• AT&T Wireless Goes International With SMS

    Text messaging might just be the way to stay in touch with friends and relatives in far off lands. And while U.S. carriers have lagged behind Europe and Asia in SMS services that could be changing. Telecommunications Industry News is reporting that AT&T has announced America’s first widely available international text messaging plan. For as little as 10 cents a message users will be… Read More

  • Salesforce Is Acquisition Bait

    Salesforce has scheduled a press conference tomorrow to announce a strategic partnership with a “leading Internet company based in the Bay Area.” CEO Marc Benioff and a “special guest” will make the announcement together. The smart money is betting that the partner is Google, and that the announcement itself won’t be much to write home about. Most likely it will… Read More

  • Try The New RealPlayer: We Have Twenty Beta Accounts

    Update: The accounts are long gone. Real Networks announced their new RealPlayer last week at the D Conference in San Diego. There was great coverage from a number of blogs and major news sites: see Beet.TV, Robert Scoble and the Wall Street Journal for more. The new player effectively lets users bookmark and download video clips that they find on the web. Those clips can then be viewed… Read More

  • CrunchGear Week in Review: Jester Edition

    Bonfire Skull Crusher Beanie Review
    When CD Players and Phonographs Collide
    Top Ten Cool Potential Surface Gadgets
    Google Maps Zoom Magic Uncovered
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  • Microsoft: Silicon Valley Team Building Stealth Search Engine

    Microsoft has gathered a team of twenty or more “rock star” developers who’ve been tasked at building their next generation search engine, a source has told us. The team, which supposedly came together recently, is based at Microsoft’s Silicon Valley headquarters in Mountain View. We have few details on their approach to the product, other than hearing that it is… Read More

  • T-Shirts Meet SMS: Reactee

    Reactee has announced the launch of a line of interactive t-shirts that combine fashion, SMS and activism through “shirts that text back”. Reactee allows users to create t-shirts that include a personalized message such “Stop Global Whaling” or “Andrew Keen is a Luddite” that is then complimented by a unique keyword such as SUSHI or MORON on the shirt. Read More

  • Videoguide For Hotels: Trivop.com

    Trivop.com is an online hotel review portal billed as the as the first videoguide for hotels. The site comes from Paris, France based VideoAgency and made the final five at the European Startup 2.0 conference in May. Although it didn’t win we’ve had a number of people contact TechCrunch telling us that Trivop was a site worth taking a deeper look at. We all know what it’s… Read More

  • EU Gets No Love, Zune Not Coming in 2007

    Looks like the folks on the other side of the pond won’t be seeing Zune’s in time for Christmas after all. Steve Ballmer has made it clear that the Zune won’t be shipping over seas until sometime in 2008. So why the adamant statement? It’s pretty simple, really, MS is still losing money on the Zune and it doesn’t make much sense spending more money when they… Read More

  • LG Combo Display Hopes To Eliminate Your TV

    There will come a day when you won’t need both a TV and computer monitor. OK, that might not be true for quite some time, but LG is definitely making its case with the latest addition to the FLATRON Wide Format Series, M228WA. The 22-inch wide body display boasts 2ms response time, 3000:1 DFC (Digital Fine Contrast) ratio, 1,680 x 1,050 resolution and a pair of stereo speakers that pump… Read More

  • iPhone Release Date Confirmed, June 29

    Well, it’s now official, folks. The rumors were true and the iPhone will be hitting the streets June 29. We can all finally get some rest now. iPhone launch date rumors and coverage are now over. Check out all three ads after the jump or hop on over to Apple for the HD videos. Read More

  • WhosOff: Easy Workplace Leave Management

    WhosOff is an online workplace leave management service that makes organizing time off easy. The service is directed at administrators, company owners and managers who deal directly with managing time off, from keeping a record of leave taken to balancing the demands of future leave requests. WhosOff is not simply an administrator controlled database where information is gathered. WhosOff… Read More

  • Only Four Million iPhone's Shipping This Year

    Merrill Lynch is reporting that Apple will only be shipping 4 million iPhone’s this year, but 12 million units will be shipped in 2008, so fear not. ML’s report also indicates that monthly shipments will begin with 200,000 to 300,000 and ramp up to about 1 million units by year’s end. Better get in line now or you’ll be waiting a very a long time, because it looks… Read More

  • Geek Out Your Dad For Father's Day

    Looking for a way to show your pops that you care and that you think he’s a big ol’ tech geek at the same time? Stop over at Fractalspin.com and check out its list of Father’s Day gifts. Featured are a number of accessories including duct-tape wallets, unique digital watches, a solar-powered messenger bag, keychains, tie tacks and cufflinks like the ones pictured… Read More

  • Plazes CEO Busted By His Own Product

    The Next Web Conference was held in Amsterdam last Friday (June 1). The organizers had a last minute speaker back-out: Plazes CEO Felix Petersen emailed them the day before the conference to say that he couldn’t make it because they were dealing with bugs on their new product, and that his “9 month old daughter has become sick.” The problem, though, is that Peterson… Read More

  • Rumor: iPhone Release "Pushed Back" to June 29

    The latest rumor in what seems to be a neverending cycle of hogwash regarding the iPhone launch date comes from Mr. Block, again. According to his sources there will be three iPhone commercials with one that features the launch date of June 29. Everyone suspects Jobs will announce the official launch at WWDC, but apparently these commercials are slated to run next week. I personally… Read More

  • Amp'd Mobile Goes Bankrupt, Claims They're Getting Too Big

    Late Friday night the hippest MVNO next to Helio filed for Chapter 11 due to rapid growth and a back-end infrastructure that was unable to handle its 200K subscriber base. Amp’d claims they just need to restructure, but maybe it’s because they owe Verizon $33 million and a total debt of around $100 million. I’m no finance guy, oh wait, yes I am, but that’s probably… Read More

  • Microsoft Ignition Revs Up Tomorrow

    Score one for Microsoft. Wait, did I just say that? Yes, I did. Why? Well, Microsoft will officially launch Ignition tomorrow and I may have to troll around for a Zune now. I can’t believe I’m admitting that. Ignition is designed to promote new music acts over the course of a month on Microsoft’s mulitple content platforms such as MSN and the Zune Marketplace. Ignition is set… Read More

  • Run John, Run

    Today’s the big day, folks. Mr. Biggs began his marathon at around 6:30 AM PST and he’s pumping out 10:20 miles. If you’re bored then feel free to live track Biggs. Cheer him on or flame him on how slow he’s running. Either way he’s kicking butt and doing it for a great cause. Read More

  • Party Over at Amp’d Mobile?

    Are things really over for Amp’d Mobile? As our sister site at TechCrunch is reporting the word is that the company has burned through $360 million in the last two years, and is now in Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Amp’d had attempted to market mobile phones to the youth market, a sector that has plenty of options. Since in many cases it is the parents footing the bill, maybe the… Read More

  • Amp'd Mobile Implodes: Burns $360 million, Declares Bankruptcy

    Amp’d Mobile, a popular Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO), has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Delaware. The company competed with VelvetPuffin, Loopt and Helio in an attempt to deliver a compelling mobile based social networking product to a worldwide marketplace of 2.6 billion cell phone users. According to mocoNews, Amp’d Mobile owes $33… Read More