• Defective batteries causing iPod Nano fireworks

    Just caught news on the Today Show (in between some Eliot Spitzer segment and another, less interesting but more sensational Eliot Spitzer segment) of the iPod Nano batteries causing sparks to shoot out of units marked with model number MA099J/A (pictured right). Apparently the problem was found back in January but wasn’t reported by Apple to the Japanese trade and economy ministry… Read More

  • Casio goes green (white and red) with solar paneled G-Shock

    Oh Casio, I love thee G-Shock watches so. I love you even more now that you’re implementing solar panels into your watches. The G5500C model is equipped with the Tough Solar Power Technology that combines a highly sensitive solar panel with a high capacity rechargeable battery to help with high-load functions. Another really unique (I think) feature is the automatic illumination of… Read More

  • MyLoki Lets You Tell the World That You Are Here

    If you look at my Facebook page you might think that I’m still in Miami, although I returned from that trip two weeks ago. I simply forgot to change my location status back to New York City. The problem with most location updates on Facebook or elsewhere is that they require you to manually change your status every time you get on a plane. Finally, though, there is an easier way… Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Green Glow Edition

    The Star Wars Chubby: Not what you think
    K2 ‘Porcupine’ flashlight for blinding and poking
    New Incredible Hulk trailer leaked
    Hollywood going more 3-D with new agreement for digital distribution
    SXSW 2008: Facebook, Federated Media had them some parties Read More

  • Crunch Network

    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. Marcus on CrunchDeals: Nokia’s N810 gets $90 price drop Here’s how to get an even BETTER price, courtesy of Internet Tablet Talk.com. Use Nokia promo code SCENEZINE at the NokiaUSA store and receive an additional 15% off, making… Read More

  • Anticlimax: YouTube Announces More Open API's

    Erick got all excited, but in the end it was a bit of an anticlimax. YouTube’s big announcement today is more open API’s that will allow developers to upload videos and video responses from any where. From the YouTube Blog: We try really hard to make YouTube as open as possible…Nevertheless, we worried that we weren’t open enough. So, we pulled some all-nighters and… Read More

  • Review: Richard Solo Smart Backup Battery for iPod

    My kingdom for a dead-ass simple way to squeeze a little more juice out of my iPod Touch while I’m gallivanting across the globe living the life of a high-profile technology blogger. I need all the battery life I can get while I’m flying in fancy airplanes to conventions in such exotic locales as Las Vegas, Las Vegas and, of course, Las Vegas. So does the Richard Solo (made by… Read More

  • Official: AOL On The Table For A Deal

    Time Warner Chief Executive Jeffrey Bewkes has said that Time Warner is open for a deal on AOL. Bewkes acknowledged weakness in the AOL business and told the Bear Stearns media conference Tuesday that Time Warner was open to combining AOL with another company “whatever configuration makes it the strongest and the most valuable.” These comments follow on from statements Bewkes made… Read More

  • Yahoo In Discussions To Join Google OpenSocial

    Yahoo is in late stage discussions with Google to join their OpenSocial platform, says a NYTimes story from earlier this evening. Multiple sources at both Yahoo and Google confirm to us that discussions are happening, but won’t say when an announcement might be made or even that a final decision has been made. This would be a major win for Google, which has already enticed MySpace and… Read More

  • Healthline Partners With Aetna For Personalized Medical Portal

    While Microsoft and Google want to build general health portals for consumers (Microsoft launched HealthVault, and we’re still waiting for Google Health), medical search engine Healthline is taking more of a white-label approach. It is partnering with Aetna to create a personalized health portal for insurance customers called Aetna SmartSource. Since Aetna already has electronic… Read More

  • Click Forensics Raises $10 Million B Round

    Click fraud is a big business, and so is detecting it. Click-fraud auditing firm Click Forensics has raised a $10 million B round, led by Sierra Ventures. Also participating is Austin Ventures and Shasta Ventures, who invested in the company’s $5 million A round last January. Advertisers and Website can subscribe to the company’s service, which claims to be able to identify… Read More

  • Mixx Gets Credibility Boost From NYTimes

    The New York Times tonight added Mixx bookmarking buttons on its site, which is an important milestone for the company. Facebook, Digg and Yahoo Buzz are the only other third party social bookmarking services that are offered. The NYTimes doesn’t include well known and more established services like Delicious, Reddit and others on its pages (Delicious was bumped for Mixx). And since Mixx… Read More

  • Invoke Solutions Takes $7 Million

    Online and mobile research firm Invoke Solutions has taken an additional $7 million in funding in a round led by North Atlantic Capital that included existing investors Bain Capital and BEV Capital. Waltham, Mass. based Invoke Solutions offers real-time online and mobile research services that offer “fast, usable insights for their clients.” Invoke Solutions products are used by… Read More

  • Facebook Pays $25 For User Testing; We'll Double That For Leaks

    Where does Facebook go when it wants to check the pulse of its users? Craigslist of course. The company just posted the following job offer on the classifieds site, offering a $25 Visa Gift Card for anyone who stops by their Palo Alto offices this Thursday “to provide feedback on Facebook” (what, no stock options?). Sign up at this URL. As a corollary, we’re offering $25… Read More

  • New Incredible Hulk trailer leaked

    Please don’t suck. Please don’t suck. Please don’t suck. Please don’t suck. Please don’t suck. Please don’t suck. Please don’t suck. Please don’t suck. Please don’t suck. Please don’t suck. Please don’t suck. Please don’t suck. Please don’t suck. Please don’t suck. Please don’t suck. Please don’t suck. Read More

  • CrunchDeals: Virgin America offering discounted fares, again

    Go on. Give it a try. You have until March 14. Virgin America Read More

  • SXSW 2008: Rhapsody understands how the music industry has changed, looking to make most of new environment

    [photopress:sxswrhap.jpg,full,right] It’s amazing. Ever since the music industry declared war on its customers a few years ago those of us who spend entirely too much time online have debated back and forth on message boards, modern day salons. How dumb is an industry that sues its own customers? (Answer: Very.) What compels people to pirate music in the first place? (Answer: Immediacy. Read More

  • The best D&D flowchart I ever have seen

    Click the image above to see the whole thing. I’m crying because it’s so true. NYT [via Kottke] Read More

  • BioShock 2 confirmed for Q4 2009

    Take-Two announced today that 2k Marin is slated to release the sequel to BioShock, which has sold 2 million copies since August, in time for the holidays in 2009. That is all. Press Release Read More

  • Content Marketplace Helium Officially Launches

    Citizen journalism site Helium has today officially launched its content marketplace after 7 months in beta testing. We’ve covered the service twice before, once in 2006, then last year when Helium Marketplace first opened its doors. Helium offers two services: a user generated content portal that’s part Wikipedia, part Squidoo, complete with revenue sharing. The marketplace works in… Read More

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