• Killer Mobile Phone?

    South Korean police revealed today that a 33 year-old quarry worker was found dead with a mobile phone stuck to his chest. It is believed that the device may have caused the death. The man had burns on his chest, fractured ribs and internal bleeding, a doctor said. “When he was admitted into the emergency room, the melted mobile phone was stuck to he left side of his shirt,” said… Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Looks Like Rain Edition

    Converge much? Coffee warmer, USB hub, clock
    The biggest Atari joystick in the world
    The random endorsement: umbrellas
    Pock-it: Like a post-it, but with a pocket
    eBay’s fancy toy look-book Read More

  • TechCrunch drinks & Widgety Goodness Dec 6th

    Widgety Goodness, the first European conference on web widgets and applications, kicks off on Thursday December 6th at the Corn Exchange, Brighton. TechCrunch UK is media partner and we have ten tickets to give away to the most enthusiastic commenters on this post. Speakers include Tariq Krim (founder Netvibes), Russell Davies (OpenIntelligenceAgency) and Ivan Pope (founder Snipperoo) and a… Read More

  • Question: Where are the best sources of funding for startups?

    As part of a continuing series, I’m asking you, the reader, to contribute your thoughts on various subjects (and I’m open to suggestions for topics). So here’s the latest: Question: Where are the best sources of funding for tech startups? Please note that I am not asking, ‘what’ are the best sources of funding for startups. I am not trying to prompt debate… Read More

  • Geni Clone Growing A Lot Faster Than Geni

    Family genealogy and social newtork Geni got to five million profiles in the first five months after launch. Their early growth propelled them to a $100 million valuation and a lot of positive press. In August the inevitable German clone launched. The clone, called Verwandt.de is a near carbon copy of Geni. But unlike most clones, which never do as well as the original application, Verwandt… Read More

  • Straight Out Of Left Field: Google Experimenting With Digg Style Voting On Search Results

    If you saw this one coming, give yourself a very large prize. Google is experimenting with Digg style voting features on search results that allow users to vote up or bury search results they see. The program, part of Google Labs, works like this: This experiment lets you influence your search experience by adding, moving, and removing search results. When you search for the same keywords… Read More

  • Report That Facebook May Cave on Beacon: Victory For Users May Be Nigh

    The upswell of concern relating to Facebook’s Beacon advertising program, including a campaign from Moveon.org may have been successful ,with BusinessWeek reporting that Facebook is discussing changes to the program that could be announced as soon as tomorrow (Nov 29). Facebook executives are said to “deep talks over proposed changes late into the afternoon on Nov. Read More

  • Yahoo Widgets Upgrade: Now With Flash and New Friends

    Google gadgets came to the Mac today and now Yahoo is releasing an update of their own. They’ve upgraded their Konfabulator widget platform to 4.5 (not currently up) and overhauled their site’s user interface to incorporate better user feedback. While you can get all the technical improvements from Yahoo’s own upcoming announcement. The highlights are support for Flash and… Read More

  • Yahoo Offers Contextual Advertising In PDFs; Yes, PDFs

    Yahoo and Adobe have teamed up to give publishers the ability to offer contextual advertising as part of their PDF document downloads. Users upload their PDFs to Yahoo’s ad network and then Yahoo hosts the document for download and serves up contextual advertising in a panel to the right of the given document’s content. According to CNet, sites participating in the current closed… Read More

  • O'neill H4 Campack ready for Winter

    O’neill, the surf brand, like many other surf brands venture into other action sports and for good reason. Without surfing the other boarding sports just wouldn’t exist. You can’t argue that, so don’t try. Heh. This one’s for the snowboarders and/or skiers. So here’s the H4 Campack that comes with a camera that can be mounted to a helmet or goggles and is… Read More

  • eBay's fancy toy look-book

    Peter Ha and I went out to see eBay in action — and got to hang out with THE Cat Schwartz, the official eBay toy and gadget gal. One thing they showed us was the odd look book that lets you see popular toys through the decades and even buy them online. Just for kicks, tell me about your favorite childhood toy gets a $50 eBay gift card in comments. I’ll pick one winner at random but… Read More

  • Helio adds TV Guide app, my laziness gets worse

    As if I need another reason to not leave the couch this winter other than it being cold. Helio has gone and added a TV Guide app and I feel myself getting squishier. A 30-day rental is $2.99 and you can even forward TV listings to a friend in case you think they’re interested in watching ___________ (Some dumb show only you like. Heh.). A few more screen shots after the jump. Thanks, Helio. Read More

  • Pock-it: Like a post-it, but with a pocket

    Addicted to post-it notes? Yeah, me neither, not even the widget kind. (I’ve completed disabled Dashboard, for the record. Good riddance.) But this—this is a little different. It’s called a pock-it and it improves on the post-it design by having glue on three sides. Stick it to the wall and it not only acts as a post-it, but also as a little pocket. Clever, that. The uses… Read More

  • Ning CEO Calls Flux And Viacom To The Mat

    Silicon Valley based Ning and Los Angeles based Flux are “networks of networks” that allow communities to build feature rich social networks with a few clicks. Ning, which launched in 2005, has raised over $44 million in capital and has 130,000 social networks on its platform. Ning was founded by CEO Gina Bianchini and Marc Andreessen, pictured to the right. Flux, which launched… Read More

  • Mobile-pay trial in London; Japan laughs at the primitive cavemen

    If you’ve ever been to London, you’ve taken the Tube, and if you’ve taken the Tube, you probably got yourself an Oyster Card, that convenient wireless super-ticket. Well, those crazy Britons are taking another step towards being a futuristic, Blade-Runner-esque utopia with this trial run of a mobile-phone-based payment system. Oyster and credit card functionality have… Read More

  • Circular Money: Facebook And Yahoo Advertise Their Advertising Platforms On Google

    If you need any further proof that Google flat out owns the online advertising space, just look to the right. Both Yahoo and Facebook are using Google Adwords to advertise their competing advertising platforms. Now if Google would just start advertising back, the companies could pass revenue around in a circle indefinitely. Thanks for Aniq Rahman for emailing this in. Read More

  • Cellfish Provides Mobile Media Conversion With AddToPhone

    New York based Cellfish Media has launched a new service that delivers media to mobile phones, complete with on the fly conversion that provides access to most handsets.

    AddtoPhone works via an embeddable button; users click the button, add their cell number then AddtoPhone sends them a SMS message with a link to the content. The… Read More

  • Lite-On External Optical Drive looks slick, writes fast

    I don’t know about you guys, but I think burning a bunch of discs is a hassle. When you have to put out 15 identical DVDs for a holiday party, a presentation, or whatnot, it becomes a real task to keep that Nero or Toast happy while you keep switching out blanks. Not to mention, if you’re paranoid like me, you’re worried about jitter errors or buffer underruns if your… Read More

  • Gotuit Powering Video Search Only Ted Nugent Could Love

    Gotuit made an “about face” when they ditched their online TV product (except for music videos) and refocused on powering video sites. Over the past year they’ve been striking deals to power video services for the likes of Sports Illustrated, EMI, Fox Reality, amongst others. Now they’re powering Extreme Outdoor TV network (XONTV), a web site dedicated to outdoor… Read More

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    The Unreasonable Stance: One Craptop Per Child is not ready for Vista

    All day we’re inundated with news about this One Laptop Per Child project. I write up story after story about how these do-gooders are spreading technology to the third world, how interconnectivity and self-organizing networks will change the way these people communicate and allow otherwise deprived children to grow up capable of interacting with computers and thriving in a modern… Read More

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