• Giving Thanks Giveaway Winner

    Happy post-Turkey Day! Proporta makes cases and accessories for portable devices. They’ve been kind enough to offer a nice accessory package for one of our lucky readers and that lucky reader is Burt, late of Gmail way. Burt – check your email and spam box and drop us a line @ contest at crunchgear dot com. Again, thanks for entering and thanks to Proporta for hooking us… Read More

  • Forbes Video Interview With Digg CEO

    Michele Steele at Forbes Video Network interviewed Digg CEO Jay Adelson to discuss site usage and acquisition rumors. The video was posted on November 22, 2006. Steele asked Adelson about the size of the Digg audience (Digg has claimed 20 million uniques a month, v. 1.3 million that Comscore reports). He responded by saying that Digg sees about 1.5 million uniques per day when RSS readers… Read More

  • Helio Drift: Don't Call it a White Slider Phone from Samsung

    According to our special friends at Gizmodo, there are only ten white Drifts in all the land — but that doesn’t mean we and everyone else shouldn’t get a few as well. I’ve always been a MVNO-hater, but I really see the value in the Drift. This is a focused, software heavy phone with enough user-friendly features to be dangerous. Ignore all the MySpace claptrap… Read More

  • Wii Modded

    Here we see a young man hacking, nay, stealing from the makers of the Nintendo Wii. We cannot condone this behavior, but if anyone knows what they did to pull it off, please let us know. Read More

  • CrunchGear Spends Turkey Day with Treo 680

    With the exception of the Zune, few devices this holiday season have had as many rumors, conjecture, spy shots, leaked stats and hyperbole than the Palm Treo 680. What started out as a hand held known only as “Hollywood,” the 680 is today Cingular’s newest smartphone and Palm’s (and, some say, the industry’s) first attempt at making a full-featured smartphone… Read More

  • The Scoblizer is here in the UK

    Robert Scoble – author of the Naked Conversations – and now Podtech ScobleShow, is coming to the UK next week. He’ll be presenting at the Online Information 2006 conference with Adriana Cronin-Lukas. Robert says “I have my video camera and would love to meet up with anyone who has interesting technology to show me.” Robert and Hugh McLeod are also trying to organise… Read More

  • NW startup 2.0 in Manchester

    For the last few months I have been talking with Manoj Ranaweera and Ivan Pope of Snipperoo to create a series of entrepreneurial networking events outside of London. I am pleased to say that on Thursday night the first NW Startup 2.0 event took place in Manchester and over 30 people attended. I was going to write a post on this but one of my fellow speakers David Terrar of Twinfield and… Read More

  • ReelTime To Launch The Next Failed Movie Model

    Australia-based ReelTime.tv (not to be confused with Seattle-based ReelTime.com) will be launching a new movie download service this week called “RealTime DTO” (for download-to-own). The service, which is available to Australians only, is being called the first legal download service that allows DVD burning (which isn’t accurate – see below).

    James Bannan published… Read More

  • Boo.com Back in 2007, Maybe

    Boo.com, one of many poster-children for the dot-com boom of the nineties, has been threatening to re-launch for the last year or so. Mike Butcher at TechCrunch UK says that the site is now scheduled to debut in 2007, barring any further delays. Mike also gives some background on version 1.0 of Boo.com, which lasted all of six months: In 1999 Boo.com, a fashion retail site, burnt through… Read More

  • Interview with Trulia.com

    Here is an interview with Peter Flint, CEO Trulia.com which is a real-estate vertical search engine.
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  • Money Mondays: deadline today

    Today is the second week for our Money Mondays Showcase. As outlined before, here’s the format.
    a) It is not a live, real world event (yet)
    b) We will publish your URL, a handful of relevant sentences we have picked out of your submission (no more than 300 words please) and your contact email address.
    c) This initiative is mainly for very ‘early’ companies with either a beta or… Read More

  • Congress Allows Orgy Between T-Mo’s Zeta-Jones, Cingular’s Jack

    Those of you who use a GSM-based provider in the best goddamned country in the world (hint: U.S.A.) should rejoice, as Congress has ruled that it’s OK to get your cellphone unlocked so you can use it with a competing provider. Those of you with T-Mobile are probably yawning and going “Yeah yeah…T-Mobile has been letting us unlock our phones once every 90 days dude.”… Read More

  • LG Chocolate Becomes Red Licorice, Green Jello

    Damn LG, it must feel good to be a gangsta! After the success of LG’s popular Chocolate phone, it was released in white. Now, just in time for Christmas the holidays, comes the LG Chocolate in Red and Mint Green. The red looks decent but the green color is absolutely atrocious. All the features are exactly the same as the previous versions of the Chocolate, so don’t get your hopes… Read More

  • Benchmark invests $12.5m in Igglo

    Benchmark Europe has confirmed it has invested $12.5m in Finland-based Igglo.fi to expand into the UK. The move comes as a number of other ‘aggregator’ search sites for real estate start to ramp-up in the UK, in particular Nestoria, Zoomf, OnOneMap and Extate. Currently Extate is understood to be in funding negotiations with an unnamed VC. It recently enhanced its service… Read More

  • Battle Test: Trolltech Qtopia Greenphone


    Earlier this year, Trolltech announced it’d be releasing a cell phone to the public that would assist developers writing software for its Qtopia platform. Dubbed the “Greenphone,” this phone is more like a PDA that can make calls on the side. Equipped with Qtopia Phone Edition and running a Linux kernel at the base of everything, this is a powerful phone really marketed… Read More

  • Boo.com to relaunch

    Boo.com – a notorious dotcom bubble startup – is planning to relaunch. The confirmation has been made in Swedish media magazine “Komet” by Jonas Arnberg, who works for Handelns Utredningsinstitut (HUI), a respected retail research institute in Sweden. Arnberg told Komet that given that the internet shopping market had developed so much over the past couple of years, it… Read More

  • Sprint Gets Slim While We Get Fat

    After turkey, booze, and uncle Doug’s Prez Bush impressions, our favorite part of thnksgvng is by far the mammoth stack of Black Friday ads that accompany the daily paper of your choice. If you were eagle-eyed enough, you may have noticed some retailers offering a new phone from Sprint that might make you forget gluttony for a few moments. Sprint is billing it as the thinnest flip phone… Read More

  • The Six Biggest New Ideas In Chat

    Instant messaging has become a part of daily life on the web. I use several different services depending on what I want to do and who I want to talk to. AIM is great for keeping in touch with old friends, Meebo or eBuddy for signing on anywhere, and Skype for business interactions. I use these different services because of their strengths in certain key features. Companies like Meebo, … Read More

  • Crooks Nab $1.5m In Xbox 360s In The UK

    Nothing like a good ol’ heist in the UK just in time for the holidays. It appears that a couple of men have robbed a trailer with about $1.5 million in Xbox 360s somewhere in Staffordshire, UK. That just adds insult to injury after another trailer was robbed of about $500,000 in units earlier in the week. Not only did the robbers jack the truck, they beat the ass of the dude driving… Read More

  • Amazon Goes Down Right Before $100 360 Becomes Available

    So everybody and their Mother today was either heading to a relative’s house for Thanksgiving or sitting in front of a computer refreshing Amazon.com for that $100 Xbox 360 deal. Around 1:56pm (EST) today as I was refreshing, the site went down. After that, several friends and I had absolutely no luck trying to connect to the Amazon.com page. Then around 2:06pm, Blake told me his friend… Read More

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