• New Beta Site Pushes AOL Finance To Top Spot

    AOL released a much needed improvement to their Finance site last November at beta.finance.aol.com. At the time, the site was the third largest money and finance site after Yahoo Finance and MSN Money. December Comscore data is now available, and it shows a steep rise in traffic for AOL Finance. They’ve passed both Yahoo and Microsoft to take the top spot in terms of unique visitors. Read More

  • Voting On Crunchies Ends at Midnight Tonight

    Reader voting on the Crunchies awards ends at midnight tonight PST, about an hour and a half from now. We’ve had over 100,000 votes, but some of the races are very, very close. The winners will be announced next week at the Crunchies event. The first two batches of tickets sold out right away. The third set goes on sale tomorrow at 11 am PST. This might be the last group of tickets for… Read More

  • Bebo's Platform Now Open for All Developers

    Almost a month ago to the day, social network Bebo announced its developer platform. Or rather, a clone of Facebook’s developer platform. The idea was to copy Facebook’s platform so that developers wouldn’t have to relearn a new one and rebuild their applications (Bebo’s platform still requires tweaks to port an application over from Facebook, however). Bebo chose to… Read More

  • CES 2008: It's done and we're tired, thanks for tuning in!

    CES 2008 is done, and while it was a blast, I’m glad it only happens once a year. My legs feel like Jell-O, my feet look like the pulled pork special I had last night, and I think my liver booked an earlier flight, because I can’t seem to find it. We saw some pretty amazing stuff, hung out with some cool people, made some tasteless jokes, and made up the word Blounge™. This has… Read More

  • Flip Fails. Condé Nast Reverses Strategy.

    If you can’t beat ’em, turn into a widget and join ’em. Condé Nast is changing strategies on Flip, its young-teen women social network that launched last February. They announced today that Flip will be “reshaped as a flexible web application designed to live on social networking platform, starting with Facebook.” Translation: “We give up.” Comscore… Read More

  • CES 2008: Belkin gets it right

    We get a lot of schwag at conferences like CES, some better than others. My favorites, though, came from Belkin, who’s understated schwag bag was brimming with simple Belkin-branded goodies, like these Belkin mints and this Belkin lip balm. Sure, there was a really cool USB hub and other stuff, but the point is they’re smart enough to include useful stuff with their logo. Read More

  • Sources at Intel tell us about Macworld

    Apparently I should be speaking with friends back in Oregon more often. I always knew my friends or their parents worked at Intel, but haven’t thought about ever asking them which groups they work in. Yeah, I know, it’s pretty lame of me. So I did some poking and prodding and promised some things I probably shouldn’t have to get this info, but I think it’s worth it in… Read More

  • NewsGator adopts free software model

    The very-excellent FeedDemon RSS desktop software from NewsGator has gone from $30 to free. I find Google Reader to be a great RSS reader but when I need to really dig in and catch news items as soon as they’re published, nothing beats a good standalone client like FeedDemon. NewsGator has also decided to give away its Mac client NewsNetWire, its mobile client NewsGator Go!, and its… Read More

  • Skyrocketing energy drink prices make gas look cheap

    I’ve been drinking energy drinks for a about five years less than I’ve been driving a car. At the time I got my license in 1995, gasoline cost about a dollar per gallon and now it’s up to about three dollars per gallon. The price of energy drinks over the last eight years or so had remained relatively stable at about two dollars per can for an 8-ounce can of Red Bull. Then a… Read More

  • CES 2008: Cooler Master's VW case is crunchy, should stay on the shelf

    Cooler Master makes pretty decent computer cases, but I’m taking issue with this licensed VW bus case. It’s like this: If you mod your case to become a VW bus, then you’re a college student with too much time to kill who likes Phish and calling people “braugh”, but if you buy it off the shelf like that, then you want to be a college student with too much time to… Read More

  • Ticket startups get heat from those terribly sweet promoters

    The so-called ‘secondary ticket market’ has a bad rep in the UK. Scruffy ticket touts outside concert venues have been the traditional conduit for unsold tickets and they operate under the guise of everything from a shifty looking guy outside the venue all the way through to agencies – some even linked to organised crime – who bulk-buy the biggest concerts to sell on for… Read More

  • Sony cuts Japanese PS3 console offering to one model

    I’m sitting in the Las Vegas airport in what used to be a nice, quiet spot where I figured I could get some work done when four guys from New York just sat down RIGHT behind me (despite there being plenty of open seats). They proceeded to call in an order for sandwiches from some New York deli, argued about who’s sandwich would have what on it, and then called their secretaries to… Read More

  • Network Solutions Using Questionable Tactic to Sell More Domain Names

    Network Solutions used to be the only place you could go to buy a .com or other domain name. Years ago they lost their monopoly rights and a flood of low priced competitors entered the market. Today Network Solutions is a distant third in market share behind giants like GoDaddy and eNom. The main reason is price. Network Solutions continues to charge $35/year for a domain name, while others… Read More

  • The Music Industry's Last Stand Will Be A Music Tax

    It is becoming more and more difficult for the music industry to ignore the basic economics of the their industry: unenforceable property rights (you can’t sue everyone) and zero marginal production costs (file sharing is ridiculously easy). All the big labels have now given up on DRM. They haven’t yet given up on trying to charge for their music, but it’s becoming more and… Read More

  • Yahoo Travel Chases Kayak With FareChase

    Last night, Yahoo signaled that it is serious about competing in the travel price-comparison search market in the wake of Kayak’s recent $200 million acquisition of Sidestep. Yahoo Travel put its FareChase property, formerly a tab, front and center on the travel homepage. FareChase is now the default search engine for pricing flights, hotels, cars, and vacations. [Update: Yahoo says… Read More

  • Tata Nano, the world's least expensive car

    [photopress:tatanano.jpg,full,center] Meet the world’s least expensive car, the Nano. The car costs only $2,500, gets 50 miles per gallon and is supposed to bring the gift of rapid transportation to the world’s poor. It also looks a lot like Biggs’ car, which we often tease him about. Made in India, the manual transmission Nano, created and designed by Tata, has a 33… Read More

  • Amazon Completes DRM-Free Roster With Sony-BMG

    For anyone who was bummed about the hoops they were going to have to jump through to get DRM-free songs from Sony-BMG artists, by the end of the month you will be able to download those songs at Amazon’s MP3 store. A couple days after announcing a weird plan with physical retailers to distribute DRM-free music that will require people to buy a plastic stored value card first and… Read More

  • Video: How to make inexpensive spy glasses


    How To: Spy Sunglasses! – video powered by Metacafe Surely I can’t be the only person who thinks walking around with video recording spy glasses is sorta creepy. It’s a fun project to kill a couple of hours on the weekend, but making the jump from gadget tinkering to creep-o spying is too much for… Read More

  • The Wall Street Journal Edges Towards Free

    In a concession to increased competition from the blogosphere and other newspapers throwing in the towel on paid-subscription walls for online content, the Wall Street Journal is making its opinion pages and commentary free. Does that mean the rest of the paper will soon be free online as well? It is certainly in keeping with new owner Rupert Murdoch’s previous public statements to… Read More

  • AT&T, NBC and Microsoft hint at ISP-level Internet filtering to protect copyright

    [photopress:attcensorship.jpg,full,center] Who’s ready for some ISP-level Internet filtering, all in the name of protecting copyright? After all, copyright is what makes us a civilized, just people. Without it we’d be still be living in caves. At CES, representatives from NBC, Microsoft and AT&T said that the time is about the right time to start seriously considering blocking… Read More

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