• Teclast T50: could be an iPod Touch rival

    Teclast just might have a real iPod Touch competitor on their hands with the T50. It claims to have a capacitive touch screen with multi-point touch recognition on a WGVA widescreen display. The Chinese PMP supports RMVB/RM/FLV/AVI formats and has a dual-core processor. Not much else is known and my Chinese is a little rusty and by rusty, I mean non-existent. Teclast [via thegadgetsite] Thanks… Read More

  • BeerTracker replaces 'bottle cap in the pocket' trick

    I don’t know about you but back in college when I used to drink enough beers in a row to necessitate some sort of accounting system, I’d simply slip each bottle cap into my pocket and count them the next morning. If I’d had the BeerTracker — with convenient LCD display that increases in numeric value with each bottle that’s opened — I could have littered… Read More

  • Americans Recycled less than 10% of Mobile Phones

    Only 9.4% of Americans who bought new mobile phones last quarter recycled their old handsets, a survey from iSuppli Corp’s consumerTrak service says. This is double the number of phones recycled in the third quarter of 2007 but well below the numbers hoped for. “iSuppli’s fourth-quarter survey indicated that while U.S. consumers increasingly are recycling their old… Read More

  • Guitar Hero IV due out this year

    From the unlikeliest of sources comes the news that Guitar Hero IV will be released at the end of this year. The Answer, a British band, sent out a press release that their song “Never Too Late” was picked up by Activision at the Marché international de l’édition musicale last month. “This is a tremendous honour and privilege for both The Answer and the Alberts… Read More

  • Germany's Burda invests in Canadian socnet

    Europe: Germany’s Burda media group has invested “several million dollars” in a Canadian social networking startup called Nexopia which claims to be Canada’s largest social networking site for youth, writes AlarmClock. It has 1.2 million registered members and a billion impressions a month. Burda Digital Ventures, the venture capital arm of Hubert Burda Media made… Read More

  • CrunchBirthdays: Nicholas

    It is with great pleasure that I inform all of you that today is Nicholas’ birthday. We’re all very proud of him. He’s finally hit that pubescent stage in life and, boy, is it a glorious time. They sure do grow up quickly. Happy birthday, Nicholas! Read More

  • Ireland – Tax incentives for US tech firms, but what happens to local talent?

    Ireland is well known for its technology industries, but lately there seems to be some discontent amongst entrepreneurs there that the tax-incentives created by the government to attract overseas tech businesses – particularly US firms – are not nurturing home-grown talent. Recently it emerged that the The Digital Hub, an incubation space for tech development, had 55 desk… Read More

  • Reevoo hires new CTO

    People: Reevoo, the customer reviews aggregator, has apointed Kyle McGinn as Chief Technology Officer. McGinn joins Reevoo from the Siemens/BBC technology partnership, where he was Head of Internet Technology. He will lead one of the the UK’s largest Ruby on Rails development team who have already released open-source initiatives such as mocha, uformats and the Ruby nabaztag library. As… Read More

  • Wikinvest To Add Unique Comp Data For Stock Research

    Financial and stock research sites like Yahoo Finance, Google Finance, Marketwatch, or CNNMoney have done a lot to democratize investment research by bringing reams of financial data for any publicly traded company to investors at the click of a button. But when it comes to financial metrics, much of the data they provide is the same for every company: revenues, earnings, PE ratios, market… Read More

  • A UK perspective on Yahoo! and Microsoft

    Some interesting figures from Hitwise on a combined Microsoft/Yahoo impact on the UK. According to HItwise Microsoft has a dominant market share with its Hotmail service in the UK, while Gmail has been flat for the last few months. Last week the combined market share of the Microsoft and Yahoo! services was 13 times that of Google. Google’s market share in News services is… Read More

  • European VC down, but getting more focused

    European venture capital firms are backing the fewest companies on record, according to VentureBeat. They invested in just 897 companies last year, the lowest number since 1999. However, more money is going into fewer startups, reaching €4.56 billion, a two percent rise from 2006, and the fourth year of consecutive increase. Obviously this is all VC (so Cleantech etc etc), not just Web or… Read More

  • 'Formal war': Why Google is ready to throw a hissy fit over Microsoft/Yahoo!

    [photopress:googismad.jpg,full,center] In Internet time, the Microsoft bid for Yahoo! is not already old news, but it’s also teetering on the boring. All the more reason to squeeze out detail after detail, then, about each party’s motives and why, as chief executive put it, Google may have just declared “formal war” on Microsoft. Hooray for war metaphors. As you… Read More

  • eBuddy to expand in UK

    Amsterdam-based IM service eBuddy has raised €6.5 million in a Series B round of funding led by Prime Technology Ventures this week. The company had previously raised €5 million from Lowland capital. eBuddy will use the investment capital for serious growth and expansion into the UK and have already established a small office in London and have a small sales staff on the ground here. Read More

  • The Wall Street Journal’s Digital Network goes Mobile

    The Wall Street Journal Digital Network announced today a free, downloadable application for Windows Mobile phones that provides users access to WSJ.com, MarketWatch.com and Barrons.com. The service was developed with help from Action Engine Corporation, a mobile application platform provider. While on-the-go, users will be able to read financial news, mange their personal stock portfolio… Read More

  • Ex-Googlers Launch Instructional Video Site Howcast, Raise $8 Million A Round

    A New York City startup called Howcast is launching today that wants to be the YouTube of instructional videos. In fact, the three founders—Jason Liebman, Daniel Blackman and Sanjay Raman—are ex-Google employees who worked on Google Video and YouTube before they left eight months ago. They actually are going for a little more polish than YouTube, trying to bring some… Read More

  • 150 Invites To 123people.com For TechCrunch Readers

    New comer to the people search game 123people.com is a Austrian based startup that is looking to provide a new take on the competitive people search market with a European focus. There’s no shortage of wannabes in this space. Spock, Wink, Zoominfo, WikiYou and PeekYou are a few companies we’ve reviewed previously. 123people.com joins that list, but there are a few differences that… Read More

  • Helio And Buzzd Offer Local Entertainment Service

    US based MVNO Helio has signed a deal with mobile focused entertainment aggregator Buzzd to offer real-time geotargeted information for bars, clubs and restaurants to its user base. The service from Buzzd, available to all Helio customers, delivers event and venue information and up-to-the-minute reviews and ratings from friends and other members of the Buzzd community. The service… Read More

  • A La Mobile Takes $6.75 Million Series B

    San Ramon, CA based a la mobile has taken $6.75 million Series B in a round led by original investor Venrock. Under the deal, Venrock managing partners Ray Rothrock and Tony Sun join the a la mobile board. a la mobile was the first company to offer a complete package of applications based on Google’s Android mobile phone operating system. a la mobile is aiming to build a “bold… Read More

  • BlogTV Goes Mobile

    Live streaming video service BlogTV is now offering its live shows on mobile phones. The new mobile site from BlogTV m.blogtv.com offers live streaming to most mobile phones without the need for a plugin (I’m presuming it’s flash based, because it doesn’t work on my iPhone.) BlogTV claims that their mobile streaming services is the first of its type available for mobile phones. Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Bargain Hunter Edition

    Matt Hickey endorses the Col-Pop
    Cupertino meets deep space with Star Trek engraving
    Don’t feel like buying a MBA then rent one instead
    Rumor: Penryn chips invading Dell, possibly Apple very soon
    The Unreasonable Stance: HD DVD will be triumphant Read More

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