• Interview With Barney Pell and Ramez Naam About Microsoft’s Powerset Acquisition: Integration By End Of Year

    I spoke with Powerset cofounder/CEO Barney Pell and Microsoft’s Live Search General Program Manager Ramez Naam shortly after Microsoft’s announcement of their acquisition of Powerset earlier today. Microsoft intends to use Powerset’s natural language search technology as a major differentiating factor v. no. 1 search player Google (see our recent coverage of Live Search… Read More

  • Tipit Lets You Transfer Money Over Twitter. Sort of.

    Tipit, a startup that lets users tip website owners for their content, has launched integration with Twitter. Users can now ‘Tweet’ their tips to websites and Twitter users, even those without an account. There isn’t any kind of installation required: users simply tweet a message in the format “d tipit TARGET AMOUNT MESSAGE” (ex: “‘d tipit… Read More

  • HP announces workstations for the price of a PC

    HP has announced the availability of a new line of AMD quad-core processor-based workstations. Starting at $579, the affordable HP xw4550 workstations were announced as part of the company’s efforts to promote its technology in schools. HP says: “The xw4550 workstations can run the high-performance applications pertinent to learning advanced subjects such as digital forensics… Read More

  • Ballmer on Yahoo Deal: The Bankers “screwed everything up.”

    Interesting and surprisingly detailed story in the Wall Street Journal tonight about the ongoing (never ending) Microsoft/Yahoo deal. The headline is that Microsoft, apparently not happy with simply destroying Yahoo’s credibility, is now hoping to rip it apart and divide up the pieces. Microsoft Corp., positioning itself for a new run for Yahoo Inc.’s search business, has… Read More

  • A Conversation With Gnip And Plaxo On Data Portability

    Steve Gillmor and I today met with the guys from the newly-launched Gnip web service and Plaxo, one of their launch consumers. We talk with Eric Marcoullier and Jud Valeski from Gnip, and Joseph Smarr and John McCrea from Plaxo. The conversation begins with an introduction to Gnip, how Plaxo integrated and then the key problems facing web services, data formats, standards and a lot… Read More

  • AppLoop Tracks iPhone Users, Advertises Accordingly

    With the launch of the new competitively priced 3G iPhone just around the corner, there has been a lot of speculation about the effect it will have on the mobile market. Since the iPhone has released its SDK, and added GPS capability, it is an opportune time for third-party companies and developers to take advantage of the possibilities that GPS offers. Throughout it all, venture capitalists… Read More

  • Most popular posts for Tuesday, July 1st

    Today’s Top Posts: AT&T’s text messages cost $1,310 per megabyte AT&T reveals iPhone 3G launch day details Get married in space for $2.3 million Nikon D700 gone wild! Pics, specs, and new lenses New portable speaker/docking station for iPods released iPhone 3G walk-through released Compared to AT&T iPhone 3G data plans, Canadians get screwed by Rogers Rogers… Read More

  • 3 Bottle Wine saver: Who saves three bottles of wine?

    A lot of people fill their bottles of wine with carbon dioxide as they swig directly from the bottle but the good folks at Williams-Sonoma will fill your bottles with argon in order to keep the wine therein sweet and fresh. While none of those bottles would survive the weekend at Chez Biggs, it’s nice to know there are people out there who don’t drink Chablis like it’s Gatorade. Read More

  • Robots that learn

    The University of Massachusetts, Amherst is working on a robot that can learn to use unfamiliar objects. According to MIT’s Technology Review, UMass’s Robot, called the UMass Mobile Manipulator, or UMan, ‘sees’ an object with the help of a Web cam and then pushes it around to see how it moves, identifying and recording the objects’ parts and joints. Doctoral… Read More

  • Cellphone chargers are ruining the environment

    Natural Philosophy Professor David J.C. MacKay at the University of Cambridge has posted a 409 page rough draft of his book on sustainable energy. Called “Sustainable Energy-without the hot air,” the guide debunks myths about ‘green’ energy sources and make consumption easily quantifiable and comparable by expressing the energy use of everyday activities such as driving… Read More

  • Source: Dell to release pico projector accessory this year

    We have it on good authority that Dell will release a pico projector accessory later this year, most likely powered by a USB connection. So far, we’ve only seen prototype pico-projectors, like the kind youngish Peter Ha saw at the weekend. Specifics, including price, release date and so forth are nowhere in sight, so hang tight for a bit longer. Read More

  • DARPA throws $3.3m at biomimetic chembots

    You read that correctly. In yet another freaky-yet-awesome move by DARPA, a team at Tufts University has been awarded a $3.3 million contract to develop a breed of “chemical robots” based on the caterpillar form of Manduca sexta. With bodies made of bioengineered, environmentally-friendly polymers, they’d theoretically be able to fit through spaces as small as 1cm wide. Read More

  • Rumors swirl about keyboarded iPhone

    It seems that there is a very, very secret prototype in Apple HQ of an iPhone with a slide-out keyboard. It won’t be aimed at the average Joe but instead be focused on the BlackBerry set. The Register says: And he has taken this beyond just chatting: actual prototypes – not just mockups – have been sent to senior executives at some operators. I’m not allowed to even… Read More

  • Y Combinator's Anyvite Takes On Evite, Keeps Things Simple

    It’s no secret that Evite sucks. It’s cluttered, it unnecessarily withholds information from email messages in order to drive page hits, and it looks like it hasn’t seen a facelift in about a decade. The latest company to take on the much-maligned site is Anyvite, a Y Combinator-funded startup that launches today. Anyvite has taken a very streamlined approach to the… Read More

  • All-in-one Eee PC or just a monitor?

    Our buds over at Laptop have some interesting photos of an Eee monitor that might be a 19- or 20-incher with a built-in Webcam. A total of four USB ports, two Ethernet ports, and three audio ports are visible on the monitor/all-in-one. Denon logos suggest the unit has built-in speakers and an amplifier. The Eee monitor is rumored to be priced at $500 with a built-in TV tuner and more than… Read More

  • AT&T's remaining devices for 2008 leaked

    Oh boy! Gear Diary has the inside scoop on AT&T’s remaining lineup of devices for the rest of the year and it looks pretty good. Lots of Windows Mobile 6.1 devices along with a few BlackBerrys. Details after the jump. Read More

  • Top Gun Anthem free on GH3: Legends of Rock for July 4

    I don’t know what else to say about this other than this is completely awesome. This song represents Top Gun, and Top Gun represents America. Out of control, but deadly. Charming, but morally conflicted. Instrumental, yet rocking out. Get a lock on it this Thursday, just enough time to practice before the big 4th party. [via Kotaku] Read More

  • DIY, solar-powered mobile Wii

    The guys over at Tom’s Hardware Guide have built a mobile Wii station, so they could get out a play video games in the sunshine. They claim they actually did it because they hadn’t build anything in a while and had been talking about applications for solar power. The unit is basically a wooden box on wheels with an HD monitor, solar power panel, battery and Wii console. THG said… Read More

  • BioWare express interest in developing for iPhone

    Celebrated developer BioWare, which recently released Mass Effect for the PC, has admitted that the iPhone is an “intriguing” platform. Naturally, that gives The Internet license to speculate left, right and center that it will be developing games for Apple’s smartphone. Isn’t BioWare known for long, drawn out Western RPGs? Considering their expertise doesn’t… Read More

  • Nimbuzz raises $15 million in second round

    Word has reached me that Netherlands-based Nimbuzz, the mobile VoIP and IM startup that extends into social networks, has raised $15 million in a second round led by Naspers/MIH, with Nimbuzz’s other major existing investor Mangrove Capital Partners also participating. It’s already had $10 million from Mangrove (the original Skype investor). Apparently deals with 10 major… Read More

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