• Daily Crunch: On the Green Edition

    Onkyo releases stereo system with HDD and featuring “floating technology”
    For seeding a single album, arrests made in OiNK BitTorrent tracker case: report
    Play golf at your desk with this new mouse and pad
    Scorpion logging machine will eventually kill us all
    Contest: Win History’s “Engineering Disasters” DVD set Read More

  • Google Outed As Anonymous Ebay Critic

    The Google Checkout/Ebay Paypal wars continue. Ebay Australia currently allows merchants to accept credit cards, direct debit, money orders and checks for purchases, but from June 17 they want to allow only PayPal or cash on delivery. When the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC) asked for public comments on the proposal a lot of of people responded. But an anonymous 38… Read More

  • Most popular stories for Friday, May 30, 2008

    Today’s Top Posts: Contest: Win History’s “Engineering Disasters” DVD set Mobile Me the new name for .Mac? aTV Flash hack shut down Play golf at your desk with this new mouse and pad CrunchGear live podcast starts in an hour Bill Gates wants you to lose your mouse Onkyo releases stereo system with HDD and featuring “floating technology” Space beer heading… Read More

  • Comcast.com hackers just goofy stoners

    Bloops! Those hackers who took over comcast.com yesterday were outted by Wired today. It’s a pair of industrious fiends who go by Defiant and EBK. They took over the comcast.com DNS records, redirecting the cable giant’s traffic to their own site. As it turns out, they were able to take over Comcast’s account at Network Solutions. They then contacted Comcast’s… Read More

  • LaterLoop Joins The Pile of Bookmarking Apps With Google's Blessing

    Meet LaterLoop, a new bookmarking tool that was recently featured at Google’s I/O conference. LaterLoop’s core functionality is very similar to Instapaper, which we reviewed last January. After adding either a Firefox extension or a Bookmarket to their browser, users can click “Save For Later” whenever they come across an interesting site that they don’t have time… Read More

  • Acer's latest boasts full 1080p 16:9 display for Blu-ray playback

    Back in the day, a laptop’s resolution was a big deal. The transition from SVGA to XVGA screens was a big one, but now of course they come in all kinds of shapes and resolutions. And now that HD-DVD is dead and there’s a clear next-gen disk format standard you’ll be seeing a lot more Blu-ray enabled laptops this year. But what good is having an HD optical drive if your… Read More

  • RazorBook uses new mysterious processor, likely from the Dharma Initiative

    Heard of Ingenic Semiconductor? Us either, but they’ve apparently started shipping a new processor for UMPCs called the Jz4740. They’re appearing in 3K’s new RazorBook 400 series UMPCs and are apparently ultra low-cost and low-power. The $299 RazorBook 400 was discussed yesterday, but we didn’t have the detail we do now. The proc is new and could — in theory… Read More

  • The Back Burner: Things we didn't post this week

    A big thank you to everybody for filling our tips-at-crunchgear-dot-com inbox with wonderful, unique, and newsworthy items. Here are a few that we missed.
    RE: RE: Braces Article Gets You Into BracesReview.com Directory FREE ($299.90 VALUE) Hi Doctor – For the next 2 weeks we will be accepting articles from Orthodontists/Dentists on any related dental topic. In exchange for the… Read More

  • Time Warner working on mystery "Internet TV" project

    This is a little out of left field, but it could also be interesting. Time Warner Cable is planning on releasing a set-top box to its customers with a built-in cable modem to allow them to watch “Internt TV” on their televisions. The thing is, there’s no additional information on what this might be. Time Warner already has set-top cable boxes with full digital and HD… Read More

  • Motley Crue's Rock Band track outsells its iTunes partner

    It’s for sure a sign of the rise of digital music and casual gaming when it’s reported that one of the greatest bands of all time — Motley Crue — has sold more copies of its new single through the Rock Band downloadable store than it has through iTunes. In fact, Rock Band has almost five times more sales of the track than iTunes, an interesting feat. Of course… Read More

  • Review: High Speed USB thumbdrive cage match

    You may have seen our review of the Kingston DataTraveler HyperX high-speed thumbdrive. If so, you’ll remember how it proved itself far superior to the peasant drives I put it up against. Well, it’s far from the only high-speed USB key on the market, so we got our hands on a couple other leading offerings from Corsair (the Voyager GT) and SanDisk (the Cruzer Contour) and… Read More

  • New York's Amazon tax starts this Sunday

    It’s all over, folks. Fortune is reporting that the state of New York’s sales tax on goods purchased at Amazon.com starts this Sunday, June 1st. Peter’s already been enraged about it here and here and I’m guessing he’s not going to be too thrilled about this post either. He’s pretty excitable as it is, so hopefully he won’t read this. The… Read More

  • Video: The alien! (Updated: It's a hoax)

    http://progressive.playstream.com/playstream/progressive/flashplayers/FLVPlayer.swf Is this the alien everyone’s talking about, everyone’s waiting for? From the Rocky Mountain News’ liveblog: The film shows a window, reportedly 8 feet off the ground in a rural Nebraska town in 2003. In the enhanced version of the video, a creature pops up in the window, looks around, and… Read More

  • Nintendo of Canada auctioning off old games for good cause

    This is pretty cool if you’re an active retro gamer. Canada’s arm of Nintendo found a cache of old NES and SNES video game carts, sealed in packaging, in their old warehouse. Instead of just trashing the deprecated games, they’re auctioning them off, with the proceeds going to the United Way of Canada. They’re going in lots to collectors, and you can get in on the action… Read More

  • Productivity, piracy and you: Or, how much sense does this make?

    Before I write this gem of a post, let me attempt to absolve myself of all legal responsibility: I’m merely doing what I was told to do. That should hold up in court, no? My second charge this fine Productivity Week is to teach y’all how to pirate movies, music, video games, etc. more efficiently. On what planet is this type of advice is both approved of and encouraged I… Read More

  • Blyk's mobile ads might be working after all

    Startup MVNO Blyk, which provides a cheap mobile service to young people in return for sending them “targetted” ad messages, has launched a media shop designed for advertisers and agencies to source information from. So far there are campaign results from brands including Penguin, COI, L’Oreal, Boots and Brylcreem. Ad campaign briefs can also be sent directly from the… Read More

  • Ashton Kutcher's Katalyst Media To Release Interactive Web Content

    Katalyst Media founders Ashton Kutcher and Jason Goldberg were in Silicon Valley today. They stopped by TechCrunch HQ (aka my house) before heading off to more important meetings with Dan Rosensweig at Quadrangle Group (and the former COO of Yahoo) and YouTube cofounder Chad Hurley. The reason for the visit? They are preparing to launch new interactive web content (with an emphasis on the… Read More

  • Attentio takes 600k Euro investment

    Brussels-based social media tracking startup Attentio, has received a 600,00 Euro investment from five new private shareholders well known in Norwegian business circles, along with further investment from existing shareholders. The round takes Attentio’s pot to a total of 1.5 million Euros raised since 2006. Attentio’s goal is to monitor blogs, forums, networks, YouTube and… Read More

  • Virgin Mobile Festival Wild Card Special Edition

    To celebrate the Virgin Mobile Festival coming up in August, Virgin and Kyocera are launching a limited run of the custom-themed Virgin Mobile Festival Wild Card Special Edition. Believe it not, that’s supposedly an abridged version the device’s full name: Virgin Mobile Festival Wild Card Special Edition Ultra Mobile Xtreme Deux Plus. Deluxe. They’re throwing in all kinds… Read More

  • Scoble Interviews Twitter Founders Evan Willams and Biz Stone

    Robert Scoble just finished a half hour interview with Twitter Founders Evan Willams and Biz Stone. The two are surprisingly candid about the scaling problems the service has had since, oh, it launched two years ago. “The fact that people are frustrated is a sign that we built something people care about,” says Williams a few minutes in. I agree, but that’s no way to run… Read More

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