• BarCamp London big success [photos]

      TechCrunch UK were one of the sponsors of BarCampLondon A quick congratulations to organiser(s) of this weekend’s BarCamp London.  It seems the event was very well received, with most people feeling that there should be more unconference-format events like this in London, espeically in light of the backlash that seems to be occuring in the USA to “frothy” me-too… Read More

  • MacBook Nastiness

    Ooof… Maybe Intel is infecting these things with some latent Windows virii because everyone we know is having MacBook troubles. Take the famed Dave Winer, por ejemplo: I continue to have problems with all three of my Macs. The new black MacBook shuts down on its own in the middle of my work. The original G4 laptop is still blue-screening, and my dual CPU desktop G4 is blue-screening… Read More

  • No more boo-hoo bills with Mobiboo

    London based Mobiboo, the UK’s first commercial VoIP phone network to be allocated a UK mobile number range, 07911, today announced the official launch of its mobile VoIP service. “The cost-savings of VoIP have already been proven by companies such as Skype. Mobiboo has gone one step further to replicate a true mix of traditional mobile, DECT and landline phone services to… Read More

  • ComBOTS is easy VOIP and file transfer for your avatars

    ComBOTS is a German company that has just taken its product to beta and appears aimed to carve a chunk out of Skype’s potential customer base. You’ll have to get in line for an account right now but it’s worth an early look at the site. ComBOTS is a Windows based desktop client that facilitates one-to-one communication by VOIP, file transfer, IM and a whole lot of avatars. … Read More

  • Google launches click-to-call in UK

    Search Engine Watch is reporting that Google has now implemented Click-To-Call features in the UK. A search on the word jet2 at Google.co.uk brings up this ad. If you click on the green phone icon, it opens the ad up to enter your phone number. According to Google’s Click-To-Call FAQ “Google foots the bill for all calls, both local and long-distance”   It was only last… Read More

  • WebWorkerDaily, for the Web 2.0 Worker

    Om Malik’s blog network is starting to take shape as he launches WebWorkerDaily this afternoon. The new site is a blog for the distributed worker, where the office is wherever their laptop happens to be. Cell phones, Skype, laptops and other tools have made it possible for an entire generation of workers to do their thing outside of an actual office. This blog is for them. The writers… Read More

  • Has Yahoo found the answer?

    In the battle to win the search war, Yahoo! UK & Ireland have officially launched Yahoo! Answers today, a collaborative social networking service that enables you to ask other members questions, in order to find out the best answer. Yahoo! Answers already has a vast array of questions and answers on the site for you to search on, due to the fact it was originally launched as a beta service… Read More

  • Geesee to offer cross-site chat by tag

    Geesee is an early stage startup from Slovakia that will combine topical web chat, tag search and widgets. If you’ve seen MeeboMe, imagine instead a widget that connects a network of web chat rooms organized by tags with access points across many blogs and web pages. Publishers who put a Geesee widget on their page would be facilitating real time communication about the topic of their… Read More

  • Is Autoquake set to shake up the car industry

    AutoQuake, the company formed in 2005 and made famous by selling David Beckham’s convertible BMW, has rapidly grown into the UK’s foremost online vehicle “remarketing” company (I guess that means second hand car sales to you and I) AutoQuake offers a safe and convenient way to sell your car. Basically you drop off your car at one of their drop off locations or have… Read More

  • OpenBC Design Challenge – €10,000 Prize

    OpenBC is a Hamburg, Germany based professional social networking site that is often compared to LinkedIN. They were founded in late 2003, are profitable, and boast nearly 2 million members and 275 million page views per month. Six weeks ago they launched an open design challenge for the new personal profile page on OpenBC. The winner will not only have the privilege of seeing their design… Read More

  • Sprint Launches Treo 700wx. Surprise!

    I’m putting my cocktail down for a moment to tell you that (as expected) Sprint has launched the Treo 700wx. Our source’s specs were right on: 1.3 megapixel camera, Windows Mobile 5 and everything else is just as we expected, including the price at $499. The only real suprise is a minor one, and also the only thing different than the 700w: the wx has dial-up networking via EV-DO… Read More

  • Why is Companies House closed?

    I was doing some research on a few UK start-ups and one great resource is the companies house Web Check service. It’s a database listing of all of the UK’s companies listed in alphabetical order. So why would the message below “Access to the service is closed” appear? Under civil servant rules do databases and websites now get weekends off? Read More

  • MySpace jump on the Bandwagon?

    UK based bandwagon, is a Music Community Site for fans of independent music, that also allows bands to manage their own web pages and promote and sell mobile content. The content can include video, music, ringtones and wallpapers. Bands make their money by uploading their content and then receiving royalty payments [via Paypal] for their downloads. On Bandwagon, you are paid £0.35 for every… Read More

  • An interview with investor Paul Graham of Y Combinator

    Paul Graham believes we’re not in a bubble, that startups shouldn’t worry about their business models and the best companies are the ones with potential to kill old monopolies. Graham is a partner at Y Combinator, a Mountain View firm that invests in very early tech startups. Companies that Y Combinator has funded include the social news site Reddit, online form creation tool… Read More

  • Zopa looking to mix in new circles

    UK based Zopa is the financial equivalent of eBay. It puts borrowers and lenders directly in touch with one another. Zopa has a very good management pedigree, it was setup by the team that setup Egg. Richard Duvall. The Chief Executive Officer – led the team that created Egg; was its Launch Director then its first Chief Marketing Officer. James Alexander. The Chief Financial… Read More

  • Zinadoo is easy to do.

    Irish based, Nubiq who specialise in community mobile solutions, has launched its first product, Zinadoo. Thanks to Paul Watson in Ireland for alerting me to the launch covered in the The Irish Times. Zinadoo provides a service that enables end-users to create their own mobile website from their computer. The service provides a full solution to end-users to enable them to take existing… Read More

  • Servoy

    Dutch company Servoy , a supplier of development and deployment tools for business software, has recently raised an undisclosed venture round. Lead by the Private Plus Fund, this funding joins several private investors who have already provided financial support to Servoy. Servoy has been growing rapidly with more than triple-digit expansion over the past three years. Jan Aleman, CEO of… Read More

  • Factonomy develop .NET framework

    Scottish company factonomy has recently secured €300,000 of funding. Factonomy develops strategic frameworks for the agile development of powerful internal and online business solutions. “A framework provides a foundation structure for the development of numerous applications using a consistent schema. The consistent schema is used to declare what an application should do rather… Read More

  • MySpace to offer MyTunes …

    Music it seems is still the soma of the masses. In an attempt to monetise its large user community, Mashable are reporting that “MySpace has announced it will sell songs from the 3 million unsigned bands on MySpace.com. The songs will be sold as unprotected MP3s, free from DRM. MySpace co-founder, Chris DeWolfe told Reuters: “Everyone we’ve spoken to definitely wants an… Read More

  • MySpace To Sell Music Through Snocap

    MySpace is getting into the music business. They announced today that they will allow nearly 3 million unsigned bands to sell their music directly to Myspace users. Snocap will provide the back end technology for the service. The agreement also includes performance-based warrants to purchase stock in SnoCap(Fox recently took an equity stake in startup SimplyHired as well). The music will be… Read More