• DRM-free Audiobooks Coming Soon From eMusic.com

    You may not know this, but eMusic.com is the second largest music downloading service. It’s got 10% of the market (to iTunes’ 71%) and "sells more than twice as many songs as competitors like Napster, Rhapsody, and Walmart.com" according to the New York Times. Songs are, at most, 33 cents apiece and all are DRM-free. The catalog is made up of mostly independent labels… Read More

  • Yahoo for Teachers: You Know, For Teachers

    http://us.i1.yimg.com/cosmos.bcst.yahoo.com/player/media/swf/FLVVideoSolo.swf Yahoo for Teachers is a new product launching at Techcrunch40. It’s a social networking/tagging tool for teachers that let teachers build lesson plans and subject packages around Yahoo search results. The project lets you “gobble” pages using a program called the Gobbler (yeah, I know) and drag and… Read More

  • Technology Is Needed In Soccer, Pronto

    Soccer (football, blahblahblah) really needs to implement some sort of goal line technology. This is getting ridiculous. Peter has threatened to hunt me down if I give away the score of last Saturday’s Chelsea-Blackburn match, but let me assure you: the presence of technology would have altered the match’s result in one team’s favor. Note that I’m not a fan of either… Read More

  • Cognitive Code at TC40

    John Biggs just sent me a frantic Skype to look into Cognitive Code, a company he just discovered at TC40. After looking over its offerings, I’m forced to say that I’m sharing his excitement, albeit skeptically. Cognitive Code is the developer of SILVIA (Symbolically Isolated, Linguistically Variable, Intelligence Algorithms), a conversationally adept AI. Its technology can be… Read More

  • O2 wins UK iPhone? Fever mounts

    Until an Apple person stands up in front of a bank of journalists and bloggers tomorrow and utters the name of the carrier to win the iPhone, we won’t know for definite. However it is hard to ignore the wave of stories out today naming 02 as the network, with Carphone Warehouse as the independent distributor. These chime in with our own story that 02 won the iPhone deal some weeks ago… Read More

  • Free 'World's Smallest' USB Drive in Entertainment Weekly

    Break out the magnifying glass. I’m having the best time right now groovin’ to the Shelter house mix of Jill Scott’s “Hate on Me” right now, but before I get carried away, know this: Entertainment Weekly is giving away the “world’s smallest” USB drive in its September 21 issue. At 128MB, it’s not likely to get us tech heads riled up (what… Read More

  • Microsoft loses EU antitrust appeal

    Microsoft has lost its anti-trust appeal against the European commission. The court of first instance, Europe’s second-highest court, has upheld its March 2004 ruling decision to fine Microsoft a record €497m (£345m) for abusing its dominance of the software market and force it to share critical information with rival companies. Brussels is now free to pursue other cases against… Read More

  • Wii Case Mod Sets The Mood

    Not everyone enjoys the warm, soothing baby blue light that emanates from the Nintendo Wii. Maybe you like red or green and wish you could make that mod on your Wii without voiding the warranty. Well, now you can thanks to Talisman. It takes less than 10 minutes to do and everything you need to make the change happen is included. It’s only $9 and maybe you can fool your kid into… Read More

  • Here's What The Competition Thinks Of The iPhone

    The novelty of the iPhone is far from over, but everyone at the Gear except Biggs is over it. Multi-touch. Yay. It’s an iPod. Yay. It’s a phone. Yay. You get the point. So how do Helio, Nokia, Motorola, and Samsung feel about the iPhone? Read on to see what JW Kim, senior director of product planning and management at Helio; Rob Shaddock, corporate vice president, feature and… Read More

  • Leap Wireless Rejects MetroPCS' Offer

    Earlier this month, MetroPCS made a $5 billion offer to Leap Wireless for an acquisition. It would have bolstered the public image of both companies and would give more options to wireless consumers. Alas though, the deal is no more. Leap Wireless has turned down the MetroPCS offer, citing that the proposed buyout was not in the company’s best interests. Though MetroPCS may be a little… Read More

  • TC40 Keynote Speakers: Humble Beginnings

    Our live blog of the Keynote Speakers: Humble Beginnings Sessions from TechCrunch40. Sequoia’s Michael Moritz introduces the three guests: Marc Andreessen, David Filo and Chad Hurley. An amazing lineup: for those old enough to remember Andreessen was the CTO and Co-founder of Netscape, more recently he co-founded while label social networking startup Ning. David Filo was a co-founder… Read More

  • Kensington Slims Down Peripherals

    Thin certainly is in these days. It’s not like the old days where a few curves were hot and wanted, but it’s the way of the world and the plump mice and keyboards are suffering for it. Kensington is capitalizing on the endemic with the introduction of the SlimBlade line of hardware targeted towards those on the go. Read More

  • Thrrum Visual Browser Available For Sony-Ericsson Phones

    Designed with cameraphones in mind, the Thrrum visual browser allows you to point your cameraphone at an object of your desire (let’s say pears) and then search for information on it via the picture taken. Sounds like a pretty cool idea, though I’m not sure how useful it’d be in the long-run. Thrrum will be available for select Sony-Ericsson phones as a premium download. Read More

  • Breaking: Yahoo Acquires Zimbra For $350 million in Cash

    Yahoo will announce the acquisition of open source online/offline office suite Zimbra this evening, we just heard through a very solid source. The price: $350 million, in cash, confirmed. Our coverage of Zimbra goes back to 2005. They gained wide exposure at the 2005 Web 2.0 Conference. Recently they launched offline functionality. The company has raised $30.5 million over three rounds of… Read More

  • Live From TechCrunch 40

    http://www.justin.tv/widgets/jtv_player.swfWatch techtalk live video and chat on Justin.tv TechCrunch 40 is about to start over on the West Coast (the best coast, fyi) and Nick from TechCrunch will be live casting for all your pleasure. We should be going live in a few minutes. If you feel like chatting with Nick or the other geeks then head here. Read More

  • Halo 3 Edition Xbox 360 Out Now, There's Sorta Some Pics

    Some indie game named Halo 3 comes out in two weeks. Microsoft, in an effort to raise “awareness,” yesterday come out with a special edition Xbox 360, the first hands-on pictures of which are popping up all over the Web. It’s just like the regular Xbox 360 (one with HDMI), only Halo-y. As it turns out, the forum thread with all the hands-on pic destroyed the guy’s… Read More

  • Text Message Favorite Artist on Stage with Pocketfuzz

    The last concert I went to was a Black Sabbath reunion at Oz Fest. When Sabbath came on stage lighters flickered in the night and the air was filled with the aroma of oregano incense. The crowd swayed to the music and sang along with the lyrics. Bras flew onstage and television cameras captured the perky woman bouncing on their boy friend’s shoulders. No one there could afford a mobile… Read More

  • UK, Ireland grow as Web 2.0 goes global

    The growth in venture capital investment into Web 2.0 companies is rising in the UK, Ireland and the rest of Europe, even as it slows among early investors in Silicon Valley. The UK is at the hub of this activity with a record seven deals at the start of the year, accounting for $22m invested. And Ireland, Belgium and the Netherlands have each seen their first Web 2.0 deals completed in the… Read More

  • World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade Revisited

    Way back in January, I picked up a copy of the World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade expansion and gave my first impressions on it. Now, a whopping 8 months later, I’m finally level 70. It’s been one of the most fun, yet frustrating experiences of my life. I don’t game much anymore and all I really play is WoW, so finding the time to level for hours-on-end was difficult. Read More

  • TechCrunch 40 Session 2: Mobile & Communications

    Session two as follows, including our live notes. Cubic Telecom Cubic Telecom is creating a global Mobile Virtual Network (MVNo). The company aims to drastically reduce international calling rates by lowering mobile roaming and call charges. Founder Pat Phelan a well known communications blogger “wants a world in which anyone can pick up their mobile phone wherever they are and call… Read More

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