• ProQuo Will Kill Junk Mail

    This may be the most useful website you ever read about on TechCrunch. New La Jolla, California startup ProQuo launches this evening to help you battle all the evil that is being perpetually perpetrated against your personal information. Get countless credit card offers, catalogs and other junk in your mailbox everyday? ProQuo intends to do what the NoCall list did for telesales calls for all… Read More

  • What gadgets can't you live without?

    As most of you know, I’ve been traveling quite a bit in the last few weeks and it’s given me some time to really appreciate and/or miss certain toys of mine that didn’t make the final cut. Granted, I packed at the very last minute, which is typical of me, and probably the worst thing I could have done given the fact that I’ll be away from home for three weeks, but I… Read More

  • MySpace Announces New Gaming Channel

    Tomorrow MySpace will announce the upcoming launch of MySpace Games – a new area of the site where MySpace users can play casual interactive games with others. The site will initially be powered by Oberon Media, with other game providers to be added over time. Games will be embeddable into MySpace profiles. I’d expect integration with IGN, MySpace’s sister company, over time… Read More

  • Windows Mobile: How I loathe thee [Update]

    Yes, it’s no secret that I dislike Windows Mobile, but I have before me two WinMo devices from HTC; the Touch from Sprint and the Tilt from AT&T. I’m excited at the prospect of tinkering with both and yet I can’t help but wonder if I’ll accept WinMo with open arms and keep an objective view on the OS without my utter hatred clouding my judgement. Can the WinMo users… Read More

  • Plaxo Launches Pulse Widget

    Pulse, which launched earlier this summer, is Plaxo’s foray into social networking. After years of collecting users’ contact information and address book contacts, they took the next step and created a social network around all that data. One of the big features they added was a place for users to add information about what they are up to on any of dozens of other social… Read More

  • StumbleUpon Expands Social Search Across the Web

    If you are one of the 3.7 million people who have downloaded the StumbleUpon toolbar to your browser, you may have noticed that whenever a Website that’s been “stumbled” comes up in a Google, Yahoo, or Windows Live search, the StumbleUpon icon and its star ratings appear right beside the link in the results page. (A page that’s been “stumbled” means that… Read More

  • Bountii Launches, Aims At Better Price Comparison Shopping

    The internet is supposed to be a place of intense price competition, but you can’t always find the best deals on any one site. To solve the problem, online price comparison search engines were born. We’ve covered a few newer ones before, such as TheFind and Mpire, although these sites also include a variety of other features. Bountii is a new price search engine started by two… Read More

  • Wakoopa launches iPhone service

    EU News: Wakoopa (site), the Dutch startup which tracks your use of desktop applications and wraps that in a social network, is about to launch a service supporting the iPhone. Just as it allows Windows and Mac users to track the applications they use and get updates, the same will be done for iPhone apps. The new iPhone service is basically the Apple webapps directory, but adds a lot of… Read More

  • Weather Channel To Offer Mobile Video Forecasts

    The Weather Channel will this week launch a new mobile video forecasts service powered by Vantrix, a content delivery startup we wrote about in September. The new service is claimed to be a first in this space and will involve the production and streaming of over 5000 mobile video clips per day covering 100 cities, with new clips made available every 30 minutes. During the initial pilot… Read More

  • LavaGlow PS3 controller: Oh wow, man

    If your PS3 controllers are clashing with your blacklight poster of Zep and your 4-foot bong for tobacco use only then why not drop $34.99 on some LavaGlow PS3 controllers with real lava glowing handles. Are they particularly better than standard controllers? Well, they’re cheaper and they glow, so that’s two pluses right there. They take 3 AAA batteries and a copy of Freedom Rock. Read More

  • This Website Will Tell You Who To Vote For

    In the event you’re in too much of a hurry to check out the presidential candidates yourself, the Internet can now do it for you. Connect2Elect is a new website that lets users add candidate attributes and issue positions that are important to them, and see who they should vote on. Issues are broken down by social (abortion, gay marriage, stem cell research), political (Iraq war… Read More

  • Segway dresses up as a Ferrari for Halloween

    Ferrari is really starting to cause me agony. It’s one of my favorite supercar brands, but they’re ruining it by putting that horse on everything. Here it is on a Segway scooter. Yes, one of those Segway scooters. It’s not much different than an ordinary Segway, other than it’s Ferrari-red and has the Scuderia logo. Oh, and the handlebars are wrapped in leather. Lux! Is… Read More

  • Stealth Startup Wix To Help Users Build Flash Websites

    We’ve seen a lot of site design tools that take the need for programming skills out of the picture: Synthasite, Weebly, Jimdo and Google Page Creator. All have limitations, ranging from ease of use to business models (some of them require fees, ads and/or links back to the service). And none of them allow for easy creation of Flash-based content. Israel-based Wix.com is a new entrant that… Read More

  • Leopard to support geotagging

    Overlooked in all the interface and launch hype swirling around Leopard is the fact that it has integrated geotagging. If your camera or camera phone supports geotagging (like Helio’s Ocean), then you can easily map-out where your photos were taken on Google maps, and from there you can prove to your wife that you were at the corporate picnic and not a strip club. You’re not sure… Read More

  • CrunchBoard Jobs

    Here are some of the latest jobs on CrunchBoard Lead Web Developer here at TechCrunch in Atherton, CA. Software Engineer at a TechCrunch40 Company at CastTV in San Francisco, CA. Director of User Interaction and Experience at Jaxtr in Menlo Park, CA. Ruby and Java Developers at ThoughtWorks in Chicago, IL. Software Engineer at AdMob in San Mateo, CA. Talented Flash Developer at… Read More

  • Songkick: Live Music Lovers Will Love This

    Music lovers may be show a reluctance to pay for their tunes, but they’re turning up in droves for live shows — at least according to the latest box office numbers posted by eMarketer. Concert ticket sales are expected to $9 billion worldwide this year, up nearly 10% over 2006. Freshly launched Songkick is a startup looking to capitalize on that growing market by providing a simple… Read More

  • My Book Tivo "extender" spotted on Best Buy

    My DVR is full. Totally full. I’ve been watching “The War” on PBS in HD, recording them all in order. I’m about half-way done, but the 14-hour documentary has pretty much filled up my hard drive. I sure do wish there was some way I could add additional storage. Oh, here we have a 500GB My Book add-on drive for Tivo that Best Buy leaked. My DVR is not a Tivo, so… Read More

  • Hitachi's P7K500 HDDs go green

    Like to download loads of porno but don’t like the idea of hurting mother Earth? Hitachi has the hard drive for you, you responsible pervert. The new DeskStar drives are low-power, high-capacity HDDs that use non-linear switching, system-on-a-chip design, and other energy saving features to minimize the amount of electricity they need, thereby assuring your ascent to Al Gore’s… Read More

  • Napster and AT&T team up to woo valuable "nobody" market by selling music over the air at $1.99 a song

    Hey, hipsters! Put down your hacky-sacks for a few minutes and hear me lay down this smack! AT&T (the “Fun Network”) and Napster (“The service you used to steal all your music from”) are teaming up to offer 5 million songs over the air for $7.49 a month for 5 songs per month or $1.99 per single. What’s that, cool kittens and kiddios? That’s too much for… Read More

  • The iPhone/Touch TIFF exploit explained in the cold poetry of code


    Remember that weird TIFF exploit they used to get the iPhone/Touch to jailbreak itself? Neither do we. However, here is the source code for generating the improper and massive TIFF that is needed to get write access to your iPhone. If you go through the code you can see where the TIFF actually patches the filesystem to allow read/write access to the internal memory. Very cool. Source Read More

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