• Win a Samsung G800 5-megapixel cameraphone

    Our close personal friends at JPG Magazine are holding a photo contest for aspiring shooters. All you have to do is upload a few cool photos by December 31st and we’ll help them pick a winners from the pool. This is a great opportunity to show of your photo skillz and get a very cool quad-band camera phone with 5-megapixel camera and 3X zoom. JPG Magazine is a community-created… Read More

  • Viacom Inks $500 Million Ad Deal With Microsoft; Makes a Hollywood Play For Videogames Too

    In yet another move to strengthen the anti-Google coalition, Viacom announced a complicated deal with Microsoft that combined Web advertising, TV advertising, video licensing, and an online gaming partnership. Back in April, Viacom signed another deal with Yahoo for search advertising across its sites, which is still in place. The media company’s Web strategy seems motivated by its… Read More

  • FCC Reveals 700MHz Wireless Auction Bidders

    Yesterday, the FCC announced the list of applicants to the upcoming 700 MHz spectrum auction. Of the 266 applications submitted, only 96 were accepted, and another 170 were deemed incomplete (but these will be given a chance to provide the required information and participate). You can download both lists, along with the announcement here at the FCC’s Website. Some interesting… Read More

  • Magnify.net Releases Video Blogging Platform, Seesmic Competitor?

    Magnify.net, hitherto a platform intended primarily for collecting and sharing videos found around the web, is broadening its focus with the release of a service that lets you record video clips directly into the browser using a webcam. While such functionality is nothing groundbreaking, Magnify.net is apparently hoping that its method of collecting video recordings in so-called… Read More

  • Google Talk Gets One Step Closer To The Ultimate Babel Fish

    “Meanwhile, the poor Babel fish, by effectively removing all barriers to communication between different races and cultures, has caused more and bloodier wars than anything else in the history of creation.” Douglas Adams, Hitch-Hikers Guide to the Galaxy

    Google now offers instant machine translation in Google Talk, a step on the road to the ultimate Babel Fish. The new service is… Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Pick-Up Artist Edition

    An Interview with Neil Strauss of The Game: Foolproof pick-up gadgets
    “The Hobbit” films greenlit with Peter Jackson
    Teutonic toilet seats can be a buzzkill
    Sun Table powers laptop, costs roughly as much as a whole pallet of extra laptop batteries
    The Unreasonable Stance: Only Luddites Don’t Have Smartphones 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. Flashmobbers stage iPod dance party in Texas capitol Alex Sounds like it would have been fun. Too bad the trooper chased them away. God bless places like Austin and people like Austinites. It, and they, keep conservative and… Read More

  • Amazon Helping To Change The Business Of Music

    The signs are everywhere that a revolution is taking place in music. DRM is history, the price of music is falling towards zero (and sometimes even free isn’t enough to slow piracy), and even big music sites like Yahoo are beginning to break ranks with the RIAA and labels. But Amazon may be doing more than anyone else to change the way music is discovered, promoted and sold. Not only do… Read More

  • "The Bubble" Is Back

    The Bubble video, watched over a million times since it was uploaded to YouTube and other video sites in early December, is back. It was down briefly when photographer Lane Hartwell complained via her attorney that one of her photographs was used without her permission. The offending (or non-offending, depending on which lawyer you ask and who’s paying them) image was removed and the… Read More

  • Vuze Raises $20M More in Series C, Brings Aboard TiVo Co-Founder Ramsay

    BitTorrent-based video distribution service Vuze, which we last covered in June and was previously known as Azureus, has raised $20M in a Series C round of funding led by New Enterprise Associates (NEA) and joined by existing investors Redpoint Ventures, Greycroft Partners, BV Capital, and Jarl Mohn. The round brings Vuze’s investment total to $34M after a Series A of $2M with BV Capital… Read More

  • PlayFirst Takes $16.5 Million Series C, Inks Deal With RockYou

    Casual gaming startup PlayFirst has secured $16.5 million Series C in a round led by DCM that included original investors Mayfield Fund, Trinity Ventures and Rustic Canyon Partners. The new round brings total funding for PlayFirst to $26.5 million. San Francisco based PlayFirst was founded in 2004 and is focused on creating “shared casual game experiences around lasting original… Read More

  • Retailers cashing in on Wii shortages by forcing bundles; Reggie not amused

    I was recently at Fry’s buying, I don’t know, something. They had a stack of hard-to-find Wiis right up front, a great big pallet. I thought about grabbing one, then realized it cost $329. Knowing that the retail price of a Wii is $250, I asked what was up, and an anxious employee told me the Wiis were only available in bundles that included three additional controllers and… Read More

  • The Unreasonable Stance: Only Luddites Don't Have Smartphones

    It’s Smartphones Now week here at CrunchGear, and as you can tell there’s a lot to know and a lot to gain from them. In fact, you could say with some conviction that anyone who is not using a smartphone at this point is either cheap, foolish, or a completely technophobic luddite. I kind of admire the stand you’re taking, guys, but it’s time to acknowledge that… Read More

  • Mio adds 3D support to GPS units

    You know that cool feature in Google Earth where in decent-sized cities you can have 3D renderings of buildings and so forth? Mio Technologies is bringing that fun to the GPS world with the new C620 and C620t GPS receivers. The map like most receivers, but simply overlay the 3D imagery of more than 1000 European landmarks. There’s no reason to believe that if the company brought these… Read More

  • 2008: VCs and startups get real across Europe

    Over the last few weeks I have been going around talking to venture capitalists, mainly in London, with a view to trying to get some kind of forward visibility about the technology and startup market next year, especially the role of the VC in all this. A few themes emerged during these conversations, as well as some learning about the VC mindset. (Please note, this is mainly about VC issues… Read More

  • National Lampoon Takes Stake In Capazoo

    National Lampoon has acquired a minority stake in the get paid to use if you give them money first social networking site Capazoo. We first wrote about Capazoo December 10, when we explained the model which Capazoo claims in its media release is a “ground-breaking business model empowering its members and partners to generate real revenues based on their content and site… Read More

  • Google Knows How Late Your Flight Is Running

    Google has announced a flight tracking service that provides up-to-date information for those flying over the Christmas/ New Year break. The service delivers details as to whether a flight is on time or delayed as well providing the estimated departure and arrival times. Using the service is as simple as typing in the flight number into Google, and the flight details will be delivered as the… Read More

  • Zune firmware update hitting today

    If you’re one of the many buyers of the hot Zune30 or Zune80, you’ll want to check out the firmware upgrade which should be hitting at some point today. No major new features, but you’ll get a correction to an annoying battery draining problem affecting some users. And it’s free! Merry Xmas from Zune! Firmware update 2.3 [Cesar’s Zune Insider blog!] Read More

  • Flashmobbers stage iPod dance party in Texas capitol

    The whole flashmob thing is so 2005, but that didn’t stop 50 iPod owners in Austin, Texas, from organizing one with a simple, yet fun-sounding, goal: iPod dance party in the capitol building. The kids converged at the set time and each rocked out with their earbuds in, janky dancing to whatever it was they liked. I’m not sure how I feel about the idea, actually. At a club, you can… Read More

  • 5-megapixel cameras with optical zoom on every mobile?

    A couple years ago I would have refused to buy a phone with a camera – useless, I’d say. But since then, the cameras on phones have become far better than the old Powershot I was using at the time, and my last three phones have had functional cameras that I’ve actually used. So when a leading manufacturer like Sony Ericsson drops a phone with 5-megapixels and a 3x optical… Read More

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