• eBuddy, The Meebo Of Europe, Raises €6.5 million

    eBuddy, a web chat application that actually was around long before the similar high-flying Silicon Valley startup Meebo, raised €6.5 million in a Series B round of funding today. The investment was led by Prime Technology Ventures. The company had previously raised €5 million. eBuddy and Meebo are roughly equivalent according to worldwide Comscore numbers (4.8 million unique visitors… Read More

  • Jawbone's viral videos: Ummm… OK

    You know what? I’m tired of viral video. Just by posting it here I fall into the trap and there’s really no way around it — it’s a win-win for the advertiser and makes us look like rubes. The story is this: formerly staid and upright Bluetooth headset maker seems to be trying to shed its boring, Star Trek image by making a bunch of silly viral videos, this one included. Read More

  • Vista SP1 RTM starts today, downloadable mid-March

    Okay, over on the Microsoft Vista Blog they’ve announced that Vista with Service Pack 1 is now in the release-to-manufacturing stage, so in the not-too-distant future we’ll see new computers coming out with Vista SP1 preloaded. Wonderful. So what about the rest of us? We’ll get ours in the middle of March. Read More

  • Mobile networks give up, merge UGC portals to take on YouTube

    Several years after everyone else pointed out what they could do with their multimedia devices, the mobile carriers are waking up to the idea that users do not want to have to silo their “generated content” in mobile video portals owned by one operator and which have no incentive for them to generate the content in the first place. So today, 3 and O2 dragged journalists down to… Read More

  • Google's Android Is Already Delayed

    Google’s Android mobile operating system is already hitting snags. It is hardly out of the gate yet, and (correction) an update to the software development kit that programmers need to create applications for Android is being pushed back a few weeks. Because of this delay, the deadline for the $10 million Android Developer’s Challenge is also being pushed back a month from March 3… Read More

  • Motorola sneak peek from Mobile World Congress

    Looks like Moto is trying to tell us their new phones will have some hot TV action. No news yet on what they’re releasing, but I’ll be there in force to rock out to some electro beats with the Spaniards. Read More

  • Natali Gets Loaded Today

    Former TechCrunch Writer Natali Del Conte’s new CNET TV show, Loaded, launched today. And true to CNET’s general policies, the show is not embeddable on other websites (you can see it here). Also standard CNET policy – they sort of borrowed a headline without attribution (Natali says “Google and Microsoft exectuives were not watching the Superbowl on Sunday” –… Read More

  • MobileCrunch at MWC 2008

    I’m headed to Barcelona tomorrow and will be rolling around the Catalonian country-side for a few days before MWC, which starts next Monday. I’d love to talk to start-up folk and/or fans in B-town and Girona. My number in Spain, thanks to the super-cool MaxRoam, will be +34957780732 and my SMS-only number will be +972543563127. I’m also available via email. I’d like to… Read More

  • HOW TO stay a virgin this Valentine's Day

    So you’re in love. You decide not to get “store bought flowers or jewelry” for your lucky lover and instead make a fiber optic rose of the type found in .99 cent stores all up and down the Eastern Seaboard. This, in fact, is a poor decision and will not get you any play or even a call back. But that doesn’t matter, right guys? Because our objects of affection work in… Read More

  • Wrap your iPhone in crystal

    PowerSupport just launched a “crystal” (actually plastic) iPhone case that protects your precious and offers a unique little stand to keep her comfortably upright during long flights. The twee jacket includes a plastic front and back protective covering and costs $29.95. Best of all, there’s a little haiku on the page: Music can transcend.
    It’s what feeds the soul, spirit.
    Read More

  • Greystripe Adds Ten New Distribution Partners

    Greystripe announced today that it has added ten new distribution partners for Greystripe’s AdWRAP Catalog Platform. Greystripe is the world’s largest distributor of ad-supported mobile games and applications. 40 partners now account for 85% of all downloads of Greystripe titles. AdWRAP was launched a year ago and now has 40 partners including Zedge, Cellware, Tagtag… Read More

  • Ships did not cut undersea cable

    Da-dunt! Da-dunt! Da-dunt! I can’t stand it/I know you planned it… Well, it seems ships didn’t break the network cable links to Egypt — now they’re suspecting submarines. Not sure what to make of this development and unless Islamo-fascists have access to undersea vehicles and care enough to keep the devleloping world from connecting to the Internet, I don’t… Read More

  • CondeNet Goes Beyond Being A Copyright Cop; Approaches Infringement As A Business Opportunty

    Digital media fingerprinting technologies are quickly becoming part of every media company’s arsenal when it comes to combating copyright infringement on the Web. So far, most media companies have used the technology primarily as an enforcement tool, in conjunction with their subpeona machines. But CondéNet, the online arm of Condé Nast magazines, is looking for ways to use… Read More

  • TiVo releases seriously flawed Super Bowl ad data

    Something is wrong here. TiVo grabs data from how many times the pause and rewind buttons are pressed during the Super Bowl and makes the most frequently shifted ads the “top ten” ads. If you watched the game, though, you’ll agree with me that there’s no way the Dorito’s “Mouse Trap” or the Ice Breakers “Carmen Electra” spot should be… Read More

  • Skype plugin for Apple TV

    The brave new age of talking to your loved ones on the TV is finally here. Brandon Holland created a native Skype plugin for the Apple TV. It will take a bit of doing to get it on there, but it apparently lets you make calls and obtain your contact list. This plugin is basically an Apple TV front end for the Mac version of the Skype Application. It uses Skype’s powerful and well… Read More

  • Google sending a drink down the bar to Yahoo?

    Yahoo’s had no shortage of handsome suitors lately. While Google may not want to explicitly purchase Yahoo, it has offered “an alliance as an alternative to Microsoft’s bid,” according to Reuters. So Microsoft proposes marriage and Google comes along proposing a friends-with-benefits arrangement. Not that Yahoo’s not playing the field a bit, though. Sources… Read More

  • Lymabean: It May Not Go Far, But It Sure Looks Pretty

    Let’s add one more new social network to the list that’s trying to woo college students back from Facebook: Lymabean. It hasn’t launched yet, but you can watch an overview video of what appears to be a very pretty Flash-based interface. The site has most of the bells and whistles required of social networks today – profiles, friends, photos, videos, etc. Instant… Read More

  • Teneros, A Startup That Cashes In Every Time Microsoft Exchange Crashes, Raises $40 Million In A Series D

    File this one in your irony folder. A Silicon Valley startup called Teneros closed a $40 million series D financing today, led by Advanced Equities. That brings the total raised since the company was founded to $84.5 million (other investors include Goldman Sachs, New Enterprise Associates, and Sevin Rosen Funds). What does Teneros do? It keeps crashing Microsoft Exchange e-mail servers… Read More

  • Breaking: In The Middle of The Storm, Yahoo! Acquires Israeli FoxyTunes

    A couple of weeks ago we reported several rumors of acquisition of Israel-based FoxyTunes a Firefox plugin that allows users to control their favorite media players from the browser. According to several sources the acquisition has been completed for an undisclosed amount of money. This happens as Yahoo decided to shut down its premium music service and reroute it to Rhapsody. Prior to… Read More

  • CrunchGear Week in Review: You! Me! Dancing! Edition

    This is the Kaossilator
    PMA 2008: Gorillapod Go-Go! Suction Cups
    Shirts that give you health when you’re close to your other
    Keepon the dancing robot and Diane the dirty call management system
    Building the Lego Millennium Falcon Read More

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