• Microsoft Live Drive may launch before GDrive

    Microsoft is building an online storage service, code named Live Drive, says Ray Ozzie in an interview with Fortune: Microsoft is planning to use its server farms to offer anyone huge amounts of online storage of digital data. It even has a name for that future service: Live Drive. With Live Drive, all your information – movies, music, tax information, a high-definition videoconference… Read More

  • Mozes: Secure Your Keyword

    Mozes is a Palo Alto based startup founded by Dorrian Porter that is tapping into the U.S. SMS (phone text) market. It allows you to do all sorts of things via sms. Hear a song on the radio that you like and want to bookmark? Text the radio station (ie, KROQ) to 66937 (which translates to “Mozes”). Mozes will note the time and station name and bookmark the song title in your Mozes… Read More

  • More Details on AOL's "MySpace Killer"

    Ted Leonsis at AOL writes about the recent AOL “MySpace Killer” rumors. Here are the additional details he gives: Here’s a better way of looking at it. The AIM Buddy List (which was introduced 10 years ago) was the orignial social network, and it has 43 million AIM and Buddy List users. We’re working on adding functionality to AIM that will really open it up… Read More

  • Stylehive is Looking Good

    Stylehive is a social bookmarking site that is focused on shopping. I believe that there is promise in this space, which includes the just funded Kaboodle, as well as Wists and the upcoming Plum. Why? Because 80% of online shopping is “research” and only 20% is actually “buying”. Stylehive addresses the 80% piece of the market. Stylehive, designed by Emily Chang and… Read More

  • Jingle is now 1.5% of 411 Market, raises $26m

    Jingle Networks, which runs a free 411 service called 1-800-Free411, has raised $26 million in a Series B financing. The round was led by existing investor Liberty Associated Partners. Also participating were existing investors First Round Capital and IDG Ventures Boston, as well as new investor Comcast Interactive Capital. Our earlier profile of Free411 is here. The service is a free… Read More

  • AOL To Launch "Myspace Killer"

    AOL may be preparing to launch a Myspace-type social network sometime in the next few weeks, says Dave Winer. This went from rumor to “confirmed likely” in posts and comments by Jason Calacanis and Jordan Running (also here) (both now at AOL). A comment in the last link suggests that the new service will be open to non AOL members. This market is red hot. Mature players like… Read More

  • 2% of U.S. Internet Traffic goes through Photobucket

    Photobucket isn’t as flashy as YouTube or Flickr, but they have 14 million users, 80 uploaded photos per second and, just two weeks after launching their video product are nearly matching YouTube with 30,000 daily uploaded videos (YouTube is 35,000/day). And, Photobucket is both profitable and cash flow positive. What is it? It’s the behind the scenes photo and video server… Read More

  • FeedBurner Will Dominate Blog-to-Email

    FeedBurner Will Dominate Blog-to-Email

    Some of you may have noticed that we’ve included a “Subscribe to TechCrunch by Email” widget on the right sidebar of TechCrunch for the last few days. ReadWriteWeb and I have been quietly testing a superb new FeedBurner blog-to-email product that addresses every feature I requested on No. 2 of this list. This new (free) Email Subscriptions product launches officially this… Read More

  • Facebook takes $25 million, Acquisition Rumors Persist

    Facebook takes $25 million, Acquisition Rumors Persist

    Facebook has raised an additional $25 million, this time from Greylock Partners. This eases rumors (for now) that the company has been looking for a buyer. I have been digging furiously into the aquisition rumors. Clearly Facebook was at the least testing the waters and had significant (and some say heated) merger discussions with Viacom, the parent company to MTV. Since Facebook has 85%+ of… Read More

  • Simply Hired Takes $13.5m from Fox and Foundation Capital

    Simply Hired (TechCrunch profile) has raised $13.5 million from New Corp’s Fox Interactive group and Foundation Capital. Both investors will take board seats in the company. This is big news for Simply Hired. The Fox investment almost certainly signals that Fox’s other properties, including MySpace, could have a very close relationship with Simply Hired in the near future. And… Read More

  • Grouper Kung Fu Action (Humor)

    Grouper Kung Fu Action (Humor)

    As I’ve written many times before, the online video space is getting fairly….ahem…crowded (more). One company in the space, Grouper, is dealing with the competitive heat through humor (in an intelligent way – by using their product as the host). An internal Grouper email was sent out to all employees today that said “Grouper Street Fighter. Description… Read More

  • Yahoo Testing Free Wifi Product

    Yahoo Testing Free Wifi Product

    Yahoo isn’t just testing a new home page layout – they are also testing a new wifi service with selected users. The survey (screen shot below) suggests that Yahoo’s new messenger product will be able to access certain wifi networks and allow IMing and VOIP calls (this is assuming those networks are restricted in some way). They do not name the networks the may be partnering… Read More

  • Yahoo Testing New Home Page Layout

    Yahoo Testing New Home Page Layout

    Yahoo is testing a new home page design with some of its users, and Steven Cohen grabbed screen shots. There are a few differences but as far as I can tell this is a purely cosmetic makeover. The new site is cleaner and groups key resources on the left – things like email, My Yahoo and other Yahoo services and content. Comparison screen shots below:

    New Yahoo: Current Yahoo: Read More

  • ScanR: Turn your camera phone into a scanner

    ScanR: Turn your camera phone into a scanner

    Oliver Starr at MobileCrunch has a long and excellent writeup on ScanR, a new free service that allows you to take a camera phone picture (or any digital picture) and turn it into a searchable PDF file. If you have a camera phone with at least one megapixel of resolution, ScanR is great for turning things like whiteboard images and paper drawings into something more usable. This is… Read More

  • Comparing the Mapping Services

    Comparing the Mapping Services

    Online mapping has come a long way in the last year. Google Maps entered the field and added satellite imagery to spring itself into the spotlight – challenging the colorful cartoon-like map images of longtime mapping frontrunner Mapquest. The Google Maps API enabled developers to create new applications and mashups, thereby pushing the Google Maps brand to mainstream audiences. Read More

  • Most Popular P2P Files: PeerMind

    Most Popular P2P Files: PeerMind

    Om Malik wrote about PeerMind yesterday, a site I hadn’t heard of before (even though it launched in January). It’s a regularly updated list of the most popular music, movies, games, software and ringtones being downloaded on theEDonkey 2000 and Gnutella networks. Once this includes BitTorent, which is apparently coming soon, PeerMind’s lists will be a much more… Read More

  • Click.tv Moves Video Ideas Forward

    As I’ve mentioned, the online video space is evolving extremely fast, with new companies launching just about every week. Click.tv will soon be joining the crowd with a compelling offering. Macromedia, by the way, is a major source of the creativity. Just about everyone is transcoding to Flash to show the videos to users, and the new Flash tools are allowing developers to do really… Read More

  • I like Freebie Finder, but…

    Freebie Finder, mentioned on LifeHacker last week, is a list of free offers, aggregated from from other websites. The only issue I have, and it’s a big one, is why hasn’t creator Andrew Cantino added a simple RSS feed for new free stuff that his engine has found? Either way, its a fun site. I now have a bunch of free Lenny Kravitz MP3s and $5 Starbucks gift card. Cool. Update… Read More

  • Shopify Was Worth the Wait

    Ottawa-based Shopify launched a lot later than originally promised (last fall), but it was worth the wait. They’ve launched a private beta and plan to open their doors permanently in May. Shopify is a hosted ecommerce solution with integrated payments. People who sell stuff online, or want to, are going to like it. You can set up a store in moments, add items to sell, upload images, add… Read More

  • TV Moves Aggressively to the Internet

    News Corp.’s Fox network has signed a six-year agreement with its affiliates that will allow it to show reruns of its television programs on the Internet. ABC, CBS and NBC are all making similar experiments, and iTunes has a number of television shows available for download. The space is evolving fast. For example, experiments are being considered that will stop people from fast… Read More