• Take-Two shareholders might be considering EA offer

    Rather than delving into all the financial aspects the WSJ article has on the current state of EA’s potential takeover of Take-Two, I’ll paraphrase and dish out what’s important. Take-Two currently has no other bids than the $2 billion EA is offering them. That puts Take-Two’s shares at about $26/share, which is up roughly 50 percent since EA publicly announced… Read More

  • CrunchDeals: $80 off Creative Aurvana headphones

    With so many headphone choices out there, I generally look for ones that have been deeply discounted from a starting price of over $100. It’s a crude method, I know, but the time I save headphone shopping can be spent doing things I enjoy more, like not running and not volunteering. If you’re looking for a pair of deeply discounted over-the-ear headphones that appear to be… Read More

  • Flogos: Sending helium infused ad-shaped clouds up to God himself

    http://blip.tv/scripts/flash/showplayer.swf?enablejs=true&file=http%3A//blip.tv/rss/flash/840856&feedurl=http%3A//crunchgear.blip.tv/rss/&autostart=false&brandname=CrunchGear&brandlink=http%3A//crunchgear.blip.tv/ What hubris! That we, mere mortals, deign to send our messages to the seat of Mount Olymp itself! Woe betide us on this day for we play with Gods now, and… Read More

  • First Facebook Beacon Lawsuit Hits Blockbuster

    As if Blockbuster didn’t have enough problems trying to justify its existence by making an ill-conceived buyout offer for Circuit City. Now, it is being sued for privacy violations related to its Beacon ads on Facebook. And, no, the plaintiff is not Michael, although he did once point out that the way Blockbuster used the names and images of Facebook members without permission to hawk… Read More

  • New site contains complete works of Charles Darwin

    Cambridge University Library has just set up a web site containing something like 20,000 notes and 90,000 images from Charles Darwin’s research. Darwin, as you may recall, is most famous for his theories on natural selection and his book “On the Origin of Species”  was on the New York Times best seller list for years until it was knocked off by Dr. Laura’s… Read More

  • Enterbrain says President is on crack, denies anything about a new DS


    Nintendo put the kibosh on the rumor of a new DS at E3 after Enterbrain’s president supposedly told Bloomberg that there would be one. Now Enterbrain has issued a statement saying that Hirokazu Hamamura never said any such thing. “No such statement or announcement was made by the president,” the company said.
    “He did not, however, make a comment about the possibility of… Read More

  • Rumor: Apple ordering aluminum MacBook enclosures


    Apple Insider is reporting that a Taiwanese case manufacturer has been pinged by Apple to produce aluminum MacBook enclosures which corroborates earlier claims that the MB would see a chassis redesign. The forum in which an employee of the purported Taiwanese manufacturer was not disclosed so we can’t really confirm whether or not this was really posted. And it’s on a forum… Read More

  • Anonymous tipster drops some info on Virgin Mobile problems?


    Here is what purports to be an internal memo from Virgin Mobile’s CEO, Dan Shulman. The email basically states things are fine, the scare was just a scare, and is probably an act of astroturfing. However, it’s a nice bit of internal spin so we’ll put it up for you all to sort out. We’ve got calls in to figure out what’s going on here. UPDATE – The… Read More

  • Look sassy with a patented Apple laser headmounted thing


    Unwired Review dug up an Apple patent for a laser-based head mounted display that will beam video straight into your eyes in sort of a heads-up display that is only visible when data is being transmitted. It’s not particularly novel — or will ever come to market — but let’s just stare at these patent application drawings and wait for our jet packs and space cars to… Read More

  • SezWho 2.0: Now Available For More Platforms

    Version 2.0 of SezWho, a blogging plugin that tracks commenter reputations, has been launched with wider support for blogging platforms and forums. SezWho can now be used on Blogger, Drupal, WordPress 2.5, and phpBB. SezWho is also releasing a developer toolkit with APIs that 3rd party developers can use to make the software work on even more discussion platforms. Other new features include… Read More

  • Live Current Media Signs a $50 Million Deal For Exclusive Online Rights To Indian Cricket

    Here’s a deal straight out of Rupert Murdoch’s playbook circa 1994. Just like Murdoch established Fox back then by paying an exorbitant-seeming sum ($1.6 billion at the time) for the rights to broadcast the NFL, Live Current Media is paying $50 million over ten years for the exclusive online rights to official content from the Indian Premier League (a new cricket league in India… Read More

  • AT&T MediaFlo live TV service coming May 4th?

    http://blip.tv/scripts/flash/showplayer.swf?enablejs=true&feedurl=http%3A%2F%2Fcrunchgear%2Eblip%2Etv%2Frss&file=http%3A%2F%2Fblip%2Etv%2Frss%2Fflash%2F797589&showplayerpath=http%3A%2F%2Fblip%2Etv%2Fscripts%2Fflash%2Fshowplayer%2Eswf The Boy Genius Report has let loose some details on AT&T’s live TV service, MediaFLO. Apparently it’ll be available on May 4th… Read More

  • Microsoft Surface tables at five AT&T locations starting today

    http://blip.tv/scripts/flash/showplayer.swf?enablejs=true&feedurl=http%3A%2F%2Fcrunchgear%2Eblip%2Etv%2Frss&file=http%3A%2F%2Fblip%2Etv%2Frss%2Fflash%2F800411&showplayerpath=http%3A%2F%2Fblip%2Etv%2Fscripts%2Fflash%2Fshowplayer%2Eswf AT&T is rolling out Microsoft’s Surface today. There are no new features other than what we saw at CTIA a few weeks back. It’s… Read More

  • TripIt Raises $5.1 Million in Series B Funding

    TripIt, the online travel assistant that debuted at Techcrunch40 and is one of the sites Michael can’t live without, has received $5.1M in Series B funding. The main contributions for this round come from Sabre Holdings, O’Reilly AlphaTech Ventures, and European Founders Fund. This addition brings the site’s total funding to $6.1M. TripIt’s main goal is to simplify travel. Read More

  • The gathering storm: Time says Facebook faces backlash over inane application requests


    Charming It looks like Time mag didn’t get the memo that says nothing negative is to be written about Facebook. Funny (well) thing is, it’s the same thing I complained about nearly a year ago: too many stupid application requests. Yup, Facebook users, it seems, are fed up with the myriad application requests they get each and every day. A zombie has bitten you, do you want to… Read More

  • Review: Liveboard Live Baseball Scoreboard

    Those of you over the age of 25 might remember something called “baseball” — I used to play baseball when I was a kid. In the days before everyone spent all of their time inside on the internet, children used to go to the “park” and play baseball for fun. And as most of you know, some grown-ups play baseball for a job. And many other grown-ups (and kids too!)… Read More

  • SocialText Putting A Little Social Into…Enterprise Wikis

    Palo Alto based Wiki startup SocialText, founded way back in 2002, is announcing version 3.0 of its software this morning. The upgrades are designed to put a little “social” into the enterprise (and to sidestep, as much as possible, the recently relaunched Google Sites, a direct competitor). SocialText sells Wikis to companies, for the most part, although they also offer an open… Read More

  • Cheap Calls! Truphone Raises £16.5 million In Series B

    UK-based Truphone, a VoIP service provider for Wifi/data enabled handsets, announced a £16.5 million ($32.7 million) second round of financing today, adding to the £12.5 million ($24.5 million) they raised a little over a year ago. What’s that $50+ million being used for? Cheap calls! Like Fring and a slew of others, Truphone allows free calls initiated from between Wifi/data… Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Fields of Gold Edition

    Yum, self-digesting corn creates delicious ethanol
    Meet Carlos, the flammable legs-only robo hobo
    BedFan perfect for hot sleepers
    Hive speaker bar looks better than your surround sound speakers
    Sweater Friends Episode 1: Soybean Farmer from Harmonix Read More

  • Yahoo Puts All The Chips On The Table. Time For Somebody To Fold.

    The WSJ, Yahoo’s unofficial partner for information leaks over the last couple of months, is reporting that “people familiar with the matter” (i.e. Yahoo) say that Yahoo and Google have completed a preliminary test of the trial deal to outsource Google ads to Yahoo search queries announced last week. This “test run of the test run” yielded “positive… Read More

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