• Is Stealth Startup Fruugo Stumbling Right Before Launch Day?

    Rumor has it that Finnish social e-commerce startup Fruugo is burning through a heap of cash, both hiring and firing employees at a rapid pace and dealing with some disappointed potential customers. Caveat: the service hasn’t even been launched yet. It’s definitely a serious venture: they’re assumed to be backed by tens of millions of euros, employ a workforce of around… Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Writing on the Wall Edition

    Spider Wave: A head massage thingy that makes you smarter, look stupid
    Celebrating Ocarina of Time with on-sale ocarinas
    DIY: Keyboard thumbtacks
    Review: FURminator Pet De-Shedding Tool
    Help me, Wolf Blitzer, you’re our only hope Read More

  • Study: LinkedIn Users Rich (But Still Annoying)

    a study by Anderson Analytics confirms what everyone already suspects: LinkedIn users are rich. Nearly 60% of users have incomes of $93,000 or more. Executives with an average income of $104,000 make up 28% of the 2,000 random users polled for the study. Another 30% are self-identified “consultants” with an average income of $93,000. People with lots of connections tend to make… Read More

  • Record Traffic Day At CNN.com: 27 Million Uniques, 276 Million Page Views

    CNN emails to tell us they brought in 27 million unique visitors to their site on election day yesterday, a record. Comscore says they averaged just 5 million unique daily visitors in September, so this is more than 5x normal traffic. The site also generated an astounding 276 million page views. An average day on CNN is about 35 million page views, according to Comscore worldwide stats. And… Read More

  • Strapped For Cash, Web TV Startup Mobuzz Starts Panhandling

    Mobuzz, one of the more popular online shows to come out of Europe, has run out of money. But instead of bowing out, the site is turning to its users and asking for a €5 donation (or the equivalent in your local currency). The goal? 120,000 Euros by next week, which Mobuzz says should be enough to sustain the site until it can get more funding. If it doesn’t make the cut, the site… Read More

  • Twitter Launches Groups (In Japan)

    Everything awesome always happens in Japan first. Even, it seems, when it involves an American startup. Digital Garage, Twitter’s partner with Twitter Japan, launched Twicco, a site that lets Twitter users create groups and then subscribe to them. Loic Le Meur got a demo, and the video is below. Twicco is available now in Japanese only, other languages will be available later. This… Read More

  • Obama Wins In Total Rout

    Okay, now he won. CNN is projecting 306 338 349 364 electoral votes for Obama. McCain just gave his concession speech. We’ll all be eating Obama O’s for breakfast tomorrow. Obama O’s    Standard Podcast [20:28m]: Play Now | Play in Popup | Download Read More

  • Help me, Wolf Blitzer, you're our only hope

    CNN is cool. In addition to the huge touchscreen “Magic Wall” (which was originally military technology), CNN’s Wolf Blitzer gets to play with Holograms today during their coverage of the presidential elections. CNN’s Jessica Yellin is the guinea pig, appearing virtually with Blitzer. Read more… Read More

  • Get your combination NES-SNES-Genesis right here

    I saw one of these things at PAX. It’s a great idea; after all, the actual hardware involved has become extremely small. You can fit an NES into a cartridge if you want to. So it makes sense to stick all the circuitry in a box, add some cartridge interfaces, make some ambiguous controllers, and sell it as a super-console. The one I saw was NES and Genesis, like this one, but there’s… Read More

  • FCC Gives Verizon the Final Greenlight Needed to Buy Alltel

    It’s been nearly five months since Verizon announced their plans to buy out Alltel, but they’ve finally leaped the last hurdle. Just minutes ago, the FCC signed off on the $28.1 billion dollar deal (Verizon is paying $5.9 billion, and assuming $22.2 billion of Alltel’s debt.), clearing the way for its finalization. The FCC’s stamp of approval doesn’t come… Read More

  • February: Street Fighter IV (in Japan, at least)

    Street Fighter IV will come out in Japan in February. Capcom said as much earlier today at an event over there—“over there” being Japan and “Capcom” being the fine gents who developed the game. No, we don’t know exactly what date it comes out, nor do we know the North American release date. An animated (“anime”) movie is slated to appear with… Read More

  • Realtime goes primetime

    Friendfeed’s march toward realtime functionality is already seeing some switching from focus on Identi.ca as the service most likely to dent Twitter’s rule of the micromessagesphere. One star developer, Dustin Sallings is now moving forward with a new XMPP service even as Gnip announces it’s abandoning XMPP services because of problems with servers consuming its often… Read More

  • Nothing yells 'Geek' more than a Silver Surfer hanging in your living room

    There are nerds and then there is the guy that’s under the impression having a Silver Surfer hanging is socially acceptable. That being said, the 50-inch Pioneer display, Control4 system, and complete recording studio equipment is more than enough to counter the geekdom and recover the guys street cred. The Silver Surfer in question came via eBay and was previously a prop promoting… Read More

  • AT&T to implement bandwidth caps: Starts at 20GB per month

    Looks like AT&T is on its way to implementing Time Warner-style bandwidth caps. Residents of Reno, Nev. will be the guinea pigs this time around, with AT&T looking to impose a 20GB per month bandwidth limit for its lowest tier of broadband service; bandwidth limits increase as you move up AT&T’s service pyramid. The limit tops out at 150GB per month when using the… Read More

  • This is why we don't keep sensitive government information on USB keys in our pockets

    Really, who puts secure login codes for a government agency website on an unencrypted USB key? This is approaching a CSI level of computardation. Although it didn’t result in the breach of, say, the UK’s secret UFO files (that would have been a coup), it has potentially exposed the tax, ticket, and financial records of some twelve million UK residents — not to mention the… Read More

  • Forget The Magic Wall. CNN Now Has Holograms

    CNN is cool. In addition to the huge touchscreen “Magic Wall” (which was originally military technology), CNN’s Wolf Blitzer gets to play with Holograms today during their coverage of the presidential elections. CNN’s Jessica Yellin is the guinea pig, appearing virtually with Blitzer. I have no idea why Yellin doesn’t just go to the studio instead of being… Read More

  • Review: Medis 24/7 Power Pack fuel cell charger

    Short Version: The Medis 24/7 Power Pack makes for a good, easy-to-use emergency charging kit to keep in the car or for use anywhere without access to conventional power. At $30 to $50, it’s relatively inexpensive as long as you use it sparingly. Read More

  • Careful With Those Avatars, You May Get A Shakedown Letter

    If you are going to use someone else’s artwork for your avatar, stay clear of Takashi Murakami’s stuff or you may be receiving a shakedown letter asking you for $500. A member of a poker site called twoplustwo named Mephisto uses one of Murakami’s images (And Then, And Then And Then And Then And Then Blue version) as his 80×70 pixel avatar on the site’s forum. Read More

  • FCC clears the Xohm/ClearWire merger

    Jeez – busy enough day, FCC? Hot on the tails of the “white space” decision and approving Verizon’s buyout of Alltel, the FCC has cleared the merger of Sprint’s Xohm WiMax service with ClearWire – no doubt coming as a disappoint for some other carriers. To recap the details announced back in May, Sprint will own 51% of the new company, which will take on… Read More

  • Netflix to stop selling DVDs

    Know that little button that pops up that lets you buy DVDs on Netflix. It’s going away. They’ll probably sell all their old DVDs to wholesalers and save on the cost of shipping unwanted DVDs at a significant discount. Read More

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