• Geni Clone Growing A Lot Faster Than Geni

    Family genealogy and social newtork Geni got to five million profiles in the first five months after launch. Their early growth propelled them to a $100 million valuation and a lot of positive press. In August the inevitable German clone launched. The clone, called Verwandt.de is a near carbon copy of Geni. But unlike most clones, which never do as well as the original application, Verwandt… Read More

  • Straight Out Of Left Field: Google Experimenting With Digg Style Voting On Search Results

    If you saw this one coming, give yourself a very large prize. Google is experimenting with Digg style voting features on search results that allow users to vote up or bury search results they see. The program, part of Google Labs, works like this: This experiment lets you influence your search experience by adding, moving, and removing search results. When you search for the same keywords… Read More

  • Report That Facebook May Cave on Beacon: Victory For Users May Be Nigh

    The upswell of concern relating to Facebook’s Beacon advertising program, including a campaign from Moveon.org may have been successful ,with BusinessWeek reporting that Facebook is discussing changes to the program that could be announced as soon as tomorrow (Nov 29). Facebook executives are said to “deep talks over proposed changes late into the afternoon on Nov. Read More

  • Yahoo Widgets Upgrade: Now With Flash and New Friends

    Google gadgets came to the Mac today and now Yahoo is releasing an update of their own. They’ve upgraded their Konfabulator widget platform to 4.5 (not currently up) and overhauled their site’s user interface to incorporate better user feedback. While you can get all the technical improvements from Yahoo’s own upcoming announcement. The highlights are support for Flash and… Read More

  • Yahoo Offers Contextual Advertising In PDFs; Yes, PDFs

    Yahoo and Adobe have teamed up to give publishers the ability to offer contextual advertising as part of their PDF document downloads. Users upload their PDFs to Yahoo’s ad network and then Yahoo hosts the document for download and serves up contextual advertising in a panel to the right of the given document’s content. According to CNet, sites participating in the current closed… Read More

  • O'neill H4 Campack ready for Winter

    O’neill, the surf brand, like many other surf brands venture into other action sports and for good reason. Without surfing the other boarding sports just wouldn’t exist. You can’t argue that, so don’t try. Heh. This one’s for the snowboarders and/or skiers. So here’s the H4 Campack that comes with a camera that can be mounted to a helmet or goggles and is… Read More

  • eBay's fancy toy look-book

    Peter Ha and I went out to see eBay in action — and got to hang out with THE Cat Schwartz, the official eBay toy and gadget gal. One thing they showed us was the odd look book that lets you see popular toys through the decades and even buy them online. Just for kicks, tell me about your favorite childhood toy gets a $50 eBay gift card in comments. I’ll pick one winner at random but… Read More

  • Helio adds TV Guide app, my laziness gets worse

    As if I need another reason to not leave the couch this winter other than it being cold. Helio has gone and added a TV Guide app and I feel myself getting squishier. A 30-day rental is $2.99 and you can even forward TV listings to a friend in case you think they’re interested in watching ___________ (Some dumb show only you like. Heh.). A few more screen shots after the jump. Thanks, Helio. Read More

  • Pock-it: Like a post-it, but with a pocket

    Addicted to post-it notes? Yeah, me neither, not even the widget kind. (I’ve completed disabled Dashboard, for the record. Good riddance.) But this—this is a little different. It’s called a pock-it and it improves on the post-it design by having glue on three sides. Stick it to the wall and it not only acts as a post-it, but also as a little pocket. Clever, that. The uses… Read More

  • Ning CEO Calls Flux And Viacom To The Mat

    Silicon Valley based Ning and Los Angeles based Flux are “networks of networks” that allow communities to build feature rich social networks with a few clicks. Ning, which launched in 2005, has raised over $44 million in capital and has 130,000 social networks on its platform. Ning was founded by CEO Gina Bianchini and Marc Andreessen, pictured to the right. Flux, which launched… Read More

  • Mobile-pay trial in London; Japan laughs at the primitive cavemen

    If you’ve ever been to London, you’ve taken the Tube, and if you’ve taken the Tube, you probably got yourself an Oyster Card, that convenient wireless super-ticket. Well, those crazy Britons are taking another step towards being a futuristic, Blade-Runner-esque utopia with this trial run of a mobile-phone-based payment system. Oyster and credit card functionality have… Read More

  • Circular Money: Facebook And Yahoo Advertise Their Advertising Platforms On Google

    If you need any further proof that Google flat out owns the online advertising space, just look to the right. Both Yahoo and Facebook are using Google Adwords to advertise their competing advertising platforms. Now if Google would just start advertising back, the companies could pass revenue around in a circle indefinitely. Thanks for Aniq Rahman for emailing this in. Read More

  • Cellfish Provides Mobile Media Conversion With AddToPhone

    New York based Cellfish Media has launched a new service that delivers media to mobile phones, complete with on the fly conversion that provides access to most handsets.

    AddtoPhone works via an embeddable button; users click the button, add their cell number then AddtoPhone sends them a SMS message with a link to the content. The… Read More

  • Lite-On External Optical Drive looks slick, writes fast

    I don’t know about you guys, but I think burning a bunch of discs is a hassle. When you have to put out 15 identical DVDs for a holiday party, a presentation, or whatnot, it becomes a real task to keep that Nero or Toast happy while you keep switching out blanks. Not to mention, if you’re paranoid like me, you’re worried about jitter errors or buffer underruns if your… Read More

  • Gotuit Powering Video Search Only Ted Nugent Could Love

    Gotuit made an “about face” when they ditched their online TV product (except for music videos) and refocused on powering video sites. Over the past year they’ve been striking deals to power video services for the likes of Sports Illustrated, EMI, Fox Reality, amongst others. Now they’re powering Extreme Outdoor TV network (XONTV), a web site dedicated to outdoor… Read More

  • Crunch Network

    The Unreasonable Stance: One Craptop Per Child is not ready for Vista

    All day we’re inundated with news about this One Laptop Per Child project. I write up story after story about how these do-gooders are spreading technology to the third world, how interconnectivity and self-organizing networks will change the way these people communicate and allow otherwise deprived children to grow up capable of interacting with computers and thriving in a modern… Read More

  • More LinkedIn/News Corp reports coming in

    The plot thickens. Last week I took the decision to go with a very strong lead that News Corporation was in talks with LinkedIn about possibly buying the professional networking site. At the time my sources said the idea was based around the concept that advertising to high-level executives is becoming much harder via print, and LinkedIn could make up revenues for News Corp in that area. Read More

  • Wine 2.0 Site, Snooth, Raises $1 Million Angel Round

    A New York City-based startup called Snooth just raised $1 million in angel financing, on top of an earlier $300,000 round. Snooth is a social wine recommendation site that lets you search for more than 300,000 different types of wine. It has 1.9 million reviews, both professional and drinker-generated. Hic. You can see what wines your friends have reviewed, or send recommendations directly… Read More

  • Who they are online is not the real them, part 446

    We’re following the story of a 48-year old man who was posing online as an 18-year old Marine recruit, and was romancing an 18-year old girl who was really a middle aged woman in real life, and the man was jealous of her online relationship with a 22-year old co-worker who was really 22, so he shot him dead at close range in his pickup in a factory parking lot. The Aristocrats! Man… Read More

  • Video: Johnny Rotten hates Guitar Hero, everything about you

    Johnny Rotten hates Guitar Hero 3 because it teaches you how “not to be a rock star.” But Hickey, who certainly knows more about music than I do, tells me Rotten hates everything, so this is just par for the course for him. Rotten, however, has no problem taking Activision’s money for appearing at this launch event, where he pontificates on all sorts of things, from why he… Read More

  • Zune's new ad = WTF, mate?

    It’s not a secret that I like the Zune by Microsoft, a software company out of Redmond, WA. It could have been an also-ran, but the team at Bear Creek has done a good job of making a device that builds well on the success of others, something we call “innovation”. But I don’t understand this new ad. It’s cool, don’t get me wrong, but how do cartoon cobras… Read More

  • Verizon's "Open" Network Will Really Be Two-Tiered

    Verizon’s newfound openness when it comes to its wireless network is not all that open after all. As I reported yesterday, Verizon Wireless announced that it would allow “any device” and “any app” to operate on its existing network. But that is not exactly so. By “any device” Verizon means you can bring any CDMA device to its network. Verizon has a… Read More

  • Another questionable class-action against Microsoft

    So hot on the heels of the Washingtonians alleging Microsoft misled consumers with its “Vista-Capable” stickers, a San Diego resident has started another lawsuit against the software giant. He says that Halo 3 “consistently causes the Xbox 360 to crash, freeze, or lock up while the game is being played.” Considering the problems with the 360 and the numbers that have… Read More

  • Sony's Flash HD Vaio: hot, but not a cheap date

    Flash-based storage is the future, but we haven’t arrived in the future just yet. Sony’s high-end flash Vaio is a good example of this. At 2lbs, 10oz, it feels about as heavy as a piece of beef jerky, and with a Centrino Duo processor and flash HD, it’s a vision of next-gen technology. And with a reported battery life of more than 5 hours on power save mode, it’s… Read More

  • Dateline, Korea: Your mobile phone might explode and kill you dead

    Not that I want to cause a panic, or even heaven forbid a tizzy, but there’s incidental evidence that the cellphone in your shirt pocket can explode and kill you. No, it will explode and kill you. It’s a matter of time. It’s a ticking time bomb, waiting to glow a hole in your chest, as it did to an unfortunate South Korean named Seo. His phone was in his pocket, and the… Read More

  • OLPC being sued for copying Nigerian keyboard

    Whuh oh. There’s something called the Konyin keyboard that basically has a second shift key function which allows its typist to use the different letters and symbols of Latin-based alphabets from around the world. The company that developed the Konyin keyboard, Lagos Analysis of Nigeria, is now claiming that Nicholas Negroponte and the OLPC project bought a pair of the keyboards… Read More

  • Video: Tina Fey, Alec Baldwin pitch Verizon Wireless with wry approach

    I always thought Mike Myers was the ultimate in product placement, but Tina Fey has thrown down the gauntlet. Myers made fun of advertisers wanting characters in film and TV to use their products in Wayne’s World famously, and the Austin Powers series is riddled with similar products. Above is a video clip from the latest episode of the wonderful 30 Rock, where Verizon Wireless is the… Read More

  • The real problem with Kindle

    Peter just gave me the CG Kindle to play with and I love it. To get books, instantly, on a very readable screen is amazing. I bought two books I wanted to read but didn’t really want to own hard copies of — when you have limited shelf space, you limit your book purchases — and I’m enjoying the device immensely. However, I’ve discovered the design decision behind… Read More

  • Verizon's VX6800: A meta-write-up

    Another day, another hot Windows Mobile-based smartphone made by HTC. This is the sentence where we talk about the QWERTY keyboard. This is where we mention the touchscreen. This is where we talk about the 2-Megapixel camera, the Wi-Fi, and the EV-DO data connection. Now it’s a new paragraph, where we talk about how though the hardware’s neat, we bemoan using Widnows Mobile 6… Read More

  • TiVo and Nero sitting in a tree, about to bring TiVo to your PC

    Let’s face it. Much of TiVo’s charisma is due to its excellent software interface. The boxes are nice, yes, but the real power is in the UI. Well TiVo and Nero have just struck a deal wherein "Nero will develop a software solution that will bring TiVo features to the personal computer." Hot damn. No word on timeframe or how much it’ll cost but this is good news… Read More