• 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

  • Is Browzar Just An Adware Machine?

    Earlier this week the big story was the launch of a new “safe” browser called Browzar, which InfoWorld called “the latest entrant to the crowded Internet browser market”. Browzar promises to make web surfing more anonymous by disabling cookies, history, auto-complete, etc. The story was widely circulated, including writeups on BBC, CNET, Slashdot and Digg, among others. Read More

  • Samsung to Launch Music Store

    . MTV’s done it. Even Wal-Mart has it’s own digital music store. So why not Samsung? While Apple gets it’s movie store ready, Samsung has announced that it will launch it’s own digital music download service, to be compatible with it’s own line of media players. Sure, they’re a a little late to the table, but the idea is that it’s better to have some… Read More

  • DDR For the Rest of Your Body

    The Mossalibra is a new game aimed at dance clubs and parties. Using motion capturing technology to map the player’s movements, the game translates the player into a pixelated image. The image is then projected on to a wall, enabling everyone to watch what a bad dancer you are. Points are scored when you mimic other character’s movements or if you create something new and exciting. Read More

  • The Latest in Hardcore System Mods: Super NICs

    , it’s now just a place to plug-in a cable. Like WinModems of the ’90s, your NIC is just an interface, while your OS and CPU do all the real work of getting your porn downloaded. The Killer takes those pesky network-related tasks from your computer and handles them itself, improving system performance. The main sell, however, is the built-in features designed specifically for gamers. Read More

  • Happy Labor Day Weekend, Y'all

    team who brought this blog from 0 to 60 in about 2.5 seconds. Also, special thanks to you, our readers, for putting up with contest mix-ups and growing pains. I hope we’re keeping you happy. Read More

  • Partystrands aims to be Last.fm + Digg for the jukebox

    Partystrands is a music service launching next month that will bring together aggregated recommendations, voting and photos synchronized on location by mobile phone. Created by the Corvallis, Oregon and Barcelona, Spain based company MyStrands, PartyStrands is targeting bars and clubs. The site will go live on September 14th. People who have downloaded the MyStrands desktop application at… Read More

  • 6 Degrees of Crunchation Creativity-Off


    Click through to view our three finalists in the creativity portion of the contest. We’ll leave voting open until Noon PST on Tuesday since most US folks are probably home for the long weekend by now… Read More

  • Routers in Cali Must Now Have Security Warnings

    According to a new California law, any device “that includes an integrated and enabled wireless access point…[that] is manufactured on or after October 1, 2007, for use in a small office, home office, or residential setting, and that is used in a federally unlicensed spectrum,” will have to include some a warning about the dangers of not securing your wireless network. Read More

  • D-Link DNS-323 Network Attached Storage

    The DNS-323 is D-Link’s newest network attached storage (NAS) targeted towards the home and small business audience. It has a gigabit ethernet connection, something that’s very important for a NAS, and two SATA hard drive slots for storage. The DNS-323 can support RAID 1 for mirror your data, protecting your precious videos and iTunes music from being lost, something our own John B… Read More