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Ambitious startup Thingd aims to catalog everything

Posted by Jazz English Categories: Startups

 

A Thingd.com listing

Thingd was recently put in the spotlight by the New York Observer, ending a period of intentional un-discovery. 

Thingd-- short for Thing Daemon-- is dedicated to cataloging absolutely every thing there is. Where Facebook managed to offer a platform for people to catalog themselves along with their personality, founder of Thingd, Joe Einhorn wants to do the same for objects. He explains his ambitions. "I think of objects as the last great uncharted territory on the map."
 
The Thingd team (capping at only nine developers) has been at this for about two years and have already managed to catalog "hundreds of millions of objects in our database," says Einhorn, "and we're adding more than two million a week."

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Consumers Used Car Internet Check

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Internet, Transportation

Database Map

The Department of Justice has created a public federal database that lets used car buyers check them out before purchase. About 2/3 completed, put in a vehicle number and you can get the car’s record. Salvage yards, states and insurance companies are required to submit the information that will include if the vehicle was damaged in a disaster or rebuilt after being wrecked or stolen. About 40 to 50 million used cars are sold in the U.S. every year. Since you never really know what kind of shape the vehicle you want is in, it’s definitely worth the $2.50 to get a report.

 

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Monster Database Hacked

Monster logoLooking for a job on Monster? Then you may be at risk of security theft. Apparently their database was hacked into worldwide and data such as user IDs and passwords, email addresses, names, phone numbers and some basic demographic data was accessed. The site suggests that you change your password and has a security page with more guidelines. They do not ever contact you by email, so if you see one that looks Monster related, delete it quickly as it may be a phishing scheme. We would suggest that you never post a resume online as this is way more info than you should put out there.

Read More | Monster

Send Your Name to the Moon

Moon Certificate

Want to go to the Moon, but can’t afford the ticket? You and your buds, family members, and pets can be put on the Send Your Name to the Moon Website. After you enter your name, you will be added to a database. That will be put on a microchip integrated into a future moon-hopping spacecraft and orbit around Luna for years.You can even print a certificate of proof. The deadline for submissions is June 28.

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Scan and Organize Business Cards with NewSoft’s Presto! BizCard Reader5

NewSoft Presto! BizCard Reader5

Is your wallet or business card folder too bulky from scads of business cards? We suggest getting organized with the NewSoft Presto! BizCard Reader5, which will not only scan those cards, but create a database of contact information which you can update and customize. There is even a search tool, so you can find that caterer’s number in a matter of seconds. Available for both Windows and Mac, the Presto! BizCard Reader5 costs $130, and includes a CD-Rom, USB cable and calibration card.

 

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Testing Our New Server Setup - You Can Help!

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Announcements, Videos

Hey guys - so, in preparation for the holiday rush, with CES following afterwards, we have upgraded our server configuration. We are now hoping to stress-test the hell out of it to make sure all is well. This is where you guys come in.

We recently posted our video featuring the launch day of Nintendo Wii, which you can check out here. The video is linked to on Digg, and we are asking all of you to Digg it if you enjoy the video. If we make it to the front page of Digg, we can monitor what the huge traffic spike does to the servers, and can then adjust accordingly. Are you in?

If so, please head on over to Digg, and Digg this.

So, watch the video, and if you like it, Digg it. It will help us out more than you know, and have us fully prepared for CES 2007.

Thanks again everyone!


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