• Pioneer develops world's first 16-layer disc with 400 GB capacity

    Today Pioneer announced [JP] they – as the first company in the world – managed to develop a 16-layer optical disc with a capacity of 400 GB. In other words, each layer boasts the capacity of a 25 GB Blu-ray disc currently available for retail. Pioneer said the new discs will be compatible with existing Blu-ray hardware but are read-only at the moment. The company is currently… Read More

  • CrunchGear Week in Review: Bombardment Edition

    Earth makes a terrible racket
    Germany invests $47 billion in offshore wind farms
    Seed bombs: Make the world greener while forcing your philosophy on others
    Robots that learn
    Mega Man 9 to be released on WiiWare, PSN, and XBLA Read More

  • Facebook Continues War On App Developers. This Week: Super Wall

    Facebook is continuing its war on Facebook apps that push the limits on acceptable user interaction. Last week it was Slide’s Top Friends App, which it briefly suspended. Later Facebook also suspended another popular app, Social Me. This time they’re targeting Slide’s rival RockYou and their Super Wall application, which tends to have a lot of spammy user content. But instead… Read More

  • One Year Later: Ooma

    Consumer VoIP startup Ooma launched nearly a year ago and offered consumers free phone service for life, all you had to do was buy the hardware for $399. Just one problem. The sticker shock of paying $399 up front for the hardware put a lot of users off. And there weren’t many places you could actually buy the Ooma. It went on sale on their website in August 2007. When a number of… Read More

  • Here Comes The iPhone App Store

    It looks like green lights all the way for the launch of the iPhone App Store this week. Most developers have been told they must submit their applications by 12 PM PDT today (Monday) to be considered for inclusion in the launch: “Have your application be among the first available when the App Store goes live. To ensure your application can be considered for the exciting launch of the… Read More

  • Will We Ever Bury Voice Recognition?

    Over on our sister blog Techcrunch, we just reviewed a new Windows-based IM client called Say2Go. The client itself is simple, but the main value-add presented is being able to record a message and then have it transcribed automatically and then sent as a text message. Microsoft thought that this use of their new speech technology was so great that they awarded the company first prize in… Read More

  • Earth makes a terrible racket


    Scientists have made new recordings of the sounds of the earth, and this time its not songs of the whales and the drumming of rain, but charged particles from the solar wind colliding with Earth’s magnetic field. The sounds are blocked from our hearing by the ionosphere, or charged layer on top of our atmosphere, which is good because apparently they sound awful, and reportedly… Read More

  • Judge evokes WoW in ruling


    In a decision last week a Delaware court rejected a request by the Wayne County Employees’ Retirement System for a preliminary injunction against the proposed Vivendi-Activision merger. Though the decision is a score for the continuation of the companies’ plans, game fans will be impressed by the judge’s reasoning. Known for his pop culture savvy, William Chandler III… Read More

  • Say2GO Offers Asynchronous Voice Chat For Windows Users

    Instant messaging, a technology that actually predates the Internet, hasn’t seen too many changes over the years. The AOL Instant Messenger of today is not that different from the AOL Instant Messenger from 1997. There has been some new technology with the integration of instant messaging, VoIP, and webcam capabilities with services such as Skype, but two things have remained the same. Read More

  • Paragon Lake Raises $5.8 Million To Help You Make Custom Jewelry

    Paragon Lake, a startup that aims to make the custom jewelry design process more efficient, has raised $5.8 million in a Series A funding round led by Highland Capital Partners and Canaan Partners. The company, which was founded in 2006, has been developing a web-based jewelry design tool for independent jewelers that it hopes to release in the next few months. The online software aims to… Read More

  • Don't Sell Your Vote On Ebay. It's Wrong.

    Max Sanders decided it would be funny if he sold his vote in the upcoming presidential election on Ebay – minimum bid $10. And while I agree that it’s pretty funny, he’s now been charged with one count of bribery, treating and soliciting, a felony under an 1893 Minnesota law that makes it a crime to offer to buy or sell a vote. The law was used extensively in the… Read More

  • Gmail's Mysterious Grey Box

    There’s a small grey box rendered in an iFrame in the top left hand corner of Gmail, and TechCrunchIT is trying to figure out what it is. The icon is a ten by ten pixel graphic with a diagonal line across it, with one half in black and the other in gray. It isn’t an inline image, as you can not highlite it or select it in your browser, nor right-click on it. There is also no… Read More

  • Germany invests $47 billion in offshore wind farms

    The German government today announced plans to build 30 wind farms in the North and Baltic Sea north of Germany. Each facility will cost $1.57 billion. The first farm will become reality this year. By 2030, a total of 25,000 megawatts are supposed to be produced when the grid of interconnected wind farms is finalized. With the record investment, the German government said it wants to increase… Read More

  • Friendfeed v. Twitter: Half The Followers In Five Months

    Twitter is still far larger than its much younger competitor Friendfeed in aggregate terms. But an interesting trend is developing – many longtime Twitter users are noticing that the number of followers they have on Friendfeed is growing far more rapidly than on Twitter. And the conversations at Friendfeed are better, too. I joined Twitter when it launched in mid 2006 (about 24 months… Read More

  • The Mysterious Grey Box On Gmail

    Last week we received an email from an eagle-eyed Gmail user pointing out a strange graphic that has appeared in the top-left hand corner of the application. The icon is a ten by ten pixel graphic with a diagonal line across it, with one half in black and the other in gray. It isn’t an inline image, as you can not highlite it or select it in your browser, nor right-click on it. There is… Read More

  • Webaroo Raises A $10 Million Round For SMSGupShup

    Webaroo Technology has raised a $10 million round of funding for their product SMSGupShup, an SMS-based community site in India, according to Pluggd.in. The round, the third for the company, was co-led by Helion Venture Partners and Charles River Ventures. SMSGupShup is a community site that enables users to join groups according to their interests and receive updates through their mobile… Read More

  • The End Of CAPTCHAs As A Security Mechanism?

    There was a good post on ZDNet recently talking about how a market has developed for the bulk-purchasing of Gmail, Hotmail and Yahoo email accounts (amongst others). The market rate seems to be around $10 for every thousand accounts, with discounts applied with larger orders of 100,000 accounts or more. The most popular security mechanism for protecting against accounts being automatically… Read More

  • Plus ça change

    Holiday weekends, especially the ones that bracket the summer months, tend to be stress tests for the tech media. With the proliferation of smart phones, social media aggregators, and of course the Twitter clonestakes, it’s now trivial to get a snapshot of what is going on throughout the “time off.” Is nothing going on? Has the TechMeme conversation dried up, as Robert… Read More

  • Plus ça change

    Holiday weekends, especially the ones that bracket the summer months, tend to be stress tests for the tech media. With the proliferation of smart phones, social media aggregators, and of course the Twitter clonestakes, it’s now trivial to get a snapshot of what is going on throughout the “time off.” Is nothing going on? Has the TechMeme conversation dried up, as Robert… Read More

  • Current top 10 of Akihabara's most expensive retro games (photo report)

    Here are the top 10 of the most expensive retro games currently sold in Tokyo’s Akihabara district (based on my research in about 10 stores). I took the picture above in the place I love the most on this earth, the Super Potato used game store in the heart of Akihabara. Believe it or not, I didn’t see anything cool gear-wise so this list must do as a “live” report from… Read More

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