• Money And A New CEO For SocialText

    We reported in July that Palo Alto-based wiki startup SocialText was looking for a new CEO to help speed growth. Tonight they are announcing their new CEO – former Cisco and Adobe exec Eugene Lee. Founder and former CEO Ross Mayfield becomes Chairman and President of the company. The company is also announcing a $6.5 million second tranche of its Series C funding ($3 million was announced… Read More

  • Snap To Launch Snap Shots Ad Network

    Snap.com will launch the Snap Shots Ad Network Monday at Ad:Tech, a new program that allows advertisers and ad networks to deliver context-based ads to Snap Shots users. Snap Shots, for those not familiar with the service, are the little site preview windows that pop up on websites with the service enabled, mouse over the image at the end of this link to Snap.com for a demo. Under the new… Read More

  • gOS: Where Computers Are Headed?

    We reported Thursday on the gPC going on sale at Wal-Mart, a $199 bare minimum PC that runs a Linux package by the name of gOS. Unlike some initial reports suggested, this isn’t the long fabled Google Operating System, but the folks behind it most definitely had Google on their mind. In an interview at Fsckin, David Liu, founder of the gOS project gave some indication of what they are… Read More

  • SNL's Take On The iPhone Ads

    Remember the new iPhone ads that left us puzzled? Saturday Night Live has a funny spoof on them that, frankly, tells a much more believable story. No man purses in this ad. Read More

  • Slingbox ads on the way?

    If you’re a Slingbox owner who happens to be of the opinion that there just aren’t enough ads on television already, you are weird. You also might be seeing even more ads if Sling Media puts into play the technology described in a recent patent. The patent basically entails using various methods of delivering ads including video overlays, pre- and post-roll ads, pop-up windows… Read More

  • Want To Go To LeWeb For Free?

    If you haven’t bought a ticket yet for the LeWeb conference in Paris this December 11 & 12, you can still get a 100€ discount from the normal price. I’ll be there, speaking on two or three panels and look forward to seeing everyone. Loic Le Meur has also offered two free tickets to TechCrunch readers. You’ll have to get to Paris and pay for a hotel on your dime, but… Read More

  • New Sony UX model available, comes with nice extras

    Sony’s released a new model to its “Micro PC” line in the $2499 VGN-UX490N/C. Upgrades over the previous UX390 include a Core 2 Solo processor, 48GB SSD flash drive, the inclusion of an extended battery along with the standard battery, and a Bluetooth GPS receiver. Other features include 2-built in cameras, wireless WAN (EDGE), 1GB RAM (not expandable), and a 4.5-inch… Read More

  • What will Google announce tomorrow?

    You can’t believe everything you read and rumors are just rumors. So what can we expect from Google tomorrow? Will it just be an OS or will there be an actual gPhone? Are you excited for the Google OS? Or are you too enamored with your stupid precious iFones to care? Read More

  • Make your very own Jabba the Hut


    Attention Star Wars and DIYers: Here’s your opportunity to make your very own Jabba the Hut out of irrigation tubing, foam, LOTS of hot glue and a few other supplies. Take some pics and send them to us! Video after the jump. Read More

  • Asian Blog Ad Network Leaves Some Bloggers Unhappy

    The decision by Singapore based blog advertising network Nuffnang to charge a S$1 (69c) administration fee on payments is causing a bit of ruckus amongst South East Asian bloggers. Nuffnang was founded in April to offer local advertising solutions to bloggers in Singapore and Malaysia. On the face of it, the company is not dissimilar to Federated Media, offering CPM and direct sale… Read More

  • NYTimes Blogrunner v. TechMeme

    On Thursday we covered the official launch of the NY Times Blogrunner product. Blogrunner was specifically positioned as a Techmeme-like blog news aggregator, albeit with a human touch to help pick good stories when the algorithm isn’t quite up to the task (Techmeme is 100% algorithm based news). When we wrote that initial story we said we’d report back on how much traffic was… Read More

  • Combating Piracy: Earth To Big TV

    Big TV is close to clueless when it comes to combating piracy. There have been some steps in the right direction. Hulu looks like it might actually end up with some limited appeal, and CBS and ABC are heading in the right direction with their respective online offerings (HD shut down aside). However big TV still really doesn’t get it: BitTorrent continues to thrive like it never has… Read More

  • Comcast sez increased competition may bring rate hikes

    The FCC is attempting to make way for a little competition in the cable industry by enforcing new rules banning exclusivity deals between apartment owners and companies like Time Warner and Comcast. This would, in effect, grant those of us who live in apartments the option of choosing from more than one cable company, which would, in turn, potentially lead to lower prices (as much as 30%… Read More

  • GeekBrief.TV #251

    We like being experimental on The Brief, but we don’t typically take it as far as we did on Brief #251. It’s a sloppy bit of production, but we were documenting a process to transmit high quality video over Skype, much like with a satellite uplink. From time to time, I make my way up to Canada to appear on The Lab with Leo Laporte. The show’s producers wanted me to try… Read More

  • This 'YouTube' thing is really catching on

    Another user-generated diamond in the rough here. Skateboarder William Spencer has apparently “signed a deal to develop a skateboarding stunt series based on his clips on YouTube for MTV,” according to sources over at NewTeeVee. It’s thought that the show will be called “Hollarado” (Spencer is from Colorado) and will feature Spencer and his friends performing… Read More

  • The Old College Try: Who Will Give Students Their Facebook Back?

    While Alice Mathias may have overplayed the frivolous uses of Facebook for college students in her article called The Fakebook Generation published in the Grey Lady a few weeks ago, she was certainly correct in saying that Facebook lost a certain je ne sais quoi for students when it opened up to the real world last fall. So instead of trying to take this $15 billion animal head on, as one… Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Pink Bunny Edition

    You Make It You: First Zune 2 ad
    NoPoPo puts the “pee” in “power”
    Do you remember this Apple ad from 1990?
    OS X Leopard review
    The Back Burner: Things we didn’t post this week Read More

  • Teh.Be$T.Kommenter.Evar

    Comments are the greasy oil that keeps the blog machine running. Here are three great (and 100% unedited) comments recently posted by your fellow readers. Some Guy: “The iPhone Winning ‘Invention of the Year’ is an Embarrassment”… of great ideaness! hannibalchew At least he took that news better than somebody at crunchgear. I heard that one of the writers at… Read More

  • First OpenSocial Application Hacked Within 45 Minutes

    It didn’t take long for someone to hack the first OpenSocial application. In fact, it took just 45 minutes. A developer who goes by the alias “theharmonyguy” and describes himself as “just an amateur” claims to have compromised the RockYou OpenSocial application on Plaxo called emote (see the Plaxo blog for details on the application). Specifically, he claims to… Read More

  • NoPoPo puts the "pee" in "power"

    I drink enough beer that these urine-powered AA batteries could save me hundreds of dollars a year. Ok, not really, and I don’t really have any devices that aren’t rechargeable these days, except maybe my remote control, but I’m sure someone, somewhere (Japan!) will find these little guys very useful. The makers are claiming one “full” battery can charge a… Read More

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