• Can Open Government Be Gamed?

    If information is power, the first step to gaining power is to get the right data. The Obama administration is a big proponent of opening up government data and making it digitally available. Today at the Personal Democracy Forum in New York City, the government’s new chief information officer Vivek Kundra announced USAspending.gov, a new site which launched today that tracks… Read More

  • Kimengi takes on Zemanta with its content recommendation engine

    Kimengi is a new Dutch startup providing ”related-content” to bloggers and publishers via a recommendation widget called “f>>dforward” (feed forward). Once installed, the widget automatically provides related articles from multiple sites based on a combination of tag matches and  collaborative filtering techniques (“Users similar to you liked…”). Read More

  • Yes, The Pirate Bay was sold, will cease to exist as you know it (but will still exist)

    My initial reaction to the news that some company called Global Gaming Factory X has agreed to buy The Pirate Bay was, “Pfft, why should I care? The was only garbage on there anyway.” And while that’s still my opinion—there really was only garbage on there—we really ought to recognize that, for better or worse, The Pirate Bay was something of a symbol for the… Read More

  • Sprint and Harris team up to make the 2010 Census count


    With 2009 halfway over, the US Government is gearing up for what’s sure to be one of the next year’s biggest undertakings: the tedious process of counting every single one of its citizens. That’s right folks, it’s T-minus 9 months to the 2010 Census. Read More

  • G.S.M. Palm Pre spotted in Vietnam

    Waves of exultation and joy must be coming out of Saigon as the first secret G.S.M. Palm Pres begin wending their way out of the secret Pre factories in the jungles to the south. A crack team of commandoes have wrested one of these super secretive models out of the hands of an unsuspecting courier and taken video and photos of it. Remember that the Palm Pre originally came in G.S.M. flavor back… Read More

  • CrunchDeals: Stargate SG-1 complete series for $132

    Big savings on the complete Stargate SG-1 series if you’re looking for something to do all summer (or over the course of a weekend or two). Normally selling for $216.99, Amazon is blowing out “Stargate SG-1: The Complete Series Collection” on DVD today for $131.99 after an $85 instant discount and with free shipping. Read More

  • Nikon D3000, D300s get pictured

    Well, well. We told you that Nikon was going to launch two DSLR cameras this summer. These two are probably them and we need to point out that Nikon is getting good “leaking” pics of unannounced cameras. The last time around, everyone and their brother knew about the D5000 before it was official. This time we’re seeing the D300s – which we already know about – and… Read More

  • MojoPages Raises $5 Million For White Label Local Business Search Engine

    MojoPages, a local listings search engine, has raised $5 million in Series A funding led by Austin Ventures. MojoPages’s search technology powers local business listing search engines for local newspapers, and TV and radio stations. Originally a stand alone search engine site for business listings, the company found that it could not compete with bigger players like Citysearch and Yelp. Read More

  • Recommend Your Favorite iPhone Apps With AppsFire

    A couple weeks ago, we wrote a post detailing why there needs to be some sort of iPhone app recommendation system. Just like iTunes has its “Genius” feature for music and movies, with over 50,000 apps now in the App Store, there needs to be a way to filter out what you don’t want and find what you do. If you have a lot of friends with iPhones or iPod touches, AppsFire may… Read More

  • $6 Million For Sense Networks? Makes Sense.

    Intel Capital has led a Series B funding round in Sense Networks, a NY-based developer of nifty machine-learning technology that allows for digital indexing and ranking of real world locations based on movement data. According to Venturebeat, which broke the news before the weekend, the amount invested was about $6 million in a ‘hotly contested deal’ that left Sequoia pulling the… Read More

  • Blackberry Tour to launch on Verizon Wireless on July 12th

    If you’ve been biting your nails off anticipating the launch of the Blackberry Tour, you probably want to visit a psychiatrist ASAP. But you can also be happy to know that Verizon Wireless just announced that they’ll be releasing the Tour on July 12th. The Tour provides anyone hell-bent on Verizon (like people who actually want their phone to make and receive calls) a good… Read More

  • 6rounds Launches Video Communication Platform With Several Layers Of Fun

    With a webcam built into or sold together with nearly every computer that goes over the counter nowadays you’d expect direct video-based communication to have massively taken off by now, but the reality is that it’s far from being as ubiquitous as some proclaimed it would become in the past. But maybe it’s just that there’s isn’t always that good a reason to… Read More

  • Ricoh Launches Visual Online Storage Service quanp

    If you’re like me, you always try to avoid storing or backing up files, even those that are important to you. It’s too boring, time-consuming and cumbersome to remember doing it regularly. This is where a new service called quanp (short for “quantum paper” and pronounced “kwan-puh”), launched today in beta, comes in. Developed by Japanese technology giant… Read More

  • Social Browser Extension Yoono Adds OneRiot's Real-Time Search Engine

    Yoono, an extension built to enhance both the Firefox and IE browser experience that comes in pretty handy when you go on the Internet mainly to interact socially with your peers and friends, has just released version 6.1 of its add-on, and revamped the interface along with adding a couple of useful features. I’ve been trying it out for a couple of hours now, and I have to say… Read More

  • Japan to generate solar power in outer space, then beam it to earth

    This may sound ridiculous first time you hear it, but Japan is thinking about solar power from panels located in space to mother earth, or to be more exact, the nation of Nippon itself. According to the Nikkei (one of Japan’s biggest newspapers), the government plans to ask local technology companies to participate in the endeavor as early as next month. Read More

  • The iPhone 3GS: Should You Get It?

    Disclosure: I have not bought an iPhone 3GS — I’m still unsure if I will. Apple gave me a review unit to play with for 60 days. I’ve had the new iPhone 3GS for a little over a week now. Using it day-to-day over the course of that time, I have a pretty good feel for it. A good enough feel to answer the question that every single person seems to be asking: “Should I… Read More

  • Daily Crunch: The Pits Edition

    MyDeskFriend: Creepy Facebook connected Penguin robot
    Pleo is back and we want to give you one
    The making of Pitfall! for the Atari 2600 Read More

  • Swedish Software Firm Acquires The Pirate Bay For $7.7 Million

    Swedish software firm Global Gaming Factory X this morning announced it has agreed to buy file-sharing service The Pirate Bay for 60 million Swedish crowns (which currently converts to approx. $7.7 million). In addition, GGF has entered into an agreement to acquire the shares in Peerialism, a software technology company that develops solutions for data distribution and distributed storage based… Read More

  • Venture Capitalists V. Founders: Battle At Mochi Media

    Mochi Media, the fast growing Flash game advertising network and payments platform that we covered last week, is in the midst of an internal battle over the fate of the company. The company is mulling over an acquisition offer that would give investors Accel Partners and Shasta Ventures their original investments of around $14 million back, but not much more. Founders and other employees… Read More

  • The Culinary Watch: Usable in Hell's Kitchen

    This is an odd duck. A company called Morpheus Watches has just released the Culinary watch, a $400 quartz piece with 41.5mm case and design cues that come from high-end cookwear. . The Culinary features a concentric circle texture on the dial, calling out the same relief found in fine cookware. The shape of the case itself resembles a skillet, and the crown and pushers are formed in the style… Read More

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