• Zipit to Launch Text Message Plan in February

    Zipit Wireless announced today that it will launch a text-messaging plan for its Zipit Wireless Messenger 2 in February of next year. The Zipit 2 is a small device that allows users in a Wi-Fi hotspot to do free instant messaging with AOL Instant Messenger, Yahoo Messenger and Windows Live Messenger. Zipit users who register for the text-messaging plan will now be able to send and receive… Read More

  • Kango Announces $4 Million Round From Shasta Ventures

    Kango, a semantic search engine for travel, announced that it raised $4 million from Shasta Ventures earlier this year. The terms previously were not disclosed. Kango looks at travel reviews and other information across the Web and automatically generates tags so it can categorize results by how “kid friendly” or “romantic” they may be. I wrote about Kango… Read More

  • Google Wants To Index Your Videos

    Google has launched Sitemaps for Video, an extension of their webmaster sitemaps program that will assist webmasters in having their videos indexed by Google. To be indexed, webmasters must create a sitemap page that provides a list of videos on each site that is compliant with Googles sitemaps protocol, which since November 2006 is standardized with Yahoo and Microsoft as well. Webmasters… Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Crunchy Trail Edition

    Mobiblu Folding Cube
    GOOD Energy Vampirism
    The Phantom is actually shipping – the Phantom Lapboard that is
    Thule Trail: modern day Oregon Trail
    Smart Phones Now 2007 Read More

  • Majority Of Americans On Google Docs: "What You Talkin Bout Willis?"

    A new survey by NPD has found that the 73% of Americans have never heard of Google Docs and other online office applications, but perhaps worst still only 0.5% of respondents have abandoned desktop office applications for an online alternative. 94% of Americans have never tried a web based productivity suite. To be fair though, the survey was of “600 PC users” so it (possibly)… Read More

  • No Dreams For One Third Of Electric Sheep Company Employees This Christmas

    The Electric Sheep Company, regarded by many to be the leading Second Life development company, has parted company with one third of its workforce (22 people). The Electric Sheep Company is best known recently for its work in creating the CSI:NY build in Second Life. The company offers its own Second Life browser “OnRez”, and provides services to companies looking to establish… Read More

  • Android Prototype: Lets Hope Looks Can Be Deceiving

    Gizmodo has got their hands on a photograph (pic right) of a prototype phone running Google’s Android Open Mobile operating system. According to the report, the phone itself looks like it may have been manufactured by HTC. What it means: The OS obviously works already, and this looks like a closed testing round to iron out the bugs, so there’s a good chance that Android is… Read More

  • Somebody somewhere is touching Android

    And he took a picture and sent it to Gizmodo. It looks pretty sharp, and the hardware seems rugged as well. The hot tipper for the Giz mentioned it was fast, and apparently a little more well-put-together than WinMo. Can’t wait to get my hands on one – this is only a prototype, but it can’t be that far off. It seems like it was only yesterday it was running on raw PCB with… Read More

  • Smartphones Now: Carriers Roundup

    Smartphones and not-so-smartphones are gaining popularity and the necessity of finding a decent plan is becoming more and more important. Not every carrier is really providing a good price point for first adopters or really, even slightly economically-minded smartphone users. What we’re looking at today is what the Big Four carriers (Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint) have on offer. Read More

  • Bloglines Gets A Triple Dose Of New Features

    Bloglines has added three new features to its RSS reading service. First up is the ability to save posts including text and graphics from within Bloglines to a “Saved” folder. This allows users to have quick access to previously read posts at a later date. “Photo Widget” provides large thumbnails of images from Flickr feeds; previously only a text description was… Read More

  • ComVentures Merges With Velocity, Gets A Much Needed Fresh Start

    Ross Levinsohn (former President of Fox Interactive) and Jonathan Miller (former Chairman and CEO of America Online) launched Velocity Investment Group earlier this year with the goal of acquiring and investing in digital media startups. Today they are announcing a merger with ComVentures, a venture fund with around $1 billion under management. This sounds like a bit of a coup. The new entity… Read More

  • LG's MS25 coming to America, touchscreen, 3G and all

    Europe’s LG KS20 iPhone-espue smartphone is heading to America as the LG MS25, likely to AT&T wireless. The sexy Wi-Fi enabled handset features 3G for GSM, Bluetooth, Windows Mobile 6, and a touchscreen with stylus. It’s based roughly on the hot Prada phone, and will likely retain the 2-Megapixel camera with flash and video support. Look for it sometime late next quarter… Read More

  • Smartphones Now: Get more done with these third-party applications

    The whole idea of smartphones is that they should help to make your life easier. But sometimes it can be a daunting task to figure out which third-party applications are worth the time and money to install and use. These eight great apps are easy to install, easy to use, and should help you be more productive from day to day. Read More

  • Samsung T819 3G T-Mobile phone a little closer to reality

    The Samsung t819, which we first mentioned a couple days ago as an FCC leak, has leaked a bit more, this time giving us full stats from T-Mobile. While no exact release date is given, we have the vague “January” time frame now, which is in line with what we’ve been hearing. It’s tight mid-range package, with a passable 1.3-Megapixel camera, stereo Bluetooth, full… Read More

  • Founders Fund Closes $220 Million Second Fund

    San Francisco based Founders Fund launched in 2005 with a $50 million venture fund. They’ve had two liquidity events since then, and a handful of other very high profile investments (Facebook, Powerset, Ooma, Quantcast, Slide, Geni, Causes, etc.). Today they will announce a second fund, Founders Fund II. It’s much larger – $220 million. And unlike the first fund, the money… Read More

  • Mobiblu Folding Cube

    Mobiblu today unveiled a folding version of its popular cube-shaped-budget DAPs. The point behind this is completely unapparent to me, but if you’ve ever found yourself yearning for a cube-shaped audio player that could unfold into a stupid little cross, then Mobiblu has you, and probably only YOU, in mind. So nice of them to appeal to one customer. That’s what I call… Read More

  • Gilty Couture iPod cases: When an iPod isn't enough of a gift

    Getting someone an iPod for Xmas is, in itself, old and tired. I mean, the iPods been around since before Lohan could legally drink, so if you do decide to give one this year, shouldn’t you bling the hell out of it? Enter the Gilty Couture iPod cases, which offer one-stop outfitting for most current lines of iPods. The jewel-encrusted silver- or gold-plated cases don’t just… Read More

  • Big, awesome, portable SNES casemod

    If you’re still unsure of what to get the teen child of that giant who lives at the top of the beanstalk in your backyard for Xmas, you might want to try getting craft and make him something, like this dope SNES casemod. Using an LCD screen and an SNES, a cool but nameless engineer built this case out of wood, and made what amounts to a large GameBoy advance, kinda. It’s portable, in… Read More

  • HD Radi-who? An HD Radio Buyer's Guide makes HD radio actually look interesting

    I’m a satellite radio guy but that doesn’t mean I don’t listen to regular radio now and again. Thanks to HD radio, you can now listen to commercials, Soulja Boy, and commercials 24/7 in CD quality, ensuring you’ll never miss a song you’ve never really heard before but is apparently very popular as a ringtone and, as a result, gets played on terrestrial stations… Read More

  • GOOD Energy Vampirism

    GOOD Magazine that is. The shamelessly self-testifying publications has released a cutesy chart depicting the energy consumed by your devices in passive and active standby modes. Standby energy consumption is said to cost consumers $3 billion per year. An easy solution is to use powerstrips and simply hit the office switch during periods that your devices are unused. There is definitely a… Read More

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