• Facebook Growth Explodes Globally, Levels Off In The US

    Comscore has just released the latest data on Facebook growth patterns, which clearly show that Facebook’s recent push to expand abroad has paid off. The site has seen extremely high growth rates across Latin America, The Middle East, and the Asia Pacific. Europe, which accounts for a much larger user base, continues to grow at a steady clip as well. North America still accounts for… Read More

  • LG X110: YASN

    The LGX110, Yet Another Small Notebook, will arrive in October, according to rumors at RegHardware. It is said that venerable PC maker MSI will build the hardware and that when it launches the market will be so saturated that it will barely sell, leading LG engineers to go back to making air conditioners and refrigerators for the Third World. The X110 should have an 8.9-inch screen, 2GB of… Read More

  • New MySQL Fork Turns Back The Clock

    Drizzle is a newly announced fork of the open source MySQL project. The developers of the project are taking MySQL back to its roots as a light-weight web application database by removing many of the features introduced in MySQL 5. The fifth version of MySQL was in development for years as some users demanded features such as views, stored procedures, transaction handling, clustering and more. Read More

  • New interface + avatars = Totally reinvented Xbox 360?

    Would do you call Nintendo-inspired avatars and a Cover Flow rip-off anything less than a “transformation”? Not if you’re Microsoft, apparently. Speaking at Gamefest yesterday, the CTO of Microsoft’s games division said the following about the upcoming Dashboard re-design: What this does is reinvent the Xbox. I don’t think any one has ever done this before… Read More

  • A firm tries to patent online wish lists in Europe. Shall we stop them?

    Last week TechCrunch reported that Channel Intelligence (CI), a company based in Florida, had filed a lawsuit for patent infringement in the US against a long list of startups which – get this – offer wish lists for products people may want others to buy for them. However, many of these companies don’t yet know they’ve been sued so their defence response is likely to… Read More

  • Kontagent Offers Deep Analytics For Facebook Applications

    Kontagent is an application that integrates tightly with platforms such as Facebook to offer widget and application developers a high level of analytics data. Current analytics packages for social network applications or widgets offer nothing more than pageview stats or simple user numbers (such as what Facebook publishes itself) while Kontagent is able to bury itself deeply into the platform… Read More

  • August: Coby HDR-700 portable HD Radio

    HD Radio is still around, for some reason, but at least there’s a portable unit on the way. This August, for the low, low price of $150, you could buy the COBY HDR-700, a rather squarish-looking portable HD Radio. The batteries last about five hours, and the whole thing is enclosed in a splash-proof housing. You know, for all those trips to the beach you take. In all fairness… Read More

  • AT&T Posts Good 2Q Numbers

    AT&T’s second quarter numbers are in today, and the company has meet Wall Street’s expectations. The company saw its profits increase 30%, despite a slowing down of the U.S. economy. In the past few months AT&T’s stock has been driven down because of a feared recession, but today’s news sent the company’s shares up $1.08, to sell at $32.90 in morning… Read More

  • With the number of landline telephones decreasing, telecos scramble to replace lost revenue

    The number of landline telephones (POTS) is on the decline in the U.S., which is bad news for the likes of AT&T and Verizon since they still depend on their landline business for much of their total revenue. Take AT&T, which gets a whopping 32 percent of its total revenue from POTS. The latest numbers from the FCC show that there’s 163 million landlines in the U.S. as of June… Read More

  • NewTek to Produce and Web Stream AFL’s ArenaBowl XXII Coverage

    The Arena Football League (AFL) has chosen NewTek’s TriCaster technology to produce and web stream this year’s Virgin Mobile ArenaBowl XXII coverage. The event takes place in New Orleans on July 24-27. If you are an AFL fan but don’t like jazz or already have a closet full of beads, you can experience 11 events from seven locations via ArenaFootball.com and ArenaBowl.com. Read More

  • Max Levchin To Facebook: Developers Need More Certainty (And A Payment System Would be Nice Too)

    Slide was not too happy when Facebook temporarily pulled one of its most popular applications, Top Friends, from the social networking site for exposing too much profile information to people who were not friends. Ahead of today’s F8 developer conference, I asked Slide CEO Max Levchin what Facebook could do to make developers’ lives easier. Not surprisingly, he’d like to… Read More

  • A Quick Look at the Beats by Dr. Dre Noise-canceling Headphones

    Thought this might be interesting for the jet-setters in the Web 2.0 world. Monster Cable, the makers of cable, just sent us the new Beats by Dr. Dre, a pair of noise-canceling “studio” headphones aimed at the mid-range audio consumer. At $349, these are priced at exactly the same point as the Bose QuietComfort 3 which I’ve used for over a year now. I’ve been wearing… Read More

  • Mobile Search Trends Show Economic Decline And Rise In Pizza

    V-Enable, a voice-enabled mobile 411 system, conducted a study by taking a random sampling of 20,000 searches in major metropolitan areas from customers of several V-Enable partner carriers including Alltel and MetroPCS. The findings clearly represent interesting trends caused by the recession. For one thing, people are eating more pizza! The results for the top restaurant searches for… Read More

  • Oops! Comcast forgets to lay cable to customer's house

    Poor Comcast, now even the Washington Post recognizes how terrible you are. There’s an article in today’s paper about a Comcast customers who only wanted to transfer his account and services from one home to another. Simple, enough, right? Comcast thought so, too. The thing is, after five weeks of repeated attempts to get the guy’s new house up to snuff, Comcast realized what… Read More

  • Universal Music, Sky to launch music subscription service this year

    The UK’s Sky and Universal are the latest companies to try, and ultimately fail, to knock Apple’s iTunes off its high horse. The two have teamed up to launch a new service, due later this year, that will be one of those all-you-can-eat subscription schemes. Think Napster and Rhapsody. Thankfully, songs that are downloadable will be DRM-free. Universal is the biggest record company… Read More

  • AT&T Navigator now works in 20 countries

    Those of you with AT&T, and a compatible cellphone, will now be able to use the company’s Navigator GPS service in 20 different countries. This luxury will set you back twice what you’d pay for regular domestic coverage, or $19.95 per month. That’s on top of any data you have to pay for while overseas. Maps cost like €5, for the record. The coverage extends to… Read More

  • Items of wonderment from Tokyo’s Panasonic Center

    Here’s a handful of doodads and gizmos that may or may not interest you. Among them; a cool feature called “Intelligent Auto” that’ll be found on new Lumix digital cameras, a giant plasma TV with an SD card slot for instant digital photo gratification, a Surface-like touchscreen tabletop (apparently Panasonic’s been doing that stuff since long before Microsoft)… Read More

  • World's first portable battery-powered oxygen supplier for better hiking

    Ymup [JP], a Shizuoka-based company with a bad homepage, has developed a backpack with an integrated oxygen generator powered by batteries. The portable device comes with a remote controller and is – according to Japanese newspapers – a world first. Users can use the backpack if they need oxygen while mountain trekking or hiking, for example. The oxygen with 30% concentration can… Read More

  • It's Facebook Day! Say Hello To The Three Tier App System

    Update: Our live notes from Mark Zuckerberg’s Keynote are here. Today is definitely Facebook day as they hold their second annual F8 developers conference in San Francisco. Last year they released their developer platform, which led competitors to hurriedly release their own competing offerings. What’s in store for tomorrow? We’ve made our predictions, and CEO Mark… Read More

  • Youth and Experience

    The news is full of transitions. Chad Dickerson returns to his East Coast after years at Yahoo! and InfoWorld. Steve Jobs faces concerns about his health as Apple prepares to ripple their product line. The social media community is caught in a crossfire between market force power plays and standards body jockeying. We don’t know how any of this will turn out, but history as always… Read More

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