• Build A Book On Facebook With Blurb

    Blurb, the on-demand print service with a specialization in photographic layouts, is expanding its “crowd sourcing” strategy onto, where else, but Facebook with a new app that brings people together to create professional quality books. This past October Blurb deployed a new feature for its desktop publishing software called Community Books that could be used to create books… Read More

  • Google's Don't Be Evil Not "Ordained Motto" Says Marissa Mayer

    Google’s “Don’t Be Evil” motto, first uttered by Googler Paul Buchheit (now founder of FriendFeed) in 2001, has long been the pillar of their self-imposed code of conduct. It was amended somewhat in 2006 when CEO Eric Schmidt, under fire for entering the Chinese market with censorship restrictions, said “We actually did an evil scale and decided not to serve at… Read More

  • Fring iPhone Chat/Voip App Launching Today

    Fring, an Israeli startup that has a great VOIP/Chat service for mobile phones (see our February coverage), is launching an iPhone version of the service sometime in the next 24 hours, we’ve heard. This is not a browser-based chat app like FlickIM or Mundu. It should be a fully functional downloadable version of the application that allows users to access the fring, Skype, MSN… Read More

  • Twitter Testing Advertising In Twitter Streams

    Twitter was down tonight, nothing really unusual for the San Francisco based startup (to be fair though downtime has improved since they dumped Joyent), but what was different is some reports of users spotting ads in their Twitter stream during the service difficulties. There were no ads evident when I visited Twitter, which may indicate testing only in preparation for a broad-scale… Read More

  • AOL Buys Sphere's Blog Content Engine

    Tomorrow AOL will announce the acquisition of San Francisco-based Sphere, a blog content engine that launched in 2006. The price is not being disclosed, but sources are suggesting it’s in the $25 million range, or possibly a little more. More details from Om Malik When Sphere first launched as a blog search engine they were already late to the blog search game. Technorati and others had… Read More

  • Facebook News Feed Reports on You Behind Your Back

    The Facebook News Feed is a strange beast. Upon its release, it was met with an extremely negative reception as members protested their new ‘auto-stalker’, but it has slowly gained acceptance as users learned they could control which stories were sent to the News Feed. Users need only click a small ‘x’ in their own personal ‘mini-feed’, and any stories… Read More

  • Hungry Founder Puts Mowser In The Deadpool

    Mobile internet service Mowser is to be shut down due to lack of traffic, funding, and a hungry founder. Founded by ex-Yahoo mobile evangelist Russell Beattie in 2007, Mowser offered a web to mobile friendly page service. Users entered the address of the web page they wanted to view into Mowser, and the site returned a mobile version of the page.

    According to Beattie, the site was unable to… Read More

  • Video: Speed Racer for Wii gameplay footage

    http://www.mtv.com/player/embed/wp/ This looks awesome. I’m really looking forward to the Speed Racer movie coming up in a few weeks, and this gameplay demo of the Wii version of the game looks like it’s a totally fun game. Early word is the movie has captured the cartoon world of Speed Racer perfectly, and this game appears to mirror that. If the characters in the corner are like… Read More

  • Got any suggestions for dealing with IT bullies?

    Eric Spiegel’s got an interesting article about an IT bully at his previous place of employment along with three tips about how to deal with IT bullies. The first tip is to try to establish a conversational relationship — connect with the other person on a non-work level. The second tip is to wow this person with a flash of IT brilliance — gain a little geek… Read More

  • Google Maps + YouTube Videos = Local Video White Pages

    Google has long been using Google Maps as a way to show local business listings. When you search for hotels in a given city, for instance, each digital pushpin that appears on the map can be clicked on to reveal more information, including photos, reviews, and Web links. Now YouTube videos associated with each listing will also appear. For instance here is a video that is embedded in the… Read More

  • Gallery: Revenge on the gear you hate

    Sometimes our technology just doesn’t do for us what we want it to. Whether it’s the software going haywire or the hardware malfunctioning, our gear can sometimes be frustrating. Most of us have had fantasies about throwing our laptop out of a window or shooting that smartphone with a gun, but leave it to Wired to put together a collection of people who’ve done just that. Read More

  • Revision3 And VideoClix Team For Clickable Videos

    Revision3 has partnered with VideoClix to offer viewers clickable web videos. VideoClix’s technology allows viewers to click on different objects within a video, including show hosts and products, for more information and facts on what they’ve clicked on. The product is pitched as offering curious TV viewers seeking more information on what they’re seeing on the screen the… Read More

  • Indeed Now Lets You Search for Jobs by Salary

    Salary is one of the most important criteria when hunting for a job. Unfortunately, finding compensation information amid the countless job postings online can be a daunting task, and few employment sites have done anything to make this easier. To remedy this problem, leading job-aggregator Indeed has released a unique feature that will allow users to narrow their job search results by salary. Read More

  • Verizon Wireless offers overpriced data-only plans

    Verizon Wireless has announced some new data-only plans that “are designed to meet the needs of customers who primarily rely on messaging to communicate with others.” Now replace “customers” with “Verizon” and “communicate with others” to “make an ass-load of money.” Far be it for me to tell you how to spend your hard-earned cash, but… Read More

  • FatDoor Closes Its Doors. Reopens as Centerd.

    Maybe it is just because it had a really bad name. Or maybe it is because nobody really likes their neighbors. Or, if they do, they actually prefer to talk to them in person. Whatever the reason, FatDoor, a social network for neighbors, is closing its doors. We are placing it in the deadpool. Visitors to the site, which sadly never even emerged out of private beta, can now see nothing… Read More

  • Not A Misprint: AOL's Platform A Is The Top Advertising Network By Reach

    New figures released by comScore show that AOL’s Platform A advertising network is the top advertising network in the United States by reach (unique visitors). According to the figures, Platform A reaches 90.7% of all American internet users, ahead of Yahoo on 85.3% and Google on 80.9%. AOL’s figures include ads served from Advertising.com. Erick covered rumors of an AOL… Read More

  • Two new phones coming from E-TEN

    E-TEN — now part of the Acer family!!! — is coming out with two new phones. Wanna know when? Me too, buddy. We’ll find out soon enough. One will be called the M810 and one will be called the M750. The M810 will leverage the wonderment that is HSDPA technology, while the M750 will utilize the same technology as the too-cool-for-school one-word name of the lead guitarist for… Read More

  • RecommendBox secures angel round

    RecommendBox, the new UK startups built around recommendations instead of reviews, has secured angel funding from Brendan McLoughin, the co-founder and CEO of Fubra, who joins the team as a non-executive director. The amount was not disclosed but is believed to be in the five-figure range. McLoughin, according to his blog, considers his stake a “conservative” investment compared… Read More

  • China says no to iPhone, states "Oh, we already have plenty of fake ones"


    Apple and China Mobile have stopped discussing launching the iPhone in China this year. The carrier has 380 million customers (T-Mobile has 28 million and AT&T has 62.2 million, just to show you what kind of numbers we’re talking) and is always willing to reopen dialog provided, oh, I don’t know, Apple caves? Read More

  • What's 5K anyway? RED Cameras resolution comparison chart


    So maybe you’re excited about Red’s sudden announcement of two new cameras earlier today (the 5K Epic and the 3K Scarlet) but you’re not really sure why. What are these “K”s everyone is talking about, and why would anyone care whether they had two, three, or a hundred? Well, Red’s handy chart above should clear things up for you. You can see how basically… Read More

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