• Amazon Completes DRM-Free Roster With Sony-BMG

    For anyone who was bummed about the hoops they were going to have to jump through to get DRM-free songs from Sony-BMG artists, by the end of the month you will be able to download those songs at Amazon’s MP3 store. A couple days after announcing a weird plan with physical retailers to distribute DRM-free music that will require people to buy a plastic stored value card first and… Read More

  • Video: How to make inexpensive spy glasses

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    How To: Spy Sunglasses! – video powered by Metacafe Surely I can’t be the only person who thinks walking around with video recording spy glasses is sorta creepy. It’s a fun project to kill a couple of hours on the weekend, but making the jump from gadget tinkering to creep-o spying is too much for… Read More

  • The Wall Street Journal Edges Towards Free

    In a concession to increased competition from the blogosphere and other newspapers throwing in the towel on paid-subscription walls for online content, the Wall Street Journal is making its opinion pages and commentary free. Does that mean the rest of the paper will soon be free online as well? It is certainly in keeping with new owner Rupert Murdoch’s previous public statements to… Read More

  • AT&T, NBC and Microsoft hint at ISP-level Internet filtering to protect copyright

    [photopress:attcensorship.jpg,full,center] Who’s ready for some ISP-level Internet filtering, all in the name of protecting copyright? After all, copyright is what makes us a civilized, just people. Without it we’d be still be living in caves. At CES, representatives from NBC, Microsoft and AT&T said that the time is about the right time to start seriously considering blocking… Read More

  • Unfortunately for Apple Europe is not a country, just yet

    Apple comes in for some stick from the Financial Times this morning, which wonders why it will take the master of the iPod up to six months to bring the price of tracks on iTunes’ UK site down into line with other European countries. Granted, Apple’s move will address a European Commission antitrust probe, as it will now offer Brits the same price for iTunes downloads as on the… Read More

  • Radiohead's In Rainbows is week's best selling album, music industry must be thrilled

    [photopress:inrainbowsno1_1.jpg,full,center] Despite being released three months ago as a digital download, Radiohead’s latest album, In Rainbows, was the best selling album last week. That must really upset the big record labels, who for God knows how long have been claiming that downloadable music would be the death of the album, of physical collections of music. Never mind that… Read More

  • Smoker Bell: A place where smokers can comfortably enjoy their death sticks

    [photopress:smoker_bell.jpg,full,center] Few things annoy me more than coming home from bar or club or whatever and having the smell of smoke on my clothes. (Walking behind a smoker on a windy day is also infuriating.) It’s a noxious, inhumane smell. I had to get my jacket dry cleaned last week because, apparently, smoking in bars is still 100 percent legal in Queens, NY. Personally, I… Read More

  • Mobile Computing catching Wind with Open Source Sails

    Companies like Wake3 and Funambol are starting to use open-source in the development of software for mobile computing devices. Open-source seems to be the perfect conduit to bring iPhone type browsing and e-mail to handheld devices. During a meeting of the Mobile Monday Silicon Valley group associates of Wake3, Funambol and Wind River noted the rise of open-source software on handsets. Wake3… Read More

  • Awdio Brings Cool Live Music Wherever You Are. Special TechCrunch Invitations

    While online music startups and most labels are trying to figure new rules for their business models, a small UK based startup has found a smart way to answer that question. Nearly all music services are based on providing access to a catalogue of recorded music whether it is on demand (eg: iTunes or Deezer) or on discovery mode (Pandora/Last.fm). But a big chunk of the quality music is… Read More

  • Microsoft blames server strain, lack of staff for Xbox Live downtime

    [photopress:cod4xbl.jpg,full,center] Xbox Live’s downtime around Christmas was due to server strain, with an unexpectedly large number of people (10 million) trying to sign up and play online. Microsoft simply wasn’t prepared for that number of people using the Live servers, hence its shoddy performance, and subsequent free Live Arcade game. Microsot also says that, when the… Read More

  • If you have a moment, you'd maybe like to nominate us for the Bloggies, yes?

    The 2008 Bloggies are coming up, and there’s a prickly rumor that we’re a favorite for a couple of categories going around, but we’re not the types to sit back and just let things happen, so we’re being proactive. We’re asking you, our readers, to formerly nominate us. We know, we know, it’s a bit gauche, and it is just a popularity contest and all, but… Read More

  • Fake Upgrade may Infect iPhone

    A fake software upgrade may have infected an iPhone near you with the first known Trojan that targets the popular mobile phone. The Trojan appears to be timed to rumors that claim new features in an upcoming iPhone firmware upgrade. A number of news sites and blogs cited a report published by CNET France that claimed an imminent iPhone update would feature a disk mode, which would allow the… Read More

  • LinkedIn Joins The DataPortability Work Group

    Joining the cavalcade of companies jumping on the open data bandwagon, LinkedIn has now joined Facebook, Google, Plaxo (announcement here) in joining the DataPortability Work Group. LinkedIn has worked hard to become open since announcing their own open platform in June 2007 in response to Facebook, then becoming an initial OpenSocial launch partner in October 2007. I spoke to the… Read More

  • Pixel Qi: Towards A $75 Laptop?

    Amid all the rancor between One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) and Intel, which joined the not-for-profit project and then left it last Friday, a new for-profit startup has been spun off from OLPC to commercialize the technology inside the little green laptop designed for children in poor nations. Mary Lou Jepsen, the chief technology officer of OLPC (and a former Intel manager), has left to start… Read More

  • Saddest CES Meatball/Hush Puppy Name Award goes to…

    After much deliberation, we have decided to award the best CES Meatball/Hush Puppy Name Award to young Eric for his entry “Danny’s Glans.” While simply saying “Danny Glans” would have been far more comedically valuable, his contribution to our daily lexicon here at the show is immeasurable and simply mentioning Danny Glans in our company wrought gales of laughter… Read More

  • Amazing article explores iPhone's history, development: totally worth the read

    [photopress:wiredmagiphone.jpg,full,center] Wired easily has the best article on the iPhone you’re ever going to read on this day or any other. It’s about the history and development of the device, from Steve Jobs sensing that his iPod business wasn’t as secure as his stockholders would like (wireless providers and their MP3-playing cellphones were a big concern) to the… Read More

  • Thanks Striking Writers, Online Video Going Up, Up, Up, Up

    We wrote when the US writer’s strike started in November that it was a chance for millions online to bloom. We were right. According to new figures from Nielsen Online some online video sites have doubled their audience since the strike began. According to Nielsen’s figures, YouTube’s audience was up 18% in the two months after the strike started and Crackle doubled its… Read More

  • Daily Crunch: My Little Corner of the World Edition

    Powerblock hides messy cables, but is bulky
    Amazon’s head of consumer electronics names ‘excellent’ convergence devices
    CES 2008: Play It, Record It
    CES 2008 Exclusive: CrunchGear interviews Penn Jillette about Crackle.com, Mormons, and his choices in technology
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  • MySpace Subpoenaed In Megan Meier Case

    MySpace is one of a number of companies that are believed to have been subpoenaed as part of the ongoing investigation into the death of Megan Meier. For those not familiar with the case, 13 year old Megan Meier committed suicide after she received “cruel” messages on MySpace allegedly from the mother of a school rival who was posing as a 16 year old boy in October 2006. The case… Read More

  • AT&T May Censor Copyrighted Materials At The ISP Level

    I’m often reminded of the Monty Python line “Nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition” as being the perfect analogy for the unexpected, so its apt that I use it here because it looks like what you download online in the United States could soon be monitored and blocked (presuming it breaches copyright) if new plans by AT&T are implemented. At a panel discussion at the… Read More

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