• Sportgenic Gets A $10 Million Bump In Funding

    Sportgenic on Monday announced that it has secured $10 million in Series B funding from Adams Street Partners, Louie Partners, KPG Ventures, and Greycroft Partners. Originally launched in 2005, Sportgenic competes in the highly targeted world of sports advertising. The company is a sports ad network that aims at connecting some of its major clients like Nike and Toyota to sports… Read More

  • Nintendo to release Wi-Fi Network Adapter for Wii (which has built-in Wi-Fi)

    This is somewhat odd, but Nintendo is coming out with the Wi-Fi Network Adapter [JP] for the Wii. It’s odd because the Wii works with Wi-Fi right out of the box, unless you consider going into settings and configuring your Wii to use your local network not right out of the box. This adapter attempts to solve that problem. It can work as a stand-alone router or as a network bridge… Read More

  • Official TechCrunch50 Program (PDF)

    Below is the program guide that is being given out to attendees this morning at TechCrunch50. It includes the full schedule, along with all the panels and keynotes, as well as fuller descriptions of the companies presenting. Read More

  • Announcing The TechCrunch50 Finalists

    We’ve gone through more than 1,000 companies to get down to the final 50 (okay, 52) that will present on stage at TechCrunch50 starting later this morning. We will be covering all of the companies as they present onstage or shortly after. But for now, here’s a list of all the companies that made it (except the last one, which will be picked from the DemoPit by the audience at… Read More

  • Sony's two new Walkman paint by numbers; NAS-like device could use a bigger hard drive

    Sony’s got two new Walkman models due for release next month, the NW-S730F and the NW-S630F. They’re both flash-based, with storage capacities going up to 16GB. They play the standard file formats, including Sony’s ATRAC and H.264 video, but the lack of FLAC is just annoying. Differentiate your product from the iPod, Sony! No price as yet. Read More

  • Phoload app store aims at Java mobiles

    Phoload is a new startup designed as a mobile app store for free software. It’s a two-person self-funded UK outfit which will build advertising around the site and possibly other revenue streams. So far 150+ developers have uploaded 180+ items of software, ranging from location-based apps and social networks, through to classic arcade games. Competitors include the massive Getjar… Read More

  • Plastic Logic will show off a fancy, new electronic paper device today


    She’s on the left Is electronic paper ready to hit the big time? Plastic Logic is set to unveil a version of electronic paper at Demo (a tech trade show in San Diego) today, one that the reeling newspaper industry desperately wants to succeed. The device still doesn’t have a name, nor will it have a price—we’ll have to wait until CES to find out what it costs (provided… Read More

  • Spreadshirt founder creates new investment vehicle for European startups

    Some interesting and encouraging news coming out of Germany for early stage startups. Lukasz Gadowski, who founded Spreadshirt in 2002 and was the co-founder of the social network StudiVZ, today Germany’s largest website, is starting a new fund for startups. Dubbed Team Europe, the company will take his existing portfolio of investments under Lakattack Ltd – which includes… Read More

  • Three DEMO Companies To Keep An Eye On

    This week we’re going to see dozens of companies launch new products. Here are a few of the companies presenting this week at DEMO that are showing some strong potential: In most cases, choice is a good thing. But when it comes to online video, the abundance of content available on the web can be overwhelming. ffwd (pronounced fast-foward) deals with this by picking your videos… Read More

  • CrunchGear Week in Review: School Hijinks Edition

    Back to School: Welcome to cooking
    Space Invaders keyboard is purely for nostalgia
    Unsolvable subwoofer inspired by Rubik’s cube
    Back to School: Dorm room light show
    Cedia 2008
    IFA 2008 Read More

  • All The TC50 Diggs, Feeds, Tweets, and Blog Posts You Can Handle

    I know where I am going to be checking to see what people are saying about TechCrunch50 this week. The TechCrunch50 Aggregator. It is a site developed by Sean Percival to collect all the Twitters, FreindFeed comments, blog posts, news stories, photos, videos, Diggs,and Techmeme headlines that are tagged “techcrunch50″or “tc50.” Even right now, in the middle of the… Read More

  • Lipstick and boxer shorts

    For the last few weeks, MSNBC’s election coverage has become so viscerally partisan that you could sense that the coverage was coming close to threatening the fundamental journalistic tenets of broadcast journalism. Namely, that keeping your nose clean with the FCC was paramount. With the advent of 24 hour news operations and campaign rapid response squads, the business of… Read More

  • RealNetworks Lets You Copy DVDs to Your Hard Drive — And Keep the DRM

    As anyone with a lick of tech knowledge knows, ripping a DVD onto your hard drive is, well, frowned upon by the “Powers that be” in the motion picture industry. Realizing that, RealNetworks has launched a new solution called RealDVD, which lets users copy DVDs onto their hard drives without facing legal troubles. Even better, it only takes about 20 minutes to do so. Sounds… Read More

  • TechCrunch 50 revs-up

    So I’m here at TechCrunch 50 and I’ll be part of the team blogging the conference. The conference venue is huge – just a small part of it is pictured above. There’ll be 1,700 people attending and 52 (not 50 actually) startups being launched at the event. There’s been some controversy between TechCrunch and and the competing Demo event about the issue of… Read More

  • Parascale Promises Data Center Heaven: Private Cloud Storage At About $1 A Gig

    Web applications require a lot of data storage. All the videos uploaded to YouTube, for example, are estimated to take up more than 500 terabytes of storage. Google’s servers overall process one petabyte of data every hour or so. Google had to create its own Web-scale file system to handle all the data that it processes and stores. As Web-scale computing and the needs of plain-old… Read More

  • Parascale Promises Data Center Heaven: Private Cloud Storage At About $1 A Gig

    Web applications require a lot of data storage. All the videos uploaded to YouTube, for example, are estimated to take up more than 500 terabytes of storage. Google’s servers overall process one petabyte of data every hour or so. Google had to create its own Web-scale file system to handle all the data that it processes and stores. As Web-scale computing and the needs of plain-old… Read More

  • CollectiveX Groupsites 2.0 Makes Group Organization Sexy

    CollectiveX, a bootstrapped startup located in Maryland, will roll out version 2 of it’s year old social network collaboration platform today. Full disclosure: the company is a TechCrunch50 Exhibitor (which is a sponsor). In a nutshell, think of CollectiveX as a sort of LinkedIn-type professional social network, with collaboration tools for groups (companies, boards of directors, whatever). Read More

  • PSP+XBox360 keyboard = crazy delicious

    Not sure why this was done, but now that l0rdnic0 at acidmods has done it, it makes perfect sense. After all, typing on the PSP is a pain in the butt and this adds quite a bit of functionality. Sadly, this mod isn’t for the faint of heart. via Giz Read More

  • Blue 8GB Zune available at Frys

    Oh, Frys, how I miss thee. Spotted by Zunerama today is a hot blue 8GB Zune with a bevy of new features that include: “Device to Cloud”, “Games” and “Channels”. Wouldn’t you like to know what said new features are, friend? Well, keep reading then. But, I will give you insight to another new feature that’s pretty self explanatory, “Buy… Read More

  • Darth 64: Use the force, Mario

    This homebrew N64 console – JonJandran’s Darth 64 – contains a complete N64 motherboard and controller in a case that looks pretty damn nice. He has a list of features including a headphone jack and a Gamecube style joystick and D-Pad. He reports that you can actually take this thing apart with a screwdriver, which is impressive for a piece of homebrew hardware. Read More

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