• Judge Stops RIAA in its Tracks, Denies Discovery to Get Subpoenas


    It looks like one judge, New Mexico’s Lorenzo F. Garcia, has finally stood up to some of the RIAA’s shady law practices. The judge denied the RIAA’s request to engage in discovery, which would have allowed the organization to subpoena the ISP of suspected file sharers for information. Without that information, the RIAA cannot determine the identity of the “John… Read More

  • Teh.Be$T.Kommeter.Evar

    Time again for your daily injection of reader antics. It won’t hurt. We promise. Ok it will. And the infamous CrunchDunce returns once more however, todays events really made us think of renaming CrunchDunce to something a little more Crunchy and offensive. Ian‘s critique of another reader regarding the iPhone hullabaloo got him the first spot. I beg to differ. Read More

  • PatentMonkey: Will the iPhone be used as Apple TV Remote?

    So genesis of the iPhone was sometime back in 2005, right? Interestingly, Apple happened to file a continuation on a patent application around that time covering a Universal Remote for controlling a number of home entertainment devices. A touch screen, hand held controller with a dynamic display that interacts with your entertainment appliances for information and can control a growing array… Read More

  • Yahoo Acquires Rivals for $100 million

    Yahoo has acquired college sports site Rivals.com, says the Associated Press in a story that may have been accidentally published early. The price is not being disclosed, although the rumor is that the deal was closed for around $100 million. Rumors of talks first surfaced in April. We previously reported on Terry’s involvement in securities fraud and were subsequently threatened with… Read More

  • Lending Club Passes $100,000 Mark In Loans To Facebook Users

    Lending Club, the Facebook exclusive person-to-person lending service has passed the $100,000 mark in loans to Facebook users. Lending Club was an original Facebook Platform/ F8 partner having launched with F8 on May 24. The company closed its first loan on June 6, and has since closed 27 more loans for a total of $101,250. An additional $212,650 in loans will close in the next 12 days. More… Read More

  • M-Audio's Torq Xponent: The Complete Computer-Based DJ System

    Vince and I love everything Torq-releated because we’re budding DJs. The latest Torq DJ system, the Xponenet from M-Audio, looks pretty amazing just based on the number of buttons and dials it has. Its price—$750—does preclude me from partaking, however. Like its smaller X Session Pro cousin, the Xponent is a computer-based DJ system that uses some pretty impressive software… Read More

  • Wiffiti's Messaging Widget Is Fun

    http://wiffiti.com/e/tUNvuC We’ve been playing around with Wiffiti all afternoon. The service has been around for a while, but if you haven’t heard of it you may want to give it a look. Anyone can post a message – just text “@crunch [message]” to 25622 and it will appear on the screen. The real use for something like this is projecting the widget up on a big screen… Read More

  • Pistols at Dawn: Ryan Block Now on TechCrunch20 Panel of Experts

    Engadget’s Ryan Block will represent the gadget and gizmo folks at the TechCrunch20, a supercool symposium of all things Web 2.0 hosted by our own Michael Arrington and the illustrious Jason “The Animal” Calacanis. Michael told me that I couldn’t be on the panel in the interest of preserving impartiality, but we all know it’s because Ryan and Pete Rojas… Read More

  • Engadget Editor In Chief Ryan Block Joins TechCrunch20 Panel Of Experts

    More good news about the upcoming TechCrunch20 Conference in September: Ryan Block, the Editor in Chief of Engadget, has joined our advisory board and will help us review the many gadget startups that have applied to launch at the event. See Ryan’s post about joining the panel on Engadget, here. The current list of experts is here. We will continue to announce new experts in the… Read More

  • Sidekick Zante, LX and LE Release Date Revealed

    The crew at Hiptop3 has the scoop on a leaked document that reveals the release dates for the Zante aka Slide aka Motorola Q700 as well as the LE and LX editions. We’re still unsure what the LX and LE models are, but the focus is on the RAZResque device, which is slated for a Q3 launch. Upon closer inspection of the document I’d go out on a limb and say that it’s fake. Read More

  • Declick Your Clicks With The Declicker From ELP


    If you’re gonna digitize a large vinyl record collection, you might maybe wanna check out the declicker. Built by the same people that make that $9,900 LT-1LRC Laser Turntable, the ELP declicker, um, removes the clicks and background noise (but you’re stuck with the hiss) from a record in real-time without the need to manually clean tracks up on a computer. It also transfers… Read More

  • The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters

    “The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters” is a film sure to interest most of you. It follows Billy Mitchell and Steve Wiebe, the two most notable “Donkey Kong” players ever, in their ongoing quest to dominate one another. It is a real-life tale of shady characters, heartbreak and deceit. Oh, and video games. Enjoy the trailer. Read More

  • WWDC Leopard Beta Leaked Onto BitTorrent Site

    It looks like the WWDC beta of Leopard was leaked onto the Oink BitTorrent Web site. (I’m not about to download it, though, that’s for sure.) Here’s a screen shot. And another. And another. That last one made me laugh. Oops! Nobody’s completely downloaded the 6GB file yet, but the site’s forum is red hot with activity and the file already has 205 comments. Read More

  • Rumor: MacBooks Slim Down In October


    So you held off on buying a MacBook till after WWDC juuuuuuuust in case a new model was announced. Well friends, do you think you can wait just a little bit longer? CG recently spoke to a “trusted source” that has given us “reliable” intel in the past, and he/she/it says to expect new MacBook models around September October for back-to-school time. He/she/it says… Read More

  • Alto Stands, Live, On Video

    http://admin.brightcove.com/destination/player/player.swf What do you get when you mix two fellows in white button-down shirts, a laptop stand, and a video camera? Family fun for all ages, silly. Logitech Alto Express and Alto Connect Notebook Stands (video) [Notebooks] Read More

  • Blackberry: Fin!


    Le gouvernement français a officiellement interdit des dispositifs de Blackberry de RIM et ne leur permettra pas de prendre l’email par des comptes fédéraux. Le Monde rapporte que les services de sécurité de la France croient que des Blackberrys pourraient être compromises par les porcs étrangers. “Ils ont essayé de nous offrir autre chose pour remplacer nos Blackberrys… Read More

  • The One Millionth Happy FiOS Customer, Up From 17

    http://admin.brightcove.com/destination/player/player.swf We at CrunchGear have been mean to FiOS because we’re dumb and don’t understand that fiber is the future. Just to rub it in, Verizon sent us this video of the Bayer family out in Longuyland saying that fiber is supergreat. I’m kind of a futurist when it comes to connectivity — I’ve seen too much cool… Read More

  • Verizon To Offer Mobile Payments

    Slowly, mobile payments are starting to creep their way into the US. Though foreign countries tend to use the service more, the US will eventually catch on when we all realize that paying your bills while out and about can be easy. Verizon has now announced that it will be using Obopay’s service to allow customers to send mobile payments to each other and stores by using their… Read More

  • Yahoo! in Talk to Buy MySpace: Is That a Good Idea Nowadays?

    Well this is big. Apparently, Yahoo! has discussed buying MySpace from News Corp in a bid to save itself from irrelevance. In return, News Corp. would get 30 percent of the newly combined Yahoo!+MySpace. Or, in dollar amounts, News Corp would cash in to the tune of $11.1 billion. Considering Murdoch and Co. bought MySpace for $650 million, I’d say that’s a deal and a half. Too… Read More

  • Samsung's Sexy Hybrid Hard Drive

    No, this hybrid hard drive isn’t actually sexy (though it is topless) and it is difficult to get excited about hard drives in general. But, since Samsung’s still an underdog in the category, the company’s doing its best to innovate the space instead of just cranking out larger sizes (though it did that, too). The 2.5-inch MH80 notebook hard drives feature 256MB of… Read More