• Unisfair Takes $10 Million Series C

    Virtual events firm Unisfair has taken $10 million Series C in a round led by Norwest Ventures. Unisfair powers virtual corporate events such live Expos, Trade Shows, & Conferences “that use rich media to provide a superior user experience.” The virtual spaces allow those off site to attend big events virtually by allowing them to see and hear presentations; participate in… Read More

  • Conduit raises $8m for toolbar service

    Euro News: Conduit, an Israel-based provider of Web community toolbars, has raised $8m from Benchmark Capital to upgrade its offering. The service enables web publishers to create, promote and maintain a community toolbar, driving traffic to their site, without needing complex software. Some 140,000 publishers have joined the Conduit network worldwide, including Fox News, Lufthansa… Read More

  • TechStars 2008 Applications Now Open

    Startup fund/incubator TechStars is now accepting applications for its 2008 intake (see our coverage of them a year ago). TechStars offers up to $15,000 in seed funding ($5,000 per founder, max $15,000) to broke entrepreneurs with a good startup idea. Ten winners will be selected, and winners will need to spend most of their time in Boulder over the Northern summer building out their ideas. Read More

  • Yahoo To Cut 20% Of Its Workforce?

    Silicon Alley Insider is reporting that Yahoo is preparing to lay off up to 20% of its 14,000 strong workforce, a big purge as the Sunnyvale based company attempts to become more profitable. Talks of staff downsizing at Yahoo have been doing the rounds since former CEO Terry Semel left Yahoo in June. Despite traffic to Yahoo properties remaining ahead of Google (according to comScore), YHOO… Read More

  • NASA planning space MMO

    I actually love NASA but seriously, what have they done lately? Where’s my jet pack? NASA is considering possibly working on a Space-themed MMO to teach kids about engineering and science. The resulting virtual space will definitely be a hit with kids who haven’t seen or cared about a Space Shuttle lift-off since 1999. “A NASA-based MMO could provide opportunities for… Read More

  • YouTorrent: Give It A Shot Before It's Shut Down

    YouTorrent is a fairly new BitTorrent search engine that has been getting positive reviews of late, so I gave it a shot. The premise is simple: YouTorrent is a meta-search engine that indexes torrents from other sites (such as btjunkie, The Pirate Bay), then prioritizes the results based on the number of seeds and peers each torrent has. For example a search for something like Cloverfield… Read More

  • Our Crunchies video: We're here all week

    http://progressive.playstream.com/playstream/progressive/flashplayers/FLVPlayer.swf Kudos to videographer Doug and mascot Phoebe. Read More

  • Wal*Mart says sorry with gift cards

    So, the whole Wal*Mart fiasco over Super Smash Bros. is getting resolved by way of $10 gift cards. If you have no idea what I’m talking about then here’s the quick and dirty. WM was offering the game for pre-order for the low, low price of $20 when in reality it’s a $50 game. Obviously everyone and their mom ordered the game thinking they scored a sweet deal, but all orders… Read More

  • Crunchies Wrap Up – A Big Thank You To The Community

    Thank you to everyone who attended the first Crunchies event last night to honor startups in categories ranging from “best business model” to “best time sink” (pictured right is Toni Schneider, CEO of Automattic/Wordpress, showing off his award for Best CEO). If you were not one of the 900+ people to attend the event live last night in San Francisco, you can watch a… Read More

  • You suck at Photoshop

    I’ve somehow learned more about Photoshop from watching these videos than anything else. Absolutely hilarious. Episode 1
    Episode 2 You Suck at Photoshop #3 [via BB] Read More

  • CrunchGear this Week

    This week saw the final reverberations of CES give way to the thunderclap of the Stevenote, which was covered live by everyone on the internet. The obvious news item was the MacBook Air, its accessories, and most controversially, its shortcomings. We also weighed in on the AppleTV, some alternatives, and the short-lived rental hack. The Time Capsule was judged practical, and the… Read More

  • Human embryos successfully cloned from skin cells, cloned babies next?

    Stem cell research, whether you agree with it or not, looks to have taken another step forward recently. A company called Stemagen out of La Jolla, California has “created the first mature cloned human embryos from single skin cells taken from adults, a significant advance toward the goal of growing personalized stem cells for patients suffering from various diseases,” reports… Read More

  • Google To Become Open Source Science Repository

    Google is said to be preparing to launch a massive repository of science data at research.google.com. The project, known internally as “Palimpsest” will become a home for terabytes of open-source scientific datasets built on the data visualization technology from Trendalyzer. According to a Wired report, the storage will be free to all scientists, access to the data will be free… Read More

  • Delicious Integrated Into Yahoo Search Results

    I just got word that Yahoo is testing the integration of Delicious user generated bookmarks into Yahoo search results pages (Yahoo acquired Delicious in late 2005). Some users will see the Delicious icon as part of their normal search results, which tells them how many people have bookmarked those pages, as well as the tags people have supplied for those pages. An example is here, and… Read More

  • iPhone 1.1.3 firmware downgrade complete, still unbricks you, SDK docs leaked

    Just a quick note to all those with bricked iPhones — you can upgrade to 1.1.3, unbrick it, and then downgrade to 1.1.2. This is all pie-in-the-sky stuff right now but it seems to be working for some folks in Vietnam of all places and it’s a hardware hack, so if you’re squeamish around a screwdriver it’s probably not for you. Fear not, though, a software hack will… Read More

  • 2007 Crunchies: Winners, video and pictures

    Paris and London-based Netvibes has won the Best International startup at the first annual Crunchies Awards, a joint production between Read/Write Web, VentureBeat, GigaOm and TechCrunch. Tariq Karim and Freddy Mini’s Netvibes has made waves in the U.S. and globally as a top personalised web portal. The ceremony went (mostly) smoothly with a couple of surprises amongst the results. For… Read More

  • Weekly Gaming News Roundup Week 3

    Each week MobileCrunchArcade compiles the biggest news from the world of mobile gaming. It seems some mobile phone gurus were talking about mobile games at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. One of the biggest problems that the game industry has is the pace at which new handsets are developed and released to the public. When someone upgrades to a new handset with… Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Meet Your Maker Edition

    Lego gumball sorting machine
    FPS-Brain energy pill gives pro-gamers all the concentration they could ever need
    A wearable tentacle arm shows just how much you care
    Dell laptop (almost) electrocutes young boy, his dog, potentially grandma
    Rick Sammon’s affordable all-purpose lighting kit for you DSLR types Read More

  • Teh.Be$T.Kommenter.Evar

    Comments are the greasy oil that keeps the blog machine running. Here are three great (and 100% unedited) comments recently posted by your fellow readers. Bricked iPhones come alive with 1.1.3 Marc M. This could be a stupid question but where is that picture from? I’m pretty infatuated with zombies, I own a huge collection of video games and movies, also one of my life goal is to build… Read More

  • iPhone sales just miss UK target

    Apple may have just missed its sales target of 200,000 handsets sold in the first two months. Instead it looks like the figure was closer to 190,000 according to the FT’s sources. Gartner, the research firm, said in November that between 350,000 and 400,000 iPhones could be sold in the first eight weeks. Price appears to be proving a bigger barrier to sales than anticipated as handsets… Read More

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