• Intel and SAP Put $15 Million Into Enterprise-Search Company Endeca

    Two weeks after Microsoft announced its $1.2 billion acquisition of FAST Search & Transfer, enterprise-search competitor Endeca is getting a $15 million cash infusion from Intel and SAP. This is on top of the $50 million Endeca has already raised in the past few years from Lehman Brothers, Granite Global Ventures, Ampersand Ventures, Bessemer Venture Partners, Venrock Associates and… Read More

  • AD Infuse gets $12 Million in Seed Money

    The mobile advertising company Ad Infuse announced today that it has secured $12 million in financing. New investor SoftBank capital led this new financing round, which also includes existing investors ComVentures and Storm Ventures. The money will be used to promote and develop Ad Infuse’s mobile advertising network and platform, adInMotion. The company will also invest in its… Read More

  • Google Earth: 1,000 Human Lifetimes Spent Looking At It

    Google’s Marissa Mayer gave a “deep dive” presentation on Google Earth at the DLD conference in Munich yesterday (see our coverage from the first day here). Her presentation is embedded below. Lots of interesting stats and creative use of the technology: “Hundreds of millions of Google Earth downloads and activations,” and the equivalent of “1,000 human… Read More

  • Zumobi to be Distributed on Windows Mobile

    Zumbi has entered into a business agreement with Microsoft. Zumbi’s Zooming User Interface and mobile widget platform will appear on Windows Mobile. The applications are compatible with Windows Mobile versions 5.0 and newer. “Currently shipping on devices from more than 48 device makers with 125 mobile operators in 55 countries, Windows Mobile is one of the most accessible and… Read More

  • Europe 2.0: European tech investing "coming of age," as events hard-wire the network

    It’s mildly diverting when some say that Europe is still a slow place for technology startups, then pat us on the head and tell us that every day, in every way, we’re getting better and better. But it’s more interesting when people who really are at the heart of the European business pull all the threads together and come up with some cogent arguments. Max Bleyleben of… Read More

  • Daily Crunch: An Army of Me Edition

    Video: Control 100 Marios with hand gestures
    Piper-Heidsieck limited-edition upside-down Champagne
    English lady columnist calls video games ‘crack cocaine’
    Velociraptoricide!
    Battery-powered car gets almost 100 miles per charge Read More

  • YouTube for Startups? Hell, why not…

    Aside from running some normal written reviews of new web firms, I’d like to encourage companies out there to send in links to videos. In common with TechCrunch.com, I’ll be running embeddable demo videos where appropriate, because a demonstration speaks louder than any words, and these can’t be edited or spun by TechCrunch – something some may view as an… Read More

  • Mental Note: Do Not Print Stuff From The Internet In Afghanistan

    The US backed government in Afghanistan has sentenced a 23 year old internet user to death in a secret trial based on a document he printed off the internet. Sayad Parwez Kambaksh’s crime was printing a document from the internet that allegedly “violated the tenets of Islam.” Kambaksh then allegedly took the printout to Balkh University, where he discussed the contents with… Read More

  • European tech investing is "coming of age"

    It’s mildly diverting when some people, like Business Week reporters, say that Europe is still a slow place for technology startups, then pat us on the head and tell us that every day, in every way, we’re getting better and better. But it’s more interesting when people who really are at the heart of the sector pull all the threads together and come up with some cogent… Read More

  • Real-Estate Search Engine Roost Launches With Full MLS Listings

    Just when you thought the real-estate bubble had burst and the economy was going to hell, here comes another real-estate search engine. Today we see the launch of Roost, a real-estate site inspired by the lean look and feel of travel search engine Kayak. In fact, two of Roost’s board members and lead investors from General Catalyst Partners are also on the board of Kayak. Roost… Read More

  • 1,000 Free 23andMe Kits For Davos Attendees (plus one for TechCrunch readers)

    At a dinner last night at the World Economic Forum in Davos, 23andMe founders Linda Avey and Anne Wojcicki announced that they are providing 1,000 free 23andMe personal DNA testing kits to conference attendees. Damn, I thought, I already paid $1,000 (more) for my kit (so much for the benefits of being an early adopter). Rumor is the company is also sending 100 free kits to attendees of the… Read More

  • FunnyorDie Hangs In There: Good Content Still The Key

    http://www2.funnyordie.com/public/flash/fodplayer.swfthe parody video Tom Cruise WANTS you to see! on FunnyOrDie.com When the Will Farrell/ Sequioa backed ($15m+) FunnyorDie launched in March 2007 it made a huge splash with Farrell providing original content that quickly went viral. After an initial peak the traffic slowed right down, with some suggesting that it may not rise again. Content… Read More

  • Automattic Lands Massive $29.5M for WordPress, Other Products

    As we speculated, Automattic, provider of the WordPress open-source blogging software and spam filter Akismet, has raised $29.5M in a Series B round of financing led by Polaris Ventures (which put in $20 million of the $29.5 million). Other participants in the round include The New York Times, True Ventures, and Radar Ventures. The large injection of capital will not only go towards the… Read More

  • Syndicaster.TV Launches. Gives Broadcasters An Instant Way To Publish TV on the Web

    Critical Media, a New York City startup that operates Web-based video clipping and video syndication services for local TV and national news content, jut launched Syndicaster.TV. Geared at local TV stations and television groups, Syndicaster.TV lets broadcasters log onto the Web and capture video clips from any TV station minutes after they air. They simply select the portion of the video… Read More

  • Video: First look at Comcast + TiVo interface

    http://progressive.playstream.com/playstream/progressive/flashplayers/FLVPlayer.swf Here’s a quick first look at the Comcast + TiVo interface that’s recently become available in the Boston area. Pros: Way better than the alternative Comcast DVR interface from 1982, it’s TiVo, dual tuner + HD for about what you’d pay per month for TiVo except you don’t have to… Read More

  • Sony casually reminds us that PS3 Network is free (and Xbox Live costs money)

    [photopress:ps3freexblnot.jpg,full,center] What’s a guaranteed way to stir the hornet’s nest that is the console wars? If you’re Sony you start an ad campaign reminding people that its PlayStation Network is completely free. The not so subtle “what doesn’t this ad say?” is that Xbox Live costs $50 per year. And then both camps started calling each other names. Read More

  • Local UK sites now in all out war

    There’s something about ‘local’ that really gets our startup juices flowing in the UK. Maybe it’s that ‘children of Thatcher’ thing? (She was a greengrocer’s daughter). Nine-year old local search site TouchLocal has raised £7M (€9.4M) from Balderton Capital to combine a yellow pages model with a social community of recommending and reviewing… Read More

  • We7 proving ad-supported music has a future?

    Ad-supported music seems to be gaining traction as a business model. We7, a UK-based music download service driven by advertising sales, has raised a $6M Series ‘A’ round led by musician/investor Peter Gabriel and Spark Ventures and UK VC firm Eden Ventures. The founders of We7 are John Taysom, chairman, and CEO Steve Purdham. Purdham founded SurfControl, a publicly-traded firm… Read More

  • Pleo, what have they done to you?

    The uber dorks have ported an AIBO tool over to the Pleo so you can make it do wretched things to satisfy your weird taste. Poor Ferbie. Robots Rule Read More

  • TrackMyShipments: Like TripIt For Deliveries

    TrackMyShipments offers a centralized delivery tracking service that is similar to TripIt. The concept is simple. Users sign up and forward emails they receive when ordering goods online to TrackMyShipments. The email can be in any format and any layout. The service then extracts the data to create a centralized tracking point for all deliveries. TrackMyShipments regularly pings the… Read More

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