• Redfin Turns Profitable, Real Estate Industry Shudders

    An interesting tidbit from today’s Naked Truth event in Seattle: Redfin CEO Glenn Kelman said his company just turned profitable. Since I was sitting next to him on the panel, I asked him off microphone what revenues were. He said the run rate is around $15 million. 2007 revenues were $5 million, 2006 revenues were $1 million. That’s great news for everyone except the real… Read More

  • Bebo's Michael Birch launches $49m startup fund for Europe

    Well it appeared to be signed and sealed when news leaked back in April that two icons of the UK’s tech startup world were joining forces to create a new fund to address the so-called ‘equity gap’ in Europe. But it gradually emerged that the actual name of the project would change and there were no real details, not even a web site to explain how it would work. But at… Read More

  • The TechCrunch Europas: The Winners and Finalists

    The Europas, the inaugural TechCrunch Europe Awards 2009 for European and EMEA tech companies, were held last night, Thursday July 9, 2009 in London. Check out our live blog from the event. For these inaugural awards, over 400 entrants were voted on by the industry and the results merged with those from 19 expert advisors from across Europe. Here are the winners, highly commended and finalists… Read More

  • WebOS 1.1 coming with new apps

    Looks like WebOS 1.1 is coming in “the next 30 days” with some new applications as well as exchange server policies that allow for remote wipe and smarter password controls. A tipster leaked this slide which is purportedly from the secret lair of Palm herself. Read More

  • Hoberman and Birch launch PRO Founders Capital

    Well it appeared to be signed and sealed when news leaked back in April that two icons of the UK’s tech startup world were joining forces to create a new fund to address the so-called ‘equity gap’ in Europe. But it gradually emerged that the actual name of the project would change and there were no real details, not even a web site to explain how it would work. But tonight at… Read More

  • Ghostbusters: The Video Game demo now available (Xbox 360)

    Yahtzee may not have liked it, but here’s your chance to find out! The demo from Atari is now available for the Xbox 360. Game Demo via Larry Read More

  • Power.com Countersues Facebook Over Data Portability

    The Data Portability wars just got a little more interesting. Power.com, the service that lets users aggregate their social networks into a single hub, is countersuing Facebook for restricting users’ ability to export and move their own data. The company is claiming that Facebook is unlawfully withholding the data that users own (as stated in Facebook’s own ToS), and is… Read More

  • The Europas: The Winners and Finalists

    The Europas, the inaugural European Startup Awards 2009 for European and EMEA tech companies, were held last night, Thursday July 9, 2009 in London. Check out our live blog from the event and subsequent coverage in video, pictures and posts. For these inaugural awards, over 400 entrants were voted on by the industry and the results merged with those from 19 expert advisors from across Europe. Read More

  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 packaging is done

    Just recieved the first Modern Warfare 2 boxes straight off the press. “Shit just got real.” Read More

  • Review: Nokia N97 – So close, yet so very, very far.

    Oh, Nokia N97. I wanted to touch you from the first time I laid eyes on you. You seemed like everything I wanted in a handset. You’d be the phone that surmounted the shortcomings of every smartphone before it. You were to be the mobile masterpiece. At least, I thought you were. I’ve had the Nokia N97 for roughly 3 weeks now. Usually, we push out our reviews after just a week or… Read More

  • 38-in-1 Wii sport kit GO!


    Soccer! Football! Golf! Fishing! Spearfishing! Baseball! Going in a car driving! Fishing! Fast driving! It’s all here! This 38 piece Wii kit includes everything you need so you and a friend can do whatever you want on the Wii! You can fish! And play golf! And play tennis! And play baseball! 38 sports in all! Wow! Read More

  • Review: Curse Client for World of Warcraft

    World of Warcraft players are a notoriously picky bunch. They know what they like, what they don’t like, and have absolutely no issue with telling you exactly how they feel. Loudly, and with many many petitions and forum postings. And that’s just the basic game. When you get into modifications, you’re into a whole new ballgame. And just making sure you have the most up to… Read More

  • The Europas Liveblog 2009

    6:16 PM: The hordes descend! Champagne is flowing, the live stream is streaming, anticipation is high. 6:35 PM: Our roving reporter Mike Butcher has been Twitpiccing: 6:47 PM: Starting in one minute…. 6:50 PM: So, here we go! We’re starting with a pitch competition featuring six startups from across Europe. Pitch sponsored by UKTI. First pitch: Bernhard Niesner from… Read More

  • Giganews gives 50 percent off for newly Usenet-less AT&T customers


    Ladies and germs! If you’re an AT&T Broadband customer you should know that your ISP is shutting off access to Usenet at the end of the month. Why? Yup, it’s related to that whole smear campaign from last year. Some nonsense about illegal content that may or may not be there. Anyway, Giganews has a little sale for you guys: 50 percent off three months of the Diamond Plan and… Read More

  • Bing To Google: Try Updating Your Index Once In A While

    Last Friday, a fire at Fisher Plaza in Seattle knocked out a number of popular websites, including Microsoft Bing’s recently launched Travel portal. The site was back up by Saturday afternoon, but not before Google caught the site’s placeholder “Bing Temporarily Unavailable” page and added it to its index (you can see the cached page here). Now, five days later… Read More

  • The Naked Truth 2009 Slides: Show Me The Money

    Taking place tonight in Seattle is The Naked Truth 2009, a Redfin-hosted conference to give entrepreneurs advice. Michael is there participating as an expert to discuss industry trends. This year’s topic is revenue models for consumer Internet startups. The four presenting startups, Redfin, UrbanSpoon, Picnik and Animoto have some interesting information to share via their slides… Read More

  • Serket goes classy with the new Telson

    Serket, formerly Scorpion, is one of my favorite US-based boutique manufacturers and I’m quite impressed by their latest, the Telson. it’s a 48mm watch with ETA 6497 manual wind movement and exhibition back showing off Cotes D’ Geneve engraving with a scorpion. The movement is a workhorse – I believe Glycine uses it in their Incursore line – and the design is… Read More

  • Microsoft's Silverlight 3 Launches Early

    Microsoft’s competitor to Adobe Flash, Silverlight, has officially rolled out the new version, Silverlight 3, today. Silverlight is a cross-browser, cross-platform, and cross-device plug-in for delivering media experiences and interactive applications for the Web. The first version was launched in 2007 and the second version was launched in September of 2008. In April, Microsoft reported… Read More

  • CrunchDeals: Prototype for cheap (Xbox 360, PS3, PC)

    I’ve heard good things about Activision’s Prototype, but was never sent a review copy even though I’ve received other titles from the publisher for review in the past. Currently reviewing Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (preview here) for the Xbox 360. Not a bad game, but I have some gripes with it. Anyway, Prototype is the featured Video Games Deal of the Day over at Amazon. Read More

  • Multi-platform media sync software doubleTwist going strong, enters Japanese market

    DoubleTwist, a universal media management desktop application for Macs and PCs, not only has a clever marketing team behind it but also seems to be something a lot of people have been waiting for. The free software, which works like a multi-platform version of iTunes with a social networking component, has been downloaded hundreds of thousands of times since it launched in February (exact… Read More

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