• Zillow Raises $30 Million More, Up To $87 Million in Venture Capital

    Seattle-based real estate site Zillow has raised another big round of capital. Tonight they’re announcing a $30 million financing, bringing their total capital raised to a whopping $87 million. The round was led by asset management firm Legg Mason Capital Management, with participation from existing investors Benchmark Capital, Technology Crossover Ventures and PAR Capital. Their last… Read More

  • EA Games Available for Pre-Order on Apple Store


    Reader Steve sent us a tip that some newer EA games — Tiger Woods Golf ’08, Madden NFL ’08 — are now available for pre-order on the Apple Store. They’ll ship in 4 to 6 weeks and they’re on par with EA pricing. Big news? Nah, but it’s nice to know they’re thinking of us. Product Page Read More

  • Ooma's First (Drug Induced?) Viral Video

    http://www.brightcove.tv/playerswf New consumer VOIP service Ooma officially launched yesterday and began selling units on their website. See additional coverage from Dean Takahashi and Adweek. They also released their first (drug induced?) viral video to promote the service, which I have embedded above. The video was conceptualized by Ashton Kutcher, the company’s creative director… Read More

  • David Berlind Discovers Gravity, Tendency of Products to Improve in Future Iterations


    Sorry, but this picture also fits here I came to this story through a great rebuttal on Macalope which I strongly suggest you read. Essentially David “Le Obvious” Berlind is saying that a 3G iPhone aka iPhone 2 will reduce sales of the old iPhone aka iPhone 1. Now, I’m no prognosticator, but as far as I can tell this has been Apple’s M.O. during the Jobs era. While… Read More

  • Is Hulu Doomed? NBC To Begin Offering Free Downloads

    NBC will start offering its top television shows as ad-supported downloads this fall (autumn) from the NBC Direct website. The announcement is a major setback for the NBC/ News Corp joint venture Hulu, which was originally set up to offer this very content. The announcement also follows on from NBC’s decision to discontinue offering its TV shows via iTunes by the end of the… Read More

  • Dearest Little Asstunnels: The MediaDefender Take-Down Reactions

    Ars is reporting on responses by Meganova and other torrent sites to MediaDefender, the company that poisons P2P for “big media” in the U.S of A. While we don’t condone downloading private email, it is funny to watch the world’s premiere content protection group get hit in this way. The sooner companies work with these haxor punks the better, because things can only go… Read More

  • Business social network beta launches. Why?

    London-based entrepreneur John Horsley has launched the beta of business-networking site Marzar (slightly ironically at a Web2NewYork networking party yesterday, in fact). Horsley says Marzar is an ‘enterprise 3.0 business networking and collaboration tool’ for the global business community. Marzar’s vision is to, “build an environment for business people to work… Read More

  • PlaySpan Takes $6.5m Series A, Founder In Grade 6

    Virtual world goods seller PlaySpan has received $6.5 million Series A in a round led by Easton Capital, Menlo Ventures, STIC and Novel TMT Ventures. PlaySpan hasn’t launched yet, but is promising a product that will attempt to be an official commerce provider for multiple MMOGs. According to PlaySpan, the company has already signed up seven MMOG partners The interesting side of PlaySpan… Read More

  • Branded Gphone On Its Way, I Begin Salting and Peppering My Hat

    I’ve always said Google won’t launch a branded phone but it seems that Google may launch a branded phone. DigiTimes is reporting that Google is kinda sorta definitely releasing a Gphone but, and this a big but: [they have] yet to finalize the handset’s specifications, OS, production contractor and operating partners, according to sources at Taiwan handset makers. Read More

  • Creative Aurvana X-Fi Review

    Creative made a bold move by integrating its X-Fi sound enhancement technology into a set of noise-canceling headphones, and it paid off. The Creative Aurvana X-Fi gives more expensive models like the Bose QuietComfort 2 and Sennheiser PXC-450 a run for their money in sound quality and comfort. The integrated sound-enhancement features really set it apart from the crowd, too. They’re… Read More

  • True Knowledge wins funding for search product

    Early stage private investor group Octopus Ventures has put around £600,000 into True Knowledge Ltd, a UK startup which claims to have a revolutionary search product. Currently in private beta, True Knowledge says their product is capable of intelligently answering – in plain English – questions posed on any topic, and dramatically improves the quality and accuracy of results… Read More

  • Propeller Lives…For Now

    Yaaarrrrr! It’s International Talk Like a Pirate Day and what better way to celebrate than with a nautically themed post. The new Netscape is now the old Netscape (but called Propeller) and is now live at Propeller.com. The new old Netscape/ Propeller looks just like the old new Netscape, but with a new logo and URL. The old Netscape is now the new Netscape with the formerly new… Read More

  • Investors acquire Russian e-lance site

    Some interesting movement coming out of Russia yesterday. The leading Russian online recruitment website HeadHunter and private equity investor Digital Sky Technologies have each acquired 20% of Free-lance.ru, an online workplace for freelance specialists not unlike elance.com, for an estimated sum of $0.4 million. Free-lance has some 100,000 registered users. Digital Sky Technologies… Read More

  • BenQ MID Peeped At IDF

    Here’s a tasty 4.8-inch screen MID running Linux from BenQ. JKOnTheRun Read More

  • iPhone Hacked For Pseudo-GPS

    Navizon is a free app that claims to give you GPS and it seems to do the trick on the iPhone, according to Giz. It’s not really GPS, but it does triangulate your phone’s position by measuring the delay between nearby cell phone towers and their locations. Apparently, the coordinates are off by a few hundred yards, but I suppose it’s better than nothing. The app is free, so… Read More

  • Halo 3 Will Make The World A Better Place

    I love the Sarcastic Gamer. Sorry, folks, it’s a slow news day. Will Halo 3 have such a lasting effect on the world? Probably. Read More

  • We Want Comments Like This!

    http://www.collegehumor.com/moogaloop/moogaloop.swf?clip_id=1776175&fullscreen=1 Read More

  • WiMax, 3G Support Coming To Intel UMPCs

    I thought UMPCs were dead, but Intel is telling me different. Anand Chandrasekher, SVP and GM of Intel’s UM group, is set to announce that the chipmaker will be adding options for WiMax and 3G support to Menlow UMPC devices running Windows or Linux. The Menlow chip package includes the upcoming Silverthorne processor and single-chip Poulsbo chipset. We should be seeing it pop up on… Read More

  • Rumble For PS3 Controllers Confirmed

    An official announcement won’t be going out until tomorrow at TGS, but the chaps at IGN took a spin at the EA booth with Burnout Paradise, which revealed a little shake, rattle and roll. The Sixaxis appeared to be normal until they started playing and the rumble is likened to the PS2 rumble. Awesome. TGS 2007: Rumble Confirmed [IGN] Read More

  • Early Halo 3 Players Are Not Being Banned

    Microsoft has set things straight by announcing that they are not banning those who’ve received copies of Halo 3 before launch. They are, however, banning MS employees who are signing onto XBL with their copies. So there you have it. No need to fret over whether or not you can play your copy if you have one now. All is right in the world. Microsoft Not Banning Early Halo 3 Players… Read More

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