• SEM automator Kenshoo gets Arts Alliance funding

    UK-based VC firm Arts Alliance is investing in Kenshoo which automates search engine marketing automated technologies. AA joins US VC firm Sequoia Capital which invested in Kenshoo in December 2007 (terms were not disclosed then either). The deal is AA’s first into the SEO arena. The cash will see them market further into Europe. Kenshoo is an Israel-based company with an… Read More

  • Glu to Develop and Publish the Price Is Right and Family Feud Mobile Games

    Glu signed a deal with FremantleMedia Enterprises (FME) to bring two popular games shows your mobile phone. The agreement gives Glu a multi-year and exclusive rights contract to develop mobile games based on The Price Is Right and Family Feud franchise. The games will be released in North and Latin America. Drew Carey took over hosting The Price Is Right from Bob Barker recently. The Price… Read More

  • The Boring Ultimatum: Microsoft threatens Yahoo!

    Just an update for those of you keeping score in the Microsoft vs Yahoo! potential merger/buyout/hostile takeover — I’ll keep this as short as possible. Microsoft sent a letter to Yahoo! basically saying “We’ve repeatedly tried to buy your company. You have three weeks to sell. If you don’t, we’ll just buy a bunch of your stock.” Yahoo! sent a letter… Read More

  • EU Lifts Restrictions on In-Flight Cell Phone Use

    The European Union (EU) decided to lift restrictions on in-flight cell phone use today. Passengers flying over European airspace will be able to talk, text and send e-mails with their cell phones. In-flight service may be available this year on some airplanes using European GSM technology. Most other countries around the world prohibit in-flight mobile use because of the fear cell phones… Read More

  • Facebook Chat launches: Built-in IM handy but should be optional

    Did you hear the awesome news? Facebook Chat launched at the weekend for some folks, myself included. Apparently the rollout is on a network-by-network basis, and one of mine, NYU, was a big winner. You can read how great it is on Facebook itself or any one of the fan sites, but I’ll tell you what about it annoyed me. First, the implementation, on a UI level, bothers me. The app… Read More

  • Review: Sony ICD-UX70 voice recorder (1GB)

    I tip my hat to the excitement that is Monday morning with a hard-hitting review of a digital voice recorder. It’s the Sony ICD-UX70 with built-in USB connection and one-gigabyte of storage space. Hold on to your hat, it’s about to get crazy up in here. Read More

  • Social Investing Site Covestor Raises $6.5 Million

    There are no secrets online anymore. People share everything, even the performance of their personal stock portfolios. Social investing site Covestor raised $6.5 million in a series A financing based on the appeal of this concept. The round was led by Union Square Ventures and Spark Capital. Europe’s Amadeus Capital Partners also participated. The startup previously raised $1… Read More

  • CrunchArcade: Microsoft, for the 100th time, denies an Xbox 360 Blu-ray drive

    Flickr’d First Microsoft denied the development of a Blu-ray drive for the Xbox 360, then reports out of Asia suggested a drive was already on the way. Now a Microsoft rep in the UK has, again, said there won’t be a Blu-ray drive. The story is now officially boring on a global scale. One Neil Thompson parroted the company line regarding the future of physical media, or, really… Read More

  • TripIt Goes Even More Mobile

    TripIt, the service that creates master travel itineraries out of your confirmation emails, has become even more traveler-friendly with a new mobile site. Users can access the site at m.tripit.com with their handheld devices. We’ve been told it works best with Blackberrys, iPhones, and Treos (the shot on the right is obviously how it looks on an iPhone). The new site will support… Read More

  • Imeem Confirms Snocap Acquisition

    After a long search that turned up no other buyers, Shawn Fanning’s startup Snocap is being bought by music social network imeem. We first reported the deal in February. Imeem is officially announcing the deal today. Terms are not being disclosed, but we believe it was less than $5 million—a fire sale price compared to the $10 more than $25 million that was invested in Snocap. Read More

  • Amazon Web Services Gets Another Hiccup

    Amazon’s Web Services experienced another hiccup today. Early this morning, its Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) went down for about an hour for at least some customers in the U.S. This follows a major outage of its S3 storage service in February. Companies big and small use EC2 as a virtual data center to run jobs on Amazon’s computers. Customers began reporting problems on the… Read More

  • A Case Study In Personal Brand Destruction

    A minor blogosphere tussle has turned ugly. That’s nothing new; what’s surprising about this particular fight is that one of the participants, Shel Israel, is a well known author and consultant who makes a living advising others on how to avoid the very trap that he fell into himself. In the process Israel has done considerable damage to his personal brand. Israel is a long time PR… Read More

  • CrunchGear Week in Review: Blow Up Toys Edition

    Mr. Robotato Head at Disneyland’s newest high-tech ride
    CrunchArcade: Hello Kitty Online expansion to launch next year, God save us all
    Toshiba’s ApriPoco helper robot looks innocent for a reason
    H2O2 + Terror Tang = Orange-flavor Alert
    Photo: 150 apps open simultaneously on MacBook Pro Read More

  • LG sort of reveals third Black Label Series phone

    There are zero details regarding the third addition to the BLS, but we do know that it has a 5-megapixel camera and maybe a carbon fiber backplate. More details to come on April 24th. Read More

  • CrunchArcade: Decrypted PSP games already on BitTorrent trackers

    That PSP game decrypter I mentioned earlier today? Well, PlayStation Network Store-exclusive games (like Fl0w and Beats) are now appearing on BitTorrent trackers, fully decrypted and ready to play. I think that took, like, three or four hours. I blacked out the name of the uploader and tracker name, out of deference to the community. Doesn’t really matter since it’s invite-only… Read More

  • Yahoo Leak To Reuters: Tomorrow They're Going To Write A Very Stern Letter To Microsoft

    Yahoo leaks to Reuters that they’ll issue a letter tomorrow responding to Microsoft’s letter yesterday. In the letter, Yahoo is expected to very sternly reject Microsoft’s suggestion that its business is deteriorating. You ever see two guys in a bar pushing each other saying “come on, man, let’s do this”? Then the other guy says “come on, I’m… Read More

  • Jive Software Releases Clearspace 2.0, Acquires Jotlet

    Jive Software has released version 2.0 of Clearspace, its collaboration suite for businesses. The company is also announcing that it has acquired Jotlet, makers of online calendar software. Jive provides two products with the Clearspace name, both of which run on the same platform. The one getting upgraded is simply known as “Clearspace” and is used by businesses for internal… Read More

  • Major Google Announcement Monday Evening: Is It BigTable?

    Google is hosting the second of their developer events, called “Campfire One,” on Monday (April 7) evening. Multiple people have forwarded email invitations to me for the event, where Google promises they’ll be “unveiling another exciting technology” to the developer community. The first Campfire One event was held for thirty outside developers on November 1… Read More

  • CrunchArcade: Rockstar Games + Mad Doc Software = Rockstar New England

    Rockstar Games announced on Friday the acquisition of Mad Doc Software resulting in the formation of Rockstar New England. The Andover, MA-based software company specializes in AI and networking and worked on Rockstar’s Xbox 360 version of “Bully: Scholarship Edition.” “The team at Mad Doc Software is extremely talented,” said Sam Houser, Founder of Rockstar Games. Read More

  • Comcast, Twitter And The Chicken (trust me, I have a point)

    I’ve had a very odd weekend. First, I’ve taken a dozen or so phone calls from concerned relatives and friends over this NYTimes article. But a bigger issue is that the Internet was down in the house starting late Friday night, so I haven’t been online much. On Saturday I called Comcast, my service provider, and a recorded system said it would be back up in 30 minutes. That… Read More

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