• Kane & Lynch: When swag almost causes a heart attack

    Not that anyone cares, but I nearly had a heart attack yesterday. Not because I was robbed or anything like that, but because I got a package in the mail. There’s an Eidos game coming out by the name of Kane & Lynch: Dead Men. Specifically I don’t know what it’s about—two men named Kane and Lynch, dead presumably—but the packaging it came in really freaked me out. Read More

  • Google Maps coming to your local Pump n' Munch?

    This will make people’s lives easier. That’s why I like Google, plain and simple. Gas pump manufacturer Gilbarco Veeder-Root is rolling out 3,500 Google Maps-enabled touchscreen pumps around the country that “include an Internet connection and will display Google’s mapping service in color on a small screen. Motorists will be able to scroll through several categories… Read More

  • Facebook ads will now target your friends based on your profile


    AP image I’m starting to think all this Facebook news of late puts the site in danger of jumping the shark. Every day it’s “omg Zuckerberg went to Wendy’s, had a number 2, what does this mean for Facebook?” Today’s news has to do with advertising and how the social networking Web site will use all the hot info you post about yourself to sell you crap. The… Read More

  • Ben Worthen of the WSJ: "Android will lead to the meltdown of corporate America; communism, alternate religions to follow"

    The gPhone is definitely creating a series of aftershocks in the journalism world. Two days after the big announcement, people are still talking, and it’s not all good. Even the stuffy WSJ gets into the act, calling the gPhone Android a tech nightmare waiting to happen. The argument goes that all this open source nonsense will raise unseen security risks in secure environments of… Read More

  • True Knowledge launches open beta

    True Knowledge, ‘plain English’ answers engine, has today launched its open beta. Back in September the site won around £600,000 in backing from Octopus Ventures. Developed by AI software developer and entrepreneur William Tunstall-Pedoe, True Knowledge is out to change the way factual information is made accessible via the Internet. By structuring facts in a way that machines… Read More

  • Skiboot flask: Because there's no better place to get trashed than on an icy mountain


    We like to drink. In fact, we’re all drunk right now. However, I, personally, rarely drink on the ski slopes simply because I’m afraid of hitting trees, babies, and the ground. If you’re a better skier/snowboarder than I am, however, feel free to pick up the Bakoda Flask Pack, a flask system that connects right onto your boot binding, ensuring you can get nice and toast on… Read More

  • CrunchBoard Jobs

    Here are some of the latest jobs on CrunchBoard Senior Manager, Global Email Marketing at TripAdvisor in Needham, MA. Senior Flash Developer at MTV in New York, NY. Search Architect at MySpace in Beverly Hills, CA. Director, Business Development at Photobucket in Palo Alto, CA. Director, SEM Customer Experience and Support at Clickable in New York, NY. Lead Product Manager at Taoit… Read More

  • Australia's $4.4 million kinetic energy vest

    Sure, you could build your own similar device for far less than $4.4 million (Australian) but would it look nearly as awesome as the vest that the bad mamma jamma on the left is wearing? My position is “no, it would not.” The aforementioned money was given to Australia’s national science agency as a grant in the hopes that it could develop an “electrojacket”… Read More

  • Facebook Censors Ron Paul?

    The theme of my email inbox this morning (it’s morning for me, anyway) is that for some reason a search for presidential candidate “Ron Paul” in Facebook Groups yields zero results. The reason isn’t because there aren’t any Ron Paul groups – a search for “Paul” shows hundreds. For some reason, the search is blocked. Other candidate show up just fine. Read More

  • Video Series nextNYers to Interview New York Startups

    A new weekly web series called nextNYers will be filming five-minute-long interviews with tech startups based in New York City. The company behind the production of nextNYers, For Your Imagination, aims to give better exposure to local tech companies that have been around for a few years. The show is also being presented in partnership with NY-based tech blog CenterNetworks, which will post… Read More

  • The Facebook Ad Backlash Begins

    Within hours of Facebook’s announcement of its social advertising plans, the backlash began. What about privacy? What about relevance? (I know everyone is sick of hearing about Facebook, but there are some important business issues at stake here, so bear with me). As far as privacy goes, there is none on Facebook, in that any information you share is fair game for targeting by… Read More

  • 100 Wuala invites for readers

    Over in Berlin Web 2 Expo I ran into Dominik Grolimund, CEO of peer-to-peer storage application Wuala (see previous coverage), who has kindly offered TechCrunch UK & Ireland readers 100 invitations. If you want to take up the offer do this: 1. Goto http://techcrunchuk.wua.la
    2. Download Wuala
    3. Use the invitation code “techcrunchuk” when prompted The skinny on Wuala is that it… Read More

  • Stevenf: "Android is bullpoop and you're dumb, Google"


    My, if this isn’t the day of Google backlash. While we’re not highly keen on the whole Android idea as it stands, Steven Frank thinks it’s garbage: A 34-company committee couldn’t create a successful ham sandwich, much less a mobile application suite. It’s going to be some half-baked turd undoubtedly based on GPE since that’s, you know, better than… Read More

  • Symbian: "Android's stupid and for babies and dumb heads."


    How did I miss LOLBOTS? Nokia and Symbian were behind school yesterday and Nokia was smoking cloves and Symbian was reading some book and then Nokia as all like “Did you see what Google did?” and Symbian was like “Uh huh Whatdafuk?” and Nokia was all like “Garr garrr I’m Androad” and Symbian was all like “I’m Anchoad” and then… Read More

  • Gamedar: The ability to spot gamers

    November 7, 2007. On that day the word “gamedar” was born. Much like “radar,” or its second cousin once removed “gaydar,” “gamedar” refers to someone’s ability to spot a gamer. One need not be a gamer to possess gamedar, like how one need not be a football player to know that this year’s Patriots are The Truth. Were you blessed… Read More

  • Working Star Wars AT-ST replica walks, lights up

    This AT-ST hobbles around much like the ones in the movies thanks to some old computer parts and a NiCad battery. It is, unfortunately, not for sale and there are no plans yet to build tiny Ewoks with tiny logs that smash into either side of the AT-ST’s head. Functional Star Wars AT-ST Made from Old Computer Parts (with Video) [TechEBlog] Read More

  • NYC's MTA to txt message riders service change info

    It seems emergency text messages are the new black when it comes to public safety. New York’s MTA, the organization that runs—really well I might add—the subways and busses will hire a company to develop a mass text messaging system. The MTA would then use this system to inform riders about pertinent service changes (“The 7 train isn’t running today. Good luck… Read More

  • Gphone madness: contest entries keep rolling in

    Here’s the deal: in order to celebrate the non-release of the gPhone, we’re asking you, our dear readers, to offer up some potential applications for the Android platform. They can be silly, smart, or stupid. Take this one, for example: Here’s an idea for an open source Gphone application that could make you a little cash: Turn your cell phone into a traffic camera. As you… Read More

  • Opera Mini 4 out of beta, released today

    It’s out of beta, it’s free, and it’s here. Opera Mini 4 works on Java-enabled phones and includes “native Blackberry menus,” faster page rendering, Landscape Mode, and a cool feature that allows you “to synch your Bookmarks and Speed Dial with those on your Computer” via Opera Link. There’s also a virtual mouse feature which gives you a tiny… Read More

  • $100 laptop goes into mass production five years after announcement


    AP image Five years after it was announced, mass production of the One Laptop Per Child/XO laptop/thisweeksnewname laptop has finally started. The laptop, which was originally promoted as a $100 computer that would change education in the developing world, now costs around $188. Uruguay purchased 100,000 laptops last month, much to the chagrin of its mortal enemy Swaziland. Would you Give 1… Read More

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