June 1st, 2007
Google announced Friday that it bought FeedBurner, a firm specializing in delivering podcasts, weblogs, news and advertising to Internet browsers.
Chicago-based FeedBurner is a “web feed” firm that lets online publishers constantly send updated news, commentary and other content directly to readers with tools such as Really Simple Syndication (RSS).
“We are thrilled with this acquisition,” Google vice president of product management Susan Wojcicki said during a conference call with reporters. Continue reading "Google buys Internet news delivery firm FeedBurner"
May 31st, 2007
Just in time for the Japanese summer Sanyo Electric Co. Ltd. will launch in June a waterproof version of its Xacti digital video camera.
The DMX-CA65 can be fully submerged to a depth of 1.5 meters and still keep on recording, the company said Thursday. That’s significantly better than a model launched last year that was able to withstand splashes of water but not a dunking. Continue reading "Sanyo Unveils World’s First Waterproof Video Camera, Xacti"
May 26th, 2007
TOKYO – In the race for ever thinner displays for TVs, cell phones and other gadgets, Sony may have developed one to beat them all – a razor-thin display that bends like paper while showing full-color video.
Sony Corp (NYSE:SNE – news). posted video of the new display on its Web page Friday. The display is being held up by a hand that’s squeezing the 0.3 millimeter, or 0.01 inch, display, while showing color video of a bicyclist stuntman, picturesque lake and other images.
Sony will present the research and video at an academic symposium in Long Beach, California, for the Society for Information Display this week, the Japanese electronics and entertainment company said in a release.
Continue reading "Sony develops film-thin display"
May 11th, 2007
Paul McCartney’s new album, “Memory Almost Full,” will be his first solo release available for download and streaming on PCs and mobile phones.
McCartney also has told Billboard that a deal to finally make the Beatles catalog available for sale online is “virtually settled.”
McCartney added, “I don’t want to pre-empt anything, but we’re well on the way to something happening there, which is very exciting.” Continue reading "McCartney’s “Memory” goes digital"
May 4th, 2007
Microsoft Corp. is resuming its pursuit of search engine operator Yahoo Inc. (Nasdaq:YHOO – news) that could help it better compete with Web search leader Google Inc., published reports said Friday.
Yahoo shares surged more than 15 percent in midday trading.
The New York Post reported Friday that Microsoft has asked Yahoo to enter formal negotiations for an acquisition that could be worth $50 billion. Yahoo’s market capitalization was about $38 billion on Thursday. Continue reading "Microsoft pursuing Yahoo"
April 17th, 2007
Last summer, Rick Haskins, executive VP of marketing and brand strategy for The CW, was looking to generate fast, mass awareness for the fledgling network. He realized that the heavily trafficked MySpace.com had buzz worth tapping into—a notion that led to a deal giving The CW near blanket coverage of the MySpace home page for its September launch as part of an effort to build appeal among teens.
The CW became the first network to take advantage of MySpace’s “homepage-takeover” option under which wall-to-wall banner ads serve as entry points to click through to a branded profile page. Continue reading "MySpace to Expand Into Television"
February 22nd, 2007
PHOTOlinko.com is a new image hosting provider with a fresh web 2.0 look. Being in beta for the majority of February, it is finally ready for it’s release. Upload your photos and get instant html linking codes making it easy to share them on blogs, forums, social networking sites like MySpace and more. PHOTOlinko’s free image hosting package comes with 2GB of webspace and 1GB of bandwidth to start with. Sign up for your own free image hosting account and start sharing your photos.
February 15th, 2007
According to a survey conducted by Gametart, a game rental service in the UK, chicks who game get more lovin’ than those who don’t. Out of a sample of 200 ladies (or should that be “laid-ees”?), the ones who gamed got, erm, fragged 1.1 more times a week than those who didn’t.
So what I’m saying is you might want to give your honey a DS for Valentine’s Day. Mmm hmm. Read on for the rest of the oh-so-scientific study.
Gamers Have Sex More Often! Continue reading "Female Gamers Have More Sex"
February 9th, 2007
Isaac Daniel calls the tiny Global Positioning System chip he’s embedded into a line of sneakers “peace of mind.” He wishes his 8-year-old son had been wearing them when he got a call from his school in 2002 saying the boy was missing. The worried father hopped a flight to Atlanta from New York where he had been on business to find the incident had been a miscommunication and his son was safe.
Days later, the engineer started working on a prototype of Quantum Satellite Technology, a line of $325 to $350 adult sneakers that hit shelves next month. It promises to locate the wearer anywhere in the world with the press of a button. A children’s line will be out this summer. Continue reading "Engineer: GPS shoes make people findable"
January 26th, 2007
Google and YouTube remain separate
Google says its YouTube viral video-sharing site, acquired last year for $1.65 billion in stock, will remain an independent subsidiary of Google and continue to operate separately.
Most of the user-generated and premium, licensed content from the likes of CBS for example, will be hosted on YouTube, the company says. YouTube, meanwhile, will benefit from future Google Video innovations, including video search, monetization and distribution. Continue reading "Google and YouTube remain separate"