• Banzai Group's Liquida acquires Italian memetracker BlogBabel

    Liquida, an Italian user generated content based blog aggregator owned by RGB srl, a Banzai Group company, has acquired one of the most popular memetrackers and blog directories in Italy, BlogBabel, for an undisclosed sum. BlogBabel was put up for sale on August 30th by its founder and CEO, Ludovico Magnocavallo, who set up an auction on Ebay starting at €4999,00 (approx. $7300 USD), that… Read More

  • Zynga v. Playdom: The Documents

    This is an update to our post earlier today on the Zynga/Playdom trade secrets litigation. Below are the three documents relevant to the case. The first below is the original complaint that outlines the entire lawsuit. The second is a memorandum authored by Zynga supporting their request for a temporary restraining order, the third is the order granting Zynga a temporary restraining order… Read More

  • CrunchDeals: T-Mobile myTouch 3G for $99

    Oprah! Oprah! Oprah! Thanks to the queen of daytime television, you can get the Android-powered T-Mobile myTouch 3G for just $99 when you sign up for a two-year contract. This deal is good “for a very limited time,” so pull the trigger if you’ve got the itch. Promo code is KICKOFF24. You go girl. Save $100 on the T-Mobile myTouch 3G [T-Mobile via Engadget] Read More

  • Seedcamp data shows the startup trends in Europe

    Seedcamp – the rolling European startups programme which started out as an annual competition and which has morphed into a pan-European network of mentors, investors and startups – will today announce it’s list of startups that have made the cut for Seedcamp Week in a fortnight’s time in London. But at a press conference in London CEO Reshma Sohoni and Chairman Saul… Read More

  • Video: Motorola's new UI for Android, Moto BLUR

    The first footage of Moto Blur, Motorola’s just announced social-network-centric homescreen overhaul for Android, has just gone live. This is the very same footage we saw during the announcement, so you know what we know at this point. Read More

  • Instant Karma! Reddit's New Real-Time Karma Tracking App

    One of the best features of Reddit that differentiates it from competitors is its karma system. Simply put, it’s an easy way to distinguish the submissions and comments from good users versus the bad ones. It’s also kind of a game to play. And as with all games, it’s more fun to play in real-time. And Reddit now has a app to do just that. RedditAddict Lite is a new… Read More

  • And now, a plethora of new iPod cases from Belkin

    The introduction of new iPod models means new iPod cases as far as the eye can see. One of the bigger players in the cutthroat game of portable device protection is Belkin and, true to form, the company’s announced about a skillion upcoming products for your perusal. Read More

  • Company that wants to buy The Pirate Bay thrown off Swedish stock exchange

    Lost in all the Apple hoopla yesterday: the company that wanted to buy The Pirate Bay was just thrown off the Swedish stock exchange. Still think the deal is going down? Read More

  • Zynga Accuses Playdom of Stealing Trade Secrets; Judge Issues Temporary Restraining Order

    There’s no love lost between competing social gaming platforms Zynga and Playdom. Earlier this year Zynga sued Playdom over what they called misleading ads. That litigation appears to remain outstanding, but Playdom has since changed their advertising practices. Now there’s a much more serious dispute between the companies. Yesterday Zynga filed a lawsuit against Playdom and a… Read More

  • The Motorola Cliq: An Android smartphone powered by the social media star, MOTOBLUR

    The Cliq might be the first Motorola device with Android, but with a 350-person team, it better be good. At least it looks solid on the surface with a custom Android GUI called MOTOBLUR, slide-down keyboard, 5MP camera, 24 FPS video cam, WiFi, 3.5mm headset jack and a screen that better be able to handle a massive amount of info. The phone’s interface is built around what Motorola is… Read More

  • Facebook Open Sources FriendFeed's Real-Time Tech

    When Facebook acquired FriendFeed last month, everyone knew it was getting some pretty impressive technology along with the obvious talent in the company. What people probably didn’t expect is that Facebook would open source a portion of it. But that’s what they’re doing today with the release of Tornado, a real-time web framework for Python, onto the web. Another new… Read More

  • Facebook and StudiVZ end legal dispute

    Facebook and StudiVZ have reached a settlement in the alleged plagiarism case, with the German social network operator paying Zuckerberg and co an undisclosed sum as part of the deal. Both companies will be withdrawing their respective claims both in the United States and Germany and continue to operate their business as before (statement in German). StudiVZ and Facebook have agreed not to… Read More

  • Rumor: HP and Vivienne Tam to team up again for another overpriced netbook

    Last time HP and Vivienne Tam worked together on a netbook, it was just a stock HP netbook with a pretty desigin on the lid. This time, I predict the same. Read More

  • Live From Motorola's Android Announcement

    We’re live from Motorola’s Android announcement at the Mobilize conference, where the company is expected to announce at least two new handsets running Google’s mobile operating system. This is a big day for Motorola – nearly one year ago, the flailing company switched up their game by dedicating a 350-person team to this new endeavor. Have their efforts been worthwhile? Read More

  • Polaris Ventures Opens A Second "Frat House For Geeks," Dog Patch Labs Cambridge

    In San Francisco, there’s a nice big space right on the water where startups can go to enjoy a place to work, Dog Patch Labs. Polaris Venture Partners refers to it as their “frat house for geeks,” as it’s a place for entrepreneurs to come and work/hang out while enjoying free space, connectivity, coffee and food. Now Polaris is taking that idea east, closer to their… Read More

  • Scientists make flat ice

    Ice doesn’t get me very excited. I rarely get ice in my beverages because it’s merely “delayed water”. But some scientists have been studying ice, and have created a completely flat sheet of ice only two molecules thick. Apparently ice normally forms in a “puckered” layered formation. Thrilling! All you need is some graphene, platinum, a vacuum, and the… Read More

  • After Lengthy Delays, Ning Launches Ning Apps Platform To The Public

    Ning, the social network platform that lets users build their own social networks, has launched its application platform Ning Apps to the public. The platform allows Network Creators to customize the features on their networks by adding apps that have been created by third party developers, which include the likes of Ticketmaster, WordPress, Hulu and plenty more. The platform made its debut… Read More

  • CrunchDeals: Unlocked Nokia 5800 for $240

    Dell’s got a handsome deal on an unlocked Nokia 5800 XpressMusic phone at just $240 with free shipping. The offer is good for two days only, from today until Saturday the 12th at 5:59 AM Central Time. Read More

  • Verizon to launch Nokia 7705 Twist early next week

    Thanks to an earlier leaked slide regarding Verizon’s upcoming lineup, we had a good idea that Nokia’s boxy little number, the 7705 Twist, would be joining Big Red’s network sooner than later. Fast forward two weeks and Nokia has officially announced the launch of its 7705 Twist. Besides its unusual shape, the Twist features a, you guessed it, twist-out full QWERTY keyboard… Read More

  • Verizon beats everyone at the HTC Touch Pro 2 game

    Slow and steady wins the race, right? Verizon’s certainly not the first off the gate with the Touch Pro 2, but they definitely just took the lead in our books. Both Sprint and T-Mobile are charging a dang-near-absurd $350 bucks for theirs, with the latter adding insult to injury by not even including a 3.5mm jack. (BOOOOOO!) As we’d heard last week, Verizon’s Touch Pro 2 is… Read More

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