• iBrick Latest: Free Unlock Now Available

    Good news for those looking for a free solution to unlock an iPhone with the latest firmware version 1.1.1: help has arrived. The latest version of AnySIM now unlocks iPhone’s. More at CrunchGear here. In the mean time though there are other practical uses for a bricked iPhone, as the video above demonstrates. Namaste to regular TechCrunch commenter Fake Steve Ballmer for the video. Read More

  • Next New Networks Acquires BarelyPolitical.com

    Micro television network provider Next New Networks has acquired BarelyPolitical.com, the site behind the Obama Girl video. This acquisition is Next New Networks’ first foray into politics, and BarelyPolitical will now be served along side Next New Network’s existing content including Channel Frederator. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Whilst the Obama Girl video series (there… Read More

  • Blurb launches crowd-sourced books

    Blurb, a self-publishing startup which specialises in illustrated books, is launching a new service to enable people to collaboratively create books. The new service is called Community Books and will initially launch in beta with photo sharing, which is Blurb’s most requested community-bookmaking feature. With a print and fulfilment operation now in the Netherlands, you’ll also… Read More

  • Ezmo: Another Online Music Application Nibbling At iTunes

    We’ve come a long way since the record industry sued MP3.com in 2000. Listening to copies of your digital music online is quickly becoming commonplace and Norway’s Ezmo is another web application helping push the trend. Ezmo, like Anywhere.FM, is a clone of iTunes on the web that just came to the United States. Their Flash based player lets you upload your music to the web, organize… Read More

  • MadeIt Leverages Social Networking to Take On Evite

    Let’s say you want to plan a party or some other get together. You have no shortage of options as to how you can get the word out to your guests. Your most reliable solution is probably just to spam your friends via email. But if you want to create a standing destination for your guests to get more involved with the event ahead of time, you’ll need to set up an website-based… Read More

  • Apple picks Orange in France


    Told vous so. Press release Read More

  • Asus's eee PCs get names, specs, real

    When the lines between UMPC and laptop get blurred, we get confused, angry, agitated, and aroused. It’s an odd reaction mixture, sure, but our shrink says it’s natural. That’s what we’re feeling now on news that Asus’s eee PC line has new models and a new naming scheme. Ok, not the most earthshattering news, but those who’ve been anticipating these… Read More

  • Will DRM-free music lead to DRM-free games?

    GigaOM asks: is this Radiohead experiment going to change how things work, or is it a symptom of things changing? It’s not a philosophical question: something’s going on, as it’s been incredibly successful and shown that it can be done. But the real question is: can this lesson be applied to video games? In Rainbows, coupled with iTunes dropping DRM-free music down to $.99… Read More

  • Do you have what it takes to be…

    a Cyber Soldier? The kids and even some adults (those over 21, though, they’re still punk kids) are obsessed with Starcraft. I don’t understand it. Walk into any PC cafe/room whatever you want to call it and everyone is playing that damn game. They should be out trying to score with chicks or something fun. Not sitting in front of a monitor for 10+ hours and dying from exhaustion. Read More

  • Hell on Earth: Seoul's E-mart

    I can’t really understand anyone’s fascination with the E-mart in Yongsan. It’s not like you’re going to find super cool gadgets or anything. The reason this place is so famous is because of the sheer volume of crap that’s available for purchase. It’s just a bunch of counters crammed together with the brightest fluorescent lights known to man. Read More

  • Private BuyOut Of Ancestry.com For $300+ Million

    Spectrum Equity Investors has led a $300 million investment to acquire a majority interest in Provo Utah-based The Generations Network (the parent company of Ancestry.com, MyFamily.com and other sites) according to a source with knowledge of the deal. The Generations Network competes with a number of new Internet startups that we’ve recently covered. Its Ancestry.com site competes with… Read More

  • iPhone SDK at MacWorld will make us all happier than we've ever been

    If the LX hadn’t come along I’d still be fondling my iPhone with a manic intensity. But after updating to 1.1.1 and fearing for my life and my $400, I was almost about to relegate the phone to the drawer of failed cellphones. I liked my third-party apps. I really did. Well, it seems that the iPhone will have an SDK and it will be fabulous. Tentantively expected at… Read More

  • Sean Captain's photoset of Nakano Broadway: Naked dolls FTW, NSFW


    Japanese graduation caps Those Japanese! Always up to something. If they’re not texting on their superphones or inventing the Walkman, they’re watching women ejaculate rubber phalli and collecting naked schoolgirl dolls giving each other Gyno 101 exams. Witness the glory of Nakano Broadway, the new Akihabara or Electronic Town. Akihabara is kind of cashed — nothing there… Read More

  • CircleLending Becomes Virgin Money USA; Gets Makeover and Millions in Funding

    Peer-to-peer lending service CircleLending has been taken under the wings of Richard Branson’s Virgin empire and rebranded as Virgin Money USA. Virgin’s US investment firm recently bought a majority stake in the Waltham, Massachusetts company, which acts as an online middleman for friends and family who want to loan each other money. The exact amount of money invested by Virgin has… Read More

  • Skype Equips MySpace Users to Make Free Calls

    Starting in November, MySpace’s 110 million active users will be able to make free calls using Skype-enabled version of MySpace’s instant messaging client, MySpaceIM. This marks the first time that Skype has allowed its technology to be integrated into a 3rd-party application, thereby disassociating the Skype service from the Skype client. Skype has provided a developer… Read More

  • Tales from the Crunchboard

    Here are a few jobs I picked out from our newly-launched Crunchboard jobs board which look kind’ve interesting. Jobs are often an indication of where things are heading in any market… Blast is the BBC’s new ‘social learning network’, aimed at 13-19 year olds to ‘get creative and turn their ideas into reality.’ Looks like an interesting role there for… Read More

  • A friend helps out when times are tough, or when Xbox 360s expire

    A real friend is someone who’s there in a time of need. If you have someone close to you that has an Earth-shattering loss, like that of their beloved Xbox 360, it is your job, as a friend, to cheer them up. This greeting card from bsangel can help. After that, you should offer sexual favors and vodka. Those are red crystals representing the dreaded Red Ring of Death many (many, many… Read More

  • Transformers comes to DVD today

    Just a reminder, friends, that the greatest movie of the year comes to DVD today. And HD-DVD, if you’re into that, which I’m not. I will be reviewing the 2-disk set tomorrow, if I’m not dead from excitement. Previously, on CrunchGear Read More

  • T-Mobile, Treo get popped by iPhone sales


    Ceci n’est pas un iPhone According to NPD, current iPhone owners are three times more likely to have owned a Sidekick — after you see the LX you’ll probably just go back to the Sidekick, BTW — and that T-Mobile was the hardest hit during the initial wave of defections. When it comes to carrier switching, Alltel and T-Mobile took the biggest hit from Apple and… Read More

  • Signs of Life at Yahoo

    Yahoo’s third quarter earnings came in this afternoon above Wall Street’s estimates ($0.11 per share versus the expected $0.08), but its net income of $151.3 million (on revenues of $1.8 billion) was still down five percent from last year. The biggest sign of life, though, is that its Panama ad-serving technology is finally starting to kick in, with revenues per search up an… Read More

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