• Things Sure Are Quiet At MySpace News

    When the largest site on the Internet announced their new MySpace News service, people expected it to get at least some traction, quickly. But a month later, as former TechCrunch writer Marshall Kirkpatrick noted in Twitter today, the site appears to be nothing more than a ghost town. News items on MySpace News are gathered automatically by the service and placed into one of 25 categories. Read More

  • Branded Video Channels Coming to MySpace

    MySpace have announced the launch of a new premium content section for MySpace Video in a direct challenge to YouTube. In the coming months, MySpace Video will launch branded channels with content from National Geographic, The New York Times, Reuters, The Daily Reel, Expert Village, Flow, IGN Entertainment, Octane TV, Kush TV, Ripe TV, VBS TV, and Young Hollywood. Jeff Berman, General Manager… Read More

  • Vpod.tv Launches Personalized Video Channel Public Beta

    A year after launch, Vpod.tv, makers of flash-based online video publisher tools, released some previously premium tools into public beta. The tools trickling down to the public accounts will be under the umbrella of their myTV product. Now any account will be able to upload, publish, and monetize their own hosted (600 Mb) myTV video channel, like this one for a series of entrepreneurs speaking… Read More

  • Meebo Launches Meebo Rooms (oh, and Meebo now has ads)

    Web based instant messaging provider Meebo will launch Meebo Rooms tonight. Like MeeboMe, which allows users to embed a widget on a website where visitors can chat with the publishers, this is a significant new product that will appeal to new set of users. Users can now create their own chat box that appears on Meebo and can also be embedded into a website. The room can be themed and customized… Read More

  • Web 2.0 in Germany: Copy/Paste Innovation or more?

    Last week we reported on Frazr, one of Germany’s many Twitter clones (if you’re eager for more side-by-side comparisons, see Sloggen, Wamadu, Faybl or 1you, which all launched in March or April). Frazr is symptomatic for the state of Web 2.0 in Germany and to get a better understanding for the many international developments, this post starts a series of regional profiles on Web… Read More

  • OurFaves: Word of Mouth Meets City Search

    Toronto based Ourfaves.com seeks to combine city search, social networking, and user-generated content in a one stop destination for a particular city. City search and profile sites aren’t new. Where OurFaves differs is a focus on user-generated content. OurFaves enables local aficionados to share and discover favorites on a city-wide scale, connecting people with one another and… Read More

  • European Startups Coming to a Web Browser Near You

    As mentioned in our post covering 5min, the semi-finals of the European focused Startup 2.0 contest were held in Madrid on the weekend. 5 startups were chosen as finalists, with the final to be held May 24 at the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain. As a competition it’s a treasure trove of interesting European startups. Whilst we don’t have enough time and space to cover the 300… Read More

  • Mini Merger: Imified Acquires FeedCrier

    Imified, makers an IM interface for some common productivity tools, just acquired FeedCrier, makers of an IM based RSS feed alert system. The two startups talk about the deal on their blogs (Imified, FeedCrier), but shy away from the terms of the deal. Imified plans on integrating the RSS alerts to its current list of IM services, calling them “Imified Alerts”. Users will also be… Read More

  • Geezeo: Check Your Bank Account on the Go

    Geezeo Mobile is the first in a suite of mobile financial applications aimed at the 18 – 35 and student demographic. The new application Geezeo Mobile lets you check you banking balance on the go. To get started, you can sign into Geezeo by setting up an account with them, or using your existing Gmail user name and password. Once logged in, you can add your various bank accounts to… Read More

  • No Pre-Sales For iPhone

    Well, well, well. The BGR has once again gotten the scoop and this time it’s about the iPhone. According to an internal document, the iPhone will be sold on a first come, first served basis. If you think your name being on a list will ensure you’ll have one on launch date then think again. I can see it now…thousands of crazy people camping out in front of AT&T stores. These… Read More

  • Halo 3 Zune Unboxed

    Gearlive has an exclusive first look at the Halo 3 Zune and it looks pretty dope. I’m a fan of the Halo series so this is pretty cool regardless of the fact that I don’t like Zunes. Microsoft sure is dumping a lot of money for the upcoming launch of Halo 3. The special edition Zune will feature Halo themed software and obviously hardware. I’m jealous and I’m not going… Read More

  • Palm Treo 755p: The Review

    Palm’s Treo 755p arrives today by way of Sprint. The device is cut from the same mold as the 680 and 750 found on AT&T. Unlike its 700, however, the 755p utilizes Palm OS 5.4.9. The 680 and 750 both received generally positive reviews, but they each took a degree of flak for the implementation of Windows Mobile. I’m generally pretty ambivalent to WinMo devices, but they do… Read More

  • The Latest CrunchBoard Jobs

    Recent jobs on the Crunchboard Job Board: Senior Unix System/Applications Administrator- Video Search at Truveo in San Francisco, CA HIGH IQ Senior Software Engineers at VUDU, Inc. in Santa Clara, CA Web Content Writer/Designer at The General Board of Discipleship in Nashville, TN UI Designer with Aspirations at The Open Planning Project in New York, NY Open Source Software Developer… Read More

  • The Bill of Lights: Maunfacturers Need to Stop Putting Useless Lights Everywhere

    It was the blinking of the hideous lights! Computerworld’s Mike Elgan is angry at gadget manufacturers who put silly, useless lights all over today’s gadgets. Computer monitors have lights to tell you they’re on; routers and modems blink incessantly whenever they’re plugged in; BlackBerrys and other cellphone blink seemingly whenever they feel like it. Enough! In… Read More

  • 100 Invites To Spock Beta Available Right Now

    Spock, the new people search engine, has been getting a lot of buzz the last few weeks. We posted an overview and screen shots last month and I recently moderated a panel that included them, Wink and ZoomInfo (notes are here). but the founders have been very careful to limit beta testers to just a handful of people. Starting today they are beginning to open up a bit in preparation for a… Read More

  • Sony Ericsson P1 On Video

    Mobility site recently got together with Jens Greve, Sony Ericsson’s Acquisition Manager, and the result is a pretty in-depth look at the P1. Jack from MS says: I was particularly interested in the keypad and what it would be like to use. Less than 5 minutes got me up to speed entering text probably faster than I can enter it on my Treo. I was impressed with this device and expect it… Read More

  • Amazon Scoops Up dpreview

    Every photographer’s favorite digital camera review site has been acquired by Amazon and I’m not quite sure how I feel about it. DPReview is known for its uncompromising reviews of the latest digital cameras. What does this mean for dpreview and should we be expecting a major overhaul? I sure hope there aren’t any changes, but dpreview founder Phil Askey hopes this will… Read More

  • US Troops To Be Left Without MySpace, YouTube, Fun

    In an effort to “save bandwith”, the Department of Defense is blocking access to pipe-hogs like YouTube and MySpace on official computers. Lots of employers put up such filters, but this is different: Troops and families living on U.S. bases will still be able to view the sites through private Internet networks, but the move leaves service members in Iraq and Afghanistan who use… Read More

  • Patent Monkey: Timing Right for Vonage Asset Sale?

    Vonage is fighting possible bankruptcy, need for a new CEO and investor frustration. While the potential for it to escape Verizon’s litigation grip has some hope, a more radical step by an aggressive buyer could just be the trick. Vonage has appealed its loss to Verizon on patent infringement. The Supreme Court’s ruling on patent obviousness has begun to change the patent… Read More

  • iTunes Video Downloads Have No Future, Free Online Streaming FTW

    Don’t get too used to download videos from iTunes, friends, because new data suggests both content providers and consumers are poised to gravitate toward free, advertisement-based streaming video in the near future. Paid video downloads are set to peak this year, raking in an estimated $279 million, according to Forrester Research. The same report calls iTunes’ video download service… Read More

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