• Director Michael Bay says HD DVD/Blu-ray war (and market confusion) encouraged by Microsoft

    A scam, apparently What does Transformers (and Pearl Harbor…) director Michael Bay think about the HD DVD/Blu-ray format war? Oh, you know, that it’s all Microsoft’s doing: Microsoft wants both formats to fail so they can be heroes and make the world move to digital downloads…. That is the dirty secret no one is talking about. That is why Microsoft is handing out… Read More

  • Spada: Skis made out of granite

    A pair of skis made from stone? Sounds good, especially considering I don’t even know what “normal” skis are made out of (winter and I don’t get along too well). The idea behind the skis, named Spada, is that stone—the skis are constructed from granite—is the perfect material to absorb the bumps and shocks and vibrations associated with skiing. To my… Read More

  • Free Universal Music with purchase of select Nokia cellphones starting next year

    Nokia, the Finnish cellphone maker, and Universal Music Group, which serves no purpose in 2007, have cut a deal that will allow users of certain Nokia phones to download the entire music catalog of Universal. The program, which is set to launch for consumers sometime in the second half of 2008, will have users trading in vouchers (that comes with eligible cellphones) for the ability to… Read More

  • JibJab Now Puts You In a Pepsi Ad—Thanks Lloyd Braun

    We’ve written before about JibJab’s Sendables electronic video greeting cards that cost $0.50 to $3 each. Now, they found a sponsor in Pepsi for two holiday greeting videos through former Yahoo exec Lloyd Braun’s new company BermanBraun, which works with Pepsi to create online video branding opportunities like this one. You can upload a photo of your head and that of… Read More

  • Blognation Meltdown: Writers Never Paid, Promises Not Kept

    There’s big trouble over at the UK based BlogNation network today with US editor Oliver Starr resigning. In a parting shot to network owner Sam Sethi, Starr alleges that he and other BlogNation writers have not been paid. The following was taken verbatim from a post at BlogNation since deleted:
    AN OPEN LETTER TO SAM SETHI Please Note: This is an open letter to Sam Sethi, Founder and CEO… Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Arcade Edition

    Mr. BaconPants offers his top holiday picks
    What I want for Christmas is my own private Chuck E Cheese
    CrunchDeals: Konami arcade game for $320 with code
    CG Holiday 2007 Recommendation: Helio’s Ocean
    3.5″ CDR OMG FNY!
    Dear PR People: All I want for Christmas is no lying Read More

  • Some One Call A Lawyer: Live Documents Clones Microsoft Office

    Live Documents, the startup founded by Hotmail co-founder Sabeer Bhatia that said it was going to war with Microsoft with its online Office suite wasn’t kidding, with screenshots showing that the service is a nearly perfect clone of Microsoft Office. Digital Inspiration was the first to find screenshots of the yet to be released Microsoft Office killer, and if it wasn’t for the… Read More

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    Comments are the greasy oil that keeps the blog machine running. Here are three great (and 100% unedited) comments recently posted by your fellow readers. What I want for Christmas is my own private Chuck E Cheese Little Red Ryan Hood I don’t think I would ever chill in a ball pit at an adults Chuck-e-Cheese, I have no desire to get crabs… again.
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  • You're Not In The USSR Any More: Estonia Opens An Embassy In Second Life

    Eastern European nation Estonia has opened an official embassy in Second Life. Estonia for those not aware of the country is a former Soviet Republic that this year is celebrating 90th anniversary of its initial independence, before it was invaded and occupied by the Soviet Union in 1940. It’s bordered by Russia to its East and Latvia to the South, and became a member of the European… Read More

  • Spouse 2.0 Day: For Those That Give To Your Other Startup

    Partner in Attention Management startup Particls Ashley Angell decided that his better half wasn’t getting the attention she deserved, so in good web fashion he teamed with business partner Chris Saad to launch Spouse 2.0 Day. Spouse 2.0 is Friday December 7 and has the tagline of “the day to think about those running your other startup.” Participants are encouraged to buy… Read More

  • Yahoo TechTicker To Go After CNBC Crowd

    Yahoo has long had visions of owning a successful live finance video show. They launched Finance Vision in March 2000, a streaming finance news show that was closed down in June 2002 (here’s the first show, and here’s the last show). More recently, it is rumored that ex-Yahooer Lloyd Braun personally championed a streaming news site that would be hosted by puppets (I’m… Read More

  • Google Pre-Launches New iPhone Interface

    We heard a rumor that Google was going to launch a new interface for users accessing the site via an iPhone in the next few days. But an anonymous tip let us know it actually launched without any warning or announcement this evening. If you visit Google.com from an iPhone, you now get a menu of services to choose from – home (search box), Gmail, Calendar, Reader and More (docs, sms… Read More

  • Buzzwire Gets $8 Million For Mobile Streaming

    Buzzwire is a Denver based mobile startup that streams multimedia content (mostly podcasts) to your mobile phone. They’ve just closed an $8 million series B from Sequel Venture Partners, and exiting investors Matrix Partners and Spark Capital. Earlier they raised an undisclosed A round. Buzzwire is using the round to deploy the service on major carriers in the U.S. and overseas, although… Read More

  • CG Holidays 2007 Recommendations: A Gamefly Subscription

    ahem) you can send it back without regret. Product Page Read More

  • IBM Survey: Telecom Executives Still Clueless

    Telecom executives can be as clueless as a guy who think it is attractive to wear a Bluetooth headset on a date. According to a new telecom industry survey conducted by IBM, industry execs know that change is coming but they cannot bring themselves to discard their old ways. A full 69 percent “expect business model transformation to be the primary source of value over the next… Read More

  • LG's 13in LED-backlit laptop comes with girlies

    Actually, they ran out of girlies during the pre-order period. Sorry. But they still have laptops, and they’re nice little machines. It’s got lots of fixin’s: 2.4GHz Core 2 duo, 2GB of RAM, a 256MB 8600M video card, and built-in camera and HDMI. It’s pretty dang light at 3.5lb(1.6kg), and certainly the screen will be nice, what with the LEDs and all. Two things, though… Read More

  • WinMo 6 for Treo 750 officialized, ready to roll

    Just a quick note for AT&T Treo 750 users: we’ve been led to believe an update to Windows Mobile 6 would be available today, and it didn’t happen, so we didn’t post it. But for some reason, it’s available now, in the evening, and we’re not sure why. Point is, you can point your desktop’s browser to the link below, download the official update, copy it… Read More

  • Trolls Take Note: Teacher Arrested For Leaving Offensive Anonymous Comment On Blog

    We’ve previously covered the psychological reasoning behind anonymous blog trolls, but a new case in Wisconsin may cause some trolls to think twice prior to hitting the “Submit Comment” button. Suburban Milwaukee high school chemistry teacher James Buss was arrested last week after leaving an anonymous comment on the Boots And Sabers political blog as part of a discussion… Read More

  • Mr. BaconPants offers his top holiday picks

    Yeah, I don’t know what to make of this either, but if you’re into the pork and love the smoke, head on over to Senor Puerco Pantalones’ website and feast your eyes on Bacon Lunch Boxes, Bacon Air Fresheners, and the Patron Saint of Bacon. Bacon Lovers Gift Guide [MrBaconPants] Read More

  • Durex condom ad infuriates sound engineers

    So the latest ad from Durex for the Performa condoms is meant to show your ability to last longer, but a few of the commenters have pointed out that the ad is inaccurate and that it shows a span of seven seconds. I’m no sound engineer so maybe someone in the audience can clarify this silly little ad. Durex Performa: Sound waves [Ads of the World] Read More

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