• Sitemeter Kills Thousands Of Sites For IE Users

    In yet another case of widgets going crazy and causing havoc, a bug in Sitemeter has caused a large number of websites and blogs using the free web analytics tool to fail loading for users of Internet Explorer. Users of Google’s Blogger were amongst the first to report experiencing problems with sites running Sitemeter at 6pm pacific time on Friday. The problem has since been… Read More

  • Cut air-conditioning costs with this heat-blocking paint

    A Japanese company called Asahipen developed a special kind of paint that is capable of blocking sunlight in order to keep room temperatures low. Aimed specifically at the market for residential housing, the so-called Shinatsu (heat shield) paint [JP] is about 30% more expensive than standard paint in Japan, costing $100 per 5-liter can. Asahipen sells 8… Read More

  • Mobile Web Wars Videos: Does Anybody Care About Android?

    A week ago, I put together a roundtable about the upcoming mobile platform wars between the iPhone, Google’s Android, and older platforms like Nokia’s. One thing I discovered as I was organizing the event was that it was really hard to find anyone developing Android apps other than the 50 people who won the Android Developer’s Challenge. (We tried to get someone from Android… Read More

  • Another Personalized News Site Bites The Dust

    When Thoof launched in July 2007 a lot of people gave it a good chance of success despite the fact that it was entering into the dreaded personalized news space. Sure, the market was littered with failed startups, but Thoof was founded by former Revver cofounder Ian Clarke, and was well backed by Austin Ventures, Ron Conway and others. Thoof aimed to deliver tailored news by looking at what… Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Bzzap Edition

    Haw haw: Static-charged balloon foils security camera
    World’s smallest projector: Thanks, Australia
    Not Australia, Japan introduces the world’s smallest projector
    Can Toyota’s Winglet become a Segway killer?
    Ghostbusters video game revelation: Crossing streams is OK Read More

  • Obama Campaign Launches Document Archive On Scribd

    Barack Obama’s campaign has posted a blog post announcing the launch of its official account on Scribd, the online document repository. The page, which can be accessed at http://scribd.com/barackobama, will serve as a resource for documents related to Obama’s policy, along with official statements. Y Combinator-funded Scribd is a “YouTube for documents” that allows… Read More

  • Divide and Conquer

    The news that Apple has extended its exclusive iPhone distribution deal with AT&T until 2010 closes the loop on the subsidized price of the 3G upgrade. It seems most observers think Steve Jobs has compounded a mistake he made in limiting the market for the revolutionary device to those early adopters hungry for the advanced Web experience and elegant design. Forget that Apple has tightened… Read More

  • Belkin TuneCast Auto for iPhone 3G

    Passing Apple’s “Work with iPhone” certification, Belkin has announced the 3G-ready TuneCast Auto. Connecting wirelessly to an available FM station, the device plays songs straight from your iPhone or iPod to your car stereo. Retailing for 80 bucks, it doubles as a charger for your iPhone or iPod by connecting to the cigarette lighter. Check out a list of compatible iPhones… Read More

  • Amazon Kindle taking some by surprise

    November, 2007. That’s when Amazon introduced their e-reader. Since then, reliable sources say, 240,000 units have been sold. That means $6,000,000 in revenue for every $25 worth of reading material purchased. The e-readers alone, sold between $360 and $400, have generated somewhere between $86 million and $96 million. As more and more Kindles are sold, more and more reading materials… Read More

  • Nokia might be getting into the movie streaming biz

    Rumor has it that the world’s favorite handset manufacturer may be looking into a new endeavor: movie streaming. Rather than a pay-per-view or rental service, the new service will reportedly be all-you-can-eat. One lump sum per month garners you unlimited access to a catalog of 320 x 240 H.264 movies, streamed straight to your handset. Read More at MobileCrunch >> Read More

  • iPhone app-makers are raking it in (likely Apple too)

    While I’m sure many app developers for the new app store were happy just to be working with Apple on such a cool device as the iPhone 3G, I’m not so sure they all thought they would be swimming in money before a month was out. But some of the popular pay apps (2 Across, a crossword app, is the example) are earning their makers thousands of dollars per day. Even ridiculous apps… Read More

  • Baseball MMOG lets you purchase levels: only $200 for level 99!

    So the only baseball-based massively multiplayer game out there is now letting you shell out real life cash for in-game levels, giving you access to better leagues, tournaments, and I imagine making your players into tricked-out monsters. Apparently they didn’t learn the lesson EA did when they attempted to sell upgrades for people in Battlefield: Bad Company. Blue’s News… Read More

  • Ghostbusters video game revelation: Crossing streams is OK

    Ghostbusters buzz has been brewing for quite some time regarding the upcoming video game. The cross-platform soon-to-be mega hit will be hitting shelves October 21, but for now some hands-on reviews are starting to come in. Here’s some info about the gameplay for the opening level. The link that follows has the details, so I’ll try to keep an overview here. Read More

  • ABI says consumers giving Blu-ray players the shifty eye

    In its latest report, ABI Research said that consumers were reluctant to commit to Blu-ray players, saying they just weren’t sure they could settle down right now. Over half of the 1000 survey respondents said they had “other priorities” than buying a Blu-ray player, of the 23% that said they were pretty likely to go Blu-ray, but needed more time, like maybe a year. ABI… Read More

  • Insider reports that Nvidia may quit the chipset business, Nvidia says no way

    An insider at one of Taiwan’s motherboard manufacturers has reported that Nvidia called a meeting this week to discuss its future development of chipsets. The insider also stated that it’s a good possibility that Nvidia will quit the chipset business altogether. The motherboard manufacturer in question has yet to respond to the claim. On the other hand, Nvidia snapped back claiming… Read More

  • Put Your Game Face On And Plant Some Trees With SGN

    Social Gaming Network, a startup behind a number of popular social network games, has partnered with the Arbor Day Foundation to create a Facebook game to raise money for, of all things, planting trees. SGN has created a game called “Space Movers: The Bloom Initiative”, and will donate up to $50,000 of the game’s advertising revenue to the cause. You can check out the app… Read More

  • CrunchBase in CrunchBar and Thanks to All Our Sponsors

    Thank you to our terrific sponsors, who make TechCrunch possible. Codefortytwo, the maker of CrashPlanPro and other software RackSpace, a provider of hosting services eBuddy, web-services meta instant messenger Logicworks, a hosting services provider iDrive, the maker of web-based backup solutions iNetU, a provider of managed hosting solutions Geni, the premier web tool for bringing… Read More

  • China opens Internet a crack

    After more pressuring China has, again, agreed to open the Internet for the press during the Olympics. After getting an earful from journalists arriving in Beijing to find the Internet not open, as previously promised, the International Olympic Committee exerted some pressure on the government, which once again promised to open the Internet and allow the press to report freely on the… Read More

  • Homeland Security: all your data are belong to us, citizen

    Imagine if you will: you’re walking through a checkpointcustoms and if you’re like me, your passport picture makes you look like the Unabomber, so you get “randomly” selected for “secondary screening.” And they say, “Sir, turn on your laptop, we’re going to snoop through all your files and search for anything we feel, as practically… Read More

  • Shimano shifts to electronic set up for road bikes

    By offering electronic shifting, Shimano is sure to stir up the pot. Anytime anything new comes to anything in sports, people get all up and excited. Why should cycling be any different? The introduction of electronic shifting is actually not a new thing, but battery life and weight constraints have made the technology unfeasible. But all that is about to change. With a digital set up, the lack… Read More

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