• Odeo Acquires BlogDigger

    Odeo has acquired blog search engine BlogDigger for an undisclosed sum. BlogDigger launched in 2003 as a competitor to the then dominant Technorati, and launched a locally focused search facility in 2005. The site offers standard blog search, and unlike Technorati has constantly focused on its core product. For the new Odeo (formerly SonicMountain) this is their second acquisition in just over… Read More

  • Adobe Forging Ahead with Flash for the iPhone Despite Jobs' Remarks

    Engadget is reporting that Adobe plans to build Flash into the iPhone with the newly released SDK, even though Steve Jobs declared less than two weeks ago that the technology wasn’t ready for the device. So what about all that fuss Jobs made about needing another version of Flash that was more capable than the mobile version but less power hungry than the desktop one? Well, I guess… Read More

  • How GeoSign Blew $160 Million

    Canadian company GeoSign took $160 million in funding in March 2007 in what Nick then described as “one of the largest private equity financings for an Internet company in recent history.” The company seemingly had it all, yet the whole company came crashing down in weeks due to a policy change from Google. GeoSigns dirty secret was that their success was tied to click arbitrage… Read More

  • Samsung bumps P2 up to 16GB

    Samsung’s YP-P2 PMP is finally getting a much needed bump in storage from 8GB to 16GB. I’ve got a 4GB or 8GB P2 somewhere, but being a Mac guy hinders me from using the fancy little guy. Maybe, just maybe, I’ll run Boot Camp because I’d like to watch video once in a while. It’s roughly $350 but we won’t know the exact pricing in the US until they bring it… Read More

  • FanBox Listens To TechCrunch Commenters

    On March 4 we wrote about FanBox being the new Plaxo in that the site regularly spammed users. Further the opt-out process for emails was unduly complicated to the point of being unusable. I was approached by FanBox’s PR firm last week who told me they wanted to line up a meeting with the CEO so they could put their story forward. I naturally presumed that I would be spun but to be… Read More

  • Forget the Movie, Go To A Concert

    As music CD sales plummet and the long term price of recorded music trends towards free, live music will evolve from being a way to market new album releases to quite possibly the primary income stream for most artists – even the big ones. That’s why services like iLike, which determine your favorite music based on your iTunes listening habits and then tell you about upcoming… Read More

  • KidZui: The Kid Safe Browser

    KidZui is an ambitious project, launching tonight, intended not only to make the internet safe for kids (aged 3-12), but to provide a browsing experience that caters to their cognitive powers and surfaces the best juvenile content as well. The concern for children’s safety on the net has been around for years and has usually been addressed with software that attempts to blacklist all… Read More

  • A fuzzy goat manipulation device (I think)

    [photopress:fuzzygoatttt.jpg,full,center] If Joel can’t figure out what this fuzzy goat thing is all about, how can you expect me, Nicholas, to? It sorta reminds me of those old Da Vinci drawings of a helicopter. Nearest I can tell, it’s some sort of [fuzzy] goat manipulation device. Be weary of female goats, however, for “the female of the species is more deadly than the… Read More

  • Soon, we may be able to regrow limbs like salamanders

    [photopress:0_61_071101_newt_limbs.jpg,full,center] You know that neat trick salamanders do, where if you cut off one of their legs they can just grow it back? Scienticians are working on making things work like that for humans. Turns out the human body is actually wired in some ways to heal like that, and strides have been made in stem cell research to have people actually grow back lost… Read More

  • Military going forward with brain-controlled weaponry

    [photopress:augcog_boeing.jpg,full,center] We’ve seen mind-reading game controllers, but the military is still searching for the perfect mind-controlled weapon, and is spending big money to find it. At issue is that different parts of the brain can do the same thing at the same time, so targeting the specific centers is difficult. In addition, some actions require parts of the brain to… Read More

  • Panasonic's DMC-FX500 point-and-shoot is as expensive as it sounds


    I have to say, for the price of this Lumix, you could almost get yourself my Canon Rebel XT (an old version but still) and a 50mm 1.8 lens. But then you wouldn’t have all the gadget-ness that comes along with a $400 point-and-shoot. An awesome touchscreen where you can touch the person you want in focus, a 25-125mm equivalent lens, and the ability to shoot 720p video. Pretty tempting. Read More

  • Video: The Stunning Camera will shock you, your family, your friends

    Are you mean? Are you a mean, mean person? Do you like to see your friends and loved ones in pain? If so, watch the video above and hit the link below to see how to make your own stunning camera. If they kick your ass, it’s not my fault. The stunning camera [Pyro projects] Read More

  • 700MHz spectrum auction is now over


    Well, the largest and most lucrative airwaves auction in the history of the US is now over with bids totaling up to $19.6 billion, but the FCC has its lips sealed (for once) on the 1,099 license winners. We’ll find out in 10 days who won the C-block that went for $4.74 billion while the D-block found no love from anyone and the FCC will be hashing out a new plan to divvy up the block… Read More

  • Sir Arthur C. Clarke dead at 90

    [photopress:sir_arthur_clarke_by_shahidul_alam.jpg,full,left]This is another sad day here at the CrunchGear offices. Arthur C. Clarke, arguably the greatest sci-fi author of all time, has reportedly passed away. He had just turned 90 years old. There aren’t many details — indeed, the AP article is one sentence long — but it’s something fans had seen coming for… Read More

  • Comcast testing technology to watch you watch it watching you

    [photopress:130_126big_brother_is_watching_you_posters.jpg,full,center] Not to frighten everyone, but word is Comcast is going to put cameras on its set-top cable boxes to know who in your house is watching what. It’s on the surface not much of a Big Brother fright but more of a personalization tool. The idea is that the camera would be attached to software that can detect who’s in… Read More

  • Dr. Science says we're mentally ill

    [photopress:internet_addiction.jpg,full,left]Even on days when I’m not blogging I spend a helluva lot of time online. I like to track rumors, email pretty girls, and check on the Seattle Mariners. Most of these activities cause me to cry into my pillow, but I keep it up. According to Dr. Jerald Block, I might have a mental illness. In an editorial in this month’s American Journal… Read More

  • The march of the RoBeasts continues: Technics Robot Crab


    I’ve just downloaded an inexplicably large video (120mb for 30 seconds? It’s called YouTube, guys) of this crab doing its thing. It’s certainly not as cool as the BigDog robot from yesterday, but it’s also not a multi-million-dollar DARPA-funded military all-terrain bioroid. It’s for scrambling around on sea floors and taking samples or pictures. Like the… Read More

  • PSP to get firmware v3.93 sometime this week

    It was supposed to drop today, but it’s been delayed. There’s a smidgen bit of good news and that’s limited to “support for PlayStation Network titles” but those of you using the free Internet radio channels will be thrilled with the addition of 20 more channels. PS Blog Read More

  • First-time startups start to feel a chill wind

    “Funding business plans from first time entrepreneurs just won’t happen anymore!”
    So says Robin Klein of The Accelerator Group, the investment vehicle he heads which has invested in (deep breath) Astley Clarke, Buildersite, Daylife, DH Gate, Digivate, Dopplr, Extate, Fizzback, Glasses Direct, Imagini, Kindo, Koodos, Kublax, Lookery, LoveFilm, Mashery, Mind Candy, Moo… Read More

  • Kyocera KR2 router now shipping


    I had the KR1 router from Kyocera for a number of months when I was issued a PCMCIA card at my old job. It was a decent router and basically the only one that would work so I didn’t have much of a choice at the time. I wasn’t even aware of the KR2 until now. Now that I upgraded to a MBP I needn’t worry about getting a router, but I know many of you road warriors could… Read More

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