• Defending America's Foreign Policy One Adsense Unit At A Time

    Not content to leave Tom Cruise alone in a self promotional Adwords Campaign, the American Government is buying Adwords units in defense of American Foreign Policy. The ad (pictured right) reads “Peace & Security, Creating security through improved relations and cooperation” and links through to a page on America.gov with a motto of “Telling America’s Story.”… Read More

  • Lycos Cinema: More Social Than Hulu, But With A Lot Less Content

    Lycos might be one of the last names you’d expect to see associated with the online video darlings YouTube and Hulu. The search-engine-cum-internet-portal that rose to international popularity in the late 90s before crashing down to earth post-bubble-burst certainly hasn’t been on our radar more than a couple of times in the last three years. But the South Korean-owned holdover… Read More

  • Contest: Win a sweet Tokyoflash watch

    If you haven’t checked out our review of two Tokyoflash watches yet, go and do so. Because there will be a test! Seriously, there will. For your chance to win a cool watch from Tokyoflash (not necessarily one from the review, but hey), check out the instructions after the link. It’s quite simple, really, and in a few days we’ll have three winners. What are you waiting for? Read More

  • TechCrunch/CrunchGear Prague Meet-up Update


    We’re a few weeks away from the Prague TC/CG Meet-up and things are heating up. We have four sponsors lined up for the show: Nelso – Multi-language local search for Europe
    GoodData – A data analysis suite by Roman Stanek, founder of NetBeans and Systinet,
    Newstin – Global social news
    Geewa Multi-player games for mobile and PC We’re confirmed at Restaurace… Read More

  • Mininova Heads Towards 5 Billion Downloads

    The Pirate Bay may get all the headlines, but BitTorrent directory Mininova continues to grow. Stats from the site above (some are public, some via a non-published link) show the site is quickly racing towards 5 billion downloads after having only passed 4 billion February 18. On comparison, Mininova comes out ahead on traffic. The Pirate Bay doesn’t offer a download figure, only… Read More

  • Deutsche Telekom eyeing Sprint, wants T-Mobile to be #1 in the US


    This isn’t the first I’ve heard about T-Mobile’s parent company Deutsche Telekom possibly looking to acquire Sprint and I still don’t see it happening, but stranger things have happened. Sprint is currently the 3rd largest operator in the US with T-Mobile ranked 4th. If DT were to merge or takeover Sprint, T-Mobile would shoot straight to the top of heap, but… Read More

  • RSS Reader News Alloy To Join The Deadpool

    RSS Reader News Alloy is to shut due to a lack of funding. Michael first reviewed the site in January 2006 and it was mentioned again in a round up of RSS Readers later that year. The following email was sent to News Alloy users: You received this email because you are registered user of News Alloy Project – Web2.0 based Feed Reader. (http://www.newsalloy.com/) Bad times finally came… Read More

  • 'MacGyver' movie will be shot on cameras made from bobbie pins, gum wrappers, and pine cones

    http://widgets.nbc.com/o/4727a250e66f9723/481e1b0d643057e9 That’s right folks, MacGyver might be hitting the big screen. The man behind the original MacGyver series, Lee David Zlotoff, hinted at an upcoming feature-length film. Details are pretty scant at this point, but Zlotoff apparently mentioned that he retains the movie rights and "announced he has a big budget MacGyver movie… Read More

  • Alleged 'HTC Touch Diamond' photos and details

    Rumors are swirling concerning the device that HTC is getting set to launch on Tuesday in London. I’ll be at the event to report that actual facts, but here’s a leaked photo from an Italian website called NewsMobile and some supposed specs. – Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional – 2.8-inch VGA (640×480) touchscreen with HTC’s "Touch FLO"… Read More

  • CrunchDeals: 25.5" LCD for $409.99 after $50 rebate

    Newegg.com has the Westinghouse L2610NW-SP for $459.99, plus a $50 mail-in rebate, which brings the price down to $409.99. Shipping’s almost $20, but this is still a pretty good deal for such a big monitor. Specs include a 25.5-inch viewing area, 1920×1200 resolution, 350 cd/m2 brightness, VGA and HDMI inputs, and 3-watt built-in speakers. Westinghouse L2610NW-SP [Newegg.com]… Read More

  • Yahoo Prepares For A Black Monday

    As everyone digests yesterday’s extraordinary news around Microsoft’s withdrawal of their Yahoo bid, the big rumor around the valley is that Yahoo is frantically trying to negotiate a deal with Google to outsource search advertising and get it announced before the markets open tomorrow.

    Yahoo-Google? It’s not clear that Google still wants to do such a deal now that the… Read More

  • Happy belated 30th birthday, Spam

    According to the Washington Post, yesterday marked thirty years since the first spam message was sent out. Computer salesman Gary Thuerk was kind enough to grace Arpanet users with the following on May 3, 1978… "We invite you to come see the 2020 and hear about the DECSYSTEM-20 family at the two product presentations we will be giving in California this month." Spam… Read More

  • Lamp made from old-school Nintendo Zapper

    This is a cool looking lamp, yes? What’s even cooler is that the girl who put this together made that Duck Hunt cartridge out of cardboard because a standard Nintendo cartridge didn’t provide enough stability. "A regular cartridge was too small a base, so I measured one and made a 1.5 scale replica out of cardboard, and screwed the gun to it.  I weighted it with stones… Read More

  • Does Ballmer Need To Go?


    Microsoft’s dramatic decision this weekend to withdraw its offer for Yahoo and not pursue a hostile bid raises a whole host of questions. What happens to Yahoo now? What happens to Microsoft? Or is this just a tactic to drive down the price of Yahoo’s shares so that Microsoft can go hostile with a lower offer? And if the deal really is dead, does Steve Ballmer need to start… Read More

  • Microsoft/Yahoo: Summary Of Today's News & Bonus Gillmor Gang

    Summary Of Today’s News: Negotiations between Yahoo and Microsoft, widely expected to result in a negotiated deal by Monday, fell apart today. There were a number of statements, all summarized below. Steve Gillmor also convened a special session of the Gillmor Gang at 7 pm to analyze the news – The transcript is still being created, but the recording is now up and live. Listen to… Read More

  • Breaking: Microsoft drops bid for Yahoo

    It’s all over, folks. Microsoft is no longer pursuing Yahoo. Read More

  • Yahoo Responds: "The distraction of Microsoft’s unsolicited proposal now behind us"

    Yahoo issued the following press release responding to the breakdown in today’s Microsoft negotiations (interesting that Chairman Roy Bostock is taking center stage here, not CEO Jerry Yang). As we said earlier, this is just the beginning of a very long week for Yahoo. Yahoo! Issues Statement in Response to Microsoft SUNNYVALE, Calif., May 03, 2008 (BUSINESS WIRE) — Roy… Read More

  • Yahoo's Tough Week Ahead

    At around 4:30 California time today news broke that Microsoft has formally withdrawn its offer to acquire Yahoo (see Ballmer’s email to Microsoft employees here). Among other things, that ends a three month stock party where the market value of Yahoo jumped from about 26.2 billion to nearly $40 billion based on Microsoft’s offer to acquire Yahoo for $31/share on February 1.. That… Read More

  • Email From Steve Ballmer To All Microsoft Employees

    The following email was sent to all Microsoft employees from CEO Steve Ballmer at 5:17 pm PDT (see Breaking: Microsoft Withdraws Yahoo Bid; Walks Away From Deal): From: Steve Ballmer
    Date: May 3, 2008 5:17:30 PM PDT
    To: “Microsoft – All Employees (QBDG)”
    Subject: Withdrawal of Offer to Acquire Yahoo! This afternoon I sent the attached letter [see update 2 here for letter… Read More

  • Breaking: Microsoft Withdraws Yahoo Bid; Walks Away From Deal (Updated)

    Microsoft will announce shortly that they have withdrawn their offer to acquire Yahoo. Talks between the two companies and their advisors broke down earlier today, according to a source close to Microsoft, after a failure to come to agreement on price and other terms. A final meeting occurred today at Microsoft headquarters in Redmond, between Jerry Yang and David Filo from Yahoo, and… Read More

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