• Welcome to Back-to-School Week at CrunchGear

    Hey, kids? Back to school yet? Great. Well, now that Mom and Dad are out of your hair, we can start talking about what you really should be getting. Go ahead and return that crappy laptop they bought you… we’ll wait. Read More

  • Apple Thinking About Bidding For Wireless Spectrum Next Year

    Our friendly neighborhood Seth has already opined that Steve Jobs hates having to deal with AT&T, but does Apple hate having to deal with the “orifices” even to spend billions out of its own pocket? Reports from the business world (a world very far from my apartment) suggest that Apple is considering bidding on the spectrum that the FCC will auction off in January. We’ve… Read More

  • Apple May Buy Analog T.V. Spectrum

    Going once, going twice, sold to the company with the highest bid. On January 16, 2008, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will sell the rights to the spectrum that American analog T.V. broadcasters have used for years. This lucrative spectrum will revert back to the government in 2009. Minimum bids start at $4.6 billion. According to Business Week, Apple may jump into the… Read More

  • Record Industry Proves Again How Much They've Lost The Plot

    Warning: this is so stupid you might need to be sitting down. The latest brainwave from an industry that continues to bleed revenue is the Ringle: a product that combines the single format with ringtones. Each ringle will contain three songs: one popular track, a remix, an older track from the same artist and a ringtone. Distribution method for the Ringle: a CD with a slip-sleeve… Read More

  • Google In Court, Government Investigation Continues

    Google appeared before the Australian Federal Court today facing charges from the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) that it misleads customers. In a submission to the court, ACCC barrister Christine Adamson stated Google was misleading people who thought the ranking of its search results was not influenced by payments from advertiser. Adamson said that Google… Read More

  • Jawbone Gets A Boost From Sequoia Capital

    If you haven’t actually experienced a phone call with a Jawbone bluetooth headset yet, watch the video below. Phone calls are literally that good, with background noise being completely blocked out. You can have music playing or other background noise and the person on the call with you hears nothing but your voice. I’ve tested it extensively – and it now goes everywhere… Read More

  • CrunchGear Week in Review: Bus Driver Edition

    Is Steve Jobs Sick Of The Cell Phone Industry Already?
    Shot Of Wii Wheel For Sale In The Wild
    Fug City: Toshiba Enters Gaming Keyboard Market
    Bang & Olufsen Beo5 Remote Control: Far More Than Volume, Channel +-
    Microsoft: Everybody On The Bus? Good, Great, Grand! Read More

  • Greylock Partners Invests In Stealth Search Engine Cuill

    We got (at least) one thing wrong when we wrote about super-stealth search startup Cuill last week. We said we believed the company self funded after searching for venture capital. But we now have it from two solid sources that they actually raised a $4 million Series A round from Greylock Partners, with partner David Strohm taking a board seat. Cuill, which was founded by husband and wife… Read More

  • Teh.Be$T.Kommenter.Evar

      Comments are the greasy oil that keeps the blog machine running. Here are three great (and 100% unedited) comments recently posted by your fellow readers. Read More

  • Best Buy Midnight Launch Locations For Halo 3?


    Truth be told, I’m terrible at FPS games. I’m either camping or unloading a clip in the general direction of the opponent. Maybe it’s because I spent more time studying and/or chasing tail in college than getting stoned and playing Halo, Unreal Tournament or Counter Strike like my friends, but Halo 3 makes me want to invest a few good hours every day so I can at least… Read More

  • Google Gains A Big Enterprise Ally

    Google is yet to finalize its office suite (powerpoint is on the way), but it now has a major ally in distributing it to big enterprise customers. CapGemini, who control a million or so enterprise desktops and are one of the largest IT consulting businesses, will offer Google Apps to its clients. Google Apps include services such as email, calendar, word processing and… Read More

  • Sony Officially Announces Rolly, WTF Is It?

    http://www.dailymotion.com/swf/3td06RGHS2XQHkKUW
    SONY ROLLY PROMOTIONAL VIDEO Umm. Yeah. I’m not really sure what to think about Sony’s newest audio player, Rolly. It seems like a novelty item rather than a hot new product I’d want to buy. Essentially, Rolly plays music and ‘dances’ around to the beat or what you’ve programmed it to boogie down to. It reminds… Read More

  • Sunday Night Timewasters

    So you have a few precious hours left before it’s time to hit the sack and get ready for the nauseating day ahead. Refreshing blogs repeatedly in the hopes of an update isn’t helping much, and aside from old Fresh Prince re-runs there is nothing on TV. Yeah. Anyway, here are a few games which kept me from writing this up for the past two hours. Enjoy. Read More

  • The Gizmoz/Taco Bell Ad

    http://www.gizmoz.com/newsite/widgets/partner/tacobell//tacobell_intro_theEnd.swf The ad above, featuring people who applied to be in it via a special Taco Bell/Gizmoz contest that ran last month, was played at the MTV Music Awards this evening. The ad is sort of standard mainstream media stuff complete with carefully diversified (sexually and ethnically) winners, but it’s a great… Read More

  • Anti-piracy The UK Way

    While I was in London I caught an episode of The IT Crowd and I have to say that it was one of the funniest things I’ve seen in quite some time. The show is about the IT department in some London based company and I’ve been searching for episodes to watch, but haven’t found any yet. Hopefully this short clip conveys just how funny this show is. Has anyone else seen this show? Read More

  • Time Warner Invests In Video Ads Startup ScanScout

    ScanScout, a Boston startup oft described as providing “AdSense for video”, will announce this morning that it has received a strategic investment from Time Warner. The size of Time Warner’s investment has not been disclosed. However, CEO Doug McFarland claims that many of the benefits for ScanScout will come from the connections and opportunities created by its partnership… Read More

  • Pantech C810 Appears On Amazon

    It seems as though Amazon has been the culprit of many product leaks in the last few months and now we’re privy to the Pantech C810. Details are practically non-existent from the Amazon product page, but we do know that it’s a 3G device running on Windows Mobile 6.0. The QWERTY slider smartphone is priced at $179.99 with free shipping from Amazon. Hey AT&T, it might be a good… Read More

  • Bazaarvoice Closes $8.8 Million Series B

    Bazaarvoice has closed $8.8 million in Series B funding in a round led by Battery Ventures with Austin Ventures and First Round Capital also participating. Battery Ventures General Partner Neeraj Agrawal has joined Bazaarvoice’s Board of Directors as part of the deal. Texas-based Bazaarvoice provides white label Amazon-like editorial recommendations for products to other companies. The… Read More

  • Leaked: Pictures Of LG VX10000

    Check out these pics of the rumored replacement for Verizon’s enV. Wait, what’s that… Does it slide and flip open? Crazy. Looks somewhat like the crazy lovechild of an LG Chocolate, and Helio Ocean. The device has a nice sleek plastic front that seems to be all touch sensitive. No word on the release date yet but hopefully it’s sooner than later. Further Leaked Shots… Read More

  • AllPeers BitTorrent Plugin Preview For TechCrunch Readers

    UK/Prague based peer to peer file sharing startup AllPeers has launched a sneak peek of their latest release candidate (0.7) just for TechCrunch readers (available here), which includes a fully functional BitTorrent client. AllPeers is a Firefox plugin that lets you easily share files amongst your contacts, using BitTorrent to speed their progress. Although AllPeers started out as a peer to… Read More

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