Monday, July 09, 2007

Silicon Power's 8GB UDMA 300x Compact Flash card

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Sure, there still aren't any DSLRs available to handle it, but at least now you have choice in your unsupported UDMA CF media. Meet the UDMA 300x Compact Flash card from Silicon Power. Available in 2, 4, or 8GB capacities, these cards feature an Ultra Direct Memory Access 45MBps transfer rate making them the ideal choice for rapid firing, professional DSLRs -- you know, when they actually start supporting UDMA sometime later this year. On sale in Japan in the next few days for prices which should top-out at around $200 for 8GB. [Via Impress]


Yahoo Bill Pay To Shut

yahoofinance.jpgYahoo has announced that Yahoo Bill Pay will close between September and October this year.

Yahoo Bill Pay launched in September 1999 and was promoted as giving Yahoo users the ability “to securely pay bills from any computer connected to the Internet”.

The service is to be shut in two stages. September 14 will be the last day bills can be paid using the service. Previous transactions will remain available for viewing until October 31, when the service will be completely shut down.

The closure of Yahoo Bill Pay is the first announced closure of a service by Yahoo since May, when Yahoo announced the closure of Webjay, Yahoo Photos and Yahoo Auctions. Yahoo Bill Pay joins the TechCrunch Deadpool.


Hey!Spread: Centralized Multi-Point Video Uploads

heyspread.pngHey!Spread is a video uploading service that delivers user generated videos to multiple video sites.

Promoted as “the first video sneezer service”, the aim is simple: only 3 steps to “Spread your videos over the best video networks in one shot.” Users simply select the video they want uploaded, adding a description and tags. In the second step users add their login details for the sites they want the video uploaded to (first time only and user/ pass details are stored for subsequent sessions). The third step: the selected video is submitted to multiple video sites.

Video uploading sites supported include YouTube, MySpace, Google Video, Yahoo Videos, Dailymotion and

Hey!Spread is not the prettiest site you’ll see this week, but it is practical. Video content creators are moving to multi-point distribution of content and a one stop service like Hey!Spread will definitely come in handy.


Ex Microsoft Team Launches “They’re Beautiful”

A team of ex-Microsofties left to create Jackson Fish Market, with the tagline “Handcrafted Software Experiences,” in November 2006. In their introductory blog post, co-founder Hillel Cooperman talks about his grandfather’s fish store, Jackson Fish, a “small businesses was run by family, with everyone pitching in as best they could” and which sold “handcrafted products” that “that both address a core customer need, but also make them feel emotionally satisfied, content, and… happy.” They credit 37 Signals with much of the inspiration behind the company.

They’re working on a number of projects, and “They’re Beautiful” is the first to launch. It’s a free virtual flowers site. Users can send a virtual bouquet to any email address (even without registering). The recipient sees the bouquet and can choose to put it in their Greenhouse on the site by registering. They then must return every few days to “water” the flowers and keep them from wilting.

The coolest feature is the ability to embed the virtual gifts in another website, as I’ve done above. The “products” are visually stunning, and if they can get significant enough distribution through the widgets it would be a simple step to add premium, limited edition items in the future for a fee.

The timing of the launch is perfect, as Facebook and others are testing virtual goods (HotOrNot has sold virtual flowers for years) and the market seems set to explode.

I’m going to refrain from watering my flowers. I’m hoping the wilting process is as visually interesting as the flowers themselves. Can’t wait to see if they actually show dead flowers in the widget.

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Google to Acquire Postini for $625 million

Google Just in from Google HQ - news that Google has acquired Postini for $625 million. Postini has 300 employes and handles message security, archiving, encryption, and policy enforcement. Postini will become a wholly-owned subsidiary of Google and the deal should close by the end of the 3rd quarter 2007. The Google blog has just updated with the news. There is also a very detailed FAQ document for download.

From the Google news bulletin:

"With this transaction, we're reinforcing our commitment to delivering compelling hosted applications to businesses of all sizes. With the addition of Postini, our apps are not just simple and appealing to users -- they can also streamline the complex information security mandates within these organizations," said Eric Schmidt, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Google.

"The response to Google Apps has been tremendous, with more than 1,000 small businesses signing up for the service every day. At the same time, large businesses have been reluctant to move to hosted applications due to issues of security and corporate compliance. By adding Postini products to Google's technology, businesses no longer have to choose -- employees get the intuitive products they want, and the company achieves the security and assurance it needs," said Dave Girouard, Vice President and General Manager, Google Enterprise.

"As the market leader in on-demand secure communications and compliance solutions, Postini complements Google perfectly. We share a commitment to providing enterprise customers with compelling technology alternatives. This is an exciting milestone, one that will certainly lead to the next level of rapid innovation," said Quentin Gallivan, President and Chief Executive Officer of Postini.

"Postini's founding vision is to bring to market technology solutions that address enterprise messaging problems in a different way. Our on-demand offering liberates businesses from the burdens associated with traditional on-premise solutions. We are proud of what we have done to achieve our vision on behalf of our customers, and combining Google and Postini is a powerful next step in this creative journey," said Scott Petry, Founder, Chief Technical Officer, and Executive Vice President of Product Development at Postini.

I guess this continues Google's pace of acquiring one large company a week.