• AOL Offers Customized Mobile

    Several search engines on the Web offer, or soon will offer, customized Web pages with widgets to tell you the time and weather, and pull up the latest headlines. AOL Mobile is giving personalized treatment to user homepages in an effort to increase its stickiness on handsets everywhere. Users can select preferences for the page to include hyperlinks, include images, optimize linked pages… Read More

  • In-Stat: Bluetooth Market Grows but at Slower Rate

    Bluetooth penetration into mobile handsets is still on the rise. That’s the word from a new report by research firm In-Stat. 2006 was a good year and 2007 will bring more success for the technology named after Danish King Harald Blåtand. But something is rotten, and not just in Denmark. The growth for Bluetooth products is also beginning to slow. “The Bluetooth silicon market… Read More

  • CBS Mobile Partners with Multiple Mobile Ad Companies

    One you can’t say about CBS is that that their mobile division only phoned it in when it came to working with a mobile ad company. Yesterday CBS Mobile announced partnerships – that’s plural as in multiple deals – with mobile ad companies AdMob, Millennial Media, Rhythm NewMedia and Third Screen Media in efforts to build a one-stop mobile advertising platform for its… Read More

  • EA Mobile… It's Not in the Money Game

    Electronic Arts released their second quarter 2007 revenues this week, and things were essentially flat from its mobile division. The Q2 numbers were flat at $33, which was the same as the same quarter last year, and down from Q1 of 2007, which had revenue of $36 million. Mobile gaming makes up about eight percent of EA’s total platform revenue. It wasn’t much better at rival… Read More

  • Spigit Lets Professional Show Their Stuff

    Last year MobileCrunch looked at IPSwap, which was focused on connecting consumers with software developers. The shop closed up in December, but now they’re back and in beta as spigit. The site has launched as a platform that provides professional with the ability to showcase new ideas and innovations and in the process build their professional network. The company hopes to have… Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Silver Screen Edition

    Cretors’ Popcorn Makers. Yup, We’ve Gone There.
    The Fat Person Detecting Chair: Sweet Justice
    The Nutcracker: Enough With The Juvenile Jokes
    Shakespearean Insult Gum: Bubblegum and Old Timey Insults
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  • Google Working On Super Double Secret Mobile Phone

    The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Google has been investing “hundreds of millions of dollars” in a cellphone project. Reports of a “Google phone” are not a particularly new revelation, but this latest report comes with some added details. The Journal reports that Google has made mobile phone mock-ups, courted carriers (T-Mobile, Verizon), and continued working… Read More

  • WebbAlert: A Lot Like Rocketboom, Except It's Interesting

    WebbAlert, a new daily (Monday – Thursday) video news show hosted by X-Play’s Morgan Webb, launches this morning at 2 am PST. The focus of the show will be the major breaking technology and gaming news of the day. Like Rocketboom, each show will be no more than 5 minutes long, for easy consumption. Unlike Rocketboom, I’ve been able to sit through a whole episode – the… Read More

  • NEWSFLASH: John C. Dvorak Negative About Something

    Crotchety old crapapple John C. Dvorak is predicting that the whole Web 2.0 isn’t going to last. Of course it’s not going to last, guy. Nothing lasts forever…even cold November rain. I tend to disagree that there’s going to be a “burst” of the Web 2.0 bubble. That word connotates something negative happening. I’d like to think of it as the period of… Read More

  • WaterField Launches Trio Of iPhone Cases

    WaterField, purveyor of gadget protection, has released a trio of iPhone cases to fulfill any and all protection needs. The Smart Case comes in three varieties to accommodate hipsters, so they can Slip it out of their pocket to show all the suckersladies. The tools business folk can have their super-cool belt Clip and those on the go can Flap them to their shoulder straps. The super thin… Read More

  • Personalize Your Site's Content With MineKey

    Personalization, where content is customized to every user, is a popular trend. It’s been adopted by a variety of websites, including search, news, and music. The overall argument behind the push for personalization is that more targeted content (and ads) will drive greater pageviews (and revenue). MineKey is a startup that makes adding personalization to any website simple through… Read More

  • AC/DC Snubs iTunes, Joins Verizon

    AC/DC announced today that they’ve given Jobs and iTunes the big FU and they’ve signed an exclusive deal with Verizon. It’s probably a good move for them, but we, the consumers, are getting the shaft on this one. Care for another reason to loathe Verizon? Unlike iTunes where you can purchase one single track or an entire album you have to purchase the entire album from… Read More

  • Teh.Be$T.Kommenter.Evar

    Hump Day is gone. Long live the day before Friday! I like to call it “Thursday”. Here are three funny and/or provocative comments for your perusal. Enjoy! Johnal, on the subject of Geek Squad: “Fabio, Geek Squad, and Robert Stephens — Real?…or maybe a precursor to the next terrorist attack as planned by Satan himself!? only time will tell…” plkrtn on the… Read More

  • Microsoft Attempts To Overtake JPEG, Almost There

    Microsoft’s HD Photo file format is one step closer to being accepted by JPEG. The standardization of HD Photo or JPEG XR will make certain that software, display, printer and camera companies will be able to develop products on a consistent basis and ensure interoperability across all products and platforms. Developed by Microsoft’s Core Media Processing team, HD Photo will focus… Read More

  • Remember Webvan? So Does Amazon

    Check out Amazon Fresh – a new invite only service from Amazon that looks eerily similar to the quintessential 90’s Internet flameout, Webvan. The new service promises speedy at-home delivery of groceries, including fresh produce, at “competitive everyday prices.” It’s available only in Seattle currently, and has not been officially announced. But at least one… Read More

  • Thank You Readers And Sponsors

    Thank you all for your continued support. Here’s a quick blurb from each of our current sponsors: Wallhogs – Wallhogs makes semi-adhesive vinyl posters of whatever images you’d like, ranging from your own family photos to cutouts of full-sized football players. If you came to TechCrunch 9, you would have seen WallHogs’ stickers denoting the spots for each of the… Read More

  • CrunchArcade: Back on the Gridiron


    It is hard to believe it is August already. That means summer will soon be turning to fall. Kids go back to school, the weather gets cooler and the leaves change color. But most of that doesn’t matter to a lot of guys, because fall means football season. But in the world of video games you don’t have to wait until September for the kickoff. The games are already here! This week… Read More

  • AA Picks AirCell For In-flight Wi-Fi

    In-flight Wi-Fi seems to be all the rage these days. Lufthansa is bringing sexy back Wi-Fi back and Qantas is joining the fray, but when will domestic airlines quit quibbling about giving us food and blankets to realize there’s money to be made in Wi-Fi? Huzzah! American Airlines has pulled their head out and teamed up with AirCell to bring Wi-Fi to passengers next year. Read More

  • Illuminate, Incapacitate Your Enemies For Under $30

    Not only does the Dragon Fire 650,000 Volt Rechargeable Stun Gun instantly turn a would-be mugger into a whimpering puddle of burning pee, but it also has a built in LED flashlight! I might pick one of these up just for the sheer convenience of being able to kick some ass in a barfight during a power outage. I’m a little concerned about the reliability of something that’s dropped… Read More

  • Acer Introduces Aspire Series To North America

    Acer announced today that the Aspire series will make its NA debut with the 5920 and 4710. The 5920 is touted as a multimedia ‘powerhouse’, which is largely due to the Empowering Technology coupled with the Acer Arcade software suite. The HD DVD notebook has a bright 15.4-inch wide display thanks to CrystalBrite, which is marketing jargon for optimal brightness in all lighting… Read More