• NYTimes Surges, CNet Slumps

    Ever since the NYTimes.com swept away the last remaining boulders of its subscription pay wall (aka Times Select) in mid-September, its traffic has been going through the roof. According to comScore, it gained 7.5 million readers worldwide from the end of August through the end of October (November numbers are not out yet). That is a 64 percent jump (to a total of 19.4 million). … Read More

  • The top ideas of 2007 sorta includes 'that Britney Spears guy'

    This week’s Old Gray Lady Magazine put together a list of the best ideas of the year, some of them tech-y and some of them a-waste-of-everyone’s-time-y. Of the many great ideas, you might want to check out the best way to deflect an asteroid (one of my biggest concerns), the electric hockey skate, posthumous e-mail and the accidental YouTube audition. For that one, think that… Read More

  • Omnifone’s MusicStation Sweeping the Globe

    MobileCrunch has been following Omnifone’s MusicStation this year (See: MusicStation) and the music service is sweeping the globe with coverage. And for good reason, MusicStation subscribers can download unlimited music for a weekly fee to their mobile phones. Over 1.2 million tracks are available and in the United Kingdom the service only costs 1.99 pounds a week. MusicStation combines… Read More

  • Health Search + Patient Social Network = iMedix

    When you are sick or need to research a disease for an ailing relative, the two best places to go online are health search engines like Healthline or patient support group sites like Daily Strength. Tel Aviv startup iMedix wants to combine both: a vertical health search engine with a patient-to-patient social network. Tomorrow it officially switches to beta, although the previously… Read More

  • Japanese Mobile Phone Just for Children

    When children are off on their own parents can worry about a child’s welfare. In Japan, NTT DoCoMo will launch a second parent friendly mobile phone for children. The first phone of this type was offered in 2006 and sold around 500,000 units. The new unit, F801i, will go on sale in Japan later this month. The F801i has a 100-decibel alarm that a child can activate by pulling on a cord. Read More

  • Office Live Workspace (Beta) Finally Goes Live. Still Needs Work.

    It’s painful to watch Microsoft wake up slowly to the threat posed by a growing gaggle of Web-based office productivity software, led by Google Docs and Spreadsheets. Back in October, Microsoft announced its intention to make Office Live actually revolve around sharing documents online (as opposed to the website-hosting and e-mail service that it was before). As a result, Office Live… Read More

  • CrunchGear Week in Review: Bacon Dinner Edition

    LG PC12, the jolly, puffy iPod dock/HD radio
    Wild Zune spotted in remote Canadian province
    CG Holiday 2007 Recommendation: Dakine gear bags
    Forkchops – What I want for Xmas
    Mr. BaconPants offers his top holiday picks Read More

  • TechCrunch at Le Web 3


    Along with the rest of the TechCrunch crew (Mike Arrington and Ouriel Ohayon) I will be attending LeWeb3 in Paris from Monday through to Wednesday. It’s a massive event featuring a ton of startups and about 1,700 people are attending. I’ll do my best to keep TechCrunch UK going while I’m there and no doubt there will be some news-worthy stories worth covering here and on… Read More

  • AGLOCO Doesn't Pay To Surf, Joins Deadpool

    If it was a bad idea the first time around, it’s probably a bad idea the second time around too. Mike was harsh on AGLOCO, a variation of the failed AllAdvantage pyramid scheme from a few years ago, when he wrote about their launch. He was right to question the business – they’re closing down. The following email was sent to at least some AGLOCO members: We would like to… Read More

  • 2007 Spike TV Video Game Award winners

    http://www.ifilm.com/efp And the winners are… Read More

  • LinkedIn API and New Homepage Drawing Near

    LinkedIn, the social network for professionals, is trying to establish itself as a better destination with a stronger presence on the web. As a better destination, LinkedIn would experience higher levels of user engagement and more page views, which in turn would translate into greater advertising revenue. With a stronger presence, the site would grab mind share away from rising competitor… Read More

  • WetPaint White Labels For Businesses And Brands

    Hosted wiki provider WetPaint has launched a new white label wiki service called “Just Add Wetpaint”, which lets businesses buy a customized version of their wiki platform (starting around $10,000). In at most 14 days, the company can pump out a customized community around a product. The communities are hosted by WetPaint on your domain, and share a common login with the rest of… Read More

  • Imeem Pens a Deal with Universal Music. Now Has All the Majors.

    Ad-supported music streaming is now officially legit. Music social network imeem has inked a deal with the fourth and final major label, Universal Music Group, to make its entire digital catalog available for free to imeem members. Music from EMI, Warner Music, and Sony-BMG is already available on the site. Now members can start streaming songs from Kanye West, 50 Cent, Black Eyed Peas… Read More

  • Nobel Laureate Says The Internet Makes Us Dumb, We Say: Meh

    Newly awarded Nobel Prize winner Doris Lessing has used her acceptance speech to tell the world that the internet makes us dumb. According to Lessing, who was too old and ill to make the speech herself and instead had someone else read it out, the inanities of the internet have seduced a generation, and we live in a fragmenting culture where people read nothing and know nothing of the… Read More

  • CDNs Are Big Business, EdgeCast Get $6 Million

    When we watch movies or play music online, there’s a flurry of unseen activity making sure that data arrives when and where it’s supposed to be. This is the job of the high speed fiber and computer systems of the internet’s content distribution networks (CDNs). Every website that streams content (live video, music) needs a CDN. The flurry of new media online has made it a… Read More

  • Ijji.com: The Future Of Casual Online Gaming?

    We’ve covered a variety of casual gaming sites before on TechCrunch. It’s a hot vertical, particular since the rise of the Nintendo’s Wii console proved that there was a huge willing market for games that don’t need a 4 hour long instruction session from a gaming geek. South Korean company NHN comes with strong credentials. The company is claimed to be the be… Read More

  • Facebook Photos get an Ajax Upgrade. Will Pageviews Suffer?

    Facebook’s photo galleries just got better. The photo pages now have an Ajax interface, which let the images load faster. But what is good for Facebook users may not be good for Facebook, at least in the short term. As Facebook improves its user interface with more Ajax and other user-interface technologies that update images and data without reloading the entire page, it is bound to… Read More

  • Zune's 3 play rule gets hacked

    This is a bit of forehead slapper if you ask me. We thank the Zune team for ridding the wretched three day play rule, but they left the three play rule and that makes us cringe. Thankfully Zune Scene has figured out how to get around that, but this should only be used for tracks that you produce yourself or tracks from your musician-type friends. *wink* You simply need to change the genre tag… Read More

  • Experiencing shoddy battery life on your Palm Centro? [Update]

    Fret not, dear reader. Sprint assures us that the unusual battery drainage is not a hardware issue, but that of a software one centered around Sprint’s Mobile Email. Said software and e-mail synchronization go through a never-ending loop when your password is incorrect or the ISP’s e-mail server is unavailable. The OTA update is said to be released sometime this month. Has… Read More

  • Sony Aibo lives!

    It looks like Sony’s misunderstood and short lived pooch is making a return. According to Stuff, the new Aibo PS will be linking directly with your PSP and PS3 over Wi-Fi. You can also control the Aibo over the Web and watch streaming video and get e-mail alerts when you’re away thanks to facial recognition and motion sensors. Sony, for your sake I hope this one catches on and I… Read More

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