• Shawn Fanning Finally Gets A Real Payday: Electronic Arts Buys Rupture For $30 Million

    [Update 8/4/08: The acquisition price subsequently reported by EA is $15 million, not $30 million. But that amount does not include any additional earnout for the founders]. Shawn Fanning, best known for founding Napster, has a new job. He will be working at Electronic Arts, which is about to buy his social-network-gaming startup Rupture for $30 million, according to sources with knowledge… Read More

  • BlackBerry 9000 video overview, looks nice

    Following up on CrackBerry.com’s covereage of the upcoming BlackBerry 9000 from a few days ago, we now have some video footage of the 9000 in action. Looks pretty slick, no? The 480×320 screen seems nice and the OS looks like it’s responsive. via Gizmodo Read More

  • Early Adopters Still Spend More Time With Microsoft Than Google, Facebook, or Skype. But For How Long?

    When early adopters sit at their computers, what applications and websites do they use the most? The answer: Microsoft Outlook, Microsoft Office, and MSN Messenger—just like most everyone else. At least according to data from RescueTime, the productivity app that monitors the amount of time a user spends on every application on his desktop. The Y Combinator-funded startup has given us… Read More

  • Prague CrunchNetwork Meet-up Shaping Up Nicely: Watch This Space


    We’re fast approaching our super fun CrunchNetwork Prague Meet-up and we’re prepping the pivo and knedliky for the big night. We’re going to have some surprises coming up so watch this space but until then feel free to RSVP by email or on Facebook. Remember the event is on Friday, May 23, 2008 from 7pm until 1AM. That’s right. 1AM. Special thanks to Jack DeNeut who… Read More

  • Tokyoflash contest is over, read on for consolation prize


    Our joint contest with TokyoFlash has concluded. Thanks to everyone who entered! The winners should be receiving emails soon, or may have already gotten them. If you didn’t win a watch, well, you’re still a winner for reading the site, and that’s why we want to give you a special discount at TokyoFlash. Click below for “the deets.” Read More

  • Bendable shelf handles RSS feeds and text messages

    In what’s sure to be recognized as one of the greatest inventions of 2008 (by me, at least), here’s a shelf that can be bent every which way, thanks to the miracle of “elastomer” AND displays your favorite RSS feeds and any incoming text messages. Read More

  • TechCrunch/Crunchgear meetup, Berlin, June 11

    I’m delighted to announce that TechCrunch / CrunchGear are holding a Berlin meetup with our partner and co-organiser twidox. The “TechCrunch / twidox German Web 2.0 Meet-up” will be in Berlin, on the 11th of June. Imedo.de has kindly offered to throw the networking event at their offices here from 7:30 pm onwards (pictured above, nice huh). Peter Ha will be there from the US… Read More

  • Get you a free eee PC


    PowerupMobile in the UK is offering an Asus eee PC with their T-Mobile broadband package, an extremely interesting move from an industry that usually focused on subsidizing cellphones. Sadly, the models they’re offering don’t have WWAN — you use the T-Mobile USB dongle, though, so it’s basically the same thing — but it’s definitely something to consider… Read More

  • Curve to hit Sprint tomorrow

    Sprint this friday is finally getting the Blackberry 8330, aka the Curve, as reported. It’s been a long wait, and Sprint users are as expected excited. The Curve is RIM’s flagship Blackberry, people who own one on other carriers tend to agree it’s badass, and if you’re a Sprint person, you can get one tomorrow for $180 with a two-year contract. Read More

  • Nvidia looking to simplify its product range


    I’m a gamer, and I try to keep on top of things when it comes to video cards, but in the last couple years it’s been increasingly difficult. I remember when the choice was TNT or Voodoo. That was easy to remember (hard to choose though). Now you’ve got this smorgasbord of 4-digit numbers, several three-letter designations which say nothing in and of themselves, and then… Read More

  • BBQ tools for Zorro, other swashbucklers is, well, something

    The idea of “sword fighting with wieners” doesn’t bring the above image to my mind, but maybe I’m a bit off. This is a skewer with a fencing hilt, nothing more, nothing less. I’m not sure who it’s meant for or why it exists, just know that it does and be happy with life. Read More

  • MPAA sends a big, fat bill to The Pirate Bay

    The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) wants $15.4 million from The Pirate Bay for copyright infringement. It cited that “The Pink Panther” torrent file has been downloaded from The Pirate Bay almost 50,000 times. The Pink Panther — starring Steve Martin? I think 50,000 downloads would eclipse the number of people who saw it in the theater. Plus, it’s just… Read More

  • Prague CrunchNetwork Meet-up update – Sponsors roar


    We’re fast approaching our super fun CrunchNetwork Prague Meet-up and we’re prepping the pivo and knedliky for the big night. We’re going to have some surprises coming up so watch this space but until then feel free to RSVP by email or on Facebook. Remember the event is on Friday, May 23, 2008 from 7pm until ??. Special thanks to Jack DeNeut who is assisting in the planning… Read More

  • It's a mat, it's a bag, it's a sack that holds wet stuff

    How many times have you been at the beach and thought, “Man, I wish I had some sort of mat that I could stand on to strip down to my bathing suit and then that same mat would turn into a bag that I can pull up around my clothes”? If you’re like me, at least twice. Now we have the Moonbag, a $30 mat that turns into a sack. Read More

  • A sorta complicated way to install games on your Zune

    Zune Boards has a tip about how to install games onto Microsoft’s flagship portable media player. The process is, shall we say, a bit too involved for most people but hey, those of you who want to do a little gaming on your Zune likely have the kind of drive, determination, and chutzpah to do this. Godspeed. Read More

  • Ruby on Rails Startup Heroku Gets $3 Million

    Heroku, the online Ruby on Rails (RoR) development and hosting environment, has raised $3 million from Redpoint Ventures and other angel investors. The Y Combinator startup aims to make software development more accessible for a wider range of people. It does so by providing a browser-based programming environment that cuts out steps traditionally needed to produce RoR applications. The… Read More

  • Cablevision to Build Wireless Broadband Network in U.S.

    With much of the buzz these days about WiMax wireless broadband, Cable TV provider Cablevision Systems announced plans today to offer high-speed wireless Internet service to its customers. The network will use existing infrastructure but instead of building WiMax it will use Wi-Fi technology. It will cost the company about $100 per customer in its largest coverage area, on Long Island and… Read More

  • Kid gets real Mario Party… awwwww


    Audrey loves her kids very much. For her son Tanner’s birthday she created a Mario-themed party complete with cool invitations, costumes, coin boxes and even Koopa decorations. She bought green and red hats, marked them with L and M, and made funny mustaches. She then bought some goodie bags and even made a supercool cake with Mario on it. Let’s just say nobody ever made me a… Read More

  • iPhone no longer on sale at O2… but why?

    Head over to O2’s iPhone shop. They are no longer selling the 8GB and 16GB iPhones… but if you click on “Find out more” you can order a 16GB. What is going on here? Are we in Crazy Land among the Crazyputians? Is up down and down up? Perhaps we’ll never know. Read More

  • Photos of Sony Ericsson 'Paris'

    Some photos of Sony Ericsson’s upcoming “Paris” smartphone (that’s its codename, at least) have been floating around lately. The device looks pretty nice, I guess, with a comfortable-looking keyboard and big screen. Is it too big, though? I guess we’ll see. Read More

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