• Is Branded Content Really That Big? t5m Thinks So

    When Hollywood actor Ashton Kutcher launched his Blahgirls project at Techcrunch 50 this year, one of the first things investor Ron Conway said on the judging panel was that the idea would tap into the emerging billion dollar market for branded content. Media plays like Blahgirls aren’t normally so well received in the tech community, but now UK startup t5m has today re-launched in order… Read More

  • The hills have lotion?

    It’s interesting how defense techology can help the private sector. A New Mexico entrepreneur recently joined up with Sandia labs to create a hand creme that warms as you rub it on. The microencapsulation technology used has been seen in other products, like scratch and sniff stickers, but this is the first time it’s been applied to this type of product. Now I find this to be a… Read More

  • WorldTV Bids To Aggregate All Web Video And Put It On Your TV

    In the wake of YouTube fully embracing HD video, online video aggregator WorldTV hopes to take advantage by turning all embedded video into a linear, TV-like experience. Unlike US-based Magnify, which focuses on the PC, WorldTV’s end-game is to funnel all this web video towards the next generation of Browser-enabled, WiFI-capable TV sets. To that end the Ireland-based startup has added a… Read More

  • Japanese prefecture to ban cell phones in schools

    In what can only be described as the most insane move of all time, Japan’s Saitama prefecture (analogous to a state or province elsewhere) will be banning cell phone use by students at most of its primary, middle, and high schools. If this doesn’t incite Japanese schoolgirl riots and widespread destruction, I don’t know what will. Various reasons are cited, including… Read More

  • How you like them Apples?

    A Japanese Apple fan with a Fuji orchard decided to grow some Apple Apples by placing a sticker on the skin as it matured. The results, as we see, look delicious and significantly more edible than an iPod crumble. Read More

  • On The Go? Watch Your Net Worth Plummet Anywhere With Mint For iPhone

    Mint, a fast growing financial site that won the top award at the 2007 TechCrunch40 conference, is a great way to track your personal finances. It’s been described as an online Quicken, but it’s a lot more than that, too, since user data can be aggregated and shared in interesting ways. It’s not listed in the App store directory yet, but you can grab it here. But how can… Read More

  • Synthasite Buys ClickPass. I See Few Synergies.

    Easy site building service Synthasite, which we first covered way back in 2006, has acquired Y Combinator startup Clickpass, which launched earlier this year. There are no details on the purchase price or terms of the deal, other than that Clickpass CEO Peter Nixey will be joining the SynthaSite team (Clickpass had one other employee who will not be making the jump). Synthasite has raised… Read More

  • iPhone thief nailed by MobileMe contact sync

    Say what you will about MobileMe, but there’s at least one iPhone owner out there glad that he plunked down $100 bucks for it. Not only did it lead to the return of his stolen iPhone, but it left him with a tale for the e-ages. Here’s how it went down, according to TUAW: One day, a gent named Rob went to the dry cleaners, and somehow managed to walk away one whole iPhone lighter. Read More

  • Scientist warns: we must establish a Robot Code

    It’s true, of course, and not just from a Sci-Fi point of view. With robots doing everything from vacuuming our floors to storing our data to performing surgery, there is a growing need for an international body to establish standards. If, as British robotics professor Noel Sharkey says, “decisions about [robots’] application will be left to the military, industry and… Read More

  • Burger King Launches A Perfume That Smells Like Meat. Crispin Porter Must Be Behind this.

    Burger King launched a new brand of perfume today called Flame by BK. “The Whopper sandwich is America’s favorite burger. Flame by BK captures the essence of that love and gives it to you. Behold the scent of seduction, with a hint of flame-broiled meat.” My guess is that the controversial advertising agency Crispin Porter + Bogusky is behind the new perfume, which apparently… Read More

  • Bang & Olufsen develops first car audio system for drop tops

    Generally, convertible owners concede audio fidelity when the top is down but Bang & Olufsen’s new audio system will should let drivers rock-out topless. The system uses some crazy digital processing that involves a dashboard-mounted microphone that compensates for road noise. Currently the 12 speaker, 10 amp’ed, 500 watt system is only available in Audi’s… Read More

  • Western Digital feeling the squeeze

    Western Digital announced today that they are closing one of their 3 manufacturing plants in Thailand, and laying off around 5% of their total workforce — roughly 2500 people. In addition to the closure, they are cutting back production at their other fabrication plants, and reducing compensation to upper management. This is a reaction to lower then expected third quarter revenues, and… Read More

  • WorldTV adds EPG and focuses on WiFi TVs next year

    In the wake of YouTube fully embracing HD video online video aggregator WorldTV hopes to take advantage by turning all embedded online video into a, linear, TV-like experience. The end-game is to funnel all this web video towards the next generation of Browser-enabled, WIFI-capable TV sets. To that end Ireland-based WorldTV has added a new EPG feature and hit 100,000 channels. The new EPG… Read More

  • Japanese prefecture to ban cell phones in schools

    In what can only be described as the most insane move of all time, Japan’s Saitama prefecture (analogous to a state or province elsewhere) will be banning cell phone use by students at most of its primary, middle, and high schools. If this doesn’t incite Japanese schoolgirl riots and widespread destruction, I don’t know what will. Various reasons are cited, including… Read More

  • iCap MP3 player for those who want to party

    If you want your friend or relative to get beaten up, this is the perfect gift for them. The iCap is an MP3 player with a speaker mounted on the brim of the cap. It holds 1GB of songs, features an FM tuner, voice recorder, and if you want to defeat the purpose of it you can plug in your headphones in a line out jack. Buy one here for only $99.95 (free shipping!). Because the holidays are… Read More

  • Glam Slashes Exec Compensation By Up To 60%, Everyone Else by 3%-15%

    Advertising/blog network Glam Media held a company wide meeting today where employees were told about the company’s 2009 operating plan. Q4 was surprisingly strong, the company told employees, with only the auto and finance advertising sectors down significantly. But the company is making changes anyway, they say, mostly to control expenses. The executive team will take a… Read More

  • Songkick raises $4m million Series A from Index

    Songkick, the London-based concert listings site that allows music fans to track bands, tour dates and buy tickets, has raised a $4m million Series A round lead by Index Ventures. Their previous total raised was $1.02m from Y Combinator, SoftTech VC and The Accelerator Group. The investment betrays a strategy Index has of investing in entertainment-oriented startups, including Listen.com… Read More

  • Weasel puked coffee may be good, or will make you want to vomit

    Weasel puked coffee from Vietnam: picked and regurgitated by a weasel. Why puked coffee, you ask? The weasel (a type of civet) likes to eat the fruit of the coffee plant, but the seeds don’t agree with their stomachs, so the weasel vomits them up. The resulting coffee beans produce coffee that is purported to have a “surprising delicious chocolatey taste.” So if… Read More

  • Loopt Snags AT&T, Now Available On Every U.S. Carrier

    Mobile social network Loopt goes live on three AT&T phones today, which was the last major carrier holdout. Loopt is now available in the U.S. on Sprint, Verizon, Metro PCS, T-Mobile and Boost. The service is free for a year and then a $4/month fee kicks in. You can get Loopt for free on the iPhone (and there is a TechCrunch version), the Blackberry and Android as well. We’re big… Read More

  • Shocking study: Young people watch very little TV anymore, spend time online or using other media

    A new study confirms the obvious: the young are watching less and less TV, spending their time using the Internet and playing video games instead. The study, carried out by Deloitte, shows that the older one gets, the more TV one watches. People in the 14-25 age group (that’s me!) watch, on average, 10.5 hours of TV per week. Read More

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