• DigitalLife Press Preview: An Evening of Unmitigated Douchery

    Us tech journalists have it pretty hard. We have to go to parties, look at cool new phones, and drink a lot. But sometimes the complex equation of PR toe-licking and rancid fawning breaks down and event coordinators believe we will go anywhere for a papaya mojito. Take the Digital Life Preview party last night. Held so far west in Manhattan that it might as well have been in Newark, the CG… Read More

  • Have A Million Bucks? Buy Some Anti-Piracy Technology On eBay!

    In a rather odd move not normally seen in the business world, anti-piracy company ViralG has put some of its technology up on the digital auction block. For $1 million, you can acquire all of the patents and (I suppose) software that ViralG has developed to combat P2P piracy. This is no joke either, as the company has won awards such as the ICT Prize in 2005. Its client list includes… Read More

  • How Much Is The Huffington Post Worth?

    In other blogging news, the Huffington Post has raised another $5 million (bringing the total raised to $10 million), from existing investors Softbank Capital, Greycroft Partners, and former AOL COO Bob Pittman. That should help the HuffPost (ranked the No. 5 most-linked-to-blog by Technorati) pay its 43 employees and expand even further. Rafat Ali has the details. Anyone know where that… Read More

  • Five PC Gaming Myths

    I’ll admit it. I used to be a PC gamer. I was all about the overclocking, the parts, the upgrades and achieving the best frame-rate possible in Half-Life. In time though, I lost interest and pretty much stopped gaming altogether. ExtremeTech has a list of the top five myths in PC gaming and it’s an interesting look at why some people might not want game on a PC. The first myth… Read More

  • Apples and Amazons: Fun Facts And Pretentious Bands

    Would you rather see boring company logos, or literal nonsense? AmazonMP3 has the potential to not suck, which, knowing all the non-iTunes pay-to-download services, could be a first. It works on any OS, all MP3s are DRM-free (and encoded at a decent 256kbps) and music is available from artists you’d actually hear on the radio—actually, that may be a negative. Support a few… Read More

  • Sling Media Sells Out to EchoStar

    EchoStar’s $380 million purchase of Sling Media once again raises the question of whether a consumer TV-device company can exist as a standalone entity. History has not been kind to such companies trying to break out from the startup field. Akimbo anyone? TiVo has also certainly seen its share of ups and downs (mostly downs). Even the attempts of larger tech companies at combining… Read More

  • Sharp's BD-HDW20: Dual Layer Blu-ray, Dual TV Tuner

    Sharp, that Japanese maker of things, has now added a dual layer, dual TV tuner Blu-ray recorder to its lineup. For good measure, Sharp also threw in a 1GB hard drive. Sure, why not? It’ll carry the BD-HDW20 moniker (a BD-W20 also exist, but has only one TV tuner and can only record onto single layer Blu-ray discs) and should carry a price of around… well, Akihabara lists the price… Read More

  • Mobile Phone Pictures as Art?

    A newly launched social network came to my attention today. The service, Pixophone, allows people to share the photos they took with their mobile phone camera. This isn’t a new idea, but Pixophone is trying to differentiate itself by claiming a more artistic content. Pixophone promises that in the near future it will provide prizes for the best photos it posts. This started me thinking… Read More

  • Hello, TechCrunch

    It was only last week that Michael Arrington announced that I would be joining TechCrunch as co-editor. For those of you who don’t know me, I am a technology journalist hailing from the recently-shuttered Business 2.0 magazine, and before that, Fortune. I’ve been blogging part-time for the past few years at B2.0, writing the Next Net blog. One thing I’ve learned is that to… Read More

  • Think you know Web2.0? Ok. But can you predict Web2.0?

    How good are you at making predictions? Meet PlaytheDay a quiz game that will entertain those who can predict the future. The game is very simple: you need to answer 8 questions related to a future event. If you get 8 answers right in a row you win. There is one prize to win everyday and several series of quizzes in different spaces (celebrity, music, sport, Internet and finance,…)… Read More

  • Mobile Game News 9-26-07

    Each week MobileCrunchArcade compiles the biggest news from the world of mobile gaming. This Week’s Headlines: GOSUB Goes for the Bullseye; I-play Rolls Out Q4 Line Up; Eidos Lights the Way; Castlevania: Order of Shadows Now Available; D3Publisher Developing Connected Games With SNAP Mobile Platform; Artificial Life(like) Top Model; Alltel Customers Can Now Axcess Games Read More

  • Zlango Launches Web Play

    Last we heard from Zlango the company had announced a $12 million in funding from Benchmark Capital and Accel Partners. Today Zlango is announcing its first major foray in the Web space. For those of you unfamiliar with Zlango, the company created a new language based on slightly over 200 icons in categories such as People, Actions, Places and Feelings. The Zlango offering was originally aimed… Read More

  • Global Grind: Ajax, Finally, For The Hip Hop Demographic

    The global hip-hop community: twenty four million people between the ages of 19-34, from a range of nationalities, ethnic groups and religions. Their collective spending power is $500 billion annually in the U.S. alone. Naturally, there are lots of online properties dedicated to Hip Hop culture. And now they have a customizable Ajax home page, too. New York based global Grind launches this… Read More

  • EchoStar To Buy Sling Media

    I love me a SlingBox. And so will millions of Dish Network subscribers if this works out like I hope it will. The satellite TV provider is buying the privately-held place-shifting wonders to the tune of a cool $380 million. Of course, EchoStar is no stranger to partnering with smaller companies that make great products. About a year and a half ago they teamed up with Archos for some mobile… Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Land of Wind and Ghosts Edition

    Mimico Halo Mimobots Are Here!
    Wind Powered Lantern Lights The Way
    MP3 Player The Size Of a Credit Card, Wow!
    BenQ Announces Slim, Touch Screen, Point-and-Shoot
    A Chessboard For Night Owls (Because It Glows) Read More

  • You Be The VC: Reality Programming Comes To Venture Capital

    You Be The VC is a new competition from New York based Bang Ventures that brings an American Idol style popular voting format to seed capital raising. Wannabe startups put forward their startup ideas to an expert panel, and then the best of those ideas are presented to the public for voting. The top three companies win $15,000 each, Boston Office space and incubation services.The model is… Read More

  • RealNetworks to develop socnet around games?

    Casual gamers – moms, dads and senior citizens – are the mainstream of the gaming world. So it’s interesting that RealNetworks could be looking to foster community around its RealArcade property, following reports today that it is acquiring NYC-based online casual gaming site Gametrust for somewhere in the region of $50 million. The company, which has already raised nearly… Read More

  • T-Mo Unveils The Sidekick LX

    As a Sidekick fanboy, I’ve been diligently waiting for Sharp/Danger to produce a Sidekick that doesn’t make me regret switching from the SK2 to SK3. I’ve seen the Sidekick LX and it’s the best incarnation I’ve seen. Not only is it thinner than its predecessors, but the screen is much larger and brighter thanks to Sharp’s AQUOS LCD. The camera remains the same… Read More

  • MySpace Blocking Mobile Users In Australia

    Mobile internet access is hot at the moment, from the iPhone through to T-Mobile’s New Sidekicks (maybe not so hot, but you can see CrunchGear’s coverage here), so you’d think MySpace would be providing unfettered mobile access to its user base? Wrong. In Australia, mobile phone users not using the Optus mobile network have been blocked from accessing the new MySpace mobile… Read More

  • T-Mobile Officially Announces Sidekick Slide

    About a week ago, we got to sit down with T-Mobile and play with the Sidekick Slide, Sidekick LX and a few other upcoming devices. Unfortunately, due to an embargo, we couldn’t utter a peep – until today. The Sidekick Slide will be available October 24th, in case you somehow didn’t know, and will cost $199 with a two-year contract. It’s the first time Motorola has tried… Read More

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