• Chart Me Up: Web 2.0 Venture Deals

    Dow Jones VentureSource put out some data on Web 2.0 deals in the U.S. earlier this week that I’ve put together into these charts. The first one above shows how much money has been invested in Web 2.0 startups so far this decade. In 2007, venture capital poured into Web 2.0 companies at a record pace—$1.34 billion. That was up 88 percent from the $716 million invested in… Read More

  • Retrevo Raises $8M More for Aggregation of Consumer Electronics Information

    Retrevo, a site that aggregates information about consumer electronics from sources found across the web, has raised $8M in Series B funding from Norwest Venture Partners and Alloy Ventures. Both of these investors were also involved in the company’s Series A round. The company has raised $11.9M to date. The purpose of Retrevo is to provide consumers with information about electronics… Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Forest Romp Edition

    Street Fighter Movie cast revealed, no Jean-Claude in sight
    “LittleDog,” the pint-sized alternative to the BigDog
    Video: Sony PlayStation Network advert is less creepy more Zune-y
    DLO’s new StrapWrap is just what it sounds like
    Greenpeace targets Nintendo again for its poor environmental policies Read More

  • Crunch Network


    Comments are the greasy oil that keeps the blog machine running. Here are three great (and 100% unedited) comments recently posted by your fellow readers. Johnal on Super-efficient micro-microchip could run on body heat and motion So machines are running off of human body heat… Matrix anyone? Morpheus: “The human body generates more bioelectricity than a 120 V battery and over… Read More

  • Sequoia's Gospel of Startups More True Than Ever

    If you are an entrepreneur seeking a moment of clarity, there is no better place to start than Sequoia Capital’s Elements of Sustainable Companies. It’s not new – these are the principles that have driven Sequoia’s investment strategies for decades. But today, with troubled financial markets beginning to spread cancer-like into Silicon Valley and venture capitalists… Read More

  • Oddcast to Let You Put Your Face on a Movie Star's

    Just days after competitor Gizmoz announced more funding and AIM integration, Oddcast is previewing a new service called 3D Videostar that will let users import their faces into movie clips to replace those of movie stars. There’s no word yet on when this service will be available, but Oddcast has provided us with a few sample videos to get a sense of what it’ll be like (they… Read More

  • Jailed Moroccan Facebook Poser Released and Pardoned

    Twenty-six year old Fouad Mourtada of Morocco, who was serving a three year prison sentence for impersonating the Moroccan king’s younger brother, Prince Moulay Rachid, on Facebook, has been granted a royal pardon, says the BBC. He was originally arrested in early February 2007, and sentenced on February 25. CNN and BBC, which have covered the story, have focused on the… Read More

  • This is it: Guitar Hero for DS controller unveiled [Now with video]

    http://www.gametrailers.com/remote_wrap.php?umid=191059 We’ve heard much romormongering about the Guitar Hero for DS controller, and now here it is. It’s, well, minimalist, comparatively speaking. It’s much like the Guitar Hero fretboard we have now, with the strum action taking place on the touch screen, which is cleaver, but this still looks unwieldely. I preferred the… Read More

  • The zzzPhone is real, on its way soon

    I just got back from checking out the zzzPhone and I can say without a doubt that it’s real. It’s definitely not a scam, but the first generation ran into some problems with the manufacturer and they don’t work stateside. I’m told the newest generation is on its way very soon. Maybe within a month. The OS is still uncertain… Read More

  • Is Facebook Playing Favorites With App Developers?

    Facebook has taken steps to limit application spam numerous times in the past. One of the recent steps they took was to specifically limit the number of daily invitations that users could send out to others – going from a hard cap of 20/day to a variable rate that takes into account the rate of declines by recipients. All of these steps are designed to limit the barrage of messages that… Read More

  • Capazoo Blows $25+ Million, Heading To The DeadPool

    Canadian social networking site Capazoo has fired most of its staff and is heading to the Deadpool. We first wrote about Capazoo in December 2007 where we noted that it paid users to participate, but only if they paid a membership fee then referred other users in a classic pyramid scheme structure. According to local media reports, Capazoo fired its entire development team (60 people) late… Read More

  • Video: The Hiphone gets unboxed, reviewed

    Another day, another Apple knockoff. Meet the Hiphone, a clone from Hong Kong. It sure looks like an iPhone, and is packaged like an iPhone, but it apparently isn’t anything like the iPhone. I’ve used this phone before. It’s a quad-band GSM phone that comes unlocked, feel free to add your own SIM, but it’s got Satan’s touchscreen. Stick with the original, kids. Read More

  • Is your PC Card slot occupied? Didn't think so

    The Stash Card is a novel idea, but I wouldn’t keep anything valuable in it like the manufacturer suggests. The rest of the suggestions work out quite nicely. It’s only $8. Why not? Product Page [via jkontherun] Read More

  • Geek Squad to observe a moment of silence for Arthur C. Clarke tonight

    [photopress:2008_03_19T105500Z_01_NOOTR_RTRIDSP_2_SCIENCE_CLARKE_DEATH_DC_1.jpg,full,center] You read the headline right. How they’re related, with the exception of geek culture, I’m not sure. But apparently this is happening. 1917 – 2008 Yesterday, the worlds of science and science fiction lost one of their true visionaries, the inestimable Arthur C. Clarke, author of… Read More

  • XM-Sirius decision this month says ranking member of Senate Judiciary Committee

    [photopress:arlenxm.jpg,full,center] A decision, one way or the other, on the proposed XM-Sirus merger should be reached by the end of the month. So says Sen. Arlen Spector, the ranking [Republican] member on the Senate Judiciary Committee. (Pat Leahy is the chairman of the committee, it should be noted.) He made an appearance on the Howard Stern Show earlier today and tried to explain why… Read More

  • Gartner recommends iPhone for business users, fish food for fish

    Gartner Research, in a stunning reversal, says that the iPhone is great for business, at least when firmware 2.0 hits. Their reasoning? Well, Steve said it was so. “In its initial release, the iPhone was, with few exceptions, an Internet tablet with browser-based applications as its main offering, however, the release of firmware 2.0 changes that, enabling enterprises to develop local… Read More

  • Sony Ericsson warns of low phone demand, I warn of imminent Sony Ericsson bankruptcy

    Don’t slip in it. Sony Ericsson is blaming component shortages and slowing demand for problems in their sales channel. My take on this news? Demand for Sony Ericsson phones is slipping, not overall demand. SE dumped a polished turd and some minor turdlets at CTIA this year and their phones are complex enough to scare people away yet not powerful enough to gain business converts. Nokia… Read More

  • DLO's new StrapWrap is just what it sounds like

    [photopress:strapwrap.jpg,full,center] There are a few jokes in the tech blogging community on what DLO’s acronym stands for, as the company tends to focus on iPodish products, like skins, or “Docks, Like, Only”. But DLO is my favorite maker of iPod cases, and the latest edition, the StrapWrap, is pretty awesome. It’s a sleeve that you attach to the strap of your… Read More

  • Super-efficient micro-microchip could run on body heat and motion

    It’s a big day for hot chips. No, not them. Researchers at MIT have created a tiny chip that is so efficient (it uses 0.3 volts, half as much as Intel’s “Atom”) that it could conceivably be run on body heat or movement alone, eliminating the need for a battery in the case of, say, an encrypting unit for in-body electronics sharing information. Sounds overly specific… Read More

  • Apple: Do evil

    Wired has a long, long story about a strange, strange company: our favorites, Apple. The piece is actually quite good and offers a bit more than the average “iPod good, but they sell nothing else” line most reporters use when they basically can’t get anyone at Apple to talk to them. Leander Kahney does a good job of seeing Apple for what it really is: an intense… Read More

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