScanSnap S300 mobile scanner last week and it was pretty cool. It weighs about 3.1lbs and it may not be the tiniest device ever made, but it does a damn good job and makes scanning and storing files very easy. The ScanSnap’s… Read More

  • Uruguay first to purchase XO Laptop (OLPC, $100 laptop, whatever its name is today)

    AP image I won’t even bother explaining what the $100 laptop (which is really a $183 laptop) is since we write about it seemingly every day. I will, however, casually mention that Uruguay, winner of two World Cups and 14 Copa Americas, is the first country to officially place an order for them. Montevideo has ordered 100,000 laptops for its schoolchildren, who will benefit from the… Read More

  • Skinkers raises £8m in second round

    Corporate P2P Web broadcast firm Skinkers has inked a £8m ($16m) funding deal today from venture firms Acacia Capital, Spark Ventures and from Skinkers’ own management team. The cash will be used to further push and develop its peer-to-peer broadcasting system LiveStation and its news alerts services. This is the second-round of funding for the London-based firm which launched desktop… Read More

  • The Register: 'Skype is a kind of freestyle MVNO'

    Pretty interesting read over on The Register concerning Skype and its place in the telecommunications industry. The basic idea is that, if you really think about it, Skype operates very similarly to a MVNO (Mobile Virtual Network Operator) in that it relies on 3rd-party networks to operate. Keeping this in mind, the irony here is that Skype is like a “parasitic virus that threatens to… Read More

  • Maps + News = YourStreet

    What do you get when you combine Google Maps with hyper-local news and comments? You get a map-based news site called YourStreet, which officially launches tomorrow (although the site is already up). The site detects where you are located and serves up news stories about events that recently occurred in your city or neighborhood, as well comments from YourStreet members who live… Read More

  • China pirates games like it's 1999

    When searching for pirates on Google, this guy came up. I’m still giggling. We allude to piracy here every so often. The Chinese pirate like its their job. A former Microsoft employee explained what’s what in the world of Chinese video game piracy. Not only is it out in the open, but it’s so easy even a caveman could do it. Game piracy reflects general video game sales: the… Read More

  • NBC says iTunes deal wasn't lucrative enough, wants more more more money

    Jeez, and you thought Steve Jobs was bad tempered. NBC Universal president Jeff Zucker recently explained why the company told Apple/iTunes to fly a kite. If you guessed greed as being a major factor, well then you have a pulse because that’s what everyone thought. “We wanted to take one show, it didn’t matter which one it was, and experiment and sell it for $2.99. We made… Read More

  • Analyst claims AT&T pays Apple $432 per iPhone contract

    Need another reason why Apple isn’t in a hurry to dump AT&T as the iPhone’s exclusive carrier? An analyst with Piper Jaffray, having examined reams of financial statements, says that AT&T pays Apple $18 per month for each activated iPhone. That works out to $432 per two-year contract. All you rebellious iPhone hackers can sit back knowing you’re denying Apple four bills. Read More

  • CrunchDeals: Crash the system again, if you'd like

    G8, the gamer’s clothing brand, would like you to crash the system with coupon code “FF40″ in order to get 40% off your next gear order. That’s pretty darn good, especially considering that one of their more expensive products, their hoodies, are a mere $45 before rebate. Christmas gifts for those who love distressed typography and vague malice? Bingo! Product Page Read More

  • Use logic for Spotlight searching in Leopard

    I’ve been using Apple’s new OS, Mac OS X Leopard since the 25th and I really am in love with it. Aside from the rendering issues surrounding Safari and Shiira (Flash animations won’t load) and problems with Stacks customization, I really don’t have much else to complain about. As I was stumbling around Apple’s website today, I came across a new function in… Read More

  • T-Mobile Shadow review

    T-Mobile knows how to work with OEMs. Witness their popular Dash and Sidekick. They create branded experiences, completely change UIs and operating systems, and generally do a good job of making casual messaging easy. So here we have the T-Mobile Shadow, a rebadged HTC Juno with Blackberry Pearl-like predictive keyboard and a unique UI that smooths out Windows Mobile’s rough edges enough… Read More

  • BFF Post: Women gamers wanted – perhaps a bit too much…

    Great post by JAS on women in gaming. As in any industry, when it get’s big it only wants to get bigger. How do you do this? Easy. Find what demographics are not the biggest fans and make something to convert them into fans. The question is, when your weakest demographic becomes the majority target will the majority suffer? Women. Women have consistently been targeted as the… Read More

  • When Pigs Fly – A different take on the music industry

    Rob over at Demonbaby is pissed. At the music industry, at the takedown of OiNK – everything is driving this guy mad. Hence why he took to his blog and decided to really let the public know the state of today’s music industry. Rob used to work for the big labels from the late 1990s into the 2000s and knows a thing or two about how they work and what they loathe. In the end, as… Read More

  • Walgreens to offer DVD-burning kiosks

    Your first stop for a quiet Friday night at home might soon be the drugstore, not the video store. Actually, that’s assuming you haven’t discovered the joys of On-Demand and/or downloading movies directly to your Media Center PC or Apple TV. Walgreens is planning to outfit its stores with DVD-burning kiosks “in the next few months,” according to a company spokesperson. Read More

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