• HotSwap To Enter $370 billion Used Car Market

    Used car sales are big business – at least $370 billion/year in the U.S., with $81 billion or so of that occurring online. New startup HotSwap wants to apply some of the more recent trends on the web to that market, and bring more buyers and sellers together. And while used car sales aren’t exactly sexy, HotSwap is a very cool site. Think YouTube, for used car sales. The company… Read More

  • Twitter Gets Their Venture Round

    Twitter has raised a round of financing, led by Union Square Ventures. The size of the round has not been disclosed (yet), but additional investors include Charles River Ventures, Marc Andreessen, Dick Costolo, Ron Conway, and Naval Ravikant. The service, which has around 300,000 users, has grown rapidly in recent months. Pownce, Kyte and others are competitors. See Duncan Riley’s… Read More

  • HBO's And AOL's Comedy Site Diving Into The Deadpool

    This past February, HBO and AOL collaborated to launch comedy website ThisJustIn.com. Rumor has it that the site will be shutting down by the end of August. The site is a video blog that features daily topical comedy videos, ranging from short sketches to funny commentary. When launched, the site replaced AOL’s existing comedy property. The terms of the co-venture dictated AOL would… Read More

  • Make Cakes in Your Computer! EZ-Bake Drive

    Geeks like to eat sweets. Don’t believe me? Go find a geek, you’ll find junk food. But homemade cake is better than store bought cake. And homemade cake from your favorite computer is the best of all. Most Peecee desktops have at least one 5 1/4-inch drive slot that sits idle. Fill it up with this EZ-Bake Oven and you can make little tarts while you frag jerks. It’s… Read More

  • Presenting the BSOD Tattoo

    I’m not sure why anyone would want to get this tattoo, but someone did. Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for geeky tattoos (I’m considering a 20-sided die somewhere), but this is a Windows BSOD (Blue Screen of Death, n00b). I don’t understand. Maybe it’s pro-Windows, maybe it’s anti-Windows, or maybe that abject confusion is the point? Either way… Read More

  • YouDeparted Lets Users Speak From Beyond The Grave

    Nevada based YouDeparted provides an encrypted electronic safe deposit box with up to 5GB of space that can be accessed by loved ones in the event of a members death Members use the service to store important information and last messages. When a member passes away, designated family members and friends may unlock the account. Before an account can be unlocked, a minimum number of Recipients… Read More

  • Tether Time: Share Your iPhone's EDGE Connection

    Hot damn, you can now tether your iPhone. That is, if you’re willing to get your hands a little dirty and aren’t afraid of doinking around with some network settings. The basic process involves creating a SOCKS server on your iPhone, creating an ad-hoc wireless connection on your computer, and getting the two to smooch passionately. This is great news for iPhone owners, although… Read More

  • HP's New 15.5-Pound Entertainment Notebook

    I’m halfsies about whether or not notebooks should be used for daily entertainment purposes. If you’re on a plane or in a hotel somewhere, go right ahead. Be my guest. But if I come to your house to watch some TV and you have to fire up the old laptop, that’s kinda weird. So it’s with half-hearted enthusiasm that I present to you the HDX Entertainment Notebook PC… Read More

  • Ninguna Sorpresa: Spanish Version Of The Latest Harry Potter Book Hits The Internet

    A fan translated, Spanish language version of the latest Harry Potter book has hit the internet. Harry Potter and the Deathy Hallows made headlines early this month when the English language version found its way onto Bit Torrent prior to its official launch. The unofficial Spanish language version can be obtained and/ or read in several ways: a blog by the name of Spanish Hallows on Blogger… Read More

  • Yahoo! Picks Novarra For Next-gen Mobile Platform

    Depending on which mobile phone I’m using to surf the web with, websites are routed to the mobile version, which is fine and dandy, but there are certain times when I’m forced to scroll up/down, left/right and this pisses me off. I’m sure some of you have experienced this once or twice. Well, now I know to go through Yahoo’s oneSearch because they’ve picked… Read More

  • New Photo Of Asus P750 Smartphone

    The Asus P750 is a Smartphone that runs Windows Mobile 6. Ever heard of it? Doesn’t matter. It may or may not be coming here but here’s a new photo of it. It’s got a 520MHz processor, 256MB ROM and 128MB RAM, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, FM radio, a 3.2-megapixel camera, and it works on GSM/GPRS networks. Should come out in October, but there’s no word on how much… Read More

  • iPhone Heading to Europe in Q4, Not Q3

    Apparently the iPhone will be hitting European shores in Q4, instead of Q3 as some had guessed. Bad news for our pals across the pond who are waiting for Cupertino’s latest and greatest. But hey, you guys get plenty of cool phones before we do and by Q4 we’ll probably all be in flying cars anyway and you’ll have forgotten all about the iPhone! Steve Jobs thinks that Apple… Read More

  • Alltel Adds 'mywaves' Mobile Video Service

    Alltel Wireless, which is now known to follow its name with the phrase "America’s largest network," announced yesterday the ability to access mywaves mobile video service on several of its phones (take that, YouTube!) and damn it all if it didn’t slip right by the CrunchGear news desk. The service is $3.99 per month and, oh yeah, why should you care? Well, mywaves has… Read More

  • Microsoft Acquires Advertising Exchange Platform AdECN

    Microsoft announced today that it had agreed to acquire AdECN, an advertising exchange platform company based near Santa Barbara. AdECN offers a real-time, auction-based, neutral exchange for online display advertising that works in a similar way to stock exchanges. A member of the AdECN exchange buys on the exchange for its advertisers and sells on the exchange for its publishers. AdECN is… Read More

  • No iPhone Until Q4 for Europe

    If you’re in Europe you can get out of line for the iPhone. Get in line for the Louve instead (not that the line there moves very fast some days). As our sister site CrunchGear is reporting, the iPhone won’t be released until the fourth quarter of this year. Not to worry, the third quarter of 2007 (that would be now) is flying by. We’re hearing that Steve Jobs thinks Apple… Read More

  • Sony HD Video Walkman Bound For Europe

    Touted as the first HD Video Walkman, Sony’s GV-HD700E is aimed at filmmakers or anyone else who needs to be able to play HDV and/or DV tapes out in the field. Read More

  • Truemors For Facebook

    Guy Kawasaki’s Truemors is testing out a new version of the service for Facebook. This is a very different application from Truemors.com, which is a sort of Digg for rumors. TFF is an application to spread rumors just with your friends, or a subset of friends: TFF is very different from Truemors.com. Our site is for you to “tell the world,” so if you post something at… Read More

  • CTIA Responds to U.S. Department of Commerce Assistant Secretary

    Today the CTIA – The Wireless Association issued a statement in response to testimony from U.S. Department of Commerce Assistant Secretary for Communications and Information and Administrator of the National Telecommunications Information Administration John Kneuer. This testimony was given today during the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee hearing “Preparing Consumer for the… Read More

  • 50 Invites To The ThinkFree Premium Beta Test

    ThinkFree Premium Edition, a desktop client that provides seemless Microsoft Office style functionality both offline and online launched in closed beta recently, and we have free invites for TechCrunch readers. The first 50 readers to email techcrunch@thinkfree.com will obtain instructions and access to the beta trial of ThinkFree Premium. ThinkFree premium edition provides the same features… Read More

  • Alesis iMultiMix 9R Sound Mixer + iPod Dock

    This iMultiMix 9R, cousin to this other iMultiMix, is more for professionals than us jerks here, but it’s still neat to look at. It’s more or less a sound mixer with an iPod dock tacked on for the convenience of the artists. It’s got a whole bunch of features that I’ve never heard of (not being a professional mixer, you see) like 48V phantom power and auxiliary sends… Read More

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