• Ron Paul: A Distributed Web 2.0 Campaign

    A funny thing has happened on the way to the 2008 US Presidential Elections, and it’s all got to do with Web 2.0. Ron Paul is a name many will immediately recognize, but for those who don’t, Ron Paul wants to be the next President of the United States of America. Paul’s platform is very, very different to most (if not all) of the other candidates, both from his own… Read More

  • Could Barbie Girls Become The Largest Virtual World?

    Mattel’s virtual world Barbie Girls hit the 3million user mark in its first 60 days and is growing at the rate of 50,000 new users a day, according to a report from the Scientific American. To put that in perspective, Second Life took 3 years to get to 1 million registered users. At its current growth rate, Barbie Girls should pass the number of Second Life registered users between… Read More

  • Vintage Transformers Shirts: Somewhere Peter Ha's Head Just Exploded

    NerdyShirts.com has made available a limited-edition run of vintage Transformers t-shirts, including one showing off the artwork from the 1984 movie poster. There’s also a Decepticon-flavored shirt, two Optimus Prime offerings, and one featuring a Transformer wearing glasses and a fake mustache with the saying “Robots in Disguise.” Get it? The shirts range from $20 to $22 and… Read More

  • Blogging Turns Ten This Year

    Happy birthday to you, you escaped from a zoo, you look like a monkey, and you smell like one too — HAPPY BIRTHDAY, BLOGGING! Although difficult to pinpoint the exact moment in time that blogging’s Big Bang occured, it is widely believed to have happened about ten years ago with Jorn Barger‘s Robot Wisdom website. I’m not exactly sure how the Wall Street Journal… Read More

  • Teh.Be$T.Kommenter.Evar

    Welcome to the Sunday edition of Teh Be$T Kommenter Evar — where words fly fast and furious to form sometimes-complete sentences, served up for you in all their unedited glory. Let’s keep with the poor grammar and spelling theme and jump right into it with sam, who says… “Needless to say, Pima got is act together and now shows up to class 5 minutes early. Never mess… Read More

  • Let's Get Down To Some Hard Core Knitting

    For whatever ridiculous reason, knitting is popular in America, and becoming more so. So of course there needs to be a social network around the activity, and Ravelry is going to fill that need. The site is still in private beta and has a long list of knitter-types desperate to get in – 17,000 people have requested invites and they’ve let about 1/3 of them in so far. If you want to… Read More

  • PatentMonkey: Patent Searching 411

    We get asked about how to search patents, more from people that know a little bit, but want more insight into how to search a better. In this post, we’ll give you the five steps we use to perform an initial review of an idea in the patent arena. While not as comprehensive as Patent It Yourself, techies interested in some 411, come on in… Read More

  • DLO's HomeDock Music Remote Review

    When I initially saw the DLO HomeDock Music Remote ($130), I had high expectations based on the company’s earlier success with iPod docks. This one comes with a fancy remote that lets you browse and control your iPod on a tiny LED screen. The effect is kind of like carrying around a smaller and less functional version of your iPod to control the real thing, which charges and plays… Read More

  • Streamy First Look: This Has Nothing To Do With Digg

    Streamy, which we wrote about last week, is sending out early beta invitations and I had a chance to be one of the first people to poke around on the site. The video we included in that post still shows a very current user interface, and the feel of the product is very close to what is shown there. Or click on the image to the right for a very large screen shot of the home page. Streamy… Read More

  • How To Raise Money From VCs

    The following video “How To Raise Money From VC’s” comes from 5min.com, an instructional video site we covered in May, and is currently getting a lot of attention in Israel. The video (in Hebrew with English subtitles) provides some fun advice for anyone looking at raising money from VC’s. Content aside I was just impressed at not only the quality of the video playback… Read More

  • Xinu: More Stats For Any Site

    Xinu is a service that provides a comprehensive overview of page statistics and data that leaves cookie-cutter sites such as Popuri for dead. Xinu isn’t the prettiest service you’ll use in this space, but it’s the data that counts. The usual statistics are included, such as Technorati links, Google and Yahoo details etc. however Xinu provides even more stats, from a range… Read More

  • Will The Last Corporation Leaving Second Life Please Turn Off The Light

    The LA Times has an interesting article up on the failure of real life businesses in Second Life. The crux of the piece is that despite the hype, real life businesses are closing down their Second Life outposts due to little to no interest in them. The reasons for the failures are open to debate; from firms not engaging Second Life citizens, through to simply a lack of actual people using… Read More

  • Loomia Partners With Wall Street Journal

    Loomia, a recommendation engine that is used by ecommerce and content websites to suggest new stuff to users, locked up a marquee business development deal with the Wall Street Journal. The module, which appears next to stories, suggests other Wall Street Journal content based on what the user has read previously on the site, and compared to what other users have read, too. The module is… Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Bike Trap Edition

    Di Blasi Folding Trike: Slap It Up, Flip It, Rub It Down, Oh Nooo!
    Online Radio is Safeā€¦For Now
    Q-Bean: Go to the Website, Trust Me
    Motorola PEBL: Can We Try This Again?
    Helicor StressEraser Biofeedback Device Review Read More

  • Live P2P Television: Streaming Now

    The demonstration of Microsoft’s LiveStation last week shone the spotlight back on the live P2P television market. Whilst P2P on-demand video participants such as Joost and Bablegum gain the most attention in the broader market, the live television streaming market (ie: not on demand like Joost, not user generated cam sites such as Ustream) has continued to thrive in relative obscurity. Read More

  • LinkedIn Traffic Up, But Is It Enough?

    The latest figures released by Hitwise indicate that traffic to LinkedIn is up 323% in the last year and 17% in the last week alone. It’s a healthy rise, and something LinkedIn should be pleased with, however the real question becomes: is this growth high enough given the rising popularity of Facebook as the social networking destination of choice? The comScore figures speak for… Read More

  • White Cane Label: Trendy Clothing for Blind People

    Two Rochester Institute of Technology students, Jaimen Brill and Asmah Abushagur, are launching an online clothing site for the blind and visually impaired. The site, White Cane Label, is a non-profit effort to help blind people shop online and easily keep track of their wardrobe without the help of a sighted friend. The site’s interface will be driven by sound and text instead of images. Read More

  • Di Blasi Folding Trike: Slap It Up, Flip It, Rub It Down, Oh Nooo!

    Having spent much of the past 10 years living in tiny apartments, I’ve often considered getting a folding bike, but most of them require way too much origami-like folding, don’t fold enough, or are impractically sized for regular use, especially for a large, human adult. The Di Blasi Folding Tricycle—the R32—however, is none of these things. Billed as the… Read More

  • The AudioFile: Radioactive Music Discovery

    Satellite radio is in the toilet, and the government and the recording industry are trying to squeeze Internet radio for more dough — unsuccessfully for now, according to today’s news. Meanwhile, social networking sites like Imeem and Last.fm (and MySpace, of course) are continuing to blow everyone away in the digital music scene, thanks in no small part to their focus on… Read More

  • 3G BlackBerry Heading to Australia

    Traveling in a fried-out combie On a hippie trail, head full of zombie I met a strange lady, she made me nervous She took me in and gave me a 3.6Mbps mobile e-mail device running on Australia’s Telstra network. That’s what’s coming to the Land Down Under, according to ZDNet Australia. Not a whole lot of other details except that it might have built-in GPS and Wi-Fi and should… Read More

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