• CrunchArcade: Former Xbox exec predicts end of stand-alone video game system in next 5-10 years

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    The future, Conan? Could this be the last generation for the stand-alone video game console? That’s what one of the key players behind the Xbox1 thinks. Sandy Duncan, who was in charge of Xbox in Europe, says that technology will make consoles like the Xbox 360, PS3 and Wii obsolete. He makes an interesting point—how different is the Xbox… Read More

  • CrunchArcade: EA relentlessly pursuing Take-Two, amends offer


    EA is absolutely going apesh*t over Take-Two. In retaliation over Take-Two’s public rejection of EA, the software giant from Redwood Shores is fighting back. This whole scenario reminds me of your typical boy meets girl, boy comes on too strong, girl loses interest, boy plays with himself scenario. When boy, EA in this case, just needs to chill and act like a dick to girl, Take-Two, to… Read More

  • Get the last laugh by insisting that your family send your ashes to the moon for $10,000

    Funerals are expensive. To my family and friends; I’d rather my funeral have an open bar, a band, and a gigantic velvet painting of me than an open casket and a bunch of people crying. I’d also consider the possibility of you sending my ashes to the moon in a bullet-like canister (see above photo). Granted it wouldn’t be all my ashes, just a small quantity of my ashes. Read More

  • CrunchArcade: Cigarette-like warning label could soon be on UK video games

    [photopress:healthwarningvgs.jpg,full,center] As we all know, violent video games like “Grand Theft Auto IV” turns children into trained, merciless killers like the guy from “No Country for Old Men.” It’s such a problem that a proposal in the UK will force game makers to put cigarette-style health warnings on packaging. Furthermore, if retailers don’t… Read More

  • WrestleMania XXIV: First WrestleMania in HD airs Sunday

    WrestleMania XXIV airs this Sunday on pay-per-view and will be the first WrestleMania broadcast in high-definition. They’ve jacked up the price this year, so if you want to see Randy “The One Man Dynasty” (wtf?) Orton defend the title in HD be prepared to fork over $70. (The standard def version is $55.) In all likelihood, I think I’ll just grab the torrent the next day. Read More

  • ZeroHouse is entirely self-sufficient and prefabricated

    [photopress:zerooohouseee.jpg,full,center] Sick of your neighbors filing complaints against you for playing music too loud, when, in fact, those same neighbors are guilty of the same thing? (Whoops! Sorry, jerk neighbor!) Then you need a house, like, say, the ZeroHouse, which is not only entirely prefabricated but also entirely self-sufficient, just like a castle. Its equipped with solar… Read More

  • Music Tax Details From Source: "Pay Us Not To Sue You"

    We learned yesterday that Warner Music, the third largest music label, is gunning for a $5/month music tax on U.S. residents. Some of the details were in the article: they’ve hired industry veteran Jim Griffin to create a new entity around the project, presumably to get other labels involved. Griffin threw out the idea of a $5/month tax (which would be added to people’s ISP… Read More

  • CrunchWord Puzzle!

    Here’s the latest CrunchGear-themed crossword puzzle. You can find the answers to the clues spread throughout this week’s posts. Enjoy! CrunchWord Puzzle for Friday, March 28th Read More

  • Dell to sell sub-$1,000 BR notebook


    Dell is selling the Inspiron 1525 for a mere $879 — a little more than what a nicer BR player currently costs. The 1525 has a 15.4-inch screen with 720p resolution and an HDMI port. The improved 1525, which starts at about $500, is one of Dell’s better selling low- to mid-tier consumer laptops. Read More

  • EMI Suffers A Setback In Case Against MP3Tunes

    The record labels love to sue Michael Robertson, the founder of MP3.com (sold to Vivendi in 2001 for $372 million) who now incubates a number of Web startups. One of them is MP3Tunes, which is billed as a music storage locker. But the record labels still don’t like it. EMI is suing MP3Tunes for copyright infringement and demanded that the service turn over the more than 100 million… Read More

  • Fourth Release of TechCrunch MeetUp LA Tickets: Geek Goes Chic

    UPDATE: Tickets are sold out again. Look for a final release of tickets next week. The TechCrunch MeetUp LA co-hosted with PopSugaris just two weeks away, so we’re making 250 more tickets available now. If you are coming to the party, make sure you join the Facebook or MySpace event as well. There’s still time to help sponsor the MeetUp. This is our biggest event yet, with… Read More

  • Gaming News Roundup


    Each week MobileCrunchArcade compiles the biggest news from the world of mobile gaming. If you can’t wait for the next mobile game that is based on a movie, Glu’s upcoming game Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa will be here in October of this year, just in time to get back home from your crocodile hunting trip to the Nile. “’ Madagascar’ was an enormous success and… Read More

  • Could China Throw a Wrench in Microsoft's Yahoo Deal?

    If Yahoo agrees to Microsoft’s buyout offer, the deal would still have to be pass muster with antitrust regulators here in the U.S, in Europe, and in China. As John Markoff points out in the NYT, a new Chinese law that will go into effect in August gives the Chinese government regulatory oversight over any merger that “involve acquisitions of Chinese companies or foreign… Read More

  • Communist Cuba to allow Unrestricted Mobile Phone Use

    The communist dominos are falling as the dictatorship of the proletariat realizes it can’t stand up against the relentless momentum of the mobile phone. Capitalist technology has pushed over one more domino in Cuba. President Raul Castro announced today that the Cuban government will allow unrestricted use of mobile telephones by all Cubans for the first time. Cuba currently has the… Read More

  • Loopt Embraced by Verizon; Starts to Spread Its Mobile Wings

    Loopt, a mobile social network that can be used to see where your friends are currently located, has partnered with Verizon to put its software on that carrier’s phones. It’s a big win for Loopt since Verizon has more location-aware handsets than any other carrier. If you don’t know anyone who uses Loopt yet, that’s because the company is still working on getting… Read More

  • The Really Simple becomes Multimedia with Cellyspace

    Like the alchemists of old who converted lead into gold, Cellyspace launched an application yesterday that automatically converts RSS (Really Simple Syndication) to MMS (Multimedia Messaging Service) feeds directly to mobile subscriber’s messaging in-boxes. There is bound to be gold for someone at the end of this rainbow. Skycore, the developers of Cellyspace, think the auto-conversion… Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Old Vibes Edition

    Turn your Mac into a seismograph for science
    Here’s the first sound ever recorded, circa 1860
    Hands on: Belkin’s Mini Surge Protector with USB Charger
    Brando releases Star Hub II for USB power-users
    Memento mori watch Read More

  • Crunch Network

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    Comments are the greasy oil that keeps the blog machine running. Here are three great (and 100% unedited) comments recently posted by your fellow readers. Dweeberkitty on The Unreasonable Stance: All About Linux 2008 edition: Linux sucks Wow, that was the most ridiculous article I’ve read in a LONG time. It was kind of funny actually. The author was making such a fool of himself. Travis… Read More

  • Craigslist, Coming Soon In A Language Near You

    The Craigslist phenomenon continues, and it isn’t just in English any more. The site dominates the U.S. market for classified advertisements, with nearly 27 million unique monthly visitors (Ebay’s Kijiji, by contrast, has just 2.3 million U.S. visitors/month). But the fact that the service was available only in English hurt it internationally, where Kijiji is a close… Read More

  • Amazon Muscles Print-On-Demand Services

    Amazon has announced that it will only sell print-on-demand books printed by its own print-on-demand service BookSurge. The print-on-demand book business has thrived in the last few years as players such as Lulu, Blurb and others have catered to publishers looking to reduce overhead on inventory. It will be very difficult for anyone to compete with Amazon in the print-on-demand space. The… Read More

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