• Pew Pulling at Straws to Measure the Blogosphere

    Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism unveiled a new index yesterday that traces blogs and social networking sites. To be honest, it doesn’t say a whole lot that we don’t already know. The New Media Index’s first report states “From the preparations to the swearing-in to the music, President Barack Obama’s inauguration was by far and… Read More

  • New iMacs coming soon? Sounds 'bout right.

    Apple has informed retail partners that iMac availability is going to be strained in the coming weeks which might mean the company is slowing down production of the current lineup ahead of announcing new models. The iMacs are anything but outdated, but the model line definitely isn’t cutting edge either. Intel’s low power, quad-core CPUs should replace the Core 2 Duo processor… Read More

  • Review: Gilty Couture 14k gold iPhone bezel

    Don’t call it a case. That word implies durable protection, which this Gilty Couture product is not. A $125 buys you a gold-plated bezel that’s sure to invoke more unneeded iPhone safety paranoia. Now, not only do you have to anally obsess ‘bout the phone’s glossy plastic back and the delicate touchscreen, but now this damn bezel. Is that how you wanna live? Really? Read More

  • NYT could cut costs in half by giving subscribers a Kindle

    Silicon Alley Insider has found that printing the New York Times costs twice as much as if the company gave every subscriber an Amazon Kindle using some rough numbers and elementary math. Obviously, not everyone likes the Kindle and cutting out the distribution of the NYT would eliminate thousands of jobs, but it clearly shows how digital is killing the print star. The transition to a… Read More

  • Google Flags Whole Internet As Malware

    We’re not quite sure what’s going on, but a couple of minutes ago any search result from Google started being flagged as malware with a message stating “This site may harm your computer”. Twitter is abuzz with people reporting the massive error (also look for tags #googmayharm or #googmayhem), and it’s clear that this is happening around the world. Apparently… Read More

  • MySpace CEO Talks MySpace Revenue, Music, Mobile And His Murphy Bed

    I sat down with MySpace CEO Chris DeWolfe at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland for a few minutes between sessions he was participating in. Travis Katz, GM of MySpace International, was also supposed to attend but was off skiing for the day. DeWolfe talks about the two star hotel he’s staying at here in Davos (complete with a Murphy Bed), and compares the more somber mood of… Read More

  • Nielsen Deletes Reply-To-All Button

    This happened last Tuesday, but we wanted to make sure you’re aware that Nielsen management, after years of research, has finally come up with an adequate solution to cluttered e-mail inboxes and inefficiency in office environments: control-deleting the reply-to-all button from the messaging software. In a move that could have come straight from Mike Judge’s Office Space, the… Read More

  • ZOMG: Condoms for bikes

    Looks like germophobes everywhere will appreciate this one. They’re condoms made for bicycle handlebars. Or maybe you could just wash your hands every once in a while, or at least stop licking handlebars all the time. Read More

  • Intel's new OS for netbooks

    Intel hasn’t had a history of liking the idea of netbooks since the low price point of the Atom processor that most of them are based on doesn’t allow for very high profit margins. Well, it looks like Intel has realized that netbooks are here to stay because they’ve just taken the wraps off their own flavor of Linux optimized for the Atom processor: Moblin. Read More

  • Shock: Netbooks not really good for enterprise

    From the “You needed a study to prove that?” department, it seems that netbooks’ effectiveness in a business environment is being questioned. Of course, that’s like doing a study finding that spoons are a poor choice for cutting steak. Netbooks, at least those truly deserving the moniker, are designed for the lightest possible use and barely have the chops to run XP. Read More

  • Elevator Pitch Friday: BookGlutton, The Computer's Kindle

    This week’s elevator pitch comes from BookGlutton. Although the pitch is long-winded and lacking energy and enthusiasm, it did alert us to this site that is worth checking out. Read More

  • New arcade stick specifically for freaky shoot-em-up

    I’m a big fan of shoot-em-ups, as I mentioned the other day, but everyone knows that the best way to control a shmup is with an arcade stick — a device about as common as hen’s teeth these days. Well, legendary shmup developer Cave’s Death Smiles now has its own arcade stick. Sister doin’ it for herself! Read More

  • Teaser trailer for Transformers 2 to debut during the Super Bowl

    You better be watching the Super Bowl this Sunday if you plan on seeing the teaser trailer for Bay’s sequel to the smash hit Transformers. I <3 Megan Fox. So, when exactly will it air? Hit the jump to find out. Read More

  • Rummble releases WiFi-finder iPhone app with TotalHotSpots

    UK mobile startup Rummble has teamed up with TotalHotSpots the global WiFi hotspots directory to produce a branded version of Rummble iPhone app. Marketing of the app will start on Monday next week. The end result is an application which will tell you where you can get WiFi nearby, as in places like Cafes, and the ability to “Rummble” (or rather rate) those wifi hotspots and see… Read More

  • Don't tell Google that Google Earth can be used to help terrorists

    The terrorist attacks in Mumbai last year brought any number of technologies “under the microscope”: Twitter can be used by terrorists to coordinate attacks; Google Earth can be used to map out possible attack routes, etc. Too bad Google completely disagrees with this slipshod logic. Read More

  • Casio announces new watch, the Cachalot

    While Casio is considered to be a higher end watch company in Japan, they sometimes have image problems in the States. Better known for their G-shock and calculator watches in the US, their Oceanus line is sometimes ignored by higher end retailers. This is a shame really, since the line has some features not even found in the likes of Tag Hauer and Seiko. Read More

  • WELCOM To The World’s Most Exclusive Social Network (Not Really, But Here Are Screenshots)

    The World Economic Forum in Davos is finally trying to make its mark in social media at this year’s conference. The organization is unveiling the beta version of its exclusive Facebook-style social networking site, called WELCOM, reserved for high-profile attendees of the World Economic Forum like Mark Zuckerberg, Vladimir Putin and Kofi Annan. The site, which was designed in… Read More

  • Appropriate attire for your next Chernobyl trip

    Raiation Shield Technologies has what you need in order to hit those hard to reach geocaching locations deep inside the Chernobyl wasteland. The Flordia-based firm’s fabric is comprised of metallic fabric that is more flexible and light than traditional lead suits which should make galavanting around a tad more enjoyable. The suits can withstand gamma rays, X-rays, and even nuclear… Read More

  • Startup2Startup Unites Startup Rookies With Veterans; Five Invites For TechCrunch Readers

    Startup2Startup, a popular invite-only Silicon Valley networking event, held its 7th get-together last night, bringing 140 entrepreneurs together. The event is the brainchild of Dave McClure, the venerable startup angel investor who recently joined Founders Fund, and the event sponsors include some of the top VCs in the valley. The monthly event typically consists of a dinner, with an… Read More

  • NEC cutting 20k employees, 20,000

    There isn’t a day that passes that CE companies don’t announce layoffs. NEC’s expected cuts are some of the largest yet though with plans to eliminate 20,000 employees. That would result in the company firing nearly 7% of its worldwide work force just to “convert to a more muscular profit structure.” The overall goal is to return the company to a more profitable… Read More

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