• Powerset Will Launch In Coming Weeks

    San Francisco based Powerset will be publicly launching a long-awaited beta version of the service in the coming weeks, the company told me yesterday. They are working on a new kind of search engine that will understand natural language searches and compete with keyword matching engines that dominate search today. An early version of the search engine, which was demo’d to me yesterday… Read More

  • Microsoft And Yahoo's $40 Billion Game Of Media Chicken

    Lots of reports today on the Microsoft-Yahoo negotiation, which is now in its third month of drama and appears to be being negotiated primarily through the media. The WSJ in particular is serving as the court of popular appeal via very controlled leaks from both sides. Yahoo’s key message is that they want a deal to happen but at a higher bid than the 62% premium Microsoft… Read More

  • AT&T wants Panasonic to develop plasma screens for cellphones

    We’ve been waiting for OLED to invade the marketplace, but it hasn’t yet. It will, sure, but Panasonic, with AT&T, have another idea, plasma. Right now you can get a flat-panel HDTV in LCD or plasma, and they each have their strengths and weaknesses (which will be addressed in a future home theater feature), but one thing about plasma is that it’s got more vibrant color… Read More

  • Is this the butt-end of the 3G iPhone?

    The iPod Observer scored a photo of what is purported to be the 3G version of the iPhone, or the iPhone 2, or the one I’ve been waiting for. It’s only the back, and I’m not 100% convinced it’s real, but I like the look. The iPod-ish metal backing never sat well with me. I also not the camera does not yet have a flash, something we’ve heard the 3G iPhone would… Read More

  • Source: Google To Launch BigTable As Web Service

    Google may be releasing BigTable, its internal database system, as a web service to compete with Amazon SimpleDB, according to a source with knowledge of the launch. There are also rumors that press is being pre-briefed on the product, although we haven’t been contacted by Google. BigTable is a highly scalable database system used internally by Google to support over 60 of its products… Read More

  • You're under arrest, citizen, for crossing the street while talking on the phone


    Mother of god. I’m supportive of the handheld ban while driving, but while walking? Well, if Representative Kenneth Duncan of Illinois gets his way, you’ll have to hang up at every crosswalk. How unbelievably idiotic is that? He even has a backer for the bill, Illinois’ Secretary of State, who thinks it should be softened to being a secondary offense, only applicable to… Read More

  • Blu-ray could lose out to new format with 20,000 times the capacity in just five years

    While we maintain that Blu-ray represents the end of the optical disk for media storage, there are signs that we might be wrong. Professor Min Gu of Swinburne University of Technology has a group of scienticians working on a new optical disk with 20,000 times the capacity of a Blu-ray disk. You could, in effect, have an entire video store, every song ever recorded, and my vast collection of… Read More

  • Lookit me, Ma! I'm programmin' my iPhone!

    Just grabbed a floater copy of the iPhone SDK and I just wrote my first application. It does nothing, but I’m so proud of myself. It’s almost as if I’m entering a brave new world where I never failed CS 101 and had to end up in Information Systems. The SDK is fairly easy to install and run. Obviously I’m going to need to figure out what the heck everything is doing and… Read More

  • Samsung's Media Lounge at CTIA

    At CES we had the Blounge™ , which was nice and spacious. It also provided us the luxury of not having to deal with other media or lack of Internet connectivity. Microsoft provided a much fancier Blounge™ at Macworld, but security wasn’t as tight and some random weirdos managed to sneak in and the general public viewed us like we were wild animals. Thanks to Samsung, we had ourselves… Read More

  • Hands on: Velocity Mobile

    Just returned from a meeting with Velocity Mobile. The 103 and 111 are impressive devices in their own right, but what VM wants to do with Windows Mobile is even more impressive. They don’t want to put a top layer over it with something flashy, which others have done and failed at a number of times. I’m excited to see the finalized version in a few weeks when we get the devices in… Read More

  • The Next Web Awards winners

    Winner of The Next Web startup competition was: Wakoopa
    Since May last year, Wakoopa will scan your drive, tell you what software you use most and suggest new stuff, as well as hook you into a social network of fellow software users. TechCrunch calls them the LastFM of software. Since 2007 they have gotten 25k users, 100k software items, 150 million hours of software usage. They give… Read More

  • UK ISP will not be bullied by music industry dirty tactics


    Flickr’d In order to force people to buy plastic discs with music encoded on them, the British Phonographic Industry (more or less the UK’s RIAA) has started sending mean and nasty letters to ISPs there. Only problem is, these mean and nasty letters have had the exact opposite effect the BPI had in mind. Rather than turn around and say, “Oh, our users are pirating your music? Read More

  • Microsoft May Cancel Yahoo Bid: Rumors

    Yahoo shares plunged by upto 5% in after market trading this afternoon on rumors that Microsoft may be ready to quit its takeover offer for Yahoo. From Reuters: Microsoft Corp is evaluating its bid for Yahoo Inc because the Internet company may have lost value since it made its offer, a person familiar with the matter said on Friday. Microsoft has been repeatedly trying to engage… Read More

  • Windows 7 coming next year where next_year=current_year+50

    A possible Vista successor: Now blurry and boring. Billy boy let slip that Windows 7 AKA Windows Vista# will launch “next year” and explained that XP will be phased out for everything except low-cost PCs in some markets. Is he telling the truth? Who knows. He may mean an update to the Windows internals with a Vista shell, which is the most possible roadmap seeing as how they just… Read More

  • Second Skin, an MMORPG documentary


    I thought Darkon was going to be cool, but this looks even more interesting. It’s a documentary film about the ways, positive and negative, in which MMORPGs like World of Warcraft, Everquest and others have affected people’s lives. You’ve got the addict, the shut-in, the bloomer, the romantic, it looks like every popular kind of story associated with the genre is… Read More

  • Google Damages Property Values?

    A Pittsburgh couple is suing Google for including their house in Google’s Street View service. According to a lawsuit filed in Allegheny County’s Court of Common Pleas this week, Aaron and Christine Boring accuse Google of “intentional and/or grossly reckless invasion” of their privacy as their street is “clearly marked with a ‘Private Road’… Read More

  • CrunchArcade: BitTorrent downloads show Final Fantasy Crisis Core most popular game

    On a very popular, very exclusive, cat-themed video game BitTorrent tracker, Final Fantasy Crisis Core is the number one downloaded game. I bring this up for several reasons. One, BitTorrent downloads are a decent method to determine a game’s popularity among hardcore gamers. I know, or at least think, because my most hardcore gaming days coincided with rampant piracy. DreamCast, Xbox1… Read More

  • Creative backs down on threats to driver writer

    The Register is reporting that Creative has reinstated programmer Daniel_K’s Creative Vista driver on the official Creative sight and that, well, actually I’m not sure what they’re saying here: We have read the strong feedback about Creative’s forum post regarding driver development by daniel_k and other outside parties.
    Creative’s message tried to address our… Read More

  • From the "I told you so" Dept.: Study shows violent games relax players


    I take issue with the classification of World of Warcraft as a “violent game” in this study, but I suppose it’s more violent than Animal Crossing. The study, done at Middlesex University in the UK, had just under 300 people of all ages playing WoW for a couple hours, and found that players were more tired and calm after their gaming session. It’s not a really… Read More

  • You Suck at Photoshop #10

    http://www.mydamnchannel.com/xml/mdc_embed.swf?episode=615 What happened to Donnie?! Read More

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