• The Global Race Among Social Networks Heats Up. Keep an Eye on Hi5, Friendster, and Imeem

    In the global race to be the top social network, MySpace and Facebook are neck and neck. In January, 2008, MySpace was still the biggest social network worldwide with 109 million unique visitors, according to comScore. But Facebook was close on its heels with 101 million. (Meanwhile, the data in the U.S. for Facebook at least shows a possible slowdown in growth). While MySpace and Facebook… Read More

  • Google Made Opera Mobile’s Default Search Engine

    Opera announced today that Google will become the default search engine in Opera’s mobile Web browsers on March 1 of this year. Anyone using Opera Mobile or Opera Mini can access Google directly from the browser start page. Opera Mini targets mobile phones that posses limited browsing capabilities. Opera customers tend to use the mobile Web more frequently and actively than consumers… Read More

  • It's Wednesday, time to waste your employer's money

    Friends, a lot of you said it couldn’t be done: the Internet couldn’t get any better. Well, I’m here to tell you it has. Feast your eyes on this list of 100 Flash-emulated NES games that run in your browser. Like Head-On, we encourage you to apply this directly to your work-day. List Read More

  • Help Key: How to download off Usenet like a champ

    [photopress:usenethow.jpg,full,center] If and when the **AA have Usenet shut down after the piece appears, feel free to blame Biggs. He’s making me write it. I occasionally mention Usenet when talking about piracy here, but I’ve never really explained what it is or what it does. I’m still not going to explain what it is, technically, (that’s what Wikipedia’s for)… Read More

  • Sony recorders, clock radios, and iPhones, oh my


    If you’re in the market for a nice little flash-based voice recorder, there’s a few more on the market now. Sony’s released the details on its new line, which mainly expands on the capacity of their old ones. The new UX series has 1 or 2GB of space, which allows for quite a lot of recording time. Like the other recorders, it goes straight to stereo mp3. It also supports… Read More

  • CrunchGear will be at CeBIT 2008

    Guten tag, readeren! The boys of CrunchGear will be winging their way over to Hanover next week for CeBIT 2008, the CES of the Bremen Niedersachsen district. If you’re exhibiting, drop us a line and we’ll stop in and if you’ll be on the show floor, drop us a line and we’ll meet up for a chat and thimble of schnapps. Our number on the ground in Germany is +49511260982209… Read More

  • PSP Go! Messenger gets green light on Friday

    That’s the new God of War PSP we told you about yesterday. Sony is set to launch their proprietary VoIP service dubbed Go! Messenger this Friday via the European PSP store. Again with the Europe-only-love, Sony? The service, for those unfamiliar, allows any and all PSP owners to send and receive voice and video messages (granted you have a PSP camera attachment) over a Wi-Fi connection. Read More

  • Over a Billion Mobile Phones Sold in 2007

    In 2007, over one billion mobile phones were sold worldwide for the first time. With growth expected to grow in Asia and other developing markets, 2008 may surpass last year’s numbers. Industry watchers are asking if Nokia can expand in North America and if Motorola can stop its loss of market share. According to figures from Gartner, sales of mobile phones surpassed 1.15 billion units… Read More

  • DreamWorks still not giving up on HD DVD


    Flickr’d Either DreamWorks is stupid or there are some things going on behind closed doors that no one knows about because there’s really no other explanation as to why they’re still clinging to HD DVD. “We have a partnership with Toshiba and have an obligation to see this through,” DreamWorks Chief Executive Jeffrey Katzenberg said on Tuesday. “As you know… Read More

  • Percentage breakdown of Xbox 360 hardware problems

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    Flickr’d Here’s more details on the Xbox 360‘s failure rate. Because few things are as fun as kicking a man (or a video game console) when he’s down. SquareTrade, which is an independent warranty company, says that it tracked a sample of 57 Cores, 956 Premiums and 27 Elites, or 1,040 in all. Sixty percent of the 171 that had… Read More

  • Microsoft Picks Up Israeli Ad-Targetting Software Startup YaData for a Reported $20 Million to $30 Million

    In other Microsoft news, the company bought an Israeli startup today called YaData, which makes analytic software for marketers to help them micro-segment consumers. (Redmond is not going to let a little thing like a $1.4 billion fine slow it down). The purchase price was undisclosed, but Israeli newspaper The Globes is reporting that the price is between $20 million and $30 million. YaData… Read More

  • MoFuse Instantly Converts Sites for the iPhone

    MoFuse is a service that will take your website and instantly create a mobile version of it, sparing you the development costs of doing so by hand. Today the company is announcing that it will now automatically create iPhone versions of sites in addition to the standard versions for dumbed down mobile browsers. Starting immediately, when iPhone users browse to the MoFuse mobile version of a… Read More

  • iTunes poised to become largest music retailer in U.S. within the year

    [photopress:itunesno1.jpg,full,center] iTunes is on track to become the largest music retailer in the U.S., pipping Wal-Mart to the title. (I’ve never known anyone to buy popular music from Wal-Mart. Clearly I’m out of the mainstream.) NPD said yesterday that iTunes had in fact overtaken Best Buy and Target to become the second biggest music retailer, but its projections show… Read More

  • Robot soldiers pose threat to human life

    [photopress:killerrobots.jpg,full,center] An artificial life expert warned today that robotic soldiers (like the one pictured here) pose a threat to human life, and not just the bad guys’ lives. The robots, said the dude from the University of Sheffield, are currently safer in that they need a human being to give the final go-ahead to open fire. As the technology improves, however, this… Read More

  • EU To Microsoft: Not Open Enough. Imposes $1.4 Billion Fine

    Microsoft’s sudden conversion to openness and interoperability last week did not impress the European Commission. Today, the antitrust-enforcing arm of the European Union imposed a $1.35 billion fine (899 million Euros) on Microsoft for failing to comply with a 2004 order to supply interoperability data for its products to its competitors. That brings the total fine to $2.5 billion. At… Read More

  • Zoho Writer Gets An Update—More Than One Million Documents Served

    Web-based word processors keep closing the gap with Microsoft Office. Since its launch, Zoho now has 650,000 users, a 30 percent increase from just last November, the company tells us. It is doing 2 million user sessions per month. And its users have created more than one million documents on Zoho Writer (1.6 million, if you include its online presentation and spreadsheet products, Zoho… Read More

  • Eurekster Debuts Improved Swicki Results Pages

    Site-specific search provider Eurekster is today releasing a new version of its Swicki product that features a set community features on its results and home pages. The free Swicki search widget, used here on TechCrunch in the right-hand column, provides a cloud of popular search terms and leads to a page with results voted on by users and optionally collected from related sites. The new… Read More

  • Make3D: Turn a 2D Picture Into a 3D Model

    Stanford University service Make3D automatically converts a single picture into a 3D model. We covered similar technology from Fotowoosh in April 2007. Make3D takes a two-dimensional image and creates a three-dimensional fly around model that includes depth and a range views. Photos can be uploaded directly or pulled into the site from Flickr. The service is based on an algorithm created… Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Color Scanner Edition

    Sony’s face detection feature for camcorders
    Skwair: The next logical step for barcodes
    Sweet “Enerjar” measures your appliance’s power consumption
    Pearl Izumi bicycle shorts with built-in MP3 player helps fight Parkinson’s
    Sony takes up where Sharper Image left off: Vinyl to USB turntable Read More

  • Review: Sony MDR-NC500D Digital Noise Canceling Headphones

    The Sony MDR-NC500D Digital Noise Canceling Headphones cost $400. While that might seem like a lot of money, I can only suggest to you that these headphones are akin to sliding a stick of warm, melty butter into each ear — not in the sense that sticking butter in your ears would likely impede your hearing, but more in the sense that butter is delicious and if you could somehow replicate… Read More

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