• Israel's Kontera Nails $10.3 Million Second Round From Sequoia And Others

    Kontera, an Israel startup (although their official headquarters is in San Francisco), is cashing in on the full-on bonanza around anything that calls itself an advertising network right now. A year ago they raised $7 million from Sequoia Capital and Lehman Brothers. Tomorrow they’ll announce a second round of financing – $10.3 million more from Carmel Ventures, an Israeli… Read More

  • Manly Arts Festival for the Man in Us

    Pulling my head out of monkey work, it is August in Towson, MD, my home town, and the Manly Arts Festival has arrived. The event: How did the gentlemen of Hampton settle their differences, show off their physical prowess, and learn the skills they might need at any time to defend themselves, their families, and their country? Historic martial arts! Read More

  • Apple Releases My iTunes

    Looking to take your iTunes experience one step further? Check out My iTunes, an official set of iTunes widgets from Apple that are aimed at getting you socially involved with your (legally purchased) music. They’re self-updating widgets and you can post your favorite artists, etc. on your website via a Flash widget. TechCrunch has the whole lowdown, head over there to check out the… Read More

  • Toshiba Recalls More Bad Sony Batteries

    Hot on the heels of last month’s battery recall, Toshiba has issued another one. This time it’s Satellite A100, A105, and Tecra A7 owners that’ll be affected. It’s a scant 1,400 batteries versus last month’s 10,000 but the batteries themselves are very similar — they contain Sony rechargeable lithium-ion cells. Read More

  • Is Glam A Sham?

    Glam Media, which is mostly an ad network but also owns a group of sites focused on women, is actively attempting to raise $200 million in a private round of financing. The company previously raised $18.5 million in December 2006. The company has hired Allen & Company to represent them in the transaction, and has been distributing a private placement document to potential investors. Read More

  • Vista SP1: Everything's Gonna Be Alright, Faster

    Microsoft’s first service pack for Vista will apparently increase system performance considerably. Hallelujah. Read More

  • Kid Writes "PS3 Sucks" On Video Game Displays

    Kids are brats sometimes, but this little boy sounds like the Devil incarnate. Toys R Us employees spotted a 13-year old boy writing “PS3 Sucks” on 23 plastic game displays. Yeah, 23 times. When he was arrested, the boy’s parents couldn’t be tracked down so he had to chill with child services. Serves ya right! Here’s the kicker: when the boy was asked why he did… Read More

  • Best Buy Sucks Yet Again: Halo 3 Tax Being Implemented

    Apparently, Best Buy is cheating money out of its customers. Big surprise there. Seems the electronics retailer is adding a $3 tax to any Xbox-related item due to the massive hype surrounding Halo 3. As you can see above, you can normally bag a 360 headset for $19.99. At Best Buy, it’ll set you back $22.99. Doesn’t make much sense does it? Just go to Target or Circuit City and pick… Read More

  • Blizzard Unveils Second Expansion For World of Warcraft


    The Borean Tundra awaits you Damn you Blizzard. I’m still struggling to get to 70 (I’m 65 and have a life) and now you pull THIS on me? You’re just evil. Seems Blizzard has unveiled a preview of the second World of Warcraft expansion: Wrath of the Lich King! WLK brings a lot of crazy new features that will put Burning Crusade to shame. You’ll now be able to hit level… Read More

  • 10 Days of CrunchGear Giveaway: Nokia BH-800 Bluetooth Headset

    . What’s better than one prize? How about two prizes! Nokia has given us two of their teeny-tiny BH-800 headsets to give away and we want to pass along the savings of “absolutely free” to you, our readers. Read More

  • Oops: Pre-prod HTC Units Possibly Sent To Retailers

    Uh oh. It seems as though the new HTC Advantage has been shipped to CompUSA, Amazon.com, and possibly elsewhere as pre-production units. Users are being greeted with the message “test only, not for sale” when the device is booted up for the first time. The glitch can easily be fixed by updating the software via a PC but if these devices aren’t yet ready for production from… Read More

  • SlingPlayer Coming To Symbian Phones, Now In Beta

    Sling Media is running a 4-week beta test for Symbian-based phones. If you’ve got a Nokia N75, N95, or E65, you’re eligible. You’ll be required to keep quiet about any sensitive information you receive, you’ll have to fill out at least two surveys, and you’ll be expected to notify Sling of any glitches or bugs along the way. The beta application apparently takes… Read More

  • Hugo Ortega Spends 60 Hours With The HTC Shift

    Hugo Ortega of GottaBeMobile.com spent 60 sensuous and romantic hours with the HTC Shift recently and ended up describing the device as “one of the BEST Ultra Mobile PC I have ever had the pleasure of spending time with. If I were a manufacturer of a UMPC, or with a UMPC about to hit the market, then I would be shaking in my boots given what The HTC Shift is capable of.” Read More

  • Pligg, The Open Source Digg Clone, Put Up For Sale

    Pligg, a controversial but popular open source content management system that lets developers quickly create Digg-like clones, has put itself up for sale. Assets included in the sale are the domain name, website and control over the SourceForge account where people can download the current code. In an email, Pligg says they have 10,000 registered users on the site and the software has been… Read More

  • Facebook Source Code Leaked

    We just received a tip that the source code for the Facebook main index page has been leaked and published on a blog called Facebook Secrets. There are at least two possible ways that the source code got out – the first is that a Facebook developer has sent it out, or the more likely option that a security hole or other method has been used on either one of the Facebook servers or in… Read More

  • Apple Gets Into Social Music Scene with My iTunes

    Apple isn’t just sitting on the sidelines as startups like iLike and MOG and others try to tackle the social music space. Many of these services gather user music preferences via an iTunes plugin. You are then able to tell the world what music you are listening to, get recommendations for new music you might like, etc. People love this stuff, as evidenced by iLike’s ridiculous… Read More

  • Google Video To Cease Sales

    Not that you’ve ever paid a single cent for anything Google has given you, but just so you know, Google is going to stop selling videos via Google Video. On Wednesday, August 15th, Google will stop selling download-to-rent and to-own videos. It makes sense now that it owns YouTube and has a real means of making cash of videos. I’d say leave the content distribution to Apple and Joost. Read More

  • 3/4 Sleeve Mario Tattoo

    I bet the ink gun sounded like this: Doo da doo da do do Doo da doo da do do Doo da doo da do do do do do do dododododododo da da da doo. (Hint: 1-2) Remember kiddo, it’s on there forever. Your grandkids with the PS9 are going to bust on you. Official Site [Sam M.] Read More

  • Motorcycles Made From Watch Parts

    Sure it’s a beautiful Saturday, but wouldn’t you rather spend your time inside like a true dork? Check out these motorcycles made from watch parts. Half-steampunk, half-junk, they almost look safe enough to ride. At least for John. He’ll do anything to put his crotch near a watch. Hit the jump for a few of the sweetest rides available. Motorcycles from watch parts [Digg] Read More

  • New Generation Adult Sites Roundup

    Online porn is usually a cutting edge industry and it is always all about the money. The industry is often first to the Internet with new features that eventually trickle down to mainstream consumer sites. The latest wave of web innovation, though, was centered squarely on consumer sites. And the porn guys have adapted many of those features to create massively successful second generation… Read More

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