• TC/CG Meet-up Berlin: They Keep Coming

    How’s this for some fun: We’re planning a CG/TC meet-up in Berlin to match the one we’re having in Prague and I’d like to get some tentative numbers for attendance. Head over to to Facebook or email mikeATmbites.com with the subject line “BERLIN ME” if you’re interested. We’d hold the event on Wednesday, June 11 at about 7pm at a location to… Read More

  • Sunday's paper brings news of May 7 launch of the Curve for Sprint

    Crackberry users on Sprint have been lusting after the Curve for awhile, and there are signs it’s coming soon. Another dropped in newspapers across the country yesterday, spilling the beans that a red version might also be showing up at launch, which could be Wednesday. This isn’t the first time a Sprint-flavored version of the flagship phone has shown up in ads before it’s… Read More

  • ThoughtFarmer Is TubeTastic

    ThoughtFarmer from Vancover based OpenRoad Communications offers an enterprise focused intranet service built around wikis. Billed as “a knowledge sharing solution for the new enterprise” ThoughtFarmer can be used as a standalone intranet or extranet, a collaboration hub or “the knowledge-sharing component of an existing intranet.” Like others in the space… Read More

  • T2 sues CTA over GTA IV ads

    GTA IV is still in the news. This week, Take Two, the publisher of the game, is suing the Chicago Transit Authority for pulling the game’s ads out of bus terminals and shelters without explanation. Take Two paid Titan Outdoor, the group that handles advertising for the Authority, $300k for a six-week ad campaign. Titan Outdoor pulled the ads in response to a deadly crime wave that hit… Read More

  • WidgetBucks Announces Deals with Marchex

    WidgetBucks has announced the expansion of its ad widget network through an agreement with Marchex. The deal touches on key growth areas for WidgetBucks: premium CPM display advertising to its publisher base and expanding distribution of CPC product ad widgets. The deal with Marchex sees WidgetBucks powering local, debt/ finance, and pay-per-call advertising across Marchex’s local… Read More

  • Motorola ZN5 aka X PIXL photos leaked

    Remember way back in October I told you about a handful of Motorola phones that everyone thought were fake? Well, it looks like the X PIXL is real and Kodak is supplying the optics for the Motorola ZN5 as it’s being called now. The 5-megapixel Xenon flash handset looks mighty fine, but I’m not fond of the new keyboards that Motorola is putting on their devices like the ROKR and Z9. Read More

  • The iPhone Gets Its Own Photo Sharing Site

    Natuba is a new photo sharing site that targets iPhone users with an emphasis on mobile uploading. It comes from Richard Yoo, a former CEO of Rackspace and Serverbeach. iPhone users with Natuba accounts can add their snapshots to the site by emailing them to a special address. Descriptions can be included in the subject line and all photos are injected into a public activity stream. They are… Read More

  • Food Review Site Zeer Launches

    It’s hard to find a place to research food—the kind that you buy at the grocery store and put into your body every day. As people become more aware, and concerned, about what thy eat, a site like Zeer makes more and more sense. Zeer, which launched earlier today, is a product review site for food. It contains nutritional information for 114,000 food products, and each one can… Read More

  • MySocial 24×7 Launches FriendFeed/ Twitter AIR App

    MySocial 24×7, a Friend Feed/ Twitter Firefox sidebar Michael wrote about in April has launched an Adobe AIR application. Like the Firefox sidebar, the AIR app allows users to filter the view by type of data, comment or bookmark any entry, and users can also reply via Twitter. The big selling point for the new app is an inbuilt movie/picture viewer, allowing users to view content without… Read More

  • T-Mobile Austria confirms 3G iPhone, 3 models in the works

    T-Mobile Austria made an announcement earlier today that they would soon be getting a UMTS version of the iPhone, putting them on a short list of countries to get the 3G version. The previous rumors of multiple iPhone models is being backed up by another article posted by derStandard. The translation is obviously lax, but what I’ve been able to glean is that an announcement will be made… Read More

  • Google Reader Gets More Social: Now With Notes

    Google has added support for Notes to Google Reader, allowing users to share notes or add notes to shared stories. The add a note feature is located in the “Your Stuff” menu at the top of the Google Reader sidebar. Tumblr style, the feature allows users to share with friends “whatever pops into your head (for better or for worse) by typing anything into the text box at the top… Read More

  • Sidekick LX getting A2DP

    I’m beginning to wonder whether or not I really want to switch back to the Sidekick after spending the last few months with the Curve. I can’t handle these tiny upgrades that should have been there to begin with. Nevertheless, Sidekick LX owners will be getting A2DP during the next OTA says Hiptop3. Read More

  • Urwerk's air-powered watch: Seriously, WTF

    I’m sad to report that uber-horology has jumped the shark. This example of a concept by Urwerk proves that watchmakers are basically putting slips of paper into a hat (“tourbillon,” “digital,” “goat-powered”) and picking out permutations to sell. In this case they picked a random number, say $200,000, and said their “wind-powered”… Read More

  • XNA Game Studio on the Zune could be sweet

    I’m hanging out at Microsoft with all the Zunatics here, and they’ve just made an interesting announcement regarding games on the Zune. If you’ll take a moment to look at your Zune, I think you’ll find there are, fact, no games at all. Well, they’re looking to change that – the guys here are creating a really robust game development suite that will have… Read More

  • Locking down laptops from the TSACustoms

    Thanks to the wisdom of Homeland Security and customs, travellers may now be asked to allow screeners access to your laptops when you fly. While this is pretty shitty for obvious reasons, CNET is offering some advice on how to stop the lads from finding all your homemade tentacle anime. 1. Before going on any international trip, back up all of your important and potentially… Read More

  • Allen & Co. Pitching LinkedIn At $1 Billion

    Allen & Co. Managing Director Dave Wehner is out pitching a LinkedIn venture capital round at a whopping $1 billion valuation, multiple sources say. This is a story we’ve been working on and isn’t fully baked yet, but VentureBeat started speculating about a potential buyout and so we’re going with what we have now. Wehner is one of the senior guys at Allen & Co. Read More

  • SI Teams With MIT Blackjack Ace to Make Facebook Apps

    You already know Jeff Ma’s story. He’s the guy who led a team of MIT students to fame and fortune by counting cards at some of Vegas’s biggest casinos (the movie 21 is based on him, as is the novel Bringing Down the House). Now, Ma’s company Citizen Sports has teamed up with Sports Illustrated to bring a set of feature-rich fantasy sports apps to Facebook that Ma… Read More

  • OH NOES! RoboCup not in China this year!

    RoboCup lovers better get on the phone with China Air because they canceled the RoboCup in July of this year and will be possibly changing the venue, although nothing is definite. They cited “Olympics related issues,” which I suspect is code for “chance of robocup participants waving flags saying ‘Free Tibet.'” Dear all, Due to the Olympic related issues, the… Read More

  • CrunchGear/TechCrunch Berlin Meet-up

    How’s this for some fun. We’re planning a CG/TC meet-up in Berlin to match the one we’re having in Prague and I’d like to get some tentative numbers for attendance. Head over to to Facebook or email john@crunchgear.com with the subject line “BERLIN ME” if you’re interested. We’d hold the event on Monday, June 9 at about 7pm at a location to… Read More

  • Sprint looking to rid itself of Nextel, DT waiting in the wings

    Oh boy. As if Sprint didn’t have enough on its plate. The WSJ is reporting that Sprint is looking to spin off or sell Nextel, which is a clear-cut sign that their $35 billion acquisition is a bona fide disaster. The Nextel network lost roughly 3.4 million subscribers from 2006 to 2007. Their current subscriber base is around 13.2 million, but those close to the matter believe that… Read More

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