• Western Union building mobile payment service

    Soon, you’ll be able to get money on your mobile phone no matter where your location. The GSM Association is working with Western Union to develop a cross-border money-transfer service that would work in any country with a GSM network. Together, the two companies are building the technology that would allow customers to transfer funs with their mobile phones. Come Q2 of next year, you… Read More

  • Adobe to drop desktop apps, move entirely online-based within the decade

    And you thought this whole Web 2.0 thing was a fad. Adobe’s CEO said yesterday that, in five to 10 years, all of its applications, including Photoshop, will be available to use online. Not only that, but that by the time that happens, Adobe said it will have completely shifted its resources from developing desktop applications like we see now to online-only apps. No more multi-gig… Read More

  • edocr aims to be YouTube of documents

    UK-based edocr opens its doors officially today allowing anyone to upload documents. There are already US startups trying to become the ‘YouTube for documents’, notably Scribd and Docstoc and edocr does something similar, but with a twist. Coming out of Manchester, edocr lets you upload your document and then allow people to download, share or embed it via a Flash interface on… Read More

  • Skype launching branded mobile phone

    From our big brother TechCrunch comes news that Skype will be releasing a branded mobile phone later this month. The device will be released in partnership with 3 Mobile in Britain, Italy, Hong Kong and Australia, with three more countries to follow by years end. Unfortunately for us patriots here in the USA, we won’t be seeing this mystic Skype phone anytime soon, as there are currently… Read More

  • To promote PGR, Microsoft backs Formula One's Lewis Hamilton

    Microsoft is endorsing British Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton to win this weekend’s Brazilian Grand Prix and, hence, the F1 championship this weekend. It’s one of those times where the last race of the season will actually determine who wins the title. (The contenders are Hamilton, Spain Fernando Alonso and Finland’s Kimi Raikkonen.) And why is this being posted… Read More

  • The Web is the Platform

    The platform wars are over. Long live the Web. That was the basic message delivered by Jeff Huber, Google’s vice president of engineering, in a ten-minute presentation at Web 2.0 a few minutes ago. His talk was nominally about widgets (which Google calls Gadgets). Huber noted that over 100,000 sites have already embedded Google Gadgets, with 63 of them attracting more than one… Read More

  • eBay down $936 million in Q3 due to Skype purchase

    Auction powerhouse eBay posted a Q3 loss of roughly $936 million dollars, making it the second time in the company’s history that it’s reported a loss. It’s not all doom and gloom, though, considering that the company claimed a $1.4 billion charge to write down its purchase of VOIP provider, Skype. Take away the Skype purchase, and eBay more than doubled its earnings per… Read More

  • The Motivation Behind the Anti-Google Copyright Protection Coalition

    It didn’t take long for all the media companies to respond to Google’s launch earlier this week of its copyright fingerprinting system on YouTube. Today, they announced a set of limp-wristed “guidelines” that both technology and media companies should abide by in order to protect copyrighted content going forward. Companies who signed on to the guidelines include… Read More

  • Ambulance Chasers Have A New Home, SueEasy

    Have you or a loved one been injured in a car accident? Suing TechCrunch? To answer these questions, soon-to-launch SueEasy.com is hoping you turn to them before the white pages, FindLaw, or ratings sites like Avvo. They’re currently in a private beta, tweaking the service. The site is kind of a reverse directory for lawyers that’s sure to be a haven for personal injury lawsuits. Read More

  • Submit Your Startup to the LeWeb3 Competition in Paris

    LeWeb3, a conference in Paris about Europe’s most exciting new startups, is soliciting applications for a competition they will be holding on the first day of the event in December. If you want to present your startup at the conference, submit an application to LeWeb3 by Monday, October 22nd at 5:00 PM PT. Conference organizers will select 30 companies to present to an audience of 500… Read More

  • Alltel launches MOTOROKR Z6m

    Interested in something other than the iPhone and have Alltel wireless? Check out the Motorola MOTOROKR Z6m that just launched. It’s available for $130 with a 2-year contract and has 20 XM Satellite Radio channels available for your listening pleasure. You’ll also be able to playback music and take pictures and video with a 2-megapixel camera. The Z6m has a dedicated 3.5mm… Read More

  • AmazonMP3's referral program: Get up to 20 percent per song or album

    How does Amazon respond to Apple’s increasing the size, and dropping the price of, its DRM-free music store? By promising you free money, of course. Amazon was quick to point out yesterday that its affiliates can earn up to 20 percent, or up to $1.50, per album or song sold on its AmazonMP3 online music store. (Compare that to the 5 percent that affiliates can make from iTunes.) All… Read More

  • Remember PointCast? Meet Chirpscreen

    One of my earliest memories of the internet comes from elementary school where I remember seeing PointCast shown on our classroom computers. PointCast was a screensaver popular in the mid-90s that displayed news stories pulled in from over the internet. This hot Web 1.0 service died off in large part due to bandwidth limitations and the company’s inability to transition away from… Read More

  • StylePath Wants to Personalize Your Shopping Experience

    Boston-based StylePath launches today with the goal of making the experience of shopping for stylish items, like jewelry and chaises, more personal. StylePath mainly differentiates itself from other online stores by providing a patented system that learns customers’ aesthetic preferences and recommends products that cater to them. The system works by first asking you to rate on a scale… Read More

  • Sony introduces 80GB digital photo album

    Maybe I’m alone on this one, but does anyone actually sit there with a group of people, connecting a device to an HDTV so everyone can view photos on a 42-inch screen? Do feel free to let me know if you do. For those of you who are into that sort of thing, Sony has announced a device that is sure to keep you from sleeping at night until its release. The HDMS-S1D Digital Photo Album is… Read More

  • eBay's Skype Conundrum

    Now that eBay’s Skype write-down has caused it to take a $936 million loss last quarter and founder Niklas Zennstrom is out, the question is what will eBay do with Skype. According to one source, the remaining Skype/eBay management team is holing up in London this week to try to figure out how to actually make money from Skype. (While the business is on track to pull in just over… Read More

  • Nintendo is officially ending NES support

    I may give Nintendo a lot of crap for the Wii, but every other system that company has made is gold sans Gamecube. Now, after 22-years, Nintendo of Japan is officially dropping support for the original NES, SNES, Nintendo 64, Gameboy and Gameboy Pocket. After October 31st, if your SNES breaks and you need your Super Scope fix, you’ll have to visit a 3rd-party repair center or just… Read More

  • Microsoft Launches Drag-And-Drop App Builder Popfly

    Microsoft just demoed on stage at the Web 2.0 conference a slick Silverlight application development service called Popfly, which just opened up in beta. Popfly lets anyone, even non-coders, create web mashups without writing a single line of code. It’s all drag-and-drop in the browser (based on Silverlight, Microsoft’s answer to Flash/Flex and Ajax). The demo showed how to build… Read More

  • $400 PS3 ships next month

    We’ve heard plenty of rumors about a 40GB PS3 for $400 a few times, but now Sony is getting all official on us. Come November 2nd, you’ll be able to buy a Playstation 3 for the low price of $399. Need more storage? The 80GB version is taking a dive in price from $599 to $499. Slap another $100 down on a game and a Blu-ray flick and you’re good to go. It’d be nice if… Read More

  • Watch out for password-stealing Skype imposter

    Heads up. There’s another Skype-related virus on the loose. This one pretends to be something called "Skype Defender" and takes on the look and feel of your Skype login screen while trying to get your username and password from you. Most major virus definitions have been updated, so removal shouldn’t be too difficult. You can also search your computer for a file… Read More

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