• Sequoia Invests in SEM-Automator Kenshoo

    All you search-engine marketing consultants watch out. Sequoia Capital just invested in Kenshoo, an Israeli startup that automates the whole process of creating and managing search-engine marketing campaigns. It is a labor-intensive activity that has given rise to an entire cottage industry. Kenshoo competes with bid-management software from all the giants in online advertising… Read More

  • Spike Awards special guest: Big Daddy

    My buddy Nathan Sharratt, the guy who made the Big Daddy/Little Sister costume with his girlfriend last Halloween just showed up on Spike TV last night, helping accept BioShock’s Best Game award. It just goes to show you that a little obsessive attention to detail and some plastic tubing can take you quite far. Read More

  • Proposed lawsuit targets Halo 3's false 720p claim

    Back when Halo 3 was first released, some people got all up in arms because they thought they were gipped several pixels—the game was advertised as 720p even though it was actually rendered in 640p. I know, it was a national disgrace, right up there with that whole Lewinsky nonsense and when NBC cancelled “Freaks and Geeks.” Thus, a “team of class attorneys”… Read More

  • Disney's Woz-bot to scare children unto eternity

    EPCOT’s Spaceship Earth (Presented by Siemens!) is a ride dedicated to showing the variety and wealth of riches here on our jolly blue orb. Interestingly enough, in doing this, Disney decided to share the birth of Apple and to glorify the cult of the obese geek eating pizza in his garage. Here we see the Woz, presumably, working on a strange Mac-esque PC. His back is to the riders… Read More

  • T-Mo launches Samsung Katalyst with HotSpot @Home

    Seriously. Do anyone’s friends actually look like this? What does $79.99 and a two-year contract get you these days? The Samsung Katalyst (SGH-t739), a slim slider from T-Mobile that supports My Faves and HotSpot @Home. While you probably won’t feel like the coolest kid on the block with this WiFi-enabled phone, you can make calls over WiFi and it’s technically a world… Read More

  • CG Holiday 2007 Recommendation: TwistTogether Lamp

    I found out about Glide’s TwistTogether Lamp a few weeks ago and got mine in last week and I guarantee it’ll be the coolest gift you can give anyone this holiday season. Read more about them here. Read More

  • NYTimes Surges, CNet Slumps

    Ever since the NYTimes.com swept away the last remaining boulders of its subscription pay wall (aka Times Select) in mid-September, its traffic has been going through the roof. According to comScore, it gained 7.5 million readers worldwide from the end of August through the end of October (November numbers are not out yet). That is a 64 percent jump (to a total of 19.4 million). … Read More

  • The top ideas of 2007 sorta includes 'that Britney Spears guy'

    This week’s Old Gray Lady Magazine put together a list of the best ideas of the year, some of them tech-y and some of them a-waste-of-everyone’s-time-y. Of the many great ideas, you might want to check out the best way to deflect an asteroid (one of my biggest concerns), the electric hockey skate, posthumous e-mail and the accidental YouTube audition. For that one, think that… Read More

  • Omnifone’s MusicStation Sweeping the Globe

    MobileCrunch has been following Omnifone’s MusicStation this year (See: MusicStation) and the music service is sweeping the globe with coverage. And for good reason, MusicStation subscribers can download unlimited music for a weekly fee to their mobile phones. Over 1.2 million tracks are available and in the United Kingdom the service only costs 1.99 pounds a week. MusicStation combines… Read More

  • Health Search + Patient Social Network = iMedix

    When you are sick or need to research a disease for an ailing relative, the two best places to go online are health search engines like Healthline or patient support group sites like Daily Strength. Tel Aviv startup iMedix wants to combine both: a vertical health search engine with a patient-to-patient social network. Tomorrow it officially switches to beta, although the previously… Read More

  • Japanese Mobile Phone Just for Children

    When children are off on their own parents can worry about a child’s welfare. In Japan, NTT DoCoMo will launch a second parent friendly mobile phone for children. The first phone of this type was offered in 2006 and sold around 500,000 units. The new unit, F801i, will go on sale in Japan later this month. The F801i has a 100-decibel alarm that a child can activate by pulling on a cord. Read More

  • Office Live Workspace (Beta) Finally Goes Live. Still Needs Work.

    It’s painful to watch Microsoft wake up slowly to the threat posed by a growing gaggle of Web-based office productivity software, led by Google Docs and Spreadsheets. Back in October, Microsoft announced its intention to make Office Live actually revolve around sharing documents online (as opposed to the website-hosting and e-mail service that it was before). As a result, Office Live… Read More

  • CrunchGear Week in Review: Bacon Dinner Edition

    LG PC12, the jolly, puffy iPod dock/HD radio
    Wild Zune spotted in remote Canadian province
    CG Holiday 2007 Recommendation: Dakine gear bags
    Forkchops – What I want for Xmas
    Mr. BaconPants offers his top holiday picks Read More

  • TechCrunch at Le Web 3

    Along with the rest of the TechCrunch crew (Mike Arrington and Ouriel Ohayon) I will be attending LeWeb3 in Paris from Monday through to Wednesday. It’s a massive event featuring a ton of startups and about 1,700 people are attending. I’ll do my best to keep TechCrunch UK going while I’m there and no doubt there will be some news-worthy stories worth covering here and on… Read More

  • AGLOCO Doesn't Pay To Surf, Joins Deadpool

    If it was a bad idea the first time around, it’s probably a bad idea the second time around too. Mike was harsh on AGLOCO, a variation of the failed AllAdvantage pyramid scheme from a few years ago, when he wrote about their launch. He was right to question the business – they’re closing down. The following email was sent to at least some AGLOCO members: We would like to… Read More

  • 2007 Spike TV Video Game Award winners

    http://www.ifilm.com/efp And the winners are… Read More

  • LinkedIn API and New Homepage Drawing Near

    LinkedIn, the social network for professionals, is trying to establish itself as a better destination with a stronger presence on the web. As a better destination, LinkedIn would experience higher levels of user engagement and more page views, which in turn would translate into greater advertising revenue. With a stronger presence, the site would grab mind share away from rising competitor… Read More

  • WetPaint White Labels For Businesses And Brands

    Hosted wiki provider WetPaint has launched a new white label wiki service called “Just Add Wetpaint”, which lets businesses buy a customized version of their wiki platform (starting around $10,000). In at most 14 days, the company can pump out a customized community around a product. The communities are hosted by WetPaint on your domain, and share a common login with the rest of… Read More

  • Imeem Pens a Deal with Universal Music. Now Has All the Majors.

    Ad-supported music streaming is now officially legit. Music social network imeem has inked a deal with the fourth and final major label, Universal Music Group, to make its entire digital catalog available for free to imeem members. Music from EMI, Warner Music, and Sony-BMG is already available on the site. Now members can start streaming songs from Kanye West, 50 Cent, Black Eyed Peas… Read More

  • Nobel Laureate Says The Internet Makes Us Dumb, We Say: Meh

    Newly awarded Nobel Prize winner Doris Lessing has used her acceptance speech to tell the world that the internet makes us dumb. According to Lessing, who was too old and ill to make the speech herself and instead had someone else read it out, the inanities of the internet have seduced a generation, and we live in a fragmenting culture where people read nothing and know nothing of the… Read More

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