• Eastern promise at TMT Ventures

    Smart-up, a great blog about Central and Eastern European startups has been covering the TMT.Ventures’08 conference in Kiev. It sounds like a fascinating event. Blogger Michal Faber has also shot some video of the presenting VCs which includes the London-based Greg Marsh, of Index Ventures and Sean Seton-Rogers of Benchmark Capital, below. Read More

  • TeachStreet Turns The Lights On

    Seattle-based TeachStreet, which we covered yesterday, has now gone live – they “flipped the switch” a couple of hours ago. For now they are bridging real world classes to their website in Seattle only. If you live up there, you may want to check out your local cooking, dog obedience, or yoga courses. CrunchBase Information TeachStreet Information provided by CrunchBase Read More

  • Sprout: Now A Viral Distribution Platform for Web Services

    Sprout – the impressive browser-based tool that debuted at DEMO in January and suddenly made it feasible for non-developers to create rich Flash-based widgets – has got even better with the release of v1.5. One of the most promising things about Sprout was that it integrated third-party services. At launch, publishers could add to their widgets, among other components, polls… Read More

  • A Better Interface For Image Search?

    People seem to like Apple’s interface for scrolling through albums visually with a scrollbar. It was copied by SearchMe as a way to browse normal search results. And now an Austrian developer named Franz Enzenhofer has built his own interface to Google Image Search: CreativeSpace. Users scroll through image search results with the same interface. This is built with Ajax, not Flash… Read More

  • Chinese Hackers Take Down SportsNetwork

    The SportsNetwork, a privately held sports website located in Hatboro, PA, has been under attack from hackers for about 24 hours. Early Sunday the site was defaced with “Tibet was, is and will always be part of China” messages. Engineers returned the site to normal, but late Sunday evening the site was again hacked and taken offline. The message in the image second above is now… Read More

  • House Republicans Move To Increase H1B Visa Quota

    Last Friday the House Republican Study Committee sent a letter to Nancy Pelosi and Steny Hoyer, the Speaker of the House and Majority Leader, respectively, requesting an increase in the current H1B visa quota of 65,000 per year to 115,000. They also request a 20% yearly increase in the cap every year, assuming the previous year’s quota was met. The letter is embedded below. The current… Read More

  • CrunchGear Week in Review: We've Squozen Our Whole Supply Edition

    Yeah, that’s a clock
    Tresling = Tetris + Arm Wrestling
    Hive speaker bar looks better than your surround sound speakers
    Samsung wants you to use your hands
    Attention, Seattle: CrunchGear reader meet-up, April 25th!
    Massage pants seem to be exactly what they sound like Read More

  • Etelos Lets Your Web Apps Run Offline

    Web application distributor Etelos has released a new feature in beta that allows web apps obtained through the site to operate offline. The company, which provides a marketplace for developers to provide apps to consumers, also says that all applications with the new technology will be able to communicate securely with one another. The functionality is enabled by a system Etelos has… Read More

  • Fix8 Lets Users Join The Presidential Primaries

    Computer generated animation provider Fix8 has joined the US President Primaries season with the addition of Candidate avatars (video example above). The limited-time free software allows users to become their favorite or least favorite candidates and debate each other live via video chat. Users can also create and post Fix8 videos across all the leading social networks as well as video… Read More

  • TwittEarth Makes Twitter A Global Experience

    Twitter visualizations are nothing new, but they always provide a great way to waste some time. The newest, TwittEarth, is eye-candy at its finest – a mesmerizing and mostly useless diversion that sticks you in space and whips you around the globe to see a new geo-located tweet every ten seconds. Tweets are accompanied by small, goofy icons that remain static on the map, eventually… Read More

  • Six Apart Launches Ad Network, Moves Into Services

    Six apart is launching an advertising network for blogs and will begin offering professional services (design, implementation, development, optimization) after acquiring New York based creative agency Apperceptive (this was correctly guessed by Cameron Barret in a Friday post (see comment 156) asking for readers to tell us who they thought Six Apart acquired). Advertising Network – Six… Read More

  • New HTC device(s)?

    So Mobile-Review.com forum member deuxani posted the image to your left and asks whether or not the bottom row of HTC devices have all been announced. Most are recognizable right off the bat, but Into Mobile points out that the device in the lower left corner seems like the odd duck. Thoughts? Maybe this is what we’ll see at the HTC event next month in London. Is it the Dream? Read More

  • Skype to offer unlimited international calls for $10

    Despite the nasty rumors going around about eBay selling Skype, the VoIP provider is poised to introduce an unlimited international calling plan that will cost $9.95/month. The 34 countries included are Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Chile, China, Singapore, Taiwan, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, and most of Europe. This new plan will, of course, include calls to domestic land-line phones and… Read More

  • UserVoice Offers A Better Way To Take Customer Suggestions

    http://www.viddler.com/player/56df0f97/ UserVoice offers a hosted way to harness the innovation and ideas of customers and potential customers that replaces email. San Francisco based UserVoice improves the signal-to-noise of user opinion by allowing the moderation of the ideas of one person against the opinions of the many. UserVoice allows users to voice opinions, suggestions, and complaints. Read More

  • Rentoid Wants To Be The Place For Renting Anything

    Rentoid offers an eBay style variety of items, but with one distinct difference: the items are only available for rent. The Melbourne, Australia based startup launched in beta last year and has slowly been growing its user base as it adds features and signs distribution agreements. Items for rent can be searched by type of item and location, and social tagging by members in… Read More

  • Video: High Tech Noon for your weekend enjoyment

    It’s not sweded, it’s remixed, and it’s amazing. This is High Tech Noon, High Noon re-imagined digitally with a teleporting cyborg theme. You’re welcome. Read More

  • Mollom May Soon Offer Serious Competition To Akismet

    Mollom is a new blog spam prevention tool that’s shaping up to be serious competition to Automattic’s Akismet, the current market leader. Belgium based Mollom was founded earlier this year by Dries Buytaert, the founder and project lead of the Drupal project and Benjamin Schrauwen, a Post-Doc researcher at Ghent University and Machine Learning expert. Mollom automatically… Read More

  • Man builds rad trimaran sailboat in yard, now it's stuck there

    We’re all for DIY, sometimes when you want to do something right you have to do it yourself and all that. You should plan ahead though. Don’t be like this Brit who spent five years hand-building a dream yacht only to find when it was completed it was too large to move from his yard. Oops indeed. The trimaran yacht looks badass, sure, but until he can afford a crane and truck… Read More

  • Skype Co-Founding Engineers Invest In Pet Social Network

    Ambient Sound Investments (ASI), the investment company established by the four co-founding engineers of Skype has invested $235,000 USD in United Dogs and Cats Ltd, an Estonian startup that offers localized social networking sites for lovers of dogs and cats. UnitedDogs.com and UnitedCats.com offers traditional social networking tools such as blogs, profile pages and photo sharing to pet… Read More

  • Video card upgrade for Mac Pro carries $100 premium over actual card price

    What the hell? I’m all for modularity and being able to upgrade components individually in a powerhouse computer like the Mac Pro, but $279 for an 8800GT? The card you’re getting is fully $100 cheaper on the street even for a good brand like XFX or PNY (nice deal there). Reminds me of the infamous Xbox 360 hard drive markup. I know many people will gladly pay a premium for… Read More

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