• TechStars Demo Day – Class of 2007

    Y Combinator wasn’t the only incubator to demo their most recent startups today. Colorado-based TechStars also brought their startups on stage – ten of them – to give the audience a first look at what they’ve been up to all summer. Each startup gave 5% of their equity in exchange for $15,000, operational support, office space and mentoring. Most of these companies… Read More

  • Skype Service Update: No Cyber Attack, Just A Bad Algorithm

    We just heard from Skype with an official comment on what caused the service interruption today and what they’re doing to fix it.
    “Apologies for the delay, but we can now update you on the Skype sign-on issue. As we continue to work hard at resolving the problem, we wanted to dispel some of the concerns that you may have. The Skype system has not crashed or been victim of a… Read More

  • EBay Sees $1 Billion Knocked Off Market Cap; Skype Outages Continue

    It was a bad day for stock in general, but eBay had a double whammy. eBay shares closed down 2.58% (89c) Thursday despite a late rally by NASDAQ listed stocks. The decline knocked $1 billion + off eBay’s market cap and follows a day where the eBay owned VOIP provider Skype remained crippled by a system wide outage. The Skype outage is now approaching 18 hours (at the time of writing)… Read More

  • Facebook Takes Action Against "Black Hat" Apps

    Some of the most popular Facebook applications are using highly questionable tactics to spread themselves virally. Users have noticed and complained, and Facebook took action today to put stop the most egregious behavior. There are two ways application developers are breaking the rules to get new users. The first: When a user looks at an application on his/her profile the application can… Read More

  • First Look: Helio's Ad for Fin

    To continue with today’s Finstivities (Haha!), here’s the forthcoming commercial you’ll see everywhere for the Helio Fin. Returned are the robots from the Ocean ad, but unlike the Ocean ad the Fin’s feature the phones features, like YouTube and Flickr uploading, very good things indeed. Read More

  • Amazon Fresh Shopping Bag Spotted In The Wild

    Finally, pictures are starting to come in of Amazon Fresh, the new Webvan-like grocery delivery service that launched in Seattle last month. What I’d really like to see is a review of the service by someone who lives in Seattle. And a picture of the delivery van everyone keeps spotting. Or even better, just video the whole delivery experience. I have very fond memories of Webvan and… Read More

  • TripAdvisor Acquires Facebook App Where I’ve Been For $3 Million

    Update: We have now confirmed that this deal has not happened and is in the discussion stage only. Inside Facebook pulled the trigger on their post a little too soon. TripAdvisor has acquired Facebook Application “Where I’ve Been” for a reported $3 million. Where I’ve Been allows users to share where they have been in the world from their Facebook profiles and has… Read More

  • Y Combinator Demo Day: The Summer Startups

    Y Combinator held their fall bi-annual Demo Day today at their Mountain View office. The fall demo day featured a whopping 19 companies giving lightning fast 7 minute elevator pitches to a room of press and potential angel investors. The companies were earlier selected during their Summer application drive. Paul Graham started off the event briskly after an initial mixer, encouraging investors… Read More

  • Helio Fin: Unboxed

    Yah, the Fin is HOT. I’ve been using it for about two hours, and the only skinnier thing to turn heads is Paris Hilton when she’s dressed: people think it’s not possible, but there it is. Here’s the Fin unboxed. I have to say, Helio has taken care to make the unboxing process a nice one. Everything’s organized well, you can tell what everything’s for… Read More

  • America Rules: 535-foot Slip n Slide Built

    So here’s the story: Guy and his father get drunk Guy and his father decide to build Slip n Slide for party Guy and his father use bulldozer to clear 535-foot pack Slide goes through woods and ends at retention pool Party enjoys slide while drunk Hit the link to see the gallery of the whole thing being constructed. I built a 535 ft. Slip ‘n Slide [Something Awful] Read More

  • Rumor: AT&T Crippling BlackBerry To Sell More iPhones

    Oh here we go. According to an AT&T employee, the upcoming BlackBerry 8820 will have its GPS functionality crippled so that it won’t seem more appealing than the iPhone. Allegedly when RIM flew off the handle, AT&T suggested that the company play ball or it would drop the BlackBerry line altogether. Read More

  • Google Vs. Yahoo!: Which Web Cuisine Reigns Supreme?!?

    We know LAPTOP magazine likes it some head-to-head action (and really, who doesn’t?), but while it usually does face-offs with gadgets, the staff’s not afraid to put software or services in the ring to bloody each other up. This week, it’s put together a throw-down between Google and Yahoo! to see which one you should be using as your homepage. The editors judged both in… Read More

  • Verizon Wireless (Casio) G’zOne Type-S Review

    Will it blend?
    We’ve all dropped our phones once, twice, or every other five minutes, right? I know I have on multiple occasions and I wince with every drop. The battery or some part seems to dislodge itself without fail every time and it just doesn’t work the same afterwards. I’ve gotten away with sending my phone in for replacement without the watermark stickers revealing… Read More

  • Motorola Throwing Up Cryptic Posters Around NYC

    GEE, WHAT COULD IT POSSIBLY MEAN? Nicholas and I were on our way to some bar/event yesterday when we noticed this poster conveniently plastered next to a Paul van Dyk flyer. Seems Motorola is really gearing up for a big promotion involving something with the number 2. Oh my! Because we’re not retarded, we concluded it was related to the RAZR 2 and wandered off to get drunk. Hours later… Read More

  • Helio Fin Quick Look

    A quick look at the Helio Fin. It’s really hot in the basement so I’m fairly non-plussed in the video, but the phone is very cool. It’s very slim and has all of the messaging features of the Ocean in a much more compact package. Read More

  • Kodak's Picture Kiosk G4 More Fun Than It Should Be

    Until yesterday, I hadn’t used a photo kiosk since the year 2000. At that time all the kiosk had was a flatbed scanner and maybe a floppy and/or CD-ROM, but I don’t remember (dude, it was seven years ago. Back off!). I was given the opportunity to test out the newest kiosk from Kodak yesterday—the Kodak Picture Kiosk G4—and while most of the things it does I can do at… Read More

  • Rumor Confirmed: Adidas, Samsung Mobile Phone Is Coming

    Well, the rumors about an Adidas, Samsung mobile phone can be laid to rest. The phone is definitely in the works according to a trusted source. I wasn’t able to extrapolate any other details other than the phone being ergonomic and that you won’t have to look at the phone while you’re running to answer a call or something along those lines. The details we gave you earlier… Read More

  • 10 Days of CrunchGear Giveaway: Audiovox D7000XP Portable DVD Player

    On your way from point B to point A? Why not bring all your DVDs with you to watch while you drive! Audiovox was kind enough send us the Audiovox D7000XP portable DVD player with 7-inch LCD. Read More

  • Technorati Loses A "Great Leader." PodTech Also Loses CEO

    We’ve all known that blog search engine Technorati and videocasting site PodTech weren’t doing particularly well: that both companies were conducting CEO searches. But today the bloodletting became real. PodTech CEO John Furrier is out. James McCormick, the COO, steps up to the CEO position. The company also announced that 1938 Media is no longer partnering with them, which is a… Read More

  • Skype Service Down For 12 To 24 Hours

    Skype is down. Woe is Skype. Currently its millions of users (including me) are unable to log in to the service. Skype staffer Villu Arak left the following on the company blog: Some of you may be having problems logging into Skype. Our engineering team has determined that it’s a software issue. We expect this to be resolved within 12 to 24 hours. Meanwhile, you can simply leave your… Read More

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