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  • TechCrunch Partners With SeedCamp Europe

    We’re pleased to announce that TechCrunch has partnered to support the launch of SeedCamp in Europe. Inspired by YCombinator and the OpenCoffeeClub, Seedcamp will be a week long event in London, September 3-7, for twenty young entrepreneurs to showcase their early-stage strategies and product concepts. The mission of Seedcamp is to develop the next generation of entrepreneurs in Europe… Read More

  • Fact: iPhone Camp Starts Next Week

    Apple’s notorious closed-platform, that some call the iPhone, is inching itself open, if only a bit. July 23 promises Apple developers a crash course on writing effective apps for the oh-so-hot handset, without giving up too much of Jobs’s control. While we’d rather see the actual open platform that it could be (the interface begs for one-touch app launches), it’s a step… Read More

  • The Jing Project: The 3 Legged Dog Of Screen Captures And Screencasting

    The Jing Project is a fairly new screen capture and screencasting tool from TechSmith. Jing aims to make screen capturing and screencasting easier by providing the one program for both. Usage wise it’s simple to use. The screencasting tool is as good as any I’ve used before; unlike Screencast-o-matic it’s a software based tool and the difference in quality shows. The Jing… Read More

  • Ooma to Land Tomorrow: Peer-to-Peer VoIP in a Pretty Package

    While we’re spending our time pushing our Destroy Your Landline Contest, wherein you the readers are implored to destroy your traditional landline phones, something comes up that makes us want to perhaps hold on to ours. Ooma is a new Vonage-like VoIP service that tweaks the formula just enough to perhaps survive where companies like SunRocket have failed. The VoIP ideal has been around… Read More

  • Ooma Launches Free Consumer Phone Service

    An ambitious and long awaited new consumer VOIP startup – Ooma – launches on Thursday morning. Much like Vonage and the ill-fated SunRocket, Ooma allows consumers to use their normal phones to make and receive telephone calls, but at drastically reduced prices. Vonage provides unlimited calling in the U.S. and Canada for a flat $25/month. Ooma, however, is using an innovative… Read More

  • Zattoo Is The Best Live P2P Television Platform Available Today

    With Microsoft getting into the Live P2P television game with Livestation, interest has been growing in the space. We covered a number of leading operators earlier this month. On that list was the European focused company Zattoo with a product that is currently only available in a number of European countries, and only then by invite. The folks at Zattoo were kind enough to offer me a 7-day… Read More

  • Free Consumer Phone Service from Ooma

    Thanks to mobile plans with thousands of free minutes, in-network calling options and even mobile VOIP options many consumers have ditched their traditional landlines. But Michael has posted over at sister site TechCrunch about VOIP startup Ooma and its new free consumer phone service. This service might just offer mobile phones a bit of competition. Ooma is using an innovative… Read More

  • Google Expands Print Ads Program, Non-Americans Not Wanted

    Google has announced the expansion of Google Print Ads. From today Google has expanded their newspaper advertising base from 50 papers to 225 newspapers representing 32 of the top 35 DMAs with a combined circulation of 30million readers. The lineup of newspaper companies participating is impressive; companies include E.W. Scripps, Freedom Communications, Hearst Newspapers, GateHouse Media… Read More

  • How to Get the Most Money Out of eBay Auctions

    eBay’s online marketplace raked in nearly $6 billion last year helping people sell nearly anything they’ve got, including a hocking a few iPhones. Savvy consumers often flock to the service, sniping for hard to get items or some deeper discounts than retail stores. Common sense says that markets prices goods appropriately, based on supply and demand. However some economists… Read More

  • Crunch it Over: Can Camphone Pics Equal Digital Theft?

    So here’s the debate: Now that cameraphones are quite literally everywhere, is it OK for people to use them as they see fit? In Japan, merchants are banding together to try and ban “digital shoplifting,” the act of using a camphone to snap a shot of content from a magazine or book. The offenders are apparently those who browse fashion magazines and take photos of hairstyles… Read More

  • Wii-Haters, You Have a Theme Song

    While the debate over which of the current game consoles is the best, the opinions of the masses make their way online, some more coherent than others. The Anti-Wii song is a good example of a well-thought-out argument with opinion and fact put to a catchy beat. If you’re part of the Wii Nation, we’ll be expecting your retorts. Nintendo Fanboys cover your ears – the… Read More

  • Scholastic Loses It Over Harry Potter/BitTorent Story

    It didn’t take long for Scholastic, the U.S. publisher of the Harry Potter books, to send us a takedown notice for our post “The Latest Harry Potter Book Hits BitTorrent.” In an email yesterday, Mark S. Seidenfeld, an attorney for Scholastic, demanded that we “act expeditiously to remove or disable access to the material or items claimed to be infringing” and… Read More

  • Limited-edition Nixon Lowdown SS

    Next to Duke Kahanamoku, Jack’s Surfboards is the name in surfing. Jack’s is turning 50 this year and to celebrate this grand occasion, Nixon has released a limited-edition Lowdown dubbed the “SS” featuring a gold-plated case and buckle custom engraved with “Jack’s Surfboards 50th Anniversary” on the caseback. Check out Jack’s for the… Read More

  • Rumor Smashed: Helio Doesn't Mess Around

    We may or may not see a new phone device from Helio this year, but rest assured what you see above is definitely not it in any way, shape or form a new Helio. It’s a terrible Photoshop job to begin with and anyone thinking it’s real has a screw loose. Look for a few changes in the coming weeks that will rock your world and 2008 will blow you out of the water. Helio isn’t… Read More

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  • Plaxo Could Be the Open Facebook

    Plaxo recently launched a new 3.0 version that was more than just an AJAX face lift. Plaxo, once a notorious spammer, has grown beyond their core service of being the web’s address book. The new version not only synchronizes contact information, but also your information feeds, like Flickr, calendars, and adding new feeds every day through Plaxo Pulse. Today Plaxo is joining a host of… Read More

  • Apple To Hold iPhone Workshop on July 23

    Apple is holding a “confidential” and invite-only one day iPhone Tech Day Workshop, July 23, 2007 on Apple’s campus in Cupertino, California for web developers, widget developers, web designers, and software engineers. The purpose of the workshop seems to be a sort of “iPhone 101″ for developers, and to help them optimize web applications for the iPhone. The event… Read More

  • Zonbu Green PC Debuts Today: Cheap Not Cheap

    The Zonbu PC makes its debut today and even though, once again, John hated on the idea, I like it. To a point. The Mac mini-sized PC ditches several conventions in order to bring its variable price down to as low as $99. It eschews a hard drive and instead comes with a 4GB flash drive. “Real” storage is all handled by Zonbu’s remote servers. You can buy anywhere from 25GB… Read More

  • Calling all Current/Former Best Buy/Circuit City/etc… TV department employees!

    Inspired by the intrepid reporting of The Consumerist, I am calling out all current and former employees of big box electronic stores who might be able to dish on the perhaps-nefarious selling practices used to trick customers in the TV department. We’ve all heard rumors of employees tinkering with the brightness or contrast settings to make certain sets shine, but is there anything… Read More

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