• Ex-Yahoo Music GM Ian Rogers Launches Topspin Media

    Ian Rogers, the former GM of Yahoo Music, has finally taken music startup TopSpin Media out of stealth mode. The new company will offer a marketing software platform for music artists to maximize their fanbase and brand exposure. Rogers, who was the GM of Yahoo Music until April 2008, is one of the few beacons of common sense in a digital music industry seemingly intent on shoving bad… Read More

  • Guitar Hero World controller released

    I like the look of this thing better. Looks more like my guitar, which I think is good because my guitar is good-looking, even if I can’t play it worth a damn. As you can see, it’s got a knob to serve as a whammy bar (I’m guessing), as well as a touch-sensitive bar for bending and sliding notes and even an accelerometer to activate your thrashing super powers. Nice little… Read More

  • Citi's Mahaney: If Google Wants To Stay On Top, It Needs To Ramp Up Its Display Ad Revenues

    A decade ago, the leading Internet companies were AOL, Amazon, eBay, and Yahoo. With the exception of Amazon, which is experiencing a renewal as it embraces digital distribution and cloud computing, they all fell by the wayside because they failed to adapt to a major market transition. For AOL, it was the transition to broadband. For eBay, it was the rise of search as the primary way to… Read More

  • Justin.tv Captures Apartment Robbery

    Every once in a while some great real-life drama comes out of lifecasting site Justin.tv (you just have to sift through thousands of hours of footage to find it). A year ago the police raided the Justin.tv offices/house, guns drawn, for example (I wonder what happened to that video?). More recently, blogger/lifecaster Ronald Lewis was caught being a jerk to a random movie theater employee… Read More

  • Top psychiatrist wants Internet addiction officially recognized

    Internet addiction is real, is a clinical disorder and should be recognized by the community as such. So says a a prominent psychiatrist in the American Journal of Psychiatry. The symptoms of internet addiction are similar to those of other addictions. In using the Internet nonstop, addicts can forget to tend to their vitals (eating and sleeping), need more an more advanced technology to… Read More

  • Windows 7 development overseen by Dept. of Justice

    Since about 2002, the Department of Justice has had a special “Technical Committee” overseeing the development of Microsoft’s Windows operating system. The committee’s main job was to monitor the implementation of the Microsoft-owned middleware products that get (or used to get) installed by default on new computers like Internet Explorer, Outlook Express, MSN… Read More

  • Google Faces Off With Compete, Alexa, Comscore, Quantcast (And Soon Firefox)

    Google has just introduced Google Trends For Websites, a new tool that lets users take a peek at the traffic data from sites around the web. The new feature pits Google against a number of well-established players in the traffic data space, including Compete, Comscore, Alexa, and a host of others. All these services fall prey to one core problem – they don’t have a way to… Read More

  • CrunchGear Live Podcast, 1:00 Eastern

    You can chat with us during the show via AIM by pinging username “crunchtips” or call into the show at (646) 200-4163 should the mood strike you. Here’s the link for today’s show… Read More

  • Too Human developer decries uncreativeness, sequelitis in video game industry

    The president of Silicon Knights—they’re developing Too Human—thinks the video game industry is drowning under a deluge of sequels and is altogether uncreative. Sure, he could just be saying that in order to promote Too Human, what’s with its mythological Norse astronauts or whatever, but the man has a point—how many times can you play Halo and call it great? At… Read More

  • Celsias Wants To Keep "Green" Companies Honest

    Celsias, one of the more more authoritative blogs on climate change, has launched a revamped version of its site that aims to encourage corporations to be more transparent with their eco-friendly projects. The site will continue to offer articles on climate change, and is also trying to foster a community of individual activists looking to create their own “green” projects and… Read More

  • Wi-Lan Sues RIM, Motorola and UTStarcom

    Wi-Lan, a Canadian technology licensing company, has filed patent infringement lawsuits against Research in Motion (RIM), Motorola and UTStarcom. The complaint was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, Marshall Division, and alleges that the companies’ mobile devices and other equipment infringe patents held by Wi-Lan. Specific damages or remedies were… Read More

  • This USB necktie will make you stay cool at all times

    It’s Japanese accessory maker Thanko again. Today the Tokyo-based company added the so-called “USB Necktie Cooler 2” [JP] to their line-up. A small plastic fan built into the tie’s knot begins to circulate when the user plugs the tie, which is made of silk, to a PC’s USB port. The device comes with a switch for turning the fan on or off and regulating its… Read More

  • Come home to roost: Apple's reputation may stymie its success in the business market

    Good God, yet another publication chiming in on the question, “Will the iPhone 3G be a hit in the enterprise crowd?” Fortune examines Apple’s prospects in the business world, and comes away with the opinion that Apple will have its work cut out for it. It seems Apple has a bad reputation among business for several reason. Its flashy image isn’t necessarily what big… Read More

  • Arrington Analyzes Yahoo on ABC

    Michael was dragged out of bed at 8AM on Wednesday morning to talk with ABC’s Vinita Nair about the situation at Yahoo, its deal with Google, and where that leaves Microsoft. He wakes up about a minute into the interview when he starts discussing the talent drain at Yahoo and how the deal gives Google an even larger share of search advertising dollars. At the end, he touches on the… Read More

  • LEGO-like calendar can be reshaped any which way

    This product is not for me. Since the relatively widespread adoption of electronic calendars, I’ve sworn off old-school calendars for good. I was the guy with the calendar hanging on the wall that showed the same month for three years straight. Apparently, pulling a thumbtack out of the wall, flipping a page, and then reinserting the aforementioned thumbtack back into the wall was far… Read More

  • Is using someone else's Wi-Fi an actual crime?

    There was an adorable article in Time magazine last week about Wi-Fi theft. The author, Lev Grossman, admits to being a “Wi-Fi thief” for several years, using his neighbors’ unsecured Wi-Fi without them knowing. He calls it a crime, a direct violation of Title 18, Part 1, Chapter 47 of the United States Code. But is that really theft? TechDirt argues that when someone leaves… Read More

  • First Hosted Asian DVB-H Mobile TV Service

    Alcatel-Lucent and SpeedCast Limited have announced today that they plan to jointly market, deploy and operate a shared, hosted DVB-H platform for mobile TV operators in Asia. The objective of the collaboration is to enable delivery of video content to operators for transmission to devices supporting the DVB-H mobile TV standard. The service will enable mobile TV service providers to deliver… Read More

  • Viral Video 101: Today's lesson, "Trying to make people look at the LG Secret"

    Yeah, I don’t know what’s up here either. It’s basically a “viral video” for the LG Secret which is supposed to show that the phone is indestructible. Why should we all care? I don’t know. Clearly wiser minds than ours have tackled the problem of selling a me-too cellphone to a bored and unruly populace and this is what they decided would get the most traction. Read More

  • PsyStar selling rack servers

    Need an XServe without paying Apple for the privilege? Psystar has something for you. They’re releasing 1U and 2U servers running Windows, Ubuntu, and “even Mac OS X Leopard Server.” Again, these boys are risking a lot selling these things, but more power to them. These are OEM rack servers with a little Psystar work and not much else, but it starts at about $2,000 and OS X… Read More

  • Trojan horse affects Mac OS X 10.4 and 10.5

    Head’s up. SecureMac has discovered a new Trojan horse floating around that affects users of Mac OS X, versions 10.4 and 10.5. It’s “currently being distributed from a hacker website, where discussion has taken place on distributing the Trojan horse through iChat and Limewire.” Here’s more… “The Trojan horse runs hidden on the system, and allows a… Read More

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