• Why Google Invested in Clearwire

    Google wants to usher in the world of wireless broadband so much that it is willing to spend vast sums to make it happen. It bid more than $4.6 billion in the recent FCC spectrum auctions (which it ended up not having to pay because it lost to Verizon), is backing the WiFi 2.0 initiative, and today it announced that it plunked down $500 million to shore up the new Clearwire-Sprint WiMax… Read More

  • Microsoft's Corporate Development Strategy Changing Daily

    Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates told the press in Tokyo yesterday that the company “isn’t pursuing other deals following the withdrawal of its $47.5 billion takeover bid for Yahoo.” Their experience dealing with Yahoo, apparently, has put them off acquisitions altogether. But wait. Just Monday Gates said “I wouldn’t rule out some partnerships but we don’t… Read More

  • Want to Dress Just Like Celebrities? You'll Like Coolspotters

    Coolspotters, a new site from Connecticut based startup Fanzter, will launch later today. It’s an eye-candy celebrity-focused site that shows users the products celebrities are wearing in various photos. Users can then talk about and, of course, purchase those items. Users can track celebrities, products, brands, shows (TV, Movies, etc.), places, events, and more. The idea is to show… Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Synchronize Watches Edition

    Hello, Mr. G Raff: Text prank warms cockles, heart
    Verb for Shoe: Smartshoes like in Back to the Future II
    New LEGO Batman character revealed
    Egg cellphone concept could be best one yet
    Video: Rad propeller clock looks cool and dangerous, like me Read More

  • $3.2 Billion WiMax Deal Goes Through. Take Cover.

    The deal to combine Sprint Nextel’s and Clearwire’s fledgling WiMax businesses that was rumored last March is finally expected to go through. Comcast and Intel are supposed to put in $1 billion each; Time Warner Cable, $550 million; Google, $500 million; and regional cable provider Bright House Networks, $100 million. The new company, which will be valued at $12 $14.5 billion… Read More

  • Spot Runner Raises $51 Million To Expand To New Markets

    The first rule of Startup Club is take the money when you can. Spot Runner CEO Nick Grouf understands that, which is why he just raised $51 million in a C round from a group of strategic investors that include the Daily Mail and General Trust (DMGT), Grupo Televisa, Legg Mason Capital Management, and Groupe Arnault/LVMH. And that’s on top of the $60 million in venture capital he raised… Read More

  • The Matrix: Family Guy style

    Some people have way too much time on their hands, but I can’t help but giggle as I watch this. Kudos to, themarkman2001. He/she also has a Braveheart spoof. via NewLaunches Read More

  • Video: Soundwave keeps busy

    Soundwave is one of the most beloved of all Transformers. Loyal to Megatron and badass in every way, Soundwave was still left out of last summer’s giant movie. There are rumors he’s to be included in the sequel, but I’ll have to see it to believe it. That doesn’t mean Soundwave’s been MIA since the 80s. Indeed, this little video shows us what he’s been up… Read More

  • Hello, Mr. G Raff: Text prank warms cockles, heart

    Someone sent out thousands of text messages encouraging recipients to call Mr. G. Raff and a number of other animals at the Houston Zoo. The message includes the number to the Zoo’s main switchboard. No one knows who set up the prank, but the giraffe is already set up on two dates with nice ladies from the Houston area and could be mating shortly. UPDATE – More information… Read More

  • TuneWiki's iPhone-Like Media Player for Android

    The race is on for software supremacy on Google’s Android platform, as developers compete to develop the applications that will eventually come preloaded on branded phones. Today TuneWiki, one of the most popular third-party developers for the iPhone, has announced a media player for Android that will feature an iPhone-esque interface, support for synching with iTunes, and the… Read More

  • Rumor: Sprint and Clearwire closing WiMAX partnership deal?

    Speaking of Xohm, Sprint’s WiMAX initiative, rumors are swirling around Wall Street that Sprint will announce a partnership with Clearwire tomorrow, unifying their two disparate networks as one nationwide WiMAX network. This is fantastic news for WiMAX fans and a step in the right direction if the technology is going to take on competitor LTE, or Long Term Evolution, a wireless… Read More

  • Video: iMac turns 10 today

    Happy tenth birthday, iMac. It’s been a great ride, and, like me, you’re getting better with age. I remember when the iMac was released, I was working at a retail big box store that sold Macs. Within a few hours of the story hitting the wires (TV and print, mostly,) we had about a dozen people asking if we had it in. We didn’t of course, but it was telling. It’s… Read More

  • BlackBerry Curve for Verizon shows up early, cheaper

    I was told it would be available on the 9th, which was I told you the other day, but it looks like Verizon decided to let it loose a couple days early. It’s also cheaper than expected. It’s $220 with a $100 online rebate, but there’s also a $50 mail-in rebate bringing the grand total to $170. That’s not as cheap as AT&T’s current deal of $99, but… Read More

  • Xohm again delayed for back-end connectivity issues

    Sprint’s Xohm WiMAX networks is facing another delay, though this one’s not because of faulty technology or delays in development, but because the T1 lines carriers traditionally use as the backhaul, or landline connection, aren’t adequate to support the base stations. In other words, Xohm is just now realizing that a 1.5Mbps T1 doesn’t have the throughput, or even… Read More

  • Video: Nokia 6600 groped

    This video review by NokNok is fairly comprehensive and gives a great overview of the 6600 clamshell by Nokia, despite the cheese-y music. Anyone else diggin on the hinge? I can’t believe I just admitted that. Read More

  • Alienware Area-51 m17x hands on: Huh. Wow.


    Alienware isn’t just for geeks anymore. This new laptop is uber-powerful and won’t make you look like Senor WoWpants headed for the LAN party. Although it still has the alien head logo, the backlit keys are striking and the Core 2 Extreme processor and up to 4GB of memory make it contender for “laptop I’d give up my MacBook Pro for.” This thing can hold up to… Read More

  • Checkmate: Grand Master vs. The Crowd

    CrowdChess, which we covered last year, has initiated a match against chess Grand Master Gawain Jones, one of the top ranked players in England. CrowdChess members have twelve hours per turn to debate and vote on each potential move, at which point the winning move will be executed. The game will be worth watching to see how the “wisdom of the crowds” fares against the GM, but I… Read More

  • Verb for Shoe: Smartshoes like in Back to the Future II

    My car has a thing called automatic stability control. You’ve heard of it, it uses a small computer to make cornering and handling easier and smoother at high speeds in less-than-perfect conditions. VectraSense is bringing a similar idea to your shoes with the Verb for Shoe platform. It’s a smartshoe with a pair of air bladders controlled by a microprocessor that’s fed… Read More

  • Arkados brings home automation to the iPhone

    Arkados is a company that makes a pretty nifty set of chips that are often used in home automation products by third party companies, among other things. If you have any kind of integrated sound system or automated control deck than you might be using Arkados’s technology without even knowing it. To take advantage of this, Arkados has released a reference design for making… Read More

  • Arrington and Ross Sorkin Talk About Yahoo On Charlie Rose

    http://video.google.com/googleplayer.swf?docId=87760211704934203:144000:725000&hl=en Last night, Andrew Ross Sorkin of the New York Times and our own Michael Arrington appeared on the Charlie Rose Show to talk about —what else?—Yahoo, Microsoft and the non-deal that everybody can’t stop talking about. The segment is embedded above. Michael notes in the piece that… Read More

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