• VoteOften Brings Political Focus to Social News

    Is Digg not satisfying your desire for political news on this Super Tuesday? A newly launched site called VoteOften wants to step in and fill the void. VoteOften is a social news site like Digg but with additional features that set it apart. In addition to user-submitted stories, the site algorithmically pulls in the top political stories from several reputable news sources. Stories are not… Read More

  • Hey developers, win an invite to the MySpace apps party (with beer)

    MySpace UK is having a launch party in London this Thursday (7th February) to get developers to talk about the launch of their new applications platform over a few beers at a swanky London location. And TechCrunch UK has been given 15 exclusive invitations to promote to the community. Speaking at the event will be MySpace CTO, Aber Whitcomb and Senior President of Technology, Jim Benedetto. Read More

  • Satin Silver PS3 announced for Japan

    I don’t really see the point of having different color consoles, but Sony Japan announced a satin silver PS3 that’s due out March 6. The 40GB version will retail for 39,980 Yen, which is roughly $372. A silver DualShock 3 controller is also being included in the bundle. That is all. New Satin Silver sku due in March [Game Industry] Read More

  • Discount for TechCrunch readers to Plugg

    The Plugg Web/Mobile tech startups conference in Brussels in March is offering 25% discount to TechCrunch readers which will knock off 25% (or 100 €) off the entrance fee for the event, valid until the date of the conference, taking the early-bird price to 300 €. The deadline to get in before the price goes up to 400 € is 23rd of February. The discount code you can use is sweet and… Read More

  • Mydeco borked at launch?

    Maybe mydeco’s strategy of releasing their whole strategy and site to the press all on the one day (the world’s, blogs, media and TechCrunch combined) was not such a good idea after all. I have been trying since yesterday to reach deep links into the site, but most appear to have a polite “try again later” message (pictured), reminiscent of Twitter’s usual… Read More

  • 'HiPhone' looks mighty familiar, almost iPhone-like

    All hail the new king of fake iPhones. It’s $239.00 (plus $15 shipping) direct from China, has two (count ’em, two) SIM slots, triband GSM, is unlocked and carries no contract, comes with two (count ’em, two) batteries, and I have no idea how much storage is onboard. Could be nothing, could somehow be a terabyte of flash memory. Check out this hot demo video, complete with… Read More

  • Church 2.0? Er, not quite

    The UK’s Church of England has launched a so-called social-networking campaign to encourage people to discuss how they can make the world a better place during Lent. The campaign site, livelent.net has more info but someone needs to tell these people that there is more to it than throwing up a few groups on Facebook, MySpace and Flickr (their group is empty). Perhaps they should talk to… Read More

  • 1.6 terabyte solid state drive drops my jaws

    BiTMICRO has apparently forgotten what decade we hare in and gone straight to the Star Trek era of storage. Their Ultra320 SCSI SSD holds a whopping 1,600 gigabytes of data and has sustained data transfer rates of 230MB/sec. That’s Star Trek, people. Too bad this thing is going to cost Star Trek prices too; a terabyte will run you about $250 now when you’re buying platters. Solid… Read More

  • Google Teams With Twitter For Super Tuesday Tracking

    Google has teamed with Twitter to provide a Twitter/ Google mashup for Super Tuesday. Tweets relating to Super Tuesday are overlaid on a Google Map, along with other data including YouChoose ’08 videos, Google News election headlines and primary state results. The site is live here. Google is also offering gadgets with the results as they come in. Google has tracked big events before in… Read More

  • Matt Hickey endorses the Col-Pop

    This is, hands down, the hottest convergence device I’ve seen in months. I loves me some chicken nuggets and pop, but I only have two hands and I’m usually multi-tasking so what the heck am I supposed to do? Enter the Col-Pop from BBQ Chicken. The South Korean chain is thinking ahead knowing the American public will want these immediately. You can pick from 20- or 32-ounce cups… Read More

  • Microsoft readying model-driven programming tools

    There’s an interesting (and somewhat long) read over on eWeek.com for those of you that get a little moist about declarative programming languages. Microsoft’s “Oslo” strategy, announced in October, has given way to a new programming language currently known only as “D” that’ll pass the “two-beer test” — as in, it’ll supposedly… Read More

  • Virgin 747 to go from London to Amsterdam on biofuel

      Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Atlantic airline will conduct a test flight at the end of the month wherein a Boeing 747 will fly from London to Amsterdam using an 80/20 blend of conventional fuel and biofuel, respectively. The plane will carry no passengers but will be “the first time a commercial aircraft has flown on biofuel,” according to the San Francisco Chronicle. Read More

  • Boring Edition: Microsoft lets loose two new mice


    I’m trying so hard not to fall asleep on my keyboard while writing this, but Microsoft has updated their mice line with the Wireless Laser Mouse 6000, pictured, and 7000 (looks the same, but comes in black). They’re both super boring, but somebody out there has a mouse fetish. I think it’s Devin. Both models have been designed with ergonomics in mind. The 7000 and 6000… Read More

  • InterOffice takes up where the AirMail left off


    When the Air first dropped, a few designers got together to make the AirMail. We called it pretentious. What, then, do you think we’ll call the InterOffice? {democracy:25} Read More

  • FBI wants to see your tramp stamp

    Are you ready to show the FBI that tattoo you got in Key West when after you broke up with Celia and decided to go on a tear and get a tattoo disparaging both Celia and her mom? I sure don’t! It seems the FBI is planning a $1 billion, 10-year project to map identifying characteristics of millions of suspects, including palm prints, eye scans, and tattoo maps. Most of this data is… Read More

  • Sony wants you to upgrade your own damn PS3 HDD


    In the last couple of weeks there have been rumors that Sony will announce a 120GB version of the PS3 and they’ve denied those rumors every time. I believe the HDD upgrade is imminent and in the pipe, but a recent interview with SCE Australia and NZ’s managing director Michael Ephraim has me scratching my head. He actually wants us to upgrade the HDD on the PS3 ourselves and to… Read More

  • Why fight? Studios releasing on HD DVD and Blu-Ray

    It was bound to happen: the major studios are releasing videos in both formats and just letting the market shake things out — mostly in the direction of hybrid players. Ultimately, I think the question will become moot but until then, folks like Warner Bros (I Am Legend) and Universal (Charlie Wilson’s War) will release in both formats. I think the biggest decider will be… Read More

  • AOL acquires affiliate network to boost ad platform

    AOL has acquired buy.at, a leading affiliate marketing network backed by VC house DFJ Esprit, reports TechCrunch UK. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed, but well-placed sources say the deal is worth in the region of $150 million (£75 million). Although launched in the UK in 2002, buy.at now has a much bigger US operation, which is what attracted AOL’s interest. buy.at will… Read More

  • Cupertino meets deep space with Star Trek engraving

    Here are some Star Trek-inspired iPod and MacBook engravings for your perusal. The artist and/or company that did these engravings is unknown at this time but I’m sure he/she/they will be the hit of some sort of convention; Apple, Star Trek, or otherwise. Star Trek engraved Apple products [Geekstir.com] via Newlaunches.com Read More

  • Aviary Invites Readers To Try Their Online Design Suite

    When I first saw Aviary I called it an incredibly ambitious art project. Aviary is creating a online creativity ecosystem that consists of a Flash based graphics suite tied to a marketplace where artists can sell their creations. For the suite, the New York based team of 12 has been developing over 14 graphics tools ranging from pattern generators to vector based graphic editors. They’ve… Read More

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