• Big, Big Round of Funding For Ning

    This is just a rumor at this point, and I haven’t confirmed it with the company (update: this is now confirmed, see below), but I’m hearing that Ning has closed a very large round of financing, led by Legg Mason – $44 million total on a $170 million pre-money valuation. That puts the current value of Ning at a healthy $214 million. The company previously raised an… Read More

  • Confirmed: Xbox 360 Slims Down This Fall

    Microsoft isn’t exactly having the ‘Best Week Ever’ but Dean Takahashi has confirmed that the rumored switch to 65nm processors codenamed “Falcon” will indeed be seen in the fall. The switch could possibly end the headaches caused by the RROD, which is costing MS $1 billion to reconcile with its die-hard fans. The leaner and meaner 65nm chipset will not only… Read More

  • Will PS3 Price Cuts Affect Microsoft and Nintendo?

    After Sony announced that they’d drop the price of the PS3 by a cool Ben Franklin, Microsoft is expected to follow in similar fashion according to Wedbush Morgan-analyst Michael Pachter. He predicts that Microsoft will drop the Elite from $479 to $399, the Premium from $399 to $349, and the Core from $299 to $249 in order to keep Sony from gaining any market share. If Microsoft were… Read More

  • Last.fm Inks Deal For Sony BMG Catalog

    Last.fm might be the rebel amongst online radio stations, but they just inked a global deal with Sony BMG that will bring a huge collection of popular artists like Avril Lavigne, Michael Jackson, Justin Timberlake, and The Boss to the Internet radio’s community as well as an extensive catalog of classic oldies. Last.fm’s fancy recommendation system will serve as a springboard… Read More

  • Who Needs Keys? SmartScan Biometric Scanning Opens Doors to Our Future

    Keys are so 20th century. Who has the time to reach into their pocket, choose the correct key, put it in the keyhole, turn the key and push the door open? I sure as hell don’t. That’s why, if I owned a house, I’d look at Kwikset’s SmartScan biometric scanning door opening solution. (Everything’s a solution these days.) With the mere swipe of your finger, the… Read More

  • Dude Plays World of Warcraft On iPhone

    It may say it’s in the 90s outside, but trust me when I say it’s cold. See, Hell froze over (and not in a Don Henley and The Eagles way) because some guy got World of Warcraft running on his iPhone. This mysterious video on YouTube shows a guy logging in with his character via the iPhone and messing around in Ironforge, all via his thumb and the phone of the millennium. But… Read More

  • AT&T Plays Dumb, Doesn't Know Where Additional iPhone Charges Come From

    Can someone at AT&T explain to me—nay, us—why it’s charging this young man a little more than $20 extra for an iPhone service plan that it should be? All told, the guy’s bill should tally up to around $117, yet AT&T bills him for $140. The nerve of those people. AT&T tried to justify the charges, whatever they are and wherever they come from, by saying… Read More

  • Old Crap-Ass Phones That Cost Way Too Much

    If you’ve got too much money, loathe technology, and can’t stand the weird smell of your local GoodWill store, AbleCom will sell you a dumpy-ass old phone for way more than it’s worth. Remember the old, white rotary phone that your grandma had hanging in the kitchen next to her ficus plants? All it takes is $49 and a pack of Benson and Hedges Ultralight 100’s and… Read More

  • V-Moda VIBE Duo Pimps Out Your iPhone

    V-Moda has officially announced the VIBE Duo to spice up your vast collection of iPhone accessories. The dual-purpose earphone/microphone earbuds feature hi-definition sound ensconced in fashionable black fabric cables and an all-metal design. Following suit with other VIBE line headsets, the Duo utilizes V-Masque dynamic driver technology that achieves a precise yet natural soundstage compared… Read More

  • Next-gen iMacs Could Have New Keyboard Design

    We all know that new iMacs will most likely come out before year’s end, but did you know that new keyboards will be included with them? According to “credible sources” and “tipsters”, the guys at AppleInsider are claiming that the freshly designed keyboards will take a tip from the Macbook’s “low profile” keyboard to make the size of the… Read More

  • Screen Shot Of Yahoo Mosh; Plus Nokia Has A Mosh, Too

    More updates from our post yesterday on Mosh, Yahoo’s new social networking initiative. One reader has sent in what could very well be a screen shot of the service. It could also easily be a quickly mocked up fake, but I don’t care because Darth Vader holding a banana and a guitar is something that I feel compelled to put up on TechCrunch. If it’s real, my guess is the Mosh… Read More

  • Back-to-School Tech Shopping on a Budget

    If there’s one thing Josh Goldman knows, it’s that two queens means no smoking. If there’s a second thing that Josh Goldman knows, it’s how to shop for tech on a budget, which is handy now that college is right around the corner. To that end he tricked Computer Shopper into letting him write a how-to guide on buying all the latest, coolest gadgetry. Split into four… Read More

  • Joost Scores Major VH1 Deal

    Looks like hotshot startup Joost is gaining even more credibility as a true alternative to standard television. It just struck a deal with VH1 that will allow Joost to showcase the new series “I Hate My 30s” a full 10 days before it even hits TVs around the country. With over 500,000 people using Joost, VH1 knows this is a great way to attract people to its programming. The deal… Read More

  • Yelp Is Way Cooler Than I Thought

    Yelp, a user generated review site that continues to do very well with traffic growth, was still a bit boring in my opinion. Reviews of the local restaurants and flower shops are useful for some people, but it isn’t exactly as sexy as hanging out in MySpace. Perhaps I’m wrong though…some of the bored housewives in silicon valley may want to check out this review of… Read More

  • SimulScribe One Ups iPhone With Boobs, SFW

    You all know about SimulScribe and their hot visual VM, SimulSays Beta, so I won’t get into it again, but check out these hilarious Mac vs PC parodies. Boobs are always fun on a Monday. Read More

  • Fujitsu Siemens' New 3G-Enabled Notebooks

    Starting in August, you’ll be able to pick up one of Fujitsu Siemens’ new 3G-integrated ESPRIMO laptops. Aside from near-ubiquitos connectivity thanks to the integrated 3G chip, you’ll also be able to squeeze about 10 hours out of each of these rigs when using an optional second battery (according to Fujitsu). They’ll be available in three different models — a… Read More

  • CrunchGear Central European Meet-up: First Stop, Budapest

    I’ve been hinting at a CrunchGear reader meet-up somewhere in Central Europe and I’ve decided to hold the first one next week in Budapest. I have to confirm the date, time, and location, but I’m looking for Hungarian folks who might have something to show off or talk about to a group of cool, tech savvy readers and I’m also looking for sponsors and/or giveaways. If… Read More

  • Time's 50 Best Websites of 2007

    Time has just released its list of the best websites of 2007 and the results look good. The most creative and useful websites in existence today are now compiled into an article detailing what makes each one so useful. Sites like Linkedin, Twitter, and ING Direct made the cut, as well as other blogs in Arts & Leisure, Audio & Video, News & Info, Social Networks, and Web… Read More

  • Steve Jobs Spotted in London, Possibly Related to European iPhone Launch

    Steve Jobs visited London yesterday. He might have been there just to hang out, getting himself a nice London tan, or he could, could have been there to finalise (note the British spelling) the details surrounding the European launch of the iPhone. Part of Apple’s London retail store is scheduled to be closed next Monday, leading some to predict an iPhone announcement then. Read More

  • Rumor: OS X Making Its Way To iPods

    Like this, except not crappy It wouldn’t really feel like a Monday without an Apple rumor, would it? The latest one to hit the wire involves OS X and the iPod. Seems an analyst over at research firm Piper Jaffray thinks that because the iPhone has OS X, the iPod is going to be following suit. Normally I’d dismiss these claims but it seems to make sense. The iPod is due for an… Read More

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