• Europe Wants To Force DRM Interoperability

    The European Union wants to standardize content distribution as well as DRM standards, according to statements from EU Commissioner Viviane Reding. Under the proposals, the EU would regulate the market by creating a single, European market for online music, films, and video games. According to Ars Technica, DRM would also be required to remain transparent to consumers with an aim of… Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Listening Party Edition

    Coming soon to iPhone: Copy and Paste
    Belkin’s RockStar allows 5 hipsters to listen to LCD Soundsystem simultaneously
    Skull shaped floppy disk
    Hackers detonate fake nuke on live news; Czech Republic is so not amused
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  • Facebook Invited To Join The DataPortability Work Group

    You have to hand it to internet memes, the last 24 hours have been rich with debate, and some of it was even worth while. It started around this time yesterday when Robert Scoble was banned from Facebook. As Michael noted later in the day, Scoble was testing a new Plaxo feature that exported friend data from Facebook into Plaxo. Scoble has since had his account reinstated, but not before… Read More

  • The Xbox team speaks out about the outage

    Here it is, folks. What we’ve been waiting for from the Xbox team. Dear Xbox LIVE Members: During this past holiday season you helped us break a number of Xbox LIVE records. This included our largest sign-up of new members to Xbox LIVE in our 5 year history and just yesterday you broke the record for the single biggest day of concurrent members ever on the service. As a result of… Read More

  • Betnow wins Balderton funds for text-to-bet. Addicts beware.

    Betnow, a London-based mobile gambling service, has won a healthy first round of funding (specific amount undisclosed) from Balderton Capital and angel investors. Betnow allows users to text SMS messages to 89808 and place bets on football, golf, horse racing, dog racing and tennis matches in plain English. The bet is interpreted by a natural language engine, while most mobile gambling portals… Read More

  • Gentlemen, start your nüvis. Garmin's new GPS line-up looks smashing

    There’s something for everybody from Garmin this year at CES. It’s hard to compare the feature sets and sizes from the descriptions at Garmin’s site, but the different devices have pretty distinct personalities. Of course there’s the flagship, the 880, which probably costs an arm and a leg but has extremely robust capabilities, many of which however are shared by… Read More

  • Meraki Networks Raises $20 Million, Expands Free WiFi in San Francisco, Where Google Failed

    The dream of free municipal WiFi refuses to die. Meraki Networks is picking up the ball that Google and Earthlink dropped, expanding its free WiFi network to cover all of San Francisco. The service will be ad-supported (ads appear in your toolbar when you are browsing through a Meraki WiFi router), and the build-out will be paid for out of a $20 million series B round the startup just… Read More

  • Wow: Sub-Macbook + iMac thing is just plain interesting

    It’s not a docking station, really. It’s an external monitor and hub that happens to fit a super-small sub-Macbook computer, just like the one we’ve been hearing about that should hit during Macworld in a week and a half. Giz dug up the specs on the US Patent Office website, and it looks pretty amazing, and it looks pretty real. But it’s not totally from out of left field. Read More

  • Tickets to the Crunchies Available Now. Come See Richter Scales Live

    Tickets for the Crunchies startup awards ceremony and party, which will be held on January 18 in San Francisco, are available now for purchase. The event will be held at the Herbst Theatre at 7:30 p.m. and will be followed by a party. This event is being produced by Read/WriteWeb, Venture Beat, GigaOm and TechCrunch. We’ve got a number of surprises that we’ll be announcing over… Read More

  • China To Crack Down On Video Hosting Sites

    China has moved to censor and control online video websites under new measures that could block YouTube and other services in China. Under the new regulations that will be in place starting January 31, sites that provide video programming or allow users to upload video must have a permit and be either state-owned or state-controlled. Permits for video hosting sites will be subject to renewal… Read More

  • Skull shaped floppy disk

    I have a weird obsession with skulls. I don’t quite understand it nor do I wish to understand it. I like them and that’s that. Here we have a floppy disk shaped into a skull. 213. Floppy Skull v2.0 [Skulladay] Read More

  • Corsair's nigh-invulnerable thumb drives hit 32GB

    Corsair, memory extraordinaire, has made me very happy. Their newest USB flash drives are available in sizes up to 32GB, and with the ruggedized, water-resistant Survivor series, you’ve got yourself a little data safe that is shock resistant, holds an entire bootable OS, and can be taken in the shower. They’ll run you about $250, though. Warning: these devices are NOT lava-proof. Read More

  • Microsoft can now quite literally feel your pain when using Vista

    I was going to somehow write up this post without being a smartass, and then I realized the jokes are way, way to easy and I’d just point out the obvious irony and let you, the reader, make the jokes in the comments. Microsoft has patented a bio-feedback system that monitors computer users and can detect when the software they’re using has made them frustrated. Wait, what!? Now… Read More

  • Garmin Forerunner 405: And I just bought the 205 (!!)

    Dag nabbit! Garmin just launched the Forerunner 405, a sexier, sultrier GPS watch that doesn’t look like a domino is trying to rape your wrist. It can be used indoors and outdoors and measure heart rate. There’s also a Virtual Partner feature that will challenge you during your runs. Umm… and there’s no damn dongle. It’s all wireless. And you can rub the bezel… Read More

  • Belkin's RockStar allows 5 hipsters to listen to LCD Soundsystem simultaneously

    Y-jacks are so 20th century; you need a brightly colored, star-shaped megahub so all your fellow tweens can hear what you’re listening to and bob their heads in unison. It’s actually a cool little device, I’d love to have it for watching videos with friends at a coffee shop, or for editing video in a bar (yes, I do that). It’s also got the added bonus of having… Read More

  • Oversee.net Acquires Moniker For $65 Million

    Oversee.net has acquired domain registration and auction powerhouse Moniker for what is believed to be $65 million. Oversee.net previously purchased Snapnames in May for $35 million and will integrate Moniker into its Snapnames Live service. Moniker has become a leader in the continually growing second domain names market. We’ve covered Moniker auctions twice before (here and here); they… Read More

  • Ubisoft announces Far Cry 2 for Xbox 360, PS3

    Even though it’s being delayed indefinitely until Spring, Ubisoft has gone ahead and announced that FC2 will be coming soon for the Xbox 360 and PS3 platforms. The FPS is set in Africa and will have all the next-gen HD tech backing up the custom-made video game engine. Yeah, yeah. Whatever. Heh. Let’s see it soon! Read More

  • Alpine's new GPS models sound nice, probably expensive

    The new PND-K3 and its MSN-lovering cousin the PND-K3msn look like nice little gadgets, although I kind of like the basic, streaming GPS I get on my Helio. I have to say, though, a 4.3-inch touchscreen would be nice, and having Bluetooth for your phone built-in makes it a kind of double whammy. It’s hard to say much about it other than that it looks capable, but at CES I’ll have it… Read More

  • Deals: SugarCRM Gets $14.5 Million, Ice.com Gets $47 Million

    Open source CRM software provider SugarCRM has closed $14.5 million Series D in a round that included original investors Draper Fisher Jurvetson, New Enterprise Associates and Walden International. SugarCRM started as open source project on Sourceforge, and the company still maintains a fully open source version. Its revenue relies on professional editions and through the provision of support. Read More

  • CES 2008 predictions: The end of the HD disc wars and a new era of HD audio and video

    It’s mobile a TV and no, you can’t have it yet. Prognosticating always gets you into trouble, but I’ve been keeping my eyes on announcements from CES and want to make a few basic predictions. While I can’t promise any of this will happen, I do know that these things have to happen in order to maintain the endless whirlwind of innovation and improvement we’ve… Read More

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