• AOL Buys Quigo (Confirmed)

    It is now official. AOL is buying Quigo, a contextual ad network, for a reported $340 million, about the same as Yahoo paid for BlueLithium. We noted speculation about the deal last week. Quigo will become part of Platform-A(OL), the attempted reinvention of of the business as a cross-Web advertising network. Platform-A is a mish-mosh of advertising acquisitions, including… Read More

  • CrunchGear's gPhone Madness Contest: Win a Nokia N95

    In order to celebrate the non-release of the gPhone and anticipate the launch of Android, the guys at CrunchGear are giving away two Nokia N95s to the person who submits the most popular Android mobile application. The entries can be silly or serious, but you need to head over here to learn how to enter. Read More

  • U.S. Cellular has Strong Third Quarter

    U.S. Cellular reported a strong third quarter yesterday and shows good growth over last year’s numbers. Service revenues of $954.5 million are up 16% compared to last year. The company recorded operating income of $101 million, up nearly 31% from the third quarter of 2006. This year’s net income and diluted earnings per share were $63.6 million and $0.72. Last year’s net… Read More

  • Nokia Partners with Vodafone in Mobile Web Deal

    Nokia, the world’s largest mobile phone maker, and Vodafone, the world’s largest mobile phone company, announced plans today to provide easier and faster access to the Internet on selected handsets. Nokia will provide Vodafone users some of its top-end models, which allow high speed, third-generation (3G) connectivity. Few details were given and no financial information was disclosed. Read More

  • Defensio Sorts Blocked Comments by "Spaminess"

    A new spam blocker called Defensio is attempting to improve on the standard set by Automattic’s Akismet, the default blocker for WordPress. Defensio boasts a few features lacking in Akismet, most notably the ability to sort your blog’s blocked comments by “spamminess” so you don’t have to wade through them chronologically to find false positives. Defensio will… Read More

  • ♪Prince, Has Lost The Plot ♪ Prince, To Sue A Lot ♪

    To all those TechCrunch commenters who took offense at our previous coverage of the singer Prince’s intentions to sue YouTube, The Pirate Bay and eBay for copyright infringement in September, read this carefully. Prince has now decided the best way to endear himself to his most loyal fans is to threaten to sue them directly. According to the BBC Prince is using Web Sheriff to demand… Read More

  • Clearspring Opens Widget Network to Advertisers

    Clearspring is announcing today at ad:tech in New York a new service called “Clearspring for Advertisers” that will deliver advertisements in the form of interactive widgets. The announcement does not bring anything particular new to the web, since companies such as Sony Pictures Entertainment, The CW Television Network, Comedy Central, DreamWorks Animation, and Warner Brothers… Read More

  • Google Coming To A Gas Station Near You

    Google’s quest to be everywhere continues to grow with news that the Mountain View search giant will today announce a new deal that will see motorists in the United States hooking up to Google at the gas station. Pumps made by Gilbarco Veeder-Root Inc will include an Internet connection and will display Google Maps on a small color screen. Motorists will be able to obtain directions… Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Planetary Cadet Edition

    Sony, I don’t understand your commercials
    Fifth new planet discovered in ‘cousin-like’ solar system
    Gamerator full-sized MAME unit has built-in beer keg
    Steel Cake watches: Silly name, cool watches
    Saving gadgets from the garbage dump and creating art Read More

  • 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. Video: Kensington laptop lock defeated in mere seconds Rob the Drummer Um, you can use the white plastic casing from a bic ball point pen as well. Still works on Kryptonite locks as well. Some soda machines too. Hypothetically of course.
    Read More

  • MerchantCircle Takes $10 Million Series B

    Hyperlocal business directory provider MerchantCircle has taken $10 million Series B in a round that included previous investors Rustic Canyon Partners, Scale Venture Partners, Steamboat Ventures (Walt Disney), and new participants IAC and Square 1 Bank. The funding will allow MerchantCircle to pursue acquisition opportunities and accelerate their strategy of becoming “the most… Read More

  • Wetpaint Combines Discussion Forums With Wikis

    Seattle-based Wetpaint, which launched in June 2006, is a hosted wiki site that focuses on great looking sites and making the user interface as easy as possible. A number of wikis have popped up around popular pop culture stuff, as well as more private sites. Tonight they added new feature that should generate a lot of page views – they have fully integrated a forum/message board into… Read More

  • iLike vs. Facebook: The Battle For The Music Artist

    Facebook just got a whole lot friendlier for music artists. With the launch of Facebook Ads, it is welcoming bands and musicians to set up their own public Facebook pages where members can sign up as fans. Alas, there will be no standalone Facebook Music service. Instead, Facebook is treating music artists just like any other brands, which can also set up their own Facebook pages, collect… Read More

  • Cal's marching band are a bunch of geeks

    Just watch and try not to smile. Read More

  • Google Taking Design Lessons From Yahoo In China?


    Google is testing a new home page for Google.cn that completely abandons Google’s clean uncluttered look for something that looks more like Yahoo. Google Blogscoped notes that this may just be a test and might not become the main Google portal in the worlds second largest internet market, but even as a test it’s a big change. Google has struggled to gain marketshare in China… Read More

  • Lenovo's ThinkStation workstations shed IBM moniker

    Lenevo today introduced new ThinkStation brand workstations into the PC market. The two new models include the S10 and higher-end D10 workstations. The S10 will offer Intel Core 2/Core 2 Extreme processors, graphic solutions from NVIDIA, dual Gigabit Ethernet, and multiple slots, bays and USB ports. The D10 will feature all of the above except with the quad-core Intel Xeon processor. Make sure… Read More

  • Trouble In Redmond: Microsoft Boots CIO

    Microsoft has fired chief information officer Stuart Scott for “violation of company policies.” Microsoft refused requests for further information from multiple sites, saying only that “We can confirm that Stuart Scott’s employment with Microsoft was terminated after an investigation for violation of company policies.” Scott joined Microsoft in 2005 after 17 years… Read More

  • Microsoft wants to keep Xbox 360 around for a while

    If Microsoft has its way, you’ll still be happily playing your Xbox 360 into the next decade. Mindy Mount, CFO of Microsoft’s entertainment division, wants to buck the traditional five-year shelf life trend when it comes to her company’s current console, hoping that it’ll perform similarly to the PS2 which has remained popular for the last seven years. Read More

  • Try gOS on your PC


    We talked about Everex’s gPC last week, explaining that it’s basically a cheap PC running a version of Ubuntu that links directly to Google apps for most of its office functionality. What we didn’t know is that you can download gOS all by itself, burn it to a live or installation CD, and enjoy turning your $3,000 gaming rig into a $199 Wal-Mart clunker. Why would you do this? Read More

  • More USB dongles, this time from Sony Ericsson

    The MD300 from Sony Ericsson is the first USB mobile broadband modem that connects you to HSDPA, UMTS, EDGE or GPRS networks. It also comes pre-installed with PC software so you just have to plug ‘er in and you’re browsing in no time. It’s compatible with Windows 2000, XP, Vista and OS X. The MD300 will be available in luxury black and metallic silver starting Q1 of… Read More

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