• Big Round For Aggregate Knowledge

    As previously rumored, Aggregate Knowledge closed a second round of financing earlier this year – $20 million to add to their previous $5 million round from Kleiner Perkins and First Round Capital. DAG Ventures led this new round, and Kleiner also participated. The company works with content and ecommerce sites to provide personalized recommendations to page views and/or sales. The word… Read More

  • Five Ways to Mark Up the Web

    In 1999, Eng-Sion Tan and two friends launched Third Voice, a browser plugin that would let anyone make annotations on webpages. The intent was to encourage freer speech on the internet, but many slammed it as “Web Graffiti.” The company eventually shut down. The idea of web page annotation didn’t die with Third Voice, though. New services, each with unique features… Read More

  • The Great Skype Contest of 2007, Day 2


    Hey, kids! Did you find the secret word? Did we “project” it enough for you? Are you “watching” for it? Not sure what I’m talking about? Click here or just read on. Read More

  • Netvibes San Francisco Party: TechCrunch Readers Get Last 50 Invites

    Netvibes is throwing a party for 600 of their closest friends to celebrate the upcoming release of “Netvibes Universe” (look for our post on it soon). The party is free to attend, but you have to RSVP. Netvibes founder Tariq Krim agreed to give the last fifty invitations away to TechCrunch readers. If you’d like to attend, RSVP now at eco.netvibes.com/sfparty/. After the 50… Read More

  • iRobot Plunges Into the Depths (of Your Backyard Pool)

    The crew at iRobot continues to broach into new territories for its household robotics. Now these little automated pool cleaners aren’t anything groundbreaking (we had one way back in the early 90s), but perhaps iRobot manages to do it better, though I can’t envision how. Anyway, the iRobot Verro (that means “sweep” in Latin for those of you who took a useful… Read More

  • Nokia N95 Hands On

    http://s86.photobucket.com/remix/player.swf?videoURL=http://vid86.photobucket.com/albums/k90/crunchgear/April%202007/266b1f22.pbr&hostname=stream86.photobucket.com Nokia, Nokia, Nokia. What are we going to do with you? You’re selling a $749 smartphone without a keypad and a pokey, unintuitive OS with no compelling out-of-the-box functionality. But, despite its definite drawbacks… Read More

  • History of Spy-Cam Watches

    Watchismo has a great and expansive feature covering the history of spy-cam watches. Most of these things are pretty hilarious. Not inconspicuous in the slightest. The favorite here is probably the Tessina. It’s a rather large watch that features a concealed trap door for the lens. What’s notable is that it still uses standard 35mm film despite being the size of a 16mm camera. It… Read More

  • Hot: Palm Develops Palm-OS/Linux Mash-Up Platform In-House; New Devices On Horizon

    . But today Palm has dropped a bomb many have been hoping for but not many expected to actually fall; that it has abandoned the ACCESS Linux Platform and will be engineering its own non-licensed Linux-based OS. Read More

  • Watch Your Network Play Space Invaders

    NetQoS has a little something to bring video game-style drama to the hum drum task of monitoring your system traffic. Their program, Netcosm monitors the traffic flowing across your routers and remasters that data into entertaining clashes of good and evil data packets like the one you see above. The only question is whether your system admin with find it more entertaining to see your system… Read More

  • Mobio Mobile Mashups Go Beta

    Mobio, which we’ve covered previously, is launching the public beta of its mobile application platform today. They’re pitching themselves as a “lifestyle platform” to consumers, where you can access all kinds of data on the go, such as restaurants, weather, and flight schedules. However, to developers, Mobio is a mashup platform, enabling developers to weave together… Read More

  • Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 1080 Hands On

    Epson, one of the big boys in the projector business, loaned me the PowerLite Home Cinema 1080 for a test drive. The Home Cinema is the first 1080p, three-LCD projector priced less than $3,000 ($2,999). That price, in itself is a big deal considering that just three years ago you would be paying more than $30,000 for a 1080p projector. Besides the price, Epson didn’t cut any corners on… Read More

  • Palm Takes A Turn Toward Linux


    Ed Colligan, in his Investor Day keynote today, announced Palm is releasing a new operating system later this year. As you can see by the nifty chart everyone is publishing (above), Palm is not moving toward windows, but turning on its blinker and making a right lane merge with Linux. More technically speaking, it will “combine aspects of Palm OS Garnet and a Linux core” as Palm… Read More

  • Viacom Snubs Google Again, Partners With Yahoo On Search Advertising

    Viacom hasn’t been gentle with Google this year. In February they slammed Google/YouTube with a massive DMCA take down demand (and an equally massive press outreach). A month later they sued Google for a billion dollars. Between those two events they signed a content deal with Joost, a YouTube competitor in the professional content space. All of this seems to stem from the fact that… Read More

  • DiscEraser: One Swipe For Total CD/DVD Data Destruction


    I recently had to destroy 200 CDs due to a mistake from a reproduction company and a file mix up. I ended up throwing the discs through a home shredder, which not only took forever, but is bad for the environment. (Doubly so, since my local recycler wouldn’t take the shredded bits, just whole discs and the dye used on the discs is a contaminant.) If only I had had the $12.99… Read More

  • SlingMedia Conjures Up Way To Stream PC iTunes Content To Your Cellphone

    In the near future you’ll be able to stream all of your iTunes content to your cellphone. Whaaaaat? SlingBox, maker of SlingPlayer, says it’s working on software that’ll work with Apple TV, letting users stream content from their PC, to their Apple TV and finally to their cellphone. (Provided the cellphone works with SlingPlayer—right now, limited to phones running… Read More

  • Bell & Ross Blue BR01

    The Basel show is going on this week — it’s a big watch show in Switzerland where the pashahs and Captains of Industry send their buyers to pick up a few $100,000 trinkets. One stand-out item is this updated Bell & Ross BR01 Instrument Series watch. It’s an automatic timepiece with a honking big case and blue luminous hands. If you have to ask how much it costs, you… Read More

  • Guitar Hero Publisher Confirms Upcoming Wii Version?

    Is Guitar Hero 3 headed to the Nintendo Wii? It very well may be, if you believe the publisher’s Web site. (And why shouldn’t you?) A posting in the site’s Knowledgebase section says it all: “Guitar Hero 3 for the Playstation 2, PS3, Xbox 360 and Wii are currently scheduled for release in the United States in Fall of 2007.” Well hot damn, Guitar Hero for the Wii. Read More

  • Patent Monkey: Olympus Wearable Displays for Real Life Gaming

    Olympus has consistently launched pretty hot concepts and has kept their innovation track strong with 76 patents so far in 2007. Would getting into digital display eye wear be that much of a stretch from their experience in digital cameras? Well, they have been thinking about it. Actually, Olympus hasn’t been the only ones dabbling in this nascent area. Read More

  • Clipmarks Enhances Its Search Abilities

    , I started using the free browser plug-in — which at its most basic function lets you clip and save the words and pictures you want from a Web page, instead of having to bookmark an entire page — to shop for tech products and write stories about said products. However, there was one feature that would have made my job much easier: search. What’s the point of clipping and… Read More

  • Other World Computing's 160GB 7200 RPM Portable Hard Drive: Fastest One Out There

    The fellers over at Other World Computing can now boast about having the world’s fastest, high-capacity portable hard drive, a 160GB palm-sized delight. The $280 Mercury On-The-Go hard drive runs at 7200 RPM and uses either a USB 2.0 or FireWire 800/400 interface. (The 200GB hard drive is only 4200 RPM.) Not only that, but OWC bundles copies of backup software with the hard drive. And let… Read More

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