• Pic of upcoming Motorola phones that at least look hot

    2009 is a new year for Motorola. The firm’s sales are tracking down, the RAZR might be dead – hopefully – but these four upcoming phones look uncharacteristically good. Little is known beside about the mobiles besides what can be gathered from the pics. The branding indicates that they are Verizon-bound and at least three of the four are touchscreens. And none of the phones… Read More

  • Internal Wal-Mart memo indicating price, release date; It's not $99, folks

    A Wal-Mart communiqué is showing that the iPhone3G will sell for $197/$297 and not $99 hoped by some despite Amy Poehler’s crack reporting. (video after the break) The 8GB and 16GB versions, with their $2 discount, will go on sale December 28, 2008 at 9:00 a.m. Will there be a line of soccer moms and dead beat dads waiting to get their dirty hands on the Wal-Mart iPhone? If so, we… Read More

  • Confirmed: Kleiner Perkins Gets Into Textbook Rentals As Chegg Raises $25 Million

    Confirming in part our initial report last month, Chegg has announced that it has closed a Series C funding round led by famed venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers to the tune of $25 million. The round also saw participation from Foundation Capital along with existing investors Gabriel Venture Partners and Primera Capital, who likely helped boost the round beyond the… Read More

  • Taptu Closes $9.86m Series B Funding Round

    UK-based mobile “social search” engine startup Taptu has secured $9.86m in Series B funding from existing investors 3i and Paris-based VC Sofinnova. The company has also brought in a new COO to work on monetizing the search engine. Taptu competes to some extent with Jumptap which has $73m in funding, as well as Google and Yahoo on mobile search. However it takes a social approach… Read More

  • Yahoo Putting Jumpcut In The Deadpool?

    Online video editing service Jumpcut, which was acquired by Yahoo! in September 2006, appears to be in the process of shutting down. From their website: We’re sorry to announce that we are no longer accepting uploads to Jumpcut. We will be keeping the Jumpcut site up and running for the foreseeable future so you‘ll still be able to play, remix and share your existing movies –… Read More

  • FutureTap Taps TapTapTap's "Where To" iPhone Application

    iPhone application developer tap tap tap recently announced the sale of its ‘Where To’ application, which allows you to use your device to find points of interest based on your location, but didn’t specify who the buyer was. We now know that the acquiring party is a brand new iPhone app development house called FutureTap, who put the app back on sale and plans to release… Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Progress Edition

    Bury me with my BlackBerry, please
    Contest: Call the Apple stock drop, win a Microsoft mouse
    Can you solve this 1932 brain teaser concerning two vehicles?
    Rubber tracks for military vechicles
    So now what? Will Apple still bring a netbook or new Mac Mini to Macworld SF? Read More

  • MySpace Quietly Begins Encouraging Users To Use Their Real Names

    A constant criticism of MySpace is that real names are hidden when you view someone’s profile or interact with them on the site. They’re now making subtle product changes that encourage users to show their real name on the site. Anonymity is great when you don’t want your actual identity to get in the way of whatever fantasy life you are living online. But it’s also one… Read More

  • Jaxtr's FreeConnect: Free Mobile Calling Worldwide That Seems Too Good To Be True

    VoIP startup Jaxtr has just launched a new service called FreeConnect that gives members the ability to talk to each other on their mobile phones, free of charge, for as long as they’d like. The service seems too good to be true – unless Jaxtr begins serving ads with each call, FreeConnect has no apparent way of making money. But Jaxtr’s interim CEO Bahman Koohestani says… Read More

  • How to successfully guilt-trip software pirates

    Oh my. I like the “Shame on me” button. I think I’m going to go register my trial copy of WinRAR , which I’ve been “evaluating” for 8 years. A commenter points out that in the full screencap you can see that the guy has an 8-core Mac Pro with 10 gigs of RAM. I think he can afford a $20 program! [via Reddit] Read More

  • LaLa, The Black Sheep Of Music Startups, Just May Have The Right Formula

    LaLa doesn’t get nearly as much attention as the other streaming music services, probably because they actually charge users to listen to music. Sites like MySpace Music, Imeem and Last.fm all stream music for free these days. But LaLa only lets you listen to a song once. After that, you have to “buy” it for ten cents to listen to it as many times as you like, and add it… Read More

  • Gross Panasonic remote recalls Cronenberg's "Existenz"

    This very strange-looking Panasonic remote reminds me of the computers they stroke in Existenz. I couldn’t find the clip, so here’s where Jude law finds a bone-gun in his soup. The idea of this remote is, I believe, that it remains flaccid, lambent with a pulsating light, until touched — at which point it becomes firm and functional. It wouldn’t be half so suggestive… Read More

  • Sneak peek at Lost season 5

    It seems like forever ago season 4 of Lost wrapped-up but the first batch of season 5 previews are slowly becoming available. Above is a look at Jack and Ben where Ben confirms that the island really did move. After the jump is Kate going back on the run. Oh boy, I hope they wrap the show up properly. Read More

  • Thank You Seesmic, For Sucking Less

    Even though I’m an investor, one thing that has always bugged me about Seesmic is the all black background (its depressing), and the excessive use of Flash on the site (there’s nothing except Flash, try loading it on an iPhone). Having a few Flash elements on a site when necessary is fine. But using it just to use it is so…ugh. You can check out the new all white site… Read More

  • Add exact smidgens to your gumbo with this cyber-spoon

    It’s true, anything can be improved. Some clever designer has created what could be the penultimate kitchen gadget. The digital spoon. The issue is, while for general cooking, you can use volume measuring. Normally, just using that one cup measure isn’t going to cause problems. However when you get into more gourmet usage of high end spices, it just doesn’t cut it. So you… Read More

  • Mahalo Answers User Gets $100 Payday For Giving PR Tips To Strippers

    Mahalo Answers, the just-launched Q&A service that is part Yahoo Answers, part Google Answers has just proven that people will actually pay for valuable information. At least, they will when strippers are involved. This morning a representative for the The Stripper Method – a video series that invites viewers to watch “two former strippers, now housewives, business owners… Read More

  • iPod: Helping to win hearts and minds in Iraq.

    Turns out the iPod is being used by soliders for psychological operations in Iraq. A very creative solider used his iPod and a loudspeaker to broadcast Iraqi pop music while on an operation to distribute food. Another soldier is using a transmitter to do the same thing. The transmitter and iPod use a very low powered system (normally used for rescue beacons) to transmit a pro-coalition… Read More

  • Bury me with my BlackBerry, please

    “No, don’t recycle my BlackBerry — put it in my coffin with me.” Noelle Potvin, family service counselor for a funeral home and cemetery in Hollywood, California, is noticing a new trend of tech items being taken to the grave: “It seems like everyone under 40 who dies takes their cell phone with them. We even had one guy who was buried with his Game… Read More

  • Review: Official PS3 Bluetooth Headset

    This is the Official PS3 Bluetooth headset that was released with SOCOM: Confrontation earlier this fall. It is made specifically for the PS3 but also works on any other Bluetooth device. Voice quality is great and battery life, build quality and ease of use are good, making this a formidable headset. Click on for the entire review. Read More

  • Taxi Magic: Hail A Cab From Your iPhone At The Push Of A Button

    Taxi applications on the App Store are a dime a dozen, but for the most part they’re just glorified phone directories that don’t really make it any easier to call a cab. Taxi Magic, a new app that recently went live on the App Store, is doing what the others can’t: on-demand cab service from your iPhone at the push of a button. The application connects directly into… Read More

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