• 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. dave on Call of Duty 4 may have triggered missing Marine’s PTSD? I have the utmost respect for our fighting men and women… my sister is currently deployed to the middle east and doesn’t return until summer at best… that… Read More

  • TechCrunch/CrunchGear/MobileCrunch Barcelona Meet-up – UPDATE!


    We will hold tomorrow’s TC/CG/MC meet-up at the Cafe del Sol, Av Paral.lel 182, right down the street from the Fira. I’ve received quite a few emails already but RSVP with the subject line “BCN MEET-UP” to john @ crunchgear.com so I can put together a head count. Apparently a bunch of strangers in a law office wasn’t quite a good idea. [Map] Read More

  • Bootstrapping Event In San Francisco – Get The Last Five Tickets Here

    On the evening of March 6, 2008 I’ll be moderating a Churchill Club panel discussion in San Francisco on “Bootstrapping As A Start-Up.” Participants include Sean Byrnes (CEO Flurry), Craig Newmark (Founder Craigslist), Gabe Rivera (Founder TechMeme), and Stephen Weir (CEO MadeIt). The discussion will be around starting and growing a startup without outside funding. This is a… Read More

  • How to get around the Star Wars universe

    I think it’s safe to say that everyone knows what each and every one of the included photos is and which episode it was from, so I don’t need to bore you with details. I was hoping they’d have an Imperial speeder bike since those were my favorites as a kid, but they didn’t. I almost cried about it. Read More

  • UK users face 'three strikes' Internet ban: Kicked off for copyright infringement

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    From Wikipedia “We will move to legislate to require internet service providers to take action on illegal file-sharing.” So begins the proposed piece of legislation that will implement a “three strikes” rule in the UK. Simply, if you’re caught three times illegally downloading copyrighted material, your Internet connection will… Read More

  • RocketOn Gets $5 M For Embeddable Virtual Kids World

    RocketOn is a San Francisco based startup is making a 2D virtual world you can access across any site through an embeddable widget. They also just raised $5 million from the D. E. Shaw group’s venture capital unit, bringing total investment up to $5.8 million. In its alpha state, this virtual world is simply a chat widget with some avatars you can walk around the screen with the click of… Read More

  • GSM carriers band together to piss off R Kelly

    [photopress:rkelly_1.jpg,full,center] If you’re a child porn-loving sicko, your cellphone may soon cease to be your gateway to illicit images, at least if the GSM operators at the MWC in Barcelona have anything to say about it. They’re banding together to block youngster porn on their networks, with the backing of various governments. They’re trying to steer clear of… Read More

  • MySpace Quietly Launches Games Site

    Still number one social networking destination MySpace has entered the casual flash games market with games.myspace.com. The new site won’t win any awards for innovation, indeed it looks like a < $100 template buy from Digitalpoint, but ultimately that doesn't make a difference. Casual flash gaming combined with a youngish user base in the millions makes this a no-brainer in terms… Read More

  • Nvidia re-entering mobile market with new applications proc

    [photopress:cell_phone_inside.jpg,full,center] It’s not a GPU, not really, but Nvidia’s new cellphone chip is a graphics proc for cellphones. As cellphones get more iPhone-like, the need for advanced visual processing power arises, and Nvidia’s betting it will be a big market. Today it announced the new applications processor with integrated video acceleration. This means… Read More

  • Sony Ericssons with WinMo on the way

    [photopress:winmose.jpg,full,left]Sony Ericsson is going to start making Windows Mobile phones, according to Redmond. This is an odd move, as SE is a member of the Symbian group, and has relied on the Symbian OS for its phones for years. This is bad news for the American market as Symbian has always been a reasonable alternative to WinMo, but this could be the first nail in the OS… Read More

  • Bluetooth + Wi-Fi in faster future

    [photopress:wifi_bluetooth.jpg,full,center] Wi-Fi is as ubiquitous as pretty much anything else in the technology field, rivaled perhaps by Bluetooth. But now they’re getting along better, as the Bluetooth SIG has developed a way to piggyback Bluetooth onto Wi-Fi, making it more power conservative as well as faster. Devices with the new technology should start rolling out next year… Read More

  • Qype gets a mini-makeover

    Venture-backed pan-European reviews site Qype is having a face-lift tomorrow, along with a few other nips and tucks. New features include the ability to add videos via Youtube – something already available on competitor sites like TrustedPlaces – better local search, maps and community features, UpMyStreet-like local chat features for all the 6,000 towns on Qype.co.uk and a… Read More

  • Much like my Uncle Charlie, MSN Direct doesn't work

    http://progressive.playstream.com/playstream/progressive/flashplayers/FLVPlayer.swf Remember the old Spot watches? Well Microsoft’s now taken the same info-at-a-glance technology and made it accessible to your Windows Mobile device. Sounds simple enough. Microsoft making relatively straightforward news and weather information available on a device running Microsoft software should be… Read More

  • Help-Key: How to make a book into a sexy, nerdy gift box for Valentine's Day

    http://www.metacafe.com/fplayer/1080629/sexy_secret_book.swf I am a single blogger. I have no girlfriend or even anyone I’m actively dating, so this Valentine’s Day I’m going to be drinking whiskey at a rock show here in Seattle with a couple cute girls I know as we commiserate about being in that unenviable position. But you, you’re a stud. You’ve got a wife… Read More

  • HotOrNot Apparently Very Hot: Acquired For $20 Million

    San Francisco based HotOrNot, founded by James Hong and Jim Young in October 2000, has been acquired, we’ve heard from multiple sources. The buyers are investors connected with Avid Life Media, and paid somewhere around $20 million for the site. Hong and and Young have been taking money out of the very profitable business all along the way – which we reported was another $20 million… Read More

  • VentureBeat Takes $320,000 First Round

    Venture focused blog VentureBeat has taken a seed round of $320,000. Investors include Georges Harik and Aydin Senkut (both ex-Google); Mike Brown, Philippe Cases, MHS Capital, Amidzad and White Sand Group among others. VentureBeat joins GigaOm, who’ve raised two rounds, in the “funded blog network” category. VentureBeat was founded in 2006 by ex-San Jose Mercury News writer… Read More

  • 3GSM news roundup

    Here are some tidbits from 3GSM or the Mobile World Congress being held in Barcelona, 11-14 February: • Google “is expected to produce a prototype mobile handset” at the show, according to The Times. But even if a physical phone doesn’t appear Google’s ‘Android’ open source Mobile Operating System platform will be floating around. Indeed, Korea’s… Read More

  • Up close and personal with the Millenium Falcon

    It’s hard photographing subjects in crowded museums and such, but it’s even harder when there’s tons of glare and the object you’re trying to shoot is encased in glass. I did my best and hope you guys like it. All of the models and props at the Star Wars: Where Science Meets Imagination exhibit at The Franklin Institute in Philadelphia were used in at least one of the… Read More

  • Alphabasic BitTorrent music experiment a qualified success

    [photopress:bjordan.jpg,full,right] Benn Jordan, the man behind the Alphabasic record label and its recent experiment with uploading an album to BitTorrent sites, is complaining with the results. Nearest he can tell, 1.83 percent of downloaders later donated to him an average of $11.02. That totals $2,490.97. Of all downloaders, 2.38 percent either donated or bought a digital version from the… Read More

  • GyPSii signs deal to try and crack India's vast mobile market. It won't.


    Europe: Netherlands-based mobile startup GyPSii, a geo-location and social networking service provider for mobile phones, has signed an agreement with Broadway Pvt. Ltd, to offer GyPSii in India. This is a market with 233 million mobile subscribers which grows at a monthly rate of over 8 million. Broadway provides direct access to the content and advertising reach of ISP India Online Netcom… Read More

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