• Automattic Acquires Gravatar

    Automattic, the company behind WordPress.com and Akismet, has acquired blog avatar provider Gravatar. Gravatar offers a “globally recognized avatar,” a 80×80 pixel avatar image that follows users from weblog to weblog, appearing beside their name when they comment on gravatar enabled sites. Automattic’s Matt Mullenweg wrote on the Gravatar blog that Gravatar was facing… Read More

  • HP's Tabblo Inks Web-To-Print Deals With Disney, Flickr, and Others

    Hewlett-Packard wants you to print as many digital photos and other content from the Web as possible. To that end, it bought Boston-based startup Tabblo last spring because of the software it developed to ingest any Web content on one end and spit it out in printable form on the other. Today, Tabblo announced a bunch of deals it’s been working on since it was acquired, including… Read More

  • New, tiny MacBook Pros this Month? Probably not

    There’s a rumor flying around the Interwebs that on Leopard Day, October 26th, Apple would be launching an ultraportable MacBook Pro. As the rumor goes, it’d be in the form factor of a MacBook, but have all the MacBook Pro professional-grade hardware. We’re saying it’s total horsecrap. While the MacBook Pro (like the MacBook) line is due for an upgrade (especially… Read More

  • Circular LCDs on the way

    I’ve got a friend who’s obsessed with roundness. Spheres in 3D, and perfect circles in 2D. He’s all up in my grill about it being natures ideal shape, blah blah. He’s going to flip when I tell him about the new circular LCD displays Toshiba/Matsushita has developed. These aren’t really for computers, they’re for more bric a brac consumer products, but we… Read More

  • BTW, Live Search 411 Is Taking On GOOG 411

    Telephone directory service has gone through a massive upheaval over the past year. Jingle Networks was able to take about 6% of the market and a patent with their Free 411 service. However, what started with Jingle Networks has exploded to a wider field of competition including heavyweights like Google and AT&T. But now, rather unceremoniously, Microsoft has finally gotten into the mix… Read More

  • Nokia's Latest Pocket Computer (the N810) as Mobile Platform

    Nokia officially announced its latest pocket computer, the N810. It’s got a full slide-out keyboard, WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, the works, and is due out next month for $479. Nokia has more like this coming. It now thinks of the phone as a computer, and its goal is to sell it not just to geeks and early adopters but to the mass audience as well. The N810 is its latest step in that direction. Read More

  • App-Camp 2007 to Facilitate Discussion about Open Platforms this Saturday in San Francisco

    We are sponsoring an event hosted by VideoEgg called App-Camp 2007 that will take place this Saturday in San Francisco. The event is not a conference but a more casual gathering like BarCamp where attendees will have the opportunity to discuss the impact of open platforms like Facebook on consumer behavior. Developers, media, and marketers will also discuss the business opportunities created… Read More

  • AT&T throws us yet another Curve (sorry, sorry)

    Those of you who’ve been sitting on an AT&T upgrade and waiting for your dream Blackberry to arrive, today is your day. The 8310, aka another Curve, is now available at your neighborhood AT&T store. Or should be, at least. My local store here in Seattle hasn’t received their stock yet, but are confident it’ll be in today. The Curve has been a strong smartphone so far… Read More

  • VOIP over social networks threatens telcos

    Today’s announcement that MySpace’s 110 million active users will be able to make free calls using Skype-enabled version of MySpace’s IM client will set the cat amongst the telco pigeons everywhere. MySpace users will be able to make calls using MySpaceIM without needing to download any additional Skype software or even to sign up for a Skype account. Revenue from premium… Read More

  • Even Free Can't Compete With Music Piracy

    There’s been a lot of speculation over the future of the music industry and the conversation has begun to shift from “Can they sell DRMed music” to “Can they sell music at all”. Last week Radiohead ran one of the biggest tests of legally distributed free music by letting users name their price for “In Rainbows”, their latest album. However, free… Read More

  • XXX Image on Motorola Phones?

    We’re not jumping to conclusions here, but it sure as hell looks like there’s a great big dick on the analog phone on newer Motos. It might have been snuck in by some trickster in the UI department, or it might just be a random coincidence. We’ll let you view the clock yourself and be the judge. The best part? The positioning of the word “Tools”. Ha! Motorola… Read More

  • Dollars For Doostang

    We’ve heard that Shasta Ventures put $3.5 million into LinkedIn competitor Doostang, adding to the million or so that they raised previously in an angel round. The service, which we first covered over two years ago, is a job site and social network where new users have to be invited by someone currently on the site. That keeps growth small, but the site has been known for having very… Read More

  • Zuckerberg Plays Coy at Web 2.0

    I’m at the Web 2.0 conference for the next few days. First up to the stage today was Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg. He neither confirmed nor denied any of the recent rumors about Facebook taking a big investment stake. He was just coy. Here are some highlights from the Q&A: Q: “How’s the financing going?” Zuckerberg: “It’s going well. … Read More

  • Apple raises price of student version of Leopard: What gives?

    Did anyone else notice that the student version of Leopard costs $116? I seem to remember Tiger only costing $69 for college kids, kids who are notorious for spending the pennies they earn working at the campus library on beer and beer-related activities. As a student, I’d like to know what caused the price to shoot up by nearly 60 percent? I called up Apple a second ago, so… Read More

  • Meebo Adds IM to Firefox

    Meebo, the Web-based instant-messaging application, now has an add-on for the Firefox Web browser. If you use Firefox, you can now IM all your friends from a side-pane, and drag links to anyone on your buddy list. When you get a new IM, you get a visual notification (such as a blinking tab or a pop-up toast). Meebo is a completely Web-based IM service, unlike Skype or AIM or Yahoo… Read More

  • Google Extends Their Social Agenda To Maps

    It’s no longer a secret that Google is working hard on developing social features across the board. Now they’re putting a face on all the content generated by users on Google Maps by integrating their Google “Shared Stuff” profiles. The new profiles serve as a hub for all the content you generate on the site. They let you post a photo, links, business reviews… Read More

  • WildCharge Now Available — Sort Of


    Nearly a year after I first reported on WildCharge, the induction based charging device, we receive word that a version of the product is now available for purchase. Using a charging pad and an induction strip that is placed on the device to be charged, WildCharge revives devices seamlessly, thus avoiding the cumbersome dilemma of having to plug in a cord. I know this glimpse of that this… Read More

  • France's iPhone to come unlocked

    We’ve been talking about Orange as the go-to cellular carrier for the iPhone in France for a little while now, and while it’s a done deal, one remarkable fact is being overlooked: the French iPhone is unlocked. France has a reasonable law on the books stating that cellphone sold in the country have to be unlocked, allowing customers to choose a carrier. Not that Orange will lose… Read More

  • Skype and MySpace in cahoots

    MySpace users will soon be able to call and/or instant message anyone else on the network with the click of a button, thanks to Skype. The service will be called "MySpace IM" and will be rolled out in November, although there’s a Beta version available now. It looks similar to AOL’s popular Instant Messenger program. This news comes not a moment too soon the for two… Read More

  • iPhone SDK hits next February

    Apple has officially announced an SDK for the iPhone. Now developers will easily be able to make uniform applications designed specifically for the iPhone. Thank goodness too, because I’m sure plenty of us were getting sick of these Web 2.0 iPhone “apps”. Not only will the iPhone SDK help coders with the iPhone, it’ll also be used for designing iPod Touch applications. Read More

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