• Toshiba eats 100 billion yen on HD DVD demise

    Toshiba has posted a profit of 250 billion yen, but it could have tacked on another 50 billion to that total had it not been for the demise of HD DVD. The company was already slated to post a 50 billion yen loss for the year, but the demise of its high-def format means production lines changes and other augmentations, which will amount to a 100 billion yen ($1 billion US) loss. I’m… Read More

  • Microsoft not looking to add Blu-ray to Xbox 360

    Microsoft says a lot of things, the most recent being that “Xbox is not currently in talks with Sony or the Blu-ray Association to integrate Blu-ray into the Xbox experience,” according to Xbox 360 product manager Aaron Greenberg. He then went on to say, “We’re the only console offering digital distribution of entertainment content.” So that leaves us with the… Read More

  • Nokia Claims Qualcomm Patents Paid in Full

    Court papers filed by Nokia claim Nokia has paid Qualcomm around $1 billion over 15 years to gain access to the chip maker’s early mobile technology patents. The papers, filed in a Delaware court, say the patents are now paid up and royalty-free, according to the terms of 1992 and 2001 agreements with Qualcomm. A technology license pact expired on April 9, 2007, and the two companies… Read More

  • Yahoo Embraces The Semantic Web – Expect The Internet To Organize Itself In A Hurry

    Yahoo’s embrace of all things open continues today – expect an announcement in an hour or so that they are expanding their Open Search Platform that we wrote about last month. In that previous announcement, Yahoo talked about their plans to allow third parties to alter and enhance search results with structured data that may be useful to users. Today, they’ll give more details… Read More

  • AOL Buys Bebo For $850 Million

    I’m not going to say that we told you so, but we told you so. AOL has acquired social networking site Bebo for $850 million in cash. AOL CEO Randy Falco (left in picture) sent an email to all AOL employees this morning. Allen Stern’s press call notes are here. This is an acquisition we called last month (when I’m told they first signed a term sheet), although frankly the… Read More

  • ShareThis Raises $15M: A Lot of Dough for One Widget

    ShareThis, a startup that provides a single widget with the same name, has raised $15M in a Series B round led by Draper Fisher Jurvetson. That brings the company’s total financing up to $21M after a Series A round in 2007. The ShareThis widget is akin to the AddThis bookmarking widget we use here on TechCrunch at the bottom of each post. Readers can use it to share posts with others… Read More

  • Apple’s iPhone SDK Downloaded 100,000 Times

    Software developers have downloaded the iPhone software development kit (SDK) 100,000 times since it was made available last week. “Developer reaction to the iPhone SDK has been incredible,” said Philp Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of worldwide product marketing. Schiller said a million people watched the video of last week’s SDK launch, which demonstrates… Read More

  • Happy Birthday, Mike

    Today is Michael Arrington’s birthday. Our good friend, and awesome Web 2.0 blogger, Orli Yakuel made the above video for him, using Animoto (see yesterday’s post). Happy Birthday, Mike. You can go to sleep now. Read More

  • Benchmark and Benioff Put $6.5 Million Into Zuora to Create a Salesforce for Online Billing

    When Tien Tzuo was the chief strategy officer at Salesforce.com, he sat in on a pitch to CEO Marc Benioff for an on-demand software tool startup looking for funding. Benioff was lukewarm to the idea. “If there was one thing you would want to outsource, what would it be?” asked one of the pitching executives. Benioff and Tzuo looked at each other and told the supplicants that… Read More

  • Hi5 Gets Ready to Take OpenSocial Global

    OpenSocial is gaining some steam. In addition to Yahoo deciding to join the effort, hi5 is going to actually launch its developer platform based on OpenSocial on March 31. The big draw for developers will be to expand their reach globally. Hi5 is the third-largest social network in the world with 38 million unique monthly visitors. While both MySpace and Facebook each boast more than… Read More

  • iPhone 2.0 "sneak peek"

    There has been a lot of talk about the new iPhone firmware and its enterprise capabilities. Well, the iPhoneDevTeam has cracked the 2.0 (actually 1.2) firmware and created a version of the firmware that works with any GSM SIM card without difficult incantations and installations. The firmware isn’t out yet — they’re sitting on it until the final version comes out — but… Read More

  • Mullenweg Steps Up Automattic, SixApart War of Words

    Automattic founder Matt Mullenweg has escalated the war of words against competitor SixApart with a new post that further attacks SixApart following a Twitter exchange Tuesday. Some highlights from the post: Could you build Typepad or Vox with Movable Type? Probably not, especially since people with more than a few blogs or posts say it grinds to a halt, as Metblogs found before they switched… Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Between a Trap and a Pokeball

    16:9 LCD monitors from Taiwan, with love
    MIT powers up in celebration of Smash Bros. release
    DIY: Electronic Post-It
    69 uses for Duct Tape
    The perfect gift for the budding Entomologist Read More

  • Google Enters The Ad Management Game

    Google has soft launched Google Ad Manager, an ad tool that allows publishers to manage ad placement on their sites. The service primarily competes with OpenX (previously PHPAds then OpenAds). Users add their ad codes to Google Ad Manager then include the Ad Manager generated code on their sites. The service then tracks the page views and CTR on each ad unit, complete with statistics and… Read More

  • The Future Of Voice May Be Voiceless

    The above video is a little rough in terms of processing delay, but it’s staggering. Voice without voice. According to New Scientist, the neckband translates thought into speech by picking up nerve signals; “with careful training a person can send nerve signals to their vocal cords without making a sound. These signals are picked up by the neckband and relayed wirelessly to a… Read More

  • Global Or Die: Is There A Future For Local Startups?

    My friend Loic Le Meur wants to convince startups to avoid the lure of focusing only on local markets. He asked to write the guest post below, which I think is worthy of debate. Loic recently moved to San Fransisco with his family to build and launch his new startup, Seesmic (I’m a small investor in Seesmic). For more from Loic, see his Ten Rules For Startup Success, which created quite… Read More

  • Could Spitzer Scandal Take Skype Video Mainstream?

    While Eliot Spitzer’s predilection for hookers (sorry, high priced call-girls) has made headlines worldwide, video over Skype may end up as a beneficiary. Marked as a first for national TV, CNN used Skype Video to conduct a live interview Monday. According to Reuters, CNN interviewed Jeffrey Toobin, who went to Harvard Law School with Spitzer, via Skype from Maui. The report says that… Read More

  • Disney: $122.8 Million Reasons To Sell On iTunes

    Disney CEO Bob Iger told the audience at the Digital Hollywood Media Summit today that that Disney has sold 4 million movies and 40 to 50 million videos through iTunes since signing up in 2006. Peter Kafka at Silicon Alley Insider estimates that this equates to $122.8 million for Disney from Apple, then writes: In other words, a little less than 10% of the $1 billion digital revenue goal Iger… Read More

  • WeGame's 19 Year Old Founder Raises $3 million Financing

    San Francisco based WeGame, a “YouTube for gamers” (although it is much more than that) seems to be off to a solid start. Since launching last month, founder Jared Kim says 7,000 videos have been uploaded to the site, and 13% of users are uploading videos. The other 87% are there to watch game videos like this one from Guitar… Read More

  • With HD DVD vanquished, Blu-Ray player prices inflate

    Let the chiseling begin! I think we all saw this coming: now that Blu-Ray has no competition, the distributors can raise prices back to what they probably should have been in the first place. As you can see in the chart above (courtesy of/shamelessly stolen from Tom’s Hardware), every company but LG has raised the average price of their player by $75-100 from what it cost at or near… Read More

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