• First BBX-Powered BlackBerry To Be Called The Surfboard?

    First BBX-Powered BlackBerry To Be Called The Surfboard?

    We’ve gotten a few discrete glances as what could be RIM’s first next-generation BlackBerry in the past, and now we may have a name to go with it. Originally code-named “London,” BlackBerryOS reports that the BBX-powered device will henceforth be known as the “Surfboard.” Erm, yeah. I”m not thrilled either. As odd as the name may be, it doesn’t… Read More

  • New Website Posts Photos of Rioters, Will Forward ID’s to Police

    New Website Posts Photos of Rioters, Will Forward ID’s to Police

    Just this morning we reported on the creation of a Google Group whose members are discussing how to use facial recognition technology to identify looters from London’s riots in online photos. Now, a second site has come to our attention which makes the process of identifying rioters even easier, no special technologies needed. The site, called, is simply posting all the… Read More

  • Google Group Members to Use Facial Recognition to Identify London Rioters

    Google Group Members to Use Facial Recognition to Identify London Rioters

    A new Google Group called “London Riots Facial Recognition” has appeared online, in the wake of the riots that rocked the U.K. capital over the weekend. The group’s goal is to use facial recognition technologies to identify the looters who appear in online photos. The group appears to be thoughtfully considering its actions, in threads titled “ethical issues,”… Read More

  • Behold: 80 Gigapixel Photograph Of London Shocks, Awes

    This is what an 80 gigapixel photograph of London looks like. It is, in fact, the highest resolution photo ever taken. What’s that… oh, I think I can see Chelsea tumbling down the league table from here! Read More

  • Seedcamp Closes a New €3 Million Fund, Plans to Expand Globally (TCTV)

    Seedcamp Closes a New €3 Million Fund, Plans to Expand Globally (TCTV)

    I have no idea why it seems to be “Europe week” for me, but here’s some more news from across the pond: Seedcamp has raised a new €3 million fund. I’m a huge fan of Seedcamp, even though I’ve given the co-founder Saul Klein a hard time about some of its winners in the past. It is a combination of Y Combinator, a competition like TechCrunch Disrupt and a super… Read More

  • Ask a VC: London Comes to Us this Week

    Nic Brisbourne of DFJ Esprit is in town this week — along with seemingly every successful Brit– so we asked him to be our first in-studio guest ever on Ask a VC. Brisbourne is well positioned to answer any questions about the funding scene in Europe, which last I checked was one of the only markets in the world where investing activity was actually declining this year. Are… Read More

  • London Underground To Get Wi-Fi To Prep For 2012 Olympics

    The London Underground, commonly known as the Tube, will be getting Wi-Fi. There will be a six-month trial period beginning on November 1 at the Charing Cross station. Read More

  • WITN?: Saul Klein Defends the Honor of Wordy and London and Israel's Tech Scenes (TCTV)

    In this week’s show, we talk to one of our favorite angel investors, Saul Klein, who just wrapped up his third annual Seedcamp in London. In addition to being a partner at the powerful Index Ventures and having a British accent — which lonely expat Paul can’t get enough of– Klein is impressive because he’s one of the only angel investors who has made what is… Read More

  • The "Tube" shall be getting Wi-Fi, old chum

    Pip pip and cheerio! The London Tubemaster General, Mayor Boris Johnson ESQ 1st Class Deceased is proposing that the tube lines in London have Wi-Fi coverage. While he does not want cellular coverage – then they’d have to have quiet cars – but he does wish people to enjoy email, saying “I think people do want the facility of looking at their Blackberry, or whatever… Read More

  • London planning on citywide wifi before Olympics

    Mayor of London and Top Gear slowpoke Boris Johnson is trying to make London one of the most wired cities, just in time for the Olympics. During a recent conference, Johnson announced a plan to install wifi hotspots in “every lampost and bus stop.” Read More

  • Say it isn't so – WhoSampled reveals the rip-offs in music

    [UK] As the saying goes, there are no original ideas – only original people. It’s this concept that drives the latest music-related startup to come out of London’s ‘Silicon Roundabout‘, that concentration of tech startups around the Old Street area. has been in public beta for a year, and officially launches today. Founded by Nadav Poraz, the… Read More