• TechCrunch at Le Web 3


    Along with the rest of the TechCrunch crew (Mike Arrington and Ouriel Ohayon) I will be attending LeWeb3 in Paris from Monday through to Wednesday. It’s a massive event featuring a ton of startups and about 1,700 people are attending. I’ll do my best to keep TechCrunch UK going while I’m there and no doubt there will be some news-worthy stories worth covering here and on… Read More

  • AGLOCO Doesn't Pay To Surf, Joins Deadpool

    If it was a bad idea the first time around, it’s probably a bad idea the second time around too. Mike was harsh on AGLOCO, a variation of the failed AllAdvantage pyramid scheme from a few years ago, when he wrote about their launch. He was right to question the business – they’re closing down. The following email was sent to at least some AGLOCO members: We would like to… Read More

  • 2007 Spike TV Video Game Award winners

    http://www.ifilm.com/efp And the winners are… Read More

  • LinkedIn API and New Homepage Drawing Near

    LinkedIn, the social network for professionals, is trying to establish itself as a better destination with a stronger presence on the web. As a better destination, LinkedIn would experience higher levels of user engagement and more page views, which in turn would translate into greater advertising revenue. With a stronger presence, the site would grab mind share away from rising competitor… Read More

  • WetPaint White Labels For Businesses And Brands

    Hosted wiki provider WetPaint has launched a new white label wiki service called “Just Add Wetpaint”, which lets businesses buy a customized version of their wiki platform (starting around $10,000). In at most 14 days, the company can pump out a customized community around a product. The communities are hosted by WetPaint on your domain, and share a common login with the rest of… Read More

  • Imeem Pens a Deal with Universal Music. Now Has All the Majors.

    Ad-supported music streaming is now officially legit. Music social network imeem has inked a deal with the fourth and final major label, Universal Music Group, to make its entire digital catalog available for free to imeem members. Music from EMI, Warner Music, and Sony-BMG is already available on the site. Now members can start streaming songs from Kanye West, 50 Cent, Black Eyed Peas… Read More

  • Nobel Laureate Says The Internet Makes Us Dumb, We Say: Meh

    Newly awarded Nobel Prize winner Doris Lessing has used her acceptance speech to tell the world that the internet makes us dumb. According to Lessing, who was too old and ill to make the speech herself and instead had someone else read it out, the inanities of the internet have seduced a generation, and we live in a fragmenting culture where people read nothing and know nothing of the… Read More

  • CDNs Are Big Business, EdgeCast Get $6 Million

    When we watch movies or play music online, there’s a flurry of unseen activity making sure that data arrives when and where it’s supposed to be. This is the job of the high speed fiber and computer systems of the internet’s content distribution networks (CDNs). Every website that streams content (live video, music) needs a CDN. The flurry of new media online has made it a… Read More

  • Ijji.com: The Future Of Casual Online Gaming?

    We’ve covered a variety of casual gaming sites before on TechCrunch. It’s a hot vertical, particular since the rise of the Nintendo’s Wii console proved that there was a huge willing market for games that don’t need a 4 hour long instruction session from a gaming geek. South Korean company NHN comes with strong credentials. The company is claimed to be the be… Read More

  • Facebook Photos get an Ajax Upgrade. Will Pageviews Suffer?

    Facebook’s photo galleries just got better. The photo pages now have an Ajax interface, which let the images load faster. But what is good for Facebook users may not be good for Facebook, at least in the short term. As Facebook improves its user interface with more Ajax and other user-interface technologies that update images and data without reloading the entire page, it is bound to… Read More

  • Zune's 3 play rule gets hacked

    This is a bit of forehead slapper if you ask me. We thank the Zune team for ridding the wretched three day play rule, but they left the three play rule and that makes us cringe. Thankfully Zune Scene has figured out how to get around that, but this should only be used for tracks that you produce yourself or tracks from your musician-type friends. *wink* You simply need to change the genre tag… Read More

  • Experiencing shoddy battery life on your Palm Centro? [Update]

    Fret not, dear reader. Sprint assures us that the unusual battery drainage is not a hardware issue, but that of a software one centered around Sprint’s Mobile Email. Said software and e-mail synchronization go through a never-ending loop when your password is incorrect or the ISP’s e-mail server is unavailable. The OTA update is said to be released sometime this month. Has… Read More

  • Sony Aibo lives!

    It looks like Sony’s misunderstood and short lived pooch is making a return. According to Stuff, the new Aibo PS will be linking directly with your PSP and PS3 over Wi-Fi. You can also control the Aibo over the Web and watch streaming video and get e-mail alerts when you’re away thanks to facial recognition and motion sensors. Sony, for your sake I hope this one catches on and I… Read More

  • CG Holiday 2007 Recommendation: Gear from Alo for you and the wife

    It’s almost time for the good ole New Year’s resolution and for many that entails hitting the gym in an attempt to shed those holiday pounds. While we can’t help you shed those unwanted pounds we can recommend some gear to help in your quest. Alo’s line of gear features an anti-microbial treatment that’ll keep the funk out of your gym clothes and CoolFit keeps you… Read More

  • The Twice Shy Entrepreneur

    Silicon Valley these days is made up of two kinds of entrepreneurs (I’m painting with broad strokes, bear with me). The first group is the old guard. These are people who started companies during the late nineties and up until the 2000 stock market crash. The second group was either in school during that period, or doing something other that working in the tech world, and have… Read More

  • Anchor Intelligence To Audit Click Fraud

    Palo Alto based Anchor Intelligence, which was called FraudWall until last week, may be part of the long term solution to the click fraud problem that plagues the big cost-per-click advertising networks (Google, Yahoo, Microsoft in particular). Click fraud has been around as long as CPC marketing was first introduced by GoTo in 1998 (GoTo renamed to Overture and was acquired by Yahoo in 2003… Read More

  • Analyticians: Macintosh's marketshare to grow even more

    Apple has been gaining marketshare for the Macintosh at a steady clip, and researchers at ChangeWave don’t see it stopping. In fact, the market-guaging firm says that Apple’s marketshare is set to grow even faster in the next few months, with holiday sales this year really helping. I can see this in the real world, actually. Last year, a good friend of mine got her first mac, a… Read More

  • Wild Zune spotted in remote Canadian province

    Some “wannabe Zune owner” has stumbled upon a treasure trove of 30GB Zunes (original flavor) on sale at XSCargo, a discount retailer north of the border. Of course, they’re refurbished, and there’s no brown one available, but from the frenzied replies of the Zune-seeking Canucks in this forum post, even a refurbished, white Zune 1 will get a buyer up there. More power… Read More

  • Making Fun Of Facebook Is Fun: Add Fake Beacon Actions

    Well, I asked for negative Facebook speculation and rumors and, even though I was just kidding, a ton of stuff rolled in. A new Facebook application called Bonfire is my favorite. The idea is that you can beat third parties who are inserting information about what you did on their sites into your news feed, to the punch. So now you can insert a statement like “Mike bought Preparation H… Read More

  • 50 Cent: File Sharing Doesn’t Hurt Artists

    The music of performer 50 Cent has zero appeal to me, but the man is undoubtedly smart, as the following words (via TorrentFreak) attest: Q: “How are G-Unit Records doing in these times of file-sharing? “Not so good….The advances in technology impacts everyone, and we all must adapt. Most of all hip-hop, a style of music dependent upon a youthful audience. This market… Read More

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