• Jason Calacanis Says Adios to AOL

    Jason Calacanis Says Adios to AOL

    Update:The New York Times is now reporting on this and quotes Calacanis. “I’m not inclined to start over with a new guy,” he said about his resignation. Calacanis has also made a short post on his own blog. We just heard from a source that Jason Calacanis has resigned from AOL. Jason joined AOL just over a year ago when his startup, Weblogs, Inc., was acquired. Most… Read More

  • Gizmondo Exec Sentenced, Playtime Over

    Just an update on the tragic endbits of the handheld gaming vaporware platform, Gizmondo. BBC is reporting that Gizmondo’s former European operation head, Bo Stefan Eriksson will be going away for some quiet time. An LA court sentenced him to 3 1/2 years in jail after entering a guilty plea to charges of embezzlement and drunk driving, which was sparked by his spectacular crash of a… Read More

  • Breaking: Palm Treo 680 Delayed Due To Manufacturer Screw Up

    Breaking: Palm Treo 680 Delayed Due To Manufacturer Screw Up

    So earlier we told you how Amazon yanked the Palm Treo 680 off their website. Now we know why thanks to a reliable source – Apparently 144,000 Treo 680s were shipped out and had to be sent back because some genius forgot to connect the internal microphones. The manufacturer (who isn’t HTC) had to take back all 144,00 680s and fix them all. No word yet on how long shipments are… Read More

  • Let's Get This Party Started!

    The TechCrunch New York Party kicks off in three hours, 7 PM EST, at BED in Manhattan. The final guest list is here, although it doesn’t include sponsor attendees and press. All attendees should have received an email confirmation of the party as well. If you have an email confirmation but do not see your name on the list, just bring a printout of the email to the event. We have some… Read More

  • Zune Says “Screw You” To Songs On Dude's Hard Drive

    Zune Says “Screw You” To Songs On Dude's Hard Drive

    Blogger Aran Johnson got a Zune and the poor guy is dealing with yet another problem: Zune’s software only imported 600 of 3200 songs he had on his hard drive. Now before you start going “Bullshit! He bought them off iTunes and he’s a douche” and all that jazz, know that the majority of Aran’s music was ripped from CDs he owns. He tells of how he ripped his… Read More

  • PhoneZoo: Fast, Free Copyrighted Ringtones to Share

    PhoneZoo: Fast, Free Copyrighted Ringtones to Share

    PhoneZoo is a new service that allows you to upload any audio file, clip out a part of that file for a cell phone ring tone and share that with other users. The company’s early investors include Tim Draper. There are two things that are notable about the service; the first is that unlike some other lightweight services like this PhoneZoo actually works, the second is how the company… Read More

  • Sling Media Partners With 3 Group For Mobile Content

    Sling Media Partners With 3 Group For Mobile Content

    Today Sling Media announced that it would be partnering with the 3 Group as part of an initiative to help bring TV to additional mobile handsets. Currently, only a limited number of mobile phones and PDAs can run the SlingPlayer Mobile software used to stream TV from your home via the Slingbox. Support has now been added for the Nokia N73 and Sony-Ericsson W950 handsets. The partnership will… Read More

  • Cingular Double-Downs on the Blackjack, 8525

    Both the Samsung Blackjack and the red-hot 8525 just got all officialized over at Cingular.com and are available now. If you’re willing to forgo two years of your oh-so-short life in favor of unlimited wireless access, you can pick them up on the (relative) cheap: $400 for the 8525 and $200 for the Blackjack. When you consider that these QWERTY-enabled badasses sport 3G speeds and… Read More

  • Xbox 360 HD-DVD Add-On Works With Macs…Sorta

    Xbox 360 HD-DVD Add-On Works With Macs…Sorta

    Don’t go wetting yourself and punching your Windows-loving friends in the face just yet. The guys over at UneasySilence got their hands on one of the upcoming HD-DVD player add-ons for the Xbox 360 and tore it apart to check out the kit inside. After some kanoodling, they were able to hook it up to a Windows box and get some HD-DVDs playing. When they plugged it into their Mac’s… Read More

  • PS3 An Engineering Masterpiece?

    Market intelligence firm iSuppli is calling the Sony PlayStation 3 an engineering masterpiece offering supercomputer performance at an entry-level PC price. This follows the company’s teardown analysis of the system, which estimates the combined materials and manufacturing cost of the 20GB version at $805.85 and $840.35 for the 60GB model; the units will sell for $499 and $599… Read More

  • Google Local Adds Click to Call

    Google Local Adds Click to Call

    The official Google Blog just announced the availability of a click-to-call feature in Google Local. This has been expected for some time, but it’s now official and it works well. Businesses you find in Google Local now have a call link included in search results. That link opens a javascript form to enter your phone number and calls both you and the business. I’ve been… Read More

  • Gresso Dives Into High-End Mobile Market, Uses Hotmail

    Gresso Dives Into High-End Mobile Market, Uses Hotmail

    Out of nowhere comes this company Gresso who is already aiming to dive into the luxury mobile phone market that is mostly dominated by companies like Vertu. So how can this thing possibly take on a $10,000+ brand like Vertu? Well first off, the damn thing is made of gold and 200-year old African blackwood. That’s going to already jack up the price. Secondly, each phone is unique because… Read More

  • Amazon Is Selling Xbox 360s For $100…Maybe Sort Of

    The mystery of the $100 Xbox 360s at Amazon.com has been revealed. The e-tailer is doing a promotion called Amazon Customers Vote. Every week for the next four weeks it’ll be giving customers a chance to vote for one of four special deals. What’s being offered in the first week? Yep, a 360 core system for $100.
    This week you get to vote for one of the following four deals… Read More

  • Halo 3 to be Preceded by Downloadable Content for Halo 2, Calls for Beta Testers

    OK, we know. Halo 3 isn’t dropping this weekend. It was, however, a rumor that was worth being discussed, but let us now get to some real business. According to a press release from Microsoft today, we’ll be seeing a one-minute commercial for Halo 3 on December 4. In addition, Spring 2007 will see Halo 3-ish content for Halo 2. The new content includes maps for the… Read More

  • Verizon and Samsung Team to Drop Mobile TV in America

    , has cleared the confines of the FCC dungeon, we’re one step closer to being more like Korea. Verizon is set to offer a Samsung slider that will be the first handset to take advantage portable television, and it’ll be sooner rather than later. The U620 is a fairly decent midrange phone, offering EV-DO, a 1.3-megapixel camera, microSD, and Stereo Bluetooth. It also packs… Read More

  • Nikon Officially Pops Out D40 dSLR For $599**

    Just wanted to drop this quick update on the Nikon D40 dSLR we wrote about earlier this month. Nikon has officially announced the camera saying it’s an “ultra-compact, lightweight, 6.1-effective megapixel digital SLR camera with simplified new features, exceptional handling speed, and a redesigned, visually-intuitive menu system that brings digital SLR cameras to a whole new level… Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Investigation Edition

    Daily Crunch: Investigation Edition

    Aven iLoupe Lets You Check Out Dorito Crumbs Up Close
    The Dream Of A 10-Gram Camera
    Inside EA Mobile
    Microsoft Wants To Give You A Cookie For Zune Song Sharing
    Wi-Ex zBoost YX500/510 Cellphone Extender First Look: Oh Wow Read More

  • BuddyPing: The new wave of MoSoSo

    BuddyPing: The new wave of MoSoSo

    “I started BuddyPing as a hobby, and it kinda just took over my life.” So says Justin Davies who launched an open beta version of BuddyPing as a “bet” nine months ago. Normally the head of the small London-based mobile consultancy Ninety Ten is more used to advising other startups and companies on their mobile strategy. BuddyPing was going to be different. This was… Read More

  • Vodafone to buy 3?

    Vodafone to buy 3?

    John Hauxwell says “reports are circulating in London today that Hong Kong conglomerate Hutchison Whampoa has put its UK mobile phone business 3 UK up for sale. Goldman Sachs has been appointed adviser and an official announcement is expected to be made on Thursday.”  Alan Patrick has also picked up on this story. Equally The Times is reporting that Arun Sarin, the… Read More

  • Google, Yahoo and Microsoft Agree to Standard Sitemaps Protocol

    Google, Yahoo and Microsoft Agree to Standard Sitemaps Protocol

    In an encouraging act of collaboration, Google, Yahoo and Microsoft announced tonight that they will all begin using the same Sitemaps protocol to index sites around the web. Now based at Sitemaps.org, the system instructs web masters on how to install an XML file on their servers that all three engines can use to track updates to pages. This should make it easier to get your pages indexed in… Read More