• Loic Le Meur's New Startup Launches: Seesmic

    The rumors were correct. Loic Le Meur, a well known European entrepreneur that recently relocated to San Francisco, will unveil his new video startup, Seesmic, this morning into a closed beta. The service is very much in “alpha” and they’ve only given away a few test accounts. They’ll start to give more over the next few days – just sign up on the Seesmic home page… Read More

  • CrunchGear Week in Review: Art Museum Edition

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    Candle-like USB drive holder design, more than meets the eye
    The most delicious wrist-rest yet
    Zune 2 family launched: We’re digging Dad and the kids
    Belkin eyes PC gaming market Read More

  • Yahoo's Ian Rogers To Music Industry: "Inconvenience Doesn't Scale"

    Yahoo Music VP of Product Development Ian Rogers and I have different opinions on the future of the music industry. I think the price of recorded music will continue to fall towards free, whereas he thinks the industry can turn itself around and create enough value for listeners to make some money on recorded music. But on one thing we agree: For the last eight years the industry has been… Read More

  • New iPhone TV Ads: Where's The Phone?

    Apple posted three new iPhone television ads on their site this evening. Unlike earlier ads, where the star of the show was the phone itself (and the user interface), these new ads focus on three actors – all men – who are using the phone to solve problems. Doug likes the visual voicemail. Elliot is searching for a name on a website. And Stephano, who appears to be a mechanic… Read More

  • Intel Launches Digg Clone For Software

    Intel has joined the social voting space with CoolSW, a Digg clone for “Cool Software.” The site is said to focus solely on business ideas, and is designed to tap into the opinions of the wider developer and entrepreneur community. According to a report at Venture Beat, the site cost around $40,000 to develop and has been tested internally, with Intel soliciting views from its… Read More

  • coRank Relaunches With New Capabilities

    Hosted social voting site provider coRank has relaunched with a list of new capabilities. The new options can be enabled/disabled by owners of coRank sites as they see fit (except for the personal dashboard). New features include Local copy: Being able to store local ‘cached’ copies of anything that is submitted. coRank note that this may be controversial, but claim that legally… Read More

  • Jihad On You: Nice Design, Poor Taste

    Jihad On You is a new satirical website that allows users to vent their everyday frustrations by issuing a “jihad” against the things that annoy them. When users declare a jihad, the “infidel” can be notified that a holy war has been declared against them. The site also allows readers to comment on jihads and rate them. The site was built as part of a challenge to build… Read More

  • SAP Acquires Business Objects For €4.8 Billion

    SAP, the world’s largest provider of business software, has agreed to buy Business Objects for €4.8 billion euros ($6.8 billion). Business Objects is a business intelligence software company with some 43,000 customers including over 80 percent of companies listed the Fortune 500. Business intelligence software taps into an organization’s disparate data “to provide… Read More

  • CrunchDeal: ZEN Stone 1GB MP3 Player for $35 shipped

    Staples.com has the 1GB Creative ZEN Stone for $35, which includes free shipping. Not too shabby if you need a MP3 player for working out. Might make a good gift idea too. The rechargeable lithium-ion battery is good for 10 hours worth of music and the player also includes support for Audible.com’s audio book format. Creative Labs ZEN Stone 1GB MP3 Player, Black [Staples.com] via dealnews Read More

  • Breaking: Newsvine Acquired By MSNBC.com

    Social news site Newsvine, which launched in March 2006, has been acquired by MSNBC.com, a fifty-fifty joint venture between Microsoft and NBC. This is MSNBC.com’s first acquisition. The deal, which closed on October 5, was all cash, but the acquisition price is not being disclosed. Both companies are based in Seattle. Mike Davidson, the founder of Newsvine, said that the companies… Read More

  • Mint Rakes It In

    Since launching and winning the top spot at our TechCrunch40 conference three weeks ago, personal-finance startup Mint has been on a roll. On Friday, Mint was named Best of Show at the 2007 Financial Innovations conference (along with peer-to-peer lender Prosper and mortgage-finder Mortgagebot). CEO Aaron Patzer reports to us that, in just the past three weeks, Mint has already helped… Read More

  • YouTube Deepens Commercial Relationship With Al Jazeera

    Al Jazeera signed a commercial agreement with Google last week to share advertising revenue on their YouTube channel. The channel originally launched in April 2007. This comes even as U.S. cable operators continue to shun the 24 hour news service – only Toledo, Ohio based Buckeye CableSystem and the municipal cable suppler in Burlington, Vermont offer the channel to viewers. Al… Read More

  • Big Media And User Comments: The Onion Nails It

    http://www.theonion.com/content/themes/common/assets/videoplayer/flvplayer.swf User feedback on blogs (or any Internet forum/community) is always fascinating to watch. Things start off great, but as the community gets larger basic human rules for interaction break down and, basically, everything goes to hell. The Onion, as usual, has a very funny look at how big media might interact with… Read More

  • Head for the hills: first new artificial life form created

    Ready for an ethics debate? DNA researcher Craig Venter (pictured right) "has built a synthetic chromosome out of laboratory chemicals and is poised to announce the creation of the first new artificial life form on Earth." The new species is made from an artificial chromosome constructed by a team of 20 leading scientists led by Nobel laureate Hamilton Smith. The chromosome is… Read More

  • CrunchDeal: 256MB GeForce 8600 GT PCI Express video card plus DX10 'Company of Heroes' for $99

    Looking for the right time to jump into the DirectX 10 game? Now might be your chance. ZipZoomFly.com has a DX10-compatible GeForce card bundled with the full version of Relic Entertainment’s popular Company of Heroes game for $99 after a $20 mail-in-rebate. The card itself is made by XFX (Pine Technology) and has 256MB of GDDR3 memory, uses a PCI Express slot, and has dual DVI inputs. Read More

  • Run your Google Desktop gadgets on your iGoogle page

    With Google’s new Desktop 5.5 Beta, you’re now able to run the gadgets once relegated to your computer’s sidebar right on your web browser’s personalized iGoogle start page. Before you get too excited (or even a little excited), it should be pointed out that Google Desktop must be installed and running on your computer for this to work within your web browser. So… Read More

  • Feedburner Bug, Or We More Than Doubled Our RSS Subscribers

    1,511,000: the number of subscribed RSS readers of TechCrunch, according to the Feedburner Widget as I type this post. Given the number is up significantly from the 600,000 odd subscribers we had yesterday, I’m calling it a Feedburner bug. Feedburner has had a long history of doing strange things with the subscriber counter, and TechCrunch’s readership (if the counter is to be… Read More

  • Loic Lemeur Building Video Twitter

    Former Six Apart Europe head and well known French Web 2.0 entrepreneur Loic Lemeur relocated to San Francisco recently to build a new startup, and thanks to Robert Scoble we now know what it is: “video Twitter.” Lemeur himself is documenting his startup every day on YouTube here. It’s not riveting content but listening to a non-American view on building a startup is… Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Mini Golf Edition

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    Clear2O Water Pitcher: Drinking Redefined
    Win a Wii covered in blood
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  • Is Philip DeFranco The Heir To The ZeFrank Crown?

    Ever since the arguably very popular ZeFrank finished his daily “The Show” earlier this year, I’ve been trying to find a decent Ze Frank alternative, a video blog that is short, sharp and hoepfully funny as well. I’ve had a couple of tips recently that Philip DeFranco might fit the bill, and NewTeeVee included DeFranco on their list of ZeFrank successors… Read More

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