• CrunchGear Week in Review: Forest Edition

    Fill your house with Plant Breath using these filters
    Tech toys are now kids toys, for better or worse
    Pock-it: Like a post-it, but with a pocket
    Staggering Genius: The Beer Pager
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  • Murdoch linked to LinkedIn, yet again

    Rupert Murdoch is considering a £500 million deal to buy corporate networking site LinkedIn, according to yesterday’s Sunday Express. The UK paper said that preliminary talks between the News Corporation chief executive and LinkedIn CEO Dan Nye began three weeks ago. However, last week Nye said that offers would not be considered unless they were in excess of $1 billion, which happens to… Read More

  • In Japan Half The Top Selling Books Are Written On Mobile Phones

    With all the talk about Amazon’s Kindle, there’s a bigger revolution taking place and those who studied classic literature will be horrified. In Japan, half of the top ten selling works of fiction in the first six months of 2007 were composed on mobile phones. According to the Sydney Morning Herald, mobile phone novels (keitai shousetsu) have become a publishing phenomenon in… Read More

  • RockYou App Slides to Top Spot on Facebook

    On Friday, RockYou took over the top spot on Facebook’s list of applications with the most active users. The application, called Super Wall, overtook Slide’s FunWall. Slide still has the No. 2, No. 3, and No. 6 Facebook apps, while RockYou only has one other app in the top ten (X Me, at No. 5). The top apps are still ruled by a few dominant names. In a press release touting that… Read More

  • TeXtra's Natali Del Conte Leaves Podshow For CNET TV

    TeXtra, a tech news video show hosted by former TechCrunch writer Natali Del Conte, may be shutting down well shy of its first birthday this upcoming February 13. That’s because CNET has poached Natali away from Podshow, which owns TeXtra. Del Conte, pictured right, will be moving from San Francisco to New York and joining the CNET TV team with a new news show, she says. It won’t… Read More

  • CarbonRally: Small Competitive Steps For The Environment

    CarbonRally applies gaming and social networking concepts to environmental activism by challenging participants to take positive steps against carbon emissions. Boston based CarbonRally offers a series of carbon reducing challenges, such as not drinking bottled water, dumping shopping bags and leaving your car at home, whereby users can compete against others to become the most carbon… Read More

  • Stealing Books For The Kindle Is Trivially Easy

    If you are willing to violate copyright laws, getting free ebooks is almost as easy as getting free music. There are numerous sites that have free, legal, out-of-copyright ebook files available for download. But tens of thousands of newly released books, including best sellers, are readily available on on BitTorrent sites as well, right next to movies and music. And reading these books on the… Read More

  • BlackBerry power users wanted

    We’re not too far off from our annual smart phone series, but I’d like to hear what the BlackBerry power users in the audience have to say about their devices. What are your favorite apps? Hacks? Any tips and tricks for other BB users? My last BB was the 8703e and it was a solid device, but I’ve forgotten everything I learned in the time that I had it. My how things have… Read More

  • Six Apart Sells LiveJournal To Russia's SUP

    Six Apart has sold its hosting blogging platform LiveJournal, which it acquired in January 2005, to Moscow-headquarted SUP (pronounced “soup”), the company said this evening. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. SUP previously acquired licensing rights in October 2006 permitting them to manage LiveJournal in Russia, where the platform dominates blogging culture. “This allows… Read More

  • EA further rights its wrongs; free game for shafted Rock Band thrashers

    So by now you must have heard of the promises from EA that due to extreme and innate fragility, Rock Band guitars that cease to work will be replaced free of charge. In these days of DRM, locked hardware, and, well, most of the other stuff EA does, this came as a nice little surprise. So it was doubly surprising when some poor, patient souls with yet-unreplaced busted axes received an… Read More

  • Recruit.net Expanding: Growth Opportunities in Asia

    Hong Kong based Recruit.net, a job search engine we first wrote about in May, is expanding, and they’re still not interested in the United States. Recruit.net aggregates job listings from partner sites for its main portal and also provides syndicated results for other sites, a model that sees the Recruit.net bringing in increasing revenues in a hyper-competitive vertical. Recruit.net… Read More

  • Active camo Spartan figurines available for pre-order

    I’m not much of a figurine collector for the simple fact that I’m transported back in time to when I was six years old. This is where all the trouble begins because I ruined my brother’s pristine collection of original Star Wars action figures. He had everything and my dumbass went and scattered them across the house or buried them in the backyard. I should be tarred and… Read More

  • Sirius radio streaming on BlackBerries

    http://i4.photobucket.com/player.swf?file=http://vid4.photobucket.com/albums/y113/one028/MOV02852.flv My recent switch to a BlackBerry has me compulsively looking for mods and everything cool for my 8320 and this may or may not be newsworthy or even new to some of you, but it’s Sunday and some of you may be bored. I haven’t tried this yet, so I can’t vouch for it, but my… Read More

  • CrunchDeals: Call of Duty 4 for Xbox 360, $39.99

    Circuit City has the Xbox 360 version of Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare for $39.99, in-store only. That, my friends, is a good deal. I’ve played the PC version and it’s a pretty cool game. I wouldn’t twice about buying it for $20 less than its normal price. Might make a good gift for that special someone in your life. Or you, maybe just buy it for yourself. Call of Duty… Read More

  • 'I Am Legend' promoted with survival pack giveaways

    Those of you preparing for whatever’s supposed to happen on December 21, 2012 might want to try to get your hands on one of these just for the hell of it. I already have too many backpacks so for me to get another one for something like a pole shift or whatever else is supposed to end the world isn’t worth the extra space in my apartment that it would take up. I could create my… Read More

  • Divorce360 To Walk You Through That Statistically Inevitable Breakup

    The National Center For Health Statistics (NCHS) says that there are approximately 2.2 million marriages in the U.S. every year. Some of those marriages work out well. But a big percentage of marriages – up to 1.4 million per year – end in divorce. There are sites that help people plan for marriage, like the $400+ million market cap TheKnot.com. And when the time comes, BabyCenter… Read More

  • Insightory Wants To Be Wikipedia For Management Knowledge

    Woodlands, Texas based startup Insightory is setting its goals high, with the aim to do for management knowledge what Wikipedia has done for general knowledge. The service itself joins a growing list of document uploading sites that include Scribd and Docstoc, although the company claims that unlike these services Insightory is more targeted and heavily moderated. The content is aimed at… Read More

  • European version of Google Street Views hides faces

    Photos taken for the European version of Google Street Views will soon have people’s faces and license plates pixelated out, like so many innocent non-suspects on your favorite episode of COPS. The same privacy protection may come to the US version as well, although Google has made no formal announcement yet other than to say that it’s "thinking about it." Might as well… Read More

  • Online Continues To Look Good As Writers Strike Drags On, And On, And On

    The strike by the Writers Guild of America continues to drag on, with the writers this week rejecting a new proposal from the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers that offered $130m in additional compensation to writers. The sticking point continues to be compensation for online sales and revenue, with the Writers Guild claiming that the new offer of $250 for a year’s… Read More

  • Google Reveals 2008 Plans For Google Apps

    Google is usually fairly tight lipped about future product releases. But they were surprisingly revealing about upcoming plans for Google Apps at an event in Ann Arbor earlier this week. Blogger Andrew Miller took some great notes from a presentation by Googler Scott Johnston, the VP of Product Development at wiki startup Jotspot prior to their acquisition by Google a little over a year… Read More

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