• Patent Reform Act Focuses On the Wrong Problem

    The Patent Reform Act of 2007, passed by the House last year, is still wending its way towards the Senate. The New York Times positions the upcoming battle for passage as one that pits big tech companies against the individual inventor. In the wake of increasingly expensive patent litigation, a section of the act would limit the amount of damages courts will be able to award patent owners… Read More

  • China Mobile Drops iPhone

    China Mobile announced today that it is no longer negotiating with Apple to provide the world’s most populous nation with the popular iPhone. This opens the door for China’s number two mobile service provider, China Unicom, to talk with Apple. “We can only say that negotiations have ended for now. We have no other news to report,” said Li Honghui, a spokeswoman for… Read More

  • Video Ad Network Tremor Media Raises $11 Million B Round

    Canaan Partners and Masthead Venture Partners led an $11 million B round in Tremor Media, an ad network that runs video ads streaming in other videos and in banner ads as well. This brings the total raised by the New York City startup to $19.4 million, including a series A in September 2006. Canaaan and Masthead led that round as well. Tremor’s video ad network reaches a cumulative… Read More

  • Coghead 2.0: Built on Adobe Flex, Hosted By Amazon

    Today, Coghead is introducing the 2.0 version of its DIY, Web-based, enterprise-application development service. The site boasts a new user interface (screen shots below) based on Adobe Flex, with 50 new features and performance that is three times faster than the previous version. Basically, this amounts to a massive upgrade of its Website, but calling it Coghead 2.0 lets the company make a… Read More

  • CrunchGear Week in Review: The Short and Curving Road Edition

    ‘Starry Night’ bed is great for everything but sleeping
    CES 2008: Cooler Master’s VW case is crunchy, should stay on the shelf
    Powerblock hides messy cables, but is bulky
    CES 2008: Play It, Record It
    iPhone pig docks from China Read More

  • Google Boots IncrediMail; Stock Price Plummets

    If you are a public company and rely on Google for a lot of your revenue, the last thing you want to hear is that your Adsense account has been “disabled.” But that is exactly what happened to Israel-based IncrediMail, which saw its stock drop about over 40% when it announced that its advertising deal with Google had been terminated. The company was worth about $45 million on Nasdaq. Read More

  • Mark Zuckerberg Tells 60 Minutes: "Beacon Makes Facebook Less Commercial"

    Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg appeared on American 60 Minutes tonight in an appearance Michael wrote about January 11 with the title “Facebook – Why Not Let Sleeping Dogs Lie?” Michael’s call was right, because what Mark Zuckerberg said tonight demonstrates why silence is sometimes the best policy. The story started with what looked to be a fluff piece, until… Read More

  • Netflix Offers Unlimited Streaming As iTunes Rental Spoiler

    Netflix will begin offering unlimited online movie streaming from a library of over 6000 movies to customers on their $16.99 plan starting Monday. The move is said to be in response to the expected announcement by Apple CEO Steve Jobs at the Macworld Expo Tuesday that iTunes will offer movie rentals from most major studios. The expected price of the iTunes rented movies is $3.99 each… Read More

  • Samsung A827 coming to AT&T

    There’s not much to the Access from Samsung, but if you pay close attention you’ll see the ‘tv’ dedicated button next to the d-pad and that in itself is a clear indicator of AT&T’s impending MediaFLO service. As I said, there isn’t a whole lot to drool over on the phone. It has a 1.3-megapixel camera with zoom and video recording capability. The rest of… Read More

  • OLPC coming to America, misses Intel's loving arms

    The OLPC is setting up base in DC and looking to get their low cost laptops into the hands of America’s youth based on three major factors. I never knew patriotism had anything to do with empowering youth with the Internet, but that’s one reason the OLPC is coming to America. By bringing the project stateside, they’ll be building ‘critical mass’ as the… Read More

  • Media Center to get DVD streaming

    The folks at TGB sat down with Jessica Zahn of Microsoft at CES and got the nod that DVD streaming is coming. There’s no official time line as to when it will come to a media center near you, but rest assured it won’t be limited to high end setups. I don’t pay too much attention to media center, but I know many of you do so look for this to be unlocked in the Fiji… Read More

  • Colored Wiis on the way?

    Rumors of the Wii getting a color splash have been floating around for over a year and with every new ‘leak’ I begin to roll my eyes and care even less. This one, however, may hold a tiny bit of water as SKUs have a tendency not to change all too often. Decide for yourself after reading a portion of an e-mail from a Target employee. Read More

  • False Alarm: Paramount not dumping HD DVD

    “Paramount’s current plan is to continue to support the HD DVD format,” Brenda Ciccone, a spokeswoman for Paramount. Paramount Denies Report It Will Drop Toshiba’s HD DVD (Update2) [Bloomberg] Read More

  • Google's Eric Schmidt Won't Talk About The iPhone At Apple Board Meetings

    This week’s New Yorker features an article by Ken Auletta about Google’s growing lobbying efforts and general education in Washington politics. The article recaps much of what most regular observers already know about Google, but there are two items that caught my eye—both shoehorned in towards the end. One is the startling fact that because of Google’s increasing… Read More

  • A La Mobile First To Pimp Android

    San Ramon, CA based a la mobile has become the first company to offer a complete package of applications based on Google’s Android mobile phone operating system. A a la mobile demo unit includes a Google browser, phone dialer, audio player, Google maps, camera, games, calendar, contacts manager, calculator and notes installed on a HTC Qtek 9090. According to a USA Today report, although a… Read More

  • Things Are Looking Good At Startup Schwag

    It’s been a few months since we wrote about Startup Schwag, a service that sends users startup-branded tshirts and stickers every month. You’ll either think this is lame (not target market) or so cool you’ve wet your pants (target market) and act accordingly. The first attempt at the model by Valleyschwag didn’t scale and folded. Startup Schwag isn’t relying on… Read More

  • Fifteen Israeli Startups Visit California Next Month

    In February the Israel Web Tour rolls into Silicon Valley. Ninety Israeli startups applied to join the tour, and fifteen of them were selected to attend. The tour consists of a week-long conference and cultural exchange between Silicon Valley and Israeli entrepreneurs and venture capitalists. The general public is invited to parts of the show. more information is available on this website… Read More

  • Hitachi goes thin, Lindsay Lohan thin

    At CES, Hitachi announced a PDP that’s only 1.5-inches in depth. No, you read that correctly. A 1080p plasma display that’s only 1.5-inches. While they won’t be out till Spring, you may want to clear out some room now for the 32-, 37- or 42-inch set and invest a few more pennies into the piggy bank. Picture after the jump. Read More

  • CES's last echoes show me a nifty iPod vending machine

    [photopress:ipods.jpg,full,center]Though things like this are common in Japan, you don’t see them much here in the States. I snapped this iPod vending machine in McCarran Airport in Las Vegas, as I prepare to board a plane to San Francisco to attend MacWorld. The prices were the same as retail, which was good, but I don’t understand something. Things out of vending machines are… Read More

  • Early adopters always get screwed, watch out Blu-ray 1.0 owners

    The Blu-ray camp can boast that their technology is superior, but HD DVD started off with local storage and a second video and audio decoder for PIP, which Blu-ray does not have. BD-R wanted to cut costs, but the last time I checked, HD DVD players were still much, much cheaper. What’s going to suck for BD-R owners is that when Profile 2.0 is released, those with Profile 1.0 or 1.1… Read More

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