• Final 50 Tickets to the TechCrunch Austin Ventures Meet-Up are Available NOW

    We are releasing the final 50 tickets to the TechCrunch Austin Ventures Meet-Up today. If you act quickly, you will be able to join us this Thursday, September 25 at Pangaea to mix it up with local tech start-ups, TechCrunch editors and our fabulous sponsors. Details for this Austin event may be found here. This will follow my Web Starts At The Grassroots Roundtable, which is sold out. … Read More

  • T-Mobile G1 roundup

    We understand that your emotions were flying high yesterday with the G1 launch. So many questions that you had to have answered ’bout Google’s first foray into the mobile world and just in case you missed something, here is a rundown of our G1 coverage.  T-Mobile G1 specs leaked prior to announcement G-day: Other September 23rds in history Confirmed: Amazon MP3 on the… Read More

  • Google Says It's Making Reader More Fun

    Google yesterday announced a few updates to Google Reader. The company tried to throw in some cool lingo to make the announcement sound better than it was, but let’s face it — how excited can you really get about putting your feeds in alphabetical order? According to the company, sharing is now available to friends across the globe. Prior to this announcement, it was only… Read More

  • Woot-off Alert!

    In case you didn’t notice yesterday, Woot is currently in full-tilt Woot-off mode. This is the place if you need a random Bluetooth headset, vacuum, or plasma TV on the cheap. Plus, it’s a great cubical time waster as you obsessively hit refresh waiting for the current item to sell out. Read More

  • Pitch your startup to TechCrunch at FOWA in London

    TechCrunch UK is going to run a “Techcrunch Pitch!” contest for startups at the upcoming Future of Web Apps conference in London, and you’re invited. There’ll be an “American Idol” style panel consisting of Mike Butcher (TechCrunch UK), Ryan Carson (Carsonified), Kevin Rose (Digg) and a mystery guest, yet to be announced. All you need to do is submit an… Read More

  • Panasonic develops the world's first 3D full HD plasma home theater system

    Today Panasonic in Japan announced [JP] it has created the world’s first full HD plasma home theater system capable of displaying 3D images. The company also said the technology will be showcased to the general public next week at the CEATEC 2008 exhibition. In a product demonstration for the Japanese press, Panasonic used their flagship 103-inch plasma TV, which is the biggest of its… Read More

  • NBC thinks it has finally figured out how to prevent unauthorized YouTubery

    The real Office Let’s all congratulate NBC for seemingly having figured out how to prevent its great content, like clips of Saturday Night Live, from appearing on the likes of YouTube and Dailymotion. Well done, chaps! NBC told CNET that it’s gotten to the point that unauthorized video clips (like from the Olympics or The Office) are removed so quickly that there’s hardly a… Read More

  • Sharp builds the world's first mobile phone with built-in car key

    Nissan‘s proprietary “Intelligent Key” technology will soon be built into a mobile phone, which is produced by Sharp and, at this point, unfortunately Japan-only. The Japanese car company’s key system is already used in over 950,000 vehicles but now, drivers can wirelessly enter, exit and start their Nissans with the (yet to be named) Sharp phone. Reportedly, the device… Read More

  • Apple App Store rejection letters now with non-disclosure agreement fun

    In a stunning turn of events, Apple has now started putting App Store rejection letters under non-disclosure agreements. That means if the developer whose app got rejected posts the rejection letter to his or her blog, Apple has the right to sue him or her out of existence. This has now prompted the tired and predictable Organized Freakout by much of the blogosphere. Apple’s playing… Read More

  • Nokia 5800 XpressMusic promo shots spotted

    After months of leaks and a brief appearance in The Dark Knight, it looks like the Nokia 5800 Xpress Music handset may be just about ready to make its debut. Mobil.cz [Via Unwired View] has managed to scrounge up a rather official looking promo shot, which is generally a pretty strong indication of an impending announcement. Though nothing is set in stone, the current rumor pins October 2nd as… Read More

  • Little Seiko: Japanese company develops creepy kindergarten girl robot

    Tokyo-based electronics company Murata yesterday unveiled a small humanoid robot [JP] that can unicycle forward and backward and is also able to stop without falling over. And it looks creepy to me. The company introduced the female humanoid, which is supposed to resemble a kindergarten girl (!), as an alternative to their flag ship robot Murata Boy (the… Read More

  • KickApps Launches Drag-and-Drop Advertising Service

    KickApps, a company that provides on-demand social media applications that enable web publishers to monetize online audiences announced today that it’s trying to make it easier for website owners to add video advertising to their own videos and websites using the KickApps Widget & Video Player Studio. Using drag-and-drop, KickApps’ clients can add translucent overlay… Read More

  • Yotify Launches Its "Google Alerts On Steroids"

    Today sees the launch of Yotify, an online alert system that aims to make the web “work for you”. At a high level, Yotify can best be described as a very sophisticated version of Google Alerts, which allows users to get notifications whenever a pre-determined keyword pops up in a news article or blog post. But instead of simply monitoring keywords, Yotify allows users to… Read More

  • Is Yahoo Trying To Sell Yahoo Answers?

    Part of Yahoo’s survival strategy beyond merging with AOL may be to sell of what they consider to be non-core assets for cash. We heard from a source that Yahoo may be quietly reaching out to a couple of potential buyers to see if they’d be interested in their Yahoo Answers property. We filed the rumor away under “ridiculous” until today, when we confirmed with a… Read More

  • Ex Google Mobile Product Manager Criticizes Android G1

    I don’t think Ulf Washbusch, until recently a Product Marketing Manager for Google Mobile, should be expecting to get his old job back after yesterday’s comments on the new Android phone. In a blog post he says the phone’s physical design hasn’t changed in 2.5 years, and calls it ugly and old fashioned. He also criticizes the color choices: It’s funny – but… Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Mixed Bag Edition

    The G1: Almost perfect
    Bentley updates Ego laptop line – still extremely overpriced, dated technology
    The must-see Android video demo from Google
    Adobe officially announces Creative Suite 4: Photoshop to be GPU accelerated
    Honda’s new multi-view camera system makes driving safer Read More

  • Go28Days: A Site I Guarantee I'll Never Use

    Ok listen up if you are part of the population that has to deal with monthly fertility cycles. Newly launched Go28Days may be the thing for you if you are really trying hard to get pregnant, or really trying hard not to get pregnant. Like a bunch of other sites, they monitor your cycle days, temperature and other stuff I’m not going to talk about, and let you know the days you are… Read More

  • Bond… James Bond… James Bond's watch

    If you want to be like Bond (and I think we all do, especially since he became such a cold-blooded, murderous bastard), you should probably start small. The Aston Martin is probably not going to happen (face it), nor the women, nor the guns, nor the intrigue. At least you’ve got the drinking! And, if you’re really dedicated, you might get his watch. While its guts are the same as… Read More

  • Free Discovery sampler with your purchase of one (1) Sony Blu-Ray player

    While I applaud the bundling of what appears to be a couple gorgeous nature shows with Sony’s Blu-Players, I ask: why didn’t they go the whole hog? Planet Earth box set, baby. Sure, you lose $50 or so off every sale, but that show is hot, hot, hot. Or, failing that, why not a free Blu-Ray disc of the buyer’s choice? I mean, don’t get me wrong, a sampler DVD is nice… Read More

  • Seattle Startup Elite Fund Stealth Project PressPlane (Updated)

    PressPlane is a new Seattle startup coming out of the Curious Office incubator. I have no idea what it does but it seems like everyone who’s involved in startups in Seattle is in the know. Or at least I hope they are, because they just invested in the company. They’ve announced a $1.7 million round of financing today that was led by Second Avenue Partners. And the list of… Read More

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