• Uncle Walt loves the Air, tentatively

    http://services.brightcove.com/services/viewer/federated_f8/452319854 “All thin notebooks have compromises,” says Mr. Mossberg and we have to agree. Clearly the Air isn’t for all of us, but folks with a huge, nasty IT-department Dell will think of this as a breath of fresh “air.” Ha! Willie! Read More

  • Canon's new HF10 high def solid-state video camera

    The very-nice people that work at CamcorderInfo.com down the street from me here in Boston got a first look at the new Canon HF10 high definition camcorder. I’ll let them do most of the talking but the basic pros include 16GB of flash memory, plus the ability to record on SDCH memory cards, full 1920×1080 resolution for true HD recording with a 17Mbps bitrate at 30P (it also does… Read More

  • Scambaiting at its finest: Tricking Nigerian scammers into rewriting an entire Harry Potter book by hand

    Wow. Nothing better than seeing a scammer get scammed. There have been some pretty ingenious scambaiting techniques throughout the ages, but getting a scammer to rewrite all 293 pages of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by hand has got to be in the top ten of all time. Kudos to the 419 Eater web site for all the great trickery. Harry Potter & The Well of Scammers [419 Eater] via… Read More

  • Sun Picks Up MySQL For $1 Billion; Open Source Is A Legitimate Business Model

    The big news this morning is that open source database startup MySQL finally found a year’s worth of rumors that they were mulling over an initial public offering. Sun Microsystems has acquired them instead, for $1 billion. MySQL had raised a total of $39 million from Benchmark, Index, IVP, Intel, and SAP. Sun CEO Jonathan Schwartz wrote about the acquisition on his blog, lavishing praise… Read More

  • Lady knocks down 1,500 hard drives, domino-style

    http://embed.break.com/NDMzNTMy Man, I thought I had too many spare hard drives scattered about the house but this lady takes the cake with 1,500. And what better use of 1,500 hard drives than building a gigantic domino course? Very nice, Hard Drive Lady. Very nice indeed. Dominos With 1500 Hard Drives Video [Break.com] via [H] Enthusiast Read More

  • Plaxo Pulls The Social Network Into Mac Mail

    At some point last year people started to realize that the email inbox was not only the “original” Internet social network, it’s also going to be the backbone of social networking going forward. You already have your friends (people in your address book), and the social graph is already filled (people you email, and who they email, etc.). Yahoo is clearly focused on this… Read More

  • Freebase Takes $42 Million

    Online database company Freebase has taken $42 Million in a round that included Benchmark Capital and Goldman Sachs. Total funding to date is $57 million. We first covered Freebase in March 2007 (see “This is cool, unless it achieves consciousness and kills us all“). Freebase is a massive database. The purpose of the database is to centralize as much data as possible, and allow… Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Air Apparent Edition

    Keynote Recap: What Apple did today
    MacBook AirHead: why Apple’s new laptop is basically useless
    MacBook Air Gallery
    Skullcandy rocks Macworld
    Star Wars kicks: I see your Schwartz is as big as mine
    iTunes Movie Rentals: $3.99 new releases, 24 hour rental period Read More

  • Crunch Network


    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. MacBook AirHead: why Apple’s new laptop is basically useless ryan yum…. thin……
    i want to put cheese spread on it and eat it up
    is it flexi-thin?
    looks like it’d just snap in two part (probably more) oh wait, but we are… Read More

  • Stevenote In 60 Seconds

    Too lazy to watch the entire Stevenote video stream on CrunchGear, or read Duncan’s real time notes from the event? No worries. Mahalo’s Veronica Belmont distills all the important stuff down into just sixty seconds. See all of our coverage from Macworld here and at CrunchGear. Read More

  • Application Developers: Don't Be Surprised If Facebook Changes The Rules When You Do Something That Hurts Users

    We saw early on that Facebook was willing to change policies and their API in order to protect users against clearly black hat/spammy applications, or ones that break the terms of use with users. A new Facebook application called Break Up, created by FaceItApps, may lightly trip both of those problems. The application tells you when someone has removed you as a friend. Currently (and… Read More

  • Confirmed: Scoble Going To Fast Company To Build Army Of Scoble Show Style Shows

    As first reported exclusively on TechCrunch by Michael December 12, blogger Robert Scoble has left Podtech and is headed to Fast Company. According to Beet.tv, Scoble will be building an army of Scoble-show style clones into a new Fast Company business video blogging network, as well as keeping up appearances with his own show. Congrats to Scoble on the new job and Scoble fans will be… Read More

  • Crunchies: The Award

    Just three more days before the Crunchies Awards kick off at the Herbst Theatre in San Francisco. Most of the tickets are now taken – a few left over that were being held in reserve will probably be released on Thursday. One thing we put a lot of time into was the award that will be given to the winners. We wanted it to be significantly more interesting than the standard engraved glass… Read More

  • Joyent Suffers Major Downtime Due To ZFS Bug

    Services provided by cloud computing provider Joyent have been offline for three days following issues with ZFS. Strongspace and BingoDisk are amongst services that have been affected since January 12. Joyent CEO David Young said in a post to the Joyent forums that the service “got bit by a massive ZFS bug…that got onto/into the backups” preventing easy restoration. Data… Read More

  • Macword 2008: MacBook Air image gallery, redux

    The good people at Apple were wise enough to let me have a few moments with their new MacBook Air, and I fell in love. I took these revealing photos that point to a couple of things we hadn’t heard about, like the 2GB standard RAM is 2, 1GB sticks. And if you look closely, you can see some of my drool. Our gallery software’s not working due to our crappy hotel Internet connection… Read More

  • Will Apple TV Take 2 Take Online Movie Rentals Mainstream?

    An extraordinary thing happened today (well at least given who it was), Steve Jobs admitted that Apple had screwed up with its Apple TV product. Never one to take the rap alone he threw in Microsoft and a few others as well as examples of how internet computers/ devices that were meant for TV’s as a whole hadn’t taken off. There was of course method to Jobs’ unprecedented… Read More

  • Step right up, get your Mysto

    Starting tomorrow – Wednesday the 16th of January for those of you not in the know – you will be able to pick up a Mysto anywhere they sell Helio gear. Yes, our little Mysto that we’ve followedfrom babyhood, and nurtured lovingly, is officially being released into the wild. It’s a great little phone that packs a lot into a small package (it’s heavy!) and… Read More

  • Proximic Signs Deals With Yahoo and eBay To Turn Product Listings Into Contextual Ads; Taking on AdSense

    A tiny 14-man startup in Munich called Proximic wants to give Google a run for its money. But it is not going after search. It is coming from behind with an attack on AdSense. Proximic has signed deals to syndicate product listings from both eBay’s Shopping.com and Yahoo’s Shopping Network as contextual ads on other Websites. This is the first time that either Yahoo or eBay… Read More

  • A closer look at 1.1.3

    http://www.crunchgear.com/video/player.swf?movie=firmware.flv I know, I know: dead horse, beaten. But we always love the things we can’t have — yet. Read More

  • Macworld 2008: Multitouch on the Air, starring my fat fingers

    http://progressive.playstream.com/playstream/progressive/flashplayers/FLVPlayer.swf So just how well does the multitouch on the new MacBook Air work? Very. Take a look at me, a novice, whipping my way through several images on Preview. Now imagine if this was all of your downloaded porn. Now you want one, don’t you. Read More

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