• Grouper Goes Hollywood

    Grouper Goes Hollywood

    Grouper’s completely scrapping their old site and being reborn as Crackle. The new site aims to discover the top online video talent for their parent company, Sony, by offering producers the chance at fame and fortune. All the old Grouper accounts will be transferred to Crackle. The new property will be a destination video site, consisting of 12 branded channels for different show… Read More

  • Is Dell Hip?

    Is Dell Hip?


    Once upon a time, Dell was played second fiddle to Apple in terms of hippness. However, with the recent launch of their multicolored Inspiron notebooks, along with a partnership with Google and actually compelling ads, Dell might be making a come back. Sure, Dell doesn’t have the iPod/iPhone duo to create a strong push into the markets, they do resell the Microsoft Zune though. Read More

  • CrunchGear Week in Review: Series of Tubes Edition

    CrunchGear Week in Review: Series of Tubes Edition

    DIY Strawz to Take Drinking Stuff to a Whole New Level
    SIA Summer Snowdown 2007: Bern, The Only Helmet You’ll Ever Need
    Ring: The Alarm Clock You Wear
    Old Crap-Ass Phones That Cost Way Too Much
    Jason Mask + Bicycle Helmet = Better Breathing Read More

  • Free Treo 680 vs. Buying an iPhone: Which Is Cheaper?

    Free Treo 680 vs. Buying an iPhone: Which Is Cheaper?


    PalmAddicts has created a comparison of cost between a free Treo 680 and an iPhone on the AT&T network. To be frank, the results of the comparison shocked me and they may shock you. Not the outcome I was looking for. Someone might argue that the iPhone’s battery may need to be replaced by then, which is true, but then again I’ve gone through several different Treos over the… Read More

  • NewsGroper: Real Celebrities, Fake Blogs

    NewsGroper launches today, a collection of 50+ parody blogs, each written by an anonymous author as if they were an actual celebrity. Barak Obama, Britney Spears and even the Dalai Lama are targeted with some not-unfunny commentary. The new network was founded by Greg Galant, Adam Varga, Jared Neumark and Koshlan Mayer-Blackwell. It clearly aims to capitalize on the success fo Fake Steve Jobs… Read More

  • Someone May Be Looking To Buy Rediff

    Someone May Be Looking To Buy Rediff

    Today’s unsubstantiated takeover rumor comes from the Hindustan Times, who reports “US-based Internet giants such as Google and Yahoo are eyeing Rediff.com India Ltd, which runs one of India’s most popular consumer Internet portals”. Mumbai, India headquartered Rediff.com is a NASDAQ listed company that is a leader in the Indian market, providing news, information… Read More

  • Ron Paul: A Distributed Web 2.0 Campaign

    Ron Paul: A Distributed Web 2.0 Campaign

    A funny thing has happened on the way to the 2008 US Presidential Elections, and it’s all got to do with Web 2.0. Ron Paul is a name many will immediately recognize, but for those who don’t, Ron Paul wants to be the next President of the United States of America. Paul’s platform is very, very different to most (if not all) of the other candidates, both from his own… Read More

  • Could Barbie Girls Become The Largest Virtual World?

    Could Barbie Girls Become The Largest Virtual World?

    Mattel’s virtual world Barbie Girls hit the 3million user mark in its first 60 days and is growing at the rate of 50,000 new users a day, according to a report from the Scientific American. To put that in perspective, Second Life took 3 years to get to 1 million registered users. At its current growth rate, Barbie Girls should pass the number of Second Life registered users between… Read More

  • Vintage Transformers Shirts: Somewhere Peter Ha's Head Just Exploded

    Vintage Transformers Shirts: Somewhere Peter Ha's Head Just Exploded

    NerdyShirts.com has made available a limited-edition run of vintage Transformers t-shirts, including one showing off the artwork from the 1984 movie poster. There’s also a Decepticon-flavored shirt, two Optimus Prime offerings, and one featuring a Transformer wearing glasses and a fake mustache with the saying “Robots in Disguise.” Get it? The shirts range from $20 to $22 and… Read More

  • Blogging Turns Ten This Year

    Blogging Turns Ten This Year

    Happy birthday to you, you escaped from a zoo, you look like a monkey, and you smell like one too — HAPPY BIRTHDAY, BLOGGING! Although difficult to pinpoint the exact moment in time that blogging’s Big Bang occured, it is widely believed to have happened about ten years ago with Jorn Barger‘s Robot Wisdom website. I’m not exactly sure how the Wall Street Journal… Read More

  • Teh.Be$T.Kommenter.Evar

    Teh.Be$T.Kommenter.Evar

    Welcome to the Sunday edition of Teh Be$T Kommenter Evar — where words fly fast and furious to form sometimes-complete sentences, served up for you in all their unedited glory. Let’s keep with the poor grammar and spelling theme and jump right into it with sam, who says… “Needless to say, Pima got is act together and now shows up to class 5 minutes early. Never mess… Read More

  • Let's Get Down To Some Hard Core Knitting

    For whatever ridiculous reason, knitting is popular in America, and becoming more so. So of course there needs to be a social network around the activity, and Ravelry is going to fill that need. The site is still in private beta and has a long list of knitter-types desperate to get in – 17,000 people have requested invites and they’ve let about 1/3 of them in so far. If you want to… Read More

  • PatentMonkey: Patent Searching 411

    PatentMonkey: Patent Searching 411

    We get asked about how to search patents, more from people that know a little bit, but want more insight into how to search a better. In this post, we’ll give you the five steps we use to perform an initial review of an idea in the patent arena. While not as comprehensive as Patent It Yourself, techies interested in some 411, come on in… Read More

  • DLO's HomeDock Music Remote Review

    DLO's HomeDock Music Remote Review


    When I initially saw the DLO HomeDock Music Remote ($130), I had high expectations based on the company’s earlier success with iPod docks. This one comes with a fancy remote that lets you browse and control your iPod on a tiny LED screen. The effect is kind of like carrying around a smaller and less functional version of your iPod to control the real thing, which charges and plays… Read More

  • Streamy First Look: This Has Nothing To Do With Digg

    Streamy, which we wrote about last week, is sending out early beta invitations and I had a chance to be one of the first people to poke around on the site. The video we included in that post still shows a very current user interface, and the feel of the product is very close to what is shown there. Or click on the image to the right for a very large screen shot of the home page. Streamy… Read More

  • How To Raise Money From VCs

    The following video “How To Raise Money From VC’s” comes from 5min.com, an instructional video site we covered in May, and is currently getting a lot of attention in Israel. The video (in Hebrew with English subtitles) provides some fun advice for anyone looking at raising money from VC’s. Content aside I was just impressed at not only the quality of the video playback… Read More

  • Xinu: More Stats For Any Site

    Xinu: More Stats For Any Site

    Xinu is a service that provides a comprehensive overview of page statistics and data that leaves cookie-cutter sites such as Popuri for dead. Xinu isn’t the prettiest service you’ll use in this space, but it’s the data that counts. The usual statistics are included, such as Technorati links, Google and Yahoo details etc. however Xinu provides even more stats, from a range… Read More

  • Will The Last Corporation Leaving Second Life Please Turn Off The Light

    Will The Last Corporation Leaving Second Life Please Turn Off The Light

    The LA Times has an interesting article up on the failure of real life businesses in Second Life. The crux of the piece is that despite the hype, real life businesses are closing down their Second Life outposts due to little to no interest in them. The reasons for the failures are open to debate; from firms not engaging Second Life citizens, through to simply a lack of actual people using… Read More

  • Loomia Partners With Wall Street Journal

    Loomia, a recommendation engine that is used by ecommerce and content websites to suggest new stuff to users, locked up a marquee business development deal with the Wall Street Journal. The module, which appears next to stories, suggests other Wall Street Journal content based on what the user has read previously on the site, and compared to what other users have read, too. The module is… Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Bike Trap Edition

    Daily Crunch: Bike Trap Edition

    Di Blasi Folding Trike: Slap It Up, Flip It, Rub It Down, Oh Nooo!
    Online Radio is Safe…For Now
    Q-Bean: Go to the Website, Trust Me
    Motorola PEBL: Can We Try This Again?
    Helicor StressEraser Biofeedback Device Review Read More