• Oh, I almost forgot: Tusken Raider spotted on Mars

    Is there life on Mars? Yes, says the Spirit rover. Here’s a photo it snapped last November. It appears to either be an intergalactic Sasquatch, a Tusken Raider, a really tan naked guy, or some sort of rock statue near the base of what’s known as Tsiolkovski Ridge. My guess is that there’s probably an underground Whole Foods in the base of that cliff and this fella’s… Read More

  • Goodbye, 30-Second Song Clips. Last.fm Offers Limited Full-Track Streaming and Moves Towards Subscriptions

    It is good to see some creative licensing finally taking hold in the music industry. Today, CBS-owned Last.fm announced that you can now stream the full track of any song up to three times for free, in addition to its regular music-discovery service which streams related songs you might like in a random order. This is also the first step towards a future subscription service, which will allow… Read More

  • AT&T DSL customers all get free Wayport Wi-Fi now

    Next time you’re in a McDonald’s in Jerkwater, Ohio and you assume — like I did — that wireless access will be free, you’ll be right. That is, if you’re an AT&T DSL subscriber. I am not, so I therefore closed my laptop with my wrist because my hands were too french fry-ey. Formerly only available to premium DSL subscribers, AT&T is now giving any… Read More

  • Box.net Raises $6M More for Online Storage

    Online storage provider Box.net has raised $6M in a Series B round of financing led by U.S. Venture Partners and involving Draper Fisher Jurvetson. According to the release, Box.net currently has over 1.4 million registered users and will use the funding “to continue company expansion, including the development and marketing of new services and products.” We recently covered the… Read More

  • Sweden's Twingly To Launch Europe-Focused Blog Search Engine

    At first glance, blog search as a category is oversaturated. Ok, at second glance, too. Not only did Google enter the market directly in late 2005, they’ve also increased the rate that they index blogs and other regularly updated sites for core Google search. TechCrunch, for example, is now indexed multiple times per day by Google, and new posts are often available in a normal Google… Read More

  • Nokia releases 'organic, modern' 7900 Crystal Prism

    This is a loud phone, and I’m not referring to the earpiece volume. It’s aimed at “design-conscious” consumers and will be available in Europe sometime soon (in the first quarter, according to Nokia) for the fashion-forward price of 375 Euro (that’s almost $550). It’ll fit nicely in the pockets of those $200 jeans you’re wearing. The phone’s… Read More

  • Facebook IM Client Social.im Now Available For Mac

    Two weeks ago I wrote about Social.im, a new desktop product from Mogad that allows you to instant message with all of your Facebook friends. The initial software was Windows only. Today they just launched a way for Mac users to use it, too. This isn’t a Mac client, but they’ve provided instructions for using Social.im via ichat or Adium (a popular Mac instant message aggregator). Read More

  • Motorola Handset Market Share and Profits Down

    Motorola announced today that its profit fell 84% in the fourth quarter and that its handset division is struggling. CEO Greg Brown acknowledged that the No. 3 cellphone maker isn’t doing what needs to be done to keep and improve its global handset market share. At the end of 2006, Motorola had 23% worldwide market share. By the end of 2007 it dropped to 13%. “Demand for some of… Read More

  • Solar-powered handheld with built-in NES emulation

    Portable NES and Game Boy emulation without having to stop for batteries? I like. You can also use the solar panels to recharge your cell phone and other small devices. There’s a 3.5-inch screen (320×240), 2GB of internal storage plus the ability to add a 2GB SD card, MP3 player, video player, and e-book reader. All for $123. It’s actually being sold as a 2GB MP3 player but… Read More

  • HP offers 16GB solid-state drive in new small PC

    Hewlett Packard has a new “ultra-slim” PC available starting at $729 with an optional 16GB solid-state hard drive for an additional $328 if you configure one to your liking. So for almost half the value of the computer, you can go from an 80GB SATA hard drive to a 16GB solid-state drive. It’s nice that HP and others are deciding to at least offer these solid state drives… Read More

  • Virgin Galactic Unveils Design For SpaceShipTwo

    This morning, Richard Branson’s spaceship startup Virgin Galactic unveiled the second design of its suborbital vehicles, SpaceShipTwo and White Knight Two. I am blogging this from the press conference at the Museum of Natural History in New York City. SpaceShipTwo is what the passengers will actually ride in, and White Knight Two is the launch vehicle that carries it to a high… Read More

  • Playyoo: YouTube For Mobile Games Goes Beta

    Playyoo, a site we first reviewed in October and billed as a YouTube for mobile games, opens in beta today after 4 months in private testing. Playyoo offers free games for mobile phones, user-generated content, social interaction and personal expression. Features include a discovery and download process that allows mobile phone users to find games of interest, personalized recommendations based… Read More

  • Intel and SAP Put $15 Million Into Enterprise-Search Company Endeca

    Two weeks after Microsoft announced its $1.2 billion acquisition of FAST Search & Transfer, enterprise-search competitor Endeca is getting a $15 million cash infusion from Intel and SAP. This is on top of the $50 million Endeca has already raised in the past few years from Lehman Brothers, Granite Global Ventures, Ampersand Ventures, Bessemer Venture Partners, Venrock Associates and… Read More

  • AD Infuse gets $12 Million in Seed Money

    The mobile advertising company Ad Infuse announced today that it has secured $12 million in financing. New investor SoftBank capital led this new financing round, which also includes existing investors ComVentures and Storm Ventures. The money will be used to promote and develop Ad Infuse’s mobile advertising network and platform, adInMotion. The company will also invest in its… Read More

  • Google Earth: 1,000 Human Lifetimes Spent Looking At It

    Google’s Marissa Mayer gave a “deep dive” presentation on Google Earth at the DLD conference in Munich yesterday (see our coverage from the first day here). Her presentation is embedded below. Lots of interesting stats and creative use of the technology: “Hundreds of millions of Google Earth downloads and activations,” and the equivalent of “1,000 human… Read More

  • Zumobi to be Distributed on Windows Mobile

    Zumbi has entered into a business agreement with Microsoft. Zumbi’s Zooming User Interface and mobile widget platform will appear on Windows Mobile. The applications are compatible with Windows Mobile versions 5.0 and newer. “Currently shipping on devices from more than 48 device makers with 125 mobile operators in 55 countries, Windows Mobile is one of the most accessible and… Read More

  • Europe 2.0: European tech investing "coming of age," as events hard-wire the network

    It’s mildly diverting when some say that Europe is still a slow place for technology startups, then pat us on the head and tell us that every day, in every way, we’re getting better and better. But it’s more interesting when people who really are at the heart of the European business pull all the threads together and come up with some cogent arguments. Max Bleyleben of… Read More

  • Daily Crunch: An Army of Me Edition

    Video: Control 100 Marios with hand gestures
    Piper-Heidsieck limited-edition upside-down Champagne
    English lady columnist calls video games ‘crack cocaine’
    Velociraptoricide!
    Battery-powered car gets almost 100 miles per charge Read More

  • YouTube for Startups? Hell, why not…

    Aside from running some normal written reviews of new web firms, I’d like to encourage companies out there to send in links to videos. In common with TechCrunch.com, I’ll be running embeddable demo videos where appropriate, because a demonstration speaks louder than any words, and these can’t be edited or spun by TechCrunch – something some may view as an… Read More

  • Mental Note: Do Not Print Stuff From The Internet In Afghanistan

    The US backed government in Afghanistan has sentenced a 23 year old internet user to death in a secret trial based on a document he printed off the internet. Sayad Parwez Kambaksh’s crime was printing a document from the internet that allegedly “violated the tenets of Islam.” Kambaksh then allegedly took the printout to Balkh University, where he discussed the contents with… Read More

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