• Acer smartphone to be announced on February 16th

    Acer wants everyone to know that it is launching a smartphone at the Mobile World Congress cellphone extravaganza in Barcelona. The February 16th press event is also nearly one year after Acer scooped up the experienced smartphone maker, E-Ten. M’kay, now that we know Acer has a smartphone coming in a couple weeks, get ready for some *air quotes* leaked product shots to keep our attention. Read More

  • The Privacy Dilemma

    The more of our lives that we put online, the less privacy we have. It is as simple as that. And this is a problem that will just get worse over time. You cannot be fully engaged on social networks, blogs, YouTube, Flickr, Twitter, FriendFeed, and all the rest without opening yourself up to phishers, scammers, and identity thieves. Something to think about since today is Data Privacy… Read More

  • A More Somber World Economic Forum At Davos

    The World Economic Forum, arguably the most prestigious gathering of the world’s political, business and intellectual leaders (plus, absurdly, me and Robert Scoble), has officially opened at the tiny ski resort town of Davos, Switzerland. 2,500 attendees from 96 countries have flocked to the event this year, about 500 more than last year. And a record 40 heads of state are present as well. Read More

  • Liveblog This: CoverItLive Closes $1 Million Round

    CoverItLive, easily the most extensive tool one can use for liveblogging live events or other real-time stuff such as earnings calls, press conferences and the likes, has raised $1.2 million Canadian dollars (or approximately $1 million USD) more from its current investor and private equity fund Flagstone Capital and well-known investor and entrepreneur Paul Kedrosky. CoverItLive has also… Read More

  • Social Sharing Tool Bemba Fails To Get Traction, Shuts Down

    Bemba Media, a Dutch startup that introduced a nifty browser plug-in / bookmarklet that enabled users to quickly share and bookmark stuff from across the web and particularly social networking sites in a very straightforward way, is shutting down. The site will no longer accept new users as from today and completely fade out per February 8. The Bemba Media Team made this tough decision because… Read More

  • Dangerous toy robot hurts 14 kids

    A small robot sold by Japanese toy giant Bandai is reportedly not the safest toy you would want to give to your kids. The company received complaints from a total of 85 parents in Nippon. In 14 cases, kids appear to have been hurt because they got their fingers caught in the robot. Some Japanese media are reporting that a 3-year old boy lost the tip of his pinky.. Video after the jump. Read More

  • Acer smartphone to be announced on February 16th


    Acer wants everyone to know that it is launching a smartphone at the Mobile World Congress cellphone extravaganza in Barcelona. The February 16th press event is also nearly one year after Acer scooped up the experienced smartphone maker, E-Ten. M’kay, now that we know Acer has a smartphone coming in a couple weeks, get ready for some *air quotes* leaked product shots to keep our attention. Read More

  • Too Much Noise On Twitter? Filttr Will Tell You What's Worth Reading

    Twitter is a great resource for information, useful links, breaking news and status messages from your friends or companies you’re interested in. But if you’re following a lot of streams, it’s not easy to weed out what’s important or relevant to you from the waterfall of short messages that you’re continuously being bombarded with. Enter… Read More

  • Brits planning to buy Sony's XEL-1 OLED TV should think again (and feel sorry for the Germans)

    Last year in August, Sony promised Europeans will get the world’s first commercialized OLED TV, the XEL-1, “sometime next year”. Now the 11-inch screen is available in the UK, which is probably a good thing. But the problem is the price. Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Me Want Food Edition

    Web-based dog food dispenser lets you leave your pets alone for days
    Too much stress? Don’t have a car? Try the Sound Accel Pedal
    The GarageBand Lesson Store Could Be Apple’s Next Revolution In Music Read More

  • Get Smarta.com – Site aims at one-stop-shop to set up a business

    A fairly big play to help small businesses grow fast launches today in the form of Smarta, an attempt to create a one-stop shop for setting up and growing a business. You’ll be hearing a lot about it in the press because it has a bunch of people behind it with high media profiles, namely two Dragons from the BBC’s Dragons Den TV show. But will it cut the mustard? It will if the… Read More

  • Some Things Need To Change

    Yesterday as I was leaving the DLD Conference in Munich, Germany someone walked up to me and quite deliberately spat in my face. Before I even understood what was happening, he veered off into the crowd, just another dark head in a dark suit. People around me stared, then looked away and continued their conversation. Generally at events people come up to me to talk about their startups. My… Read More

  • New International "Street Fighter – Legend of Chun Li" Trailer

    The real movie based on Capcom’s never ending video game series Street Fighter (scheduled for release in the US February 27, 2009) gets another Japanese trailer that features several new scenes from the movie (video after the jump). Read More

  • Online Health Consolidation Continues: HealthCentral Buys Wellsphere

    Three months ago Steve Case’s Revolution Health sold for $100 million or so to Waterfront Media (after raising $200 million in venture capital). Consolidation continues today with the HealthCentral acquisition of Wellsphere, which we first covered in early 2007. The deal should be announced on Wednesday. Wellsphere brings its 4 million or so monthly unique visitors to the table. The… Read More

  • Yeah, we did a little tweaking

    You may have noticed a few changes ’round here. Our own web heroes at TC HQ wanted to fix a few things to make the site look a bit less whitespacey. There are few features we’ll be trying tomorrow but until then, what thinks thee? Read More

  • Cal to offer course in Advanced Starcraft Theory

    I would expect to find Starcraft courses in Korea, but here in the States it comes as a surprise — a pleasant surprise, but a surprise nonetheless. UC Berkeley is offering a Starcraft course that sounds like a pretty serious class. Read More

  • Report: Click Fraud At Record High

    17.1% of all clickthroughs on web advertising are the result of click fraud – the act of clicking on a web ad to artificially increase its click-through rate – according to the latest report from Click Forensics, a company that specializes in monitoring and preventing internet crime. The level of clickfraud is the highest the company has seen since it started monitoring for it… Read More

  • Leapfrog announces new reader "Tag Junior"

    Leapfrog makes some great educational toys, no doubt about it. In fact, my son uses the LeapPad system to read books. Once he was old enough to use it on his own, he spends hours listening and repeating the words to learn them. Now it looks like LeapFrog is going after the younger audience. Read More

  • Tin Terminator Bear, not creepy at all

    This cuddly destroyer of mankind from Be@rBrick features light-up eyes and probably won’t help your kid sleep at night. I’ve always had a fondness for tin-toy-looking things, but I want them to be kitschy-looking, not terrifying. Read More

  • Microsoft has no plans to kill off Zune

    In the face of a 54 percent revenue drop last quarter, there’s been a lot of speculation going around (myself included) as to what’s going to happen with the Microsoft Zune. Microsoft has now come out and said that it has no plans to deep six the hardware or the software and that there will indeed be a new Zune lineup later this year. Read More

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