• Happy Birthday, Mike

    Today is Michael Arrington’s birthday. Our good friend, and awesome Web 2.0 blogger, Orli Yakuel made the above video for him, using Animoto (see yesterday’s post). Happy Birthday, Mike. You can go to sleep now. Read More

  • Benchmark and Benioff Put $6.5 Million Into Zuora to Create a Salesforce for Online Billing

    When Tien Tzuo was the chief strategy officer at Salesforce.com, he sat in on a pitch to CEO Marc Benioff for an on-demand software tool startup looking for funding. Benioff was lukewarm to the idea. “If there was one thing you would want to outsource, what would it be?” asked one of the pitching executives. Benioff and Tzuo looked at each other and told the supplicants that… Read More

  • Hi5 Gets Ready to Take OpenSocial Global

    OpenSocial is gaining some steam. In addition to Yahoo deciding to join the effort, hi5 is going to actually launch its developer platform based on OpenSocial on March 31. The big draw for developers will be to expand their reach globally. Hi5 is the third-largest social network in the world with 38 million unique monthly visitors. While both MySpace and Facebook each boast more than… Read More

  • iPhone 2.0 "sneak peek"

    There has been a lot of talk about the new iPhone firmware and its enterprise capabilities. Well, the iPhoneDevTeam has cracked the 2.0 (actually 1.2) firmware and created a version of the firmware that works with any GSM SIM card without difficult incantations and installations. The firmware isn’t out yet — they’re sitting on it until the final version comes out — but… Read More

  • Mullenweg Steps Up Automattic, SixApart War of Words

    Automattic founder Matt Mullenweg has escalated the war of words against competitor SixApart with a new post that further attacks SixApart following a Twitter exchange Tuesday. Some highlights from the post: Could you build Typepad or Vox with Movable Type? Probably not, especially since people with more than a few blogs or posts say it grinds to a halt, as Metblogs found before they switched… Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Between a Trap and a Pokeball

    16:9 LCD monitors from Taiwan, with love
    MIT powers up in celebration of Smash Bros. release
    DIY: Electronic Post-It
    69 uses for Duct Tape
    The perfect gift for the budding Entomologist Read More

  • Google Enters The Ad Management Game

    Google has soft launched Google Ad Manager, an ad tool that allows publishers to manage ad placement on their sites. The service primarily competes with OpenX (previously PHPAds then OpenAds). Users add their ad codes to Google Ad Manager then include the Ad Manager generated code on their sites. The service then tracks the page views and CTR on each ad unit, complete with statistics and… Read More

  • The Future Of Voice May Be Voiceless

    The above video is a little rough in terms of processing delay, but it’s staggering. Voice without voice. According to New Scientist, the neckband translates thought into speech by picking up nerve signals; “with careful training a person can send nerve signals to their vocal cords without making a sound. These signals are picked up by the neckband and relayed wirelessly to a… Read More

  • Global Or Die: Is There A Future For Local Startups?

    My friend Loic Le Meur wants to convince startups to avoid the lure of focusing only on local markets. He asked to write the guest post below, which I think is worthy of debate. Loic recently moved to San Fransisco with his family to build and launch his new startup, Seesmic (I’m a small investor in Seesmic). For more from Loic, see his Ten Rules For Startup Success, which created quite… Read More

  • Could Spitzer Scandal Take Skype Video Mainstream?

    While Eliot Spitzer’s predilection for hookers (sorry, high priced call-girls) has made headlines worldwide, video over Skype may end up as a beneficiary. Marked as a first for national TV, CNN used Skype Video to conduct a live interview Monday. According to Reuters, CNN interviewed Jeffrey Toobin, who went to Harvard Law School with Spitzer, via Skype from Maui. The report says that… Read More

  • Disney: $122.8 Million Reasons To Sell On iTunes

    Disney CEO Bob Iger told the audience at the Digital Hollywood Media Summit today that that Disney has sold 4 million movies and 40 to 50 million videos through iTunes since signing up in 2006. Peter Kafka at Silicon Alley Insider estimates that this equates to $122.8 million for Disney from Apple, then writes: In other words, a little less than 10% of the $1 billion digital revenue goal Iger… Read More

  • WeGame's 19 Year Old Founder Raises $3 million Financing

    San Francisco based WeGame, a “YouTube for gamers” (although it is much more than that) seems to be off to a solid start. Since launching last month, founder Jared Kim says 7,000 videos have been uploaded to the site, and 13% of users are uploading videos. The other 87% are there to watch game videos like this one from Guitar… Read More

  • With HD DVD vanquished, Blu-Ray player prices inflate

    Let the chiseling begin! I think we all saw this coming: now that Blu-Ray has no competition, the distributors can raise prices back to what they probably should have been in the first place. As you can see in the chart above (courtesy of/shamelessly stolen from Tom’s Hardware), every company but LG has raised the average price of their player by $75-100 from what it cost at or near… Read More

  • Duck Hunt tattoo should be discouraging, and it is

    [photopress:dhts.jpg,full,center] Normally, if I were to meet a girl with a tattoo from an NES game, I’d likely fall in love. But man, this is just mean: The Duck Hunt dog laughing. If you see this in real life, you can only assume you’re doing it wrong, because that’s what this snickering canine has come to symbolize. via Geek Stir Read More

  • An interview with Rock Band's Greg LoPiccolo

    [photopress:depicollo.jpg,full,center] I love Rock Band. It’s one of the two reasons I finally broke down and got an Xbox 360 (the other being Halo 3), and my friends and I play it often, that’s why I found this interview with Harmonix’s Greg LoPiccolo to be so interesting. He sheds some light on a little bit of the development of the game, from bundle packages over… Read More

  • Intel's Menlow just whetting our appetite for Moorestown

    [photopress:umpcroadmaphg4.jpg,full,center] The future of portable computing is going to involve UMPCs, there’s no way of ignoring that, and Intel is working on a pretty impressive roadmap that will take it there. Intel is set to launch the Menlow processor, which is an ultra-low-power platform with support for hyperthreading up to 1.8GHz, WiFi H.264 and MPEG2 built-in, as well as… Read More

  • Will the launch of GTAIV affect Iron Man ticket sales?

    Now this is an odd idea, indeed. A guy with my dad’s name (Mike Hickey) at Janco Partners is speculating that the release of GTAIV, arguably the most anticipated game of the year, could perhaps sap ticket sales from Iron Man. Wait, what? The reasoning is that they come out the same week, and that geeks will be too busy trying to beat the game to go out and see a dope-looking… Read More

  • Amazon's Latest Product Launch is a Couple of Facebook Apps

    Amazon has now officially joined the Facebook craze. It has launched two of its own Facebook applications: Amazon Giver and Amazon Grapevine. Amazon Giver shows your Amazon wishlist on your Facebook page. Of course, there are more than a dozen apps on Facebook that already let you do that, but only Amazon Giver lets your friends actually buy those gifts for you without leaving Facebook. … Read More

  • Acer Aspire 'Gemstone Blue' series details

    Here’s a little more information about Acer’s new Gemstone Blue notebook series. First up, there are two models; the Aspire 8920G and the Aspire 6920G. Both feature an Intel Centrino Core 2 Duo processor and Vista Ultimate or Home Premium and up to 4GB of DDR2 667MHz memory, depending on your tastes. Both also have an integrated webcam, fingerprint reader, draft-N wireless… Read More

  • iPhone to go x86? Who knows!

    Emphasis added The Inquirer is going a little loopy over this slide from an Intel showing the Menlow Moorestown road-map with a clever litttle sprat hidden in the corner. That’s right. The iPhone may get x86 processing power in gen two of Intel’s low-power chips. Will it happen? Meh. Who knows. This looks more like a lazy presentation maker than anything substantial, but… Read More

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