• AT&T officially rolling out nationwide Wi-Fi service at Starbucks

    AT&T has already equipped a few Starbucks in San Antonio with its Wi-Fi service and today both companies have officially announced that the national rollout has begun. Beginning May 1, AT&T customers who qualify will be privy to free Wi-Fi access at a Starbucks location near them. It’s unclear whether or not you, an AT&T customer, can use the service if the Starbucks is… Read More

  • AT&T planning $100 femtocells

    AT&T has ordered $500 million worth of femtocells from ip.access Ltd., a UK femtocell maker. The cells will sell for about $100 and may follow in T-Mo and Sprint’s footsteps by offering unlimited in-range calling when using the cells. There is no official word on pricing or service offerings from AT&T and the femtocell manufacturer ain’t talking, either. Read More

  • Dell's new customer service scheme: North America-based, reps with actual knowledge

    Dell, the baked goods manufacturer, knows that Americans don’t like calling tech support only to get “Pete,” whose name clearly Shoaib, who tells them to restart their computer for every single issue. Fine, Dell says, it’ll improve customer service—legitimate solutions on the other end of the line—but you’d better be ready to pay for it. The… Read More

  • Steampunk watches from Japan

    Haruo Suekichi makes watches that look like perverse sex toys and/or Saw props. He recounts his initial inspiration in an interview with Chief Magazine: “In the beginning, they were pretty simple, a strange drawing maybe, but that’s about it. But at the flea market, a one-armed man came up to me. And he said to me, well, with only my left arm, I can’t put on a watch. Wow… Read More

  • Maybe The Fight Against Click Fraud Isn't Hopeless After All

    One good quarter does not make a trend, but there is a glimmer of hope in the fight against click fraud (fake clicks that can nevertheless cost advertisers money). Click Forensics is reporting that the overall click fraud rate was down half a percentage point in the first quarter to 16.3 percent. Although that is still higher than the rate was a year ago, it could be an indication that… Read More

  • CrunchArcade: The dangers of running in first place

    The Beijing Olympics begin August 8, but just remember what happens to the guy in first place. via fusioned.tumblr.com Read More

  • Crunch Network

    CrunchWord Puzzle!

    Here’s the latest CrunchGear-themed crossword puzzle. You can find the answers to the clues spread throughout this week’s posts. Enjoy! CrunchWord Puzzle for Friday, April 25th Read More

  • Lightspeed Funding Turns Facebook Application Into "Serious Business"

    Less than a year ago Alex Le and Siqi Chen were working at one of the web’s most ambitious startups, semantic search engine PowerSet (Due out soon). But last December they made the tough choice to quit it all and go full time for their own side project, a quickly growing little Facebook application called “Friends For Sale”. That project has grown into a full blown venture… Read More

  • CrunchDeals: Samsung BD-P1400 Blu-Ray Player for $239

    There are only three left of this fairly basic, early BD player, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t head over to pick a few up for you and your friends. You: Look, Grandma, I bought you a present.
    Grandma: Ohhh! Dearie, thank you.
    You: It’s a BD-P1400 Blu-Ray player.
    Grandma: From Samung? I heard they had firmware issues.
    You: Well, you can update the firmware. It’s… Read More

  • Is Keyword Search About To Hit Its Breaking Point?

    As the Web swells with more and more data, the predominant way of sifting through all of that data—keyword search—will one day break down in its ability to deliver the exact information we want at our fingertips. In fact, some argue that keyword search is already delivering diminishing returns—as the slide above by Nova Spivack implies. Spivack is the CEO and founder of… Read More

  • Skype Offers Half Pregnant Java Mobile Phone Client

    Skype is now available on many leading mobile phones, although depending on where you live you can’t use it to call people. The java based mobile thin Skype client works on around 50 of the most popular Java-enabled mobile phones from Motorola, Nokia, Samsung and Sony Ericsson. The standard feature set includes chat, group chat, presence, receiving calls from Skype users, and through… Read More

  • PlayMyGame Goes For A Sedo Exit

    German site PlayMyGame, the first of a wave of make your own flash based game sites we reviewed in May 2007, is on the market. Founder Samuel Wulf described the circumstances in an email to TechCrunch: Due to a lack of time and staff shortage the past weeks we have not been able to proceed with our Web 2.0 project PlayMyGame.com the way we would have liked to. As we think this problem will not… Read More

  • Motorola First-Quarter Sales down 21%

    Motorola, the company that manufactured the first commercially available cell phone, saw its overall sales drop 21% in this year’s first-quarter. Sales dropped to $7.45 billion from last year’s first-quarter sales number of $9.43 billion. Motorola’s cellphone division dropped 39% compared to the sales numbers from first-quarter 2007. The mobile phone division lost $418… Read More

  • Samsung Electronics Posts First-Quarter Profits of 37%

    Samsung Electronics announced today that its net profit was up 37% in the first-quarter of this year. Much of the increase came from sales of cell phones in emerging markets. Samsung earned 2.19 trillion won ($2.2 billion) in the three months that ended on March 31. Sales rose 19% to 17.11 trillion won ($17.19 billion). Samsung said that mobile sales “achieved similar volume” to… Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Rock Beach Edition

    Citizen Review: Warrior Wolf King XXtreme
    EcoCabs: Environmental friendliness at 7.5 MPH
    Immortalize your Mii as a sculpture for $75
    Samsung Pebble, S3 MP3 players show great promise
    Sweet designer keyboards are stylish and unreasonably priced Read More

  • AOL Sees Strong Growth In Sites After Year Long Revamping

    AOL’s programming sites (Money & Finance, News, Sports, Health, Food, Music, Games, and Moviefone, among others) hit an all time high in high in unique visitors and traffic in March, the company says. Page views to the sites are up 35% over the last year and unique visitors up 11% to 56 million (AOL as a whole draws 209 million monthly unique visitors, says Comscore). As a whole… Read More

  • Retail Convergence Takes $25 Million Series A

    Retail Convergence has taken $25 million Series A in a round that includes New England Development, Breakaway Ventures, Mugar Enterprises and General Catalyst Partners. T Boston, Massachusetts based Retail Convergence is a newly formed holding company for a number of ecommerce sites. Along with the funding announcement, Retail Convergence launched RueLaLa.com and announced the acquisition… Read More

  • AOL Acquires Fantasy Sports Site Fleaflicker

    AOL has acquired Fleaflicker, a New Jersey-based fantasy sports site founded by 26 year old Ori Schwartz. We first covered in July 2006. The transaction price isn’t being disclosed. Based on the highly fluctuating traffic to the site and the fact that they only support football (which explains the huge drops in traffic during the off-season), my guess is this is more of a technology… Read More

  • Majority Stake In MyPlayList Free To A Good Home

    Bootstrapped service MyPlayList, the free music/ Flickr mashup service we wrote about earlier this month, is on the market, but with a twist: a majority stake (51%) is being offered free to a good home. AngentBleu writes: I believe this application has the potential to become a hot destination (applications in the same space have very large teams and sky high valuations) however, I do not… Read More

  • Launching video comments. Here we go…

    So, we have launched video comments on TechCrunch UK & Ireland, integrated with Seesmic. I’m going to test this out now. Feel free to have a go yourself… Read More

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