• Sprint Customers get Voice-Enabled FreeMobile411

    V-ENABLE, a local mobile search and directory assistance service, announced today that Sprint customers can get the full-featured downloadable version of FreeMobile411. Users only have to speak what they are looking for into their phone and the results will be displayed on-screen within seconds. FreeMobile411 gives access to 140 million residential and 14 million business locations. Users… Read More

  • Photobucket Plays Catch Up To Flickr, Public API Released

    Photobucket, acquired by Fox Interactive Media in May 2007 for $300 million, is releasing their API to the public today and will allow third party developers to build photo/video storage and visualization to their applications. Adobe, AOL, FotoFlexer, Intercasting, RockYou, Slide and Snapvine are being announced as launch partners. API documentation is available at… Read More

  • Dan Ackerman Greenberg Theory Turned Into YouTube Comedy, Funded By Warner Bros

    New series Viralcom takes Dan Ackerman Greenberg’s theory of viral video one step further into a fully fledged viral video machine. The series comes from Warner Brother’s Studio 2.0 and takes a look behind the scenes at the web’s hottest “User Generated Content” studio for an exclusive look at the “real” viral video industry: a digital Hollywood where… Read More

  • One Year of Free Sony BMG Music from Nokia

    The world’s largest mobile phone manufacturer is offering a free one year subscription to the world’s second largest music label to buyers of certain music phones. Sony BMG hosts musicians such as Beyonce, Bruce Springsteen and Celine Dion, just to name a few. Nokia’s offer differs from other similar deals in that users can keep all the music they download during the 12… Read More

  • Miss Tormenting ChaCha Operators? Let Me Introduce You To Stumpedia

    Stumpedia, a “human powered search engine” we’ve not covered before has added live search results ChaCha style. This is how they spin it: Stumpedia.com, the social search engine that relies on human participation to index, organize, and review the world wide web is launching another human-powered search feature similar to the guided search model that was recently ditched… Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Visitation Rites Edition

    Non-widescreen laptops are becoming an endangered species
    SwashBot: Cute until it kills you
    River City Ransom available on Wii Virtual Console
    CNN’s hackable headline T-shirt web app
    GTA IV ads pulled from Chicago buses under pressure from Fox News Read More

  • Twitter May Not Have To Care About Uptime Any Longer

    We used to speculate that Twitter’s persistent downtime and overall poor service quality could result in a Friendster-type nose dive. But after a three day weekend outage I realized that in the last two months a subtle shift occured: I now need Twitter more than Twitter needs me. So while Robert Scoble speculates that FriendFeed is the big winner when Twitter goes down, and Dave Winer… Read More

  • MySocial 24×7 Is An Excellent Tool For FriendFeed Junkies

    MySocial24x7, which launched early Tuesday morning, is a Firefox extension that allows users to access most FriendFeed functionality via their API directly from the browser sidebar. Users can filter the view by type of data (Twitter, RSS feeds, YouTube, etc.), can comment or bookmark any entry, and can also reply via Twitter. This is one of many desktop based solutions coming out for… Read More

  • Upcoming.org Founder Creates Fireball (Fire Eagle + DodgeBall + Twitter)

    Remember DodgeBall, the early social mobile network that languished after Google bought it? So does Leonard Lin, a founding member of Upcoming.org who recently left Yahoo, where he organized Hack Days. He helped write the code for FireBall, a clever mobile geo-location app that brings back the promise of DodgeBall using only other existing services with public APIs. FireBall is a way for… Read More

  • The Guild Takes $2.5 Million Series C

    The Guild, an online marketplace for gifts and art has raised $2.5 million Series C in a round that included Dolphin Equity Partners. Madison, Wisconsin based The Guild bills itself as the “leading source for artist-made home décor products shipped direct from artists’ studios to customers’ homes nationwide.” The company represents more than 1,200 artists working in… Read More

  • Grou.ps: All Your Collaboration Tools In One Place

    There’s seemingly no end to the number of collaboration tools out there: blogs, wikis, forums, bookmarking, photos, chat. Chances are you already use one or more of them already to keep in touch with friends or coworkers. The only problem is that all these platforms don’t work together very well. Grou.ps is trying to fix that integration problem. They’ve created a service… Read More

  • Do Or Die Week For Yahoo

    This is it. Yahoo’s final week to negotiate with Microsoft, or find a better bid, before the proxy battle begins. The company has until Saturday to respond to Microsoft’s offer. A lot can still happen before then. Yahoo announces earnings tomorrow, and the conference call should be a lively one. Yahoo will certainly be asked about its test with running Google ads on its… Read More

  • Rearden Commerce Raises $100 Million For Enterprise Services (Or, "Mashups For Adults")

    Rearden Commerce won’t confirm this one way or the other, but we’ve heard from numerous sources that the Silicon Valley company raised $100 million last week. Existing invesotrs Oak Investment Partners, Foundation Capital and American Express all participated, as well as new investor Chase Capital. We first wrote about Rearden Commerce a year ago with a long review of the service. Read More

  • StyleFeeder Joins Glam, Partners With Shopping.com

    Personal shopping engine StyleFeeder has joined the Glam Media Network and partnered with Shopping.com for comparison pricing. The deal is a big win for Glam’s advertising network, with StyleFeeder bringing an additional 1.5 million page views (comScore) to Glam but more importantly over 1 million Facebook users (StyleFeeder claims to be the biggest shopping application on… Read More

  • BuzzLogic To Track Reading Habits With Acquisition of Activeweave (BlogRovR)

    Keeping track of what people are reading about a company’s products on blogs is an inexact science. BuzzLogic will try to make it a little more exact with the acquisition of Activeweave, creator of a popular FireFox browser add-on called BlogRovR that recommends contextual posts from your favorite blogs as you surf the Web. Already, BuzzLogic is used by marketers to try to figure out who… Read More

  • SP3 for XP Pro goes to manufacturers today

    Those of you clinging onto Windows XP who’ve been waiting for SP3 to bolster your OS are in luck, as according to Zdnet Microsoft has released the update to manufacturers today. This means that it’s done and ready to go to the system updater, which we hear will be around the 29th, or a week from tomorrow. This service pack update will work on any version of XP Pro. The service… Read More

  • Sonific Heading To The Deadpool: Record Labels Blamed

    Sonific, an online music playing servuce similar to Pandora and Seeqpod, is to close May 1 as the company was unable to obtain licensed music rights in a way that made the service viable. Gerd Leonhard, Co-Founder & CEO writes: 1) There are countless startups providing access to any and all music streams without any license whatsoever. However, when we approached the major record label… Read More

  • HiPiHi Opens Its Doors To The Public

    HiPiHi, China’s answer to Second Life has opened its doors to the public with a beta test that includes free features. We first wrote about HiPiHi in August 2007 when the company called for the establishment of virtual world standards and interoperability. German’s are famed for their ability to clone sites, but the Chinese aren’t far behind; HiPiHi looks and feels like… Read More

  • Video: Jedi Gym trailer

    http://blip.tv/scripts/flash/showplayer.swf?enablejs=true&feedurl=http%3A%2F%2Fcrunchgear%2Eblip%2Etv%2Frss&file=http%3A%2F%2Fblip%2Etv%2Frss%2Fflash%2F851680&showplayerpath=http%3A%2F%2Fblip%2Etv%2Fscripts%2Fflash%2Fshowplayer%2Eswf Star Wars is pretty awesome. I can’t think of too many movies with bigger cult followings than Lucas’ epic intergalactic saga. I have… Read More

  • Crunch Network

    The Orientation: Organic light-emitting diodes

    Being green and working in the tech world often times don’t mix. The manufacturers of everything that gets me giddy takes a huge dump on Mother Earth in the process and that stinks. Green Peace keeps tabs on companies and lets us know who piddles in the pool and who takes a hungover-all night bender-Hot Pocket eating-dump. But we’re a long ways away before each and every company… Read More

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