• Mobile startup Wubud completes Angel round

    Wubud, a mobile social network currently in stealth mode, has completed an Angel round of investment from a sole angel – Paul Birch, co-founder of Bebo with brother Michael which this year sold to AOL for $850m. The amount of funding was not disclosed but is understood to be in the low six figures is £150,000, which suggests that this is “lift-off” money (enough to build a… Read More

  • We're at CTIA 08!

    After a few days at TC50, the MobileCrunch team is live on the floor at CTIA in San Francisco. BlackBerry’s here with the 8220 (KickStart), Sprint is launchin’ a beautiful pair from the HTC Touch series; we’ll have pics and hands-ons of everything as the day progresses Read More

  • Toughbooks get Gobi'd

    There’s something to think of when you’re buying a Toughbook or similarly ruggedized computer. You’re taking these things, I can only assume, to places like the middle of the desert or into the crater of Mt. St. Helens; do you really think you’re going to get any wi-fi there? Probably not. And somehow I doubt that 3G dongle you brought with you is as rugged as the laptop. Read More

  • TC50: GoodRec, a Recommendation Engine for the Undecided

    GoodRec is a web-based system for posting and finding recommendations from your friends and the world at large. The recommendations pop up on a map either in the browser or on a phone – specifically, in this case, the iPhone. You can take photos of the locations or items or simply add a recommendation on the fly. You can recommend and look up multiple types of things including… Read More

  • Japanese company sells emergency shoes

    Does anyone remember the shoe lights Al Bundy invented in one classic episode of Married with Children? These new shoes, specifically designed for use in desaster situations, might even be better. And they are even purchasable, at least for Japanese people. The so-called emergency shoes [JP] are extra-stiff so that falling objects (think of an earthquake in Tokyo) or feet of people dashing… Read More

  • CrunchDeals: Two-terabyte external drive for $370

    Son of a motherless goat, that’s a lot of storage. You can pick up the two-terabyte Western Digital My Book from Newegg.com for $369.99, which includes free shipping. It packs two one-terabyte drives and can be used in a RAID 0 or RAID 1 array. It also has USB 2.0 and FireWire connections, a 7200RPM spindle speed, and 16MB cache. Western Digital My Book Mirror Edition 2TB [Newegg.com… Read More

  • Rumor: MacBook refresh coming in October

    Well, well, well. The Daring Fireball aka John Gruber posted his thoughts on yesterday’s Apple event and included a tiny hint that Apple may be refreshing the MacBook line in October. Perhaps our insider was a few weeks off and we will see a tablet from Apple this year. Those of you holding out for a new lineup of MacBooks will have to wait until October 14, according to sources who… Read More

  • TC50: Atmosphir, The Build-It-Yourself Gaming Platform

    Atmosphir is a gaming platform and engine that allows users to easily create their own levels in a 3D world by painting basic elements into a three dimensional grid. After downloading a client application, users can play in their own levels, or they can visit the Atmosphir community website to play on any of the maps that have been uploaded by other users. The application is currently… Read More

  • Sony Ericsson Xperia X1 slated for September 30 launch

    But not for the US. We’ll have to wait another few months before they make a similar announcement. To showcase all the gloriousness that is the X1, SE will be streaming a live webcast for all to watch on the 15th. The webcast will consist of an in-depth hands-on demo and the world premiere of Johnny X. What the crapcakes is Johnny X? Read More

  • TC50: Bojam Asks, Why Can't We All Just Rock Together?

    Desktop music-mixing software like GarageBand has liberated musicians from the sound studio. Now Bojam wants to liberate them from the constraints of geography or the isolation of their rooms. Bojam is a Web-based sound studio that lets musicians practice playing music, find other musicians around the world to jam with, and lay down tracks together on the same song. Bojam is a fully… Read More

  • New Britax Advocate car seat will come with built-in airbags

    Generally, we’re not into childcare gadgets here. It’s not that kids are cool — my kid is amazing — it’s just that there generally isn’t anything innovative or crunchy about ’em. Then Britax announces that its next high-end car seat is going to have side-deploying air bags and it throws our world up in a tussle. What else sweet gear have we missed… Read More

  • Sprint unleashes fall phone lineup

    It’s that time of year again. New phones! Let’s see, Sprint has unveiled seven new phones and we have already covered the exciting HTC Touch Diamond and Touch pro this morning, leaving us with a bunch of boring everyday phones. Read More

  • TC50: Birdpost and Closet Couture, Two Social Networks for Birds

    The first two companies to present at this afternoon’s Vertical Social Networking session proved that niche social networks can be exciting, even for people outside of their respective niches. On paper, a social network for bird watchers sounds like a joke. But the founders of Birdpost wowed the TechCrunch50 audience by presenting not only a very well-designed site but one that… Read More

  • Oh boy! Left 4 Dead demo coming to PC and 360

    It’s definitely happening but it’s still being planned. Gabe says: “I don’t know what the date is for release on that, though. I think it’s going to contain the first part of one of the [game’s four] campaigns. That’s a decision that [Valve marketing director] Doug Lombardi is making.” Well, if you were at PAX then you know how long the line was… Read More

  • TC50: Exit Strategies, M&A Uncovered

    TechCrunch CEO Heather Harde led a panel today with some of the biggest names in mergers and acquisitions, who have collectively been involved in deals totaling billions of dollars. Included on the panel were Michael Marquez (EVP of Corporate Development at CBS), David Lawee (Head of Corporate Development at Google), and Ted Wang (Partner at Fenwick & West LLP). Heather is also a… Read More

  • TC50: Shattered Reality Brings Agile Development to MMORPGs

    Shattered Reality has released Kaos War, a multi-player game with absolute transparency and social network design functionality which allows the players – not a bunch of overpaid and overfed game designers – create future expansion packs and levels based on player requests. Read More

  • TC50: Causecast, One Stop Philanthropy Shop

    Causecast.com is a philanthropic site that brings a number of major figures in politics and entertainment together to pitch and bring attention to 10 non-profit companies a month. Read More

  • RIM to include AIM, AOL Mail, and ICQ on all smartphones

    It must be hard on AOL – most of their customers have never been on the AOL site while folks with AOL.com mail accounts are considered pariahs at best and fools at worst. That said, RIM is now offering AOL Mail, AIM, and ICQ on BlackBerry smartphones. Read More

  • Rock Band 2 going live on September 14 for Xbox 360 with a couple caveats

    Rock ‘n’ Roll, sort of. The disc for RB2 (shipping today) will arrive on retail shelves the 14th, but the wireless drums and guitars won’t be in stores until later in the week. The software will cost $60 while the drums will set you back $90 and the guitar will be $70. And don’t forget about the Mad Catz RB bass or the RB ION drum rocker. Read More

  • Kingston's cute little SD pack is very practical

    I like devices that use SD. Not only is it cheap and easy to find, but it’s easy to adapt. SD, MiniSD, and MicroSD by all rights should be a nightmare to deal with, but with a couple cheap pieces of plastic (much like the cards themselves) makes things as easy as cake. You’ve got your microSD for your phone, a miniSD adapter for what have you, and an SD adapter for cameras… Read More

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