• Canon outs new firmware for 50D, XSi, and XS

    New firmware time, shutterbugs! It’s a big firmware for the 50D and addresses the vertical banding issues that have plagued the otherwise fantastic digicam. Plus, the new firmware updates all three cameras so they will support the AF assist beam feature of the new flash, Speedlite 270 EX, which is scheduled to be released sometime this month. Canon via PhotographyBay Read More

  • An $85 wooden iPhone case

    From one woodworker to another, huge props for this wooden iPhone case. I have been wanting to turn out a similar case for my BlackBerry Storm but I never envisioned the correct design; appareantly he did. These cases aren’t the cheapest at $84+ but they are certainly some of the best looking. The entire thing is constructed of wendge and finished with linseed oil. The shape of the… Read More

  • News Corp Pulls The Trigger: Owen Van Natta Now Runs The Circus. Err, MySpace

    They pulled the trigger: Owen Van Natta, who apparently is never pictured without a two day stubble, is now the CEO of MySpace and will report to Jonathan Miller, the new CEO of Digital Media for News Corp. Van Natta is a former Facebook and Amazon executive who, until today, was the CEO of a decidedly unstable music startup called Playlist. He’s got the resume to run MySpace, but as we… Read More

  • TechCrunch Comes to China

    As regular readers know, I’m working on a book about global entrepreneurship and taking TechCrunch readers along with me. By that I mean, I’ll be blogging about cool companies I find, not that I’m actually chartering a plane for all of you. Sorry, but, you know, it’s a recession. Up next: China. I’ll be in Shanghai and Bejing May 9-22. It’s my first trip… Read More

  • Project Playlist Fills CEO Void With MTV Co-Founder John Sykes

    Hot on the heels of the announcement that Owen Van Natta is unceremoniously leaving Project Playlist to run MySpace, Project Playlist has announced that John Sykes will be stepping in as CEO. Sykes is a co-founder of MTV, former president of VH1, and former president of Infinity Broadcasting, one of the largest radio broadcasting companies in the US. Sykes has been a boardmember at Playlist… Read More

  • DIY: Control your Pleo with a Wii

    Got a boring weekend ahead? Nothing going on? No friends? Chances are you probably have a Pleo and a Wii then. If so, how about rigging up the Pleo for Wii control? The hack isn’t that simple but when you see the video after the jump, you’re going to want to try it. Plus, it’s not like you need to change dinner plans or anything. Read More

  • Microsoft revenue drops 6%

    For the first time in 23 years software-maker Microsoft has reported a loss in quarterly sales. The company said sales fell to $13.7 billion, missing a $14.1 billion estimate. MS blames the global PC and laptop market, which is fair enough. This, perhaps, is why the big push behind netbooks has been conveniently occurring this season: cheap notebooks still need Windows products, right? And… Read More

  • Downsize Different: Apple sheds 1,600 retail employeescuts employee hours

    Sucks to be an Apple retail employee. Apple has reduced the hours of of their be-t-shirted geniuses have been fired this quarter, down from 15,600 in Q1. They are also planning fewer retail locations this year and are ramping down the use of part-time employees. Read More

  • Czech Cloud Startup Good Data Raises Funding From Marc Andreessen And Others

    Good Data, a startup founded in the Czech Republic and with headquarters in San Francisco, has closed a second round of financing – $2.5 million from Marc Andreessen, Ben Horowitz, OATV and General Catalyst. The company has now raised a total of around $4.5 million in capital. You don’t see a lot of startups coming out of Eastern Europe, and even fewer who receive Silicon… Read More

  • A secret look into the iPhone App Review Process: It's run by eight-year-olds

    Hot on the heels of the Great iPhone Baby-Shaking App Debacle of 2009 we have another example of the crack Apple iPhone App Review Team in action. Alkali Media, a little programming shop run by three college grads, decided to make a crude soundboard and entitled it, fittingly, CrudeBox. The app had a number of clever sounds including, but not limited to, farting, peeing, burping, and a… Read More

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