• Zune 2.5: video store and facelift in effect


    Starting right about now, the Zune client and Marketplace are being revamped with major changes as well as some streamlining. You’ve got a social music discovery network, a video store, and believe it or not, achievements for listening to music. Get freaky with more update info and pictures inside. Read More

  • Tagging Goes Semantic With Zigtag

    Bookmarking and tagging websites can be a messy business. Zigtag, a new sidebar-based plugin currently in private beta, is looking to offer clean and streamlined bookmarking and tagging. The plugin differentiates itself from the multitude of other tagging services by introducing a semantic dictionary of over two million tags. The basic idea: each tag will be defined, and that synonymous… Read More

  • Zuckerberg Hires Another VP From Google: Elliot Schrage

    Mark Zuckerberg loves to hire folks from Google. His poaching started in earnest last year, and includes Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, CFO Gideon Yu, and others. The latest is Elliot Schrage, Google’s vice president of global communications and public affairs. He will join Facebook on May 14 under the same role. Zuckerberg’s letter to the troops leaked to us: Hey Everyone… Read More

  • Signing Off, And What Does A TechCrunch Writer Actually Use?

    This is my last post at TechCrunch as a full time writer (I may yet do the occasional guest post). It’s exactly 12 months to the day since I started writing here and the date seemed like a good time to go. I won’t bore you with a self indulgent retrospective; if you are interested in my reasons and thoughts I did a podcast with my old site The Blog Herald yesterday – listen… Read More

  • Yahoo To Flag Malware Sites In Search Results

    Tomorrow Yahoo will launch a partnership with McAfee and will integrate their Site Advisor malware scanning product into Yahoo search. The most dangerous websites are simply being removed from search results. Yahoo is also flagging less dangerous offending sites to warn users of specific problems that have been reported from those sites. Example warning messages include “Warning… Read More

  • Gateway launching three new lines of desktops tomorrow

    Gateway is said to be launching three new lines of desktop computers tomorrow. One aimed at gamers, one for online media enthusiasts, and a line of entry level computers for average users. For gamers, the FX series is the place to start. Gateway is highlighting the FX541, with it’s SLI motherboard, dual PCIe x16 slots, and has a factory overclocked NVIDIA 8800 GT video card. If… Read More

  • Yahoo's Tumbling House Of Cards

    “I’m extremely disappointed in Jerry Yang. I think he overplayed a weak hand. And I’m even more disappointed in the independent directors who were not responsive to the needs of independent shareholders.”
    – Gordon Crawford of Capital Research, which owns 6% of Yahoo’s shares The lawsuits are rolling in, and Yahoo’s biggest shareholders (see quote… Read More

  • CNN.com Adds Mixx To Its Mix Of Bookmarking Buttons

    Digg competitor Mixx landed another big distribution deal. CNN.com will be adding a “Mixx It” button after every article on the site. This will be right next to the “e-mail” and “share” buttons. Last March, the Mixx bookmark button was adopted by the New York Times, but only as one of many options. Similarly, when CNN.com readers click on the… Read More

  • TC/CG Meet-up Berlin: They Keep Coming

    How’s this for some fun: We’re planning a CG/TC meet-up in Berlin to match the one we’re having in Prague and I’d like to get some tentative numbers for attendance. Head over to to Facebook or email mikeATmbites.com with the subject line “BERLIN ME” if you’re interested. We’d hold the event on Wednesday, June 11 at about 7pm at a location to… Read More

  • Sunday's paper brings news of May 7 launch of the Curve for Sprint

    Crackberry users on Sprint have been lusting after the Curve for awhile, and there are signs it’s coming soon. Another dropped in newspapers across the country yesterday, spilling the beans that a red version might also be showing up at launch, which could be Wednesday. This isn’t the first time a Sprint-flavored version of the flagship phone has shown up in ads before it’s… Read More

  • ThoughtFarmer Is TubeTastic

    ThoughtFarmer from Vancover based OpenRoad Communications offers an enterprise focused intranet service built around wikis. Billed as “a knowledge sharing solution for the new enterprise” ThoughtFarmer can be used as a standalone intranet or extranet, a collaboration hub or “the knowledge-sharing component of an existing intranet.” Like others in the space… Read More

  • T2 sues CTA over GTA IV ads

    GTA IV is still in the news. This week, Take Two, the publisher of the game, is suing the Chicago Transit Authority for pulling the game’s ads out of bus terminals and shelters without explanation. Take Two paid Titan Outdoor, the group that handles advertising for the Authority, $300k for a six-week ad campaign. Titan Outdoor pulled the ads in response to a deadly crime wave that hit… Read More

  • WidgetBucks Announces Deals with Marchex

    WidgetBucks has announced the expansion of its ad widget network through an agreement with Marchex. The deal touches on key growth areas for WidgetBucks: premium CPM display advertising to its publisher base and expanding distribution of CPC product ad widgets. The deal with Marchex sees WidgetBucks powering local, debt/ finance, and pay-per-call advertising across Marchex’s local… Read More

  • Motorola ZN5 aka X PIXL photos leaked

    Remember way back in October I told you about a handful of Motorola phones that everyone thought were fake? Well, it looks like the X PIXL is real and Kodak is supplying the optics for the Motorola ZN5 as it’s being called now. The 5-megapixel Xenon flash handset looks mighty fine, but I’m not fond of the new keyboards that Motorola is putting on their devices like the ROKR and Z9. Read More

  • The iPhone Gets Its Own Photo Sharing Site

    Natuba is a new photo sharing site that targets iPhone users with an emphasis on mobile uploading. It comes from Richard Yoo, a former CEO of Rackspace and Serverbeach. iPhone users with Natuba accounts can add their snapshots to the site by emailing them to a special address. Descriptions can be included in the subject line and all photos are injected into a public activity stream. They are… Read More

  • Food Review Site Zeer Launches

    It’s hard to find a place to research food—the kind that you buy at the grocery store and put into your body every day. As people become more aware, and concerned, about what thy eat, a site like Zeer makes more and more sense. Zeer, which launched earlier today, is a product review site for food. It contains nutritional information for 114,000 food products, and each one can… Read More

  • MySocial 24×7 Launches FriendFeed/ Twitter AIR App

    MySocial 24×7, a Friend Feed/ Twitter Firefox sidebar Michael wrote about in April has launched an Adobe AIR application. Like the Firefox sidebar, the AIR app allows users to filter the view by type of data, comment or bookmark any entry, and users can also reply via Twitter. The big selling point for the new app is an inbuilt movie/picture viewer, allowing users to view content without… Read More

  • T-Mobile Austria confirms 3G iPhone, 3 models in the works


    T-Mobile Austria made an announcement earlier today that they would soon be getting a UMTS version of the iPhone, putting them on a short list of countries to get the 3G version. The previous rumors of multiple iPhone models is being backed up by another article posted by derStandard. The translation is obviously lax, but what I’ve been able to glean is that an announcement will be made… Read More

  • Google Reader Gets More Social: Now With Notes

    Google has added support for Notes to Google Reader, allowing users to share notes or add notes to shared stories. The add a note feature is located in the “Your Stuff” menu at the top of the Google Reader sidebar. Tumblr style, the feature allows users to share with friends “whatever pops into your head (for better or for worse) by typing anything into the text box at the top… Read More

  • Sidekick LX getting A2DP


    I’m beginning to wonder whether or not I really want to switch back to the Sidekick after spending the last few months with the Curve. I can’t handle these tiny upgrades that should have been there to begin with. Nevertheless, Sidekick LX owners will be getting A2DP during the next OTA says Hiptop3. Read More

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