• Amazon S3 Reaches 5 Billion Stored Objects

    While I was busy announcing the upcoming TechCrunch20 conference and picking fights with venture capitalists today, Dan Farber was covering the news at the Web 2.0 Expo. One of the more interesting disclosures to surface: Amazon’s Jeff Bezos announced that their S3 storage-on-demand service, which launched just thirteen months ago, surpassed 5 billion stored objects. This is up from… Read More

  • AllOfMp3 Down For 8 Hours And Counting

    Embattled grey market music retail site AllOfMP3 has been offline for the last 8 hours at of 2:37 am PST, according to monitoring service Pingdom. Their sister site AllTunes (see profile here) is still up, and the company has not posted any message about the outage. Still, the sheer amount of force being applied by the U.S. government and the RIAA to shut AllOfMP3 down may eventually kill… Read More

  • Tellme Launches Free 411 Service

    Tellme Networks announced at the Web 2.0 Expo today that it will be adding three new ways to access its information service that was launched back in January. The service functions similar to to 411, but users can request information through voice, SMS, or Mobile Web. The announcement comes just a week after Google announced its free 411 service, Goog-411. To use the service through voice… Read More

  • Tellme Launches Free 411 Business Search Service

    Tellme Networks has announced that it will be launching a new service that enables users to quickly find information while on the go. The service functions similar to to 411, but users can request information through voice, SMS, or Mobile Web. By requesting “Business Search” at the voice prompt, the service will allow you to find businesses in a particular category and return… Read More

  • FCC Leaks Sony Ericsson K818

    Behold Sony Ericsson’s newest Cyber-Shot mobile phone, the K818. It is yet another phone we won’t see here in the US. The Chinese will be able to fondle this here SE Cyber-Shot to their heart’s content. Seriously, why do we keep getting screwed? I just got back from a short trip to Korea and we really get the shaft. I’ll have more stories a bit later. The K818 is first… Read More

  • Tellme Launches Free 411 Service

    Tellme Networks announced at the Web 2.0 Expo today that it will be adding three new ways to access its information service that was launched back in January. The service functions similar to to 411, but users can request information through voice, SMS, or Mobile Web. The announcement comes just a week after Google announced its free 411 service, Goog-411. To use the service through voice… Read More

  • NAB 2007: Live from the Red Booth

    There are those who think that the Red One camera is vaporware. I’m here to tell you it’s not. We just spent some quality time in the booth and saw four of the cameras in action, as well as 4k footage of biplanes dogfighting as shot by Peter Jackson. It was awesome. Sadly, we were told that if we took stills or video of the unreleased WWI short, we’d leave with broken arms. Read More

  • TechCrunch20 Conference Site Now Live

    The official TechCrunch20 Conference website is live and has officially launched, and we are now taking company submissions and attendee registrations. The dedicated TechCrunch20 blog is published at techcrunch20.com/blog. GigaOm was the first to write about this, followed by Jessica Guynn at the San Francisco Chronicle. Jason Calacanis and I first announced the conference in late… Read More

  • Reunion.com Raises Massive $25 Million Series A Round

    Reunion.com, a social network for reconnecting with old friends and family, just grabbed a huge $25 million round of funding from Oak Investment Partners to join their original $1.4 million in angel financing (Richard Rosenblatt was one angel). The service is kind of like Classmates.com, but for branded as a way to reconnect with anyone you haven’t seen in a while. Reunion makes it easy… Read More

  • Project San Dimas Beta: Cleaning Up eBay's UI

    At the Web 2.0 Expo, online auction giant eBay seems to finally be rethinking their user experience with the announcement of a new Apollo application currently called “Project San Dimas” released into a limited beta. The new application is meant to make buying and selling items on eBay more efficient, competing with third party “Power User” auction service giants Vendio… Read More

  • TomTom ONE XL

    TomTom officially announced this morning an expansion to its popular ONE line of personal GPS devices. The new version will feature an expanded 4.3-inch touchscreen display and Bluetooth. It is known for its ability to conveniently deliver spoken-word turn-by-turn directions. It utilizes a rechargeable lithium-ion battery that is capable of two hours of operation. Additionally, it can display… Read More

  • Talk Helio To Helio For Free

    Not sure how many of you use Helio, but if you do, we’ve got some great news for you. As part of the “all-in” package Helio offers, you can now call other Helio users for free, anytime, anywhere. If you don’t do the “all-in” package, then you can add it to your plan for $5 bucks a month a la carte. Useful? If you have a lot of pals or family who use Helio as… Read More

  • Workouts On the Edge: Wacky Fitness Gear


    There is the belief that doing anything that gets you off the couch will help you get back in shape. But the fact remains that any activity is usually a good thing and, as geeks, we don’t want run with the pack if we can help it. Thankfully, there are plenty of fitness products that have us scratching our heads and might make you stand out among the jocks. Some promise quick results… Read More

  • Creative's CSW PlayDock i Hands On


    Cambridge SoundWorks (a division of Creative) has finally bit into the Apple and released its first bona fide Made for iPod speaker — one of the positive results of last year’s settlement between Apple and Creative over a patent dispute. The CSW PlayDock i is an impressive, compact one-piece iPod speaker/dock that leaves virtually nothing to be desired, and its reasonable $199… Read More

  • FastMac Releases Blu-Ray Drive For Macs

    Frankly, I’m sick of the format wars and all the hoopla going around, but FastMac has released the first and only Blu-Ray drive for Macs and that puts a smile on my face. Does this mean that Blu-Ray has finally put the debate to rest? No, but it is a clear indication of the direction the industry seems to be headed. The new optical drive will make your PowerBook, iBook, MacBook Pro, Mac… Read More

  • Intel UMPCs Switching To Linux

    Not that anyone is excited about UMPCs anymore, but Intel made a pretty bold move this morning. From this day forth, Intel will being using a Linux-based GUI and platform for its UMPCs. Ditching Microsoft’s Origami crapola and going to Linux is an excellent idea. People using UMPCs won’t be installing Windows-dependent apps or anything like that. They’ll just want the basics… Read More

  • Toshiba Enters Portable Hard Drive Market

    Having a cluttered desk can suck. So purchasing space-saving electronics can really be a key factor in keeping tidy. Toshiba’s new hard drives are less than an inch thick and smaller than a 4×6 photo. Other than a small size, they’re the same as any other external hard disk. You know, USB 2.0, sleek case, and semi-low price point. You’ll be able to nab the 100GB version… Read More

  • New Zune Ad

    The Zune isn’t dead just yet. Microsoft recently unveiled a new campaign designed to showcase the Zune’s battery of features. It also features hip music and ends with the tag “Be Your Own DJ,” which is clearly intended to make you want to go buy a Zune and start your own pants party. I think this ad kind of blows, but watch it and judge for yourself. New Zune… Read More

  • Netvibes Launches Universe: Customized Public Pages

    This afternoon Netvibes will announce the launch of Netvibes Universe, allowing users to create highly customized versions of Netvibes and publish them for public access. Netvibes has created 100 or so branded versions for the launch – users will be able to create these in about six weeks. In addition to making the page public, publishers can also highly customize their Universe page… Read More

  • Microsoft Silverlight: Like Flash Only Microsoftier


    Think on this, people: Macromedia introduced true video embedding in Flash a little more than a year ago and it spawned a billion-dollar company and made another billion-dollar company quake in its boots. So now we have Silverlight, a streaming solution from MS that runs on Windows and Mac and can deliver HD-quality video with a few clicks. Read More