• 'iPod Death Clock' predicts bucket-kicking dates

    According to iMechanic.com, the iPod touch I purchased a month ago has just under 800 days left until it leaves this world behind, touching the lives of so many people during its short stay here. Ha! "Touching" the lives of…sigh…never mind. It apparently also only has 92% of the battery capacity remaining. What a rip! Anyway, you can use this site to input your… 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. ‘I am the lawgiver!’: Now that’s an ad worth watching John Eddy I loved the commercial, but really thought it could have used an inside ‘Leroy Jenkins’ joke. Either a ‘Leroy, get out of the… Read More

  • Weather Derivatives Provider WeatherBill Takes $12.5 Million More

    San Francisco-based weather insurance site WeatherBill has taken $12.5 million in a round led by New Enterprise Associates and Index Ventures. Original investors Allen & Company, Atomico Investments (Skype founder Niklas Zennstrom), del.icio.us founder Joshua Schachter and Howard Morgan also participated. Barney Schauble, a partner at Nephila Capital and WeatherBill’s risk… Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Trial Edition

    A friend helps out when times are tough, or when Xbox 360s expire
    Sean Captain’s photoset of Nakano Broadway: Naked dolls FTW, NSFW
    RIAA appeal focuses on settlement
    This Halloween, give them the tentacles
    Apple drops price of iTunes Plus songs to 99 cents Read More

  • Social.FM Signs Microsoft Deal, Launches New Client

    Social.FM (formerly Mercora) has released a new version of its social music service platform for Windows Mobile and announced a new distribution deal with Microsoft. The new Social.FM features improved application screens, sliding menus with transition effects, and an new white and green color scheme that is claimed to be “extremely fun-to-use for Windows Mobile… Read More

  • Break out the bad Star Wars graphics, iPhone 1.1.1 unlocked

    If you’re planning on buying a new iPhone, feel free to update to 1.1.1. You can do the anti-AT&T nasty all by your lonesome thanks to a new version of AnySIM. Remember: if you’ve unlocked your older iPhone then you might have some issues until the Dev Team figures out how to return your phone to its virgin state. If you used iPhoneSIMFree, however, you’re golden… Read More

  • iBrick Latest: Free Unlock Now Available

    Good news for those looking for a free solution to unlock an iPhone with the latest firmware version 1.1.1: help has arrived. The latest version of AnySIM now unlocks iPhone’s. More at CrunchGear here. In the mean time though there are other practical uses for a bricked iPhone, as the video above demonstrates. Namaste to regular TechCrunch commenter Fake Steve Ballmer for the video. Read More

  • Next New Networks Acquires BarelyPolitical.com

    Micro television network provider Next New Networks has acquired BarelyPolitical.com, the site behind the Obama Girl video. This acquisition is Next New Networks’ first foray into politics, and BarelyPolitical will now be served along side Next New Network’s existing content including Channel Frederator. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Whilst the Obama Girl video series (there… Read More

  • Blurb launches crowd-sourced books

    Blurb, a self-publishing startup which specialises in illustrated books, is launching a new service to enable people to collaboratively create books. The new service is called Community Books and will initially launch in beta with photo sharing, which is Blurb’s most requested community-bookmaking feature. With a print and fulfilment operation now in the Netherlands, you’ll also… Read More

  • Ezmo: Another Online Music Application Nibbling At iTunes

    We’ve come a long way since the record industry sued MP3.com in 2000. Listening to copies of your digital music online is quickly becoming commonplace and Norway’s Ezmo is another web application helping push the trend. Ezmo, like Anywhere.FM, is a clone of iTunes on the web that just came to the United States. Their Flash based player lets you upload your music to the web, organize… Read More

  • MadeIt Leverages Social Networking to Take On Evite

    Let’s say you want to plan a party or some other get together. You have no shortage of options as to how you can get the word out to your guests. Your most reliable solution is probably just to spam your friends via email. But if you want to create a standing destination for your guests to get more involved with the event ahead of time, you’ll need to set up an website-based… Read More

  • Apple picks Orange in France

    Told vous so. Press release Read More

  • Asus's eee PCs get names, specs, real

    When the lines between UMPC and laptop get blurred, we get confused, angry, agitated, and aroused. It’s an odd reaction mixture, sure, but our shrink says it’s natural. That’s what we’re feeling now on news that Asus’s eee PC line has new models and a new naming scheme. Ok, not the most earthshattering news, but those who’ve been anticipating these… Read More

  • Will DRM-free music lead to DRM-free games?

    GigaOM asks: is this Radiohead experiment going to change how things work, or is it a symptom of things changing? It’s not a philosophical question: something’s going on, as it’s been incredibly successful and shown that it can be done. But the real question is: can this lesson be applied to video games? In Rainbows, coupled with iTunes dropping DRM-free music down to $.99… Read More

  • Do you have what it takes to be…

    a Cyber Soldier? The kids and even some adults (those over 21, though, they’re still punk kids) are obsessed with Starcraft. I don’t understand it. Walk into any PC cafe/room whatever you want to call it and everyone is playing that damn game. They should be out trying to score with chicks or something fun. Not sitting in front of a monitor for 10+ hours and dying from exhaustion. Read More

  • Hell on Earth: Seoul's E-mart

    I can’t really understand anyone’s fascination with the E-mart in Yongsan. It’s not like you’re going to find super cool gadgets or anything. The reason this place is so famous is because of the sheer volume of crap that’s available for purchase. It’s just a bunch of counters crammed together with the brightest fluorescent lights known to man. Read More

  • Private BuyOut Of Ancestry.com For $300+ Million

    Spectrum Equity Investors has led a $300 million investment to acquire a majority interest in Provo Utah-based The Generations Network (the parent company of Ancestry.com, MyFamily.com and other sites) according to a source with knowledge of the deal. The Generations Network competes with a number of new Internet startups that we’ve recently covered. Its Ancestry.com site competes with… Read More

  • iPhone SDK at MacWorld will make us all happier than we've ever been

    If the LX hadn’t come along I’d still be fondling my iPhone with a manic intensity. But after updating to 1.1.1 and fearing for my life and my $400, I was almost about to relegate the phone to the drawer of failed cellphones. I liked my third-party apps. I really did. Well, it seems that the iPhone will have an SDK and it will be fabulous. Tentantively expected at… Read More

  • Sean Captain's photoset of Nakano Broadway: Naked dolls FTW, NSFW

    Japanese graduation caps Those Japanese! Always up to something. If they’re not texting on their superphones or inventing the Walkman, they’re watching women ejaculate rubber phalli and collecting naked schoolgirl dolls giving each other Gyno 101 exams. Witness the glory of Nakano Broadway, the new Akihabara or Electronic Town. Akihabara is kind of cashed — nothing there… Read More

  • CircleLending Becomes Virgin Money USA; Gets Makeover and Millions in Funding

    Peer-to-peer lending service CircleLending has been taken under the wings of Richard Branson’s Virgin empire and rebranded as Virgin Money USA. Virgin’s US investment firm recently bought a majority stake in the Waltham, Massachusetts company, which acts as an online middleman for friends and family who want to loan each other money. The exact amount of money invested by Virgin has… Read More

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