• OK, Now This Is A Little Scary: Microsoft Biometrics

    Microsoft has lodged a new patent for a system that can track a worker’s productivity, physical wellbeing and competence. According to The Times, who has seen the patent: [the patent is for] a computer system that links workers to their computers via wireless sensors that measure their metabolism. The system would allow managers to monitor employees’ performance by measuring… Read More

  • Scientists develop dog bark-to-speech program

    [photopress:astro.jpg,full,right] Apple did not release a dog bark-to-human speech device yesterday, but scientists in Hungary have developed something close to it. They’ve come up with a computer program that, 43 percent of the time, correctly identified a dog’s bark to mean “stranger,” “fight,” “walk,” “alone,” “ball”… Read More

  • Tin Foil Hat Alert: Paypal Messes With Ron Paul Campaign

    Paypal has suspended an account belonging to a Ron Paul supporters group resulting in the groups inability to pay for a recount in New Hampshire. The Granny Warriors had fund raised the $55,600 required to be lodged with the New Hampshire Secretary of State yesterday but had their account suspended by Paypal at the last minute. The inability to access the funds resulted in a missed deadline and… Read More

  • Does the invitation system used by private BitTorrent sites still work?

    [photopress:vuzesplash.jpg,full,center] Does the current invitation system used by so-called private BitTorrent sites need to be changed? TorrentFreak, a source of inspiration to nearly everyone on staff here, thinks out loud about this very subject in a recent column. At first, these private sites were largely under the radar of the average after school pirate. A small, trustworthy user base… Read More

  • Ximmy: A Digg Clone That Offers Users Money To Participate

    There’s no shortage of Digg style social voting sites currently available, but to date the general move in user generated content sites towards compensating users for participation has not come to general users of social voting sites. Propeller (previously Netscape) offered money to top Digg users to participate on it site in July 2006. However, new service Ximmy aims to take… Read More

  • Bummer – No More Free Phones From Sprint

    Sprint is discontinuing it’s Ambassador Program – a nifty project where they sent new phones, with the Sprint service, every six months or so to a group of “influencers” in the technology space. Somehow I got on the list of people to get phones, and looked forward to some shiny new device coming twice a year. They had unlimited free service. Since I already have a phone… Read More

  • Everex prepping a 9-inch sub-$500 notebook too

    I caught word from the VIA rep at CES that Everex would be offering a 7-inch Linux-based notebook at Walmart and then Nicholas followed up with the official word. Now we’re hearing that Everex will follow the 7-inch version (shown above) up with a 9-inch version some time in June and will aim to keep it under $500. The 7-inch version will cost $399 so it might be safe to say that the… Read More

  • The Pirate Bay talks back

    We at CG are ambivalent about piracy. Given the failure of copyright holders to intelligently and methodically protect their rights without alienating their consumers, it’s hard to root for the big guy. Sure, don’t pirate content — nobody likes to see their content “stolen” except bloggers and Radiohead — but there are worse things in this world than… Read More

  • Add TechCrunch WebClip to Your iPhone

    If you like to read TechCrunch on the go, you may be interested in adding our new, shiny WebClip icon to the home screen of your iPhone for easier accessibility. Just browse with Safari to TechCrunch, hit the plus button at the bottom of the screen, and choose “Add to Home Screen”. We’ve customized the icon that loads so you see our green and black acronym rather than a… Read More

  • How soon is too soon to equate HD DVD to fallen Hitler's Reich? Not soon enough, apparently

    Luckily, this “Hitler railing against Flight Simulator/Quake/AMD” meme has been sufficiently subsumed that we can look past the obvious nastiness — Hitler — and enjoy the subtitles. via BB Read More

  • Price comparison: Xbox Live Marketplace+Xbox 360 and iTunes+Apple TV

    [photopress:xblitun.jpg,full,center] Both Microsoft and Apple want to be your go-to home entertainment brand. But, right now, Apple is charging a little less for the privilege. Let’s say you want to be able to [legally] download movies then watch them on your big screen HDTV. You can go with the Microsoft model, that is, buy a 20GB Xbox 360 Pro or 120GB Elite (since the Arcade… Read More

  • Flickr Takes Historical Imagery To The Masses

    A new project from Flickr will see the photo sharing site showcasing historical imagery from public resources. “The Commons” is a pilot project between Flickr and the Library of Congress that will tap into the Library’s rich historical footage and allow it to be viewed from Flickr. The first two sets in the pilot are American Memory: Color photographs from the Great… Read More

  • Uncle Walt loves the Air, tentatively

    http://services.brightcove.com/services/viewer/federated_f8/452319854 “All thin notebooks have compromises,” says Mr. Mossberg and we have to agree. Clearly the Air isn’t for all of us, but folks with a huge, nasty IT-department Dell will think of this as a breath of fresh “air.” Ha! Willie! Read More

  • Canon's new HF10 high def solid-state video camera

    The very-nice people that work at CamcorderInfo.com down the street from me here in Boston got a first look at the new Canon HF10 high definition camcorder. I’ll let them do most of the talking but the basic pros include 16GB of flash memory, plus the ability to record on SDCH memory cards, full 1920×1080 resolution for true HD recording with a 17Mbps bitrate at 30P (it also does… Read More

  • Scambaiting at its finest: Tricking Nigerian scammers into rewriting an entire Harry Potter book by hand

    Wow. Nothing better than seeing a scammer get scammed. There have been some pretty ingenious scambaiting techniques throughout the ages, but getting a scammer to rewrite all 293 pages of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by hand has got to be in the top ten of all time. Kudos to the 419 Eater web site for all the great trickery. Harry Potter & The Well of Scammers [419 Eater] via… Read More

  • Sun Picks Up MySQL For $1 Billion; Open Source Is A Legitimate Business Model

    The big news this morning is that open source database startup MySQL finally found a year’s worth of rumors that they were mulling over an initial public offering. Sun Microsystems has acquired them instead, for $1 billion. MySQL had raised a total of $39 million from Benchmark, Index, IVP, Intel, and SAP. Sun CEO Jonathan Schwartz wrote about the acquisition on his blog, lavishing praise… Read More

  • Lady knocks down 1,500 hard drives, domino-style

    http://embed.break.com/NDMzNTMy Man, I thought I had too many spare hard drives scattered about the house but this lady takes the cake with 1,500. And what better use of 1,500 hard drives than building a gigantic domino course? Very nice, Hard Drive Lady. Very nice indeed. Dominos With 1500 Hard Drives Video [Break.com] via [H] Enthusiast Read More

  • Plaxo Pulls The Social Network Into Mac Mail

    At some point last year people started to realize that the email inbox was not only the “original” Internet social network, it’s also going to be the backbone of social networking going forward. You already have your friends (people in your address book), and the social graph is already filled (people you email, and who they email, etc.). Yahoo is clearly focused on this… Read More

  • Freebase Takes $42 Million

    Online database company Freebase has taken $42 Million in a round that included Benchmark Capital and Goldman Sachs. Total funding to date is $57 million. We first covered Freebase in March 2007 (see “This is cool, unless it achieves consciousness and kills us all“). Freebase is a massive database. The purpose of the database is to centralize as much data as possible, and allow… Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Air Apparent Edition

    Keynote Recap: What Apple did today
    MacBook AirHead: why Apple’s new laptop is basically useless
    MacBook Air Gallery
    Skullcandy rocks Macworld
    Star Wars kicks: I see your Schwartz is as big as mine
    iTunes Movie Rentals: $3.99 new releases, 24 hour rental period Read More

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