• Ready To Rumble: Here's Who Microsoft Will Bring To a Hostile Fight Over Yahoo

    Microsoft does not like to be rushed. Everyone is waiting for its next move, now that the deadline it set for Yahoo to accept its takeover bid expired last Saturday. And everyone can keep waiting. Nevertheless, preparations are being made for an announcement this week from Microsoft on what it will do next. Out of its various options, the two most likely are either to go hostile with the bid… Read More

  • Going Green: Will the Tesla Roadster bring about the all-electric revolution?

    When it was announced less than two years ago, many thought the Tesla Roadster was a hoax, or at best a vaporware concept that wouldn’t go anywhere. Thankfully, those skeptics have been proven wrong, with the Tesla in full production and the first lot sold out already. But what is it about the Tesla that makes it so unusual? Not only is it fully electric, making it one of the most green… Read More

  • Going Green: Getting to work despite high gas prices

    Anybody feeling pinched by high gas prices? You should. Expensive gas not only hits us squarely in the pocketbook when we fill our gas tanks, but it makes everything else more expensive as well; air travel, shipping packages, groceries, you name it. Aside from being expensive, gasoline is hard on the environment too. Here are a few viable alternatives (that are available now) if you decide… Read More

  • Chumby To Get Accelerometer-based Casual Games and Flash Animation


    I’ve just wrapped my head around the Chumby as sort of a clock radio with a brain and now they want to add games? Albino Blacksheep and Everybody Panic! are offering accelerometer-based “casual games” for the Chumby. When they come around on the screen you pick up the Chumby and swing it around, moving balls and whatever else you need to manipulate on screen. Read… Read More

  • Anyone else notice Lycos Europe is for sale? No, me neither

    Lycos Europe, the forgotten portal site which left the tent and said “I am just going outside and may be some time” a few hundred years back, is up for sale (via PaidContent). Owned 32.1 percent by Telefonica and 20 percent by Bertelsmann, it’s now appointed Dresdner Kleinwort as its advisor following the inevitable “strategic review to evaluate its options”. Read More

  • No more UK domain for MySpace

    Last February, MySpace popped the champagne corks. It could go ahead and use the MySpace.co.uk domain name – after securing it in a decision by Nominet’s dispute resolution service – from a small UK ISP which had registered the .co.uk in 1997, two years before MySpace.com launched. Total Web Solutions (TWS), a company in Stockport, near Manchester, had started off using… Read More

  • Video: Scarlet is TVs, not TV

    Perhaps you’ve seen the commercials for Scarlet, the hit new TV series on TV. Perhaps you were wondering why the commercials don’t tell you what channel it’s on or even when, or what it’s about. Perhaps you thought to yourself it’s part of some viral-style marketing campaign, and you’d be right. But it’s not for a TV show, but a line of HDTVs from LG. Read More

  • Study: Brand name inks last longer than store brand inks

    You can print cheap, or you can print well, and if you’re going for long-term documents, you’ll want to go well. A new year-long study out today shows that while discount, third-party ink is great for short-term printing, maybe even better than manufacturer’s ink, it tends to fade after a year. In fact, the brand name ink looks up to three times better after a year. It’s… Read More

  • May 1 Meet-up: Very nearly business time

    A little NSFW near the middle. Be warned. Are you excited to be able to spend quality time with your favorite Crunchies? Want to get PHa drunk and give him a swirly? Require beer to keep from turning into a wolf? All of those things will be possible this Thursday at Red Sky at 47 E. 29th Street between Park and Madison. We’d like to thank our sponsors again and we’ll be going… Read More

  • Beatport's new Adobe AIR download manager helps organize your music (See, it's not always about music piracy)

    Lest you all think I’m a nefarious, profit-hating music pirate , I bring word of Beatport’s latest innovation in online music distribution. The music site has developed an Adobe AIR download client that brings the fun of clicking “download now” from your Web browser to a stand-alone program. (If you use twhirl, and follow our sorry lot on Twitter , then you already… Read More

  • Friends Reunited relaunches, threatens several startups

    The venerable FriendsReunited, one of the the oldest social networks in the UK, has relaunched as a free social network containing features which will have a direct impact on several niche social startups, specifically Miomi and Rememble, which are both pushing the “digital lifestyle aggregation” as a feature. Rememble is a bootstrapped startup but Miomi is a larger venture backed… Read More

  • Microsoft develops USB gadget that extracts criminals' computer data

    It’s not all fancy, yet pointless, touch-sensitive tables and shoddily constructed video game systems for Microsoft . Nope. Now Redmond is getting involved in the gritty world of law enforcement, having developed a thumb drive that helps Johnny Law quickly extract information, encrypted or otherwise, from computers. The drive, adorably named COFEE, which doesn’t stand for… Read More

  • Super strong artificial silk almost here

    Apparently there’s something about spider silk that makes it really strong and really hard to replicate. Scientists have gotten closer to being able to make silk-like material that’s “five times stronger than steel,” according to the BBC. In the past, it’s been too difficult to produce artificial silk in large enough quantities to make it worthwhile, but scientist… Read More

  • W00T! Nominally free Iron Man screening in San Fran! Act fast!

    Iron Man Exclusive Trailer
    http://lads.myspace.com/videos/vplayer.swf CrunchGear and TechCrunch are hosting a special event tomorrow, April 30 (Wednesday) in San Francisco – a special screening of the movie Iron Man, two days before the official May 2 release. We’ve rented out the largest theater we could find in the area – The AMC Metreon in San Francisco, which will hold… Read More

  • BlackBerry 9000 internal docs show off new UI

    Someone, or something, has leaked a BlackBerry’s 9000 internal spec sheet to BGR . (These controlled “leaks” are part of how RIM does business, you know.) It’s more or less a complete overview of the newly designed user interface. Pictured here, a few shots of some of the new themes. Church. The BlackBerry 9000 is supposed to be RIM’s “answer” to… Read More

  • Romain Jerome TITANIC-DNA watches: Not for wrist use

    Romain Jerome has some cheek. They’ve released some renderings of a line of watches, called TITANIC-DNA, that are actually made from pieces of the Titanic. Here’s the rub: you can’t wear them. If they’re exposed to air they’ll begin to rust and fall apart. The only way to own one is to keep it in an argon-filled cylinder. No pricing and there’s no… Read More

  • Rock Band members and Guitar Heroes: your social network has arrived in uRockHard

    If you’re like me, and I know you are, you love Rock Band. The rest of those guys can have their GTA IV. I’ll be where I belong, behind a cheap-o drum kit with a crappy kick pedal. There are lots of us, so many in fact that there’s now a social network just for us gaming music fans, uRockHard. It’s a combination of a Facebook and YouTube world, allowing Guitar Hero… Read More

  • End Of Speculation: The Real Twitter Usage Numbers

    Speculation about Twitter’s new round of financing is leading everyone to speculate on Twitter’s actual penetration into the “mainstream,” or lack thereof. Hitwise says web visits have increased 8x in the last year, albeit from a minuscule base. Compete shows about 900,000 U.S. monthly website visitors. Comscore puts the worldwide number at 1.3 million unique… Read More

  • CrunchDeals: Del Rey releases Star Wars: Legacy of the Force as free ebook

    We’re believers in the idea of ebook here at CrunchGear, so any time we can bring you a freebie, we will, especially if it’s one that appeals to our geeky nature. Del Rey is offering a Star Wars book, Legacy of the Force: Betrayal, as a free download in PDF, audiobook, or ebook for Sony or Kindle formats. It’s the first of a seven part series, they’re hoping… Read More

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