• Eurekster Gets $5.5 Million Series B for Social Search

    Eurekster, known for their Swicki community-driven search platform, has just announced $5.5 million in Series B funding. The round was led by Technology Venture Partners of Australia and Transcosmos Investments of Japan. Eurekster’s most popular product product, Swicki’s, are site specific search engines (we’ve included a swicki in our right sidebar for some time). This… Read More

  • Microsoft To Acquire TellMe, Part II

    On February 26 we reported that a TellMe acquisition by Microsoft was imminent. The WSJ has now reported (behind paywall) that the two companies are in merger talks, and that a deal may be signed this week. The price – “up to” $800 million. Microsoft Corp. is in acquisition talks with Tellme Networks Inc., a closely held company that makes Web-based voice technology, and… Read More

  • Recent CrunchBoard Jobs

    Recent Job Listings on CrunchBoard: Sales Manager, GoingOn Networks, Palo Alto, CA 94301 A Web 2.0 Programmer Guru that in a Jack of all Trades, John Galt Games, Austin, TX Operations / Sys Admin Engineer (contract), Edgeio, Palo Alto, CA 94301 Senior Scalability Engineer, Amie.st, New York, NY/ Long Island, New York, NY Senior .NET Developer, The Motley Fool, Alexandria, VA … Read More

  • Happy Birthday, Michael

    Our benefactor, Michael Arrington III, Esq., officially turns 73 today and we at CG all wish him a happy, healthy, and joyous birthday. Seriously, Mike, thanks for letting us all run wild over here and have loads of fun. The CG Team Read More

  • Help Key: How to Idiot-Proof Your Parents' Computer


    This is something that may be near and dear to your hearts: Mom and Dad are calling to ask about this porn pop-up phishing thing they just typed all their credit card info into. Or maybe Grandma wants to make a MySpace page. Regardless of the situation, you have some older folks in your life who probably have a computer. If you’re reading this, you’re good at computers. Read More

  • GameJew: Miyamoto and Me

    In this episode, GameJew goes on the hunt-down for Nintendo’s head whimsicality-inducer Miyamoto at GDC 2007. GameJew, don’t you know that Miyamoto is surrounded by cybernetic vat-grown ninjas? You could have been sliced to bits! GameJew Sings to Miyamoto [GameJew] Read More

  • Half-Life 2 via Jobs' Fever Dreams

    http://www.trendhure.com/wp-content/plugins/flvplayer.swf What if Apple designed Half-Life 2 instead of Valve? We’re guessing the adverts would look something like this. Love that beat. Half Life 2 vs iPod | Video [Trendhure.com via Digg] Read More

  • Breathe Easy with AirPod

    , which claims to be the greatest thing ever — but even Consumers Reports has warned against. Well, the truth is that clean air will actually help you feel better, and now there is actually a new a new purifier for your personal space that won’t have you choking in ozone. And despite the name this one has no iPod connection. But the Blueair AirPod uses the same filter technology as… Read More

  • I Debate Tim Bray on Venture Capital and Web 2.0 on March 19

    Sun has organized a really cool event at their Menlo Park offices on March 19 in the evening – a discussion between Sun’s Timothy Bray and me on venture capital and Web 2.0. Registration is free. Please come and cheer me on. Tim is smarter than two of me put together, so I need audience support. :-) Read More

  • Home Spray Tan


    There are numerous ways to get that “healthy” looking tan, including just laying out in the sun. But if you don’t have time for that, you can go out and get a spray on tan — but that also takes time and effort. So if you’re desperate for a year-round tan, you can do it yourself. And unlike those old-school do it yourself perms (which we’re better off not… Read More

  • Blue Screen Of Death In Your Car Part Deux

    The IOPS in car PC from SNT Korea will be making its debut at CeBIT in a few days. Windows XP will be running the show via touchscreen and the GPS will keep you from driving onto train tracks unless of course the blue screen of death appears — then you’re screwed. HSDPA keeps you connected and allows for CrunchGear updates at traffic stops. T-DMB lets you watch and record TV shows… Read More

  • Sonicum Speakers: Now With a Special Something

    PC speakers typically have no design aesthetic to speak of — box, woofer, tweeter, wires. NEXT! Sonicum’s soon to be released speakers at least have a personality. The 15-watt speakers, which should be available this May for around $120 (or for $80 if you buy ‘em before April 6), resemble a speaker icon when viewed from the side. Now, they’re just PC speakers, so… Read More

  • Insignia PMP Now With Bluetooth

    Insignia’s newest PMP is bursting at the screws with tons of features. The most notable is the addition of Bluetooth for compatibility with wireless headphones. If you like to watch video’s on your PMP then the 2.2-inch LCD should do the job quite nicely. If you’d rather listen to Opie and Anthony on the radio then I’m sure the 20 FM presets will suffice. The internal… Read More

  • Canon's PowerShot TX1: A True Hybrid Camera


    Along with the Sony Cybershot DSC-G1, Canon’s $499 PowerShot TX1 was one of the more innovative new compact models shown off at this year’s PMA convention. You’ve probably seen and read the details on this compact beauty that shoots high-def video (1,280×720) at 30fps and captures 7.1-megapixel stills through its 10X optical zoom lens that works whether you’re… Read More

  • SXSW 2007: Dan Rather Keynote


    We just got to Dan Rather’s SXSW keynote. I don’t know what specifically this will have that is tech related, but I’m live blogging it anyway. Read More

  • Samsung HD Photo Box Stores Your, Um, Photos


    We’re not sure about the usefulness of the Samsung HD Photo Box for average consumers, but photo/video enthusiasts that really love to look at their shots on a high-def display will probably want one. The Box connects to your HDTV via HDMI and contains a 250GB hard drive for image storage. The front of the unit features a 4-in-1 memory-card reader, a USB connector with PictBridge… Read More

  • Gorb: Taking Personal Reputation To A New Low

    Online reputation online is a fascinating area, partially because eBay, through their feedback score, is the only company to have reached scale. Startups like Rapleaf and iKarma are still young and struggling. Perhaps their flaw has been in taking the high road, and going out of their way to ensure that reputational feedback is being left by verified identities. New startup Gorb, which I… Read More

  • Balancing One-Wheeled Scooter

    This guy’s scooter is like the Segway in many ways, but you don’t look like a tool riding this contraption. Your speed is controlled by shifting forward or backward. Apparently it’s very intuitive to ride. Two 12V batteries power the 400W traction motor. An ADXRS300 Rate Gyro and ADXL202 dual axis accelerometer keep you on your feet so you don’t eat it in front of… Read More

  • Video of Our High Tech Military Might in Action

    Our brave men and women are fighting “over there” and they’re using some pretty advanced equipment to bring freedom to a desperate people. This video delivers eight glorious minutes of our bravest detailing the technology they use to spread democracy around the world. Lots of awesome explosions and guns in this one. My favorite is the eyepiece the soldiers use to check… Read More

  • Mundu IM V4: Mobile IM On the Cheap

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