• Daily Crunch: Graphic Devolution Edition

    Massage pants seem to be exactly what they sound like
    Why turn everyone in your mom’s 1968 high school yearbook into cartoons? Because it’s there, man
    Chill Stick beer quiver holds a six pack, my heart
    Ghostbusters Ecto-1 car looks phenomenal
    New site contains complete works of Charles Darwin 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. Comment on Don’t shoot the messenger: Microsoft internal promo video about Windows Vista is hard to watch by Vero Pepperrell Wow. Dread to think what the conversation was like in the boardroom. “Right guys, we need to make a… Read More

  • Secret Merger Talks Between Technorati And b5media Blow Up

    Blog search engine Technorati was days away from merging with blog network b5media when the whole deal blew up earlier this week, according to a source familiar with the negotiations. Technorati has been searching for a new strategy ever since it appointed CEO Richard Jalichandra last October. It was recently trying to raise an additional round of financing, and pitching venture capitalists… Read More

  • Holy Facebook, Batman! Let's fight crime in Manchester, England!

    Mark Zuckerburg’s creation has a new role. Fighting crime in Manchester, England. Greater Manchester Police (GMP) (reports TechCrunch UK) has launched a Facebook application which adds local crime alerts to your profile and news feed, getting the news about crime incidents out there to more youthful users of the Net than is normal for most police operations. Users can submit items via… Read More

  • German Startup Nails Pre-Launch Marketing Gimmick

    No one knows much about what German startup Popula is building. But German tech blogs can’t stop writing about their pre-launch video marketing gimmick. The Popula home page says (in German) only “Popula is an event calendar of all for all. Whether party, concert or children’s birthday. Here you will find what you are interested. Register now and test!” People… Read More

  • Tools For Your Video Career

    Very few would argue with the statement that video is hot right now. From the cultural phenomenon of YouTube, through to the rise of live streaming services, money is pouring into startups from content creators through to service providers. Getting into video isn’t as easy as setting up a blog, so here’s some advice of which direction to head in. The basics Obviously you’ll… Read More

  • Battle test: Macs run Vista better than PCs

    The Mac vs. PC battle is an old one that’s not going to find resolution anytime soon. It’s all about different tastes, I like OSX, Devin likes Windows, fine, that’s his problem. But what about just hardware? What happens if you take the operating system out of the equation? The Mac still wins, at least according to the hardware guys at Popular Mechanics, who installed Vista on… Read More

  • YouFig Community Collaboration Tools Enter Public Beta

    YouFig is a free social platform for collaboration that just entered public beta. During its closed beta period, which started in January, it saw activity in over sixty communities including one used by an internal Cisco team. While there are a number of similar (and more feature complete) competitors already available, YouFig hopes to set itself apart by emphasizing security and an… Read More

  • MediaScrape Takes $3.2 Million

    Montreal based MediaScrape, a Google News meets video translation service has taken $3.2 million in a new round from we don’t know who, for total funding or over how many rounds we have no idea either. MediaScrape’s new service is updated every 30 minutes and gives users full control on the way they receive their news, from on demand through to regional loops. The company… Read More

  • Digital TV switch may be gamed by patent jerks

    We’ve covered the impending digital TV transition here much, but there’s a new twist that could make it more expensive than it should be to make the change. A small company called Rembrandt, Inc. is flexing its patent muscle by suing 14 companies, including the parent companies of many networks that will broadcast the digital TV signals. The American Antitrust Institute is asking… Read More

  • Disposable DVDs: Like DIVX but hopefully not sucky

    Remember DIVX? Not DivX the codec, but DIVX as in Digital Video Express — from Circuit City — the ill-fated self-destructing DVD system from lo those many years ago. A similar idea just might be able to succeed where DIVX failed. Or not, who knows? Anyway, whereas DIVX relied on special DVD players that could play DIVX discs (and also regular DVDs), a new disposable DVD coming from… Read More

  • Massage pants seem to be exactly what they sound like

    There’s a temptation we bloggers have to resist, and it’s called “going for the easy”. That’s when you write about something, say these automatic massage pants, and try to resist going for the easy joke, in this case it would be something about a “happy ending.” I won’t be making such a joke. Instead I will point out the features of the pants… Read More

  • Socrato Crowdsources Test Prep Materials

    Socrato is a Massachusetts-based company bringing test preparation materials online so they can be distributed and used more effectively. The team behind Socrato started off by loading all of the site’s content manually, including sample questions for the SAT and Massachusetts state tests. Realizing that it would be much easier grow its collection by crowdsourcing, it has built a… Read More

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    CrunchArcade: Need for Creed Edition

    This week on CrunchArcade, your weekly roundup of gaming news, commentary, and downloads: Assassin’s Creed on the PC, Aerosmith on consoles, achievements in TF2 and indie developer Cactus in a zip file. Read on, bold CrunchReader. Read More

  • Video: Kids who don't play video games are at risk

    http://www.g4tv.com/lv3/21264 Yah, I knew playing video games was good for me. This is a good watch, intelligent and well thought-out, and I agree with every word. Read More

  • And the winner is…

    Admittedly, asking who should be the next director of future media and technology for the BBC in an online poll was a slightly flippant move. However, the results are kind’ve interesting – even though they probably say more about the TechCrunch audience than anything else. So the winner is Ian Forrester of BBC Backstage who has a sizable Geek following (perhaps accounting for… Read More

  • Microsoft Acquires Farecast For $115M

    Rumors about the acquisition of Farecast are accurate – in a very brief blog post CEO Hugh Crean says they’ve been acquired by Microsoft. SeattlePI, which first broke the rumor last week, says the price tag was $115 million. While the two companies are an understandable fit given their proximity and partnership over MSN Travel, SeattlePI reports that Farecast entertained… Read More

  • LoveFilm merges with Amazon's DVD rentals

    In an expected move, the UK’s Office of Fair Trading has greenlighted the merger of LoveFilm and Amazon’s UK rental operations, giving the merged entity control of about 90% of the online DVD market. It also bring in the and German DVD business. The OFT said LoveFilm had no incentive to degrade its service as there is plenty of competition in the video market, especially from… Read More

  • Cuill has Irish roots

    It turns out that Cuill, a stealth search engine company which just raised $25 million in a Series B round (taking its pot to an estimated $38 million), was founded by Tom Costello from Louth on Ireland’s east coast (says PaidContentUK). He started the company with his wife Anna Patterson, ex of Google. The company is based in Menlo Park in Silicon Valley. Cuill claims to be able to… Read More

  • Vienna latest city to ban cell use on trains

    For awhile I live in Olympia, WA, and commuted to Seattle every day. I know, I’m an idiot, but I did it the smart way and took public transit. One leg of my daily trip involved a train ride, and the last car in the train was a designated “No Cell” car; phones off, no calls, no texts. I never went near it, but I can understand the sentiment. Austria, too, is getting in on the… Read More

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