• And now that FCC meeting concerning free nationwide Wi-Fi won't even happen

    How great is this: the FCC meeting that was scheduled to take place this week where they’d discuss the plans for free nationwide Wi-Fi isn’t even going to happen. The meeting, which was supposed to occur on the Dec. 18, was killed because a bunch of congressman objected to any “controversial” items emerging from the FCC during the last day’s of George W. Read More

  • TEAC intos the self-standing ITB1000 iPod dock

    TEAC is introducing a monolithic iPod dock that is sure to feel right at home in a chic loft. The ITB1000 packs a 2.1 speaker setup into the single tower, but sadly, the 15Wx2 power rating proves this setup is more sizzle than steak. Besides looking like a monument to power and grace, there doesn’t seem to be anything worthwhile to justify the $400 US price tag. Moving on… Read More

  • Australia to test Internet filtering (read: censorship) this month

    Australia looks to be moving ahead with its plan to censor Internet content on a country-wide level, and will test its array of filters later this month. To refresh your memory, the Australian government wants to block access to illegal material on the Internet, be it genuinely awful material like child pornography or something more controversial like terrorist Web sites. (Who’s a… Read More

  • Apple t-shirt quilt up for sale on ebay

    Some climate experts are predicting this winter will be the coldest of the decade and this Apple quilt might be a great way for MacHeads to keep warm. 20 shirts make up the quilt and they appear to range from the late nineties to around OS X Tiger’s launch. While blankets are economical way to stay warm, this ebay listing, at time of writing, is $237.50 so it essentially will not… Read More

  • BitTorrent Recapitalizes: $17 M Financing Undone, Valuation Plummets

    File sharing service BitTorrent has undone its $17 million financing from earlier this year, we’ve learned from an investor in the company, and that money (or what’s left of it) has been returned to investors DCM, Accel Partners and DAG Ventures. The company, admitting that the their business was “not gaining sufficient traction,” has closed a new $7 million round… Read More

  • Go! Now! Team Fortress 2 is $10 on Steam

    Here’s a fine way to spend that $10 you still have in your pocket after last night’s Crazy Night Out: Team Fortress 2 for $9.99 on Steam for the PC. For the uninitiated, Team Fortress 2 is still the reason I have The Orange Box handy, despite the fact that it’s the lesser Xbox 360 version. Though, as you know, my patience for shooters has pretty much run out, TF2 is well… Read More

  • Video: PlayStation Home isn't a safe environment for female avatars

    The video is totally SFW, but you might lose a few brain cells by watching it PlayStation Home for the PS3 could be the absolute dumbest thing ever produced in the history of human civilization. (Penny-Arcade doesn’t like it either, and their voice carries the same weight as Walter Cronkite’s did during the Vietnam War.) But not only is it wretched—the Wii has avatars, the Wii… Read More

  • Review: Targus File Share Cable for Mac

    Guest review: John Ha I recently bought a Macbook to replace my aging Windows XP laptop. I figured that, like any new computer migration, I would load the applications I needed and then copy the data from my old laptop to the new one. I have a large USB thumb drive and a couple external hard drives, so no sweat – just use them to migrate everything. So when my brother told me he would… Read More

  • 5 Days of Cleaning Out My Office-Mas: Final Day

    We had a lot of fun these few days, friends, and I want to thank you for making my week as memorable as Ducky’s at prom. But what have we in store for you today? Something wondrous? Something magical? Read More

  • Windows 7 gets tested, liked.

    Looks like the Windows 7 build 6956 is already a lot better than Vista, even though the beta will not be released until the 13th of January. So some folks over at Softpedia released an immersive set of screenshots yesterday so we can all live the dream. Read More

  • The Notorious Sam Sethi Launches His Latest Venture, Twitblogs.

    Former TechCrunch UK writer Sam Sethi’s newest venture: Twitblogs. The service is targeted towards Twitter users who want to write more than 140 characters, or want to embed images into their posts, etc. In other words, it’s a feature-poor but usability-rich blogging service similar to Tumblr and others. Users actually don’t even create accounts. Instead they log in with… Read More

  • So How Much Time Do You Waste On Twitter?

    Making the rounds quickly on Twitter this weekend is Tweetwasters, a site that gives you an idea of how much time you’re really ‘wasting’ posting messages and status updates to the popular micro-sharing service. Users are calculating away and tweeting about it, ironcally spending even more time on Twitter (not that there’s anything wrong with that). There’s even… Read More

  • SwissCom Tries To Deflect Criticism Of Le Web Internet Failure

    I’m going to put aside my differences with the Le Web conference and organizer Loic Le Meur for a moment to address another issue at the event: the complete lack of Internet connectivity, both days. A good conference has at least three separate connections. One is for the audience and has both wifi coverage and as many ethernet cables as can be managed logistically. A separate… Read More

  • Butcher's Bunch podcast, live from Le Web

    Here’s a special Butcher’s Bunch podcast from Le Web. We cover everything from what startups we thought were cool, the best speaker, that little issue about the WiFi and even our strategy for getting to the buffet table! It’s 25mins long. The RSS feed for the podcast: http://feeds.feedburner.com/ButchersBunch Apple iTunes: Access podcast here Featuring:
    Mike Butcher… Read More

  • Microsoft Dips Its Toe Into The iPhone With Seadragon Mobile

    Microsoft apparently isn’t going to ignore the iPhone completely. They released a Seadragon application for the iPhone today that lets users “infinitely zoom” on high quality images with near zero transition times. The embed below shows Seadragon in action, and the experience on the iPhone is very similar. We’ve covered Seadragon applications like TouchWall and… Read More

  • uvLayer Updates Its Enhanced Media Sharing Webtop

    uvLayer, a startup that has built an intuitive webtop for sharing YouTube videos and other media, has launched the latest version of its site which introduces a host of new features, including support for more IM networks and Flickr search. uvLayer has slipped under our radar until now, but their product is impressive, allowing users to search for and organize media much as they would on… Read More

  • Acceptance of farting app shows Apple reducing strictures on free speech, commerce

    Please rate this Government before you delete it.
    PullMyFinger, an iPhone app, has been recently accepted into the iPhone App Store. Writes the creator: [Apple] told me that they are going to start approving a whole new “genre” of apps, and that Pull My Finger will be the first to be accepted in this genre. As of now Pull My Finger is available in the app store. The very kind… Read More

  • FTC squashes fake virus scanning pop-ups; at least some of them

    The all mighty FTC came down on five virus scanning programs that attempted to dupe computer novices into thinking their system was infected by a life-running, credit stealing virus. The ruse involved tricky web advertisements with hidden code linked to a user-installed ‘anti-virus program.’ (WinFixer, WinAntivirus, DriveCleaner, ErrorSafe, and XP Antivirus) Over one million… Read More

  • Le Web's Response To TechCrunch: Censorship

    As a response to my on-stage comments and this post about entrepreneurial culture in Europe, Le Web organizer Loic Le Meur is asking readers if I should be “invited back at Le Web next year.” As of the writing of this post, nearly 2/3 of respondents say no, I should not be invited to return. Read More

  • iriver produces the swanky 7-inch Framee-L digital picture frame

    Digital picture frames aren’t exactly the hottest gadget item anymore, but maybe iriver can somewhat breath new life in the totally overproduced niche item. The 7-inch Framee-L has a bit of understated art deco look, while at the same time sport’n the standard fare of digiframe features. It has a 720 x 480 resolution display, 1GB of internal memory, a full array of memory… Read More

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