CNET News Daily Podcast: What the financial crisis means to tech start-ups

How tech start-ups can cope with the financial crisis; new rumors from Apple on iPhone 2.2 software; playing Nintendo Wii from your hotel room; braving the spandex to suit up for Iron Man's motion capture technology.

Tech start-ups are at high risk during this financial crisis since they can't get credit and venture capital money is drying up. Webware editor Rafe Needleman offers some words of encouragement and advice for staying afloat during these rough times.

Apple is rumored to soon be releasing its 2.2 software update for the iPhone . According to Apple sources, expect this one to include a refit of Safari to read better on the handheld and an update to the App Store. Searching for applications by category is rumored to get easier, and Apple will supposedly only let people who have actually purchased them to write reviews.

Next time you're booking a hotel stay, keep this next little bit of news in mind. Several hotels in the Marriott chain will now be offering in-room Nintendo Wiis with a selection of 20 games.

In celebration of the Iron Man release on DVD, I paid a visit to Industrial Light and Magic's San Francisco offices to try out the motion capture technology firsthand. Learn how visual effects teams create those great movie moments, and catch this reporter in spandex, impersonating Iron Man. Or in this case, Iron Woman .


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Today's stories:

More App Store tweaks expected with iPhone 2.2

Nintendo strikes Wii hotel deal

Morphing into Iron Woman

How start-ups can survive

FAQ: What to expect from a new IP cabinet position

Dress up your Facebook profile with PageRage

Playing Iron Man for a day

About the author

Kara Tsuboi has covered technology news for CNET and CBS Interactive for nearly seven years. From cutting edge robotics at NASA to the hottest TVs at CES to Apple events in San Francisco, Kara has reported on it all. In addition to daily news, twice every week her "Tech Minutes" are broadcast to CBS TV stations across the country.

 

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