• Nokia to Close Plant in Bochum Germany

    When Nokia announced in January that it planned to close its manufacturing plant in Bochum Germany, many union leaders and politicians were upset with the world’s largest mobile phone maker. To make the closing easier on workers, Nokia will spend $314 million and set up a transfer company that it will help staff for one year. The agreement means the plant can close on June 30 of this… Read More

  • EU may limit Google data hoarding to 6 months

    More “Google is evil” news for you. The EU, a mythical organization granted legitimacy by the BBC, has said Google has no reason to keep users’ search information for more than six months. (It currently keeps such records for up to 18 months.) The proposal to force Google’s hand was drawn up by something called the Article 29 Working Party, which advises (PDF alert)… Read More

  • Yet another Google Maps Street View privacy breach

    If previous Google Maps Street View complaints have seemed somewhat frivolous and paranoid, this latest one might be enough to change your mind. The Smoking Gun is reporting that a home not far from the Pittsburgh home Nicholas told us about a few days ago has been thoroughly documented in true Street View form. More photos and information after the jump. Read More

  • CG at RoboBusiness 2008 Highlights: The Robotic Snake

    http://blip.tv/scripts/flash/showplayer.swf?enablejs=true&file=http%3A//blip.tv/rss/flash/817026&feedurl=http%3A//crunchgear.blip.tv/rss/&autostart=false&brandname=CrunchGear&brandlink=http%3A//crunchgear.blip.tv/ Here’s the coolest thing you’ll see this morning. It’s a robotic snake created by Carnegie Mellon. It can climb through small holes, up… Read More

  • David Pogue totally in love with Casio Ex-F1 camera because it can go back in time

    The New York Times’ David Pague must see a lot of stupid gadgets on a daily basis. We do here, so Lord knows how much he has to sift through. But this Casio camera, the Ex-F1, surely isn’t one of those. That’s the impression, at least, I get from his review. Read More

  • Crazy Bill Gates says Windows 7 coming next year, Microsoft wipes his chin and sets the record straight

    Here’s the thing. Bill Gates doesn’t really do anything at Microsoft anymore except stir the pot once in awhile. He’s basically retired and bored, so in order to liven things up he’ll say something like “Windows 7 will be available next year!!!” and then he’ll steal a bunch of pencils from the supply closet and run down the hall singing… Read More

  • SellaBand wins $5 million in Series A

    Social music service SellaBand has won $5 million (Euros 3.5 million) in a Series A round from Prime Technology Ventures, also a Dutch company, reports TechCrunch UK. (SellaBand operates across Europe but is registered in Germany). Music fans on SellaBand invest 10 dollars in an artist they want to back. If the artist gets to 5,000 ‘believers’ they get 50,000 dollars and then… Read More

  • LG holding contest to design UI for next touchscreen cellphone

    LG will trick budding designers into entering a contest to help design and develop the successor to the Prada phone. The KF750, part of the Black Label Series 3 line, is the latest in LG’s line of touchscreen cellphones, which have done an admirable job of being walked all over by the iPhone. Designers are be given the opportunity to develop the phone’s UI, with some $14,300… Read More

  • Asus wants next Eee out early, gives Atom the boot

    Asus is apparently doing something akin to the pee-pee dance while trying to get its next generation of Eee PCs out the door. On the one hand, it wants to release them before companies like HP and Acer release their tiny laptops but on the other hand, it wants to include Intel’s new Atom processors. Problem is, Intel recently announced that the Atom’s not going to be available… Read More

  • Breaking: Apple shipping Final Cut Server

    So that’s why the store was down this morning. It’s been a while since Final Cut Server was announced and Apple is finally shipping the damn thing. Read More

  • Wal*Mart feels bad for you, HD DVD owners

    Attention HD DVD purchasers, If you were suckered into getting an HD DVD player from Wal*Mart on or after November 1 then you are entitled to a full refund, I think it’s a full refund, so long as you have your receipt. That is all. Read More

  • The Truth According to Wikipedia

    Dutch filmmaker IJsbrand van Veelen stirred a lot of controversy last week at the Next Web conference when he premiered the documentary above, The Truth About Wikipedia. It has now been posted to YouTube and is worth watching when you have a spare 45 minutes. The film pits Andrew Keen, the disapproving author of The Culture of the Amateur, and Bob McHenry, former editor-in-chief of the… Read More

  • Nokia "Tube" meant to compete with you know what

    I’m just as sick of writing about this thing as you are of reading about it, but Nokia doesn’t seem to get that. While they’ve been working hard on the “Tube” (we first heard about it in August) the world has moved on and realized the thing from Apple isn’t hot shit anymore. Really, Nokia, you’re approaching 10 months since we first saw the… Read More

  • Sony claims world's first digital noise cancelling headphones

    Writing up a world’s first for anyone other than Samsung seems rather strange, but Sony seems keen on their digital noise cancelling headphones that block out 99 percent of ambient noise. That’s quite a bit of ambient noise if you ask me. The MDR-NC500D are the first headphones to use digital technology with AI to give users the best possible audio quality. Like previous noise… Read More

  • HP Mini Note launches this month: Netbook can run Linux or Vista

    HP‘s the latest computer maker to jump on the netbook bandwagon. (Netbooks, of course, are those super small laptops only good for things like surfing the Web and checking e-mail. They’ll be big in the cash-strapped education market.) Its Mini-Note, which should go on sale later this month, is powered by one of those Via processors we’ve been hearing a little about lately. Read More

  • Cloudtrade Launches New Mobile Sharing Platform

    Cloudtrade is looking to register 10,000 people to help test its new mobile sharing platform. Testers will look for kinks and share their thoughts with the developers on how best to improve the service. The beta test supports all Windows-based mobile phones and a select group of Blackberry and non-Windows smart phones. The free, ad-supported social media networking application features 1GB of… Read More

  • Google Jumps Head First Into Web Services With Google App Engine

    Our live coverage of the Google App Engine launch event is here (Update: we’ve built and launched a test application here). Google isn’t just talking about hosting applications in the cloud any more. Tonight at 9pm PT they’re launching Google App Engine (Update: The site is live), an ambitious new project that offers a full-stack, hosted, automatically scalable web… Read More

  • CushyCMS Beta Launch: Free Invites For TechCrunch Readers

    Stateless Systems (RetailMeNot, BugMeNot) has launched a closed beta test of hosted service CushyCMS. CushyCMS is a fast, simple and free content management system that aims to make life easier for web designers by simplifying content management. Using CushyCMS, web designers can give content editors (for example a client) access to part, full or many pages at a granular level (headings… Read More

  • $25 Million Later, MeeVee In Trouble

    TV listings discovery service MeeVee has put itself on the market via press release. The Burlingame based company has taken $25 million in funding over four rounds that included DEFTA Partners, Edmond de Rothschild Venture Capital, FCPR Israel Discovery Fund, Labrador Ventures, The Bay Area Equity Fund and WaldenVC. The first sign of trouble at MeeVee surfaced in July 2007 when the company cut… Read More

  • Live From Google Campfire One

    Michael Arrington, Robert Scoble, and Steve Gillmor are on scene at Google Campfire One, the second developer event of its kind (the first was focused on OpenSocial). No official word yet about what will be announced, but we’ve already published our speculations. Update: We’ve published the details of tonight’s announcement here. Via Robert Scoble’s Qik stream, here is… Read More

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