• Microsoft teams with Creative Commons

    Microsoft teams with Creative Commons

    How different are things now that Bill Gates at Microsoft has made his symbolic hand-off of power? Microsoft tonight announced a new partnership with Creative Commons, the organization dedicated to providing content producers a legal alternative to “all rights reserved” copyright law, to offer a new tool for easy insertion of Creative Commons licenses into works created with… Read More

  • MySpace in foreign languages due out this summer

    MySpace co-founder and chief executive Chris DeWolfe was quoted by the Financial Times yesterday and said that the first localized, non-English versions of MySpace will be available this summer. The company has designated 11 countries to target, naming specifically only France, Germany, China and India. I’ll place my bets on Japan, Korea, Brazil and Italy making the list as well, based… Read More

  • MySpace Feeds the DeadPool, Nukes Another Startup

    MySpace, the 27.4 Billion Pound Gorilla, stomped on another startup today. DatingAnyone.com has shut down its service. Last week startup Singlestat.us closed its doors in response to a MySpace cease and desist letter. The same letter, with a different name and address, is the cause of the shutdown of DatingAnyone.com. The services, which are nearly identical, let you know when… Read More

  • Comparing SMS price comparison services

    Comparing SMS price comparison services

    People say that mobile devices will be the key platform of the future, but there are quite a few things you can do already with good old SMS. The launch of Mobsaver this week got me looking around at a number of similar services for price comparison by text message and here’s what I found. Even with a web enabled mobile device, being able to quickly send a text message to one… Read More

  • Opera releases version 9.0, includes bittorent

    Opera releases version 9.0, includes bittorent

    The web and mobile (and Nintendo Wii) browser Opera released its 9.0 version today and a number of cool new features are offered, including a built in bittorrent downloader, tab previews and widgets. The Oslo, Norway based browser originated in 1994 and has a loyal, if small, user base – especially among international mobile users. The bittorent system may be painfully slow to… Read More

  • Announcing TechCrunch Japan

    Announcing TechCrunch Japan

    I am very pleased to announce that TechCrunch is now available in Japanese at jp.techcrunch.com. All TechCrunch content will be translated into Japanese and posted within a day or so of the English version. In addition, Japanese startups will be featured on the site, and many of those posts will be translated to English for inclusion on the main TechCrunch site. The RSS feed is… Read More

  • Thank You TechCrunch Sponsors

    Thank You TechCrunch Sponsors

    TechCrunch Sponsors TechCrunch Sponsors Rock! Thank you to Riya, Text-Link-Ads, Zoho, First Round Capital and new sponsor EV1 Servers (starting tomorrow): Riya Riya isn’t just about tagging your photos anymore (although it’s still one of the coolest apps I’ve seen). Get ready for Riya 2.0, coming soon. Zoho Zoho has quietly put together one of the best and one of the… Read More

  • Yahoo Opens IM to Developers

    Yahoo Opens IM to Developers

    Yahoo Messenger, with 60 million worldwide users, just got a lot more interesting. Today at 6pm PST Yahoo is launching Yahoo Messenger 8.0 for Windows PCs and releasing a software development kit to allow third parties to create content plugins that users can add to their Yahoo IM. Plugins can be built using javascript, flash, or both. There are two categories of plugins. Conversation… Read More

  • Windows Live Messenger speeds out of beta

    Windows Live Messenger speeds out of beta

    The first Windows Live product to leave beta status globally will be released tonight by Microsoft. Windows Live Messenger spent just six weeks in public beta. We reviewed most of the features available now when the beta launched. Most notable are the inclusion of voice calls through the interface and dedicated hardware, offline messaging and an easy system for file sharing. After years… Read More

  • SolidSpace offers very simple podcasting service

    SolidSpace offers very simple podcasting service

    North Carolina based SolidSpace Llc. will launch a new podcast hosting service called SolidCasts tomorrow at the CommunicAsia conference in Singapore. Hardcore Web2.0 heads here may not find the SolidCast interface exciting, but this is a tool that could go a long way towards making podcasting for organizations easier. I have people ask me what the simplest way to start podcasting is all… Read More

  • Pickle makes photo, video sharing easy as email

    Pickle makes photo, video sharing easy as email

    Pickle is a new photo and video sharing service that emphasizes email and phone submissions and shared project pages. Created by an Arlington based company called Incando, Pickle is based on the premise that email is the dominant way that multimedia is shared and thus should be the basis of media sharing systems. Despite some early beta bugs, the usability looks good and I really like the… Read More

  • Wetpaint Launches: Wikis Evolve

    Wetpaint Launches: Wikis Evolve

    Seattle based Wetpaint has been in private beta since March. On Sunday night they launched to the world, allowing anyone to create a free wiki on any topic. A good example wiki is this one around the XBOX 360. Like pbwiki, Wikia and JotSpot, Wetpaint is a hosted wiki solution with wysiwyg editing (no need to use wiki code or html). Each wiki (and each page on a wiki) is taggable, and… Read More

  • Conference Discounts: Supernova and The Next Web

    There are two upcoming conferences that are extending discounts to TechCrunch readers: Supernova (June 21-23 in San Francisco) and The Next Web (July 7 in Amsterdam). I’ll be speaking at both. Supernova Supernova is this week and it’s nearly sold out. Save $200 on the normal 2 day rate and $300 on the normal 3 day rate with the codes below. Register here. “TC2″ for… Read More

  • Markaboo is awesome open-source social bookmarking

    Markaboo is awesome open-source social bookmarking

    Markaboo is a fantastic new social bookmarking tool developed by Christian Romney and Jean Thomas from a company called tglo. It’s open source and has a great feature set. I’ve used del.icio.us for my social bookmarking for some time, largely out of habit. Other social bookmarking tools have features that are very appealing to me, but none have been compelling and usable enough… Read More

  • Yahoo Hack Day: Pure Innovation

    Yahoo Hack Day, held on Friday in Building C of Yahoo Headquarters (and remotely from other Yahoo offices worldwide), helped me remember why so many of us are excited about what’s happening on the web today. After you peel away all of the extraneous layers, the core of innovation is five or six people building something they think is cool. And there certainly was a lot of that going on… Read More

  • Why is Flickr afraid of Zooomr?

    Why is Flickr afraid of Zooomr?

    Flickr says that users own the the images and tags we enter into their system. Apparently that doesn’t mean they have to make it easy for us to take what we own elsewhere. When Kristopher Tate, the founder of the feature-rich startup photosharing site Zooomr (see prior coverage), asked Flickr earlier this month for access to their Commercial API, Flickr’s response by email was… Read More

  • Industrious Kid lets parents watch kids network

    Industrious Kid lets parents watch kids network

    Emeryville, California based Industrious Kid Inc. launched a new social networking service for children today called Imbee. The service takes strong measures to keep kids safe. I was skeptical at first, but after looking at how security is implemented I think it just might work. The company was started with $6 million in funds from founder Jeanette Symons. Symons was a co-founder of… Read More

  • Riya 2.0 On the Way; Major Strategy Shift

    Photo search and facial recognition site Riya (a TechCrunch sponsor) had a million photos uploaded in the first two days after launch and seven million photos uploaded in the first seven weeks. For details on the core service, see this post and listen this podcast interview with Riya founder and CEO Munjal Shah. Next up – Riya 2.0. It’s still a few months away from launching, but… Read More

  • MySpace Nukes SingleStat.us

    Well, so much for the SingleStat.us experiment that allowed people to find out when someone on MySpace changes their relationship status. MySpace’s friendly lawyers sent a cease and desist letter to David Weekly, the engineer who built SingleStat.us, demanding he take the site down and claiming that his “activities are causing and will continue to cause MySpace substantial and… Read More

  • Yahoo Hack Day Today

    Yahoo has had a a couple of regional “Hack Days”, which are day long events where engineers stop everything they are doing and just build stuff that they think is cool. The idea was first popularized by Jot last year, and a number of companies have picked up on the idea as a great way to stoke innovation and creativity in a semi-organized way. The goal? Take something from idea… Read More