• Will The FTC Block Google's Acquisition Of DoubleClick?

    Scott Cleland, an analyst at the Washington, D.C. based telecom research group Prescursor has published a 35 page paper “Googleopoly: the Google-DoubleClick Anti-Competitive Case”. The paper argues that the US Federal Trade Commission will block Google’s $3.5 billion acquisition of DoubleClick on the basis that it will allow “Google to dominate online advertising… Read More

  • Redfin Takes $12 Million Series C Financing Amid Realtor War

    Seattle-based Redfin, a real estate website that allows users to bypass most of the fees associated with using real estate brokers, has closed a $12 million Series C round of financing. This is on top of the approximately $8 million they raised in their previous two rounds. The round was led by Draper Fisher Jurvetson. Previous investors Madrona Venture Group, Vulcan Capital, BEV Capital and… Read More

  • coComment Version 2: Free Invites For TechCrunch Readers

    A new version of coComment, the online conversation tracking platform is being prepared for launch. The new version includes a stronger emphasis on community and groups, moving away from strictly being a blog conversation tracking tool to one that in centered on topics, in a not dissimilar way to Tangler. coComment 2.0 expands its sharing capabilities, by providing the ability to join other… Read More

  • SunRocket Customers Fret Not, Vonage To The Rescue

    Vonage has come to the rescue to ensure those VoIP customers burned by SunRocket’s closure can retain their number by switching to Vonage and they’re doing it for free. If you choose to switch, which is probably a good idea because informing all your friends of your new number is a royal pain in the butt, then you get two months of free service. There’s a catch, right? You… Read More

  • ScreamingSports: All Your Fantasy Sports, One Place

    There’s only one other group online as obsessive about constant feeds of information aside from Silicon Valley’s power geeks, and that’s sports fans. Geeks have RSS, sports fans have SMS. Tech heads have podcasts to their highlight reels. Fans have even spurred the development of their own kind of virtual world, the $2 billion cottage fantasy sports industry. There are a host… Read More

  • RIM Officializes Wi-Fi Blackberry 8820

    RIM has made my dreams come true, hear that Danger, with the official announcement of the Wi-Fi enabled 8820. It’s also the thinnest Blackberry to date with built-in GPS, media player functionality via Roxio Media Manager, A2DP/AVRCP and a microSD/SDHC memory slot that can support up to 32GB. The 8820 can also tout itself as the first dual-mode BB that combines EDGE/GPRS/GSM and… Read More

  • London Gets Free Riverside Wi-Fi

    A stroll along the Thames in London will allow you see scenic sights such as the House of Parliament and the Tower of London, and now you can even check your e-mail and surf the Web for free. A new metropolitan Wi-Fi network has launched in London, and this includes the infrastructure from MeshHopper, which released a fee-based Thames Wi-Fi network last year. Free-hotpost.com has previously set… Read More

  • Electronic Arts Gets Moore

    Well, when the news broke that Peter Moore was leaving Microsoft, the official announcement just said he was “returning to Northern California.” Leave it to the rivals at Sony to spill the beans that Moore is heading to Electronic Arts. Sony issued this official statement from Jack Tretton, President and CEO, Sony Computer Entertainment America: “We wish Peter the best of… Read More

  • Fujitsu's New Super Skinny Waterproof Cell

    It’s the same story every time. You’re at a pool party in The Hamptons and you go to push some unsuspecting socialite into the pool only to hear, “No! I’ve got my cellphone in my pocket!” Pocketable electronics have done nothing but turn every person who hangs out poolside into Chief Nofun of the Idonwanna Tribe. Well if Fujitsu gets its way, that’s all about… Read More

  • CrunchRumor: 6G iPod to Join iPhone, Apple TV in Featuring YouTube Content?

    There is this lake, this salty lake, in Utah. We’re going to mine much of the formerly precious mineral to give you with this rumor, but it comes from a reliable and in-the-know friend of ours in the Apple chain of command, so we’re giving it the benefit of the doubt. We’ve heard rumors that were reiterated regarding new iPods next month. The rumors say these 6G iPods would… Read More

  • Microsoft is Less Moore

    The video game industry executive shake-up continues. Less than a week after E3 Peter Moore has resigned from Microsoft to return to Northern California. The former Sega head honcho has cited personal reasons and has “secured another opportunity in the video games industry.” Could this be a return to Sega, or possibly a move to Nintendo? Both scenarios seem unlikely, but… Read More

  • Sony NSC-GC1 Hits The Net

    Sony isn’t one to pass up on the latest tech fads, so they’ve released the, NSC-GC1, Net-sharing CAM that caters to social networking whores and video bloggers. The CAM shoots video in MPEG-4 and also takes snapshots at QVGA/15fps to VGA/30fps, while taking 5-megapixel still shots. The ‘sharemark’ tag instinctively uploads your videos and pics online. Holy crap! Read More

  • New iMacs in August, Maybe New iLife Too?

    ThinkSecret.com is reporting that, according to “reliable sources”, the new iMac should hit shelves on August 7th and will be ensconced in a brushed aluminum enclosure. The site is also toying with the idea that the new iLife suite might be released early to coincide with the new iMacs’ debut. General consensus up to this point has been that it would be released in… Read More

  • Kaiser Rolls to AT&T?

    Speaking of Germans and cellphones, today we learn that the HTC Kaiser is indeed coming to the US-and-A, courtesy of AT&T. Why the carrier is hogging all the high-end phones is anyone’s guess; we see them diluting their upper market with iPhone competitors as they try to cover every base, but whatevs. The QWERTY-sliding Windows Mobile 6 smarty should hit sometime next month, which… Read More

  • Wii Hacked to Play Homebrew Games

    Thanks to a newly-found flaw in the Flash Player that’s used on the Wii’s Internet Channel, hackers have finagled a way to allow regular people like you and me play homebrew games on the little white console. Aside from original homebrew titles that could be made available, the entire catalog of NES games could probably be made available as one downloadable package pretty… Read More

  • Apple's iPhone to Germany's T-Mobile

    If you live in Germany, want an iPhone, and are okay with T-Mobile, then this post is for you. Otherwise, enjoy some Steve Vai. Ok, now that the American’s aren’t reading, I can tell you that the iPhone is almost certainly coming to T-Mobile in Europe, and soon. Not just because Jobs was seen toting one around Berlin recently, but because some fool datamonkey accidentally pre-posted… Read More

  • iLike's Wonderful Facebook Problem

    I had a chance to visit music social network iLike’s Seattle offices yesterday to meet with co-founder Hadi Partovi. The first thing I noticed when I walked into the office was a flat panel display showing key real time stats for the company – see image to the right. I took a picture as Partovi looked on nervously. These stats haven’t previously been publicly disclosed, but… Read More

  • Older Video Game Commercials > Newer Video Game Commercials

    Now, friends, we’re playing with power. Who here remembers this old school Nintendo commercial, complete with R.O.B. and the real light gun, not this Zapper nonsense? I don’t, per se, because I was about 2-yeard-old at the time, but the point remains: video game commercials used to be so cheesily magnificent it’s a shame what they’ve become. Shall we? Read More

  • Loopt Service Coming To Sprint

    Loopt has announced their partnership with Sprint to bring the first social mapping service to the US of A. For those unfamiliar with Loopt you need only to look at Boost Mobile and their “Where you at?” campaign. It essentially keeps tabs on your friends in your Loopt network and shows you where they are via GPS. Helio has a similar service with Buddy Beacon. Sprint customers… Read More

  • Sprint Launches loopt, First Social Mapping Service

    Are your friends avoiding you? Are they really getting together without you? Well, Sprint probably didn’t have tracking in mind when they announced loopt, but this first-ever social mapping service on a major U.S. carrier will help you know if you’re being given the brush-off. More importantly it will help make sure you don’t miss your friends, as the service uses GPS… Read More

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