• Four Arrested in Burma for Having Illegal Mobile Phones

    In the United States we complain if we can’t bring our mobile handsets into a movie screening, and flip out when we are told we can’t use the phone in a hospital. How would we feel if our phones landed up in jail? In Myanmar – what was previously known as Burma – four people were arrested recently for simply having mobile handsets! In Myanmar, where the news and all… Read More

  • CrunchGear Week in Review: Asylum Edition

    The Reason Robots Exist
    Cretors’ Popcorn Makers. Yup, We’ve Gone There.
    Hooks On Light Switches!
    Five Megapixels For Korean Cell Phones
    Trailer For The Upcoming Season of Futurama Read More

  • ICQ Founders Start KnockaTV

    We just heard about a new Israeli video/TV startup called KnockaTV, which has the tagline “The People Have Taken Over.” KnockaTV is self described as: Knocka.TV… the latest from the inventors of ICQ, the web’s first Instant Messenger (www.icq.com). Building on our success with bringing people together on the web, “We’ve created a new form of Television!”. Read More

  • Amie Street Closes Series A Financing Led By Amazon.com

    Social music marketplace Amie Street has closed a Series A round of financing led by Amazon.com, along with some new partnerships and a site redesign. The amount of Amazon’s investment and the terms are not disclosed. We’ve been big fans of the model and the recent investment shows Amazon is too. On Amie Street, music is not sold for a flat rate, but rather fluctuates based on… Read More

  • Microsoft Photosynth Covers Shuttle Endeavour Pre-Launch

    I’m a big fan of all the 3D imaging tools in development around the net. Microsoft’s Photosynth project is clearly the most ambitious – it takes thousands of photographs of a geographic area and constructs a 3D model that the viewer can “fly” around and view. Tonight they are pushing a new 3D model – coverage of the Space Shuttle Endeavour on the launch pad… Read More

  • Prosper's P2P Lending Spreads To Asia

    Peer to peer lending startup, Prosper, is expanding operations to Japan and other Asian countries as a shared partnership with Tokyo-based SBI Holdings, Inc. SBI will be helping prosper navigate Asia’s regulatory environment. SBI Group has a market capitalization in excess of $8 billion and consists of 65 consolidated subsidiaries and 12 affiliated companies, including 9 public… Read More

  • Is Blogging Ready For a Unionized Workforce?

    According to the Wall Street Journal, a coalition of left-wing bloggers is trying to form a labor union that they hope will help them receive health insurance, conduct collective bargaining and set professional standards. As much as the days where bloggers were a novelty has passed, is blogging, or for that matter the various content creation forms of Web 2.0 ready for organized labor? Most… Read More

  • Fake Steve Jobs = Daniel Lyons

    The New York Times have spoiled the fun: Fake Steve Jobs has been outed as Daniel Lyons, a senior editor at Forbes. Since August 2006 Fake Steve Jobs has become a must read in the Valley and beyond. Lyon’s acerbic wit coupled with continuing Apple related headlines created a blog that not only Steve Jobs and Bill Gates both admit to reading, but one where Bill Gates himself denied being… Read More

  • Orbious Will Make Forwarding Confidential Documents Dangerous

    One of the things that makes me very happy: receiving a confidential document in my email from a trusted source. It could be a merger agreement. Or an internal executive-only email memo. Or a powerpoint pitch for a new product. Whatever it is, if the people who created it don’t want the world to see it, there’s a good chance it will make a great post. For years lawyers and… Read More

  • Undercover 'Dateline' Reporter Busted At DefCon

    DefCon, the annual hacker conference, has a strict policy concerning journalists: filming attendees without their permission is off limits. Dateline NBC’s Michelle Madigan registered for the conference as a programmer, not a journalist, and was said to be lurking around with a hidden pinhole camera allegedly trying to catch a federal agent on camera. Madigan was in attendance at what… Read More

  • Mossberg: New Undocumented iPhone Features

    Since the iPhone’s recent software update, several new undocumented features have been uncovered. Walt Mossboerg has an article highlighting some of them. The favorites list in the “Phone” module now accepts 50 entries instead of 20, there’s a new e-mail setting that allows you to BCC yourself on every message you send, and apparently the iPhone now works better with… Read More

  • Virtual World Hangouts: So Many To Choose From

    The avatars roaming many online virtual communities may be cartoonish and their activities inconsequential, but the recent sale of Club Penguin to Disney for $350 million (with $350 million in earn out) demonstrates that the business of casual immersive worlds, or virtual hangouts, is not entirely child’s play. Virtual hangouts are where people can engage each other using imaginary… Read More

  • ClickTale explores further heatmap analytics

    About a year ago we were announcing the birth of Clicktale, an Israeli based startup that provides a new generation of web analytics service based on the analysis of recorded video sessions of your users once they land on your website. Clicktale has been patiently working on their service and invited to a few users in private beta. In the meantime a few competitors have released comparable… Read More

  • NoFoodHere: Search Results In Real Time

    NoFoodHere is a search engine that enables users to search the web with “the flexibility of tabbed searching and results that stream down the page in real-time.” NoFoodHere is not trying to refine the search results (the site is currently pulling Yahoo results with a move to Google being considered) but is trying to change the way a user interfaces with a search engine. The tab… Read More

  • Elton John Is Officially A Crazy Old Man

    Elton John thinks it would be interesting to shut the internet down for five years to see what sort of art would get made during that time. Here’s a tip, Eltie. You need the internet whether you like it or not. Shut it down and your entire empire, from a business standpoint, crumbles. Goodbye, Norma Jean. Has the internet destroyed good music, as he suggests? Maybe. I would say that… Read More

  • LG Smartphone Runs On Korea's 4G WiMax Network

    LG has released a phone today that runs on Korea’s 4G WiBro network. The KC1 can reach near-broadband speeds over the WiMax network and, as such, features things like remote PC controlling and video conferencing. The phone surprisingly runs Windows Mobile 5 instead of Windows Mobile 6. It also comes with a 2.8-inch touchscreen, 2-megapixel camera, 512MB of built-in memory (expandable… Read More

  • AMD Cries Foul Over Intel's Monopoly Profits

    According to a recent economic study, Intel has taken in some $60 billion in monopoly profits between 1996 and 2006. Guess who’s a little brassed off? AMD. The condensed version of the study is that AMD and other microprocesser companies aren’t allowed to fully compete within the marketplace thanks to a predominance of the x86 architecture and existing exclusivity agreements… Read More

  • Facebook Advertising Cancelations: The Thin End Of The Wedge?

    Making headlines in the United Kingdom Friday was news that a number of Facebook advertisers had canceled their advertising due to their ads being displayed next to dubious content. First Direct, Vodafone, Virgin Media, the AA, Halifax and the Prudential withdrew their Facebook advertising after it was disclosed that their advertisements were being displayed on the Facebook page of the… Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Asleep At The Wheel Edition

    Nissan’s Drunk Driving Prevention System
    Five Megapixels For Korean Cell Phones
    Staple Design Turns 10, Special Edition Zune Appears
    The Futurist: Why Isn’t Bluetooth Standard On MP3 Players?
    The AudioFile: Bluetooth To Bite Less Read More

  • DemystifyingDigital: New & Easy Digital SLRs


    DemystifyingDigital is a new feature written by Dan Havlik, editor of DemystifyingDigital.com
    If you’ve taken ever taken pictures with a top-of-the-line point-and-shoot digital camera and compared them to what you get out of even the most basic of digital SLRs, you’ll likely want to make the upgrade to a DSLR as soon as possible. And thanks to a very competitive marketplace… Read More

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