• 20% Of Valley Startups Can't Get To Their Cash

    The credit crisis is in full swing through most of the U.S. economy, but it has barely touched venture-fueled Silicon Valley. Until recently, that is. Up to 20% of venture backed startups may have been convinced by their financial advisors to put much of their spare cash into something called Auction Rate Securities, on the promise of money market-like liquidity with better returns. Now… Read More

  • Power strip with USB ports = Belkin knows the way to my heart

    If ever there were a tiny gadget that could take my breath away, it’s the Mini Surge protector with USB from Belkin. And I thought my Monster Outlet to Go was awesome. This has two USB ports (just for charging) and three AC outlets. I’m getting myself one immediately. It’s only $25. You should get one, too. Product Page Read More

  • Guy Kawasaki Formally Launches Alltop. Wow, It's Bad.

    Last year Guy Kawasaki launched Truemors on the cheap (he spent $13,000), which is at least pointing the right way on Compete.com. Today he follows up with a sequel, AllTop. It’s a…well, it’s a RSS reader I guess. We actually wrote about this a month ago, but now it’s formal (the Chris Shipley quote cracks me up). The home page lists a number of categories. Each links to… Read More

  • Bringing OpenID To The Masses: Clickpass

    OpenID, a way to sign on to multiple web sites with a single set of credentials, has incredible promise. Large companies have signed up. Thousands of website take OpenID sign-ins. All is good, right? Well, not exactly. First, those big companies only issue IDs, they don’t accept them yet. And the user experience with OpenID is just plain bad. Users have to remember their OpenID URL, and… Read More

  • Everex gPC line pulled from Wal-Mart shelves

    It seems that your local Wal-Mart is not, in fact, the best place to go to pick up an inexpensive Linux-powered desktop computer running gOS. The Everex gPC line — which our intrepid editor John Biggs called “the suck” with “a half-baked ‘Google’ OS” — will no longer be available for in-store purchase. Company spokesperson Melissa O’Brien… Read More

  • FriendFeedFeed "Launches"

    Ok, point taken. There are too many activity feed aggregators out there. So now we have FriendFeedFeed, to “Aggregate all your social networking aggregator feeds into one aggregated feed of aggregator activity feeds!” Awesome. Read More

  • The EU Approves Google's DoubleClick Deal. Yahoo Needs To Pick a Partner Fast.

    The last barrier to Google’s year-long quest to buy DoubleClick has been removed. The European Union’s antitrust regulator has approved the $3.1 billion deal “without conditions.” Word of the impending approval got out last week. Now Google can move seriously into the part of the online advertising business it doesn’t control: display ads. The vigorous… Read More

  • Grace Digital’s New XLink Cellular Gateway

    Grace Digital, a manufacturer of audio and telephony electronics, is now shipping its new line of XLink Cellular Gateway. This device allows consumers to integrate their cellular phone service with their home phones via a cell phone’s built in Bluetooth connection. Integrating your cell phone and home phone together will help you never miss a cell call while relaxing at home. If the… Read More

  • SearchMe Launches New Search Engine With Heavy Backing From Sequoia

    Mountain View based SearchMe has been around since 2005 and has raised $31 million from Sequoia, DAG Ventures and Lehman Brothers. But until last weekend when I met founders Randy Adams and John Holland I knew next to nothing about them. It now joins Mahalo as one of Sequoia’s big bets in search. I say “next to nothing” because I actually did write about them before. In… Read More

  • Evernote Launches Mac Client (2,000 More Invites)

    Evernote, the memory-extension software I reviewed last month, has just released a client for the Mac (in addition to its Windows and Web-based version). You should be able to download the Mac version here. The company is also expanding its private beta to the first 2,000 TechCrunch readers who sign up here. From my earlier review: In the words of CEO Phil Libin, “The main idea of… Read More

  • Bell Labs Device to help Analyze Cell Data Traffic

    The way wireless carriers handle data traffic in the future may change with a device Alcatel-Lucent announced yesterday. (Bell labs is owned by the French company). The 9900 Wireless Network Guardian measures how different kinds of traffic tax a wireless network. This may lead to new price structures for the various types of data that travel over networks in the future, or how that traffic… Read More

  • MyVox Lets You Add Voice Notes to Google Maps, RockYou Widgets And More

    Your phone is now a broadcasting implement. MyVox is opening up a new set of APIs today that will let Web developers add voice notes and audio advertising to any Web application. Instead of making people record their voice on their PC mic or upload an audio file, with MyVox, they use their phones as their mics instead. Website visitors can simply call a number on their regular phones and… Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Etch-a-Bunch Edition

    Mac SE becomes toilet paper roll holder
    First the iPhone gets Spore, now it gets Legos. What’s left?
    Video: Etch-A-Sketch powered clock
    MIT working on a small, smart ‘City Car’
    Brando burps up two speaker solutions Read More

  • Apple says Beatles deal is just "unsubstantiated speculation"

    According to Billboard, Apple is denying any and all reports that a $400 million dollar deal was ever made with Paul McCartney. All signs point in the direction that it could happen sometime this year, but it didn’t happen over the last week. “This is not news nor is it a scoop,” says an Apple Inc. spokesman, declining further comment. His Steveness said in an earlier USA… 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. nofluke69 on First the iPhone gets Spore, now it gets Legos. What’s left? How about 3G? John Eddy on Mario Wii casemod: so subtle! so elegant! And I look and see a goatse. Tim B. on Kodak EasyShare 5300 All-in-One Printer Review This… Read More

  • First prosecution in the UK for harassment via Facebook

    The first prosecution in the UK for harassment using Facebook will take place this month in Birmingham, where a man was being charged with harassing his ex-girlfriend. Michael Hurst allegedly harassed Sophie Sladden via the site on 21 January. He has pleaded not guilty in Birmingham Magistrates Court and was granted bail. Hurst will stand trial later this month. A spokesman for the Crown… Read More

  • Russian government to buy YouTube clone for $15m

    European News: The media division of Russian natural gas giant Gazprom – which happens to be state-owned – is to buy RuTube, a Russia-based video-sharing site based that claims 5.5 million monthly visitors, for about $15 million, according to the Russian News & Information Agency (RIA Novosti). Gazprom-Media is a large player in Russia’s media market and owns TV channels… Read More

  • NewBay wins 6.5EUR million funding

    Dublin-based NewBay has won a 6.5 million euro ($4.96 million) second round investment from Fidelity Ventures with participation from Balderton Capital. NewBay made some of the first social and moblogging tools I ever tried out and it has since created white-label mobile social services for Orange, Alltel and Vodafone, and O2’s Bluebook backup service. The Dublin-based company will use… Read More

  • Apple store is down, but why? [Update]

    Update: Doesn’t look like anything happened. No clue why it’s down and chances are that it’s nothing. We’ll see what happens. Apple store Thanks for the tip, Karim Read More

  • Six Apart Takes Aim At WordPress Users; WordPress Pissed

    Anil Dash, Six Apart’s Chief Evangelist, took aim at WordPress users in a blog post today. Instead of upgrading to the new version of WordPress, he says, consider moving over to their platform. Now, it’s generally fair game to target your competitors, and Dash’s blog post was so tame that I can’t even find a good quote to pull into this post. But that didn’t… Read More

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