• Zolve: A Social Network for Real Estate Agents

    Like many entrepreneurs, Brian Wilson began his tech startup in a garage. Unlike most others, however, his garage was an army depot in Baghdad. There he dreamed up and created Zolve—a social network for real-estate brokers designed to let them swap referrals. The site he built in Baghdad is self-funded, and was coded over the past ten months by an engineering team in India. Read More

  • Extended trailer for Bender's Big Score

    I never knew Nibbler could speak. Read More

  • Supersize Wi-Fi with your McDonald's burger?

    Suddenly Britain seems awash with WiFi. McDonald’s is to now offer free WiFi to customers in 1,200 of its UK outlets, in an attempt to lure customers away from rival food chains and coffee shops like Starbucks. In theory their free offer could save someone £260 a year, if they used paid-for WiFi for an hour a week (says McDonald’s). The Cloud will provide the network, which is… Read More

  • Sprint and Vonage settle for $80 million

    A couple of weeks ago, we reported that Sprint ordered Vonage to cough up almost $70 million plus 5 percent of future revenue for patent infringement damages. Today the fiasco has been settled for $80 million, straight up and Sprint has agreed to license Vonage some of its VOIP technology in return. For a company like Vonage that’s been hemmoraging money due to legal… Read More

  • DonorsChoose Doing Well, But Fred Wilson Needs To Be Stopped

    By all accounts the DonorsChoose blogger challenge is doing extremely well – it took them just six days to reach $130,000 in donations, which will provide nearly 10,000 students from low income families with books, art supplies, technology, and other resources they need to learn. Donations thus far coming through TechCrunch have put us in second place in the Technology group. Now… Read More

  • Hands-On with the Red One

    I’m a lucky guy. As a technology journalist, Seattle is a great place to be. I get easy access to T-Mobile and Microsoft, among others. And due to the creative community in the area, there are always fun things to run into, like this Red One camera I caught up with last night on Capitol Hill. Read More

  • We get it: you want to be able to hack your iPhone

    How many times will this rant be ranted? “Apple should let its customers do whatever the hell they want with their iPhone. It’s none of Apple’s business whether or not I add third-party apps or use it on T-Mobile. The phone is mineeee!” Yeah, well, when Apple specifically tells you that such updates invalidate your warranty and may (read: will) conflict with future… Read More

  • News In Brief, or 'The Dredge' 8/10/07

    The first of a regular ‘dredge’ of items of interest, in no particular order… • UK-based Dopplr has launched its blog badges, previously announced at the FOWA conference last week. The badge shows your future trips on your webpages in as much or as little detail as you’re comfortable with. You can change what’s shown using privacy settings. You can also just… Read More

  • FAA sez no chatting on the plane anytime soon

    For many people, myself included, airplane time is quiet time. Time for a nap, time to listen to some music, time to tell whoever’s on the other end of your phone that you have to let them go because you’re getting on the plane. So it comes as a great relief that the FAA has decided against lifting its ban on in-flight cell phone use "for the ‘foreseeable… Read More

  • Halo: Movie is dead, Halo 4 coming

    I’ve been playing Halo 3 all weekend and it got me thinking about the Halo movie that’s been talked about for well over a year. Most of you have seen the shorts (video above) that fueled part of the record-breaking sales the latest adventure from freshly divorced Bungie and I’m sure it made you think about the upcoming movie, but I’m sad to report that the film is dead. Read More

  • Geek X-Wing rocket slips the surly bonds of earth, explodes into a million pieces

    You spend all year building a huge X-Wing rocket. You even skip prom! You know that when you launch the thing Shayna from your WoW clan will be there. She’ll watch it with you, she’ll stand so close that you can smell her shampoo, and maybe you’ll all go out for pizza or something and maybe you and Shayna will be sitting in the same car, close together, and talking about how… Read More

  • Watch out Apple, 'cause Dell has an XPS up its sleeve

    Apparently, Dell is coming out with some ultra-portable Macbook killer that’s due out by year’s end blah blah blah, you know the deal. What matters are the specs and unique features, because if this Dell XPS M1530 doesn’t pack anything worthwhile, it has no chance of overtaking Apple’s Macbook in terms of popularity. Luckily, the specs have been leaked like a faucet… Read More

  • SpeedDate: Matchmaking for Hyper-Busy Singles

    You may not have come to TechCrunch looking for love, but we might be able to help you out anyway. SpeedDate, which launched as public beta in the last few days, brings the concept of speed dating to the web. Rather than asking its users to fill out surveys describing their interests and personalities, SpeedDate gets right to it by throwing you into 3-minute long “dates” with… Read More

  • Funny: 'Mr. C's 7 Signs That Your Kid May Be A Hacker'

    Parents, does your child display any of the traits from the following sequence of amusing cartoon drawings? If so, he or she might be a hacker. Nothing wrong with being a hacker, per se. Let’s just use those powers for good, not evil. The bigger issue here might be the patchy chin-beard consisting of two lone strands of hair. Shave ’em off, my man. Mr. C’s 7 Signs That Your… Read More

  • Manhunt 2 still banned in the UK, even after re-editing

    The British Committee to Ban Everything has once again rejected Rockstar’s Manuhunt 2, saying that the recently re-submitted edited version is still too “unremitting[ly] bleak” and callous. Too Manhunt-y, in other words. The censor board originally banned the game in June, forcing Rockstar to rework the game. And it did (the game was granted an “M” rating here a… Read More

  • Holiday bundles from Microsoft include two free games

    Just in time for the holiday rush, Microsoft is giving away two worthwhile games for the holiday console bundles. As if the recent price cuts weren’t enough to entice you, how about Forza Motorsport 2 and Marvel Ultimate Alliance? Both titles will be included in the Premium (whatever they want to call it) and Elite sets. The holiday bundles will be available at the end of the month in… Read More

  • Facebook Apps Ruled By the Few

    Every software developer these days seems to be working on a Facebook app, but relatively few get any traction. Tim O’Reilly reports that of the more than 5,000 Facebook apps available today, only 84 account for nearly 90 percent of all the usage. Of those, only about half boast more than 100,000 active users, and only three have more than one million active users. For instance… Read More

  • New CrunchBoard Jobs

    Here are some of the latest job postings on CrunchBoard. TechCrunch Intern here at TechCrunch in Atherton, CA. Senior Interaction Designer, Yahoo! Mash at Yahoo! in Sunnyvale, CA. Director of Search Engine Marketing Product Management at Clickable in New York, NY. Ajax and GUI Developer at iVillage.com in New York, NY. Director, Product Development for Online Media Services at… Read More

  • Samsung LCD with HDCP support

    Samsung continues to lead the charge as the leading LCD manufacturer with the addition of the 24-inch SyncMaster 245T. The widescreen monitor features PIP and PBP (picture by picture) as well as Motion Picture Acceleration for clear and sharp images during high-speed scenes. Max resolution is set for 1920×1200 with a brightness of 300cd.m2, a 1500:1 contrast ratio and 6ms response time. Read More

  • Why people play as Paladins in World of Warcraft

    Before today, I never understood why people played as Paladins in World of Warcraft. They’re boring, get absolutely zero respect and are made to heal and heal some more. So when I fired up Digg and came across “The best reason to play a paladin”, I was skeptical as to what I’d be reading. Luckily, it was just what I needed to make this Columbus Day extra special. The… Read More

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