• Hey Microsoft, How 'bout We Do That First Deal You Offered?

    The devil is in the details, and the details of the Yahoo-Google search advertising deal reveal the desperate, possibly neurotic state of Yahoo these days. Quite simply, it looks to me like Yahoo is effectively paying Google off to step in and (1) keep Jerry Yang, Sue Decker and the current board of directors in power, and (2) avoid a desperation deal with Microsoft for as long as possible… Read More

  • Orgoo To Offer True Webmail To Existing Social Networks

    Social networks are, first and foremost, vehicles for personal expression and interaction. But for all the wall posts, direct messages and pokes, one means of communication is conspicuously missing: email (Yahoo understands this, if little else). Apart possibly from the phone numbers you keep on your mobile phone, there is no better electronic indication of your social graph than your… Read More

  • Technorati Confirms New Financing; New Business Focus Coming

    Blog search engine Technorati, which was simultaneously pitching a sale through Montgomery & Co. as well as a new venture round, raised $7.5 million in a fourth round of financing according to a regulatory filing. Investors include Draper Fisher Jurvetson, Mobius Venture Capital and FG Incubation. I spoke with Technorati CEO Richard Jalichandra this evening, who confirms that a venture… Read More

  • Upcoming Conferences From Our Sponsors

    Stay out the summer heat and get into these cool summer conferences. Supernova starts this Monday. It’s June 16-18 in San Francisco, CA. TechCrunch readers automatically receive a $200 discount here. Come join TechCrunch as we co-host the Mobile Connections forum with Kevin Werbach Monday at 5:15 pm at the Mission Bay Conference Center. Sun Microsystems is hosting an Open Source… Read More

  • Most popular posts for Friday, the 13th of June, 2008

    Today’s Top Posts: Could politics be holding up the XM-Sirius merger, now 450 days later? New Eee PC models get US pricing, starting at $599 CrunchDeals: Rock Band for PS2, $100 at Amazon Two children being treated for cellphone addiction CrunchWord Puzzle! Palm Centro now available on Verizon Wireless The Dark Knight edition Nokia 6205 goes on sale June 15: All sorts of movie… Read More

  • FCC Chairman hints at federal regulation of cellphone industry

    Stopping short of coming out and saying the FCC would start regulating cellphone company early termination fees, FCC Chairman Kevin Martin did publicize ideas for how such regulations would work. I’ve met Kevin Martin and he’s a very intelligent man, though I normally disagree with his ideas. This one, though, I love. Right now carriers are free to come up with any fees they… Read More

  • Upcoming two-part controller from Sony sounds nothing like wiimote

    Sure, motion detection is in the future for games on all platforms. It was expected after the success of the Wii that there would be belated follow-ups by Microsoft and Sony (we won’t count the Sixaxis). Of course, they will say how they’ve been thinking of it all along, and their approach is totally unique. I wonder if Sony is even going to try the usual lines when it comes out… Read More

  • Loopt Now Available For BlackBerry Users

    Mobile social network Loopt is making a big push this summer. CEO Sam Altman already took stage at last week’s Stevenote prior to the unveiling of iPhone 3G. He was there to present the friend tracking software Loopt has been developing in time for the iPhone App Store launch on July 11th. But while Altman describes Loopt’s iPhone version as the company’s best ever… Read More

  • New Yorkers robbed when trying to buy iPhones off Craigslist

    Would you go to a notoriously bad neighborhood to buy an iPhone you found advertised on Craigslist? As many as 12 people here in New York did, and got robbed for their troubles. A ring of four thugs lured New Yorkers to Flatbush, Brooklyn with the promise of heavily discounted iPhones, all advertised on Craigslist from March to June 4. One deal advertised 10 iPhones available for just $2,000. Read More

  • Tom Tom is not making software for iPhone; Tom Tom is making software for iPhone

    So a few days ago a Tom Tom spokesman let his mouth get away from him saying that Tom Tom has a navigation system that runs on the new 3G iPhone already. This set up a series of ripples in the GPS fanboy community (yes, there is one). Tom Tom’s GPS software is very popular and the idea of having it in their pockets makes them go a little crazy. But then rumors started going around that… Read More

  • Microsoft to drop prices on Xbox 360 consoles?

    More rumors swirling around that Microsoft will drop Xbox 360 prices next month, most likely at E3. Analysts seem to think it’s because Sony’s got some good momentum going with the PS3 now and that the new Metal Gear Solid 4 bundle should help push the console’s sales, causing Microsoft to drop Xbox 360 prices in order to compete. What analysts don’t take into… Read More

  • Microsoft's Letter to The Troops: Our Yahoo Offer Was Better

    Kevin Johnson, president of Microsoft’s platforms and services division, sent the following letter to Microsoft employees today. He outlines the deal that Microsoft offered Yahoo, and argues it would have been better for Yahoo than the Google deal. Specifically, he estimates Microsoft’s offer would have added $1 billion to Yahoo’s operating profits. (In contrast, the… Read More

  • AppleTV missing from WWDC; Are its days numbered, or will there be a glorious future?

    Shortly after the launch of the original iPhone a year ago, Steve Jobs held a private conference in Cupertino for the employees of Apple where they learned that anyone working at Apple for more than a year would get a free iPhone. Good for them. He also outlined the approach Apple was taking towards the future, saying that the iPhone makes the fourth leg of a four-legged stool, the other… Read More

  • Video: G4's Adam Sessler is a little tired of all the name-calling, racism found on Xbox Live

    http://www.g4tv.com/lv3/26397 Do you guys know Adam Sessler, the host of G4’s X-Play? He has a problem with all the swearing, racism and general malfeasance found on Xbox Live and other forms of online gaming. And with good reason: a lot of the “trash talk” on XBL is non-sensical bunk. But, is telling 10-year-olds to lay off the swearing really going to work? They’re… Read More

  • Next New Networks Looking For Next New CEO

    Web video production house Next New Networks is looking for a new CEO. Founder and current CEO Herb Scannell, who will remain as chairman, announced it on the company’s blog. Previously, Scannell was vice chairman of MTV Networks and president of Nickelodeon, where he launched the career of SpongeBob SquarePants. (Not that he’s looking for a SpongeBob type to fill his shoes… Read More

  • New spacesuit designs for 2015 moon mission

    It’s a $750,000,000 contract, and this is what they’ve got? Come on, Oceaneering International. You could have whipped up a cool-looking prototype out of surgical tubing and PVC in the time it took to make those artist’s conceptions. The new suits are being developed for the next major moon mission, Constellation. They’re rejiggering everything from the suits to the… Read More

  • Get Ready For A New Platform War. Google Gears Drives Straight At Microsoft's Profits.

    Google launched Gears last May, and for the first year of its release it was considered a minor, niche product that a few developers and users may take advantage of to allow offline access to web applications. You can probably recall the arguments at the time: who needs offline access, connectivity is everywhere anyway, not enough apps will support this etc. It wasn’t until a year later… Read More

  • VLC4iPhone: interview with the creator

    The iPhone is, at this point, effectively an open platform. And if I were to get one, I would try to fill it with all my favorite ported open source software, despite the upcoming app store. VLC is one of my favorite applications — period. As we mentioned a week ago, VLC is being ported to the iPhone. This means support for just about every video and audio format under the sun and plenty… Read More

  • AT&T considering bandwidth caps for DSL customers

    Flickr’d AT&T is the latest company to consider plans to charge heavy downloaders more than casual downloaders, crippling not only pirates but stifling legitimate innovation in the process. That’s what a spokesperson told the AP, though no specific plans have been announced as yet. Even worse, this is DSL we’re talking about. We’re used to cable providers huffing… Read More

  • Acer's new projector does HD, WiFi, MPEG

    I’ve been looking for a projector and this new Acer P5260i looks like it might be just the ticket. The projector itself is fairly middle-of-the-road spec-wise, with 1080i/720p HD support, DLP, a 2000:1 contrast ratio, and standard digital inputs like HDMI and DVI. What’s remarkable about it is the integrated WiFi with built-in MPEG decoding. We’re guessing it mounts like… Read More

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