• Mark Rein from Epic gets snarky regarding MS buyout rumors

    [photopress:Markrein.jpg,full,left]So there’s this rumor spinning around that Microsoft wants to buy Epic. Since it didn’t get Yahoo!, it’s got a little extra spending money, and it would be a great addition to the Xbox group. GamePro reported MS might be willing to offer up to $2 billion. Epic’s VP Mark Rein blogged that he hadn’t heard the rumors much or read… Read More

  • Introducing The Most Advanced News Site On The Planet

    Well, another news aggregator launched today. This one is called Newspond, and while they didn’t set a record for baseless hyperbole, they come close. The site, like TechMeme and Digg, tries to determine breaking and important news – but it is a little different than both. Digg uses user voting to determine headlines. Techmeme uses linking behavior of blogs and other news sites. Read More

  • It's official: T-Mobile offers $99.99 unlimited voice and messaging

    Straight from the horse’s mouth: BELLEVUE, Wash., Feb. 19, 2008 – T-Mobile USA, Inc., announces today that it will offer consumers a plan that includes unlimited nationwide wireless calling and unlimited nationwide messaging for $99.99 per month. This offer will be available beginning Thursday, Feb. 21, and will be a great value for new and existing T-Mobile… Read More

  • Fake gecko skin could heal your guts

    [photopress:geico_gecko_1.jpg,full,center] That little piece of catfood that sells Geico insurance with a smug Brit accent just might be the key to fast surgery recoveries in the future. Scienticians have found a way to use the same science that lets geckos climb along the celing to help heal surgical wounds. A bandage is made of the new material which binds the incisions together and… Read More

  • ASUS aims to make your monitor a full high-quality HDTV media center

    [photopress:asusbox.jpg,full,center] While there’s no really replacing a good HDTV, your flat panel monitor can totally display HD content, though on a smaller scale. More importantly, it can disply HDTV, and ASUS has put together a neat little combo box for just that. The HDTV Suite-HDMI box plugs into your monitor’s HDMI port and acts as an HDTV tuner as well as a media center PC. Read More

  • Alienware stuffs new 45nm Intel proc into popular m15x laptop

    [photopress:alienware_area_51_m15x_m17x_laptop.jpg,full,center] Alienware’s going micro once more with the first 45nm Core 2 Extreme laptop with a 15.4-inch screen, a size that many (including this blogger) think is the perfect size. This new proc is fitted within the Area-51 m15x laptop, increasing its performance and battery life. With the 800MHz front side bus, this makes the m15x… Read More

  • Rumor: Microsoft announcing Netflix service through Xbox Live

    GDC is underway in San Francisco and the physical format war is dead. So what do the two have to do with one another? Well, it appears Microsoft might make an announcement this week at GDC about a partnership with Netflix. Microsoft definitely played their cards right by not including an internal HD DVD drive and downloadable content appears to be the next big thing. Microsoft has been known… Read More

  • dnp shipping Supernova Epic Screen [Updated with pricing]

    dnp denmark, purveyors of optical projection screen technology, has announced that the technologically superior Supernova Epic is now shipping. What’s so special about this is its ability to reproduce movies in a widescreen format to accommodate all aspect ratios, which allows it to display superior high-contrast images in a 100 percent neutral color. In other words, you need to have… Read More

  • Mario Kart Wii: Steering wheel just OK?

    Only so-so? Spring is right around the corner, and with it Mario Kart Wii, the latest version of Nintendo’s seminal racer. Nintendo let IGN play with it for a minute (actually, under an hour, I only used “minute” to sound worldly); IGN liked the game. The Wii steering wheel, eh, that took some getting used to. First, the game itself. Read More

  • MP3 player for infants: Just what growing brains need

    Shake the baby — with block-rockin’ beats! The SweetPea3 is an MP3 player with 256MB of memory designed for kids 0 to 8 years old. It is a “robust” music player that is clad in pink or blue “food grade” rubber and lasts about 40 hours on one AA battery. It also comes with music and stories from Susie Tallman and Jim Weiss. I don’t know why you… Read More

  • Hitachi creates UTHDTVs with wireless HDMI-compatible video

    [photopress:HITACHI.jpg,full,center] Not only is Hitachi using Tzero’s Ultra Wideband tech to make it’s new ultra thing HDTVs capable of playing HD video wirelessly, it’s also creating a new acronym it wants us all to use. UT, which stands for Ultra Thin, is being added as a prefix to HDTV, which we are now to call UTHDTVs. Great! Anyway, the technology more or less acts like… Read More

  • The UK is now crucial to Google's revenues

    Now that Google is probably pulling down more ad revenue than ITV, the biggest TV network in Britain, it looks like it is the the UK’s single largest advertising channel, posits Seamus McCauley (via). The “10k” document Google filed with the SEC at the weekend showed: – Google £1.28 billion revenue from the UK in 2007 (2006: £814 million; 2005: £446 million) –… Read More

  • Intel offers up eight cores for gamers, video editors

    How many cores does a processor need before it’s officially overkill? Not eight, according to Intel. Here comes the “Skulltrail” platform, “for those who crave more performance than what four processing cores and a single graphics card can deliver today…” Skulltrail was actually the codename for the new platform, which has now taken on the much more… Read More

  • SGN Starts to Look Like a "Real Company." Adds Jetman To Its Gaming Platform, About to Raise $10 Million

    (Update: SGN raised $15 million on May 13, 2008). It was only last week that the Social Gaming Network (SGN) and Zynga announced their respective developer platforms for games on Facebook and other social networks. I said the game is on between these two companies to win the hearts and minds of social gaming developers. The folks at Zynga took exception to this characterization. If you… Read More

  • Video: Street Fighter IV in high-def looks mighty fine

    http://www.dailymotion.com/swf/x4dqrn Street Fighter fans owe Akihabara News today. Their coverage of some arcade trade show thing over in Japan has resulted in a high-def gameplay video (you may have to go to Aki to see the high-def version, I’m not sure how the embed code works) and more than 20 photos of IV. The video more than speaks for itself, so rather than re-hash what… Read More

  • Universal goes Blu, too

    [photopress:uniblu.jpg,full,center] Isn’t this a moot issue already? Universal said today that it, too, is going the Blu-ray-only route. In so many words: While Universal values the close partnership we have shared with Toshiba, it is time to turn our focus to releasing new and catalog titles on Blu-ray Moot because Toshiba had said earlier today that it was pulling out of the HD DVD… Read More

  • TrialPay Taps Europe For Big Second Round Of Financing

    San Francisco based TrialPay will announce a $12.7 million second round of financing tomorrow, which brings them to $15.8 million raised in total. They tapped European money for the round, bringing in London based Atomico, as well as previous investors Index Ventures, Baseline Ventures and Battery Ventures. The service provides users with an alternative payment method at 3,000 or so… Read More

  • T-Mobile to offer unlimited voice/text plan for $100

    This is starting to get a little silly. Once reports of Verizon Wireless’ unlimited voice plan hit the Web last week, all the other carriers have followed suit issuing their own releases for unlimited voice plans. This morning we were informed of AT&T’s switch and now T-Mobile is announcing an unlimited text and voice plan for $99.99. The new plan is set to begin on February… Read More

  • Woman divorces husband over World of Warcraft addiction

    Flickr’d Some boring woman is divorcing her husband in California because she says he spends too much time playing World of Warcraft, ignoring her in the process. Boo-hoo lady, that man is having the time of his life either raiding or getting wicked PVP gear. What do you want him to do, sit down, after his long day at work and watch Lipstick… Read More

  • How To Get Your Job Listings On TechCrunch For Free

    There are basically two ways to get your job listings highlighted on TechCrunch: shell out $200 for a listing on CrunchBoard, or write a blog post talking about how you read TechCrunch in the bathroom. Either option is fine by us. More than twenty new jobs have been posted to Crunchboard in the last week. Here are a few highlights: Business Development Manager, MySpace
    Ruby on Rails… Read More

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