• Taking the shine off: Why blog publishing 'failed' in the UK (or at least didn't create a $30m exit)

    US entrepreneurs have had notable success with Blog publishing startups, in particular Jason Calacanis (Weblogs Inc sold to AOL for $25m) and more recently Rafat Ali (Paid Content sold to The Guardian for $30m). Ashley Norris, former co-founder of early UK blog network Shiny Media, left the company last week to create another startup – but there is no multi-million sale yet in sight… Read More

  • Three-alarm fire at Apple’s Cupertino headquarters

    The San Jose Mercury News is reporting that a three-alarm fire started at Apple’s Cupertino, California headquarters last night. The fire apparently may have somehow started under one of the building’s air conditioning units located on the second floor. Luckily, the fire was able to be contained in about an hour and nobody was hurt. It was called in at about 10:00 last night… Read More

  • CrunchDeals: Vudu rolls out 99 cent rental service

    Vudu, our favorite digital content download service, is now offering extended rentals of SD movies for 99 cents within seven days of the initial viewing. HD movies can be extended for $1.99. But that’s not the best part. There’s a new channel dubbed “99 for 99” that offers 99 recent “blockbusters” for, you guessed it, 99 cents. Steven Horn VUDU’s… Read More

  • CrunchDeals: 60-watt solar charging kit for $279.99

    Hey, this deal is only good until 1:00 PM Eastern today, so hop on it if you’re interested. It’s the Sunforce 5004 60 Watt Solar Charging Kit, sold by Amazon. The kit includes a PVC mounting frame, 7 Amp charge controller, 175-watt inverter, and wiring/connection cables. And with the built-in blocking diode technology, this charger kit is designed to protect against battery… Read More

  • New device should provide far more accurate radio ratings

    Old habits die not very easily, which is what makes the introduction of Arbitron’s new Portable People Meter so fascinating. The device is what Arbitron will use to measure radio ratings in the future, being used in the top 50 markets by 2010. The PPMs, which people keep on their person throughout the day, can actually identify what radio station you’re listening to by recognizing… Read More

  • Logitech V550 cordless mouse clips to your notebook

    Here’s a cordless mouse from Logitech. What’s different about it? Well, there’s a tiny USB receiver that you can keep plugged into your USB port all the time without worrying about snapping it off. Also, you can “dock” the mouse to your notebook using the provided clip that you see there. It’s apparently easy to attach and easy to remove, although I’m… Read More

  • Vanity Kippah: My porn star name

    This is a little kippah with “Don’t you wish your Kippah was hot like mine” written on it. It costs $14.95. Is this what 4000 years of struggle, heartbreak, childbearing, and love has wrought? Read More

  • Search Geo-Data With Finder. Sneak Peak At GeoCommons (Map) Maker.

    Online map mashups are about to get a whole lot more sophisticated. A startup in Arlington, Virginia called FortiusOne (based on technology out of George Mason University) is developing a service called Maker! that will let anyone easily find geo-tagged data available on the Web and map it. One piece of the service is already available: a search engine for geo-data called Finder! It lets… Read More

  • 10 Days of CrunchGear: The Dawn of Day 3

    And so we come to our next important stage in our 10 Days of CrunchGear giveaway This is Day 3, Day 3 in which we give away a $100 gift certificate to Handango where you can download software for almost any smartphone platform in existence. How do you win? Read More

  • Software helps deaf ‘see’ sound

    The University of London is currently testing software that takes sound waves and turns them into visual representations. The software is called Lumisonic, and is designed to help the deaf ad hard-of-hearing “see” sounds. There’s a video on the BBC’s Web site showing it in action. Sadly, I can’t embed it here, so you’ll have to click through. Basically, as… Read More

  • Hard times in Europe may be a startup's advantage

    This guest post is written by Robleh Ali, founder of Zoinetworks.
    Although the Internet’s killer application – the Web – was invented in Europe very few of the great consumer web businesses have come from here. The true giants, like Amazon, Google, Yahoo and eBay all rose to become profitable public companies, making billions for the Silicon Valley VCs who invested in them. Read More

  • Russia grows up, learns how to wage cyberwarfare more effectively

    Not a Russian hacker, just a filthy rich one There’s a reasonably interesting little story in Foreign Policy—I wear a big Napoleon hat when I post—about Russia’s cyber response during last week’s conflict with Georgia. It seems the Russians know a thing or two about Internet trolling, since instead of defacing Web sites and crashing anti-Russia servers, they… Read More

  • Lehman's Online U.S. Advertising Forecast: Another $20 Billion In Growth By 2012 And Online Video Takes Off

    I was (digitally) leafing through the latest Lehman Brothers Internet Data Book for August this morning, and came across these forecasts for total U.S. Internet online ad spending and online video ad spending.
    Video ads are the hottest area of growth. Analyst Doug Anmuth thinks that online video ad spending will reach $1.1 billion this year (up 63 percent), and more than double to $2.4… Read More

  • SoCal arcade already has Street Fighter IV

    Fact: Ken is better than Ryu Head on over to Super Arcade in Walnut, Calif. if you want to be one of the first in the U.S. to play Street Fighter IV. The SoCal arcade was one of the first to have Tekken 6 in the U.S., too. The address of Super Arcade: 1211 N. Grand Ave.
    Walnut, CA 91748 Apparently it’s only 50 cents per play. Too bad none of us on staff are even remotely close to… Read More

  • Best Buy will sell the iPhone 3G starting next month

    Best Buy will be the first non-Apple or AT&T store to carry the iPhone 3G. The phone that many people on Twitter complain is broken will be available in regular Best Buy stores as well as Best Buy Mobile starting on September 7. This news is largely irrelevant to people who have an Apple retail store or AT&T within driving distance, but think of Middle America, or Flyover Country: how… Read More

  • The PR Roadblock On The Road To Blissful Blogging

    Most PR professionals I know are flat out busy right now and being really picky about new clients that they take on. But the way that they do business is under fire. Today’s volleys are just the most recent example, although one of PR’s own is leading the charge (Steve Rubel from Edelman, a master at his craft). The issue Rubel brings up is whether PR really serves any purpose… Read More

  • Best Buy to sell iPhone 3G starting in September

    If you’re one of the four people with a Best Buy nearby without any AT&T or Apple stores just as close, who also happens to want an iPhone 3G, you’re in luck! Best Buy has announced that they will begin carrying the iPhone 3G starting on September 7th. Jokes about futility aside, this actually ups iPhone retail locations by about 30% (up from around 2,200 to around… Read More

  • Finally, the long-range plane-mounted tactical laser cannon we've been waiting for

    You guys may have seen our many previous reviews of long range plane-mounted tactical laser cannons, but let’s be honest: none have really lived up to the hype. Like Ultra HD or mobile TV, long range plane-mounted tactical laser cannons have just been impractical and difficult to recommend — until now. This latest long range plane-mounted tactical laser cannon being promoted by the… Read More

  • Blogging Is Not A Crime

    I found this arresting chart on Swivel. It plots the number of bloggers who have been incarcerated over the past few years, based on data collected by the World Information Access project. The number of incidents it tracks went from five arrests in 2003 to 35 last year. As blogging expands internationally, so do the risk of speaking one’s mind. (Something many of us take for… Read More

  • Facebook Users Get More Control Over Feeds

    Facebook will tweak the user profile sometime tonight to let users fine tune the news items delivered to them on their home page. Currently users can filter news items to see top items, status updates, new photos and posted items from friends. With the changes, users can opt to see application-specific news items (events, movies, Causes, etc.) or just see all news items without any filtering… Read More

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