• Google Takes Stake In Sergey's Wife's Biotech Company

    Here’s an odd story. Google just took a $3.9 million stake in a biotech company called 23andMe Inc. The company was co-founded by Anne Wojcicki, who married Google co-founder Sergey Brin earlier this month. Other investors in the round include Genentech, MDV-Mohr Davidow Ventures and New Enterprise Associates. Brin had personally loaned the company $2.6 million prior to the round. This… Read More

  • 10,000 Joost Invites

    Joost has created our very own signup page for Joost invitations. Just go there and get one. There are 10,000 to start (proving that Joost loves us just half as much as GigaOm, but oh well), and more will come later. This is much easier than our previous method of giving out invitations on the TechCrunch Forums. Thanks, Joost. Read More

  • Alltel Adds City ID Enhanced Caller ID Function: Identifies Unknown Numbers By City, State

    This is kinda neat if you find yourself often getting phone calls from parties unknown. Alltel is rolling out with City ID, an enhanced Caller ID service that attempts to identify all those pesky “unknown” phone numbers by city and state. That way, if you get a call from Some Dude and the number doesn’t show up, the phone will display the city and state of the incoming call. Read More

  • XM Up and Running Again

    Hot damn, the XM signal is back online! Now we can get back to not listening to Opie & Anthony, though I guess Oprah & Friends does have its fair share of hilarious moments, too. XM had been having signal problems for the last day or so. Users had been complaining that they weren’t able to tune in at full strength. XM’s contingency plan was to tell people to listen online. Read More

  • iPhone Will Be Available For Pre-Paid Users


    A leaked internal screen-shot from AT&T Rejoice! If you’ve been kicking yourself non-stop over the iPhone because you either have another carrier or you use Cingular as a pre-paid service, you need not worry anymore. Proof has risen from an internal AT&T computer screen-shot, which shows available tracking for the iPhone. Three options are listed: iPhone Hybrid Tracking… Read More

  • Zune *This Close* To Working on Windows Media Player 11

    The Microsoft Zune uses proprietary software to manage music, software that several folks out there in radio land don’t necessarily enjoy using. The ultimate goal is to be able to fully use the Zune with Windows Media Player 11 and, slowly but surely, indie coders are approaching this goal. A user on the Zunerama forums, ronaldmonster, is so, so close to getting WMP to recognize his Zune. Read More

  • Balance Concept: Part Luxury Cellphone, Part Smartphone

    It’s both a luxury cellphone and a smartphone, two devices that, apparently, have never been combined together effectively before. Called the Balance by designer Bence Bogar (Hungarian—be gentle), it acts as both a slider and and clamshell phone. When inside a pocket, it takes the form of a clamshell, protecting its two touch-sensitive screens. Whip it out and it slide it around to… Read More

  • World of Warcraft Patch 2.1.0 Out Now

    Just as I was talking to my friend about rolling a new Horde character on Burning Blade, out comes this new WoW patch. Dubbed “The Black Temple”, this 256MB patch will allow players to enter, well The Black Temple! Players can fight Illidan the Betrayer before realizing they have plenty of other goodies associated with this patch to check out. There’s a new PVP arena, new… Read More

  • Qwest Now Offering EV-DO Service

    Qwest users can now get some decent wireless Internet on the go. Using Sprint’s EV-DO Revision A network, Qwest is offering users over-priced wireless mobile broadband plans. For $69.99, you can get a paltry 500MB of data a month. According to the report, Qwest will offer a 600MB plan and an unlimited plan as well, which makes no sense considering that 500MB and 600MB aren’t that… Read More

  • SoundTech LightSnake iChat USB Headset and Mic: Does Apple Know About This?

    I’m sure you’ve heard of SoundTech before. It makes all sorts of audio-related cables and the like, the latest of which is the LightSnake iChat, a USB headset and mic that’s designed for everyday tasks like gaming and annoying your friends on Skype. A nice vanity feature here is “Live when Lit,” which causes the unit to flash wildy when it’s processing sound… Read More

  • A Friend Of The Devil Is A Friend Of Sirius

    Sirius will be adding a new station to its lineup consisting of only Grateful Dead tracks. Set to debut this summer, the station will feature classic tracks, new tunes, unreleased recordings, special shows hosted by members of the band, bootlegs, and of course, live sets. This is not the first time Sirius has given a band its own station. Elvis has his own station and so does Howard Stern. Read More

  • More Guitar Hero Encore Tracks Unveiled

    Can’t get enough Guitar Hero? Don’t worry! Activision realizes you’re not just a casual gamer and need more rockage. That’s why they’ll be releasing Guitar Hero Encore: Rocks the 80s sometime this year hopefully. A new tracklisting has been posted, showcasing some of the hits of the 1980s. Songs include: Read More

  • Lost – The iPod Game

    What do you do when you have a failing TV show with a terrible plot line and you’re losing money on it? Create a mobile game! Duh! “Lost” is now available as a downloadable iPod game on the iTunes Music Store. For $5 you too can “Help Jack search for dynamite, tend to the wounded, and avoid the black smoke.” Sounds extremely exciting. Other activities include… Read More

  • Motorola and Kodak Working On 5-Megapixel Cameraphone

    Kodak and Motorola are currently at work on a 5-megapixel cameraphone using a Kodak-developed CMOS sensor. This was confirmed yesterday when Kodak President Antonio Perez jumped up on a conference table and shouted “Five megapixels in your face and up your butt, baby!” Of course this is just speculation. Other than the 5-megapixel CMOS sensor, Perez didn’t mention much… Read More

  • Cambridge SoundWorks Radio CD 745i Review


    iPod clock radios are a dime a dozen, but renowned speaker maker Cambridge SoundWorks supercharged theirs with beefy sound and a built-in CD player. The all-in-one CSW Radio CD 745i has sophisticated looks (in black or white), thanks to a bevy of on-board controls. We got our hands on one and nightstand-tested it for a week, and it was no letdown. The features, compactness, sound, and… Read More

  • T-Mobile Wing Released

    Not like you didn’t already know about the Wing, but those of you with T-Mobile can now purchase the Wing. This MyFaves-enabled phone isn’t cheap and will run you $300 with a two-year contract, but oh is it feature-rich. Aside from the sliding QWERTY-pad, you’ll find Bluetooth 2.0, WiFi, EDGE, a full HTML browser, push e-mail, microSD, media player, and a 2.0-megapixel… Read More

  • Cruncharcade: Frag Time


    While early summer is typically that time when video game releases slow down a bit, this year a few notable titles are showing up (plus there a couple of games that might have slipped through the cracks) This week we look at the games that will have you lock ‘n loading as you face off in some high intensity shooters. We’re also finally starting to see what Vista means for gamers… Read More

  • Justin.TV Network Launches: More Shows to Come

    24/7 reality online TV show Justin.tv has has turned into a bit of a mini-phenomenon since launching just two months ago. Their apartment was raided by the police, and they were later evicted by their landlord. They were on the Today Show. Justin has hung out with famous rappers. They’ve taken extravagant dares from their audience, and a crowd always surrounds Justin and his… Read More

  • V CAST Names that Tune

    What do you do when you hear a song you like, but have no idea who it is by? Well, the old school way was to sing it at the record store, but that is as sorry as trying out for American Idol. In the 21st century you have ways to name that tune without having to belt into song. The Verizon Wireless V CAST Song ID will allow you hear a song, hold the phone toward the music and then capture a… Read More

  • Jamba Gets A (Artificial) Life

    Award-winning mobile 3G technology and applications provider Artificial Life has formed a partnership with Jamba. This will make the Hong Kong based Artificial Life branded games available to Jamba and Jamster users in North America, South America and Europe. Among the first titles to arrive from the Far East will be V-Girl and V-Boyfriend. Artificial Life, Inc. Cooperates With Jamba/Jamster… Read More

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