• Zlio Secures $4 million In Series A Funding

    Social ecommerce site Zlio has secured $4 million in Series A funding in a round led by Mangrove Capital Partners. The announcement coincides with an important milestone for the Paris based company; Zlio has now reached 100.000 shops with 2.5 millions unique visitors per month. Zlio gives users the ability to create their own shops and sell goods from other ecommerce services. Users can… Read More

  • YouTube Has Killed the Hip Hop War


    Where have you gone? Guys like Eric B and Rakim, pre-G-Unit Mobb Deep and Nas before he decided to call it in made hip hop great. Part of the allure of hip hop culture was the constant bickering—beef—between MCs. One rapper would “start something” and the other would respond in kind, usually on some sort of thrown-together mixtape with a “dis track.”… Read More

  • Cowon iAudio 7 Shipping

    Looking for a decent alternative to the iPod? Give Cowon’s new iAudio 7 a look-see. It comes in either black with 4GB of storage or red with 8GB and has a supposed battery life of around 60 hours on a full charge. The iAudio 7 can handle multiple file formats too, including all the DRM’d Windows Media files as well as OGG, MP3, WAV, WMA, and XviD and MP4 video. If that stack of… Read More

  • Get A Little Bling At HotOrNot

    San Francisco based HotOrNot, a popular online dating site which has broken most of the de-facto rules of running a silicon valley startup, is shaking things up again. For the last several months they’ve been testing a new service called Hotlists, which lets users add a little brand bling to their profile and build out their identity through association. Co-founder James Hong writes… Read More

  • Tekken 6 Gameplay In The Wild

    Surely by now you’ve become extremely excited for Tekken 6 and are dying for some live gameplay vids. This video will quench that thirst. Check out the minor details in the game. Fluid motions, ultra-realistic water effects – this game looks hot. I can’t wait to score the PS3 version come later this year. Tekken 6 In The Wild [Kotaku] Read More

  • This Dog Robot Runs Linux: BJ

    The second robot story in as many hours. At least this robot has a name that’ll make 10-year-olds (and all of us here) giggle: BJ. Yes, BJ the robot sorta looks like Sony’s Aibo in that they’re both dog-shaped robots. But BJ here runs on Linux, giving it instant credibility with the Slashdot crowd and a HIND LEG up on the competition (ohmygod lol). Apparently it’s for… Read More

  • RoboCup: Robots Play Soccer, America Still Hates the Sport

    While real life soccer hooligans like me are content to watch the Copa America for their summertime football fix, several nerds thought it’d be a good idea to have robots play the beautiful game. Thus we have the RoboCup, a Georgia Tech-hosted festival of robots and the nerds who build (and love) them for the purpose of advancing the field of robotics. While soccer isn’t the only… Read More

  • Borders Going Mobile

    Big box bookseller Borders will be promoting its wares via mobile phone content, reports Marketing Week. Prior to the release of upcoming titles, Borders will send a chapter or two to customers who can check out the verbiage and then buy the book in-store for a discount. Borders plans to promote 30 titles each month in this fashion. Still unclear: Will the discount be applicable to their… Read More

  • Salon is Down With iPhone Mania

    http://images.salon.com/ent/video_dog/VideoDogPlayer.swf First Machinist and now this! Well, I think the Machinist is better, but whatevs. This video, hot on the tail of last month’s news, is kind of cute and actually more than a little annoying. Czech it out! Read More

  • Exclusive: iRiver Clix Rhapsody Review


    The second-generation iriver Clix is an impressive little device, but iriver followed in SanDisk’s footsteps and used its partnership with Rhapsody to create a pretty slick little end-to-end solution called the Clix Rhapsody. That means the Clix now comes with Rhapsody DNA firmware and works with the Windows-only Rhapsody software, which lets you transfer Rhapsody Channels and… Read More

  • EA Says Games Need to Innovate, Releases "Games Need to Innovate 2007," Soon to Launch "Games Need to Innovate 2008"


    “We’re boring people to death and making games that are harder and harder to play.” That’s what John Riccitiello, CEO of EA said to the WSJ. Sing it, Johnny. EA, the kings of launching boring and hard video games that try to cash in on franchises and crappy movies, has finally seen the light. His criticism is nothing new. Everyone from Peter Molyneux to the drunk… Read More

  • Java Could be Activated on iPhone

    This is some wishful thinking, really, but there is Java acceleration built into the Samsung S3C6400 processor which iPhonistas believe could possibly feasibly allow Java to run natively on the iPhone. Since Steve said that Java eats rotten goat tongues, don’t expect to see any Java any time soon, but it’s nice to know that we can, potentially, at some point in time, see Java… Read More

  • OpenDNS Honcho David Ulevitch Profiled in NYT


    Would you buy DNS from this man? Well, you don’t have to. We love us some OpenDNS. It’s useful — the new “short-cut” feature and pR0n blocking are great to keep us undistracted and working — its CEO, David Ulevitch, was a really cool guy. Plus the kid is only 25. Well, John “The Animal” Markoff wrote all about him and his company. It’s… Read More

  • Google Acquires Postini for $625 million

    Google has announced the acquisition of communications security and compliance company Postini for $625million. Postini offers a number of on-demand communications security and compliance solutions and serves more than 35,000 businesses and 10 million users worldwide. Postini’s services include message security, archiving, encryption, and policy enforcement tools which can be used to… Read More

  • No Free Phone Calls For You: Blyk Delayed


    Blyk is supposed to be some sort of Euro-only free cellphone service that depends on ads and interstials to offer free calls and texting to subscribers. As we all remember, this business model really works well — just look at eMachines, for gosh sakes — but that won’t stop fools from trying it. To that end, it turns out the the service is currently delayed and probably… Read More

  • CrunchGear Central European Meet-up: First Stop, Budapest

    I’ve been hinting at a CrunchGear reader meet-up somewhere in Central Europe and I’ve decided to hold the first one next week in Budapest. I have to confirm the date, time, and location, but I’m looking for Hungarian folks who might have something to show off or talk about to a group of cool, tech savvy readers and I’m also looking for sponsors and/or giveaways. If… Read More

  • Creative ZEN Stone Plus Shipping?

    Reader Rajiv sent in a note informing us that he spotted the ZEN Stone Plus — the Stone with the screen — on Amazon. It’s $69.99 and apparently they have it in stock, although it could be a glitch, especially because the Amazon says that it weighs “1 pounds.” Pounds, baby, pounds! Product Page Read More

  • Sprint Muziq by LG Review


    Creating a musicphone in this post-iPhone landscape is a difficult proposition. You used to get the obvious comparisons to the iPod and now you have to contend with what some folks are calling the “bestest iPod in the whole wide world and even in China! (TM)”. It’s enough to make a carrier cry. But Sprint knows that it has to keep releasing phones and it knows that it might… Read More

  • Riverside, CA Gets Muni Wi-Fi

    I’m not sure how many CrunchGear readers are based in Riverside, CA, but if you are then you’ll find a nice surprise in the morning if you’re in the downtown area, near Hunter Technology Park or Adams Auto Center. Riverside will be AT&T’s first foray into Wi-Fi wireless broadband Internet service for municipal and public use. The ad-supported free Wi-Fi currently… Read More

  • CrunchGear Week in Review: Really Lost Edition

    The Great Outdoors: A Bright, Scary Place
    Great Outdoors: In Car Diversions
    The $50 Paint Job For Your Vehicle
    The Reason For Owning A PS3: Turok 3
    Fox News Gets Out Of Line
    Great Outdoors: Bugz-B-Gone Read More

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