• Facebook Loses Another Exec – Matt Cohler Joins Benchmark

    Update: See our interview with Matt here. Facebook’s Matt Cohler, the 31-year old VP of Product Management for Facebook, will leave the company this fall and become a General Partner at Benchmark Capital. He will remain a special advisor to Facebook, whatever that means (likely that his stock will continue to vest). Cohler joined Facebook in 2005. Prior to Facebook, he was a very… Read More

  • Invites for AT&T's Pogo Browser

    Pogo is a 3D web browser created in collaboration between AT&T’s business development group and Vizible. We weren’t particularly impressed when we reviewed it a few months ago, but a new version has since been released. We previously noted… Pogo works like a regular browser, but it manages pages more visually. Instead of tabs, it has a scrollable strip on the bottom… Read More

  • U.S. 9th Circuit Protects Privacy of workers’ Text Messages

    The U.S. 9th Circuit appeals court ruled yesterday on the privacy of employees’ text messages and e-mails. The ruling makes it more difficult for employers to read correspondence sent by workers on company accounts. The ruling makes it illegal for employers that contract an outside business to transmit text messages to read them unless the worker agrees. Employee e-mails can only be read… Read More

  • SocialMedia Pays Out $8 Million To Facebook App Developers

    SocialMedia, one of the leading advertising platforms for social network applications, announced today that they’ve paid out over $8 million to developers since the platform’s launch last year. The majority of this revenue has gone out to Facebook app developers, but the platform also supports applications running on OpenSocial. The money has been paid out to approximately… Read More

  • MGS4: The Milking of the Franchise gets 10/10 from GameSpot

    http://image.com.com/gamespot/images/cne_flash/production/media_player/proteus/one/proteus2.swf Maybe I’m just a crank, but I haven’t enjoyed an MGS game since Sons of Liberty. Clearly GameSpot digs the heck out of this latest installment, however, which is fine by me. After playing Snake Eater and finding some kind of crazy horse on a bridge early on in the game I kind of gave up… Read More

  • Hack the Jura coffee maker for fun and profit

    The Jura F90 has an Internet connectivity kit that allows you to change settings via the Internet. The coolest thing? There’s a huge hole in the software that lets almost anyone login to the coffeemaker and blow out most of the settings, resulting in bad coffee, puddles, and endless service alerts. Fun things you can do with a Jura coffee maker:
    1. Change the preset coffee settings… Read More

  • The AP-Blogger Imbroglio Jumps The Pond

    http://blip.tv/scripts/flash/showplayer.swf?enablejs=true&feedurl=http%3A%2F%2Ftechcrunchuk%2Eblip%2Etv%2Frss&file=http%3A%2F%2Fblip%2Etv%2Frss%2Fflash%2F1011842%3Freferrer%3Dblip%2Etv%26source%3D1&showplayerpath=http%3A%2F%2Fblip%2Etv%2Fscripts%2Fflash%2Fshowplayer%2Eswf The controversy over the Associated Press trying to create its own rules about bloggers quoting from its… Read More

  • PSP 4.0 firmware released

    It doesn’t do much, but the new PSP firmware is out allowing you to add alternate Internet search methods as well as speed up and slow down video playback. The video above, from GadgetZ, shows most of the new features. via Giz Read More

  • Build Your Own Semantic Search Engine With Hakia's APIs

    Want to create your own semantic search engine, but just don’t have the PhDs? Semantic search engine Hakia is opening up APIs to let anyone build their own semantic search application on top of its technology. Hakia looks at the meaning of Web pages and matches search queries using its own quality index of trusted, relevant sites. Hakia, which competes with PowerSet and TextWise in… Read More

  • TrojanToWorm makes being a douche easy!

    Hey, script kiddies, need to make your l33t logic bomb into a l33t3r worm? Try TrojanToWorm. This is basically a worm construction that allows you to deploy a payload that will launch itself at a preset time. It’s a fairly complex little piece of code that is probably easy to catch with a virus scanner, but knowing the average user will be oblivious to its existence and power expect it… Read More

  • Meet Buzz Buzz Doggy, Japan's newest disgusting toy

    Japanese toymaker Mega House announced [JP] they are planning to offer a very special kind of electronic toy beginning August 2nd. The Biri Biri Kaze Hiki Wanko (which translates to “Buzz Buzz Doggy that caught a cold”) will be available only in Japan for $35, for example at Amazon Japan [JP]. In order to play the game, you first have to fill the dog’s head with green slime… Read More

  • It is finished: I'm iPhone-less

    This used to be me. Not the guy in the sweater, but the guy with the bag. But I wasn’t Asian. Nor did I wear a sexy t-shirt/button-down ensemble. This is the saddest day of my adult life. In preparation for the iPhone 3G (“The same, only with 3G”), I’ve given up my iPhone to a relative in far off Poland. I swapped out my SIM card, placed it into a Nokia N95 8GB, and… Read More

  • Panasonic introduces 2 new HD camcorders

    Yesterday Panasonic Japan unveiled [JP] 2 new HD camcorders to be released in this country on July 12th. The HDC-SD100 and the HDC-HS100 are the world’s first AVCHD camcorders with a 3MOS system. Their new models use three CMOS sensors instead of the traditional CCD, improving picture quality and reducing power consumption at the same time. Both camcorders shoot full HD footage. THe… Read More

  • Meez finally launches virtual world, Meez Nation

    I don’t do the whole virtual world thing that seems to be popular with all the kids, but I hate the iPhone too, so take it for what it’s worth. After millions of requests and painstaking months, Meez has launched their very own virtual world, Meez Nation. Once I get around to fully immersing myself and my avatar in Meez Nation, you can bet your ass I’ll be kicking it with 50… Read More

  • Daily Crunch: River Crossing Edition

    Meet Keromin: Half stuffed frog, half musical instrument
    Because walking is far too difficult
    Protect your money with the Shocker ATM Bank
    Google Earth: Throw a party in someone else’s pool
    Surface up close and personal: Microsoft reveals all Read More

  • Gannett Gets Cozy With Cozi

    Cozi, an intriguing Seattle based startup that’s most easily described as a social network for a family unit, is announcing an investment and business deal with newspaper conglomerate Gannett Co. later this morning. The size of the investment is not being disclosed (we believe it is $8 million, however). Cozi has raised $7.3 million prior to this round. Cozi lets family members keep a… Read More

  • Halo Wars screenshots aplenty

    While I would normally post every single picture from the Gamepro gallery, I refuse to do so for this because there are 54 images and I just don’t have the time. So, I’ve picked six at random, but you can always check out the rest at your leisure. Check out our previous coverage of Halo Wars here. Read More

  • ThinkPad X200 profiled, possibly launching next month

    The Chinese notebook enthusiast forum, 51nb, has the new Lenovo X200 all spec’d out and it looks very, very good. And these are just the baseline specs. Based on Centrino 2 + VPro technology platform
    45-nanometer Core 2 Duo CPU, the highest clock up to 2.4 GHz
    DDR2 (667MHz) or DDR3 (1067MHz) Memory
    12-inch WXGA LCD screen
    64GB SSD or the maximum capacity of 7200 to 200 GB hard drive… Read More

  • Apple only spends $100 to build iPhone 3G?

    Says this guy, The raw cost of materials to build the iPhone 3G could be nearly half that of the original model, according to Portelligent Inc. (Austin) that conducted a teardown analysis of the first handset. The first phone had a bill of materials estimated at $170 at launch, but the iPhone 3G could have a BOM as low as $100 when it debuts July 11, said David Carey, president of Portelligent… Read More

  • Mossberg reviews Aircell's in-flight Wi-Fi service, GoGo

    http://services.brightcove.com/services/viewer/federated_f8/452319854 We’ve been a huge proponent of Aircell’s GoGo service for months now and we’re tickled pink to learn that GoGo will finally be launching sometime next month with American Air. I’m extremely jealous that Walt got to test out the service before all of us, but that’s just the way these things work… Read More

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