• Sohu.com Claims Exclusive Internet Advertising Rights For Beijing Olympics

    Chinese portal (and NASDAQ listed) Sohu.com is claiming exclusive internet advertising rights for the Beijing Olympics, resulting in a dispute between Chinese internet companies. Sohu.com paid $30 million in 2005 for the rights to host the games website for the Beijing Olympics and to use the logo of the event, however is now claiming the deal includes exclusive rights to host all advertising… Read More

  • Real-Time Videoconferencing for Today’s Mobile Phone

    KT-Tech, a small start-up company, has revealed its mobile phone videoconferencing application, KTvid. KTvid allows person-to-person videoconferencing in real-time over today’s mainstream cellular networks. The application doesn’t require the high-bandwidth of a 3G cellular network for quality two-way video and audio connectivity so its potential can be realized today. I… Read More

  • Stanford Wants Its Students To Be Healthy As Well As Rich

    Stanford University, the Valley’s startup creating and employee providing uberhub have unveiled BeWell@Stanford, an online community that aims to promote healthy living among the school’s 30,000 students, faculty, and staff. BeWell@Stanford is powered by Wellsphere and offers a central place where members can get personalized advice, discover wellness resources and activities… Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Futuride Edition

    LavaGlow PS3 controller: Oh wow, man
    Segway dresses up as a Ferrari for Halloween
    Meet ClinchGear, a place for all your MMA apparel needs
    Atari founder hates on FPSes, calls game industry ‘race to bottom’
    The Zaku II-inspired mobile phone from Japan Read More

  • Zango Acquires Smart Shopper For $9 Million: Now More Evil

    Everyone’s favorite love-to-hate spyware company Zango has acquired browser based comparison shopping engine Smart Shopper for what we’ve been told by two people related to the company (but unconfirmed directly) for $9 million. Smart Shopper offers what on the surface appears to be a fairly non-threatening shopping assistant add on for Internet Explorer, however according to a… Read More

  • Has America's First Friend Been Lying About His Age?

    I can’t decide if this doesn’t matter at all, or if it matters a lot. A Wall Street Journal reporter named Julia Angwin has apparently been working on a tell all book about MySpace for some time, and she’s dug up a lot of sensationalist dirt on the company, its founders, and parent company News Corp. Among the gems – Tom Anderson, the co-founder of MySpace and the… Read More

  • Memeorandum Leaderboard Shows Mainstream Media Leading In Political Coverage

    Gabe Rivera’s latest leaderboard product Memeorandum Leaderboard is now live with some interesting results for the political blogosphere. According to the list, based on story headlines on Memeorandum the New York Times, Washington Post and AP control over 22.4% of political headlines. The Atlantic Online, The National Review and CNN (twice) also make the top ten, leaving slim pickings… Read More

  • XBox Arcade console officially available

    We all knew it was coming, but the $279.99 arcade edition is here and it’s fabulous. It comes with HDMI out and five games: “PAC-MAN Championship Edition” (NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc.), “Uno” (Carbonated Games), “Luxor 2” (MumboJumbo), “Boom Boom Rocket” (Electronic Arts Inc.) and “Feeding Frenzy” (Sprout… Read More

  • ProQuo Will Kill Junk Mail

    This may be the most useful website you ever read about on TechCrunch. New La Jolla, California startup ProQuo launches this evening to help you battle all the evil that is being perpetually perpetrated against your personal information. Get countless credit card offers, catalogs and other junk in your mailbox everyday? ProQuo intends to do what the NoCall list did for telesales calls for all… Read More

  • What gadgets can't you live without?

    As most of you know, I’ve been traveling quite a bit in the last few weeks and it’s given me some time to really appreciate and/or miss certain toys of mine that didn’t make the final cut. Granted, I packed at the very last minute, which is typical of me, and probably the worst thing I could have done given the fact that I’ll be away from home for three weeks, but I… Read More

  • MySpace Announces New Gaming Channel

    Tomorrow MySpace will announce the upcoming launch of MySpace Games – a new area of the site where MySpace users can play casual interactive games with others. The site will initially be powered by Oberon Media, with other game providers to be added over time. Games will be embeddable into MySpace profiles. I’d expect integration with IGN, MySpace’s sister company, over time… Read More

  • Windows Mobile: How I loathe thee [Update]

    Yes, it’s no secret that I dislike Windows Mobile, but I have before me two WinMo devices from HTC; the Touch from Sprint and the Tilt from AT&T. I’m excited at the prospect of tinkering with both and yet I can’t help but wonder if I’ll accept WinMo with open arms and keep an objective view on the OS without my utter hatred clouding my judgement. Can the WinMo users… Read More

  • Plaxo Launches Pulse Widget

    Pulse, which launched earlier this summer, is Plaxo’s foray into social networking. After years of collecting users’ contact information and address book contacts, they took the next step and created a social network around all that data. One of the big features they added was a place for users to add information about what they are up to on any of dozens of other social… Read More

  • StumbleUpon Expands Social Search Across the Web

    If you are one of the 3.7 million people who have downloaded the StumbleUpon toolbar to your browser, you may have noticed that whenever a Website that’s been “stumbled” comes up in a Google, Yahoo, or Windows Live search, the StumbleUpon icon and its star ratings appear right beside the link in the results page. (A page that’s been “stumbled” means that… Read More

  • Bountii Launches, Aims At Better Price Comparison Shopping

    The internet is supposed to be a place of intense price competition, but you can’t always find the best deals on any one site. To solve the problem, online price comparison search engines were born. We’ve covered a few newer ones before, such as TheFind and Mpire, although these sites also include a variety of other features. Bountii is a new price search engine started by two… Read More

  • Wakoopa launches iPhone service

    EU News: Wakoopa (site), the Dutch startup which tracks your use of desktop applications and wraps that in a social network, is about to launch a service supporting the iPhone. Just as it allows Windows and Mac users to track the applications they use and get updates, the same will be done for iPhone apps. The new iPhone service is basically the Apple webapps directory, but adds a lot of… Read More

  • Weather Channel To Offer Mobile Video Forecasts

    The Weather Channel will this week launch a new mobile video forecasts service powered by Vantrix, a content delivery startup we wrote about in September. The new service is claimed to be a first in this space and will involve the production and streaming of over 5000 mobile video clips per day covering 100 cities, with new clips made available every 30 minutes. During the initial pilot… Read More

  • LavaGlow PS3 controller: Oh wow, man

    If your PS3 controllers are clashing with your blacklight poster of Zep and your 4-foot bong for tobacco use only then why not drop $34.99 on some LavaGlow PS3 controllers with real lava glowing handles. Are they particularly better than standard controllers? Well, they’re cheaper and they glow, so that’s two pluses right there. They take 3 AAA batteries and a copy of Freedom Rock. Read More

  • This Website Will Tell You Who To Vote For

    In the event you’re in too much of a hurry to check out the presidential candidates yourself, the Internet can now do it for you. Connect2Elect is a new website that lets users add candidate attributes and issue positions that are important to them, and see who they should vote on. Issues are broken down by social (abortion, gay marriage, stem cell research), political (Iraq war… Read More

  • Segway dresses up as a Ferrari for Halloween

    Ferrari is really starting to cause me agony. It’s one of my favorite supercar brands, but they’re ruining it by putting that horse on everything. Here it is on a Segway scooter. Yes, one of those Segway scooters. It’s not much different than an ordinary Segway, other than it’s Ferrari-red and has the Scuderia logo. Oh, and the handlebars are wrapped in leather. Lux! Is… Read More

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