• OLPC extends purchase program to the end of the year

    Whatever the reason — lackluster sales or a true "outpouring of support from the public," according to Nicholas Negroponte — the One Laptop Per Child project will be extending its Give One, Get One program until the end of the year. For $400, you can buy two OLPC machines. You get one, and a deserving child in a far away land gets one. I think it would make sense to just… Read More

  • A note on the rumored Blackjack recall

    Attention, Blackjack owners: If your favorite smartphone (the Blackjack, natch) has been experiencing odd dropped calls for no apparent reason, and you’ve been cursing up a storm to AT&T, your anger may be misguided. According to the nice people at Samsung, a few Blackjacks made from November 2006 to February 2007 might have a manufacturing glitch that hangs up when you don’t… Read More

  • Sprint hires Stacy London to help you choose a phone

    Can’t decide what phone to buy but want to base your purchasing decision solely on making sure that everyone else thinks you’re cool? Ask Sprint’s newest spokesperson, Stacy London, of TLC’s What Not To Wear and Fashionably Late. Is London a poor man’s Catherine Zeta Jones? Is she Sprint’s ultra belated answer to T-Mobile’s luscious ex-spokesbeauty? Read More

  • Intuit Acquires Homestead For $170 Million

    Intuit has signed a definitive agreement to purchase Web 1.0 survivor and website provider Homestead Technologies for $170 million. Menlo Park base Homestead launched in 1998 as a free web site host targeted at small businesses that competed with the then wildly popular Geocities. Intuit, best known as the creators of the Quicken financial software package said that the acquisition would allow… Read More

  • You have control

    Right now TechCrunch UK & Ireland (unlike the US site) does not have a community forum where you can air your thoughts in a more free-form manner. Like all blogs, I get to start the conversation and you get to talk back. At some point there’ll be more to do here, but until then I want to make sure I am getting you the news, reviews and – now and again – the gossip.
    In… Read More

  • Free startup advice and a career in reality TV awaits…

    Now here’s an interesting opportunity. One day in a December entrepreneur and former BBC Dragons Den judge Doug Richard (pictured) will be interviewing very young startups who have web companies that think they could go big. Very big. But don’t go whipping out your NDA. You’re going to be filmed, potentially for a new TV show. Doug emailed me to say: “I will be arranging… Read More

  • News Corp Gets Serious On Online Advertising: Fox Interactive Ad Network To Power Other Sites

    Fox Interactive Media (FIM), the online arm of News Corp has plans to become a full service online advertising agency that provides advertising to non-News Corp sites. FIM President Peter Levinsohn told the audience at the Reuters Media Summit today that the advertising network is already in discussion with other News Corp sites for ad sales and that an expansion outside News Corp could come… Read More

  • iPhone and iPod Touch's developers to verify identities with digital signatures

    We know that in the near future, we’ll have real, authentic, genuine third-party app support for iPhone and the iPod Touch. There’s no secret that I’m a fan of the hardware that Apple has developed, and I’m looking forward to the opening of the systems. And it’s looking like Apple will use an ID scheme to keep track of who’s writing what, to ensure quality… Read More

  • Wireless controller lets you Air Guitar Hero

    Cords getting in the way of your thrashing? Didn’t bother Van Halen, but what with the newfangledness these days of microphones, wireless pickups, and blue teeth, you don’t need to let the analog world impede on your digital fantasy. Wireless Guitar Hero III controllers will be available starting in early 2008 in “exclusive” Les Paul models – although I… Read More

  • Asteroids crashing into XBLA this Wednesday

    If you’re old enough to remember Asteroids and Asteroids Deluxe and your hands haven’t been crippled with tendinitis then get ready because they’re both coming to XBLA on November 28th at 5:00AM EST. Each will be available for download for the low low price of 400 MS Points. Read More

  • Social networking bug bites Xbox Live

    Babies don’t like you, d-bag. The Fall Dashboard Update holds a lot of hidden things we don’t know about, but we know for sure that on December 4th you’ll be able to view the friends lists of other XBL members from the Dashboard. Oh joy! Cyber stalking on Live. Now you can heckle the friends of the 12-year old girl who kicked your ass in Halo. Read More

  • The origin of Cyber Monday: Spend your money on industry-designated days!

    How are you celebrating CYBER MONDAY, the best fake holiday ever (aside from Earth Day)? By buying lots of things online hopefullylol!!! Two years ago, Shop.org invented the holiday in response to inflated sales numbers it saw on the Monday after Thanksgiving. People were at work, at their cubicles, thinking how much they love their family, but that they don’t love them enough to pay… Read More

  • CrunchDeals: Ultimate eBay Star Wars toy auction, on now!

    I had a pretty respectable Star Wars collection back in the day. I even had the original, hard-to-find B-Wing fighter. I’ll be you didn’t even know that existed (there’s one in this photo). But this guy, man, he’s some sort of collecting monster. The scope of his collection is as vast as the space opera itself. Remember the protagonist’s house in The 40 Year… Read More

  • Rumor: Pentax upgrading DSLRs early next year

    I was just getting used to my K100D Super and now I see rumors circulating that the K100D will soon be replaced with the K200D, which is rumored to up the feature set with the inclusion of: Read More

  • Facebook got drunk with ABC News over the weekend, posted pics, now there's a politics section

    Now banned in Syria, Facebook is getting into U.S. politics. Woooohoooo!. Facebook signed a deal with ABC News, apparently giving the site an air of credibility beyond the “look how drunk we got last night” crowd. Users will be able to follow off-air ABC reporters as they cover all the excitement of the campaign, from candidates dodging answers in Des Moines to professional… Read More

  • The Pirate Bay cancels its OiNK replacement, BOiNK, suggests you find other trackers

    First OiNK died, then came the replacements. Now one of those is gone, never having gotten of the ground. BOiNK, the Pirate Bay’s planned all-music BitTorrent tracker, has been cancelled. It seems TPB’s powers that be figured that there were enough OiNK replacements out there, so there was no real reason for yet another one. This leaves Waffles.fm and What.cd?, the former, I… Read More

  • TiVo in Canada, you hoser

    Oh hey. Ya, they got them TiVo in Canada now, you betcha. You can get a Series 2 dual-tuner DVR for $199 CAD or $10,223 USD, considering the exchange rate. You also got to get yourself a TiVo subscription, ya, and it’ll be available at Best Buy, The Brick, Ye Olde Maple and Moose Shoppes, Beer ‘n’ Pancakes ‘n’ DVRs, Bruce’s Hockey and Electronics Store, and… Read More

  • Microsoft Brings Social Networking Style Feature To The XBox 360

    An update due to be available to XBox 360 users December 4 will bring a social networking style feature to users of the XBox Live service. Xbox Live, for those not familiar with the service, is Microsoft’s online gaming service that allows users to play online games with friends and others. The service has always supported a friends list, but the new changes will now allow users to… Read More

  • iYule.tv: A Yule Log for your iPhone

    http://www.virb.com/external/video/31736/eAZn5K02o6f7NC1v83qYibi1kTh8E0FC Cali Lewis, gadgetress to the stars, is leading the charge to bring old fashioned fireplaces back to our phones, Xboxes, and PCs. That’s right, friends: Cali and Neil are selling an electronic Yule Log complete with calming music and HD flames. You can pop the file onto almost anything and they even sell a huge… Read More

  • You don't know what you're talking about, Scoble

    I try not to step on anyone’s toes in the gadget blogosphere, but I cannot sit idle after reading Scoble’s “Dear Jeff Bezos” post and the big boss man’s video review. I agree with some of Scoble’s points, but there are a few that just don’t make any sense or have any place in e-books. Maybe I’m wrong. There’s a possibility that… Read More

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