• British TV Rivals Team Up For Joint Online TV On-Demand Service

    British TV networks the BBC, ITV and Channel 4 will launch a new joint online TV on-demand service that will provide a one-stop shop of content from all channels. The new service, as yet unnamed will be launched in 2008 and will include free downloads, streaming, show rental and purchase via the internet, with possible future expansion onto other platforms. Shows available will include… Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Colorblind Edition

    World’s strongest beer
    Staggering genius: the beer pager
    Asteroids crashing into XBLA this Wednesday
    LC HDTV for the colorblind among us
    Giant NES controller houses normal working NES Read More

  • Crunch Network

    Teh.Be$T.Kommenter.Evar

    Comments are the greasy oil that keeps the blog machine running. Here are three great (and 100% unedited) comments recently posted by your fellow readers. CrunchGear Exclusive: OS X through the Ages! Linux is great too! Anton Yeah yeah, Digg is full of retards and those pinheads from the Freaks movie. We get it. Isn’t there real news?
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  • Screenshots And Details On Upcoming MySpace "News Feeds"

    A Reuters article earlier today gave a few details on MySpace’s upcoming “new feeds” product (which is what Facebook calls their similar product launched a year ago. We spoke to MySpace and got a much deeper look at the product, as well as screenshots of how it will look. The new product, to be called “Friends Updates,” will begin to roll out to users this… Read More

  • DRM-Free Classical Music: Deutsche Grammophon Launches Online MP3 Store

    Apparently Universal Music Group – which has been dipping its toes into DRM-free waters this year – is none too worried about music pirates getting into classical music. Deutsche Grammophon, a German classical music company founded in 1898 and owned by Universal, will be launching on Wednesday an online store for MP3s called DG Web Shop. The store will offer 24,000 albums and box… Read More

  • GDrive: The Platypus Awakes; Maybe

    Google’s long rumored but never delivered online storage product GDrive (code name Platypus) may finally be on its way, according to the Wall Street Journal. The continued no-show of the fabled Google online storage product was best parodied in an internal Google video that leaked in August, where a Google employee wrote of the service “I’ve been ready to launch my product… Read More

  • News snippets

    • On 3 December Second Chance Tuesday, the London networking event is holding its next shindig on gaming (such as massively multi-player online games, in-game advertising, virtual worlds etc). Gaming guru Alice Taylor will be leading the discussions with a panel of industry experts including Toby Rowland (CEO of King.com), Klass Kersting (CEO of gameforge.de) and Michel Cassius (COO Imagini). Read More

  • Breaking: Some third party vendors already have iPhone, iPod Touch SDKs!?

    Hot on the proverbial heels of the news that Apple will use digital signatures to ensure quality and security in the forthcoming iPhone and iPod Touch SDKs, we get word that Apple is leaking pre-release versions of the SDK to certain third party vendors far in advance of the official launch. Electronista gets credit for the scoop, though there’s no word on which companies this might be. Read More

  • World's strongest beer

    Thanksgiving is over and some may still be recovering from our annual day of gluttony in which the food was plenty and damn good, but, I ask, were the libations up to snuff? Yes, this has nothing to do with our usual meanderings of gadgetry, but we all enjoy a glass or two of some form of alcohol so I deem it fit for the ole Crunch. This here is the world’s strongest beer. In a recent… Read More

  • Guitar + Laptop = Badass casemod

    Your guitar is old and busted. Do you repaint it? Get a new guitar? Or figure out a way to cram your old laptop into it, making a guitar with an ever-changing face? If you’re a true nerd, you don’t even have to ask the question. This is considered a case mod, we guess, but we call it a guitar mod; since it’s still a usable guitar, and not so much a laptop, it’s a… Read More

  • Verizon positioning another CDMA/GSM gender bender

    Phone Scoop has it that Verizon is loading up another CDMA/GSM hybrid phone. The RIZR-esque Motorola has a CDMA radio for domestic, Verizon Wireless yakking, and an unlocked GSM side for international roaming. Go to Spain, get a local SIM, pop it in, you’re golden. If you’re local, you get EV-DO, and no matter what flavor of voice you like you get a 2-Megapixel cam and microSD. No… Read More

  • OLPC extends purchase program to the end of the year

    Whatever the reason — lackluster sales or a true "outpouring of support from the public," according to Nicholas Negroponte — the One Laptop Per Child project will be extending its Give One, Get One program until the end of the year. For $400, you can buy two OLPC machines. You get one, and a deserving child in a far away land gets one. I think it would make sense to just… Read More

  • A note on the rumored Blackjack recall

    Attention, Blackjack owners: If your favorite smartphone (the Blackjack, natch) has been experiencing odd dropped calls for no apparent reason, and you’ve been cursing up a storm to AT&T, your anger may be misguided. According to the nice people at Samsung, a few Blackjacks made from November 2006 to February 2007 might have a manufacturing glitch that hangs up when you don’t… Read More

  • Sprint hires Stacy London to help you choose a phone

    Can’t decide what phone to buy but want to base your purchasing decision solely on making sure that everyone else thinks you’re cool? Ask Sprint’s newest spokesperson, Stacy London, of TLC’s What Not To Wear and Fashionably Late. Is London a poor man’s Catherine Zeta Jones? Is she Sprint’s ultra belated answer to T-Mobile’s luscious ex-spokesbeauty? Read More

  • Intuit Acquires Homestead For $170 Million

    Intuit has signed a definitive agreement to purchase Web 1.0 survivor and website provider Homestead Technologies for $170 million. Menlo Park base Homestead launched in 1998 as a free web site host targeted at small businesses that competed with the then wildly popular Geocities. Intuit, best known as the creators of the Quicken financial software package said that the acquisition would allow… Read More

  • You have control

    Right now TechCrunch UK & Ireland (unlike the US site) does not have a community forum where you can air your thoughts in a more free-form manner. Like all blogs, I get to start the conversation and you get to talk back. At some point there’ll be more to do here, but until then I want to make sure I am getting you the news, reviews and – now and again – the gossip.
    In… Read More

  • Free startup advice and a career in reality TV awaits…

    Now here’s an interesting opportunity. One day in a December entrepreneur and former BBC Dragons Den judge Doug Richard (pictured) will be interviewing very young startups who have web companies that think they could go big. Very big. But don’t go whipping out your NDA. You’re going to be filmed, potentially for a new TV show. Doug emailed me to say: “I will be arranging… Read More

  • News Corp Gets Serious On Online Advertising: Fox Interactive Ad Network To Power Other Sites

    Fox Interactive Media (FIM), the online arm of News Corp has plans to become a full service online advertising agency that provides advertising to non-News Corp sites. FIM President Peter Levinsohn told the audience at the Reuters Media Summit today that the advertising network is already in discussion with other News Corp sites for ad sales and that an expansion outside News Corp could come… Read More

  • iPhone and iPod Touch's developers to verify identities with digital signatures

    We know that in the near future, we’ll have real, authentic, genuine third-party app support for iPhone and the iPod Touch. There’s no secret that I’m a fan of the hardware that Apple has developed, and I’m looking forward to the opening of the systems. And it’s looking like Apple will use an ID scheme to keep track of who’s writing what, to ensure quality… Read More

  • Wireless controller lets you Air Guitar Hero

    Cords getting in the way of your thrashing? Didn’t bother Van Halen, but what with the newfangledness these days of microphones, wireless pickups, and blue teeth, you don’t need to let the analog world impede on your digital fantasy. Wireless Guitar Hero III controllers will be available starting in early 2008 in “exclusive” Les Paul models – although I… Read More

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