• Stephen Colbert Facebook group sets all kinds of records, Founding Fathers pleased

    We get it: everyone loves Stephen Colbert. Now the New York Times gets it, too. It interviewed the 16-year-old who started the Facebook group “1,000,000 For Stephen T Colbert,” and boy oh boy did the kid have tons of insight. What amazed me the most was how [Barack] Obama’s 1 Million Strong Group took more than 8 months to get about 380,000 members, but Colbert’s 1… Read More

  • GameStop no longer offering Xbox 360 replacement plan

    If the failure rate of the Xbox 360 doesn’t start improving soon, even Best Buy of all places will stop offering a replacement plan for the console. Normally, these plans are designed to increase profits for the retailer by offering an extended warranty to the customer for more money. However, as GameStop has quickly realized, this becomes more of a pain in the ass for a store when a… Read More

  • 'Black Nerd' raps about Nintendo Wii, dethrones Urkel

    Wow. Top notch video here from one of Vid-hop’s up-and-coming superstars. I may or may not have just made up the term “Vid-hop” in that I’ve never heard it before but it might already exist. If it doesn’t, I got dibs. If you like this video, there’s plenty more on Black Nerd’s website. Buy Mii a Wii – Black Nerd Music Video [YouTube] Read More

  • Hulu.com Beta: Huh, OK

    I’m going to withhold my haterage for a bit as I try the new Hulu beta, but so far it’s acceptable at best but not earth-shattering. Here’s what’s going on: NBC Universal and News Corp decided to offer their hot hot content online. What is that hot hot content? Mostly SNL clips, Family Guy episodes, and The Office. However, they do have the Breakfast Club, Heroes, and… Read More

  • T-Mobile Shadow, the fun phone, on October 31

    The “official phone of fun,” the T-Mobile Shadow, now has a release date: October 31. The HTC-manufactured phone is very much consumer-oriented and emphasizes “fun” above everything else. (Hopefully not functionality.) MyFaves has been enhanced. In addition to being able to call your five favoritest people in the whole wide world, you’ll be able to e-mail, IM and… Read More

  • Oral Hygiene Monitor automatically tells your dentist if you've been flossing

    This is fairly high up on the weird scale, but since October is wellness month at CG… Meet the Oral Hygiene Monitor. It’s a small metal plate that you bite down on once or twice a day. The monitor scans your mouth to see what’s been going on: any sign of flossing, brushing, how often, etc. It then sends all this information to a database at your dentist’s office, giving… Read More

  • EveryScape Takes Streetview Indoors

    The geographical web is growing a little bit more today, EveryScape, which we first covered in June, is launching in Boston, New York, Miami, and Aspen. On the face of it, their service is exactly the same as Google Streetview. EveryScape has driven around each of the cities creating full 360 degree panoramas. However, there’s one key twist — anyone can contribute. Contributions… Read More

  • Three to launch Skype phone today

    UPDATED: See below for the details following the announcement… The finer details of the long-awaited Skype phone announcement from mobile operator Three break this morning, but quite a lot is known already about the deal which the network hopes will revive its flagging fortunes. The phone will offer free international calls over the handset between Skype users, but won’t allow them… Read More

  • LG Shine Wood: When new paint jobs attack

    This is more about getting than word out than anything else. LG will add the LG Shine Wood (LB2500H) to the LG Telecom stable of cellphones. Its name comes from the wood grain pattern paint job. Other than that, it’s same old cellphone. In fact, the features are so standard, I won’t even bother to list them. So… how well is The Arsenal playing? Just give them the Premiership… Read More

  • Google's Response to Facebook: "Maka-Maka"

    Google may have lost the bidding war to invest in Facebook, but it is preparing its own major assault on the social networking scene. It goes by the codename “Maka-Maka” inside the Googleplex (or, perhaps, “Makamaka”). Maka-Maka encompasses Google’s grand plan to build a social layer across all of its applications. Some details about Maka-Maka have already… Read More

  • Simpler Video Ads (for advertisers) With Adap.tv

    2007 has been a milestone year for video advertising with a gamut of companies attacking the opportunity from every which way. Today Adap.tv, a relatively new entrant into the contextual video advertising space, is announcing a new initiative with potential to propel it to the front of the pack. Adap.tv is letting advertisers without any video advertising experience jump right in with… Read More

  • More Hulu Goodness: Embedded Video

    http://www.hulu.com/embed/1397 If you are still waiting for a Hulu invite and want to see more than the lower quality video available on AOL, here you go. Silicon Alley Insider noticed that embedding video gives others the ability to watch that and other related content, and embed it themselves. Let me know if you are outside of the U.S. and can’t see the video. Update: Ok, the comments… Read More

  • Maybe: New Santa Rosa MacBooks as early as tomorrow

    After a while, predicting the release of anything becomes a tautology. Take the MacBook. We’ve been seeing rumors about a revised model for several months now. The latest such rumors—it could be released as early as tomorrow, right in line with previous “early November” predictions—only serve to keep this prediction racket going. Could it be released tomorrow? Read More

  • Verizon Has Strong Third Quarter

    Verizon Communications announced today that its quarterly revenue rose due to strong wireless subscription growth. Verizon Wireless, which Verizon Communications owns with Vodafone, added 1.8 million net retail customers in the quarter, giving the company 63.7 million subscribers. “It’s a story of tremendous strength in wireless and continued deterioration in wire line,”… Read More

  • Alibaba Set to Be Second Biggest Internet IPO Ever

    China’s high-flying Internet stocks are about to get a major addition when B2B marketplace Alibaba goes public on November 6. The IPO is on track to raise $1.5 billion for the Chinese Internet company, according to Bloomberg. That would make it the second-biggest Internet IPO ever, after Google’s $1.9 billion offering in 2004. Alibaba, which was founded by Chinese celebpreneur… Read More

  • Skype Launches Its Mobile Phone Overseas

    Skype’s anticipated mobile phone is now official. Britain’s mobile carrier 3 will start selling it on November 2 in the UK, and later this year in Australia, Austria, Denmark, Hong Kong, Italy, Ireland, Macau and Sweden. This will be the first mobile phone with Skype built in, meaning that calls to other Skype members are free. The phone will cost about $100 with a pay-as-you-go… Read More

  • When Google Strikes: The Story Of EnjoyPerth.net

    Google has gone through an unprecedented upheaval this month. As we reported on October 24 Google downgraded the page rank of a broad range of blogs. The scary thing is that they’ve done another page rank update again, the third in a month. This is an unprecedented move by Google; normally they update page rank once every three months, sometimes not that often. Never before have they done… Read More

  • Imeem Adds EMI To Its Stable

    Ad-supported music just won another convert. Music-sharing social network imeem struck a deal with EMI Music so that starting today its members can legally stream songs from Radiohead, Coldplay, The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, Interpol, Daft Punk, the Beastie Boys, and every other EMI artist. EMI joins Warner Music and Sony-BMG as the third major label to strike a deal with imeem. That… Read More

  • CrunchGear Week in Review: Don't Feed the Dinos Edition

    The Zaku II-inspired mobile phone from Japan
    It’s about time: ‘Batter Blaster’ pancakes in a can
    Pleo in action
    Hands on with the Motorola RAZR 2 Luxury Edition
    Police shut down OiNK BitTorrent site
    PatrolBot brings you your beer, warns of intruders Read More

  • OnTargetjobs Acquires JobLoft.com

    OnTargetjobs, the parent company of online job provider Hcareers has acquired JobLoft.com, a hospitality and retail job board located in Toronto, Canada. The combined companies are claimed to “now hold the number one spot as the dominant provider of online recruitment solutions for the hospitality industry.” JobLoft.com allows users to find employment opportunities in their… Read More

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