• ComCast to offer $2.95 for TiVo DVR, promises it will not firebomb customer's homes at random

    I found this here. I do not know what it is and I am very scared. Nobody likes cable companies, but now you have a reason to loathe Comcast a little less. New England Comcast customers can pay $2.95 a month to get the TiVo interface in their cable box in addition to the normal $16.94 a month charge for a DVR, ratcheting the cost up to about $19.89. This is a good move for Comcast because… Read More

  • Zopa To Launch In U.S.

    U.K.-based peer to peer lending startup Zopa is gearing up for their U.S. launch. Reports of the launch have been circulating for some time (WSJ), but now it seems only days away. The service will be available at us.zopa.com, but is currently under password protection. Zopa’s peer to peer lending service differs from U.S. rivals by working with credit unions to offer person-to-person… Read More

  • CrunchGear's Reviewing the Unknown Contest Update

    Entries are rolling in and you guys are GREAT at making up stuff about stuff. Take this one, for example: The teenage years are by far the best and easiest part of parenting. At the age of 16, teenagers are finally able to get a job like they have always wanted. By that age, they are very responsible with money and will offer to use it to help their parents pay down the mortgage rather than… Read More

  • Entire South Park collection online for free next year

    Realizing that putting past episodes of TV shows online may actually increase television viewership, MTV Networks has decided to "make every clip from every episode" of South Park available online. I’m not exactly sure why they didn’t just say "every episode" but I hope that’s what they mean. Anyway, it’s thought that other programs from MTV… Read More

  • Downloadable Nintendo DS content in Japan, a nice sandwich and glass of milk for rest of world

    I dig the DS. I have the original one and it looks like a brick but every once in a while I’ll whip out a little Castlevania, just for nostalgia’s sake. Now, however, the Japanese will be able to do even more with their DSes. We, on the other hand, can stroke them and pet them and hug them, but we won’t be able to download TV, books, and manga. The service, called… Read More

  • Pass the dutch, Sony

    http://www.gametrailers.com/remote_wrap.php?mid=28433 This one makes more sense than the others, but it’s still weird as feck. Whatever you’re smoking over there please feel free to send it my way. Read More

  • Top 10 Geeky babes

    What do we at CrunchGear love more than gadgets? Besides booze. Women. Hot women. Geeks disguised as hot women to be exact. It seems there’s a list of whose who in babelicous geekdom each year and we welcome that and we know you do to. Enough of the jibber jabber, right? I present to you this year’s top 10: hottest women in tech, according to Askmen.com. Read More

  • Sprint reportedly turns down $5 billion from investors

    The New York Times is reporting that Sprint has said thanks but no thanks to an offer from Providence Equity Partners and South Korea’s SK Telecom which would, in effect, replace Sprint’s management team and infuse $5 billion into the company. The deal would have also allowed SK Telecom and Sprint to "significantly cut costs by jointly purchasing handsets and examining… Read More

  • WSJ: Google to announce wireless spectrum bid today

    Google could announce its intention to bid on that sweet, unused spectrum as early as later today, according to the WSJ. We’ve all pretty much assumed Google was going to do so, especially in light of Android, but at least we now have a date. The auction is scheduled to take place on January 24 and the FCC imposed a December 3 deadline for companies to announce their intention to… Read More

  • VCs: What's Your Failure Rate?

    This morning, Fred Wilson of Union Square Ventures discloses to the world his failure rate as a venture capitalist of 17 years (20 percent over 32 investments, which is enviable in VC circles). He’s also had 11 deals (40 percent) with 5X+ returns, so it more than balances out. Wilson is more at ease talking to the world (through his blog) than most VCs. But all venture capitalists… Read More

  • Google Confirms Spectrum Bid

    It is now official. Google has confirmed earlier reports that it will bid in the upcoming wireless spectrum auctions. Already, it is toying with other prospective bidders, waiting until next Monday, the last possible day, to file its application with the FCC. In mid-December, the FCC will release its list of eligible bidders. The auction itself begins on January 24, and could continue… Read More

  • Google Testing OpenID With Blogger, May Offer OpenIDs To Users

    Google’s “Blogger in Draft” program that tests functionality for Google’s popular Blogger blogging platform has rolled out OpenID support for comments. The new service will allow anyone with an OpenID account, including LiveJournal and TypeKey services to log in and validate a comment on blogs running under the Blogger in Draft service. Google notes that the feature is… Read More

  • Daily Crunch: In the Box Edition

    I Love (TwistTogether) Lamp
    Tech toys are now kids toys, for better or worse
    50% of the world has a cellphone, so say the numbers
    Comics: You have died of Dysentery
    What’s Worse: Windows Vista or Paris Hilton? Read More

  • Congrats to BIMA winners, now can we have a cool tech awards please?

    Hearty congratulations to the winners of the annual awards for the British Interactive Media Association, otherwise known as the BIMAs. In summary, Channel 4 New Media won the “Grand Prix” for 4oD* (the On demand TV catchup service) while ad agency Publicis Dialog won two, and agency GT three. Channel 4 won for the “ingenuity and simplicity of this new interface.”… Read More

  • Crunch Network


    Comments are the greasy oil that keeps the blog machine running. Here are three great (and 100% unedited) comments recently posted by your fellow readers. On this very special edition of The Best Whatever, Whatever, we’ll be taking a look at three comments from one particular post concerning Paris Hilton and Windows Vista. I couldn’t pick just one, so please enjoy all three… Read More

  • Another $60 Million For Facebook

    When Facebook took a $240 million investment from Microsoft last month at a $15 billion valuation, they became, in theory, one of the most valuable Internet-only companies on the planet. But that valuation was tenuous at best. Microsoft and Facebook expanded their year-old advertising relationship as part of the deal. And Facebook was unable to get a third party to pony up cash to justify… Read More

  • Will IRSeeK Have A Chilling Effect on IRC Chat?

    New Israeli startup IRSeek is indexing public Internet Relay Chat (IRC) channels at the rate of 6 million conversations a day. 300 million conversations have now been indexed by the company. The most popular networks, including EFnet, DALnet, Freenode and QuakeNetUndernet, are all being monitored – IRSeeK is now “listening” to 2000+ channels across 10 networks. There are few… Read More

  • Google To Announce Wireless Spectrum Bid Friday

    The Wall Street Journal is quoting “people familiar with the matter” saying that Google will announce a bid for the 700 MHz wireless spectrum Friday. Google first expressed interesting in bidding in July, when it sent a letter to the FCC demanding that the new bandwidth have four requirements: open applications, open devices, open services and open networks. The FCC only adopted two… Read More

  • Google Reader Gets Recommendations, Drag-and-Drop

    Google has released two new features for its RSS reading product, Recommendations and Drag-and-Drop. The Discovery recommendation feature suggests new sites a user may wish to read based on current subscriptions and (interestingly) browsing history. Google has previously offered feed bundles based on subjects, but this is the first time it has offered customized recommendations in this… Read More

  • Update: Cellphones won't explode burning you and your family alive

    Remember yesterday we brought you news of a Korean man who owned an LG cellphone that exploded and killed him? Ok, it wasn’t the phone, it was something else. We’re still not sure what, but the degree to which he was injured wasn’t consistent with an exploding battery. So, you know, it’s okay to quit panicking. Your phone isn’t going to do you in. But something… Read More

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