• Motorola Gets “Smellphone” Patent

    Motorola Gets “Smellphone” Patent

    Mobile phones can provide sounds easily enough, and even sights. If you count the vibration call alert that’s three of the senses covered, but soon Motorola mobile handsets could also provide smell! Information Week is reporting that last month Motorola received a patent for a “communication device having a scent release feature and method thereof.” This basically turns… Read More

  • 5min: Life Videopedia

    5min: Life Videopedia

    The semi-finals of the European focused Startup 2.0 contest were held in Madrid on the weekend, an event with 15 of the best/ most promising Web 2.0 startups out of an initial 300 nominees presenting. 5 startups were chosen as finalists with the final to be held in 2 weeks time. Amongst the final five was 5min, billed as a “Life Videopedia”. We’ve covered similar start… Read More

  • Hispanics Audience Built for Mobile Advertising

    Hispanics Audience Built for Mobile Advertising

    While customer service may offer “Prensa dos para el español,” research firm M:Metrics is finding that English-speaking Hispanics could be the audience advertisers desire most. Their recent findings suggest that 70.9 percent of English-speaking Hispanics use some form of mobile content in the United States, compared to the market average of 47.9 percent. Hispanic cell phone… Read More

  • Google v. Yahoo: Who Cares The Most About The Environment?

    SouthPark dedicated an entire episode to the smugness of hybrid car drivers and San Francisco residents in general. The episode is funny because its largely true – Silicon Valley is well known for having a left-leaning, environment-loving population that sometimes feels superior to the rest of the country. They cheered when Al Gore won an Oscar for his movie about global warming, and… Read More

  • U.K. Mobile Web Audience One-Fifth Size of PC

    U.K. Mobile Web Audience One-Fifth Size of PC

    Telephia and comScore have released the findings from their study on mobile versus PC-based Internet usage, and the findings reveal that 5.7 million people in the U.K. used a mobile device to access the Web during this past January, as opposed to 30 million people who accessed the Web from a PC. This puts the mobile Web audience at approximately one-fifth the size of the PC-based Internet… Read More

  • CrunchGear's Essential Guide to Piracy

    CrunchGear's Essential Guide to Piracy

    Vince at CrunchGear has written a layperson’s guide to piracy, explaining the scene, the tools, and the mindset of bored teens and organized criminals alike. While you won’t be able to download Spiderman 3 with the information he provides, it’s a fascinating look at one of the most divisive topics in computing today. Help Key: The Essential Guide to Piracy Read More

  • Swedish Game Site Power Challenge Raises $8 Million From Benchmark Capital

    Benchmark Capital put $8 million to work with Swedish game site Power Challenge, the company will announce today. Power Challenge is a rich Internet application – a game that runs in java and plays very much like a video game. Users build and customize their teams and play against others for points and status. The quality of game play is high and is designed to push the boundaries… Read More

  • Clique This: ChosenVIP

    Clique This: ChosenVIP

    Houston based ChosenVIP is an online community that encompasses what many would consider to be the worst thing about high school, social cliques. The company pitches itself as giving “the average person” the opportunity to become an “e-celebrity.” Members create their own cliques from friends using the site. Through a ratings system users distinguish themselves from… Read More

  • CrunchGear Week in Review: Monkey House Edition

    CrunchGear Week in Review: Monkey House Edition

    Electronic Cigarettes: All the Nicotine You Can Handle, None of the Cancer
    Petit Jenga: Because Your Day Job Sucks
    Orignal Poker Chip Customizer: Liquor Up Front, Poker In The Rear
    Omelette 1.0 – The First Apple TV Game
    Feeling Cheeky? Try Out Happy Monkey! Read More

  • Contextual In-Video Advertising: ScanScout

    Contextual In-Video Advertising: ScanScout

    Video advertising is a final frontier in the monetization of Web 2.0. Adbrite was first to market with Adbrite In-Video. Last week Google started testing in-video text ads on YouTube. Cambridge, MA based ScanScout joins the fray. Founded 2 years ago, ScanScout launched recently and has followed up with an announcement of $7million Series A funding in a round led by General Catalyst… Read More

  • E911 In The Spotlight: Comcast

    E911 In The Spotlight: Comcast

    Come Monday morning Comcast is going to wake to a big public relations nightmare, one that although directed at Comcast’s Digital Voice service may well throw the spotlight on VOIP providers supporting the E911 service. The publisher of It Can Happen To You writes that 911 on Comcast Digital Voice failed when he tried to use it to contact emergency services after his son started having… Read More

  • CBS Acquires WallStrip for $5 million

    CBS Acquires WallStrip for $5 million

    Jossip is reporting that corporate focused video blog WallStrip has been acquired by CBS News for $5 million. The report states that an announcement is expected early this week and involves WallStrip host Lindsay Campbell being the next Amanda Congdon for CBS, fronting online shows. I spoke to some one close to the deal who confirmed Jossip’s story. The deal is said to be focused on… Read More

  • Redfin On 60 Minutes Tonight – Real Estate Market Disruption

    Redfin On 60 Minutes Tonight – Real Estate Market Disruption

    Seattle-based Redfin, a real estate company that we started tracking a year ago, will be featured on 60 Minutes tonight at 7 pm Pacific on CBS. The video of the segment is here. This is great mainstream coverage for this startup. 60 Minutes has 13 million TV viewers, most of which knew nothing about Redfin until today. They have an intruiging and aggressive business model, which is summed up… Read More

  • Apple Gains Marketshare (Like, a Lot of It)

    Apple Gains Marketshare (Like, a Lot of It)

    Remember back in the 90s when you’d try to get your pal/parents/teachers/parole officers/congressmen/body piercers to “switch” to the Mac camp, and their reason for not was because of marketshare? Validity of that claim aside, you might want to have them try again. Apple claimed a whopping 10% (ok, 9.9%) of retail laptop sales in March of this year. When you consider how… Read More

  • No Joost Invite Yet? Get One Here

    Like Gmail years ago, today’s mark of being a Silicon Valley “insider” is being part of the Joost beta. Until recently it was nearly impossible to get in because current beta users had very few invites. Recently, however, the company started allowing many more people in as they prepare to launch. We’ve gotten dozens of requests for invitations. To streamline the… Read More

  • AllFreeCalls Back From DeadPool, Free Calls Are Here Again

    When AllFreeCalls shut down in February as a result of litigation, most people thought it was gone for good. The service, which allows people to call overseas for free by exploiting a regulatory loophole, was simply too good to be true. Founder Pat Phelan vowed to bring the service back. And today he says he’s done it, under a new name and using a new back end service provider. The… Read More

  • Yahoo To Finally Upgrade MyBlogLog

    MyBlogLog, the ubiquitous blog widget that shows pictures of recent visitors to a site, was one of the “instant” success stories of 2006 – Yahoo acquired the company before most people even had a chance to hear about it. Like many blogs, we had the MyBlogLog widget on TechCrunch for months. We eventually removed it due to performance issues (it slowed down the site on a couple… Read More

  • Encyclopedia of Life: Better Than Wikipedia?

    Encyclopedia of Life: Better Than Wikipedia?

    Formally announced during the week with funding of $12.5 million, Encyclopedia of Life aims to be an online reference source and database for every one of the 1.8 million species that are named and known on earth. Encyclopedia of Life is a collaborative effort. Tens of thousands of citizen scientists with expertise around the world are responsible for the creation of content. The Encyclopedia… Read More

  • Portrayl and Ficlet: Two Ways to Write that Novel you Always Wanted

    Portrayl and Ficlet: Two Ways to Write that Novel you Always Wanted

    Co-authored writing online has been around for a while and picked up considerably with the introduction of wikis. Notably, Lawrence Lessig used a wiki to help update his book “Code and Other Laws of Cyberspace“. Collaboration is catching on, especially in journalism (iReport, Wired Assignment Zero). Here are two sites that take a lighter look at collaboration, letting you… Read More

  • Halo 3 Previewed, Opinions Mixed

    Halo 3 Previewed, Opinions Mixed

    This past Friday Microsoft and Bungie offered a press preview for the upcoming Halo 3, which will arrive later this year. The upcoming first-person shooter is the latest title in the popular Halo series, and could be the much-needed “killer app” for Microsoft’s Xbox 360 game console. Previews for the game were staged in New York and San Francisco in advance of the public… Read More