• Sonic Solutions Acquires PhotoShow Developer

    Sonic Solutions has acquired photo software developer Simple Star in an effort to expand its web presence. Simple Star is the creator of PhotoShow, desktop and flash-based software that allows users to create ‘movies’ of their photos and video clips (you can see a sample here). The PhotoShow acquisition also includes a large community based around the product. Sonic Solutions is… Read More

  • Definitely Web 2.0? Maybe.

    Accosted by a man with a video camera who asks you what Web 2.0 is all about during Web 2 Expo, I had a crack a the subject in a few pithy sentences. The video by SocialTNT is below, but if you don’t have 5 minutes (for the whole video) then here’s the short version. I think the Web has gone through three stages, or what I call the “Three Ps” : 1. Pages… Read More

  • Every UK VC deal in 2007

    I’ve decided to go the whole hog and pull out the whole of 2007’s list of VC investments in tech companies, as compiled by CalibreOne recently. Over the next few days and weeks I’m going to delve into what happened to a few of these firms, a large number of which are the kinds of companies TechCrunch would take an interest in. But for now, feast your eyes on a year’s… Read More

  • JAJAH Lands 97 Million Yahoo Users

    VOIP provider JAJAH has just got a welcome boost via a deal with Yahoo that will see JAJAH power premium voice on Yahoo Messenger. Under the deal, JAJAH will provide its proprietary telephony infrastructure, payment processing, and customer care to Yahoo Messenger users using the platform for receiving calls from the PSTN network, or for making calls to land lines and mobile phones. The… Read More

  • Interview With Citi Analyst Mark Mahaney On Yahoo/Microsoft/Google

    Citi’s Internet Analyst Mark Mahaney has been at the center of the Microsoft/Yahoo takeover battle since the beginning. On February 2, a day after the Microsoft bid, Mahaney gave his reasons why he believed the deal had just a 60% chance of happening. Mahaney also estimated (on February 2) that a search advertising outsourcing arrangement with Google could boost Yahoo cash flows by 25%… Read More

  • InvenSense Takes $19 Million Series C

    InvenSense has taken $19 million Series C in a round led by Sierra Ventures with previous investors Artiman Ventures, Partech International and Qualcomm Ventures also participating. Strategic investors in the round included Foxconn, Inventec Appliances Corp, Skylake Ventures, DoCoMo Capital and VentureTech Alliance. Sunnyvale based InvenSense makes motion sensing solutions for mobile… Read More

  • $3.25 Million More For Embeddable Flash Documents

    Docstoc, the professional document repository and community, has raised $3.25 Million in Series B funding. The round was led by Rustic Canyon Partners, and brings their total funding to over $4 Million. Docstoc serves as a repository for professional documents, featuring forms, templates, and a variety of other material. Its flash-based viewer can be embedded into other pages, allowing… Read More

  • Adventurers Unite on National Geographic's TOPO Explorer

    Remember when wireless technology was supposed to help us get out of our offices once in a while? What happened to that? Sure, we might not be constrained to our cubicles all day – instead, we carry them around with us. And let’s be honest… We all know a certain blogger who could stand to lose thirty pounds. It’s nice to see that sometimes this wireless stuff lives up… Read More

  • BeamMe.Info Offers Information Sharing Via SMS

    BeamMe.info offers a web page to SMS service for sites looking to offer users an alternative to writing information down. BeamMe.info works by site owners placing a BeamMe button on their website next to relevant information users might want a copy of, for example next to address information. Users click the button and are then prompted to enter their cell phone number (most countries are… Read More

  • Yelp Lets Businesses Fight Back

    Local businesses have a love/hate relationship with review site Yelp: The site sends new customer leads to the businesses reviewed. But businesses can also be reviewed (and trashed) without even knowing Yelp exists. Businesses like Oakland coffee shop Cafe Rooz felt slighted by the ratings site when a few vocal customers posted poor reviews. They went so far as to declare No Yelpers. But… Read More

  • Artemis Eternal Brings "Crowd-Funding" To Movie Making

    Jessica Mae Stover wants independent funding for her movie project “Artemis Eternal,” so she’s turning to social media for a (her term) “Crowd-Funding” drive. The idea is simple enough: visitors get to follow the entire process. Contributions for the film range from $1+ with the contributor getting an online credit for the contribution, $25+ gets the contributor… Read More

  • Can someone send me today's email digest?

    Apparently folks are having trouble with our Feedburner daily digest. Can someone who got it this morning (4/28/08) send it to john @ crunchgear.com and/or if you had some sort of problem with IE can you show me what happened? Read More

  • Ad Platform Adify Sold To Cox Enterprises For $300 Million (Updated: Confirmation)

    As strange as it might sound, cable company Cox Enterprises is acquiring Adify, according to the Washington Post (although it wouldn’t be so strange if the acquirer was actually parent company Cox Enterprises, which owns various media properties including Cox Communications). The deal would make it a ten-bagger for investors Venrock, US Venture Partners, NBC’s Peacock Equity fund… Read More

  • Rumor: Tony Hawk Limited Edition Sidekick LX coming mid-July

    Today is chock full of Sidekick rumors and this one seems a bit more plausible than the prior one. Hiptop3 is claiming that the Birdman is getting his own Limited Edition LX on July 16th, which is two days before the start of Tony Hawk’s Boom Boom Huckjam presented by T-Mobile Sidekick. There are no other details at the moment so we’ll take this with a grain of salt as well… Read More

  • Two Years Later, MySpace Karaoke Launches

    MySpace Karaoke launched today. I had actually forgotten about this, but the site is powered by kSolo, an online karaoke service that MySpace parent company Fox Interactive Media acquired back in April 2006. Yep, it took them two years to rebrand and relaunch it. kSolo joins Newroo as the other startup Fox acquired in 2006 that has sort of languished. After acquiring Newroo (March 2006)… Read More

  • Woot! My Psystar OS X machine is shipping!

    Soon CrunchGear will be in possession of a magical Psystar OS X machine featuring Leopard in all it’s hacked BIOS glory. Hi John Biggs, the Status of your Order No. 5399 has been changed. New Status is:
    ____________________________________________________________ Shipped
    ____________________________________________________________ To view the Order Details, please follow this link (or… Read More

  • Interesting video of improved robot vision and obstacle navigation

    This is a short video by the NYU splinter of a DARPA-funded project that aims to improve the way robots perceive the world around them (and most importantly, in front of them). As the video notes, the resolution (both temporal and spatial) of current robots’ visual systems is very limited due to data bandwidth and CPU limitations. Consequently, it cannot process its path beyond about… Read More

  • New iMacs overclocked, not next-gen

    Apparently, the processors in the new iMacs released today by apple aren’t anything new. The iMacs are able to reach speeds of 3.06GHz because they are an overclocked version of chips from Intel’s current line. The mainboards are still based on the Santa Rosa chipset found in the previous iMacs. There was some speculation over whether the new iMacs were going to be the first… Read More

  • Hot? This liquid-cooled shirt should fix that

    It’s kind of ridiculous, but apparently some racers wear these when they’re going to be in a car for a long time with no air conditioning; it looks foolish but I guess it works. This article describes the various problems drivers have with heat – I never thought about it, but dehydration and heat exhaustion can be a serious issue when you’re driving a hot car in the… Read More

  • Nokia drops a trio of mid-range, slick phones

    Three new phones to Nokia today, including two that are apparently a variant on the same model. The 6600 Fold is similar to the 6600 Slide, except that it’s a clamshell instead of a slider, as the names would imply. They’re not identical though, as one would assume from the model number. The slide has a 2-Megapixel camera, OLED screen, 3G connectivity and a flash. The Fold has… Read More

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