• Largest Pligg Partner Defects After Announced Sale

    Pligg, a popular open source content management system that lets developers quickly create Digg-like clones, put itself up for sale a week ago. Today VideoSift, which has 1 million monthly unique visitors and claims to be the largest user of Pligg’s software, emailed to tell me they have developed their own software and will stop using Pligg. The new site goes live this Friday… Read More

  • YouTube Launches New Video Advertising Format

    I’m not all that excited about watching 15 to 30 second pre-roll ads attached to videos. I understand that it’s a necessary evil and that advertising pays the bills and keeps the videos free, but it’s still somewhat annoying. YouTube feels my pain and will begin using a service called InVideo, which basically lays a semi-transparent advertisement over the lower 20%… Read More

  • Teh.Be$T.Kommenter.Evar

      Comments are the greasy oil that keeps the blog machine running. Here are three great (and 100% unedited) comments recently posted by your fellow readers. Read More

  • Exclusive: BlogMusik To Go Legit; Launches Free & Legal Music On Demand

    Back in September last year Michael suggested everyone check out BlogMusik quickly before it was shut down. BlogMusik is a service born in France that lets you search for mp3 files on the web and listen to them in streaming mode for free. At the time the service was young and had no particular licensing agreements. A few months later, the SACEM, the organization in charge of collecting… Read More

  • Conduit Labs Closes $5.5 Million Series A Funding

    Conduit Labs, a yet-to-launch gaming virtual world, just closed a $5.5 million series A round with Charles River Ventures and Prism Venture Works. In addition to the financing, CRV’s Susan Wu and Prism’s Will Kohler have joined the company’s Board of Directors. The details on the site are in flux and scarce. However, the service will be in the emerging space of… Read More

  • MP3, Wireless, Video-Enabled Yoga Mat Concept

    It’s just a concept piece, but this could be the yoga mat of the future. You heard me. With a built-in MP3 player and stereo speakers, your Enya can be literally at your fingertips (if you’re tight with the Down Dog form), and with the streaming video playback on the mat itself, no matter how you twist, you’ll be able to see your instructors. If this Wi-Fi enabled thing… Read More

  • A Quick Update On The Samsung Blast

    Hey everyone! I’m in Orlando on vacation, so I’m keeping this post brief. Last week I reviewed the Samsung Blast and hated on the keypad for having a layout similar to the Blackberry Pearl’s. Yes, at first the Blast is a real pain to use, but over the last week, I’ve gotten very used to it and Samsung does a great job with predictive text. I only have to hit about… Read More

  • Esther Dyson, Guy Kawasaki and Yossi Vardi Join TechCrunch20 Expert Panel

    The TechCrunch20 Panel of Experts is now nearly complete. Today we add Esther Dyson, Guy Kawasaki and Yossi Vardi to the impressive list of individuals who will judge the startups launching at the conference and determine who will ultimately win the $50,000 top prize. The final companies for TechCrunch20 have been selected, and more announcements are coming soon. Register for the event, which… Read More

  • Finally, Twitter Adds Search

    It’s a seemingly trivial feature, but Twitter’s lack of a search function led me and others to use Google or other search engines to try to figure out someone’s Twitter page. Today they’ve added that feature and allow search via name or other profile information (location, bio, and url). It seems that Twitter has become much more stable since the launch of competitors… Read More

  • Spooks Get Their Own MySpace

    The American Intelligence community has joined the social networking phenomenon with the launch of A-Space, a MySpace style social network. The move is said to be part of the ongoing effort to transform the American Intelligence community following the failure to detect the 9/11 terrorist attacks or find weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. In a FT.com report, Thomas Fingar, the Deputy Director… Read More

  • Google Adds Embedding To Google Maps

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    Google announced the addition of YouTube style embedding to Google Maps this morning. Google Map mashups have… Read More

  • Probo: 'The Intelligent, Autonomous Huggy Robot'

    Picture this. A child is in a hospital room, away from home and scared by his or her surroundings. Everything smells different, everything looks different, all the people are different. Where are mom and dad? When is it time to go home? Suddenly, in marches a robotic monster with green fur asking for hugs. Read More

  • Vibrating Headset For Gamers From Genius

    Genius has announced a revolutionary set of headphones that have an embedded vibrating system that boosts the quality of the sound and really puts you in the game. The headphones are small and foldable, so you can transport them to your next LAN party without fear of being detected by mere mortals. The USB powered ‘phones have a built-in microphone, noise canceling option, volume… Read More

  • Greystripe Hits 14 Million Downloads Of Free Mobile Games

    GreyStripe has passed the 14 million downloads mark on its free mobile gaming content site Gamejump.com in just over 12 months. Gamejump.com’s model provides downloadable mobile gaming content ad supported and free in a market where paid downloads are the norm. Ads are displayed before and after each game. Greystripe took $8.9million in Series B funding in May, in a round led by… Read More

  • Samsung's Tiny 1.8-inch Hard Drives Hit 160GB

    Samsung’s new hard drives are “smaller than a business card”, spin at 4200 RPM, and can hold 160GB of data. If Joey Lawrence were here, I’m sure he’d take this news with a resounding “whoa!”. Read More

  • Battle Royale: Format War Heats Up

    The Blu-ray camp was obviously not going to sit idle while the HD DVD side was given a boost yesterday from Paramount and Dreamworks. Fox and MGM have announced their comebacks into the HD realm with 29 titles for Sony’s HD format. Blu-ray also has new features that are sure to kick major ass. Among the BD industry ‘firsts’ from the Studios’ upcoming global release… Read More

  • iPhone in Europe in Time for Förder Chröstmas-tide

    The Financial Times is reporting that the iPhone will be available in Germany, France and the UK under T-Mobile, Orange, and O2, respectively. This odd move — choosing to go with three different operators — is an example of the oddly fractured nature of European cell providers. Read More

  • Poppet: Not A Small Child From the Victorian Era, Is Actually Useful

    We here at CrunchGear fear the elderly and their strange powers, and so we revel in anything that will turn their gimlet eyes from our soft, tasty underbellies and back onto their daily pill ration. To wit: the Poppet, a solution to a fairly big problem. Read More

  • Logitech's Alto Cordless Notebook Stand Announced

    Logitech released today the latest addition to their line of Alto notebook stands. This one is, you know, cordless, and also comes with a keyboard and three USB ports for all your printer/monitor/iPod needs. Not shabby for $100 if you want to give your wrists a break from your laptop’s slimmed-down keyboard. Product page Read More

  • Wrist-mounted Shuffle Case Cooler Than You'd Think

    We know clever when we see it, and this wristwatch strap for the iPod Shuffle is just that. Not only is your unused wrist a great place to keep your little friend, but the unabashed Swatch-ness of these holders make us go retro goo-goo-ga-ga. In a good way. And at only $10 each, it’s a great way to accessorize. Guys do accessorize, now, by the way. Oh, and Apple? You should have built… Read More

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