• Lamp made from old-school Nintendo Zapper

    This is a cool looking lamp, yes? What’s even cooler is that the girl who put this together made that Duck Hunt cartridge out of cardboard because a standard Nintendo cartridge didn’t provide enough stability. "A regular cartridge was too small a base, so I measured one and made a 1.5 scale replica out of cardboard, and screwed the gun to it.  I weighted it with stones… Read More

  • Does Ballmer Need To Go?

    Microsoft’s dramatic decision this weekend to withdraw its offer for Yahoo and not pursue a hostile bid raises a whole host of questions. What happens to Yahoo now? What happens to Microsoft? Or is this just a tactic to drive down the price of Yahoo’s shares so that Microsoft can go hostile with a lower offer? And if the deal really is dead, does Steve Ballmer need to start… Read More

  • Microsoft/Yahoo: Summary Of Today's News & Bonus Gillmor Gang

    Summary Of Today’s News: Negotiations between Yahoo and Microsoft, widely expected to result in a negotiated deal by Monday, fell apart today. There were a number of statements, all summarized below. Steve Gillmor also convened a special session of the Gillmor Gang at 7 pm to analyze the news – The transcript is still being created, but the recording is now up and live. Listen to… Read More

  • Breaking: Microsoft drops bid for Yahoo

    It’s all over, folks. Microsoft is no longer pursuing Yahoo. Read More

  • Yahoo Responds: "The distraction of Microsoft’s unsolicited proposal now behind us"

    Yahoo issued the following press release responding to the breakdown in today’s Microsoft negotiations (interesting that Chairman Roy Bostock is taking center stage here, not CEO Jerry Yang). As we said earlier, this is just the beginning of a very long week for Yahoo. Yahoo! Issues Statement in Response to Microsoft SUNNYVALE, Calif., May 03, 2008 (BUSINESS WIRE) — Roy… Read More

  • Yahoo's Tough Week Ahead

    At around 4:30 California time today news broke that Microsoft has formally withdrawn its offer to acquire Yahoo (see Ballmer’s email to Microsoft employees here). Among other things, that ends a three month stock party where the market value of Yahoo jumped from about 26.2 billion to nearly $40 billion based on Microsoft’s offer to acquire Yahoo for $31/share on February 1.. That… Read More

  • Email From Steve Ballmer To All Microsoft Employees

    The following email was sent to all Microsoft employees from CEO Steve Ballmer at 5:17 pm PDT (see Breaking: Microsoft Withdraws Yahoo Bid; Walks Away From Deal): From: Steve Ballmer
    Date: May 3, 2008 5:17:30 PM PDT
    To: “Microsoft – All Employees (QBDG)”
    Subject: Withdrawal of Offer to Acquire Yahoo! This afternoon I sent the attached letter [see update 2 here for letter… Read More

  • Breaking: Microsoft Withdraws Yahoo Bid; Walks Away From Deal (Updated)

    Microsoft will announce shortly that they have withdrawn their offer to acquire Yahoo. Talks between the two companies and their advisors broke down earlier today, according to a source close to Microsoft, after a failure to come to agreement on price and other terms. A final meeting occurred today at Microsoft headquarters in Redmond, between Jerry Yang and David Filo from Yahoo, and… Read More

  • Morph Monkey Spreads Chlamydia On Facebook

    A new app from the American Social Health Association aims to spread Chlamydia on Facebook to raise awareness of the disease. The Morph Monkey Facebook app looks fairly benign at the start. Users can select pictures of their friends to see what their combined child will look like. As the user goes to morph the images, a pop up box informs them that they’ve given their friend Chlamydia… Read More

  • Moshi Monsters: Neopets Meets Social Networking

    Moshi Monsters, from UK startup Mind Candy officially launched last week with a product that marries the ideas behind Neopets and Tamogotchi with a social network for kids. Users adopt their own Monster and keep it happy by solving daily puzzles that are sent to each player. Monster owners can interact with their pets by tickling them, playing games, shopping, designing their rooms, and shortly… Read More

  • Microsoft increases Yahoo! offer

    Just wanted to update everyone on the awkward slow-dance going on between Yahoo! and Microsoft. According to the New York Times, Microsoft apparently upped its offer to buy Yahoo! from the initial $31 per share to an undisclosed amount. Yahoo! believes itself to be worth at least $37 per share and The Times is reporting that “Microsoft suggested it was willing to pay more than $33 a… Read More

  • Personal computers finally available in Cuba

    For the first time ever, Cuban citizens can purchase personal computers. There’s only one model available and it’s priced too high for most Cubans (and it’d seem like a downright rip-off to most Americans), but this is a good start nonetheless. The computer is a QTECH PC and costs just under $800. It’s got a Celeron processor, 80GB hard drive, 512MB of RAM, Windows XP… Read More

  • Urgent Changes Are Needed To Facebook Messaging

    Facebook email, which they call messages, is becoming completely unusable as a personal or business productivity tool. When I first joined Facebook it was fine. I only had a few friends on the service, and people didn’t do much with it except to occasionally say hi. But as Facebook usage has exploded, particularly where I live in the tech world, so has messaging. For many of my… Read More

  • Trackonomics

       Standard Podcast [95:39m]: Play Now | Play in Popup | Download Week Three of The Gillmor Gang on TechCrunch went as well as could be expected. After the reunion cattle call and last week’s Mesh interrogation of David Treadwell, the apparent news shifted back to the denouement of the Microsoft Yahoo acquisition,
    now amusingly being called a merger by the Wall Street Journal… Read More

  • IV drip stations in Japan are good for what ails ya

    After a night of “hard living” back in my days as a bachelor in the exciting city of Minneapolis (circa 2002), my buddy and I were picking up our cars from the parking lot of the bar we’d been drinking at the night before. The bar was inside a quasi-mall-type-thing (Calhoun Square, for those of you familiar with Minneapolis) and we’d caught wind of a new oxygen kiosk… Read More

  • CrunchGear NY Meetup Pixtravaganza!

    Hello my pretties! It’s the moment you’ve been waiting for: the big photo upload from the meetup on Thursday. We had a great time and I think it was a huge success. Thanks to everyone who came out, and to our sponsors of course for making it possible. Some answers to questions I know are coming: The photos themselves are of course much bigger but in the interest of getting them… Read More

  • Foosball: Just add beer and 21 of your closest friends

    We had a foosball table in one of the houses I lived in during college. We all chipped in $40, times six of us, and boom — a nice $200 never ending source of entertainment. The problem was that the minute we bought the table, we found out we had a bunch of new friends; new friends who happened to love foosball and loved not chipping in for beer even more. I wish we’d had the… Read More

  • Are You Ready For TomCruise.com? I Sure Am Ready.

    Hollywood Newsroom noted that Google ads are now popping up for searches on “Tom Cruise” that say “Official Tom Cruise Site. Stay Tuned for the Official Launch of TomCruise.com. Check it out!” or alternatively “Official Tom Cruise Site. The Countdown is On. TomCruise.com launches May 5th. Get the scoop!” and links to TomCruise.com. Because it’s a… Read More

  • AllRise Presents A Civilized Way To Settle Disputes

    I like what I’ve seen so far of Israeli startup AllRise – a website that allows users to file complaints against anyone or anything, argue their case, have the community choose sides, and ultimately vote on who should prevail. At the very least, it certainly gives me more hope for the future than sites like SueEasy, which aim to produce more, not less, actual lawsuits. The service… Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Country Drive Edition

    GTA IV
    Toned down GTA
    DIY tiny helicopter-powered blimp
    Bentley gets into the green game with electric roadster concept
    Wii, fat-boy, Wii Read More

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