• IncrediMail Gets A Stay Of Execution From Google

    A week ago Google disabled IncrediMail’s adsense account and the stock price of the public company, which relies heavily on Google revenue, promptly tanked. Today they were given a stay of execution: “Google and IncrediMail are now co-operating with the goal of resolving any remaining compliance issues, if any.”

    What happened? Neither side is going to say. But it’s a… Read More

  • Should There Be A Privacy Line With Life Streaming?

    I had the opportunity to spend some time with Sarah Meyers of PopSnap this week. Sarah was in town to do the videos for the Crunchies, and I had to drive her up to the award ceremony Friday. On many levels she’s inspiring, particularly given that someone so relatively young can make a decent living out of video blogging, and can afford to live in New York. We just happened to discuss… Read More

  • iPhone guitar – quick, someone tell me if this works

    I don’t have a JesusPhone, so I can’t say for sure, but this thing looks mighty cool. I don’t think you’re going to be hitting Van Halen heights of guitar heroism with it, but you might be able to get to Family Guy “douchebag” levels. Someone install this right now and tell us all if it works. It’s been tested with 1.1.1 but as I believe we are… Read More

  • Prince of Persia, Bruckheimer better not screw this up

    Damn right. Jordan Mechner, Jerry Bruckheimer Talk Prince of Persia Movie [Game Daily] Read More

  • Cloverfield: Sucks or really sucks?

    It’s a long holiday weekend, you guys might be going to the movies and you might go watch Cloverfield and then want to warn others. Tell us what you thought because I couldn’t stand it. Feel free to spoil the whole thing in comments because there wasn’t much to spoil — except that I actually would have preferred to either see 27 Dresses instead or, barring that, stab out… Read More

  • AT&T will sell you just a SIM card – five American dollars, my friend!

    I guess this is the simplest possible route short of getting a candy cell phone and pretending it’s real. AT&T is sending out just SIM cards for you to put into your already-unlocked or AT&T-restricted phones. You pay them five bucks and sign up for a contract (natch) and you get a tiny piece of plastic in the mail that tells the towers “yo, this phone’s AT&T… Read More

  • Nokia To Invest In Facebook?

    It looks like Europe is in love with Facebook…First the Samwer Brothers invested in the company, and now reports that Nokia is joining the round, too. Paid Content is quoting sources that claim that Facebook and Nokia may be close to a deal which sees Facebook offered on Nokia phones as a default and in return Nokia may take a stake in Facebook. On the content side, offering a Nokia… Read More

  • Watch Recording of the Crunchies Online

    Miss the Crunchies this year? You can watch a recording of the show provided by Revision3 below. Also see our wrap-up of the… Read More

  • Alleged MS source airs info about Xbox 360 problems

    The other day, I turned on my Xbox 360 to the red ring of death — or so I thought. It turned out to just be the one-quarter-but-not-full red ring of not-death. I was scared but after rebooting, everything was fine. Crisis averted. For a brief moment, though, I thought that I had joined the legions of Xbox 360 owners that have turned on their systems to the real-deal blinking red ring. Read More

  • Boost your cell phone reception, MacGyver-style

    http://www.metacafe.com/fplayer/963126/boost_your_cellular_signal.swf Ah, I remember when I was working for Verizon when a similar line of Moto phones came out (maybe five years ago) and there was an actual external antenna that you could buy to juice the signal a bit. Here’s how to make your own. This actually looks to improve the signal quite a bit — even moreso than the add-on… Read More

  • Davos World Economic Forum

    I’m attending and covering two great conferences this week. First up is the Digital, Life, Design event in Munich (where i have just arrived). There are a few interesting panels and discussions, and I’ll mention any highlights over the next two days. Then on Tuesday I’ll join three thousand other lucky individuals who are attending the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. Read More

  • Unisfair Takes $10 Million Series C

    Virtual events firm Unisfair has taken $10 million Series C in a round led by Norwest Ventures. Unisfair powers virtual corporate events such live Expos, Trade Shows, & Conferences “that use rich media to provide a superior user experience.” The virtual spaces allow those off site to attend big events virtually by allowing them to see and hear presentations; participate in… Read More

  • Conduit raises $8m for toolbar service

    Euro News: Conduit, an Israel-based provider of Web community toolbars, has raised $8m from Benchmark Capital to upgrade its offering. The service enables web publishers to create, promote and maintain a community toolbar, driving traffic to their site, without needing complex software. Some 140,000 publishers have joined the Conduit network worldwide, including Fox News, Lufthansa… Read More

  • TechStars 2008 Applications Now Open

    Startup fund/incubator TechStars is now accepting applications for its 2008 intake (see our coverage of them a year ago). TechStars offers up to $15,000 in seed funding ($5,000 per founder, max $15,000) to broke entrepreneurs with a good startup idea. Ten winners will be selected, and winners will need to spend most of their time in Boulder over the Northern summer building out their ideas. Read More

  • Yahoo To Cut 20% Of Its Workforce?

    Silicon Alley Insider is reporting that Yahoo is preparing to lay off up to 20% of its 14,000 strong workforce, a big purge as the Sunnyvale based company attempts to become more profitable. Talks of staff downsizing at Yahoo have been doing the rounds since former CEO Terry Semel left Yahoo in June. Despite traffic to Yahoo properties remaining ahead of Google (according to comScore), YHOO… Read More

  • NASA planning space MMO

    I actually love NASA but seriously, what have they done lately? Where’s my jet pack? NASA is considering possibly working on a Space-themed MMO to teach kids about engineering and science. The resulting virtual space will definitely be a hit with kids who haven’t seen or cared about a Space Shuttle lift-off since 1999. “A NASA-based MMO could provide opportunities for… Read More

  • YouTorrent: Give It A Shot Before It's Shut Down

    YouTorrent is a fairly new BitTorrent search engine that has been getting positive reviews of late, so I gave it a shot. The premise is simple: YouTorrent is a meta-search engine that indexes torrents from other sites (such as btjunkie, The Pirate Bay), then prioritizes the results based on the number of seeds and peers each torrent has. For example a search for something like Cloverfield… Read More

  • Our Crunchies video: We're here all week

    http://progressive.playstream.com/playstream/progressive/flashplayers/FLVPlayer.swf Kudos to videographer Doug and mascot Phoebe. Read More

  • Wal*Mart says sorry with gift cards

    So, the whole Wal*Mart fiasco over Super Smash Bros. is getting resolved by way of $10 gift cards. If you have no idea what I’m talking about then here’s the quick and dirty. WM was offering the game for pre-order for the low, low price of $20 when in reality it’s a $50 game. Obviously everyone and their mom ordered the game thinking they scored a sweet deal, but all orders… Read More

  • Crunchies Wrap Up – A Big Thank You To The Community

    Thank you to everyone who attended the first Crunchies event last night to honor startups in categories ranging from “best business model” to “best time sink” (pictured right is Toni Schneider, CEO of Automattic/Wordpress, showing off his award for Best CEO). If you were not one of the 900+ people to attend the event live last night in San Francisco, you can watch a… Read More

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