• McCain Embarrassed by Yahoo’s Actions in China; Also Calls Google To The Mat

    Next up in our series of interviews with 2008 presidential candidates: Senator John McCain. The recording is below and is also available at TalkCrunch. McCain’s campaign made no stipulations on the questions I could ask (and they didn’t even hold this against us). He spoke frankly and clearly outlined his position on a number of key technology issues: China, H-1B Visas, Net… Read More

  • CrunchDeals: Helio Ocean now $99, so is unlimited everything

    I love my Ocean. Matt lives and dies by the Ocean. It’s a great phone and does everything one needs. Well, not everything. It doesn’t get Matt laid or anything, but I think you know where I’m going. Maybe you’re already with Helio and you want some friends to migrate over because you’re a greedy bastard and want the free months of service. I wouldn’t blame you. Read More

  • Zune 2 review roundup

    This guy needs to get laid. Does it suck? Will it kill the iPod? Will you buy one? Do you care? The general consensus seems to be that Microsoft is at the cusp, but they’ve fallen short once again, though, it’s a vast improvement over the first gen Zune. It takes Microsoft a bit of time to catch up, but once they do, I think the Zune will be a worthy opponent. We’ll see how… Read More

  • 'Make Digital Easy' author says HD DVD is 'better product'

    Yet another “HD DVD wins, Blu-ray stinks” article made the rounds this weekend, only it’s from a guy whose opinion actually means something (I think). Don Lindich, whose “Digital Made Easy” books—I don’t know—make digital easy, says HD DVD is the better value right now. An abundance of cheap players, increased studio support, Wal-Mart support… Read More

  • New-ish Sony eBook reader apparently mangles PDFs

    So close. I’ve been eyeing eBook readers for a while now. I really can’t see myself spending $300 on one when I have gadgets like the Nokia 770 and iPod Touch that are capable of handling similar tasks and more. However, the E-Ink technology is pretty cool and the 7,500 page-turn battery life that Sony suggests is intriguing. According to Gordon Meyer over at 43 Folders, the… Read More

  • 1.1.2 Jailbreak released

    So, how about those Mets. They were robbed, right? So we had some lasagna last night. I made it with these freeze-dried noodle things. You just put the noodles in the ‘zagna and cook it up. They actually become soft like regular noodles and you don’t even have to worry about cooking them and putting them into the dish. It was really easy. Also, they have a 1.1.2 firmware jailbreak… Read More

  • New Mac/PC Ad: Don't give up on Vista

    Oh, those silly guys who are Macs and PCs on the TV. They’re always quibbling, but you know they really love each other. I bet John Hodgman and Justin Long go out drinking after the shoots and sometimes, just sometimes, they look across the table at each other and there’s something there, something dark and forbidden — they feel Boot Camp. Apple Read More

  • Newsflash: Working for Google early on makes you rich

    This lady’s name is Bonnie Brown. She’s a skillionaire. She wasn’t always rich, though. Back in 1999, she was making $450 a week as a masseuse for Google, which at that time had 40 employees. Boy oh boy, Google must have known it was going to be huge to hire a masseuse for only 40 people. The last company I worked for had over 300 people and there was no masseuse and no free… Read More

  • EU Regulators to Tackle Large Telecoms

    The European Commission is expected to create a new regulatory body that it hopes will spur telecommunications competition in Europe with the goal of reducing costs for consumers. This new body will have the power to separate telecommunication networks and access providers. It is believed that the large companies that now control these aspects of European telecommunications retards growth… Read More

  • CrunchDeals: White, black Zune for $90

    I know the brown Zune’s suck so here’s your chance to get a white or black refurbed Zune for only $90. That’s cheap, people. Jump on it before they sell out, which I’m sure they will in a matter of hours. Woot Read More

  • "Tommy Lee stabbed my Powerbook:" Real-life rock star tales

    When you’re navigating the rock and roll jungles with the wildest of rockers, your gear needs to be able to stand up to the elements. And to overzealous groupies. It’s a challenge that bestselling writer Anthony Bozza knows well. A former writer for Rolling Stone, Bozza was the first national journalist to cover Eminem. In addition to the former Marshall Mathers, Bozza also… Read More

  • Target removes Manhunt 2 from its shelves: code unlocks original violence

    The controversy surrounding Manhunt 2 refuses to subside. There’s apparently a code floating around that reverts the game’s altered, less violent death scenes back to their original, gore-tastic incarnations. Retail chain Target found out about this and has now removed the game from its shelves. Read More

  • Pink bathtub flower plug turns purple when water is nice and warm

    Here’s another one of those “why hasn’t this been around before?” moments. For your bathtub, this plug has a pink flower attached to it, a flower whose color changes in response to the temperature of the water. When the water reaches a sufficiently warm/not-too-hot temperature, the flower turns purple. Purple flower = bath time, simple as that. The odds of you being able… Read More

  • New Mobile Video Advertising Platform from MoPhap and Vantrix

    MoPhap, a mobile ad serving company, and Vantrix, a company which works with mobile video, announced the launch of a new mobile video ad insertion platform. The best of MoPhap’s SparkMobile ad serving and campaign management tools are combined with Vantrix’s Ad Booster advertising insertion and optimization platform. This partnership allows content providers to insert highly… Read More

  • Google Gets Android Apps Going With a $10 Million Challenge

    As promised last week, Google today released the software development kit for its Android operating system for mobile phones. In an effort to give developers a little extra incentive to create applications on top of Android, it is also announcing a $10 million challenge. The best 50 apps will get initial grants of $25,000 each, followed by ten $100,000 and ten $275,000 grants. That comes to… Read More

  • Facebook Apps Getting Stuck in Directory Approval Process

    An application developer contacted us late last week to inform us of a common problem he’s seen with the Facebook platform since October 29th wherein some developers’ applications are getting perpetually stuck in the directory approval process. It appears two things have been happening to prevent applications from appearing in the directory: they are approved but then soon revert… Read More

  • Counting the Google Millionaires

    In the 1990s, we loved to tally up the number of Microsoft millionaires. Now, it’s Google’s turn. The New York Times cites estimates that there are 1,000 Google employees whose stock grants and options are worth more than $5 million. So there are more than 1,000 Google millionaires, including Google’s former masseuse, Bonnie Brown. And anyone who joined a year ago is… Read More

  • CrunchGear Week in Review: Light Drive Edition

    Look at the pretty lights
    Demonoid is dead, reincarnation imminent
    Pedal your way to a fully-charged laptop
    Smart cars coming in January. Would you buy one?
    Kane & Lynch: When swag almost causes a heart attack Read More

  • Last Batch of Tickets for TechCrunch Meetup 11 in Boston

    Going, going, gone. We are releasing our final batch of 250 tickets for the November 16 Boston MeetUp co-hosted with IDG Ventures Boston. That’s this Friday, Boston readers. Judging by the last couple of rounds, you have about an hour to snatch these up. There will be lots of startups demonstrating their products, and great networking with area entrepreneurs, VCs, corporate and… Read More

  • Wired Covers DanceJam Without Trashing M.C. Hammer

    I wrote about DanceJam last week, disclosing that I was an investor and saying I’d be linking to other coverage of the startup. Wired just posted a good overview of the company, which was founded by M.C. Hammer, Geoffrey Arone and Anthony Young. In the article they mention an issue that has been bugging me – that some people have suggested that we only included MC Hammer as an… Read More

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