• CrunchDeals: Student discounts on Pentax equipment

    Pentax has announced the “Student Photography Program” to help budding photographers get the right equipment at a discounted rate. All you need to do to cash in on the savings is: Purchase the PENTAX equipment from an authorized PENTAX dealer between April 1, 2008 and June 30, 2008 Complete a PENTAX Student Program form Students must provide photography class enrollment… Read More

  • Video: Duck Hunt skit

    It’s a toss up between this and this. Which is better? Read More

  • Stanford Launches On-Campus Venture Fund, SSE Ventures

    Countless startups, such as Sun, Yahoo and Google (as well as newcomers like Meebo) were started at Stanford, or by Stanford graduates. Now Stanford wants to help its students by providing seed funding directly, and in the process will get a little equity in those new ideas, too. Stanford Student Enterprises, a Stanford student association with several hundred employees and $13 million in… Read More

  • Europe Is Searching For Its Silicon Valley

    Over the past few days at the Next Web conference in Amsterdam, I had the opportunity to hang out with about 700 Internet entrepreneurs from all over Europe. The startup scene in Europe reminds me of Silicon Valley four or five years ago—hungry startups building Web companies on the cheap and products that scratch a personal itch. Swedish startup Twingly, for instance, wants to come up… Read More

  • The Grid: Next-gen Internet 10,000 times faster than broadband

    And to think Hickey was impressed with that new Comcast package. Big yawn right there. Cern, where Web creator Tim Burners-Lee worked, has been working on an Internet replacement called The Grid that’s 10,000 times faster than broadband. I made a graph in Numbers to illustrate just how big 10,000 times is. It’s remarkable, really. Built entirely out of modern fiber optics and… Read More

  • Microsoft willing to get hostile with its Yahoo! takeover

    I love how other, unnamed blogs characterize Microsoft’s threat to pursue a hostile takeover of Yahoo! as “mean” or “oh man, they’re playing hardball now, watch out!” Like, if a company’s shareholders want a takeover to occur, but the board doesn’t, and the bid goes though, it’s a hostile takeover. That’s it. It’s not like… Read More

  • Dan Ackerman Greenberg Remixed

    One, if not the most controversial post ever published on TechCrunch was Dan Ackerman Greenberg’s The Secret Strategies Behind Many “Viral” Videos. A TechCrunch reader took this post and mixed it into his own viral video, as above. Great summary of the original post, and well put together…and yes, we took the viral bait as well :-) Read More

  • Joost To Undertake Major Restructure

    Joost is said to be preparing a “major retrenchment” of staff as part of a restructure that will see Joost abandon its global ambitions for the US only. According to the Sunday Times, Joost has struggled to convince media and sports companies to sell it global rights, which are usually offered on a country by country basis. The Times reports that Joost still has money in the bank… Read More

  • Possibly The Most Ridiculous DMCA Take Down Yet

    If you don’t like something on the Internet, it seems that sending a DMCA notice is a nearly sure-fire way to get it taken down. We’ve seen some people fight back against fake notices, particularly the EFF. In fact, I’ve criticized the EFF in the past for being overzealous in fighting DMCA notices. But in many cases, the EFF and other groups helping people defend against… Read More

  • Flying Pickle: Successful Community Blogging

    Hyperlocal blogging models have tried and failed in an attempt to bring blogging to a community level, but New Zealand enterprise Flying Pickle is proving that done right, small scale independent local news does have a future. Flying Pickle is a free community blog for Korokoro, Maungaraki and Normandale, 3 suburbs on the outskirts of Wellington, New Zealand with an approximate population of… Read More

  • Detroit would make 50 mpg cars were it not for increased costs, decreased speeds

    I don’t know about you, but on a nice Spring day in 2008, I don’t have time to read 1,500 words about damn near anything, least of all “why” Detroit (and, kinda, Japan) hasn’t yet developed cars that can do 50 mpg. But, in the interest of getting paid, I did read this Newsweek piece that offers reason after laboured reason as to why Detroit isn’t… Read More

  • Walt Mossberg says there's a 3G iPhone coming. In 60 days.

    http://blip.tv/scripts/flash/showplayer.swf?tabType3=none&tabUrl3=undefined&tabTitle3=undefined&tabType2=none&tabUrl2=undefined&tabTitle2=undefined&tabType1=none&tabUrl1=undefined&tabTitle1=undefined&enablejs=true&feedurl=http%3A%2F%2Fbeettv%2Eblip%2Etv%2Frss%2Fflash&file=http%3A%2F%2Fblip%2Etv%2Frss%2Fflash%2F801182&thumb=http%3A%2F%2Fpanther2%2Evideo%2Eblip%2Etv%2FPlesstv%2DFTCShouldStopVerizonFromCallingDSLBroadbandWaltMossberg532%2Epng&brandlink=http%3A%2F%2Fwww%2Ebeet%2Etv%2F&brandname=Beet%2ETV&showguidebutton=false&showplayerpath=http%3A%2F%2Fblip%2Etv%2Fscripts%2Fflash%2Fshowplayer%2Eswf Mossberg says that there will be a 3G iPhone in 60 days. So it’s coming. In 60 days. I guess we can all sell our old 2G phones on Craigslist now before the rest of the world hears the news. [via Giz&hellip… Read More

  • Quick Look: Wolf King gaming keyboard + CONTEST

    http://blip.tv/scripts/flash/showplayer.swf?enablejs=true&file=http%3A//blip.tv/rss/flash/805267&feedurl=http%3A//crunchgear.blip.tv/rss/&autostart=false&brandname=CrunchGear&brandlink=http%3A//crunchgear.blip.tv/ The Wolf King keyboard designed for FPS or RPG gamers. I’m a console boy myself so if you, in comments, can convince me you deserve to review this… Read More

  • Gentleman requests more Americans embrace mobile iPhone porn

    Some dude—it has to be a dude—wants Americans to embrace mobile pornography, specifically on the iPhone. The Europeans do it, the Asian do it, so why can’t we? Clearly this man is tackling the tough issues for us. I applaud his character. Read More

  • Microsoft (Pretends To) Force Yahoo's Hand

    April 5, 2008
    Board of Directors
    Yahoo! Inc.
    701 First Avenue
    Sunnyvale, CA 94089 Dear Members of the Board: It has now been more than two months since we made our proposal to acquire Yahoo! at a 62% premium to its closing price on January 31, 2008, the day prior to our announcement. Our goal in making such a generous offer was to create the basis for a speedy and ultimately friendly transaction. Read More

  • Lord British to take sexy GMT Seiko watch into space, perhaps even leather armor

    Richard Garriot AKA Lord British is taking a custom, space-proof Seiko Spring Drive watch into space when he heads for the International Space Station next year. The watch is air tight and weighs 92.5 grams. It has oversized buttons to tap when using huge space gloves, a 12 hour chronograph, and a GMT hand. Price is unannounced and only 100 will be made. It has a 53 mm body made of titanium… Read More

  • Trendy: Hating online applications because they're not powerful enough

    Not good enough~! How do you feel about online apps aka “cloud computing”? You know, Google Docs, Photoshop Express, Meebo, etc. Love them? Hate them? Couldn’t give a toss? Well one angry journalist, Paul Boutin, hates them… now! See, he used to be all about network-dependent apps, thinking, in his crazy youth spent at an MIT computer lab, that such applications… Read More

  • Pittsburghers and Columbusites: CrunchGear is coming home

    I’ll be in Pittsburgh until Wednesday of next week for RoboBusiness and a visit to the alma mater and then I’ll be Columbus, Ohio until the weekend. I’d love to meet CG readers in both locations. Drop me a line at john @ crunchgear dot com or leave a note after the jump. Read More

  • CrunchArcade: Quake 3 for iPhone

    Just after discovering Yeti3D I’m pleased to find that Quake 3 is now ported to the iPhone, completing the karmic circle that all handheld devices must follow. In the first incarnation, they must play Doom. Then they must play NES. Finally, they must play Quake 3. So it is written, so it shall be. Best of all? It uses the accelerometer instead of the insuckerometer AKA pressing… Read More

  • Firefox 3 vs. Safari 3: Fight

    Dude, seriously: don’t you wish browser wars were this cool? Daring Fireball wrote a nice comparison between FF3 and S3, finding Safari to be the better contender. He makes a few good points (I like FF3 better than Safari, but it might just be for ephemeral, weenie reasons like not wanting to use something new) but this sticks out: Tabs — Firefox 3 does let you drag to reorder… Read More

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