• The Rubicon Project Gets $15 Million in a Series B

    The Rubicon Project, a meta ad network that helps Websites place and optimize ads from the hundreds of other ad networks out there, closed a $15 million B round just three months after raising a $6 million A round. Hopefully, they didn’t spend it all already. The B round was led by Mayfield. IDG Ventures Asia, Stanford University, the University of California Berkeley, and… Read More

  • Pinger launches 'voice messaging' in UK. Will we call?

    Let me start out by saying that I absolutely loathe and despise voicemail. It is the bane of my life. Which is why I was rather bemused to learn I was to be pitched by Pinger, a US-based service which launches in the UK today with a method for sending people voice messages. However, here’s the general thrust…
    Already live for a year in the US, Pinger now lets you send voice… Read More

  • Blogger Discovers The Middle East

    Google has announced that Blogger will now be officially available in Arabic, Persian, and Hebrew, bringing the number of languages supported by Blogger to 40. More significantly, Blogger now supports right to left writing as well for Arabic, Persian, and Hebrew. Blogs in Arabic and Persian have been hosted by Blogger from its pre-Google days, so it’s surprising that the service is only… Read More

  • Sifry Launches "Web Hot Or Not?"

    Former Technorati CEO David Sifry has launched Web Hot or Not?, a Hot or Not site for websites. Sifry left Technorati in August 2007. For the one person reading this who doesn’t know how Hot or Not style sites work, the site presents a website which must be scored between 1 or 10, 1 being not, 10 being hot. MG Seigler writes that “Quite frankly I’m shocked it has taken this… Read More

  • MocoSpace Raises $4 Million B Round

    Mobile social networking startup MocoSpace raised a $4 million B round from existing investors General Catalyst, Bob Pittman’s Pilot Group and former eBay exec Michael Dearing. The previous A round was $3 million in January 2007. MocoSpace is a mobile-only social network with two million members and serving one billion pageviews a month (from mobile phones). When we last wrote… Read More

  • Claim: 'Drama' building around XM-Sirius merger tonight

    [photopress:xmsiren.gif,full,right] Something’s afoot regarding the XM-Sirius merger tonight. Drudge has a sly little note on the left-hand column that reads: “Approved or Denied? Drama Builds Around Sirius-XM Merger… Developing…” The proposed merger was announced nearly one year ago on February 17, 2007 and has developed into one of the most annoying stories… Read More

  • Free (legal) P2P Music Downloads? Told You So.

    I know I’m starting to sound like a broken record, but in case you haven’t heard: The era of paid music downloads is coming to an end (despite the fact that online sales are growing). Qtrax, which has signed all four major labels (EMI, SonyBMG, Universal Music Group and Warner Music Group), launched yesterday with 25 million songs (compared to around 3 m for Amazon and 6 m for iTunes). Read More

  • The biggest problem with the Kindle

    I was on a flight yesterday with Kindle in hand, hoping to read a little of Dan Brown’s Dress Up an Urban Legend in Faux Scholarship and Sell it to Deracinated People and found the biggest problem with the Kindle: you can’t read it on take-off and landing, at least according to the nice elderly steward on Jetblue. Since your book looks like a computer, you’d best but that… Read More

  • Amazon Says International MP3 Downloads Coming in 2008

    Amazon has made the important, if vague, announcement that its DRM-free MP3 downloads will be made available internationally starting in 2008. Taking its content from all four major record labels internationally will strengthen its position as a superior DRM-free music provider to Apple’s iTunes Store, which doesn’t even offer content from all the major labels yet. Amazon… Read More

  • Facebook Apps On Any Website: Clever Move

    Facebook announced Friday a new JavaScript client library that will allow Facebook apps to be displayed on any website. The client library allows users to make Facebook API calls from any web site and create Ajax Facebook applications on that website. Wei Zhu from Facebook explains the benefits: Since the library does not require any server-side code on your server, you can now create a… Read More

  • Rogue satellite to crash somewhere sometime

    [photopress:subsat.jpg,full,left]The NSC has lost control of a satellite. It’s lost propulsion, and will crash into the Earth at some point, but nobody can say where or even when it will do so. It’s large, and will likely cause much damage, and there’s no way to stop it. Carry on, citizen! Dead spy satellite could hit Earth [MSNBC] Read More

  • We're iPhone clippable

    Just a quick note: I just upgraded to a jailbroken 1.1.3 and I went over to clip CrunchGear.com and place it onto my desktop. Much to my pleasure and surprise, it turns out old man Hickey made us a fancy icon for the iPhone home screen, making genuinely happy for the first time in weeks. I may be a sad, bitter man but at least CG has an icon! Read More

  • Palm shutting down many airport Palm stores in light of settlement on Treos

    [photopress:i_killed_my_treo.jpg,full,center] In the last three weeks, I’ve been to seven airports. CES, Macworld, and other travels have sent me all over the place. One thing I always check out when I run across them are airport Palm stores. See, I’m a Palm believer. They started the handheld and smartphone revolutions, we owe them a lot. And I think they have a few bright products… Read More

  • Rumor: New MacBook Pros on St. Patrick's Day?

    [photopress:mbp.jpg,full,left]My birthday is St. Patrick’s Day, March 17th. It’s a great day to have a birthday, as I’m not the only one hung over the next day, and nobody has an excuse not to come have fun. It’s also the day that we may see new Multitouch-enabled MacBook Pros, if our source is correct. He/She is saying that the lineup will get an across-the-board… Read More

  • Buffalo mates a keyboard with a Skype phone, nods approvingly

    [photopress:skypekeys.jpg,full,center] Are you a shut-in? Live in your mom’s basement and spend our life on the Internet? Looking for a combo text-and-speech device to interact with others? Buffalo has what you need in this new QWERTY keyboard / Skype phone combo. It’s just what it sounds like: a USB keyboard for your computer with a detachable handset for making Skype calls. Read More

  • Solo acts, listen up: Rock Band controllers going ala carte

    [photopress:douche.jpg,full,left]Rock Band players are all bass players, as near as I can tell: They’re hard to get a hold of, don’t show up on time, and often can’t make it because their girlfriend says so. That’s why it’s time for you to go solo, man. Rock Band is helping you out. Next month, you’ll be able to buy the instruments for the game by themselves. Read More

  • Jailbroken iPhones, iPod Touches not working with forthcoming SDK?

    The guys over at iPhone Atlas have a pretty good point in today’s blog, namely that those of you rushing to Jailbreak your 1.1.3 iPhones and iPod Touches might just be screwing yourselves later, as the Jailbreaking process disables a relevant part of the device’s OS, called Nikita, which apparently helps with future third-party apps. While it’s not yet confirmed if… Read More

  • Deutsche Telekom hits the 70,000 iPhone mark in just eleven weeks

    [photopress:germaniphone.jpg,full,right]It’s been eleven weeks since the iPhone invaded Germany, and in that time Deutsche Telekom has sold 70,000 units. That comes out to almost 40 an hour, if they were selling 24/7, which, given German efficiency, they likely were. Having Hasslehoff as a spokesman probably helped as well. The lion’s share of the iPhones are still American, by… Read More

  • T-Mobile preps another 3G phone, the Samsung SGH-T819; 3G network still only in our dreams

    [photopress:t819.jpg,full,left]When the first 3G-enabled phones from T-Mobile first started hitting the streets, we were sure it was proof that T-Mo was about to (finally) light up its 3G network. So far we’ve been proven wrong, which we hate, it makes us angry. You wouldn’t like us when we’re angry. Apparently, T-Mobile keeps releasing 3G phones so that its customers will… Read More

  • WebMynd Could Change the Way You Bookmark Websites

    A new YCombinator startup called WebMynd launched today. It’s a Firefox add-on that records every website you visit and saves a virtual copy on your hard drive. The service doesn’t save just an image of the page or the URL, but the full text site. That means you can also search those virtual pages later when you are looking for something. Users can turn off recording at any time… Read More

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