• The Rise and Fall of Twitter

    At the risk of offending some of you, I am posting this parody video created by Crunchgear’s Nicholas Deleon and his brother Gabriel. Just remember, it’s not about Hitler. It’s about Twitter. CrunchBase Information Twitter Information provided by CrunchBase Read More

  • Rackspace Tests The IPO Waters Today; Settles For Half The Price It Was Hoping For

    After filing for an IPO last April in which it hoped to raise $400 million, Web hosting provider (and cloud-computing aspirant) Rackspace finally priced its IPO last night at $12.50 a share. That would have brought in $187.5 million, or half what it was hoping for. But it opened this morning at $10 (ticker: RAX). It’s been been going up since then to about $11. And Rackspace is a… Read More

  • New substance paves the way for better, brighter LEDs in the near future

    Japanese newspapers are reporting today that Mitsui Kinzoku, an Osaka-based mining and smelting company, might have paved the way to more powerful and ecological LEDs in the future. The key is a mix between red and blue phosphor, combined with blue LEDs, which leads to the production of extremely pure white light (wave length: 450nm). Mitsui Kinzoku claims the white light created this way is… Read More

  • Midnight Club Los Angeles now live: Look, screenshots and video!

    Gamers! Rockstar has just launched the Web site for Midnight Club Los Angeles, which is scheduled to be released for the Xbox 360 and PS3 on October 7. The game is built upon the GTA IV (RAGE) engine, so you can almost pretend you’re in a next gen (well, current gen) version Los Santos (of GTA San Andreas fame). You can view some of the cars featured in the game, and watch videos… Read More

  • How to sign up for the PlayStation Home beta

    Joining the PlayStation Home beta couldn’t be easier, provided you’re in North America or Europe. Those of you in North America, all you have to do is install the just released PlayStation Home theme. Consider that your application to join the beta. Europe has it even easier. Sony Computer Entertainment Europe will send out beta invites to the most active users of the… Read More

  • French journalists steal passwords at security conference, get kicked out

    Three French journalists were kicked out of the Black Hat security conference in Las Vegas yesterday. They were caught sniffing the press room’s Wi-Fi network. The journalists were from the magazine Global Security, and said they’re hacking was merely a “joke.” They were able to obtain login information from several journalists, including one from eWeek. I only mention… Read More

  • Virtual Console GoldenEye stuck in ‘no man's land,’ unlikely to be released

    What’s taking so long for GoldenEye to be released on the Nintendo Wii Virtual Console? Rare’s Nick Burton says the number of licensees involved will more than likely prevent the game from ever being available on Virtual Console, saying the game is in “no man’s land.” Says Burton: It’s incredibly hard to solve because there’s so many license… Read More

  • Coming to America: Pokémon edition Nintendo DS

    The limited edition Nintendo DS featuring Pokémon characters will be making a stateside release. The black DS was exclusive to Japan for a while, but will “soon” be headed to your local retail establishment. Well, so claims an employee from GameStop. The DS, which will cost $129, comes with a bunch of Pokémon stuff, including a Pokémon Mystery Dungeon DVD and a carrying… Read More

  • Daily Crunch: In the Year 2000 Edition

    Eye-shaped camera uses curved sensor
    Japan wants more robot research, sells source code for humanoids
    Pacifier cleaners look like they have come to colonize earth
    Poles do the darndest light shows
    John Biggs scores a book deal! Read More

  • Revolution grinds to halt due to power failure

    Sometime this afternoon the Revolution ground to a halt when Twitter/IdentiSpy mastermind Dustin Sallings left town for a conference and his server shut down. “I was somewhere outside of civilization between Southern California and Las Vegas when one of the machines that ran identispy went down.” acknowledged Sallings, whose resurrected Track services have given what may be a… Read More

  • Facebook Responds To Security Issue With A Hope And A Prayer

    Facebook head of security Max Kelly, a former FBI computer forensics examiner, wrote a blog post tonight addressing the worm attacks on Facebook we wrote about earlier today. His advice to Facebook users: report suspected malware, and try not to share your password with anyone. Kelly also says Facebook blocked the ability to link to the malicious website from anywhere on Facebook, although a… Read More

  • Warner Bros. may use BD-Live on “The Dark Knight” Blu-ray release

    It was reported in July that Warner Bros. didn’t want to use the BD-Live feature with its Blu-ray releases. Now since “The Dark Knight” was such a big hit they’re changing their tune. It’s not set in stone, but the movie maybe the first Warner release to have the feature. Everyone knows the Blue-ray release of “The Dark Knight” is going to be a must… Read More

  • T-Mobile’s big marketing push for BlackBerry is just around the corner

    By the end of the year, T-Mobile plans to launch two new BlackBerry devices and three more Pearl colors. They also plan to do a big marketing blitz, to try and stop customers from going to AT&T for the iPhone 3G. Here is what you can expect to see in the coming months:
    – The BlackBerry Pearl 8120 will relased in three new colors, Tahitian Green, Indigo and Light Blue.
    – In… Read More

  • The Record Industry's Digital Distribution Plan (TotalMusic) Comes Back From the Dead

    The music industry’s attempts to create its own digital distribution business is like a bad horror movie. It just keeps coming back no matter how badly bludgeoned it gets. Back in 2001 in response to Napster, the music labels launched two competing music download sites, PressPlay and MusicNet (the latter became a white-label music service called MediaNet. Meanwhile, Pressplay was bought… Read More

  • comScore: Facebook And MySpace Still Lagging In Japan

    According to data released today by comScore, both Facebook and MySpace still trail Japan’s leading social network Mixi.jp by a wide margin, despite recent pushes by both networks to expand in the country. While Facebook’s Japan site has grown three fold in the last year, it still has only about 4% of the users that Mixi does (538,000 versus 12.7 million unique visitors in… Read More

  • Turn your Tweets up to eleven

    MA writes: Twitterfone launched in May to let Twitter users post new messages by calling in to a phone number and speaking out what they want to say. The service then converts the message to text and posts it to your Twitter account along with a link to the audio file. Here’s a test message I created at the launch. The service is a great way to leave a quick Twitter message when… Read More

  • John Biggs scores a book deal!

    Wow. I’m completely speechless right now. Our very own Editor-in-chief John Biggs has himself a real book deal. That’s not to say his previous foray with “Black Hat: Misfits, Criminals, and Scammers in the Internet Age” was anything to scoff at, but Biggityboo’s (that’s what I like to call him) “book was the object of an intense two-day auction… Read More

  • Meet the new Android media player, TuneWiki

    TC writes: Israeli startup TuneWiki has come a long way. Soon after the iPhone’s launch, the company released an application that allowed users to view highly-accurate lyrics synced karaoke style to any song stored in their music library. But because there was no App Store at the time, TuneWiki was limited to users with jailbroken (hacked) iPhones. Despite this, the application has… Read More

  • Will.I.am is now RIM.I.am

    I’m totally down with product placement on TV and, in this case, videos – it’s a great way to advertise without taking anything away from the entertainment except for a brief twinge when our highly developed marketing detectors go off – so I’m actually please with the prominent BlackBerry placement in Will.I.am’s latest video. Hell, I probably… Read More

  • App Store: PhoneSaber is now gone


    I was just tooling around in the app store looking to send over the link for PhoneSaber to my friend and it’s gone! The only thing that comes up is iSaber, which isn’t very good. A quick look at the publisher’s page confirms this and it looks like THQ Wireless has asked MacBox to take down the app on behalf of Lucas Arts. Good news and bad news, PhoneSaber fans. As of… Read More

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