Pandora and Slacker for streaming radio take them to go.
Pandora is free.
Slacker base edition is free. They also have a premium version for $10/month
Cuil is a stealth search engine startup which claims that it can index web pages significantly faster and cheaper than Google. Cuill has told potential investors that their indexing costs will be 1/10th of Google’s, based on new search architectures and relevance methods. In some ways Cuill is the polar opposite of Powerset, which has huge indexing costs because it does a deep contextual analysis on every sentence on every web page. Powerset’s indexing costs, therefore, should be much higher per web page than Google’s.
Cuil was also founded by highly respected search experts. Husband and wife team Tom Costello and Anna Patterson were joined by Russell Power. Patterson and Power are ex-Google search experts. Costello was the founder of Xift.
Cuil met with venture capitalists, but we’re hearing that Costello and Patterson eventually self-funded the company with a $5ish million injection of capital. They now have 10-15 employees and an office in Menlo Park.
- 7/28/08 — Cuil launches publicly 3
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Welcome to Cuil—the world’s biggest search engine. The Internet has grown. We think it’s time search did too.
The Internet has grown exponentially in the last fifteen years but search engines have not kept up—until now. Cuil searches more pages on the Web than anyone else—three times as many as Google and ten times as many as Microsoft.
Rather than rely on superficial popularity metrics, Cuil searches for and ranks pages based on their content and relevance. When we find a page with your keywords, we stay on that page and analyze the rest of its content, its concepts, their inter-relationships and the page’s coherency.
Then we offer you helpful choices and suggestions until you find the page you want and that you know is out there. We believe that analyzing the Web rather than our users is a more useful approach, so we don’t collect data about you and your habits, lest we are tempted to peek. With Cuil, your search history is always private.
Cuil is an old Irish word for knowledge. For knowledge, ask Cuil.
ScanDigital converts old photos to digital format. Customers send in their loose snapshots or albums, and the company scans and color-corrects them. The photos are given a permanent online home on the company’s photo sharing site, to which customers can upload additional images.
ScanDigital began with a simple question from the mother of one of our founders. It was the 2006 holiday season and Mike Mothner was at home opening presents with his family. This year the gift that was the biggest hit was the digital camera Mike gave his mother. The wrapping paper hadn’t even hit the floor before she was busy lining the Mothner family up for picture after picture. Mike’s mom was thrilled at just how easy her new digital camera was to use, and by the time she had downloaded all her photos on to the computer she was hooked. Mike’s mom had officially gone digital. Later that night as the family sat down for dinner, a thought occurred to Mrs. Mothner. She turned to Mike and simply asked, “so how do I put all the photos in the garage on my computer?”
Little did she know it, but with that innocent question she planted the seed that would become ScanDigital, Mike started searching the internet for a company that would provide quality digitization services for a fair price. Mike knew he didn’t want to send his mom’s photo out of the country, but was unable to find a stateside company that could deliver the level of service he wanted for a reasonable price. The more Mike looked into it, the more he started thinking that there must be plenty of moms, dads and countless others who were also facing the dilemma of what to do with their old photos, slides and negatives.
Several days later at a New Year’s Eve party in San Diego, Mike approached his long-time friend and soon to be co-founder Anderson Schoenrock. Anderson listened as Mike explained the problem his mom faced in converting her photos to digital and how there just wasn’t service that combined value, security and high quality. As the two discussed it, something clicked. It was just one of those moments; both Anderson and Mike they were onto something big. Right there on the balcony of the Torrey Pines Hilton, the two began laying the groundwork for ScanDigital.
Getting ScanDigital up and running was no easy feat. The hours were long and work was hard, but both Mike and Anderson knew they were creating a truly unique service. Within three months, they had developed a business plan and hired programmers to build the web site and general infrastructure. About six months after their initial discussion, Mike and Anderson officially launched ScanDigital to the public.
Today, ScanDigital is the premier photo digitization service. Its industry leading innovations have created the most user-friendly process available. Combining tremendous value with an impeccable service, ScanDigital is poised to lead the digital conversion revolution. All thanks to Mike’s mom.
I love Southwest airlines. They offer good value and good service.
KTLA had a segment with Bill Smith this morning.
Southwest is becoming the #1 airline in southern california
Flying Boeing 737 simplifies maintenance.
At the end of this quarter Southwest will compromise the percentage of flights inn each airport:
Orange County John Wayne: 29%
Southwest raised prices 4 times this year while the other airlines have raised prices 20 times this year.
Southwest fuel $2.19 others $3.51.
15% jump in profit
Here’s the letter to Yahoo Music subscribers, what’s next.
Here’s the email Yahoo! Music sent out to customers last night:
The Yahoo! Music Store, along with the ability to purchase and download
single songs and albums, will no longer be available as of September 30,
Songs and albums that were purchased through the Yahoo! Music Unlimited
Store are protected by a digital rights management system that requires a
valid license key before they can be played on your computer.
After the Store closes, Yahoo! will no longer be able to support the
retrieval of license keys for music purchased from Yahoo! Music Unlimited,
and Yahoo! will no longer be able to authorize song playback on additional
After September 30, 2008, you will not be able to transfer songs to
unauthorized computers or re-license these songs after changing operating
systems. Please note that your purchased tracks will generally continue to
play on your existing authorized computers unless there is a change to the
computer’s operating system.
For any user who purchased tracks through Yahoo! Music Unlimited, we highly
recommend that you back up the purchased tracks to an audio CD before the
closing of the Store on September 30, 2008. Backing up your music to an
audio CD will allow you to copy the music back to your computer again if the
license keys for your original music files cannot be retrieved.
For further information on the closing of the Yahoo! Music Store, please
refer to the Frequently Asked Questions or contact Customer Care.
Stay tuned! While the Yahoo! Music Unlimited Store will no longer be
available, Yahoo! Music has partnered with Rhapsody so you can still
purchase your favorite tracks. Plus, Yahoo! Music will continue to offer
users a complete online music experience with the largest collection of
music videos, Internet radio, exclusive artist features, music news, and
Thank you for using Yahoo! Music.
Fan injured, 17 ejected in Ohio baseball brawl
Here’s the video
KFWB segment on gas under $4.00.
Fast Gas on Washington Blvd.
These gas stations are closed and not serving gas. I live in the area and they leave their signs up but are not serving gas. I don’t know why, but that is what they choose to do.
Can soy reduce sperm count?
Build A Sign
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DIRECTV delivers satellite-based television and broadband services to over 15 million US customers in homes and businesses. With our electronic program guide (EPG), digital video recorder (DVR) services, interactive features, HD programming and quality customer service, DIRECTV continues to offer consumers a superior alternative to cable.
A subscriber activation results from the following:
•Customer places online order on directv.com for satellite TV service
•An installer sets up their equipment, and inserts a special card into the satellite receiver which “activates” the service.
DIRECTV consumers get:
•Local channels included
•No equipment to buy. No start-up costs.
•Free installation of 4-room system.
•100% digital picture and sound on every channel
•Higher customer satisfaction rating than cable – 6 years running.
•Free DVR or HD upgrade. Ask how!
DIRECTV has strict Search restrictions and “zero tolerance” as defined by their keyword link details. Currently, publishers are not allowed to participate in any type of paid search campaigns. If/when this is changed, we will be sure to alert all publishers of this change.
Tonight I am at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles.
Baka Beyond will be performing.
You can read about it on the Skirball website.
The Sierra Madre Community Services Commission Presents:
Sierra Madre Farmers Market
Join Us on Wednesdays 4PM to 8PM
Creating a Healthy Community Through People, Parks, and Programs!
You’ll find an excellent selection of fresh vegetables and seasonal fruit at the market. Everything comes directly to you from certified California farms and has been grown without the use of harmful chemical pesticides, so you can be sure you are making the healthiest choices for you and your family.
Also, available is a variety of freshly made hot food snacks like corn-on-the-cob, tamales and rotisserie roasted chicken. And prepackaged foods to take away, such as Greek-style hummus, feta cheese, olive oils, freshly baked breads, honey, fruit pies, nuts, fresh seafood, traditional German sausages, and more!
At the public parking lot on Mariposa Ave, just south of Sierra Madre Blvd. Between Memorial Park and S. Baldwin Ave.
Sponsored and Operated by Scholastic Gardens.
For more information call (310) 633 3966 or email Tanja Castle at [email protected]
MOVING ON UP: The 101, that is. As of Monday (7/21), HITS magazine will say goodbye to Hollywood and hello to North Hollywood as we move into our new location at 4220 Lankershim Blvd., 3rd floor, N. Hollywood, CA 91602. (818) 506-8800. Call before you drop by. (7/18a)