• Textbook Rentals Big Business – Kleiner Perkins Goes After Chegg

    Five year old textbook rental startup Chegg is really starting to ramp up sales, we’ve heard. The average college student, they say, spends $900 per year on textbooks. Chegg saves them 70-80% of that by renting them the books instead of selling them outright. Here’s how it works: students find the books they want by searching by ISBN, author, title or keyword. The rental price for… Read More

  • Gears of War 2 sold how many copies on day one?

    BODIES AS SHIELDS!!! VGChartz is reporting that Gears 2 has sold over 2.1 million copies on its first day with 1.4 million sold in NA and 700,000 sold everywhere else. Halo 3 sold 3.8 million in its first week, but Gears launched on a Friday which puts them at a disadvantage because their first week sales only account for two days. However, the numbers are expected to be roughly 3.8 million… Read More

  • Second Rotation Raises $6 Million For Hassle-Free Gadget Marketplace

    Second Rotation, the company behind gadget ‘reCommerce’ site Gazelle, has closed a $6 million Series B funding round led by RockPort Capital Partners, with existing investors Venrock Associates, Austin Ligon, and Henry Vogel also participating. Gazelle’s service, which launched in July, allows users to receive cash for their used gadgets without having to deal with online… Read More

  • New Apple exec Mark Papermaster ordered to stop working immediately

    This is out of left field, but Federal District Judge Kenneth Karas has ordered that Mark Papermaster “immediately cease his employment with Apple Inc until further order of this court.” The issue arises from the basic non-compete clause in his IBM contract, but Papermaster argues that IBM is more big business whereas Apple is obviously consumer-y. “Electronic devices large… Read More

  • Earbuds interfering with pacemakers, defibrillators, says study

    A group of researchers presented a study to the American Heart Association over the weekend in New Orleans and revealed that the tiny earbuds packed with MP3 players like the iPod may cause problems for folks with pacemakers and defibrillators. A quarter of the patients (14/60) in the study were affected when earbuds were placed within 1.2-inches of each device. Interference was twice as high… Read More

  • Dan Farber on Yahoo, Sun, and Web 2.0 Summit

    http://qik.com/swfs/qik_player.swf?streamname=3953df7ac7cf45b381efd10056e211ea&vid=533940&playback=false&polling=false&user=SteveGillmor&displayname=SteveGillmor&safelink=SteveGillmor&userlock=true&islive=&username=anonymous In the press room at the Web 2.0 Summit, News.com editor in chief Dan Farber covers Day 2 of the grand old conference, now in… Read More

  • Compare iPhone App Rankings Alexa-Style

    MyBefia is a great little site to compare Apple iPhone applications based on their rankings in the App Store. Add up to three applications (the only annoying thing is you have to look up its iTunes Store URL) and see how rank has changed over time. It also shows estimated market share, review rankings over time and popularity. The widgets are embeddable via Gigya. Read More

  • Tag The World—One Tweet, Yelp, and Flickr At A Time

    We all know how tagging makes the Web a richer place (by tapping into people’s desire to categorize things and share those categories, ad-hoc though they may be, with the everyone else). Tagging brings a bottoms-up order to the Web by making information more searchable and thus easier to find. Now it is time to start tagging the world. The real world. In fact, millions of people… Read More

  • CrunchDeals: Sony PRS-505SC Digital Book Reader $247

    Oprah might love the Amazon Kindle, but this Sony e-book is a heck of deal at $247. Dell is selling the device for $289 and then you can you use this 15% coupon (PWXNZVNDRWWX1P) to drop it down below the $250 mark. Not a bad price at all. via Gadgetreview Read More

  • Designer goes after mobile startup over alleged non-payment

    UK/US mobile social networking startup Next2Friends has run into problems with a dispute concerning a supplier to the US company it works with on the service. Elements of the site’s web design and development work is outsourced to a company called Genetibase, a company owned and controlled by two of the US-based co-founders of Next2Friends. Genetibase sub-contracted design work from… Read More

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