• Is Amazon Rethinking Its Movie Download Service?

    It’s been a year-and-a-half since Amazon launched Unbox, its movie download service that competes with Netflix and iTunes. Amazon has a partnership with TiVo to allow people to download movies straight to their TV set-top boxes. But Unbox doesn’t appear to have really made a dent in Amazon’s business yet. The service did not even warrant a mention in last… Read More

  • YieldBuild Raises $6 Million Series B For Optimizing Ads

    YieldBuild raised a $6 million series B round led by Storm Ventures. Hummer Winblad, which put in the initial $2 million when it launched as HubPages two years ago, also participated. The company is in the process of changing its name to YieldBuild, a service that was launched last October to optimize display ads. As we explained then, YieldBuild: . . . uses computer algorithms to… Read More

  • China Mobile Still Interested in iPhone

    China Mobile, the largest mobile phone operator, said today that it is still interested to hosting the iPhone. The companies aren’t in official negotiations China Mobile said, but it would like to bring Apple’s iPhone to the mainland. Talks between China Mobile and Apple broke down last January. It was rumored that China Mobile was unhappy with revenue sharing numbers. “We… Read More

  • Acer to buy E-Ten, is the aPhone coming soon?

    Back in September, I explicitly and pointedly asked Acer president Gianfranco Lanci, and I quote, “Can the world expect to see [dramatic pause] the aPhone?” A question to which he emphatically waved his arms to and fro saying, “No! Big No.” Seems I must have gotten confused because whereas I heard, “No! Big no,” I should have heard, “No! I mean yes… Read More

  • Purple iPod nano spotted in ad, due soon?

    [photopress:purplenano.jpg,full,center] Taking a close look at this Circuit City ad, we can see what looks to be a purple iPod nano. When you mouse over the electronic version of the ad, a separate model number pops up as well, further fueling speculation that a purple nano could be on the way. The last time an additional color was added to the nano lineup was five weeks ago when Apple added… Read More

  • Much Hyped AllPeers To DeadPool

    UK/Prague based peer to peer file sharing startup AllPeers announced that it is shutting down today: “We have not achieved the kind of growth in our user base that our investors were expecting, and as a result we are not able to continue operating the service.” AllPeers first launched in 2006 to an incredible amount of user enthusiasm. They allowed anyone to create a private… Read More

  • TNS Buys Compete For Up To $150 Million

    London-based market research firm Taylor Nelson Sofres (TNS) has acquired Compete for $75 million. Another $75 million in possible earn-outs through 2010 brings the total acquisition price up to $150 million. Publicly-traded comScore, by comparison, has market cap of $570 million. TNS will use the data culled from Compete’s panel of 2 million Web surfers to measure online… Read More

  • CrunchGear Week in Review: Tetris Death Match Edition

    CrunchWord Puzzle!
    Think you’re a big man? Prove it and get an EYEBALL TATTOO
    Robot soldiers pose threat to human life
    Sweet “Enerjar” measures your appliance’s power consumption
    Hot concept: Tetris ice cubes/jell-o shots Read More

  • More Consolidation in the White Label Social Networking Space: Mzinga Acquires Prospero

    White label social networking provider Mzinga, which officially launched at TechCrunch Boston this past November, has announced its acquisition of Prospero Technologies, another social networking company that we covered in a roundup awhile back. Mzinga has also raised an impressive $32.5M in funding, part of which has gone towards acquiring Prospero, and part of which will be used to expand… Read More

  • InsideTrip Thinks There's More to Shopping for Airline Tickets Than Just Prices

    InsideTrip made its debut into the airline ticket search scene this weekend, joining the likes of Kayak and Mobissimo among several others. As with these startups and more established players such as Orbitz and Expedia, InsideTrip wants to help you find and purchase the tickets for your next trip. However, instead of focusing entirely on surfacing the cheapest flights, the service intends to… Read More

  • I Really Hope Microsoft Has More Than This

    Excitement rose this weekend with the rumor, kicked off by Nick Carr, that Microsoft may be releasing web versions of Office and other software. Software and storage would be moving to the cloud. But now I fear that the rumor may have been wrong, and that Microsoft has no such plans in the near future. Tonight Microsoft announced an expansion of their “software plus services”… Read More

  • When Will We Have Our First Valleywag Suicide?

    Today I read all the sordid details about the alleged sexual encounter between a notable technology visionary and a woman who appears to be looking for as much publicity as possible. Where did I read it? On the Silicon Valley gossip blog Valleywag. The posts include private IM chats and various rumors, all designed to make the person mentioned look like as much of a fool as possible. Read More

  • Big Win For LinkedIn As They Hook Up With France's Apec

    Most English speakers won’t know much about France’s Apec, a non profit organization that offers job listings and job resources in France. But they’re big – they employ around 1,000 human resource specialists who work with companies and people. Job listings are free, and they are second only to Monster in France in total number of listings. The site, the company says… Read More

  • Facebook Now In German – Thanks To 2,000 Generous Users

    How do you “poke” someone in German? Facebook users decided the right word is “anklopfen.” Facebook will launch in German tomorrow, thanks to 2,000 users who’ve helped translate the site using an application that Facebook released a couple of months ago to a limited number of users. Supported languages include German, Spanish and French – more will presumably… Read More

  • Intel's tiny, low-power processors now called 'Atom'

    Intel’s just officially announced its tiniest processor — the Atom, formerly codenamed Silverthorne and Diamondville. The chip will also be available as part of the “Centrino Atom” platform (codenamed Menlow), which will be “the Intel Atom processor, a low-power companion chip with integrated graphics, a wireless radio, and thinner and lighter designs.” Read More

  • Samsung Ace: Hands-on and first impressions

    I’ve been playing with the new Samsung Ace from Sprint for a few days and have some initial thoughts along with some photos of the device. Full review coming soon. Read More

  • How come nobody told me about the Dallas airport?

    I recently missed a connecting flight from Vegas to Dallas to Boston, so I had some time to kill at DFW. My flight was leaving out of the D terminal and let me tell you, there are some strange and wonderful things there. From weird vending machines to massive structures right in the middle of everything, here’s some cool stuff I found. Read More

  • MacBooks for all at Oklahoma Christian University

    Oklahoma Christian University joins the list of colleges across the country to “give away” Apple products to incoming freshman. New students will receive a MacBook and their choice of an iPhone or iPod Touch. Of course we all know that the costs of such giveaways are built into the ever-rising tuition at schools everywhere but it’s a nice way for kids to get some new gadgets… Read More

  • What Exactly Did The JuicyCampus Founder Think Would Happen?

    I’m not sure what JuicyCampus founder Matt Ivester expected when he launched a gossip site for college students, but apparently things are getting out of hand. People, who can post anonymously, are being “mean.” And despite some legal protections, Ivester might be getting a little nervous about defamation and libel lawsuits. In a blog post on Friday, he says “Some of… Read More

  • My 23andMe DNA Results

    I purchased a $1,000 23andMe DNA test back in December, spit in the tube when the kit arrived and, just a few weeks later got the results back. Yeah, its too bad I didn’t wait a month when I could have gotten a kit for free, but a lucky reader was able to get one instead. I promised to post the results so people can get an idea of what 23andMe is offering (without paying that fee), and… Read More

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