• eBay Buys Denmark's DBA for $380 million

    Reports are coming out of Denmark that eBay has acquired the company that runs DBA, the “eBay of Denmark” for 2.1 billion Kroner, or about $383 million (here’s an article in Danish). DBA, founded in 1995, attracts around a million visitors a month, and is a top ten Danish website. 275,000 new listings are added each month, according to its website. The site is owned by Blue… Read More

  • CEATEC 2008: Citizen demonstrates mini e-paper prototype (video)

    http://blip.tv/play/ih_Rs3GJ5FQ
    The video shows Citizen‘s so-called Denshi peepa (e-paper) display, which has an amazing quality but wasn’t as impressive as Fujitsu’s FLEPIa e-reader. Read More

  • Video: New Halo Wars trailer cares not for your little life

    http://www.gametrailers.com/remote_wrap.php?mid=40830 We begin this chilly Monday morning with a video game trailer. Currently scheduled for release in the first half of next year, Halo Wars is sure to confuse at least some fans of the series. The real-time strategy game has almost nothing to do with series developer Bungie—those guys are only involved in making sure the game… Read More

  • Alert Thingy Looks To Be All-In-One Social Desktop Tool

    For those nuts out there like us that use just about every social website there is, the upcoming version 2 of Alert Thingy’s AIR desktop application may be just what you need. The current version of the service supports Twitter, Flickr and Friendfeed. But version 2, which will be released this month, adds support for Digg, YouTube, Facebook, Jaiku, Pownce and Tumblr as well. Creator… Read More

  • CEATEC 2008: The two coolest robots of the show besides Little Seiko (2 videos)

    Murata’s Little Seiko was not only the coolest robot of this year’s CEATEC (that ended Saturday) but one of the biggest fan favorites overall. But as the CEATEC is a Japanese exhibition, there was a number of other companies that showcased robots.
    http://blip.tv/play/ih_RsyuJ5FQ The video above shows Fujitsu’s Enon robot in action. Enon is a service robot that serves… Read More

  • CrunchGear Week in Review: Traffic Jam Edition

    Nintendo pedometer to be used in Your Life Rhythm, a walking ‘game’
    Video: Rollerman vs Motorcycle
    Electric Delorean on eBay, possible Flux Capacitor too
    Video Review: WowWee Tri-Bot
    Brando intros cubical time wasters that doubles as USB flash drives
    CEATEC 2008: Japanese research institute showcases one ugly and one cute robot Read More

  • Get Yourself A Ticket To LeWeb

    If you live in Europe or want an excuse to visit, join me at the upcoming LeWeb conference in Paris, produced by Geraldine and Loic Le Meur, on December 9-10. The conference program is up and the speakers list is top notch (although, oddly, mostly American). Tickets are here. TechCrunch is a media partner (which means we’ll be covering the event extensively), and we will be holding a… Read More

  • World Golf Tour Hits Hole-In-One With Rich Multiplayer Flash Game

    Despite the fact that males have long accounted for the majority of online gamers, there is a surprising shortage of casual online games directed at men aged 25-45. Beyond fantasy football and online poker there is little variety, with nearly every game failing to take advantage of advanced graphics or any interactivity beyond clicking “all-in”. World Golf Tour is looking to fill… Read More

  • BlackArrow Raises $20 Million For On-Demand TV Advertising

    TV advertising doesn’t have to be just on TV. That’s the premise behind BlackArrow, a startup that caters to the cable industry by offering a way to place ads on broadband Web video, on-demand TV, and digital-video recorders (with unskippable ads). The company is announcing a new $20 million round of funding from existing investors Cisco Systems., Comcast Interactive Capital… Read More

  • Virtual Worlds Forum is forced to re-schedule after shooting at venue

    This is an urgent message for anyone who was attending or speaking at Virtual Worlds Forum in London this week. The whole thing is going to be re-scheduled due to an incident on Sunday at the venue in which a member of the public was shot. The venue was to be “The Bridge” in London SE1, which is is situated in a series of Victorian arches adjacent to London Bridge. The site dates… Read More

  • New Bond girl's death reminiscent of an oldie

    Spoiler Alert! Jill Masterson’s death in “Goldfinger” was an iconic image that all Bond fans remember and new Bond Girl Gemma Arterton’s death in the upcoming 007 movie “Quantum of Solace” draws inspiration from the classic with a different twist. She said: ‘I couldn’t move. I couldn’t see, I couldn’t breathe or hear because it went in… Read More

  • Video: First look at the HP HDX 16 notebook

    Here’s a quick look at HP’s HDX 16 notebook. The Blu-ray notebook sports a HD 16-inch widescreen and tons of touch controls. We’ll have a full review shortly. Read More

  • RED trademarking "Red 3D" RE lenses, projectors, eyeglasses, etc

    Could this be part of the change that Jannard mentioned when he revealed the Epic and Scarlet were getting rebooted? A ScarletUser forum post by one Joseph says: …within the last 24 hours, Red has registered the trademark “Red 3D” with the description of:
    Cameras, camera lenses, projectors, eyeglasses and software, all for use in the recording and playback of 3D images. A… Read More

  • MySpace Music Streamed Its Billionth Song "A Few Days" After Launch

    It took iTunes nearly three years to get to 1 billion song downloads. MySpace Music streamed a billion songs in just a few days after it launched on September 25. And while this isn’t a fair comparison (songs on MySpace are free to stream; on iTunes users were paying $0.99 each), it’s an incredible milestone. What MySpace won’t say for some reason is what the billionth song… Read More

  • Bad Karma At contentSutra. Site Sputters After Being Bought By The Guardian.

    Only three months after the British newspaper publisher The Guardian Group bought Rafat Ali’s ContentNext Media and his collection of blogs for a reported $30 million, one of those blogs is sputtering badly. The blog in question is contentSutra, the Indian counterpart to its bigger and better known brother, paidContent (both cover the business of digital media). Until recently… Read More

  • Someone unboxed the BlackBerry Flip

    Another lazy Sunday? I sure hope so, now that you can spend part of it looking at pics of the latest unboxing to hit/bore the Internet, that of the BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8220. As for the phone itself, BGR hates on it pretty thoroughly, going so far as to call the display the “worst [one] we’ve seen on a BlackBerry since… well, a long time.” Is this what it sounds like… Read More

  • Mac Brick? Apple's fancy new manufacturing process that could revolutionize the industry

    Big rumor this weekend, which makes you wonder why it emerged during the weekend and not the workweek. Be that as it may… Apple is looking to construct, or already has, its own ultra modern manufacturing facility. A fancy factory, in English. Names being thrown around include Brick, MacBrick, or variations thereof. The facility would make use of, among other high-tech innovations, laser… Read More

  • French Inspirational Stores inspires VCs for 10m Euros series B funding

    Did someone declare that startups would have a hard time raising money? Not for some of them. Paris Based Inspirational Stores will announce tomorrow a 10 million euros series B lead by Atlas Ventures and OTC asset Management. Inspirational Stores offers famous high-end brands without online retail activity a full turn-key solution to give them a second life on the web starting from web… Read More

  • Bitwine Acquired By Monster Venture Partners

    Bitwine, a service launched in late 2006 that lets people ask questions to experts for a fee. Originally the service was tethered to Skype; more recently it began letting users connect to experts via Skype, other VoIP service, or normal phone lines. Experts can charge their clients either by the minute or a simple flat fee. Clients pay by PayPal and the money gets sent to experts as soon as… Read More

  • If Sales Of Halloween Masks Could Predict The Election, Obama Would Be President

    Everyone has their favorite way to predict who will win the Presidential election. Amazon likes to keep track of Halloween mask sales. Supporters of either candidate can buy rubber masks of each to wear for Halloween. So far, 57 percent of the masks Amazon has sold have been Obama masks, versus 43 percent for McCain masks. The weird thing is that is right around the same number that McCain… Read More

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