• NextWeb – Open widgets stand against locked-down systems?

    NextWeb live blog: Khris Loux, CEO and co-founder of Web widget provider JS-Kit had a talk entitled “Web 3.0 or Web 3D?, The Decentralization, Disaggregation and Democratization of the Web”. JS-Kit is growing a suite of widgets that will help site owners optimize their website content, eventually allowing website owners to easily optimize their site based on how people surf… Read More

  • Happy Cheese Weasel Day!

    My buddy Jeremy reports: Unknown to most, April 3rd is Cheese Weasel Day, the holiday where the Cheese Weasel brings dairy goodness to all the good boys and girls in the tech industry. While the origins are murky, it seems to have started around 1992 when a weasel was spotted carrying a Kraft Single. This, they assumed, must be the Cheese Weasel, and therefore, that it must be Cheese Weasel Day. Read More

  • 1080p in 10 ounces with Sony's HDR-TG1

    Actual camcorder not transparent.
    It’s the world’s smallest 1080p camcorder, says Sony, and it actually looks pretty capable unlike some other super-compact HD camcorders I’ve seen. It’s extremely small, obviously, but it’s got a nice lens with 10x optical zoom and a 2.7-inch LCD screen. It does face recognition and assigns more bits to that location of the… Read More

  • NextWeb – Digg wants to predict better

    NextWeb live blog:
    Keynote Discussion: Scott Rafer & Kevin Rose
    “Inside look at Serial Entrepreneurship” [Health warning: Live notes, excuse typos, much of this is paraphrased quotes] Kevin:

    The nice thing about starting in the early days was not having too much traffic. Not worrying about “features”. Now it takes a long time to get stuff done. We have a huge dept… Read More

  • BitWine Detaches Itself from Skype, Pursues Partnership Strategy

    BitWine started off in late 2006 as a place where people could find experts to answer their questions over Skype for a consulting fee. The company has since realized that not everyone in its target market, the United States, has installed Skype or even owns a microphone. So it has taken steps to liberate itself from Skype while still providing the Skype plugin as an option. Users can now… Read More

  • Live from the Fred Thompson/John Edwards keynote

    CrunchGear.com — your most trusted source for political news — brings you the Day Three keynote from the CTIA Wireless 2008 conference. Today’s speakers are the honorable Fred Thompson and the equally-honorable John Edwards. Read More

  • Swiss pool being warmed by nearby IBM datacenter PCs

    What better place to channel that extra heat than a sweet pool? These smart guys near Zurich have got the excess heat from all the servers and clusters and storage at a nearby IBM datacenter being piped right into their pool. Well, it’s little more complicated than that, but not too much more, and the effect is that instead of the hot air being just let out into the atmosphere… Read More

  • Comcast's new 50mbps option is quick n' expensive

    Those crazy Comcast folks. What will they think of next? They’re offering a screaming fast internet connection, aimed at small businesses and, I’m assuming, rich individuals. That’s six times faster than their previously fastest option. They say “At 50 million bits per second, a 4-gigabyte Hollywood movie can be downloaded from the Internet in less than 10… Read More

  • Review: Griffin ClearBoost iPhone Case

    I am more than willing to suspend my disbelief in all manner of situations. I, for example, still believe that my family and wife love me and that the world is not colluding to to kill me. I believe that what I am writing now matters, to some degree, and that it will help you in your day-to-day existence. I also believe that I will eventually return to my original college weight of 175… Read More

  • WeColumn Launches A Blogging Widget

    During the taping of Diggnation at the Next Web conference today in Amsterdam, Tobias van Telligen, an enterprising CEO of a Dutch startup bum rushed the stage and got in a plug for the Website he just launched today: WeColumn. He also bought 75 beers for the audience. That 150 Euros ($235) was marketing dollars well spent. Afterwards, also came and told me about his new Website. WeColumn… Read More

  • A Widget That Tracks Political Sentiment

    As campaign season heats up, creating a political widget is a good way for startups to highlight their technology. Today, Jodange released two more Top of Mind widgets for iGoogle that tracks the sentiment about the political candidates as well as the sentiment of the candidates themselves on a series of topics. The first one, Candidate Pundit, analyzes news stories, political blogs, and… Read More


    Friends, you’ve been waiting. You’ve been wanting. You’ve been crying from the depths, asking for deliverance. Well, deliverance is finally here and it comes in the form of a fairly beefy Zune dock called the ZK 500 Kicker. It costs $349.99 and, um, plays the music of your Zune through its HUGE five-inch woofers and 3/4″ silk dome tweeters. That is significantly better… Read More

  • Burn, iPhone, burn there's a riot going on

    A young British lad owns an iPhone. That iPhone overheats and melts while docked. He calls CarphoneWarehouse (Can’t they change the name? Brits?) and they tell him the melting is cosmetic. He calls AppleCare and they don’t care. He waits. He wonders. We sit on the edges of our seats, pondering the global implications of millions of melty iPhones. UPDATE – Bloops! It’s a… Read More

  • NextWeb – Wikia is a user-controlled work in progress

    NextWeb blog: Gil Penchina, CEO Wikia gave a talk about about “Giving insane levels of control to your customers”. What has he learned? Most people really are good, there are a few bad apples who spam your site, but the passionate outweigh the bad guys. Empowering customers is not easy, it takes faith and persistence, requires tools and SOftware, It’s about building a a… Read More

  • Not smart: Kid turns camera into 600V 'taser'

    When is a disposable camera—who still uses those?—considered a weapon? When you’re a student in New Jersey with a knack for modifying them to shoot electrical charges at people, that’s when! A 14-year-old in Clinton, NJ has been charged with possession of a dangerous weapon on school grounds. Seems the future engineer was able to turn a disposable camera, just like… Read More

  • iPhone: Complete and utter pwnage

    http://www.viddler.com/player/707bd9da/ The iPhoneDevTeam has released Pwnage for the Mac and PC, allowing you to upload almost any firmware including the beta 1.2 floating around these parts. I’m going to say I’m a big weenie and not install this until I’ve had a bit more coffee but rest assured our bLOLging brethren at AOL have already ridden this horse out of town, around… Read More

  • Scalr: The Auto-Scaling Open-Source Amazon EC2 Effort

    Scalr is a recently open-sourced framework for managing the massive serving power of Amazon’s Elastic Computing Cloud (EC2) service. While web services have been using EC2 for increased capacity since Fall 2006, it has never been fully “elastic” (scaling requires adding and configuring more machines when the situation arises). What Scalr promises is compelling: a… Read More

  • Live From The Next Web (2008)

    If you couldn’t make it to Amsterdam, Mike Butcher is live blogging the Next Web conference on TechCrunch UK. Read his individual posts on How to Deal With VCs (Adeo Ressi), the first batch of startup demos (CoComment, eBuddy, Fav.or.it, Wuaw, Introniche, Empressr), Open Widgets (Khris Loux), and Lookery’s play for European social networking ads. Or you can watch a live stream of… Read More

  • NextWeb: Startup pitches round 1

    NextWeb live blog: Here are live blog notes form the first round of startups pitches. (Apologies for typos, I’ll add more links shortly). [All were looking for funding of some sort except IntroNiche]. CoComment
    Their pitch: Very hard to track conversations, but CoComment makes this possible. Comments are the dark matter of the web . You can use tools like feed readers, but quickly you… Read More

  • Craigslist Launches Official Blog

    Craigslist launches their official blog today at blog.craigslist.com. Previously founder Craig Newmark would get the word out via his personal blog, but now Craigslist has it’s own voice. The blog is lacking a RSS feed and has only rudimentary comments, but it is a true blog nonetheless. By the look of the first few posts the new blog will make for interesting reading. There is commentary… Read More

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