• Yang Decides to Shut Down Yahoo 360—Nobody Notices

    Okay, we admit it. We’ve been busy here at TechCrunch, and totally missed this announcement last week that Yahoo is finally going to pull the plug on its stillborn social network, Yahoo 360. Jerry Yang even mentioned it in a blog post on October 16: “Our new decision-making framework also informed what we’d no longer invest in. . . ., we intend to transition Yahoo! 360 to… Read More

  • Reuters' N95-equipped toolkit for on-the-go reporters

    As a well-respected, professional, hard-hitting technology journalist, I can appreciate what this kit has to — buwahahahaaaa!! I’m sorry, I couldn’t get though it all. Well-respected! Professional! Journalist! L! O! L! Anyhoo, Reuters came up with an interesting idea to try out with some of its reporters that entailed the use of an entirely mobile setup consisting of a Nokia… Read More

  • Tablefinder signs deal with TopTable

    EU News: Tablefinder, a startup aimed at aggregating the world’s online bookable restaurants, has signed a partner agreement with the UK’s TopTable, the largest restaurant booker in Europe. The deal gives Tablefinder access to all of the TopTable restaurants including the first restaurants to be added from New York. Currently Tablefinder is limited to restaurants in Sweden. In… Read More

  • Microsoft 'Mobile Device Manager' does it up remotely

    Available the first half of next year, Microsoft’s System Center Mobile Device Manager 2008 will allow IT departments to remotely administer mobile phones, allowing them to do cool tricks like "turn off a phone’s camera and prevent the use of unauthorized messaging services." For the end user, it’ll be similar to how you’re able to connect to your workplace… Read More

  • EchoSign Closes $6 Million Round

    Contract-management startup EchoSign has just closed a $6 million round of financing, led by Emergence Capital. Previously, the company had raised $2.5 million from Storm Ventures. EchoSign is a Web-based service that lets you append digital signatures to contracts and other business documents, store them in digital form, and manage those documents without printing them out and faxing them. … Read More

  • Microsoft's sub-$100 Windows Mobile smartphones

    So far, one of the things that most smartphones have had in common has been that they’re relatively expensive when they first launch. Microsoft’s trying to buck that trend by releasing some new Windows Mobile-powered smartphones at under $100. Currently, AT&T is selling the 3125 for $49 after $50 rebate and Microsoft has announced that "another phone will go on sale for… Read More

  • Video: Apple genius doesn't buy kid's "my iPhone broke" story

    Fake Steve Jobs is the man. He completely calls out this tool who brought his non-functioning iPhone to an Apple Store to get it checked out. Judging by the comments found on blogs left, right and center, the guy was just hamming it up for his hidden camera, possibly thinking he would become the newest YouTube sensation. The Apple guy told him to take a short walk off a long pier. Hats off… Read More

  • Hands on with the Blackjack II


    Try as they might, Samsung and AT&T attempted to keep the Blackjack II under wraps, but something always surfaces, which is the case with the Blackjack II. The highly anticipated next-generation Blackjack is significantly improved over its predecessor. Take your pick between red wine and slick black, I’d suggest the red wine because it has a textured feel sort of like faux leather… Read More

  • Mozilla makes free software, plenty of money

    For a company that makes its living by producing open source software, Mozilla’s doing quite well for itself. It brought in almost $67 million in 2006, up 26% from the year before. It spent just under $20 million, mostly on its 90-some employees (full and part time) around the world and the necessary infrastructure required to support things like serving up "close to 600,000… Read More

  • Bonjour works on iPhone, iPod Touch


    I see you see me Erica from TUAW got Bonjour up and running on her iPhone and iPod touch. At this point it’s really just a proof of concept—all it can do is send pictures from the iPhone to the Touch—so it’s yet another example of doing something for the sake of it. That’s right now, at least. In the future, with a little more tinkering, Erica says it could… Read More

  • CTIA SF 2007

    Morning sports fans, I’ll be hopping over to the Moscone in a bit to bring you all the joys from CTIA. Strap in and keep all arms and legs inside the vehicle, it’s going to be a bumpy ride. Read More

  • Pixsy To Power Search Engine On LastMinute.com

    Media search platform provider Pixsy has signed a deal with bargain hotel and travel site lastminute.com that will see Pixsy operate a travel focused video and image search engine at lastminute.pixsy.com The new service will allow users to search millions of travel photos and videos while simultaneously shopping for travel services. Pixsy has been on a roll of late, signing deals to power… Read More

  • Hulu Set to Launch on Monday

    After gearing up all summer, Hulu (the NBC-Fox joint venture that is going up against YouTube) was supposed to launch in private beta yesterday, says a source. That is why NBC pulled its videos from YouTube last week. (This, after NBC abandoned iTunes for Amazon, and already started offering free downloads of its shows on the Web). But launching a video Website can be hard—even if it… Read More

  • PatrolBot brings you your beer, warns of intruders

    Robots are completely useless you train them to do you bidding, making Mobile Robots’ PatrolBot entirely useful. There’s three models to choose from: Jeeves, a robotic butler (a robotic table top essentially); BrewskiBot, a refrigerator for cold beverages; and Agent 007, a toy-like intruder detection system. The PatrolBot has some impressive technology under the hood. You’re… Read More

  • Tickle Me Elmo 2

    Not to be a nerd, but look at how fluidly this thing moves. Amazing work, especially on a toy. [Thanks, Orli!] Read More

  • Mac sales up, PCs are stupid and dumb


    Hot ladies love the Apple! Hey, stupid Windows users, look at us! Wheeee! We’re high on the hog! Livin’ off the fatta the land! We’re riding the peace train all the way to funky town because Apple sales are up 34 percent and many of those were sales to new Mac users. In your FACE Vista! WOOOOT! Although this won’t affect our lives in any way. It’s actually just… Read More

  • CNET reviews Rhapsody on TiVo

    As a current TiVo and former Rhapsody subscriber, the idea of putting the two together intrigues me. What doesn’t intrigue me is paying $17 a month for TiVo and another $13 a month to use Rhapsody on it. I like the services and all but $30 a month seems a little steep, especially on top of the extortion money that I have to shell out to Comcast every month to rent (against my will) a… Read More

  • With FriendCSV, Data Sneaks Out Facebook's Back Door

    As we’ve suggested before, there is an underlying problem with many proprietary systems – such as Facebook – because information inside of them tends to get trapped. Information flows in but not so easily back out. This can be very frustrating for users who wish that the highly personal data stored in social networks could be transferred to other applications for other uses. Read More

  • China and the lie of luxury

    This is a bit off-topic, but it has quite a bit to do with electronics and boutique home audio so let’s begin. Luxury items have always been status symbols and, increasingly, commodity products. This nasty mix creates a drive to sell more product at luxury prices, which is good for the companies but not so good for the consumer. Dana Thomas’ book, Deluxe claws at — but… Read More

  • Digging Into Apple's iPhone Numbers

    What can we glean about how the iPhone is doing from AT&T’s and Apple’s earnings calls? Last quarter, AT&T Wireless had a net gain of 2 million subscribers, its best quarter ever. Apple sold 1.1 million iPhones in the quarter (and 1.4 million cumulatively). Though some portion of those were already AT&T Wireless subscribers, it is safe to say the iPhone deal is… Read More

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