• UK startup icons launch fund to bridge Europe's 'Equity gap'

    Two icons of the UK’s tech startup world are joining forces to create a new fund to address the so-called ‘equity gap’ in Europe. European Founders Capital (EFC) is being led by Michael Birch, co-founder of Bebo, and Brent Hoberman, who set up the dotcom bubble era Lastminute.com but is better known more recently for being a serial angel investor and co-founder of… Read More

  • Pre's webOS: They like it! They really like it!

    Developers who have been shown Palm’s new WebOS say that it is great. What does that mean for Palm? It means more devs will look to Palm as an OS of choice over WinMo and, potentially, Android as the Pre hits stores and amazes us all with its amazingness. Writes NetworkWorld: The potential power of webOS lies in three capabilities that Palm has brought together into a coherent whole. Read More

  • The Nikon D5000 available for pre-order via Amazon

    If you’re the type that simply must have the latest gadget the day it comes our – you know who you are – then head on over to Amazon to pre-order the articulating screen-equipped and HD video shooting Nikon D5000. Only the kit is available for purchase, but we hear the 18-55mm F.3.5-5.6G VR lens isn’t that bad anyway. $849. Read More

  • More Ways To Shorten Those URLs: UnHub And Lnk.by

    URL shortening services are a dime a dozen, and despite wishes for them to vanish (with good reason) they’re here to stay and more popular than ever given the abundance of social services that thrive on short messages and links. TinyURL and bit.ly appear to be the more popular of the bunch, but we’re seeing other services use their own custom URL shortening services at an… Read More

  • UK Tech Icons Launch Seed Fund To Bridge The Gap For European Startups

    Two icons of the UK’s tech startup world are joining forces to create a new fund to address the so-called ‘equity gap’ in Europe. European Founders Capital (EFC) is being led by Michael Birch, co-founder of Bebo, and Brent Hoberman, who set up the dotcom bubble era Lastminute.com but is better known more recently for being a serial angel investor and co-founder of… Read More

  • Review: Samsung Propel Pro from AT&T


    As of last Tuesday (04/14/2009, for you number people), AT&T released its Samsung Propel Pro WinMo 6.1-based slider phone to the masses. Having received my tester unit a bit earlier, I’ve been putting the device through its paces for just about a week now. My initial gut reaction after charging and powering the ‘Pro on was “ok, I’ve got to ignore the unholiness… Read More

  • CrunchDeals: Thermaltake BlacX HDD dock, $20 shipped

    I’ve been tempted to get one of these things for a long time, but generally they cost about twice as much as this one (MSRP is $60). This deal at ZipZoomFly has it at $35 with a $15 mail-in rebate and shipping is free, which makes it the cheapest I’ve ever seen. If you’ve got a couple old 3.5″ or 2.5″ HDDs hanging around, this might be a smart investment, if $20… Read More

  • Battery Snaps make any 9V battery into a flashlight

    I’ve got a Maglight in the closet because it doubles as a bludgeon, but I think I might get a couple of these to keep around just in case. They only cost 5 bucks, so you could get a dozen and be set for life. All you do is press the Snap onto the top of a regular battery, and you’ve got a working single-LED flashlight. Not going to light up the moon with that, but kids will love it… Read More

  • "Hydrokinetic Adjustable Wrench" is a real product (and awesome)

    Capitalizing on the fact that water is non-compressible, this wrench instantly adjusts to any size nut or bolt that fits in its little — I don’t know the technical term, so I’m just going to call it its wrench-hole. Uh oh, here comes the science! Read More

  • Herebeforeoprah.com Asks The Important Question

    It’s not yet clear exactly what effect Oprah had on Twitter by featuring the service (and its first million-follower user, Ashton Kutcher) on her show on Friday. Twitter co-founder Biz Stone tells me he’s going to try and get some numbers as to just how many people signed up thanks to Oprah, sometime next week. But, Twitter Search already reveals that it’s a massive… Read More

  • Hollywood Has A Great Online Distribution Model — If You Hate Selection

    In a golf tournament, it can be advantageous to putt after another player because you learn the contours of the path to the hole. In a similar way, you’d think Hollywood would have learned from the rough path the music industry took in transitioning to the world of digital distribution over the web. Unfortunately, it looks to be on the verge of missing the putt as well. On the surface… Read More

  • A Sign Of The Times: fbFund Shifts To Incubator Model

    Earlier this week Facebook detailed some of the changes it is making to fbFund, its joint venture with Accel Partners and Founders Fund designed to help reward and foster the most encouraging applications on Facebook Platform, which launched 2007. In prior rounds, fbFund’s primary function was to distribute seed funding, with the last round’s 25 finalists taking home $25,000 and… Read More

  • New Transformers 2 footage looks amazing

    Michael Bay recently received the Vanguard Award for Excellence in film making at ShoWest, a movie theatre trade show in Las Vegas. After his acceptance speech, Bay showed some new footage from the upcoming “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen”, which is now available online for the first time (and looks fantastic). Read More

  • Networks In Motion Wins Mobile Incubation Week, Microsoft's "American Idol" For Mobile Applications

    There’s a good chance you didn’t even know it was going on, but last week Microsoft hosted a competition for mobile application developers on its Silicon Valley Campus in Mountain View, and yesterday announced Networks in Motion as the winner. The startup was one of six finalists – selected out of a pool of 50 applications – invited by Microsoft to come present ideas… Read More

  • CrunchDeals: BuscumDucis Spring Sale

    Oyez, oyez: Buscum Ducis is holding a spring sale and will offer their $300 watches – some of my personal faves – for $220. That is a savings of over $5 million, give or take a few million. Read More

  • MaxRoam goes A1!

    MaxRoam, everyone’s favorite roaming service run by a charming and personable Irishman, is sponsoring an A1 racecar and will probably be offering drunken “donut rides” to bloggers on the Emerald Isle. If interested, twitter Pat Phelan. Read More

  • Venture Capital Down 50%. It’s Not Just the Recession, Folks.

    There’s a huge difference between what venture capitalists say and what they do. For much of the last decade some of the same partners that keep saying Silicon Valley will never decline as the startup epicenter of the world are spending every month flying to China. And of course in the post-2000 years every partner said, “Oh we never really got into that whole dot com… Read More

  • Big Blue Takes Its Software To The Tracks

    IBM is moving into the transportation industry by helping railway companies operate their trains and infrastructure. In particular, IBM is helping develop high-speed rail networks globally, and released a study called the “The Smarter Railroad,” highlighting how emerging technologies will help rail companies better instrument and manage rail networks. According to the report, the… Read More

  • Sweet spreadsheet grill eliminates BBQ turf disputes


    Here in Seattle, whenever we have barbecues (yes, make a rain joke, but I had one on the beach a week ago), we tend to have vegetarians present. Not that there’s anything wrong with that. Some of my best friends are vegetarians. It’s just that we have to be careful in parsing out the grill space, so no one gets pig matter on their birdseed burger. And it doesn’t always work out. Read More

  • Color e-paper you can write on? Yes, please

    I can’t imagine that this stuff is cost-effective right now, but in a couple years? Damn, I might just buy me a Kindle 5. The writing bit could be handy, but its direct input method (just giving the magnetized powder a green light at point of contact, looks like) suggests to me that it may not be able to store that writing. Pure speculation on my part. Video inside. Looks sweet. Read More

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