• Verizon Offers Mobile Payments

    Verizon Offers Mobile Payments

    If you’re one of those people who has deadbeat friends that never seems to have cash, you can ask for that $5 back if they’re a Verizon Wireless subscriber. As our sister site at Crunchgear is reporting Verizon is adding mobile payment options, which means that customers can use their handsets to send money to each other using a service from Obopay Inc. This service will be… Read More

  • Virtual Goods: the next big business model

    Virtual Goods: the next big business model

    This guest post is written by Susan Wu, a Principal with Charles River Ventures, where she focuses on digital media, software, and infrastructure. Susan is coproducing the Virtual Goods Summit this Friday at Stanford University – most of the companies mentioned below will be presenting. People spend over $1.5 billion on virtual items every year. Pets, coins, avatars, and bling… Read More

  • $20 Million For Prosper: P2P Lending

    $20 Million For Prosper: P2P Lending

    P2P lending site Prosper is doing well enough to swallow another $20 million in venture capital, the company is announcing today. The company has now raised $40 million in capital. The round was led by DAG Ventures and Meritech Capital Partners. Existing investors Accel Partners, Benchmark Capital, Fidelity Ventures and Omidyar Network also participated. Prosper allows members to request loans… Read More

  • Thanko MP4-Playing Watch: Does a Lot, But Looks Awful

    Thanko MP4-Playing Watch: Does a Lot, But Looks Awful

    Thanko has produced what could be the ugliest watch I’ve ever seen, but I’ll defer to the experts on that point. All that we here at CG care about is that the watch, the MP4 Watch, comes in both 2GB and 4GB flavors and plays back most popular digital media file formats like MP3, JPG and, presumably, MP4 video. The watch also records audio. It actually does quite a bit and, putting… Read More

  • Sonos and Best Buy Team Up

    Sonos and Best Buy Team Up

    Sonos is busy this week. After announcing Phil Abram as its new president and COO, the Santa Barbara based company has announced an arrangement to offer its wireless music boxes in Best Buy stores. The Sonos BU130 is available today in more than 440 stores and will be featured in more than 600 stores by the end of 2007. It will be showcased with a live, interactive multi-zone… Read More

  • CrunchArcade: Franchise Favorites

    CrunchArcade: Franchise Favorites


    It’s easy with games to complain that there are few original ideas; everything just seems to be a rehash of the same old titles we’ve been playing for years. But then sometimes an old game re-envisioned for a new platform is more original than anything else out there. And sometimes a retelling of an old classic seems more innovative than everything else we’re seeing. While… Read More

  • Alltel and Mobile Complete Launch Virtual Testing Lab

    Alltel and Mobile Complete Launch Virtual Testing Lab

    Today Alltel and Mobile Complete announced the launch of the Alltel Virtual Developer Lab, a new remote testing service, which gives developers Mobile Complete’s remote handset and access technology. This allows real-time access to phones on the Alltel CDMA network, and now the entire development community can interact with these devices just as if the phones were physically in their… Read More

  • JAJAH Introduces Free Global Calling That Isn’t Skype

    JAJAH Introduces Free Global Calling That Isn’t Skype

    Could a Skype killer be on the horizon? Possibly, according to the developers at JAJAH. The company has announced its No Headset campaign, and Web site, with the slogan “You Liked Skype, You’ll Love JAJAH.” This campaign is being launched to increase public awareness for the JAJAH service, and users are being rewarded with official clothing if they “creatively dispose… Read More

  • KickApps: White Label Social Networking That Delivers

    KickApps: White Label Social Networking That Delivers

    KickApps has continued to grow in the face of strong competition from high profile startups such as Ning. TechCrunch first covered KickApps in July 2006. I had the opportunity to speak with CEO Alex Blum this week. Blum was previously President and COO of JumpTV and before that Vice President of Product Marketing for AOL. KickApps’ numbers aren’t as impressive as Nings. KickApps… Read More

  • EASA Approves Airbus In-flight Phone System

    EASA Approves Airbus In-flight Phone System


    Live in Europe? Like a quiet flight? Beware; the European Aircraft Safety Agency (EASA) recently approved a trial roll-out of AirBus’s on-board mobile phone systems. Luckily, the system can be set to a “quiet mode” of sorts, where only data transmissions could be sent and received. Still, the potential for a chatter-filled trip is there. And all you wanted was a nap. … Read More

  • iPhone Problems For Businesses

    iPhone Problems For Businesses

    The iPhone’s inability to sync with current corporate e-mail servers means trouble for the 9-to-5 crowd. Based on a report from the Wall Street Journal, the only known solutions to the problem at the moment requires changes that compromise the security of e-mail servers or expensive overhauls. A suggested step for Apple would be to provide software that would allow the iPhone to act as… Read More

  • SEVEN Pushes E-mail for Telefónica

    SEVEN Pushes E-mail for Telefónica

    Push it, push it real good. That’s the word from SEVEN, a developer of push e-mail software. Today SEVEN announced the availability of push e-mail software for a variety of mobile phones and smartphones including the Nokia N95 to the Mail Movistar Empresas and Mail Movistar Profesional services, which are provided through the mobile unit of Telefónica in Spain. This will provide… Read More

  • Orange UK Partners with PhoneSpots

    Orange UK Partners with PhoneSpots

    Orange UK, a mobile provider of phone service and directory assistance, and PhoneSpots, a provider of mobile advertising technology for the local search market, have announced a partnership. Orange has selected PhoneSpots’ mobile advertising exchange to deliver enhanced listing information and targeted advertising to mobile phones that call the popular “118 000” directory. A… Read More

  • Google to Bring SMS Search to China

    Google to Bring SMS Search to China

    Searching for anything in China can be a long and somewhat complicated process, but we’re hearing that mobile searches might just a bit easier, as Google has announced plans to add mobile messaging functions to its online search in China. The message service will likely be free, especially as Google is interested in building marketshare. With a billion people that could be a huge market… Read More

  • The Fast and The Furious Races to Third Screen

    The Fast and The Furious Races to Third Screen

    The fourth title in The Fast and the Furious has just rolled onto the mobile platform. Since being launched in 2004 this franchise has been quite successful, pulling away with seven million paid downloads. And the latest title is available this week through an agreement with Universal Mobile Entertainment and I-Play. The Fast and the Furious: Fugitive is based on the time between the two… Read More

  • MSN Mobile Portal Redesigned

    MSN Mobile Portal Redesigned

    This week Microsoft officially unveiled the new face for MSN Mobile, which features a completely redesigned look. The portal offers access to e-mail, news, sports, entertainment, local movie listings, maps and directions and other Windows Live services including Windows Live Hotmail, Windows Live Messenger, Live Search and Windows Live Spaces. The content includes access to up-to-date content… Read More

  • 4INFO Closes Round of Funding

    4INFO Closes Round of Funding

    Today 4INFO has announced that it has completed a $10 million Series D found of funding led by Gannet, Co. Inc. Since the carefree days of VC money flowing are a thing of the past, we’re certain 4INFO will put this funding to good use, and the company plans to use the money for product development and to expand its sales and distribution teams, while trying to grow into a profitable… Read More

  • Innaworks Introduces alcheMO

    Innaworks Introduces alcheMO

    Software development on mobile has been essentially divided among two camps including Java ME (Java Micro Edition) and BREW, and this has made development difficult as software creators had to basically make two versions. Innaworks hopes to reduce the effort a bit with their new alcheMo, an automated Java ME to BREW porting solution, which the company is showcasing this week at the BREW… Read More

  • Clippz.com Offers Free Device-Optimized Mobile Video Downloads

    Clippz.com Offers Free Device-Optimized Mobile Video Downloads

    Clippz.com hopes to use their “Cascade” technology to let users “sideload” optimized video clips from the Internet to a mobile device, thus bypassing mobile carriers. We like the sound of this, and Clippz.com could be one to watch. The site deploys their proprietary (but still patent-pending) tech to deliver the video to more than 150 specific mobile video players… Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Beach Party Edition

    Daily Crunch: Beach Party Edition

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