Stories for Jul. 10, 2008

If you fire up Software Update, you will see that iTunes 7.7 is available. You can find applications in the iTunes Store, but you can’t purchase them unless you have 7.7 installed. The new update is “exclusively for iPhone and iPod Touch” so if you don’t […] Read more »

Toyota says it is bringing its first Prius manufacturing plant to the U.S., and after doing a car shuffle, SUVs will have to sit out the dance. The Priuses will be built at a plant under construction in Blue Springs, Miss, with manufacturing to start in […] Read more »

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Over at Web Worker Daily, Aliza Sherman knows Twitter is useful for business, but she wonders if video microblogging could be too. So she tests out Seesmic, Phreadz, 12SecondsTV, Utterz, ViddYou, and finds some uses for cheap, personal, asynchronous demos and comments in her work. Check […] Read more »

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Any child of the ’70s will appreciate this — Sid and Marty Krofft are bringing their blend of psychedelic kids programming to MySpace. The social network will feature kitschy kids programming like H.R. Pufnstuf, Sigmund and the Sea Monsters, The Bugaloos, Electra Woman and Dyna Girl […] Read more »

MediaMax, a San Diego-based startup that allowed you to upload and share big files and create a social network around it, is dead. “We regret to inform you that we will be closing The Linkup service on Friday, August 8 at 5:00 pm PDT,” the company […] Read more »

OK, the new App Store on iTunes is definitely a huge time sink for me this morning but I just have to go through it and see what programs are already there.  I’ve already mentioned eReader and Pandora but I’m finding some other really cool and […] Read more »

Gotta love FriendFeed and Twitter: I hear from Greg’s tweet that Google Contacts will now sync to the iPhone directly through iTunes 7.7. Just checked and sure enough, I see the option. Is Google Contacts the best application out there for PIM? Not by a long […] Read more »

I usually blow through third party software installs, which sometimes leads to my file extensions being hijacked. For instance, if you’re not careful when installing Adobe Photoshop, it will take over all of your picture files, which is super annoying (Preview usually opens all pictures, which […] Read more »

With so much venture funding going into web-based, ad-driven casual games (both the companies that create them and those that monetize them), you’d think the gaming industry as a whole was moving in that direction. I certainly did, at least until today. But Yahoo Games just […] Read more »

I’ve been joining a number of video microblogging sites (Seesmic, Phreadz, 12SecondsTV, Utterz, ViddYou) and maneuvering for alpha invites for several more (Hictu and what else is out there…?) but I still haven’t gotten into the groove. More than anything, I am wondering about real business […] Read more »

There’s been a lot of speculation about whether the iPhone App Store would open today or tomorrow. Turns out you can see its contents right now. Read more »

You’d think with such a crowded field, the online video how-to space would start shaking out — not getting more money. But instructional site Graspr announced that it has raised $2.5 million in Series A funding from Draper Fisher Jurvetson and angel investors. Unlike other instructional […] Read more »

Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology said this week that they’ve found a way to etch pattern onto a chip lines less than 25 nanometers apart. This has huge implications for lowering costs across the chip industry, including for photovoltaic cells used in solar panels. […] Read more »

We’ve been waiting awhile for the coming revolution of both fuel cell-powered devices and those tiny computers called “ultra-mobile PCs.” Well, now we can wait a bit more for a gadget with both of those future-forward designs in one. This morning, fuel cell maker MTI Micro […] Read more »

Ever since Apple put out its Software Developer Kit in March, game developers have been racing to create titles for the presumed market victor. But how much of a demand for them is there really? Based on the data from Cellufun, AOL’s designated mobile game portal […] Read more »

Stories for Jul. 9, 2008

Today saw the first of at least two Congressional hearings concerning managing privacy on the web in relation to online advertising. The hearing today involved executives from Google, Facebook, Microsoft and startup NebuAd as well as the Federal Trade Commission and two public policy groups. For […] Read more »

Yahoo has just unveiled a beta version of its open search web services platform, which offers up the company’s core search and related technologies so that anyone can build a search engine of their very own. It’s a risky move, but a welcome one — for it has the potential to finally shake up the search market status quo. Continue Reading Read more »

With the launch of the iPhone 3G, the App store, and hopefully MobileMe, coming this Friday, many people are getting excited. We would be remiss if we didn’t at least speculate about the surprises that might come when you open that 3G iPhone box. One of […] Read more »

Legendary game designer Square Enix has just released a game for the regular old iPods. They must have been feeling left out with all of this attention devoted to the iPhone 3G. It is a turn-based game that allows you to battle enemies as the musical […] Read more »

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