• Top 10 Geeky babes

    What do we at CrunchGear love more than gadgets? Besides booze. Women. Hot women. Geeks disguised as hot women to be exact. It seems there’s a list of whose who in babelicous geekdom each year and we welcome that and we know you do to. Enough of the jibber jabber, right? I present to you this year’s top 10: hottest women in tech, according to Askmen.com. Read More

  • Sprint reportedly turns down $5 billion from investors

    The New York Times is reporting that Sprint has said thanks but no thanks to an offer from Providence Equity Partners and South Korea’s SK Telecom which would, in effect, replace Sprint’s management team and infuse $5 billion into the company. The deal would have also allowed SK Telecom and Sprint to "significantly cut costs by jointly purchasing handsets and examining… Read More

  • WSJ: Google to announce wireless spectrum bid today

    Google could announce its intention to bid on that sweet, unused spectrum as early as later today, according to the WSJ. We’ve all pretty much assumed Google was going to do so, especially in light of Android, but at least we now have a date. The auction is scheduled to take place on January 24 and the FCC imposed a December 3 deadline for companies to announce their intention to… Read More

  • VCs: What's Your Failure Rate?

    This morning, Fred Wilson of Union Square Ventures discloses to the world his failure rate as a venture capitalist of 17 years (20 percent over 32 investments, which is enviable in VC circles). He’s also had 11 deals (40 percent) with 5X+ returns, so it more than balances out. Wilson is more at ease talking to the world (through his blog) than most VCs. But all venture capitalists… Read More

  • Google Confirms Spectrum Bid

    It is now official. Google has confirmed earlier reports that it will bid in the upcoming wireless spectrum auctions. Already, it is toying with other prospective bidders, waiting until next Monday, the last possible day, to file its application with the FCC. In mid-December, the FCC will release its list of eligible bidders. The auction itself begins on January 24, and could continue… Read More

  • Google Testing OpenID With Blogger, May Offer OpenIDs To Users

    Google’s “Blogger in Draft” program that tests functionality for Google’s popular Blogger blogging platform has rolled out OpenID support for comments. The new service will allow anyone with an OpenID account, including LiveJournal and TypeKey services to log in and validate a comment on blogs running under the Blogger in Draft service. Google notes that the feature is… Read More

  • Daily Crunch: In the Box Edition

    I Love (TwistTogether) Lamp
    Tech toys are now kids toys, for better or worse
    50% of the world has a cellphone, so say the numbers
    Comics: You have died of Dysentery
    What’s Worse: Windows Vista or Paris Hilton? Read More

  • Congrats to BIMA winners, now can we have a cool tech awards please?

    Hearty congratulations to the winners of the annual awards for the British Interactive Media Association, otherwise known as the BIMAs. In summary, Channel 4 New Media won the “Grand Prix” for 4oD* (the On demand TV catchup service) while ad agency Publicis Dialog won two, and agency GT three. Channel 4 won for the “ingenuity and simplicity of this new interface.”… Read More

  • Crunch Network

    Teh.Be$T.Kommenter.Evar

    Comments are the greasy oil that keeps the blog machine running. Here are three great (and 100% unedited) comments recently posted by your fellow readers. On this very special edition of The Best Whatever, Whatever, we’ll be taking a look at three comments from one particular post concerning Paris Hilton and Windows Vista. I couldn’t pick just one, so please enjoy all three… Read More

  • Another $60 Million For Facebook

    When Facebook took a $240 million investment from Microsoft last month at a $15 billion valuation, they became, in theory, one of the most valuable Internet-only companies on the planet. But that valuation was tenuous at best. Microsoft and Facebook expanded their year-old advertising relationship as part of the deal. And Facebook was unable to get a third party to pony up cash to justify… Read More

  • Will IRSeeK Have A Chilling Effect on IRC Chat?

    New Israeli startup IRSeek is indexing public Internet Relay Chat (IRC) channels at the rate of 6 million conversations a day. 300 million conversations have now been indexed by the company. The most popular networks, including EFnet, DALnet, Freenode and QuakeNetUndernet, are all being monitored – IRSeeK is now “listening” to 2000+ channels across 10 networks. There are few… Read More

  • Google To Announce Wireless Spectrum Bid Friday

    The Wall Street Journal is quoting “people familiar with the matter” saying that Google will announce a bid for the 700 MHz wireless spectrum Friday. Google first expressed interesting in bidding in July, when it sent a letter to the FCC demanding that the new bandwidth have four requirements: open applications, open devices, open services and open networks. The FCC only adopted two… Read More

  • Google Reader Gets Recommendations, Drag-and-Drop

    Google has released two new features for its RSS reading product, Recommendations and Drag-and-Drop. The Discovery recommendation feature suggests new sites a user may wish to read based on current subscriptions and (interestingly) browsing history. Google has previously offered feed bundles based on subjects, but this is the first time it has offered customized recommendations in this… Read More

  • Update: Cellphones won't explode burning you and your family alive

    Remember yesterday we brought you news of a Korean man who owned an LG cellphone that exploded and killed him? Ok, it wasn’t the phone, it was something else. We’re still not sure what, but the degree to which he was injured wasn’t consistent with an exploding battery. So, you know, it’s okay to quit panicking. Your phone isn’t going to do you in. But something… Read More

  • Facebook Beacon 2.0: What You'll See

    With Facebook making changes to its Beacon program, users will see a new set of options every time they interact with a “Beacon Affiliate”. This is what you’ll see: Notification Facebook users will see a notification in the lower right corner of the screen after transacting with a Beacon Affiliate. Options include “No Thanks” that will immediately stop the… Read More

  • Is Leopard the new Vista?

    Well, I wouldn’t presume to say, but this fellow at PC Magazine seems to be less shy about it, and he has a bone to pick with Cupertino’s latest opus. He’s concerned about the stability issues, unnecessary and distracting visual elements, questionable “fixes,” and my personal least favorite thing about Leopard, Time Machine. Don’t get me wrong, I love my… Read More

  • 50% of the world has a cellphone, so say the numbers

    It’s official: exactly one half of the Earth’s population is taking it up the tailpipe from cellphone companies. 3.3 billion mobile phone lines are currently being used, which comes out to roughly one phone line per every other person on the planet. Considering that twenty years ago only 35 countries had any form of mobile network, it’s an amazing growth rate. Today every… Read More

  • Zune hackers hack the desktop software to bits

    Zune hackers have done what was once thought impossible: They’ve developed a way to change the background of the Zune desktop software. A team of over 200 hackers spent the better part of the summer on the project, with lead coder TarXin2 stating, “It was hard work, but worth it.” Ok, not really, but if you want to really “make it you”, you can, and Cesar over at… Read More

  • Black Hole Phone Bag saves needless stress on power buttons

    If you’re in a theater or someplace else where an unexpected call would mean embarrassment, you can turn your phone off. Sure, you could, but you’re a geek. You need a better way to go off the grid. Brando’s got your back with the “Black Hole Phone Bag”, a phone bag that blocks incoming and outgoing radio transmissions, effectively taking your phone off the network. Read More

  • What's Worse: Windows Vista or Paris Hilton?

    I always say that what makes two people friends is what they have in common, but I think it’s not about having similar likes, it’s about having similar dislikes. What you hate says a lot more about you than what you love. In that spirit, I bring you the first CrunchGear What’s Worse?, where we take something vile from the technology world and something dreadful from the rest… Read More

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