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    The Past, Present And Future Of Connectivity: A Must-See Mini Film

    The Past, Present And Future Of Connectivity: A Must-See Mini Film

    Just landed in our inbox: a link to this excellent documentary on connectivity, sponsored by Ericsson and entitled ‘On The Brink’. Picked up earlier by GigaOm, the 21-minute documentary features folks like David Weinberger, Caterina Fake, Ola Ahlvarsson, SoundCloud co-founder Erik Wahlforss and Wired’s David Rowan, among others. Read More

  • More Mind-Blowing Real-World Kinect Interaction From Microsoft Research

    More Mind-Blowing Real-World Kinect Interaction From Microsoft Research

    Have you had your share of augmented reality this month? Between CMU’s OmniTouch, Microsoft’s HoloDesk, and Metaio’s updated AR app, you could be forgiven. But trust me, you’ll want to watch this video of Microsoft Research prototypes using pico projectors and Kinect cameras. The ability to quickly build and track a 3D model of the environment (as we and Bill Gates… Read More

  • How Klout Got Klout.com

    How Klout Got Klout.com

    While everyone is making up their minds about whether Klout is an utterly meaningless service or the divine “standard for influence” the world has been clamoring for, I had an interesting chat with Klout co-founder and CEO Joe Fernandez the other day at the F.ounders conference in Dublin, Ireland. When I informed him that, if anything, I think that the name of the company was… Read More

  • Charted: Android Fragmentation

    Charted: Android Fragmentation

    Michael DeGusta has done an amazing job charting the fragmentation of Android by visualizing the history of operating system updates on Android smartphones for sale in the United States. Read More

  • IPOH!: Groupon Becomes Its Own Hot, Discounted Deal

    IPOH!: Groupon Becomes Its Own Hot, Discounted Deal

    With the Groupon roadshow underway and the countdown to its IPO expected to culminate on November 4th, the long-anticipated arrival of the daily deals giant on the public markets is almost at hand. But the journey hasn’t been without its fair share of hiccups. While the company currently owns a 54 percent share of the daily deals market and there were some bright spots in its third… Read More

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    Timelines: Why We’re Suing Facebook (And Please Join Our Facebook Page)

    Timelines: Why We’re Suing Facebook (And Please Join Our Facebook Page)

    You may remember that we recently broke a story about a small company called Timelines Inc, which filed a trademark infringement lawsuit against Facebook. According to the lawsuit documents, Timelines claims that Facebook’s recently announced Timeline feature could “quite possibly eliminate” its entire business. The lawsuit is still ongoing – although the U.S. Read More

  • Dropbox Said No To A “Nine-Digit” Acquisition Offer From Apple, Steve Jobs

    Dropbox Said No To A “Nine-Digit” Acquisition Offer From Apple, Steve Jobs

    As we were reporting the news about Dropbox’s $250 million funding round, Forbes went live with a fascinating story, detailing how co-founders Arash Ferdowsi and Drew Houston turned down a “nine-digit” acquisition offer from Apple back in late 2009 when the company was only two years old. The late Steve Jobs, Apple’s iconic co-founder and former CEO, reportedly led… Read More

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    Canadian Rock Band Wants To Cash In On TeaParty.com Sale

    Canadian Rock Band Wants To Cash In On TeaParty.com Sale

    Domain name marketplace Sedo this morning announced that Canadian rock band The Tea Party has decided to sell their domain name, TeaParty.com, exclusively at Sedo.com. With the 2012 election season approaching, the band – which actually broke up years ago – probably figured selling the domain name just might be very lucrative. Says Stuart Chatwood, bass player of The Tea Party… Read More

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    YouTube Disco Stops Dancing, Nobody Notices

    YouTube Disco Stops Dancing, Nobody Notices

    Google’s YouTube debuted an experimental music discovery project dubbed YouTube Disco last year in January, enabling users to create quick-and-dirty playlists and discover new artists and music videos on the fly. Not that this is a really big deal or anything, but a reader informs us that the feature, which was launched rather quietly via YouTube test lab TestTube, recently stopped… Read More

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    Database Admins! Red Gate Wants To Send One Of You INTO SPACE

    Database Admins! Red Gate Wants To Send One Of You INTO SPACE

    Rarely do we promote a company’s marketing campaign here on TechCrunch, but then again, this is a contest with one hell of a prize. If you’re a database administrator, you better pay close attention to the following. British software company Red Gate is rewarding one lucky SOB DBA (no matter if he or she works at a bank, Internet startup or a soda distributor) with a seat on a… Read More

  • HP Flails Further Into Irrationality By Offering Printer Spam

    HP Flails Further Into Irrationality By Offering Printer Spam

    Now that HP has sufficiently disgraced the vision of Mssrs. Hewlett and Packard, they continued to gyrate wildly into odd business that no one wants. To wit: in a joint press release with Condé Nast, the company is offering two odd consumer-facing propositions. First, they’re going to charge you $5.99-$10 a month to subscribe to a replacement ink service, called Instant Ink. When… Read More

  • Video: AlphaDog Is A Bigger, Faster, Quieter BigDog

    Video: AlphaDog Is A Bigger, Faster, Quieter BigDog

    I’m sure all of you remember BigDog, the utterly terrifying biomimetic robot platform that dances over rough terrain on weird legs and makes a sound like it’s full of angry bees. You didn’t think they were going to give up on it, did you? No, it’s been a rousing success apparently, so much so that they decided to build one that outdoes the original in every way. The… Read More

  • Timelines.com Sues Facebook, Says Its New Timeline Feature Could “Eliminate” Them

    Timelines.com Sues Facebook, Says Its New Timeline Feature Could “Eliminate” Them

    Timelines Inc., a small venture capital-backed Chicago company that operates the Timelines.com website, has launched a trademark-infringement suit against Facebook on Thursday, claiming that the latter’s recently announced Timeline feature could “quite possibly eliminate” its entire business. Timelines.com is a website that basically allows people to record and share personal… Read More

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    Appsfire To Amazon: Your Kindle Fire Logo Looks Mighty Familiar

    Appsfire To Amazon: Your Kindle Fire Logo Looks Mighty Familiar

    Hey Amazon, Appsfire wants to have a chat about your logo for the Kindle Fire, that interesting, affordable tablet you announced a few days ago. They’re upset because it looks a lot like theirs. Writes Appsfire co-founder Ouriel Ohayon: (after the jump) Read More

  • Nice Work If You Can Get It: Apotheker Leaves HP With $10 Million Severance

    Nice Work If You Can Get It: Apotheker Leaves HP With $10 Million Severance

    Massive severance packages are nothing new, but sometimes you just feel the need to call attention to them. Ousted HP CEO Leo Apotheker is leaving the company with a $7.2 million severance payment, plus a $2.4 million bonus and $3.7m in stock (more if you count the other 440,000 vested shares). I understand that this high pay is part of our business culture, but really, now. Is it possible that… Read More

  • Oh, Nokia. Another 3,500 People Laid Off, Manufacturing Operations Trimmed Down

    Oh, Nokia. Another 3,500 People Laid Off, Manufacturing Operations Trimmed Down

    Nokia this morning announced “plans to take additional actions to align its workforce and operations”. You know what that means: mass layoffs and then some. In a press release, the Finnish mobile giant says it will reduce its staff by at least 3,500 employees by the end of 2012. Nokia also says there will be reductions in manufacturing; the company is closing its manufacturing… Read More

  • What if Don Draper had presented Facebook Timeline?

    What if Mad Men’s Don Draper has presented Timeline instead of Mark Zuckerburg? Would we be worrying about privacy, or instead balling our eyes out at the nostalgia generated from our past lives, leaving us wanting more? That’s the idea behind a video put together by Chicago-based Eric Leist. The original presentation saw Draper present the Kodak Carousel slide machine – a… Read More

  • German Artist Creates 4000-Watt Sound Tank

    German Artist Creates 4000-Watt Sound Tank

    Have you ever had a song stuck in your head to the point where you just need everyone else in a six-block radius to hear it? Apparently that’s a common affliction in my neighborhood. Last time it was Paul Simon at 4 in the morning. But at least they were only playing it on a boombox, not a 4000-watt sound tank. Berlin-based artist Nik Nowak has created an actual track-based vehicle, as in… Read More

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    Someone Please Wake Up @MarkDavidson – One Of His Twitter Ghostwriters Went Rogue

    Someone Please Wake Up @MarkDavidson – One Of His Twitter Ghostwriters Went Rogue

    I’m sorry, but this is just too funny not to share. A guy called Mark Davidson, a Social Marketing & Communications Strategist according to his LinkedIn profile, apparently hired three people to ghostwrite on his Twitter account. From the looks of it, one of them was just fired from Mark’s inexplicably large ghostwriting team, but his former employer failed to change his… Read More

  • Guest post: Identify and leverage your start-up sustainability

    This is a guest post by Luke Miller, Founder and CEO of Offset Options, a Barcelona & London-based startup using web services to fight climate change. The majority of today’s start-ups are focused on making an action, a process, purchase or communications easier, cheaper and more efficient. This efficiency can offer great reduction in environmental impact – for your industry… Read More