• TripIt Raises $5.1 Million in Series B Funding

    TripIt, the online travel assistant that debuted at Techcrunch40 and is one of the sites Michael can’t live without, has received $5.1M in Series B funding. The main contributions for this round come from Sabre Holdings, O’Reilly AlphaTech Ventures, and European Founders Fund. This addition brings the site’s total funding to $6.1M. TripIt’s main goal is to simplify travel. Read More

  • The gathering storm: Time says Facebook faces backlash over inane application requests

    Charming It looks like Time mag didn’t get the memo that says nothing negative is to be written about Facebook. Funny (well) thing is, it’s the same thing I complained about nearly a year ago: too many stupid application requests. Yup, Facebook users, it seems, are fed up with the myriad application requests they get each and every day. A zombie has bitten you, do you want to… Read More

  • Review: Liveboard Live Baseball Scoreboard

    Those of you over the age of 25 might remember something called “baseball” — I used to play baseball when I was a kid. In the days before everyone spent all of their time inside on the internet, children used to go to the “park” and play baseball for fun. And as most of you know, some grown-ups play baseball for a job. And many other grown-ups (and kids too!)… Read More

  • SocialText Putting A Little Social Into…Enterprise Wikis

    Palo Alto based Wiki startup SocialText, founded way back in 2002, is announcing version 3.0 of its software this morning. The upgrades are designed to put a little “social” into the enterprise (and to sidestep, as much as possible, the recently relaunched Google Sites, a direct competitor). SocialText sells Wikis to companies, for the most part, although they also offer an open… Read More

  • Cheap Calls! Truphone Raises £16.5 million In Series B

    UK-based Truphone, a VoIP service provider for Wifi/data enabled handsets, announced a £16.5 million ($32.7 million) second round of financing today, adding to the £12.5 million ($24.5 million) they raised a little over a year ago. What’s that $50+ million being used for? Cheap calls! Like Fring and a slew of others, Truphone allows free calls initiated from between Wifi/data… Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Fields of Gold Edition

    Yum, self-digesting corn creates delicious ethanol
    Meet Carlos, the flammable legs-only robo hobo
    BedFan perfect for hot sleepers
    Hive speaker bar looks better than your surround sound speakers
    Sweater Friends Episode 1: Soybean Farmer from Harmonix Read More

  • Yahoo Puts All The Chips On The Table. Time For Somebody To Fold.

    The WSJ, Yahoo’s unofficial partner for information leaks over the last couple of months, is reporting that “people familiar with the matter” (i.e. Yahoo) say that Yahoo and Google have completed a preliminary test of the trial deal to outsource Google ads to Yahoo search queries announced last week. This “test run of the test run” yielded “positive… Read More

  • The Twitter/FriendFeed Desktop Client Arms Race Continues

    A lot of people are addicted to Twitter (microblogging), and a lot of people are addicted to FriendFeed (friends’ activity streams). While both are web services, each offers an API that lets third parties build on top of them, including desktop applications. Twhirl, recently acquired by Seesmic, has emerged as the leading desktop client for Twitter, and Alert Thingy launched days ago on… Read More

  • Lonelygirl15 and KateModern Creators Raise $5 million, Form EQAL

    In June 2006, former medical student Miles Beckett and disgruntled lawyer Greg Goodfried teamed up with filmmaker Ramesh Flinders to launch Lonelygirl15, a fictional video journal series on YouTube that captured audiences and led them to believe that the female protagonist was actually broadcasting her real life. After the truth came out about the authenticity of the recordings… Read More

  • Parot's PARTY features NFC, too!

    The Parrot PARTY Black Edition claims to be the first commercially available Near Field Communication (NFC) enabled speaker system. The NFC technology will enable users to pair their device to the speaker simply by tapping them together. The Parrot PARTY Black Edition will be available in the summer 2008 for £79.00. Read More

  • Final Iron Man game 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%2F839388&showplayerpath=http%3A%2F%2Fblip%2Etv%2Fscripts%2Fflash%2Fshowplayer%2Eswf This is the final game trailer for Sega’s Iron Man and we should be getting a preview of it this weekend at the NY ComiCon. Nicholas and I… Read More

  • Nokia's 6212 supports NFC

    Nokia has announced the 6212, which features Near Field Communication (NFC) technology. The NFC technology is designed for simple and intuitive interaction between devices. In the case of the 6212, you can do things like tap two phones together to transfer contact information and other data, or make purchases by storing your personal data in the device and swiping it over a surface. Nokia… Read More

  • Central Desktop Takes $7 Million

    Central Desktop has taken a first round of $7 million from OpenView Venture Partners. Central Desktop offers a web-based SaaS collaboration platform that allows business teams of all sizes to work virtually and seamlessly online. Central Desktop is pitched as providing “the richest set-of-tools available for business users with ease-of-use at a price-point, leveling the playing field… Read More

  • Alexa Overhauls Ranking System

    Everyone’s favorite web statistics whipping boy Alexa has announced a major overhaul of how it compiles traffic figures. The biggest change is Alexa’s decision to drop exclusive reliance on the Alexa toolbar for traffic data, with Alexa now aggregating data from “multiple sources” to compile its statistics and web rankings. As part of the move, historical data from Alexa… Read More

  • Skype Reports 61% YOY Growth; All Quiet On Google Front

    eBay reported its first quarter results today with revenues of $2.19B, up $424M from the same quarter last year. Its GAAP net income was $460M, or $0.34 per diluted share. Skype revenues were $126M with 61% year-over-year growth (although revenue is decelerating rapidly). During the first part of this year, Skype added 33M registered users, bringing its total to 309M users. This makes the… Read More

  • MyPlayList Combines Flickr And Online Music

    MyPlayList, a bootstrapped startup from Agentbleu, a Englishman living in France, combines streamed music and Flickr for a free music service that delivers visual as well as musical abundance. MyPlayList uses the XSPF xml format to combine the images from the Flickr image sharing service, with music that is hosted across the internet, and similar to Seeqpod does not host or cache any of the… Read More

  • T-Mobile HotSpot connecting Panasonic Lumix point-and-shoot camera finally revealed

    Remember that Panasonic Lumix we reported about in January that would have built-in Wi-Fi and link up to T-Mobile’s HotSpot service? Well, it’s finally here. The Lumix DMC-TZ50 is rigged to access T-Mobile HotSpot services to upload directly to Picasa Web. Feature-wise the TZ50 packs a 9.1-megapixel sensor, 10x optical zoom 28mm wide-angle Leica lens, 3-inch LCD and records video… Read More

  • Last Call for CrunchNetwork Sponsorship Opportunity

    We’ve almost finalized our May 1 CrunchNetwork event and we’re looking for some hale and hearty sponsors, either cash or giveaways, to keep our readers drunk and happy. This is a great opportunity to spread the word about your product or service to a cool and plugged in group of people and you will be mentioned in every CG and TC post leading up to the event. Then e-mail me for… Read More

  • The random endorsement: Regular buttons (touch-based ones are dumb)

    Who here likes buttons? Like, honest-to-God buttons that you push and then something happens? I do. It’s one of the reasons why I’m fairly nonplussed by the iPhone. (All the pre-launch THIS WILL CHANGE THE WORLD nonsense also bothered me, too.) I’m not trying to be all “unreasonable” or anything, but I simply prefer the feeling I get when pushing a physical button. Read More

  • The world's smallest violin plays for NBC as it demands anti-piracy measures by Apple

    Pity the media conglomerate that tries to enforce copyright by demanding the modification of an extremely popular and user-friendly piece of hardware. NBC’s Chief Digital Officer George Kliavkoff says they’re wary of releasing its TV shows on iTunes due to the large amount of pirated content on iPods. And since people use iTunes to put stuff on their iPod, maybe pretty please… Read More

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