• Claim: The PS3 will ultimately 'win' this generation because of Blu-ray

    [photopress:ps3winss.jpg,full,center] This is hard to think, and even harder to say, but if the editor of Next-Generation says it, I’m inclined to believe it: the PlayStation 3 will be the ultimate winner of this generation. And, like in an academic paper, the author actually defines what “winning” means (and what it doesn’t mean). First, “winning”… Read More

  • Samsung's boring brown slider

    [photopress:SGH_t819_openright.jpg,thumb,left]Welcome to another edition of boring cell phones. Today’s guest is Samsung and the t819. The T-Mobile slider features a 1.3-megapixel camera with video capture, an MP3 player (30MB built-in) expandable up to 2GB via microSD slot and stereo Bluetooth. It’s your average mobile phone with myFaves, speakerphone, address book, support for… Read More

  • Joel Johnson takes on AT&T's packet filter plans – on an AT&T-funded web TV channel

    AT&T runs a “tech channel” and there is a show on there run by Hugh Thompson, a security researcher turned eccentric chat show host. They booked Joel Johnson, my old boss at Gizmodo and one of the smartest guys in the room when it comes to tech, under the assumption that he would talk about hot new gadgets. Instead, Joel brought up the small issue of AT&T looking into… Read More

  • Weekend Hacking: RIAA website gets manhandled

    It was too cold to go outside just about everywhere in the country this weekend, so it appears that some enterprising Reddit users took the time to find a slow SQL query on the RIAA’s website and posted a link with the title “This links runs a slooow SQL query on the RIAA’s server. Don’t click it; that would be wrong.” Read More

  • MySpace Answers Facebook's fbFund With Incubator Slingshot Labs

    Four months after Facebook announced the formation of the $10 million fbFund to provide seed capital for startups building Facebook apps, MySpace is responding with its own incubator to be called Slingshot Labs. According to the NYT, the incubator will be financed by News Corp. but will be separate from Fox Interactive Media’s incubator. As we get more details on Slingshot Labs, we… Read More

  • Kyocera to buy Sanyo’s Mobile Phone Division

    Sanyo Electric Co. announced today that it will sell its mobile phone division to Kyocera Corp. The two companies haven’t reached a final price for the deal which is expected to be closed by April 1 of this year. The value of the mobile division is estimated to be worth $374 million (40 billion yen). With occurred debt, the deal should be worth $467 million (50 billion yen). News of the… Read More

  • Facebook Taps Users To Create Translated Versions Of Site. Spanish, French and German Available Now

    MySpace continues to roll out local versions of its social network. As I wrote last week, they tend to put a team on the ground locally (they are now hiring in Turkey) and then build the site not only in the local language, but promote local artists and other popular culture as well. MySpace now has offices in London, Paris, Berlin, Madrid, Milan, Stockholm, Helsinki, Oslo, Copenhagen… Read More

  • Advertising Giant WPP On The Prowl For Acquisitions: Spot Runner, VideoEgg Rumored As Potential Targets

    Advertising conglomerate WPP is looking to increase its Web advertising revenues through more acquisitions. Last year it purchased 24/7 Real Media for $649 million, and is currently making a run at Nurun, a Montreal-based interactive ad firm. But it may try to boost its Advertising 2.0 cred even further with more small acquisitions. The NY Post, not always the most reliable source but… Read More

  • Wow, That Was Fast. NBC Looking To Patch Things Up With Apple.

    Barely a month after taking most of its videos off of iTunes and going home, NBC is ready to play again. In a story about NBC CEO Jeff Zucker, the Financial Times reports: Mr Zucker appears to have patched up relations with Apple after a pricing dispute last year led NBC to pull its shows from the iTunes digital media store. “We’ve said all along that we admire Apple, that we want… Read More

  • Russians Invest $30 Million in Social Networking Site Badoo

    International social networking site Badoo, just got a $300 million valuation from new Russian investors. TechCrunch UK has the details: Russian investor Finam has put $30m into UK-based social network Badoo for a 10% stake. The money is to build the service in Russia, where social networking market has reached around 10 million users in January.Badoo’s social networking site with photo… Read More

  • Will We See Delicious 2.0 This Week?

    It’s been four and a half months since Yahoo first previewed Delicious 2.0. We’ve heard not a peep from them since as to when it might launch publicly and replace the existing, somewhat dated interface. Well, ok, there was a peep last week. In a blog post titled “using delicious on your iphone” on the Delicious blog, they say “We know we haven’t updated the… Read More

  • Social Discovery Engine Noovo Launches At DLD Munich

    A new web service from Slovenia called Noovo was launched this morning at the DLD conference in Munich. CEO Andrej Nabergoj gave a very high level overview of the service. I’ve been trying to track him down for more details.

    “Noovo is a social discovery platform that helps users contribute, find and share highly relevant content in the simplest possible way,” is how they… Read More

  • CrunchGear Week in Review: Heel Nipping Edition

    Atlantic cases for your MB/P, iPod
    Scientists develop dog bark-to-speech program
    A manila sleeve for the MacBook Air
    Lego gumball sorting machine
    Monster Outlets To Go Power Strip review
    Our Crunchies video: We’re here all week Read More

  • Murdoch, Packer To Buy Out Consolidated Media Holdings

    Lachlan Murdoch, the son of media giant Rupert Murdoch, is said to be offering $2 billion+ AUD ($1.76 billion) today to acquire Consolidated Media Holdings, one of Australia’s largest media companies and part owners of key online properties. According to The Australian, an announcement on the deal will be made to the Australian Securities Exchange later today. Lachlan Murdoch walked… Read More

  • IncrediMail Gets A Stay Of Execution From Google

    A week ago Google disabled IncrediMail’s adsense account and the stock price of the public company, which relies heavily on Google revenue, promptly tanked. Today they were given a stay of execution: “Google and IncrediMail are now co-operating with the goal of resolving any remaining compliance issues, if any.”

    What happened? Neither side is going to say. But it’s a… Read More

  • Should There Be A Privacy Line With Life Streaming?

    I had the opportunity to spend some time with Sarah Meyers of PopSnap this week. Sarah was in town to do the videos for the Crunchies, and I had to drive her up to the award ceremony Friday. On many levels she’s inspiring, particularly given that someone so relatively young can make a decent living out of video blogging, and can afford to live in New York. We just happened to discuss… Read More

  • iPhone guitar – quick, someone tell me if this works

    I don’t have a JesusPhone, so I can’t say for sure, but this thing looks mighty cool. I don’t think you’re going to be hitting Van Halen heights of guitar heroism with it, but you might be able to get to Family Guy “douchebag” levels. Someone install this right now and tell us all if it works. It’s been tested with 1.1.1 but as I believe we are… Read More

  • Prince of Persia, Bruckheimer better not screw this up

    Damn right. Jordan Mechner, Jerry Bruckheimer Talk Prince of Persia Movie [Game Daily] Read More

  • Cloverfield: Sucks or really sucks?

    It’s a long holiday weekend, you guys might be going to the movies and you might go watch Cloverfield and then want to warn others. Tell us what you thought because I couldn’t stand it. Feel free to spoil the whole thing in comments because there wasn’t much to spoil — except that I actually would have preferred to either see 27 Dresses instead or, barring that, stab out… Read More

  • AT&T will sell you just a SIM card – five American dollars, my friend!

    I guess this is the simplest possible route short of getting a candy cell phone and pretending it’s real. AT&T is sending out just SIM cards for you to put into your already-unlocked or AT&T-restricted phones. You pay them five bucks and sign up for a contract (natch) and you get a tiny piece of plastic in the mail that tells the towers “yo, this phone’s AT&T… Read More

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