• A Sad, Sad Day In Science

    I awoke this morning refreshed, ready to work and take on the day. As I sat down and browsed the news, my heart began to sink. I discovered that Mr. Wizard had died. Yes, my beloved Mr. Wizard, whose show was on at 5am every weekday, has passed away at the age of 89 and is now in better place. I feel like a part of my childhood will always be missing now. Also known as Don Herbert, the Wiz had… Read More

  • PatentMonkey: USB Integrated Antenna on Cell Phone

    Smart, simple and marketable. Samsung’s male adapter USB antenna for a cell phone is all of these things, yet, it is a feature not easily found. No losing a cord to charge my cell phone on the road, just a friendly USB connection to suck power from anything else in my bag with a port, and, well, power. This kind of universal access would be a major convenience. More description and why… Read More

  • CrunchGear Explains Your New AIM Friends

    At some point in the late morning, I woke up. I do that sometimes. I try to at least once a day. And, as I normally do when I wake, I opened my laptop to get to work. I’m a Mac user, so I use iChat for much of my online communications. The program auto-logs-me-on when the machine wakes up, and I noticed I had friends online I’d never seen before. Who was Spleak? Who was Prof Gilzot? Read More

  • CrunchArcade: Pedal to the Metal

    A sad yet simple fact of life is that most of us won’t ever own, let alone drive, a Ferrari or Porsche. That doesn’t keep us from feeling the need for speed, and wanting to floor it while behind the wheel of a high performance auto. Racing games are almost better than shooters in pushing the limits of video game design. These racing simulations really show off the fast moving… Read More

  • Pink Mobile Power

    These phones may not sport a pink ribbon, but Qwest said in August it will sell two limited edition, pink SANYO phones to benefit Susan G. Komen for the Cure to help fight breast cancer. Qwest and SANYO together will donate 10 percent of retail sales from the two handsets through October; a minimum of $50,000, and a maximum of $100,000. The SANYO handsets are the Katana II and the SCP-3200. Read More

  • Cost to the MNOs

    Phones are subsidized to sell services, but what’s behind the pricing? What’s the mobile network operator’s (MNO) overhead? The mobile operator capital expenditure (CAPEX) includes coverage, capacity, customer demand, convergence and IP and next generation networks (NGNs) like 3G technologies such as UMTS/HDSPA and EV-DO. Phew. To lay out the state of the top 15 MNOs from… Read More

  • Extreme Mobile Weather Alerts

    Impending rain? The weather channel is there for you. Sign up for free weather alerts via SMS/Text or e-mail. You’ll be notified of severe weather, rain, extreme heat, extreme cold, pollen count, icy precipitation, snow, daily current and marine conditions. Of course there’s simply the daily forecast, which will also let you know when it’s good beach weather. Pick which… Read More

  • T-Mobile Pulls Tour de France Sponsorship in Lieu of Drug Testing

    What a difference a couple of years make! First Lance Armstrong retires and then the drug scandal rocks the Tour de France. Now T-Mobile pulled its one-million-euro sponsorship of the German TV coverage of the Tour de France on ARD and ZDF TV channels. It plans to use the money to strengthen the country’s national anti-doping agency. The Team T-Mobile will still compete in the… Read More

  • Smart Email Newsletter Solution

    Do you read newsletters on your Blackberry? It’s not fun. SmartBrief, publisher of 62 industry-specific newsletters across 18 industries serving more than one million subscriptions is offering an early solution. Subscribers can open the e-mail on a Blackberry, Treo or Windows Mobile device, then click on “Wireless Version” to format the newsletter to fit the small screen. Read More

  • Adderton Out at Amp’d

    mocoNews is reporting that Peter Adderton has left the building! The embattled CEO has stepped down as CEO of Amp’d Mobile, and the company’s president Bill Stone is main company figure in the bankruptcy proceedings. Amp’d Mobile, which was founded and funded by Adderton before any VC funding, is now in Chapter 11 bankruptcy and further management overhauls are rumored to… Read More

  • Sony PlayStation Phone in the Works?

    Rumors of a possible PlayStation phone are circulating as Sony files for a patent. Reuters is reporting that Sony Ericsson has filed a U.S. patent application for a mobile handeset with video game features. But the company has said it is not poised to launch a phone based on the PlayStation Portable (PSP) video game brand. The company hasn’t ruled out such a device, but just said it… Read More

  • Apple To Integrate iTunes Into Bebo

    Apple has announced a deal that will see the its popular iTunes service embedded into Bebo. According to FT.com, Bebo’s 8.8m users in the UK and Ireland will be able to buy music directly from the profile of any musician who has a Bebo profile and whose music is available on iTunes. The deal is a first for Apple. Bebo is a market leader in social networking in the United Kingdom despite… Read More

  • Mahalo Greenhouse: Get Paid To Submit Search Results

    Jason Calacanis has announced the launch of Mahalo Greenhouse, a new program expanding the Mahalo Guide program to part times guides. The new program allows members of public to build search results for search terms not currently included in Mahalo. If accepted, participants will be paid $10 to $15 per search result. Further details are available here. Mahalo launched 2 weeks ago with a… Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Etched Edition

    Lebron Becomes Etch-A-Sketch Art
    Viral Marketing How-To-Not: Sony
    Need Laughs? Mega64 DVD Out In July
    Teen Stabs PS3 Burglar With Samurai Sword
    WiFi Equipped SD Cards Read More

  • Loic Le Meur Moves To Silicon Valley To Start Video Content Company

    Loic Le Meur (on left in picture, along with me, Tariq Krim and Rodrigo Sepulveda), the well known French entrepreneur and blogger, is moving from Paris to silicon valley this summer to start a new video content company. Le Meur founded uBlog (merged with Six Apart) and organizes of the annual Le Web conference. In an email, he told me it’s the perfect place for him and his family right… Read More

  • Openads Opensource project Raises $5 million

    Openads, the developer of a popular seven year old opensource ad server, have spun out of London based ad network Unanimis and raised $5 million in capital to fund their business. The round was led by Index Ventures, with participation from First Round Capital, Mangrove Capital Partners, and O’Reilly AlphaTech Ventures. Index Ventures’ Saul Klein joined the company’s board… Read More

  • Happy Birthday, TechCrunch

    Our godfather site, TechCrunch, is two years old and we here at CG want to thank Don Arringtono for making this one of the best ALMOST years — we’re one in August — of our lives. We may not always show it, but his hard work and trust in this little team makes us all feel great and it’s an honor to work under such a respected overseer. Thanks, Mike. Happy Second… Read More

  • Sparter Launches, Go Buy Some World of Warcraft Gold

    Sparter, a stealth startup founded by Bessemer Venture Partners, launched this evening. They are jumping into the middle of the estimated $1 billion market for buying and selling virtual currencies in games like World of Warcraft (WOW), EverQuest, Eve and others. The current spot price of 100 gold on WOW? About $10. The company is a true person to person trading company. Users can sign up… Read More

  • Chime.TV: A Prettier Way to Watch YouTube

    Chime.Tv’s video player has got the kind of flash and style Ruby developers would envy, especially since it’s programmed in PHP and AJAX. The player, which dishes out 22 themed channels of viral video content, with a bunch of added utilities. The full page player is similar to Joost and Babelgum, but in your browser. Like the IPTV guys, you can flip through pre-made channels, roll… Read More

  • Active Crystals: Philips and Swarovski Mashup

    We briefly take you away from your gadget-obsessed world to show you something new: these are called girls. You should find them outside your mom’s basement. Now back to your Xbox. Oh and they’re flossing the latest Active Crystal gear from Philips and Swarovski. Read More

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