• Live: Panel Meets To Discuss 'The Future of Media'

    Today a panel of journalists (including our own Erick Schonfeld) is meeting at NYU at an I Want Media Forum to discuss the future of media. The panel includes: * David Carr, New York Times media columnist
    * Keith J. Kelly, New York Post media reporter
    * Kenneth Li, Reuters global media correspondent
    * Diane Mermigas, MediaPost editor at large and columnist
    * Johnnie L. Read More

  • UK, Canada can now download, rent movies from iTunes

    Flickr’d Now British and Canadian users can download moves from the iTunes Store. The UK Store has a selection of 700 movies from Disney, 20th Century Fox, Paramount, and so on. Most of the major studios, it looks like. Even nicer, more than 100 of these are available in HD. The Cousins pay £10.99 for a new movie download (£3.99 library) and £3.49 for a new rental (£2.49… Read More

  • Comcast trial throttles top users during peak hours

    Comcast will be running a month-long trial in certain areas of Pennsylvania and Virginia, which “will result in delayed response times for Internet traffic only for those customers who are using more than their fair share of available Internet resources at the time.” The basic idea is that when the network gets clogged up, those who are downloading a bunch of stuff will have… Read More

  • Jerry Yang's Salary Is Only $1, But Icahn Still Wants His Head

    June promises to be an interesting month for Yahoo. The company filed it’s proxy statement yesterday, setting the date for its annual shareholder meeting on August 1. Activist shareholder Carl Icahn, who has already proposed his own alternate slate of board members, is now also calling for CEO Jerry Yang’s head. Icahn points to a recently unsealed complaint in a shareholder… Read More

  • Yahoo Opens Address Books to 3rd-Party Developers

    Yahoo is releasing an Address Book API today that will give 3rd-party developers access Yahoo users’ contact lists without the traditional, but primitive, method of page scraping. In addition to searching for specific contacts and fields and reading their data, developers can use it to add contacts and change existing records (although to start, only pre-approved developers will have… Read More

  • Flip 'Mino' flash-based camcorders available today

    The Flip Mino is officially available today. It’s the smaller, more pocketable successor to the popular and easy-to-use Flip series of digital camcorders. With a built in rechargeable lithium ion battery (charges via USB) and 2GB of memory, the Mino should make a good choice for people who want to keep a video camera on hand for quick uploads to YouTube, MySpace, and AOL Video. The… Read More

  • LED shower light turns blue when cold, red when hot

    If you’re like me, you’ll agree that there’s nothing in the whole wide world that’s quite as bad as getting your hand wet. I hate it! So it pleases me greatly to see this $40 shower head with built-in LED lighting that turns blue when the water’s cold and red when it’s warm (89 degrees, to be exact). The shower head requires no batteries, thankfully, and… Read More

  • Crowd Science: Google Analytics For Demographics

    Crowd Science, a new demographics service that aims to help online publishers maximize their audience and ad revenue, has launched today in an invite-only beta. The site compares itself to Google Analytics, but explains that it focused on “demographics and attitudes rather than clicks”. The first 100 TechCrunch readers to go here and enter TECHCRUNCH as the promo code will be able… Read More

  • Continental Airlines offers Mobile Boarding Passes

    Long lines at the airport can make flying really frustrating. To help breakup some of the congestion, Continental Airlines is experimenting with a pilot program that will let you put your boarding pass on a mobile phone or PDA. Transport Security Administration (TSA) officers are using the WORKABOUT PRO from Psion Teklogix to electronically scan boarding passes on passengers’ mobile… Read More

  • Softbank to bring iPhone to Japan

    Japan’s number three mobile carrier Softbank Corp. announced late yesterday that it has struck a deal with Apple to sell the iPhone to the tech savvy Japanese public. Sales of the iPhone should begin sometime this year. Softbank was able to beat Japan’s number one service provider, NTT DoCoMo, for the coveted right to carry the iPhone. Last year NTT DoCoMo was in negotiations… Read More

  • Comcast To Trial New Network Management Technique

    Starting this week, Comcast is running trials in three US local markets of a new method to manage traffic on its fiber broadband network. Comcast has recently come under fire for filtering and blocking P2P data on its network, causing both legal and illegal torrents to stop working or have their speeds reduced to a crawl. Comcast has responded to the criticism by publishing a new network… Read More

  • WhitePages.com To Buy Snapvine for Around $20 Million

    Seattle based WhitePages.com, a people search and background information site founded in 1997 by Alex Algard, will announce their pending acquisition of VoIP and widget startup Snapvine later today. The acquisition price is not being disclosed, but is rumored to be around $20 million, all cash. This deal with SnapVine comes after WhitePages walked away from a Jangl acquisition (a competitor… Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Office Warp Edition

    JBL’s Control NOW speakers are expensive, toroidal
    Santa Monica builds solar powered ferris wheel lit by 160,000 LEDs
    The Far Future: Digital paper on Coke cans?
    CNN Money asks: Is an Apple environment right for your small biz? Yes, if you’re not a moron
    FotoDialer: Make phone calls based on photos
    Pedalectric kart is perfect for going to the store (or being crushed by an SUV)
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  • The History Of The Internet Is Being Written By…Vanity Fair

    They say that history is written by the victorious…which begs the question as to how Al Gore and Friendster manage to get center stage in a history of the Internet. Vanity Fair writes a rambling eight-part 22 page story on history of the Internet called “How The Web Was Won” for its latest edition. The article pays tribute to Internet pioneers, including Al Gore, as well as… Read More

  • HubDub launches PunditWatch. We don't do so well (so far)

    Prediction markets are being touted as the new way to really engage users. If you can get users to mass around content like a fantasy league, the idea is they will consume more, super-charging traffic. There are a few out there already: BluBet (more of a game than a market), The Industry Standard re-launched (with mixed results) aiming at tech, Pikum is majoring on sports, and HubDub is aiming… Read More

  • HTC to launch Touch Pro for biz users this year

    So the HTC Diamond is a phone that people are into, and HTC is upping the handset with a new version called the Pro. It has similar styling to the Diamond, with a slide-out QWERTY keyboard and a full-sized touchscreen, a 3.2-Megapixel camera with video calling, GPS, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, WinMo 6.1, TouchFlo, and fast HSDPA 3G connectivity. We’ll see it here at some point this year, though… Read More

  • oDesk Raises $15M More For Outsourcing Development

    oDesk, the site that helps customers find and remotely monitor outsourced developers, has raised $15 million in a Series C funding round led by DAG Ventures. Existing investors Benchmark Capital, Globespan Capital Partners, and Sigma Partners also participated in the round. This brings oDesk’s total funding to $29 million. oDesk allows companies to weed through thousands of… Read More

  • EA Acquires Shawn Fanning's Rupture, Says The LA Times A Month After We Did

    The LA Times and others are reporting that EA has acquired Shawn Fanning’s social-network-gaming startup Rupture for around $30 million. We reported this deal a month ago. The first sentence of the LA Times story: “Shawn Fanning…has finally earned some money.” The title of our post a month ago: “Shawn Fanning Finally Gets A Real Payday…” They did add… Read More

  • Pandora Hits the Desktop With AIR. *Thud*

    Personalized radio service Pandora has taken the plunge and released an AIR application into beta that allows users to play music from Pandora without opening the browser. When I first heard of this development, I thought it was such a cool idea. Music playback is one of those things that really doesn’t need a full browser experience; just give me a simple control panel to enter songs… Read More

  • Grouply Claims to Blow Past Ning; Now What?

    Adam Penenberg of Fast Company got lots of well-deserved grief for his cover article about Ning last month, the one that focused on the Andreessen and Bianchini duo’s “viral expansion loops”. The overly simple idea behind those loops is this: members join a service and then invite their friends. Rinse and repeat, and you’ve got exponential growth rates. Things… Read More

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