• CG Holiday 2007 Recommendation: Mr. Beer Premium Edition

    We at CG like two things: touching ourselves and beer. Some of us like the latter more than the former, or vice versa, but as my friend Rolf once proved — after getting completely hammered, passing out on a couch at a party and later being discovered naked and pleasuring himself just as things were closing up — these two hobbies taste great together. To that end, we offer Mr. Beer. Mr. Read More

  • Skype's screw-up is the VOIP-world's gain

    Skype may not be the flavour of the month (or year for that matter) at eBay, which lost a cool bill. on its purchase, but it’s not making any friends in London either. The VOIP service provider’s decision to cut the 0207 numbers used for SkypeIn by those who like the association with the [central] London 0207 phone code has hit about 10,000 users. Skype (“We’re very… Read More

  • Welcome to CG Holidays 2007

    You’ve already picked up all the handbags, pashmina, and fancy scented candles you can carry and got dad some cologne. The sig. other and your mom both have presents in the queue and your snotty nephew gets a basketball. You got a raw food book for your weird co-worker and Black Friday came and went because you knew — you could feel it in your heart — that nothing Circuit City… Read More

  • TiVo now handles Photobucket and Picasa streaming

    Your TiVo box added a wee bit o’ usefulness today with the inclusion of Photobucket and Picasa compatibility. You can view your own photos, other people’s photos that you’ve been given the ability to access, and you can also customize photo feeds and view photos that have been tagged with specific keywords. Anyone try this out yet? I’m gonna fire my TiVo up this… Read More

  • Watch out Apple, Creative just dropped a bomb

    I’m not saying people will be rushing to pick up a Zen or anything, but it should be noted that Creative has announced the world’s first flash-based 32GB PMP and it’s the size of a CC. What else does $378 get you? That’s not a type typo, either, it’s $378. That’s cheap. Super cheap for 32GB of flash memory. A 2.5-inch display, 30 hours of music playback… Read More

  • Zopa to launch in US and Italy

    Lots of news form UK-based peer-to-peer lending startup Zopa, which is prepping its US launch this week. Zopa is also launching officially in Italy this week after a ‘friends and family’ trial. Meanwhile, the new listings service (a sort of 21st Century version of the begging letter, covered here), has produced £250K worth of bids in the first month of operation. Among those… Read More

  • It's a ball, it's a remote control, it's the closest England will get to Euro 2008

    Poor England will be watching Euro 2008 from home, perhaps using this FA-branded ball as a remote control. It can be programmed to work any number of devices, like DVD players, TVs, set top boxes, etc. $40 for the gadget, significantly cheaper than a flight to Vienna. Don’t worry, England. If your FA is smart (a huge “if,” I know) you’ll get Mourinho or Capello as your… Read More

  • Nominate Top Startups For The Crunchies

    The Crunchies, a startup award competition that we are coordinating with three other blog networks – GigaOm, Read/WriteWeb and Venturebeat – is now live and taking nominations through midnight pst, Wednesday, December 12. There are twenty award categories, including “Best Overall,” to recognize the year’s most innovative technical, creative and business… Read More

  • Russian firm buys LiveJournal

    European News: TechCrunch US reports that Six Apart has sold LiveJournal, which it acquired in January 2005, to Moscow-headquarted SUP for an undisclosed amount. SUP had acquired licensing rights in October 2006 permitting them to manage LiveJournal in Russia, where the platform dominates the blogosphere. Six Apart now plans to focus on its three core brands of Vox, TypePad and MoveableType. Read More

  • TXT MSG is 15 today

    saRAH STFU ALL OF UZZ….IM REALY CONFUSEDDDDD RYT NAW SUM OF U SAY VAGUR IZ GOOD ND SUM SAY IPHONE ROCKZ….OMGG!!!! FUK U IM GTN IPHONE! This is a perfect example of how a pubescent teen spells these days. Hell, saRAH is probably a 20-something. What are you even trying to say? I’m so confused. Sure, this sort of exchange is fine over SMS, but when it crosses into the classroom… Read More

  • Free ticket to LeWeb for a Loic fan

    French entrepreneur Loic Le Meur reminds me of that guy who set up a network of web cams in his apartment around 1999 and called the project WeLiveInPublic.com. Needless to say the guy’s girlfriend left shortly after. The only difference is that Le Meur hasn’t managed to get his partner and kids in on the act yet. But give it time. He already blogs daily, videoblogs almost hourly… Read More

  • Gadgets for Christmas? No way, Jose. I want an expensive Armani overcoat.

    What do I want for Christmas? Honestly, I’ve got pretty much everything I want as far as tech goes. I have a reliable computer (an iMac), a cellphone that works when I need it to (some Verizon P.O.S.) and a decent TV that I use to watch old “Seinfeld” reruns (a 26-inch Samsung LCD, which dominates my small room). I’m a simple boy. I don’t really need or want… Read More

  • IPSF unlocked iFones now works with 1.1.2, here's how

    Let’s say you have an iFones that was unlocked with iPhoneSimFree. And let’s say you tried jailbreaking when 1.1.2 came out, but you failed miserably. Well, now you can get that sucka working. Courtesy of Jesus over at the Giz. Read More

  • Michael says, stealing books for the Kindle is trivially easy

    Thanks for pirating my photos, Michael. Duh. Download some e-books. Convert the .lit and PDF to .txt since the Kindle reads .txt and .doc formats. Transfer said files to your Kindle via USB. Bam. Gigs upon gigs of free e-books. Pirating is not a crime because Michael does it too! TC Read More

  • CrunchDeals: 7" widescreen iPod video dock for $60

    Once retailing for around $300, the Video-55 LCD iPod Video Player from Sonic Impact can be yours for a mere $60 with coupon code. You dock your iPod into the player and it functions as an external speaker and video player, allowing you to watch your iPod’s videos on the 7-inch LCD screen instead. It’s stated to work with any 30-pin interface iPod but is marketed specifically… Read More

  • Camera armor for your SLR: At level 40 you can upgrade it to plate

    Santa will be making the rounds soon and you, American Consumer, are going to need a couple of smaller gifts to stick in your relatives’ stockings. You know, things like salt shakers, sticks of RAM, SLR protectors, etc. SLR protectors, really? They’re not cheap, either. Take this protector, whimsically dubbed “Camera Armor.” It’s made of silicon and protects… Read More

  • Western Digital Passport gets storage boost

    Not that you really need a 320GB portable drive for the holidays. It’s, however, nice to know that one is out there now in case you do and I’m glad it’s from Western Digital. The Passport series, which weighs less than five ounces has been given a significant bump by 70GB and retails for a mere $229.99. They’re currently available in select retailers and… Read More

  • A Lot More Flash (And AIR) Phones Coming Soon From Ribbit

    Earlier this morning, I posted about TringMe and the coming flood of Flash-based Web phones. I forgot to mention Ribbit, which is about to publicly unleash an entire development platform for building Flash phones on December 13. Ribbit’s development platform is already in private beta and allows programmers to build Web phones that can make, receive, and record calls, send voice… Read More

  • Universal Music's classical subsidiary to go DRM-free

    Deutsche Grammaphon. Ever heard of it? Doesn’t matter if you have or not. It’s owned by Universal Music and has decided to build its own classical music download site, where the MP3s are DRM-free and encoded at 320kbps. Single tracks run for $1.29 unless they’re over 7-minutes long, in which case they cost $1.99. That’s a slight departure from how classical music is… Read More

  • Knocka.tv Comes Out Swinging, Does it Pack a Punch?

    Knocka.tv ends speculation today by alpha launching an Internet television network. As a TechCrunch exclusive, 1000 of our readers will be the first users to gain access—the sign-up form is at the bottom of this post. The concept is a multi-channel Internet broadcast network that features both professional and user generated content. Knocka packages the content prior to broadcast… Read More

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