• MySpace Tries To Put Sexual Predator Problems Behind It

    In a deal announced today with 49 state attorneys general and Washington D.C., MySpace has put into place new measures to protect minors from sexual predators. (Texas is the lone holdout). The site, owned by News Corp., has agreed to independent monitoring and to work on age-verification technologies. It also agreed to, according to the WSJ: • Allow parents to submit a child’s… Read More

  • Toshiba drops prices on HD DVD players

    Forget holiday shopping deals, many Toshiba HD DVD players are now selling for under $200 anyway. The HD-A3 and HD-A30 are going for $134.98 and $174.98 on Amazon, respectively. You’ll still get two free movies in the box (Bourne Identity and 300) plus five more by mail, too. These may very well be closeout prices, though. Often times, retailers will change the last two digits in the… Read More

  • Tinfinger: A User Generated Who's Who

    Geelong, Australia based Tinfinger has launched in beta today with a user-generated “omnibus” of famous and well known people. The site combines user-authored encyclopedic profile pages of famous people, some social networking aspects, a revenue share model and aggregated news. People in Tinfinger’s database are sorted via a top-down category structure and a flat tag… Read More

  • You should fix your broken gadgets

    [photopress:toolman.jpg,full,left] Got a broken gadget? Don’t do like I do and throw it out and swear off using technology ever again—pay a man to fix it. The Times has a small piece on the growing high-tech repair business. Not that the business itself is high-tech—companies like Partsearch Technologies compile a database of spare parts and orders your parts as… Read More

  • Google Beefs Up iPhone Interface

    As we noted earlier, Google has pumped up its interface for the Apple iPhone. It is now faster, more customizable, and supports iGoogle gadgets on the mobile phone. (Official details here). This should help Google see even more mobile traffic from the iPhone than it does already. More significantly, with iGoogle integration, developers don’t have to wait for Apple to open up the iPhone… Read More

  • Patent Reform Act Focuses On the Wrong Problem

    The Patent Reform Act of 2007, passed by the House last year, is still wending its way towards the Senate. The New York Times positions the upcoming battle for passage as one that pits big tech companies against the individual inventor. In the wake of increasingly expensive patent litigation, a section of the act would limit the amount of damages courts will be able to award patent owners… Read More

  • China Mobile Drops iPhone

    China Mobile announced today that it is no longer negotiating with Apple to provide the world’s most populous nation with the popular iPhone. This opens the door for China’s number two mobile service provider, China Unicom, to talk with Apple. “We can only say that negotiations have ended for now. We have no other news to report,” said Li Honghui, a spokeswoman for… Read More

  • Video Ad Network Tremor Media Raises $11 Million B Round

    Canaan Partners and Masthead Venture Partners led an $11 million B round in Tremor Media, an ad network that runs video ads streaming in other videos and in banner ads as well. This brings the total raised by the New York City startup to $19.4 million, including a series A in September 2006. Canaaan and Masthead led that round as well. Tremor’s video ad network reaches a cumulative… Read More

  • Coghead 2.0: Built on Adobe Flex, Hosted By Amazon

    Today, Coghead is introducing the 2.0 version of its DIY, Web-based, enterprise-application development service. The site boasts a new user interface (screen shots below) based on Adobe Flex, with 50 new features and performance that is three times faster than the previous version. Basically, this amounts to a massive upgrade of its Website, but calling it Coghead 2.0 lets the company make a… Read More

  • CrunchGear Week in Review: The Short and Curving Road Edition

    ‘Starry Night’ bed is great for everything but sleeping
    CES 2008: Cooler Master’s VW case is crunchy, should stay on the shelf
    Powerblock hides messy cables, but is bulky
    CES 2008: Play It, Record It
    iPhone pig docks from China Read More

  • Google Boots IncrediMail; Stock Price Plummets

    If you are a public company and rely on Google for a lot of your revenue, the last thing you want to hear is that your Adsense account has been “disabled.” But that is exactly what happened to Israel-based IncrediMail, which saw its stock drop about over 40% when it announced that its advertising deal with Google had been terminated. The company was worth about $45 million on Nasdaq. Read More

  • Mark Zuckerberg Tells 60 Minutes: "Beacon Makes Facebook Less Commercial"

    Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg appeared on American 60 Minutes tonight in an appearance Michael wrote about January 11 with the title “Facebook – Why Not Let Sleeping Dogs Lie?” Michael’s call was right, because what Mark Zuckerberg said tonight demonstrates why silence is sometimes the best policy. The story started with what looked to be a fluff piece, until… Read More

  • Netflix Offers Unlimited Streaming As iTunes Rental Spoiler

    Netflix will begin offering unlimited online movie streaming from a library of over 6000 movies to customers on their $16.99 plan starting Monday. The move is said to be in response to the expected announcement by Apple CEO Steve Jobs at the Macworld Expo Tuesday that iTunes will offer movie rentals from most major studios. The expected price of the iTunes rented movies is $3.99 each… Read More

  • Samsung A827 coming to AT&T

    There’s not much to the Access from Samsung, but if you pay close attention you’ll see the ‘tv’ dedicated button next to the d-pad and that in itself is a clear indicator of AT&T’s impending MediaFLO service. As I said, there isn’t a whole lot to drool over on the phone. It has a 1.3-megapixel camera with zoom and video recording capability. The rest of… Read More

  • OLPC coming to America, misses Intel's loving arms

    The OLPC is setting up base in DC and looking to get their low cost laptops into the hands of America’s youth based on three major factors. I never knew patriotism had anything to do with empowering youth with the Internet, but that’s one reason the OLPC is coming to America. By bringing the project stateside, they’ll be building ‘critical mass’ as the… Read More

  • Media Center to get DVD streaming

    The folks at TGB sat down with Jessica Zahn of Microsoft at CES and got the nod that DVD streaming is coming. There’s no official time line as to when it will come to a media center near you, but rest assured it won’t be limited to high end setups. I don’t pay too much attention to media center, but I know many of you do so look for this to be unlocked in the Fiji… Read More

  • Colored Wiis on the way?

    Rumors of the Wii getting a color splash have been floating around for over a year and with every new ‘leak’ I begin to roll my eyes and care even less. This one, however, may hold a tiny bit of water as SKUs have a tendency not to change all too often. Decide for yourself after reading a portion of an e-mail from a Target employee. Read More

  • False Alarm: Paramount not dumping HD DVD

    “Paramount’s current plan is to continue to support the HD DVD format,” Brenda Ciccone, a spokeswoman for Paramount. Paramount Denies Report It Will Drop Toshiba’s HD DVD (Update2) [Bloomberg] Read More

  • Google's Eric Schmidt Won't Talk About The iPhone At Apple Board Meetings

    This week’s New Yorker features an article by Ken Auletta about Google’s growing lobbying efforts and general education in Washington politics. The article recaps much of what most regular observers already know about Google, but there are two items that caught my eye—both shoehorned in towards the end. One is the startling fact that because of Google’s increasing… Read More

  • A La Mobile First To Pimp Android

    San Ramon, CA based a la mobile has become the first company to offer a complete package of applications based on Google’s Android mobile phone operating system. A a la mobile demo unit includes a Google browser, phone dialer, audio player, Google maps, camera, games, calendar, contacts manager, calculator and notes installed on a HTC Qtek 9090. According to a USA Today report, although a… Read More

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