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Month: September 2011 (page 1 of 2)

Own takes aim at point-of-sale with ambitious hardware, software and cloud product

Own's point-of-sale device is a customized touchscreen tabletA small Detroit-based company has plans to reinvent the way restaurants, cafes and stores take money from customers.

Own is aiming to make a point-of-sale (POS) system that doesn’t just reinvent the cash register, it turns it into a node on a web-connected information system.… Read the rest

Kindle, Nook, Kobo or iPad: Which tablet or e-reader should you buy?

small picture of the Amazon Kindle FireAmazon’s announcement of the Kindle Fire today threw down the gauntlet for both tablets and e-book readers. At just $199, it’s not much more expensive than previous e-readers, and it’s a heck of a lot cheaper than competing tablets.

In fact, you might be asking yourself: Why would I want a drab, monochrome E Ink reader when for a little bit more money I could get an awesome 7-inch tablet?… Read the rest

Dylan’s Desk: Amazon’s Kindle tablet takes on the iPad



Each week, I’m writing a column on business and technology called Dylan’s Desk. Subscribe here, and you can read my columns a whole day before they appear on the VentureBeat website.


Like a backroom brawler, Apple’s iPad has taken on one tablet challenger after another, and kicked the ass of every single one.… Read the rest

Facebook tracks what you do online, even when you’re logged out

Entrepreneur and hacker Nik Cubrilovic reports that Facebook can track the web pages you visit even when you are logged out of Facebook.

According to Cubrilovic’s tests, Facebook merely alters its tracking cookies when you log out, rather than deleting them.… Read the rest

Dylan’s Desk: Facebook approaches a billion customers

With 750 million people using it, Facebook has become one of the most far-reaching computer platforms of all time.

The company will have a billion users soon, most likely within the next few months. Zuckerberg has been promising to hit that milestone for awhile, and I see no reason that he’ll miss.… Read the rest

AdGame goes from zero to startup hero in one week

One week ago, AdGame didn’t exist. Today, the company has a customer, a little bit of funding, and the attention of a crowd full of potential investors and partners.

The idea is to make web display ads into incentivized, educational quizzes that not only engage the viewer, but also teach them the kind of facts that would be helpful on a standardized test.… Read the rest

“Get the wheels spinning all at once,” author/investor Geoffrey Moore advises companies

For business book author Geoffrey Moore, learning how to succeed in the increasingly fast-paced tech business is a competitive as well as a national imperative.

“We don’t have as much competitive advantage as a nation as we used to, so we’ve got to keep our team on the field,” said Moore.… Read the rest

Dylan’s Desk: How stressful product launches make stressful products

This is a week of tech conferences. Demo, TechCrunch Disrupt, Microsoft Build, the SF MusicTech Summit and Intel Developer Forum are all happening more or less simultaneously over the next few days. Then the Tokyo Game Show starts later this week.… Read the rest

Demo: i-Postmortem plans to keep your website around long after you’re gone



After you’re gone, how will people remember you?

If you’re lucky, Facebook might keep your profile page around for awhile. But the company’s interest is decidedly among its living customers, who are easier to advertise to. That’s why Jacques Mechelany thinks there will be a market for his company, i-Postmortem, which creates “virtual tombs.”… Read the rest

Spinal Tap, Nikki Sixx in feud over VentureBeat article


Sources tell us that 80s hair metal rock god Nikki Sixx was upset when we sort of compared him to mock rock band Spinal Tap.

Never mind that Sixx’s life actually reads like the script of Spinal Tap. There was the 80s excess as a member of the chart-topping Mötley Crüe.… Read the rest

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