• Apple hit with iPhone patent infringement suit

    A month after being granted U.S. patent No. 7,441,196, a company in Los Angeles called EMG Technology is suing Apple for “the way the iPhone navigates the Internet,” according to a press release. The suit did not specify the damages EMG is seeking, but the company has hired a serious gun: Stanley Gibson, one of the lead trial attorneys who won the $1.35 billion patent… Read More

  • SCO owes Novell $2.54 million for all that trolling

    Remember SCO? Yeah, me neither. But the company that once made a name for itself by existing solely to sue people now owes it’s biggest victim, Novell, $2.54 million plus interest. The story breaks down like this: SCO believed that Novell and other companies who used Linux were actually using UNIX SVRX source code illegally inside the Linux kernel. After independently verifying the… Read More

  • Just a thought. Might not be a good idea to give Circuit City gift cards as gifts.

    So yeah, gift cards are a popular gift but you might wanna think twice about one from Circuit City. With store closing and poor inventory, it just doesn’t make sense at this time. I guess that the recipient could always using it on the website, but even still, it’s better not to put some through the hassle. Oh, and you might want to claim any points accumulated on the… Read More

  • Not content with a mere Black Friday sale, Newegg.com starts pre-Black Friday sale

    As you might expect, Newegg.com is having itself one of those Black Friday sales later this week, on Friday, but they’re also having a bit of a pre-sale that might interest you. It’s sorta like pre-gaming. There’s a whole bunch of stuff on sale, but the following items caught my eye. • Intel Core 2 Quad processor for $179 • 100 Verbatim 4.7GB DVD-Rs for… Read More

  • Get ready for a bad year, say Samsung and Nokia

    Although the market has more interesting phones and services than ever before, what with iPhone triumphant, Android ascendant, and data unlimited, the economic slump has curbed spending on what consumers perceive (probably correctly) as a luxury. For someone like moi, the newest smartphone is easily justifiable, but fewer people than expected, and probably even less next year, are making that… Read More

  • Live from Helsinki: TechCrunchTalk panels on Nordic startups

    It’s cold and dark in November, especially in Finland. But who cares. Following on from yesterday’s “Slush” conference in Helsinki, TechCrunch is hosting some panel discussions on startups in the Nordic and Baltic area of Northern Europe, featuring some of the hottest startups to come out of the region. Tune in for the live video from our Brunch event below, courtesy… Read More

  • Twitter Acquires 'Values of n', Adds Rael Dornfest To The Team

    Hot on the heels of news that it rejected an acquisition offer from Facebook, Twitter has announced that it has acquired Values of n, a startup that produced information management applications including Stikkit, a post-it note application and I Want Sandy, an Email assistant. The primary goal of the acquisition appears to have been to bring Rael Dornfest to the Twitter team. Dornfest is… Read More

  • Think a Gamma Knife sounds cool? How about a Photonic Needle

    Researchers at St. Andrews University in Scotland have created a new technique for delivering drugs to individual cells which is essentially an incredibly precise laser fired from a fiber the width of a human hair. Despite this rather inflammatory article at the Daily Mail saying it will be used to cure cancer, the real applications are very specific and very practical — as is often… Read More

  • God of War III confirmed (amid slew of ‘F’ words)

    David Jaffe directed such hit games as Twisted Metal: Black and God of War. As such, he’d be the man to listen to vis-à-vis those pesky God of War III rumorsthat have been buzzing about. Lo and behold, the man confirmsits existence in a post on his blog. The post itself is sorta disjointed—I suppose that’s the man’s style, just like how Jerry Yang doesn’t use… Read More

  • CafePress Raises Another $8.3 Million From Sequoia (Update: Maybe Not)

    According to PEHub a regulatory filing revealed that CafePress has recently raised $8.3 million in Series C venture funding from Sequoia Capital, who also invested $14 million in a previous round. This brings the total funding of the online retailer of user-generated personalized products to $23.8 million. Launched in 1999, CafePress enabes its users to design, buy and sell expressive… Read More

  • Gigabyte's little M528 internet notelet joins n810, S6

    I liked the Nokia n810 when I saw it at last year’s CES, and now there’s a little more competition in the mid-size internet device area as Gigabyte enters the stage with the M528. Bigger than a full-touchscreen mobile phone but smaller than a netbook, these devices comprise a questionable subgenus of the compact computing market. The question is, does this device do anything my G1… Read More

  • Boxee updated for AppleTV 2.3

    We posted some rather complicated instructions over the weekend for users of the AppleTV augmentation app Boxee to manually upgrade. Of course, the official version would come out after only a day or two. Now those of you not terminal-inclined can enjoy the fruits of the box. Did that sound dirty just then? Read More

  • As Demand For Display Ads Soften, AdBrite Introduces Cost-Per-Click Banners

    As overall online advertising continues to weaken, display ads are absorbing the brunt of the downturn. So what do you do if you are in the online display business with an ad network that reaches 85,000 mostly-smaller sites that don’t command much of a premium per impression in the first place? You start selling those banner ads on a cost-per-click (CPC) basis, which is exactly… Read More

  • Review: Kensington 4-Port USB Charger

    Short Version: The Kensington 4-Port USB Charger is an ideal solution for people toting multiple USB-powered gadgets who want to charge more than one of those gadgets at a time without looking for open USB ports and wall sockets. Read More

  • A Whale of an Opportunity

    If Twitter wants to make money, it needs to do to others what they’ve been trying to do to Twitter. That is, extend its lead in market share by solving the problem of cross-platform micromessaging. With activity streams from Facebook, Microsoft, MySpace, FriendFeed, and a score of smaller players flowing over RSS, XMPP, and HTTP Push, Twitter can consolidate its power by cloning the best… Read More

  • Awesome: Chemistry set roundup

    MAKE has added Chemistry to their set of gift guides, and that’s just awesome. I know I had a ton of fun with my chemistry set when I was a kid, mainly checking the toxicity of various things and then trying to make the most poisonous concoction possible. If you’re interested in doing some sweet experiments with your scientifically-minded kid, look no further. You a may also want… Read More

  • The ISS turns ten – Big Picture provides tantalizing photo history

    In true Big Picture fashion, the wonderful photolog is celebrating the 10 years of the International Space Station. The whole story is chronicled through 32 spectacular photos that are well worth your time. Thankfully there isn’t any pics of the new urine to drinking water action shots. Gross. Read More

  • HTC expecting to ship 1 million G1s by the end of 2008

    Revising their previous target of 600,000 HTC G1s shipped by the end of 2008, HTC CEO Peter Chou has disclosed that the company now expects to ship at least 1 million of the world’s first Android handset by year’s end. Of course, these numbers may seem a bit low if you’re still going on the false idea that pre-orders alone reached 1.5 million, a count which blazed across… Read More

  • Excelsior! Windows XP-powered coffee maker

    Humanity has finally arrived. After so many false starts—Ancient Egypt, Classical Athens, Caesarian Rome, Catholic Spain, Napoleonic France, Victorian England, to say nothing of the Asian empires—we now look to Finland, the epitome of civilization. Yes, there’s now a Windows-powered coffee maker. Windows XP, even. It even has an 8-inch touchscreen, for touching. That you… Read More

  • Britney's Back: New Album "Circus" Debuts On imeem

    Pop sensation-turned-tabloid punching bag Britney Spears is ready for her comeback. Britney has just released her new album Circus exclusively on imeem, where you can stream the album in its entirety for free (you’ll also be able to embed the album playlist anywhere you’d like). The downloadable/physical version of the album won’t be available until December 2nd, but you… Read More

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