• Dateline Investigates iPod Thieves, Calls Them 'i-Jackers'

    NBC’s Dateline decided to stop catching predators for a moment to catch “i-Jackers,” or iPod thieves. I saw most of the program last night, after host Chris Hansen promoted it on O&A, and was absolutely shocked to see who the thieves were… The premise of the investigation was simple: a Dateline producer’s son had his iPod stolen, so this epidemic must be exposed. Read More

  • Don't Copy That Floppy: Pirate Gets Sentenced

    I was going to go on some huge Cory Doctorow-esque rant about how being arrested for piracy is a waste of resources for law enforcement, how the fines are rediculous, etc. Then I saw that this dude did CAMs of movies like ‘Cars’ and ‘Monster House’ and ‘Firewall’. Those are some terrible ass movies, so you know what, maybe it’s good he’s in jail. Read More

  • The Song Remains The Same: Zeppelin Coming To iTMS

    Ramble on! Been using other online music services lately? iTunes Music Store just not floating your boat? That’s OK. Apple sucks every once in awhile, but now there’s reason to come back to Jobs & Co’s beloved cash crop. Led Zeppelin will be releasing “Mothership”, the ultimate collection of tracks from everyone’s favorite stoner band. The hits will… Read More

  • SMS Forum Disbands

    This week the SMS Forum, a non-profit organization devoted to the developing and promoting SMS to benefit the wireless industry, announced it will be disbanding. The group will take down its Web site by the end of this year. Originally founded as the Short Message Peer to Peer Forum, the group changed to SMS Forum and had been going strong sine 2001. Since its founding, the SMS Forum… Read More

  • Daily HooQs Content Portal For Your Video Needs

    We’re following the beta launch of HooQs, which is a portal for all your video needs. The company has been partnering with various media companies for distribution of mobile video content. This includes Daily HooQ, which is a mobile opt-in service where users register with their topics of interest and get clips that are handpicked and proactively pushed to their device. HooQs has been in… Read More

  • Holes in iPhone Security Patched

    It seems that some Apple users like to point out that their rivals always seem to have security holes? So what do those Apple users have to say now? This week Apple Inc. issued a software patch for the newly released iPhone to address a few small security holes. This software update was released late Tuesday, and it addressed the security issues as well as few bugs. It also is meant to fix… Read More

  • Text in Translation

    The evolution of the digital world has lead to the use of acronyms such as LOL, K, and even BFF, but when your kid starts typing A/S/L, PRW, or MorF, you need to refer to a glossary for translation. FamilyEducation.com has provided A Parent’s Guide to Understanding Online Acronyms with just such a glossary. It applies to IM and sites like FaceBook as well as text messages sent and… Read More

  • People’s Liberation Army As Mobile Wallpaper

    We can only guess what Chairman Mao would think, but he’d probably not be amused. The Xinhau News Agency is reporting that subscribers to China Unicom don’t have to settle for butterflies and kittens for their mobile wallpaper. Instead, they can rely on images from the Korean War, while also being offered downloads that include clips of the Korean War and military anthems. This is… Read More

  • AOL Offers Customized Mobile

    Several search engines on the Web offer, or soon will offer, customized Web pages with widgets to tell you the time and weather, and pull up the latest headlines. AOL Mobile is giving personalized treatment to user homepages in an effort to increase its stickiness on handsets everywhere. Users can select preferences for the page to include hyperlinks, include images, optimize linked pages… Read More

  • In-Stat: Bluetooth Market Grows but at Slower Rate

    Bluetooth penetration into mobile handsets is still on the rise. That’s the word from a new report by research firm In-Stat. 2006 was a good year and 2007 will bring more success for the technology named after Danish King Harald Blåtand. But something is rotten, and not just in Denmark. The growth for Bluetooth products is also beginning to slow. “The Bluetooth silicon market… Read More

  • CBS Mobile Partners with Multiple Mobile Ad Companies

    One you can’t say about CBS is that that their mobile division only phoned it in when it came to working with a mobile ad company. Yesterday CBS Mobile announced partnerships – that’s plural as in multiple deals – with mobile ad companies AdMob, Millennial Media, Rhythm NewMedia and Third Screen Media in efforts to build a one-stop mobile advertising platform for its… Read More

  • EA Mobile… It's Not in the Money Game

    Electronic Arts released their second quarter 2007 revenues this week, and things were essentially flat from its mobile division. The Q2 numbers were flat at $33, which was the same as the same quarter last year, and down from Q1 of 2007, which had revenue of $36 million. Mobile gaming makes up about eight percent of EA’s total platform revenue. It wasn’t much better at rival… Read More

  • Spigit Lets Professional Show Their Stuff

    Last year MobileCrunch looked at IPSwap, which was focused on connecting consumers with software developers. The shop closed up in December, but now they’re back and in beta as spigit. The site has launched as a platform that provides professional with the ability to showcase new ideas and innovations and in the process build their professional network. The company hopes to have… Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Silver Screen Edition

    Cretors’ Popcorn Makers. Yup, We’ve Gone There.
    The Fat Person Detecting Chair: Sweet Justice
    The Nutcracker: Enough With The Juvenile Jokes
    Shakespearean Insult Gum: Bubblegum and Old Timey Insults
    Illuminate, Incapacitate Your Enemies For Under $30 Read More

  • Google Working On Super Double Secret Mobile Phone

    The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Google has been investing “hundreds of millions of dollars” in a cellphone project. Reports of a “Google phone” are not a particularly new revelation, but this latest report comes with some added details. The Journal reports that Google has made mobile phone mock-ups, courted carriers (T-Mobile, Verizon), and continued working… Read More

  • WebbAlert: A Lot Like Rocketboom, Except It's Interesting

    WebbAlert, a new daily (Monday – Thursday) video news show hosted by X-Play’s Morgan Webb, launches this morning at 2 am PST. The focus of the show will be the major breaking technology and gaming news of the day. Like Rocketboom, each show will be no more than 5 minutes long, for easy consumption. Unlike Rocketboom, I’ve been able to sit through a whole episode – the… Read More

  • NEWSFLASH: John C. Dvorak Negative About Something

    Crotchety old crapapple John C. Dvorak is predicting that the whole Web 2.0 isn’t going to last. Of course it’s not going to last, guy. Nothing lasts forever…even cold November rain. I tend to disagree that there’s going to be a “burst” of the Web 2.0 bubble. That word connotates something negative happening. I’d like to think of it as the period of… Read More

  • WaterField Launches Trio Of iPhone Cases

    WaterField, purveyor of gadget protection, has released a trio of iPhone cases to fulfill any and all protection needs. The Smart Case comes in three varieties to accommodate hipsters, so they can Slip it out of their pocket to show all the suckersladies. The tools business folk can have their super-cool belt Clip and those on the go can Flap them to their shoulder straps. The super thin… Read More

  • Personalize Your Site's Content With MineKey

    Personalization, where content is customized to every user, is a popular trend. It’s been adopted by a variety of websites, including search, news, and music. The overall argument behind the push for personalization is that more targeted content (and ads) will drive greater pageviews (and revenue). MineKey is a startup that makes adding personalization to any website simple through… Read More

  • AC/DC Snubs iTunes, Joins Verizon

    AC/DC announced today that they’ve given Jobs and iTunes the big FU and they’ve signed an exclusive deal with Verizon. It’s probably a good move for them, but we, the consumers, are getting the shaft on this one. Care for another reason to loathe Verizon? Unlike iTunes where you can purchase one single track or an entire album you have to purchase the entire album from… Read More

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