• The Hi-Tech Soldier: A Retrospective

    Today is Memorial Day in the greatest country on Earth, the greatest country in history. CNET knows this and has a patriotic slide show featuring freedom-spreading technology the U.S. Army uses or plans to use on the battlefields of liberty. I like this picture here the best because it shows our boys, Over There, controlling a Small Unmanned Ground Vehicle with an Xbox 360 controller. Now… Read More

  • Wii Still Damn Near Impossible to Find Through Holidays: Money Men

    Hating on the Nintendo Wii seems to be the local raison d’être, but the numbers don’t lie: many of you love to wave that Wiimote around like it’s 1999. Sure, OK. But, alas, if you don’t already have a Wii, prepare yourself for more agony. One of those financial outfits—Lazard Capital, to be exact—predicts that demand will outstrip supply for… Read More

  • Toshiba Gigabeat V: Next Gen Gigabeat, Next Gen Zune?

    Toshiba’s original Gigabeat is among the most successful non-iPod portable media players (PMP) out there, boosted by the fact that Microsoft used it as the basis for the Zune. Whether or not this new Gigabeat, the Gigabeat V, will be the basis of Zune 2(or Zune Too, or whatever hip, focus group-tested name Microsoft gives it) is yet unknown, but Toshiba’s player does its best to… Read More

  • The TechCrunch Quick Guide To GrandCentral

    We’ve followed new telephone management startup GrandCentral since its debut in September 2006. The company has deservedly received a lot of blogger and mainstream press: Tim O’Reilly said “The Web 2.0 Address Book May Have Arrived” when talking about it, and the New York Times did a long overview article in March. The basic idea around GrandCentral is “one… Read More

  • Skype Founders Invest in Frenzoo

    Ambient Sound Investments, a company established by the four co-founding engineers of Skype, have invested in the Hong Kong based 3D social networking company Frenzoo as part of a Series A round of investment aimed at expanding the service through out Asia. ASI owners include Priit Kasesalu and Jaan Tallinn, Senior Developers at Skype, Ahti Heinla, Chief Architect at Skype and Toivo Annu, a… Read More

  • MySpace v. Facebook: "It's Not A Decision. It's an IQ Test"

    Venture capitalist Josh Kopelman rips into MySpace today as he applauds Facebook’s new developer platform. Facebook’s timing is perfect. They just released an API that gives third party developers deep access to Facebook functionality and its 20 million users. Not only can these third party startups get a widget placed on people’s Facebook profiles, but they can also get… Read More

  • Event of the Week: Steve Jobs & Bill Gates On Stage at D

    http://services.brightcove.com/services/viewer/federated_f8/452319854 The highlight of the D conference in San Diego later this week will be a 75 minute session with Bill Gates and Steve Jobs on stage at the same time. No one is suggesting the two will be making any announcements – the topic is “where consumer technology has been, and where it is going.” But this will… Read More

  • Picasa Style Online Photo Editing With F8: Picnik

    Online photo editing continues to be a hot market. From Flektor, Slide and others with a MySpace focus, to Adobe’s development of an online version of Photoshop later this year, there’s a lot on offer or soon coming to a browser near you. Seattle based Picnik has grown an audience without gaining much attention. We previously covered the site in February as part of an overall… Read More

  • Recruit.net: Job Aggregation With Revenue

    Hong Kong based Recruit.net is a job search engine with an Australasian focus. The job search engine and aggregation market is crowded. In January Michael Arrington suggested that there was a bubble in job boards. The rise of sites like Indeed and Simply Hired coupled with companies such as Edgeio that offer co-branded job boards makes it a marketplace that borders on… Read More

  • Intelliverb: Is It Intelligent Investing in Search?

    Maryland based Intelliverb is a full content based search engine with a relevancy model driven by point of operation dependency. The company founders have designed and implemented an algorithm called PageScale, which ranks pages on an “intelligent content analysis basis” and not popularity alone. This approach is said to deliver different search results than regular search… Read More

  • How Much Is Your Soul Worth? PayPerPost Now Lets Bloggers Set The Price

    PayPerPost, the controversial blogging service that lets advertisers purchase commentary on blogs, has released a new product called PayPerPost Direct. The new product is a widget that bloggers can add to their blogs that announces their willingness to sell blog posts. Previously, bloggers perused listings on the PayPerPost website, looking for opportunities to make a few extra dollars. Read More

  • GeoNames: Wikipedia For Geographical Data

    The GeoNames project is a free global geographical database. The goal of GeoNames is to aggregate free data from various sources and make is available as a database or via a range of web services. Users of GeoNames include Microsoft Popfly, Slide.com, LinkedIn and Tagzania. The GeoNames gazetteer includes over 8.5 million toponyms for 6.5 million places with 2 million alternate names in up to… Read More

  • Yahoo Experiments With Non-Yahoo Links On Home Page

    The major Internet portals like Yahoo, AOL, MSN, Google, etc. do not place links on their home page that go anywhere except deeper into the properties. Advertising is generally the only exception. So it surprised us when Yahoo contacted us earlier this week to say that they are testing outside links from their home page. The goal, they say, is to make Yahoo.com as relevant as possible to their. Read More

  • Daily Crunch: DJ Chaos Edition

    Music Vortex Speaker: When Water Ripples Attack
    When the Robots Take Over
    Cambridge SoundWorks Radio 820HD Review
    Nick Arcade: Best Game Show Ever
    Sound Opinion: Headphone Showdown Read More

  • Last.FM Too Slow: Users Create Their Own Facebook Application

    Last.fm is a seriously popular music service (we’ve dubbed it a viral machine). So users are wondering why they are yet to release a Facebook application – competitors like iLike and MOG are the first and fifth most popular applications, respectively. The Last.fm forums are being lit up with user requests for integration. In early May, a staff member (flaneur) commented… Read More

  • Cellular-WiFi Blackberriage on the Horizon

    RIM is getting into the WiFi/Cell crossover ring, and it’s about time. In a call with investors earlier this week, RIM’s CEO Jim Balsillie (that name is always so fun to type) announced that later this year, we’ll be writing about a WiFi-enabled Blackberry. Why is this exciting? It means better rates on corporate plans as the cellular carriers have to start competing with… Read More

  • Popfly: Sign of a Closer Microsoft-Yahoo Relationship?

    Despite a frenzy of speculation earlier this month, Microsoft has not acquired Yahoo. However buried amongst numerous reports at the time was speculation that the two companies could form a stronger relationship as part of an “Anyone but Google” grouping. Microsoft Popfly could demonstrate part of a new relationship between Yahoo and Microsoft. The private alpha test of mashup… Read More

  • iLike: By Far the Most Popular Facebook Application

    Facebook’s new Developer Platform has been live for nearly a day, and data is coming in on which third party applications are the most appealing to Facebook users. The top application, by far, is music service iLike. They currently have just under 40,000 Facebook users, more than the rest of the top ten applications combined. The application was added by 10,000 users within the first… Read More

  • coRank: Build Your Own Digg Clone

    If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery Digg would be at the top of the heap. The site that popularized social news has been copied, cloned and even spawned Pligg, an open source Digg style script. If Pligg opened up Digg style clones to site hosts and developers, coRank takes the concept to the mass market; users who either can’t or don’t want to host Pligg on their own domain. Read More

  • Memorial Day Greetings

    The birds are singing, the beer is cold, and the warm weather awaits. We’ll be on a reduced schedule this weekend and Monday while the CG team takes a few moments to rest and relax before the feeding frenzy that will be the iPhone launch in a few weeks. Hugs and kisses to you and yours, readers, and have a great weekend. Read More

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