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Day two at TechCrunch50: Awesome. None of the day one problems with the Internet access, thank God. The celebrities had left the stage. It was all about the startups on stage and in the demopit. Day two sessions included Collaboration, Finance & Statistics, Mobile and Language/Platform Tools. At least two startups had standing, cheering ovations: Swype (virtual keyboard input) and Tonchidot (real world tagging via iPhone). The Ustream feed was lively as well. In addition to an average of 1,000 people in the room at any given time, another 3,100 on average were watching on Ustream. That’s a lot of people watching each company launch. Between launches we had the chance to ask questions directly to top venture capitalists. And Jason Calacanis finished the day off with a fascinating, soundbite filled interview with Mark Cuban. Except the day wasn’t actually finished…E... (more)

JAJAH Turns iPod Touch Into an iPhone

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 02/05/09 -- JAJAH, the leading IP telecommunications company, today announced a complete revamp of the iPod touch, turning the device into a fully functioning mobile phone for consumers. The new capability, available as a white label solution, enables carriers as well as non-carriers to launch the service under their own brand and provide their customers with the ability to make low-cost phone calls and send SMS text messages to any phone in the world from their iPod touch. To use the service, end users only require an iPod touch and a Wi-Fi connection, with no need for a SIM card or contract. Move over, iPhone The iPod touch is one of the most popular consumer devices in the world for music, entertainment, Web-browsing and now, making phone calls. "Millions of people around the world already have an iPod touch in their pocket. ... (more)

Microsoft Alliance Taps NewsGator for Enterprise Social Computing Capabilities

NewsGator joins Microsoft Technology Center Alliances Program, exposing organizations around the world to the power of NewsGator Social Sites DENVER, May 12 /PRNewswire/ -- NewsGator has joined an exclusive circle of software providers working through Microsoft Technology Centers (MTCs) to develop powerful solutions for business customers around the world. The 18 MTCs provide customers with experts and resources to envision, plan, build, deploy, operate and optimize secure customized computing solutions based on Microsoft and partner technologies. NewsGator's membership in the Microsoft Technology Center Alliances Program gives new customers hands-on experience with the power of NewsGator's Social Sites(TM) enterprise social computing software working in concert with Microsoft Office SharePoint(R) Server 2007 (MOSS). The MTC then guides customers through planning, ... (more)

BooksOnBoard Selects ORCA for Branded Payment Solution, Providing Consumers More Choices and a Simpler Purchase Process

BooksOnBoard, the largest independent eBook store and a pioneer in the online distribution of digital books, has partnered with ORCA, a leading provider of payment and transaction solutions for digital media companies, to provide consumers with a new and easier payment option to be available in mid-December. With eBooks the major buzz this holiday season and consumers moving to cash and debit cards due to the economy, the new BoB Pay system anticipates both increased eBook sales volume and the customer’s need to purchase with debit cards. Supported by ORCA’s platform, BoB Pay will allow customers to make repeat purchases of eBooks and MP3 audio books faster and more efficiently without re-entering checkout data. Importantly, BoB Pay enables customers to use debit cards for payment. With the BoB Pay platform seamlessly – and securely – integrated into the site itsel... (more)

Tesco Mobile to Bring Its Iphone to the UK on December 14

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM -- (Marketwire) -- 12/10/09 -- Tesco Mobile today announced that it will launch iPhone in the UK on December 14, in time for Christmas. iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS will be available to Tesco customers from just Pounds Sterling 20 a month, the lowest monthly contract price in the UK market. Tesco Mobile will also offer the first ever 12 month iPhone contract in the UK. Tesco Mobile will be the first mobile network to offer iPhone 3GS 16GB for free with unlimited calls, texts, and browsing, on a 24 month contract, for Pounds Sterling 60 a month.(i) iPhone 3GS is the fastest, most powerful iPhone yet, packed with incredible new features including improved speed and performance - up to twice as fast as iPhone 3G - with longer battery life, a high-quality 3 megapixel autofocus camera, easy to use video recording and hands free voice control. The grou... (more)

Intacct Enables Faith Promise Church to Save More Than $50,000 Yearly From Improved Operational Efficiency

SAN JOSE, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 12/15/09 -- Intacct, the leader in cloud financial management and accounting applications, today announced Faith Promise Church has moved its finances to the cloud with Intacct. Using Intacct, Faith Promise Church has eliminated duplicate data entry, automated financial processes, enhanced reporting and improved fund accounting. The church estimates that the operational efficiencies gained with Intacct result in a savings of more than $50,000 each year just in the reduced headcount required to manage its finances. Faith Promise Church, based in Knoxville, Tennessee, had been using ACS Financial, but as the church grew it found the accounting system wasn't scaling at the same level. The church struggled with manual and often duplicate data entry, paper-intensive processes and a lack of visibility into financial data. After evaluating ... (more)

Waterford Crystal Celebrates the Sparkle of a New Beginning in 2010

WALL, N.J., Jan. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- From a crystal ball high above Times Square to Hollywood's red carpet, Waterford is celebrating the sparkle of a new beginning in 2010 with a positive sales outlook, new marketing campaign designed to contemporize the brand, strategic partnerships and other milestones. (Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20100108/SF34562) The Times Square New Year's Eve Ball - made of 2,668 custom designed Waterford Crystal triangles - dazzled millions as it welcomed Jan. 1, while thousands of people around the world downloaded the company's new "Clink-Clink" iPhone application to make virtual New Year's toasts with Waterford stemware. Five days later on Jan. 6, the craftsmanship of Waterford artisans was again on display as the new official trophy of the People's Choice Awards, kicking off the Hollywood award season with a sparkle. ... (more)

uHear(TM) iTunes medical application a top 10 download as concerned Americans test their hearing

PLYMOUTH, MN, Feb. 2 /PRNewswire/ - Today represents a milestone for the uHear(TM) application as it surpasses the quarter of a million download mark. uHear, a self-administered hearing screening test for the iPhone(TM) and iPod touch(R), has seen a continuous position on iTunes top 10 medical downloads since its release. There are approximately 36 million Americans afflicted by hearing loss(1) and it is projected that by the year 2015 the number of Americans suffering from hearing loss will increase between 20 to 25 percent.(2) Consumer are becoming more aware and seeking discreet, free testing options. To date more than 300,000 people have taken advantage of uHear, the most widely distributed hearing screening test ever. "We know that people downloading uHear typically share the application with two to four others," commented Cameron Hay, President and CEO of Uni... (more)

Audiobooks.com Launches the First Unlimited Cloud-Based Service for Audio Books

TORONTO, Jan. 24, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Audiobooks.com announced today the launch of the first unlimited cloud-based audio book service. For $24.95 per month, users can take advantage of unlimited cloud-based audio content via an Android or Apple mobile device with no need to return audio books, no long-term contracts and no time constraints on audio book use. Audiobooks.com features several technical innovations that are unavailable from any other audio book source. Since it's a cloud-based service, Audiobooks.com allows users to instantly access thousands of popular titles from anywhere using an Internet-enabled mobile device such as an iPhone, iPad, Android smartphone or tablet. There are no storage constraints because the content resides on the cloud, and users can access and play audio books instantly with no downloading necessary. Users can mark their place i... (more)

Free Voice Call/Messenger Application 'LINE' Reaches 15 Million Downloads in Total

TOKYO, January 27, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --   - Further Enhancing Its Presence in Non-English Language Countries with Growing Users in Middle East, Southeast Asia and Europe - NHN Japan Corporation (NHN Japan hereafter) announced that the total downloads of its free voice call/messenger smartphone application 'LINE' reached 15 million on January 27, 2012, in 7 months after its release. Changes in number of total downloads (iPhone/Android total) http://naverland.naver.jp/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/1500mdl.jpg LINE is a smartphone application that enables its users to enjoy free voice calls and messaging, regardless of country or carrier. Since its launch on June 23, 2011, its stickers and "emoji" (pictorial symbols) enabling rich, non-verbal communication and free voice calls has enjoyed popularity and attracted users particularly in the Middle East and Southeast Asia, rea... (more)

Super Bowl 2012 Streams Live Through Facebook Via FreeCast.com

ORLANDO, Fla., Feb. 2, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Everybody now knows that NBC and the NFL are streaming this Sunday's Super Bowl LIVE over the Internet, but now one very special Facebook app, built by FreeCast.com, will provide Facebook users with the ability to watch it right from their profile pages while socializing and commenting about the big game with their many friends simultaneously. FreeCast.com is billed as "Your Personal Channel Guide", delivering over 7000 TV, Movie, Radio, News, Sports, Show, and Event Channels over the Internet, and now FreeCast's Facebook app will guide Facebook users to the available Super Bowl streams. "Facebook users will now see the huge benefit of our FreeCast app with the coming of this highly visible event. Not only will they understand that they can watch TV on their Facebook profile pages, but they will be sharing, commenting, a... (more)