• PowerHype At Powerset

    The more I dig into the new search engine startup Powerset the more I am wondering if it is nothing more than a house of cards. They’re an odd company with a bit of a split personality. For example, in some ways they are very secretive – everyone who gets to see “The Demo” (as it’s now being called) have to sign a nondisclosure agreement. It’s rare for… Read More

  • CrunchGear Week in Review: Toys in the Attic Edition

    RoboBoa
    Grizzly Man in Financial Ruin, Selling Halo Suit
    Lensbabies New Aperture Kit
    Lights, Camera, ActionCam!
    Apple Vs The World Read More

  • Yahoo! Mobile Serves Ads and Go Goes Gamma

    Yahoo! made three announcements today at 3GSM in Barcelona: the release of Yahoo! Go mobile 2.0 (Gamma), pre-loading on LG handsets, and the launch of its mobile ad network. Yahoo! Go is the mobile part of Yahoo!’s three screen initiative to optimize their services for PC, TV, and mobile. Yahoo! Go is a downloadable application that gives users access to search, maps, mail, sports… Read More

  • TeleNav Arrives in Italy

    TeleNav has just announced that it has entered an agreement with Softec S.p.A. to deliver its TeleNav GPS Navigator to Italy. The service will be available immediately on a variety of BlackBerry smartphones. You’ll recall that a couple of weeks ago I reviewed the TeleNav service on a BlackBerry Pearl. The TeleNav GPS receiver and service can turn nearly any Bluetooth enabled phone into… Read More

  • Benchmark and Accel Put $12M Behind Zlango

    Benchmark Capital and Accel have invested $12 million in Israeli mobile startup Zlango. Zlango is an icon-based mobile messaging service. Users send short texts typed in representational images instead of typing out the messages (see below). It’s like a modern hieroglyphics. Users can also add images to the basic icons of the language, as Zlango has in their press release. Zlango is a… Read More

  • Zlango Update: BenchMark and Accel Invest $12 Million

    Israel-based Zlango will announce a $12 million round of financing tomorrow, led by BenchMark Capital and Accel Partners. The company launched the Zlango icon-based SMS service in the middle of 2006, and has expanded to three countries (Israel, Poland and certain Caribbean cell phone carriers). The press release for the financing (see bottom of post) was written in Zlango with an English… Read More

  • Bolt Sells to GoFish to Pay Universal Music Settlement

    Video sharing site Bolt.com is being acquired by GoFish – a smaller but richer rival, in order to pay the settlement the company has agreed to with Universal Music Group for copyright infringement. The New York Times broke the story tonight. Bolt will go for an estimated $30 million in GoFish stock (update: forms filed Monday indicate that the acquisition was for about half this amount)… Read More

  • Very Ugly Bug at BarackObama.com

    The “find a group” section of the new Barack Obama social network contains a hard coded racial and sexual orientation slur. When searching groups, a couple of search options appear along with the hard coded text “Example: Gay Nigger Association of America -#@ for Obama, 16892.” If you have an account and are signed in to the social network, this appears on… Read More

  • MyBarackObama: Who Built This?

    Everyone’s buzzing about the new social network that presidential hopeful Barack Obama launched today on his website. Lots of opinions from the experts on what’s good about it, what’s been left off, etc. All I really want to know is, who built this for them? It launched basically feature-complete and bug free, which would be very hard to do without an extended beta. My bet… Read More

  • GPS – Heads Up 3D and Marking the Spot

    In January, Denso received a smart patent on displaying GPS and navigation information on a heads up display while Alpine Electronics received a patent on marking a favorite spot using a GPS system. Denso Corporation of Japan, primarily an automobile parts manufacturer, has developed and patented a three dimensional heads up display for a car that uses sensors to detect when certain… Read More

  • Is that a Star Wars Game in Your Pocket?


    Considering that the prequels have run their course, it would seem that Star Wars fans would move onto the next thing. But apparently grown geeks can’t get enough of stuff from that galaxy far, far away. WizKids is introducing a new line of constructible strategy games (CSGs), a category that the company “pioneered” in recent years, which combines trading card games (TCG)… Read More

  • Digg Rock Stars

    A Wall Street Journal article called “The Wizards of Buzz” focuses on the power of the top users on Digg, Netscape and other “social bookmarking” sites. The article highlights 16 or so of these users, along with their real name, screen name, areas of interest and other information. The point of the article, I think, is to show how much power these individuals have, and… Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Two DAP Minimum Edition

    First Zune Phone Photo Leaked
    Apple Orders Bar to Cease and Desist “iPod Monday”
    Boston Acoustics Receptor Radio: It’s HD
    RoboBoa
    iWoofer Is Out Of This World Read More

  • The Second Life Census

    Second Life has done a good job being transparent with their statistics. Key metrics are available on the home page, and additional information was released last December. Today the company got even more granular, releasing detailed information on the Second Life population, demographics, usage time and land supply in an excel spreadsheet. All of the important ways of measuring Second Life are… Read More

  • Things We Hate About Apple


    Since its founding over 30 years ago, Apple has been one of the most important companies in the tech industry. Having defined the personal computer, mainstream GUI-based operating systems and an arsenal of other gear, Apple has been instrumental in advancing technologies. But for all its accomplishments, Apple also manages continually to be one of the most inflammatory companies trading today. Read More

  • First Zune Phone Photo Leaked

    today, I guess it was inevitable. The blogosphere is an arena of oneupmanship and we have officially been one-upped by DSL Reports. It has secured the first known picture of Microsoft’s hotly anticipated Zune Phone. To quote Gizmodo’s Brian Lam, “It isn’t what I expected at all.” Start your professions of lust below. A WiMax Zune Phone? [DSL Reports] Read More

  • FastMac Macbook Extended Life Batteries Are Here


    Macbook owners rejoice, FastMac has announced an extended life battery for Macbooks. I will definitely preorder one as I can’t get enough work done from the couch without having to recharge my Macbook. A cool $99.95 will keep your Macbook truckin, coming in white and black! Product Page [via Gizmodo] Read More

  • Vodafone Launches YouTube Mobile


    The UK gets all the drool-worthy mobile goods. Vodafone customers in key European markets will get YouTube content directly from Vodafone live! on their mobile phones. :sigh: The agreement states that YouTube will provide a selection of new videos on a daily basis especially for Vodafone customers. But that’s not the best part; users can upload their own videos from their mobile phones… Read More

  • The Zune Phone That Might Be

    Last month MobileCrunch and TechCrunch reported on Steve Jobs very public release of the iPhone. Steve Balmer scoffed at the new phone calling it overpriced, but Microsoft may be offering its own mobile version. CrunchGear has been following the leads closely and it has turned into a fairly solid story. Crunchgear reports that on Monday, Microsoft filed an application with the FCC for a… Read More

  • Zune Phone (nearly) Confirmed

    CrunchGear’s Matt Hickey has been tracking rumors about a Zune phone for the last week. What began as a reliable tip is now a solid story: Last Monday Microsoft filed an application with the FCC for an enigmatic wireless device that could be used to talk over the Internet. The device is described as being used for “consumer broadband access and networking.” Microsoft goes on… Read More