• Radiohead To Promote Album With New Year's Eve Concert on Current TV

    You’ve got to hand it to those guys at Radiohead. Not only are they great musicians. They are great promoters who are at the forefront of figuring out how to use the culture of free music to sell CDs. On New Year’s Eve, just before their latest album In Rainbows goes on sale in stores on January 1, the band will broadcast a prerecorded concert of all the album’s tracks… Read More

  • Kwout, A Simple Quote Tool For Bloggers

    People who do a lot of copying of quotes from other sites are going to like Kwout, which launched yesterday. Use it to grab a quick quotation or other screen shot from a web site and embed it into a blog or other website (one click to Flickr and Tumblr). To grab a quote, just type a URL into the Kwout home page, or use the bookmarklet when on a web page. A new window pops up that allows you… Read More

  • O2 winning big in Europe because of iPhone

    European telecomm O2 is expecting 200,000 iPhone sold in the UK by the end of the year while analysts expect up to 400,000 in the next few months. It’s this news that buoyed O2’s hopes in Europe and made everyone — including big Steve — purdy happy. The real takeaway, however, is that O2 will be carrying the 3G iPhone in Europe. O 2 has signed a multi-year deal with… Read More

  • Headphones made of wood hope to be a real boy someday but for now are just pricey

    The HP-FX500 headphones from JVC are partly made of wood, which is supposed to make stuff sound better. Here’s to hoping that it makes stuff sound WAY better because these things are expensive. They’re available in Japan for 15,000 Yen (about $132)and may or may not mark the resurgence of wood-paneled audio gear that the world fell in love with back in the late 70’s or… Read More

  • Foonz, The Deadpool Is Calling

    Here’s my prediction for 2008: The deadpool is going to fill up with VoIP services. The first one to jump in may be VoIP conference-call service Foonz. News flash. There’s just no money in giving people free calls. The CMO of Foonz’s parent company, RPM Communications, tells GigaOm that he has “shifted focus” to a new service called Utterz that lets people… Read More

  • 2007 In Numbers: Low Traffic Is One Problem Yahoo Doesn't Have

    When comScore releases its monthly lists of top performing sites there’s one result that has always surprised me, and that’s seeing “Yahoo sites” ahead of “Google sites.” Google remains the dominant leader in search, but when it comes to traffic across all properties Yahoo remains on top. In November 2007 Yahoo sites tracked 136 million unique visitors in… Read More

  • Is Google Reader Sharing Too Much?

    A small privacy debate is igniting over a new sharing feature in Google Reader. A couple weeks ago, Google turned on a new feature in its feed reader that lets you share posts with anyone in your Gmail or Gtalk contact list (assuming you use either of those other Google services as well). The problem is that sharing is an all-or-nothing proposition. You either share posts with all of… Read More

  • A Very Amazon Christmas For Apple, Nintendo, and the BBC

    Amazon released some holiday statistics today, saying this was its “best season ever”—which is what it says every year. The peak shopping day this year for Amazon was December 10 (as it was for all e-tailers—”Green Monday” strikes again), when it shipped 5.4 million items. That is a 35 percent increase from last year’s peak day total of 4 million items. Read More

  • For the Chinese, Wiis are plentiful this season

    BEIJING — China might lack safe water and air, but it does have something the United States lacks: Nintendo Wiis. In fact, CNET recently chronicled a reporter’s failed quest to find the infamous Wii just before the holidays. But in Beijing, finding a Wii isn’t difficult. Shortly before Christmas, I strolled through a random section of Beijing and curiously walked into a… Read More

  • What did you get?

    Tell CG what you got for Christmas! I got a Noon Solar bag and Omega GMT Seamaster. My son got this crazy hot wheels thing with a dragon that knocks a car off of a track. I remember when my parents used to give us twigs and dirt. Those, my friends, were the days. Read More

  • Christmas Day Or April Fools?: Prediction That Web 2.0 Will Die in 2008 Due To Lack Of Advertising

    Tis the season for everyone to make predictions and whilst a well thought out predictions list can make for an interesting read, some are just beyond bizarre. UK based research firm Scivisum has predicted that Web 2.0 will die in 2008, as “cautious companies pull their advertising from user-generated content web sites, worried about the effect on their brand of appearing alongside… Read More

  • HoHoHo: Digg Might Be Acquiring Menéame and CoRank

    Spanish tech site Techtear is reporting that Digg may have acquired Spanish social voting site Menéame and possibly coRank as well. A sort of translation of what Techtear is saying …Then we found out that people Digg approached Allen & Company, a private investment firm. At that time it was believed that Digg was organizing a possible sale, but Kevin Rose replied “we never… Read More

  • Christmas Recovery Web 2.0 Style

    Christmas is often a time of gluttony for many. From a traditional roast through to too much alcohol, many will be suffering long Christmas hangovers, particularly those not fortunate enough to live in a country with a gazetted post Christmas recovery public holiday (Boxing Day on Wikipedia here). Even if you do have December 26 off, with January 1 around the corner it’s time for… Read More

  • Merry Christmas, Everyone

    2007 is just about wrapped up. Merry Christmas to everyone who celebrates it, and Happy Holidays to all. Thank you for everything you’ve given to us and for making TechCrunch the best job I’ve ever had (most of the time). Read More

  • 2007 In Numbers: More People Using Yahoo Mail This Christmas Than Gmail

    Email remains one of the most popular of online services. Companies such as Yahoo, AOL and Microsoft have offered free online email since the earliest days of the internet. Google was late the party, launching Gmail in April 2004. Where as Google has come to dominate many of the verticals it enters, email hasn’t been one of them. This Christmas many more people will be using Yahoo! Mail… Read More

  • CrunchGear Week in Review: Happy Xmas Edition

    NORAD + Google Maps = Santa Tracker
    CrunchGear’s 2007 Year-End review round-up
    All I want for Christmas are my two front glands
    Ultimate Ears Super.fi 4vi Winner Read More

  • Zonbu Notebook review

    So you’re ready to try Linux but you don’t have a DVD burner or the ability to download large files. What’s a body to do? Well, you can try the Zonbu notebook, a fairly inexpensive Everex laptop with 1.5GHz VIA C7-M and 512MB and 60GB of hard drive space and running Zonbu OS, a Gentoo Linux variant with a full set of open source productivity and gaming apps. Read More

  • Google's Biggest App Distributor May Be Moving To India

    Indian IT services giant Wipro is said to be in “hectic negotiations” with bankers over financing a deal to acquire uber-consulting firm CapGemini for $7 Billion. CapGemini became the largest distributor of Google Apps with a deal signed in September. Under the deal CapGemini collects a £25 licence fee for each install, plus additional fees for service and maintenance, and Google… Read More

  • Online TV Ads Suck Less Than TV Ads On TV: Study

    A new study by Simmons, a unit of Experian Research Services has found that consumers are 47% more engadged by ads that run with television programs viewed online than those watched on a TV set. The study also found that viewers are 25% more engaged in the content of TV shows that they watch online than on a TV, are 18% more engaged in ads online, as opposed to print versions (magazines etc)… Read More

  • NORAD + Google Maps = Santa Tracker

    Tonight, Xmas Eve, we will have a full moon, Mars will be at its brightest in years, and clear skies over most of the nation. But if you need more help finding Santa tonight, NORAD has teamed up with Google Maps to give you a real-time, Flash-based Santa tracking application. If I get elf crap in my stocking again this year, I’m going pagan. NORAD Santa Tracker [northpole.com] Read More

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