• TechCrunch50: Kevin Rose, Dan Farber and Om Malik Join Expert Panel

    The TechCrunch50 conference in San Francisco is just around the corner. And while we are busy reviewing early applications for new startups that will be launching there, it’s time to announce a few more industry experts who will judge and discuss each of the presenting startups. The previously announced panelists are here: Marc Andreessen, Roelof Botha, Ron Conway, Chris DeWolf… Read More

  • Fav.or.it: Automatic commenting for the people

    Feeds and commenting aggregator fav.or.it has finally come out of the door into public beta, with a large number of new features aimed at simplifying interaction with news sites and blogs. Having realised that the site was being misinterpreted as a feed-reader in the style of, say, Google Reader, founder Nick Halstead has now focused on the core goal of making feed reading and commenting… Read More

  • Fav.or.it Finally Opens Beta To Take RSS And Commenting Mainstream

    Feeds and commenting aggregator fav.or.it has finally come out of the door into public beta, reports TechCrunch UK. It has a large number of new features aimed at simplifying interaction with news sites and blogs. Founder Nick Halstead has now focused on the core goal of making feed reading and commenting as mass market friendly as humanly possible. Despite praise from the likes of Robert… Read More

  • Wimbledon Matches Get Streamed Online, We've Got 50 Free Passes

    Online broadcasting continues to make headway against the monolithic cable companies as more sports fans turn to the web for their fix. This year’s Wimbledon tournament will be streamed online by MediaZone at Wimbledon LIVE beginning June 23rd. An all access pass to the tournament costs $25, but you can grab one of 50 free passes by sending a request to mztcwimbledon@gmail.com. This… Read More

  • We put our hands all over the Sony Ericsson C905

    After just about every bean the C905 had to offer spilled out last week, I’ve been achin’ to check out this portly-but-pretty 8.1 megapixel shooter phone. I had a brief opportunity to put my mitts all over it following Sony Ericsson’s press announcement in Singapore – read about it over at MobileCrunch. Read More

  • Most popular stories for Tuesday, June 17, 2008

    Todays Top Posts: Mozilla’s Firefox 3 is now available Wii: Tiger Woods ‘09 finally gets online play, plus better swing mechanics and five new courses New ‘Pepper Pad’ coming with Atom and Vista? Most popular posts for Monday, June 16th World’s smallest (and portable) Karaoke box unveiled Spy shots: Bumblebee on the ground in Philly High-end keyboard roundup! Read More

  • Center'd, Née FatDoor, Relaunches As A Local Search/Event Planning Site

    If Yahoo Local were a standalone startup, it might look like Center’d. Partly that is because CEO Jennifer Dulski used to be the general manager in charge of Yahoo Local. Center’d, which publicly launches today, is a mixture of an event-planning/invitation site and a highly targeted local search engine, with a little social networking thrown in. The entire site is set up to do… Read More

  • Video: Samsung's 3D dino out tour in UK

    A month ago, Samsung released a viral video featuring 10 optical illusions. It was pretty good. Today, we get the video above, where the same group takes the illusiontastic dinosaur from the first video on a truck back tour of England. The people on the street were not expecting an optical illusion dinosaur, it seems. These guys are having a good time, and we’re happy Samsung keeps… Read More

  • Cease And Desist: California Tries to Unravel 23andMe's Genetic Testing

    California’s Department of Public Health has issued cease and desist letters to 13 genetic testing startups – most notably 23andMe, which Michael tried out earlier this year. The C&D’s are mandating that the labs demonstrate that they have been certified by both the state and federal government, and, perhaps more importantly, that all genetic tests were ordered by a… Read More

  • Android to appear on HTC handsets this year, with WinMo 7 to follow shortly after

    We’ve been hating on Windows Mobile pretty bad lately, but we don’t feel bad about it. It’s a bloated, crappy OS in need of a major overhaul. Sadly, it’s one of the only viable commercial smartphone operating systems out right now, which is why companies like HTC use it on their smartphones. But that may be changing. One of the general managers at HTC let slip to an… Read More

  • Stardock jumps into the digital distribution game

    Digital content distribution is pretty clearly the future. I think we can all agree on that. Stardock doesn’t mention it once in their press release, but Valve’s Steam platform has been instrumental in advancing the industry. Well, Stardock has done pretty well for themselves, especially recently with their Sins of a Solar Empire series, and it looks like they want to get in on… Read More

  • LinkedIn Closes Its Round; Got That Billion Dollar Valuation

    LinkedIn has raised $53 million from Bain Capital Ventures, Sequoia Capital, Greylock Partners, and Bessemer Ventures. The investment values the business social network at just over $1 billion. We reported in early May that Allen & Co was out trying to pitch LinkedIn at that valuation. It turns out the company was not actually working with any bank to get this deal, but it still got a… Read More

  • Upstart gaming system does WiMAX, has large game library, seems cool

    They’re saying WiMAX is the future, and it may well be, and many are gambling thusly. Flyvo is doing just that with this WiMAX-enabled handheld gaming system, the G100. Featuring a 4-inch touchscreen and powered Windows CE (!?) Pro 5, the machine’s outfitted to play many games already available at sites like PocketGear. It has WiFi and Bluetooth as well for multiplayer gaming and… Read More

  • Not So Social: Google And Facebook Face-Off At Supernova

    Today at the Supernova conference there was a panel about who owns the social graph. The panelists were Kevin Marks from Google, Joseph Smarr from Plaxo and Dave Morin, Facebook’s Senior Platform Manager. The conversation turned very interesting when moderator Tantek Celik pointed out a post by David Recordon that showed how Facebook is blocking Google’s Friend Connect product… Read More

  • Two Boston-area magicians involved in bar brawl, each sustains massive loss of hit points

    Straight out of my neck of the woods here in the Boston area, the Cambridge Chronicle is reporting that two magicians “conjured up a bar brawl” this past weekend. Apparently one magician went into a bar (this sounds like a setup to a bad joke) and said to another magician, “Hey I know you from the magician store.” After that, all hell broke loose for some reason as the… Read More

  • What is Reddit Announcing Tomorrow? And Why Is A Penguin Involved?

    Social news website Reddit will be making an announcement at its invite-only party tomorrow in San Francisco. Invites include the image above, prominently featuring a mysterious penguin alongside the company’s logo (the alien thing). So what are they getting at? Penguins have long been associated with the open-source OS Linux, stemming from Linus Torvalds’s decision to use one… Read More

  • DARPA rides the terahertz wave

    Oh, DARPA. Everything you touch turns to semi-gold. Really, though — DARPA is great because they throw money at practically every cool new technology and even if it doesn’t turn into a neat gun, the residual advances from studying it often yield other interesting technologies. These daysthey’re looking into terahertz waves, those knicker-viewers the Brits were into a few… Read More

  • Solar-powered Air, just add money

    I guess these guys figure that if you’re willing to shell out a few grand for a computer less powerful than a MacBook, they might just be spendy enough to drop another G on a solar panel to keep the thing alive. These three “Juicz” chargers from Quickertek appear to do the job if you’re willing to modify your adapter or buy their pre-modded one for a bill. As fun as… Read More

  • Skype 4.0 Beta: It's All About Video

    Skype is getting a major, much-needed upgrade: Skype 4.0. President Josh Silverman calls it the “biggest new release in Skype’s history.” The new software client, which which will be released here in beta tomorrow (for Windows only), takes up the whole screen. Video is front and center. “Our old UI was purpose-built for voice ,” Silverman tells me. (I put… Read More

  • Happy One Year Anniversary, Jerry

    Tomorrow marks Jerry Yang’s one year anniversary of his first day as CEO of Yahoo. What a year it’s been. Yahoo failed to sell itself to Microsoft, handed its search marketing business to Google, and lost nearly all of its key executives. It’s shareholders are in open revolt, and the board appears to be ignoring the situation. In a blog post on his first day on the job… Read More

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