• Euro startups plugged at Plugg

    This week there was a new conference on the Web 2.0 block in Europe. Plugg saw investors and startups from across Europe come together to discuss the market and some 20 startups pitched their companies at the event, attended by about 300 people. Although much smaller than Le Web 3 in Paris (which gets about 1,500 attendees), Plugg had the makings of a more intimate atmosphere amongst… Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Cars in the Balance Edition

    Shelf swivels in response to lopsided weight
    360 Vodka: World’s first eco-friendly spirit
    Remember Micro Machines?
    Break It Down Elmo dances for our sins
    Contest: Win this Geeks.com 2GB hunk of garbage Read More

  • Crunch Network


    Comments are the greasy oil that keeps the blog machine running. Here are three great (and 100% unedited) comments recently posted by your fellow readers. J Rob on Verizon Wireless claims big chunk of 700MHz spectrum, AT&T grabs a small bite Finally, the winner of the 700 MHz spectrum auction will free us from the shackles of oppression wrought by the current wireless corporate . . . . . Read More

  • Creating the Social Media Broadcast (Sonecast)

    In the age of social media—when everybody is busy creating personal broadcasts on Facebook, MySpace, YouTube, Twitter, Flickr, blogs, Justin.tv, you name it—what happens to the notion of the broadcast? I am not talking about TV or radio, where traditional broadcasts still work the way they always have. I am talking about broadcasting an event or a message on the Web. Does the… Read More

  • God 2.0 Online This Easter

    Its Good Friday and while millions will be enjoying the day off, others will be attending church and praying for salvation. According to a Pew survey in 2004, 64% of American Internet users perform spiritual and religious activities online, so here’s a few sites appropriate for the day. GodTube We covered GodTube in April 2007 and the site is still spreading the word. GodTube is a… Read More

  • Exclusive first look: Snake-Eyes from the forthcoming G.I. Joe movie!

    [photopress:joemovsnake_eyes.jpg,full,center] I’ve been dreading this movie since I first heard of it, but something about this leaked image of Snake-Eyes makes me think it’ll be alright. I mean, look at him. That’s Snake-Eyes. When I got this in my inbox, I knew who it was before I read the email. This is Snake-Eyes. This is awesome, please don’t let them muck it… Read More

  • LinkedIn, Now For Companies

    LinkedIn, the boring social network that won’t find you a date but may land you a job, is expanding beyond people profiles. On Friday morning they will launch company profile pages that partly serve as fact sheets for about 160,000 companies and partly serve to reveal the connections that members have with them. These private pages (you have to be signed in to see them) pull in some… Read More

  • BlogCatalog.com Adds Cross-Network Search

    BlogCatalog, one of the oldest operating blog directories is expanding with a with the beta launch of Social Search, a cross-network aggregation search engine that searches multiple social networks. The Social Search feature is built on top on BlogCatalog’s Social Dashboard, which (like many services lately) aggregates member activity across other popular networks. The search feature… Read More

  • eBay Terminates 125, But Will Hire More Long Term

    eBay has fired 125 workers as part of a restructure of its US and European Operations. The 125 were located in the U.S, Belgium, Spain and Austria and “were part of an effort to centralize some customer support, finance and legal functions and were not aimed at cutting costs” reports CNN, quoting the company saying that it is actually looking to expand on its 15,000 strong… Read More

  • Is Apple's 3-D technology patent a sign of its video game console initiative?

    [photopress:patent_080320_2.jpg,full,center] The US patent office is responsible for much rumormongering. It’s the nature of the beast to publicize half-legible drawings that make us bloggers try to make sense of what’s going on. Usually the images and descriptions are vague enough that we can’t figure out what we’re looking at, but sometimes, when coupled with other… Read More

  • Ning: All Our Charts Point Up And To The Right

    Ning certainly continues to rock and roll, at least according to data released by the company and reported by Comscore. The company, which allows users to easily create social networks, now has over 200,000 social networks on the platform and is adding another 1,000 or so per day. And Comscore-reported traffic is spiking up nicely: 3.1 million unique visitors/month, generating 71 million… Read More

  • 12,616-lens camera to take infinite-depth-of-field pictures

    This prototype camera has a big array of miniature sensors that use the stereo differences between the images they capture individually to create a depth of field map of the scene. The idea is that once you take the picture, the depth map is packed in as metadata and you can mess with it in post, changing what’s in focus and what’s not. My question is, what use is the depth map… Read More

  • OK, so Adobe isn't making Flash for iPhone, at least not yet

    [photopress:flash.jpg,full,left]Remember yesterday we brought you news that Adobe was fast-tracking a version of Flash for the iPhone? Yah, not so much. Adobe’s CEO Narayen assumed it would be possible with the recently released iPhone SDK. It’s not. The likely scenario is that the SDK doesn’t open up enough of the needed infrastructure of the phone to implement Flash. Read More

  • Venture Hacks Branches Out From Blogging, Launches Recommendations System

    Venture Hacks, a blog dedicated to helping entrepreneurs navigate the world of venture capital, has launched a new social network of sorts around the idea of professional recommendations. Entrepreneurs and venture capitalists can use the sub-site, simply called Recommended, to track who and what others think highly of, and to indicate their own affinities as well. It’s structured much… Read More

  • CrunchGear this Week

    http://progressive.playstream.com/playstream/progressive/flashplayers/FLVPlayer.swf The best post of the week? Watch some of CG’s staff get zapped by a ridiculous shocking iPod. Warning: Some NSFW language. The week started out with a “square iPod,” the iRiver E100, and some controversy over Wal-Mart pulling Linux PCs from shelves. We weighed in on the terrifying BigDog… Read More

  • EMI signs on with Nokia's 'Comes With Music' deal

    Music label EMI has expressed some interest in being the second major label to sign on with Nokia’s “Comes With Music” digital music subscription service. This is a positive move forward and helps to legitimize what basically amounts to an $80 premium per device in exchange for one year of unlimited music downloads. The deal’s not all Chapstick and back rubs, though, as… Read More

  • Video: Fake, shocking iPod + Sparks + my dumb friends = video-awesome

    http://progressive.playstream.com/playstream/progressive/flashplayers/FLVPlayer.swf I’ve been meaning to post this for awhile, and today being the slow news day that it is, you get a treat. I shot this, and that’s our own Devin Coldewey and our other Seattle friends getting zapped by a painful, evil fake iPod. Some of the language might be NSFW, so grab those headphones. But man it… Read More

  • How does AT&T feel about the FCC auction results?

    Earlier today the FCC announced the winners of the 700MHz auction and AT&T swooped up the B-block in case you were wondering about the image. Instead of AT&T’s logo I decided to give you folks some eye candy. “AT&T’s strong spectrum holdings position the company to further enhance the quality and reliability of existing wireless broadband and voice services, and… Read More

  • Our Master Plan

    http://cosmos.bcst.yahoo.com/up/fop/embedflv/swf/fop_wrapper.swf?id=7065591&autoStart=0&prepanelEnable=1&infopanelEnable=1&carouselEnable=0 I enjoy watching how a midnight rant has generated countless people-hours of feedback and analysis. What’s my secret master plan around developing our business? The secret is I tend to speak plainly and I already said exactly what… Read More

  • Radeons now DisplayPort-certified, for what it's worth

    It’s not exactly world-shattering news, but it is nice to know what in the future I’m not going to be saddled with triple-DVI connections for my 2K monitor. Radeon’s 3000 series and their 780G integrated graphics chipset are the first to be fully DisplayPort-certified.The DisplayPort interface pushes twice as much information as DVI, so not only could that open doors for… Read More

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