• On the ground at MWC 2008

    Just got onto the Mobile World Congress grounds and will be posting here — on the service side — and on CrunchGear [RSS] for gadgets and phones. I’ll try do lots of cross-posting but expect some juicy Mobile 2.0 news soon. If you need to contact me, SMS me at +972543563127 or email john@crunchgear dot com. The meet-up is still on Wednesday at 6pm, location TBD. Merci! Read More

  • MAXRoam: Easy international roaming with a SIM card

    Just a quick note to mention that MAXRoam.com is a really great service. Essentially it’s a reduced rate pre-paid SIM card that lets you add multiple numbers to the same SIM. For example, I now have a SIM card with four international numbers in Spain, Poland, Germany, and the US and they all work seamlessly in almost any phone. It basically lets locals call you at local rates and you… Read More

  • Star Wars screen test

    http://www.collegehumor.com/moogaloop/moogaloop.swf?clip_id=23191&fullscreen=1 Since we’re all about Star Wars this weekend, I thought I’d throw in a favorite video of mine from SNL. You love it! I know you do. Read More

  • Low Tech: Washington state's caucuses are nuts

    [photopress:CaucusAudience.jpg,full,center] So we were in a room in the basement of a church. There were more people stuffed in there than should have been. There was no place to sit, lean, or kneel. We stood rigid as we got our instructions on how to caucus, and it turns into a popularity contest. The worst part is Newsweek is calling today “Significant Saturday”, to counter… Read More

  • Microsoft's $80 billion (and growing) Yahoo Headache

    The buyer in any public-public merger generally sees a stock price hit – they’re offering a premium over what the market thinks the seller is worth, and the market takes that out of the buyer’s hide. But Microsoft lost nearly $40 billion in market cap in the eight trading days since they made their offer. That’s quite a penalty – and one Microsoft likely… Read More

  • Salesforce Shopping Itself To Oracle For $75/ Share?

    Tis the season for deal speculation, with Tom Foremski quoting sources who say that Salesforce has approached Oracle “to gauge if there is any interest in a sale at $75 a share.” If Oracle did take the deal, it would value Salesforce at just shy of $9 billion. Michael wrote in June 2007 that Saleforce was “acquisition bait,” although at the time the rumors were pointing… Read More

  • Philadelphia's Star Wars: Where Science Meets Imagination exhibit

    http://progressive.playstream.com/playstream/progressive/flashplayers/FLVPlayer.swf Here’s some quick footage from Philadelphia and the Franklin Institute Science Museum’s Star Wars: Where Science Meets Imagination exhibit. More organized videos and photos to come once Peter the Ha and I sort everything out between our various cameras. I called him Peter the Ha like Jabba the… Read More

  • The non-dead Sam Jackson is rolling over in his non-existent grave

    This is for the hardcore Star Wars buffs in the audience. Do you notice anything wrong with this picture? No? How about the Jedi on the far left? Still not getting it? Well, you’re not much of a Star Wars fan then. Heh. See, the supposed Jedi on the left has a purple lightsaber and that’s a big no-no. Sam Jackson, who played by Mace Windu, personally requested a purple… Read More

  • The New Safari Is Amazingly Quick, Firefox Watch Out

    Computerworld had a review up Friday on the latest build of Apple’s Safari browser, the development version “WebKit” . Like Firefox builds these are evaluation/ testing builds so can be prone to bugs, but like Firefox what you see in these builds is usually what’s coming to the browser itself some time into the future. Computerworld said it was quick, so I tested it. Read More

  • Google To Acquire Stake In CNet?

    Nearly completely missed amid the noise around Microsoft’s takeover offer of Yahoo was speculation Friday that Google may be looking to acquire at a stake in San Francisco-based CNet. CNet shares were up 7% Friday based on the rumors. Last month, a group of investors began gathering shares of CNet and desired to exert influence on the makeup of the board of directors. Google investing… Read More

  • Yahoo! reportedly says 'no' to Microsoft deal, wants more $$

    [photopress:yahoosaysno.jpg,full,center] Yahoo! has said “no” to Microsoft. For now, at least. The Yahoo! board is expected to formally reject Microsoft’s offer, with the thinking that the company is worth more than what Microsoft offered—$44.6 billion, or about $31 per share. The board feels the company is worth closer to $40 per share, or around $57.5 billion. Read More

  • Who is the little green guy from Star Wars?

    Upon entering my room at the Loews Hotel in Philadelphia, I found a Yoda cookie. They have Star Wars packages, which can be found here. “Yobo? Is his name Yobo?” Someone’s significant other on the CrunchGear staff thinks Yoda’s name is Yobo. Who is it? {democracy:26} Read More

  • Yahoo's Bold Whimper

    A few well connected reporters said our prediction that Yahoo would make a decision on the Microsoft offer yesterday were off, and that Yahoo would take more time to make it’s move. But it seems that Yahoo did in fact make a decision yesterday. They will reject Microsoft’s offer. A flat and stubborn “No” should be coming on Monday. This is dramatic stuff. This could be… Read More

  • Middio Deadpool

    Middio, a cool music video search engine for YouTube, appears to have gone into the DeadPool. The home page is a blank index page. We’ve pinged them for a comment (the founder is Jeff Jarvis‘ sixteen year old son Jake) and await their response. Check out FIQL, which is actually a much more useful way of creating playlists of music videos on YouTube. Old screen shot below: Update… Read More

  • Tentative deal reached in writers strike: Guild leaders say it protects writers' future

    [photopress:strikeovertent.jpg,full,center] A tentative deal has been reached in the ongoing writers strike. The only reason why we paid attention to it here was because a primary reason for the strike stemmed from the use of “new media” like Internet broadcasts, DVD sales, mobile use, etc. Our bread and butter, in other words. There’s a PDF of all the terms and conditions of… Read More

  • 'Star Wars: Where Science Meets Imagination' exhibit

    http://progressive.playstream.com/playstream/progressive/flashplayers/FLVPlayer.swf Peter the Ha and I are here in Philadelphia for the Star Wars: Where Science Meets Imagination exhibit at The Franklin Institute. We’ll be posting photos and videos from the show throughout the weekend. Metaphors be with you. Read More

  • Mobile Gaming News Roundup

    Each week MobileCrunchArcade compiles the biggest news from the world of mobile gaming. If you are able to break away from your mobile games long enough to see the news from time to time, you may be aware that there is a presidential election in the United States this year. Political junkies like me have known about this upcoming event for a few months now. Following a national election is a… Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Down to the Bottom of the Sea Edition

    Digital imaging finally kills off the last Polaroid plants
    Ocean glider powers itself with water’s heat, maps the boring parts of the Caribbean
    Abandoned anchor responsible for damaged Middle East Internet cables
    Newman two-in-one smooching heart MP3 player
    CrunchDeals: $100 credit with the purchase of a Playstation 3 Read More

  • Digital imaging finally kills off the last Polaroid plants

    [photopress:polo.jpg,full,center] One of the unfortunate aspects of the so-called digital revolution is that older, analog technologies get left behind. With digital cameras, Polaroid photos are being replaced. Digitals are more instant, and usually look better, though there’s something about the primary colors and blurry edges of a Polaroid that will always rule. Those days are soon… Read More

  • Ecademy – the ten year old business social network

    [Note: please also see updates below] I first wrote about Ecademy for The Guardian newspaper six years ago. At the time it was shaping up to be an early social network aimed at freelance business people. Yesterday Ecademy celebrated 10 years in existence. Yes, it doesn’t look very Web 2.0. Yes, it’s doesn’t have a shiny logo with a reflection. Yes, it’s still built… Read More

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