• Google Presentations Introduces Embedded Slide Shows

    Google Docs just added some cool new features to its Web-based Presentation software: slide shows that you can embed anywhere on the Web. Check it out below: Read More

  • Another Take on Getting Videos to Go Viral

    Over Thanksgiving this past year we published a controversial guest post by Dan Ackerman Greenberg called “The Secret Strategies Behind Many ‘Viral’ Videos” that explained how certain steps can be taken to make amateur videos hosted on YouTube achieve massive amounts of page views. YouTube comedian Kevin Nalty (you may know him from Farting in Public) has just posted a… Read More

  • Best Buy guys caught switching up merchandise in theft ring

    We’ve heard tales of people buying electronics, getting them home, and opening them just to find, well, not what they’d purchased. It’s been suggested that store employees had been swinging the ol’ switcharoo, and now a trio of thieving associates at a Best Buy in New Jersey (natch) have been caught red-handed doing just such unlawful misdeedery. Michael Lombardozzi… Read More

  • Technorati Makes Changes To Blog Rankings. Big Hit For No. 1 Engadget

    Technorati made changes this week to the way it counts inbound links for purposes of determining its blog rankings. This had some effect on the Technorati 100 list. Technorati was previously counting all links made to blogs on a given domain. So links to, for example, chinese.engadget.com were also counting towards engadet.com, even though they are separate blogs. They are no longer counting… Read More

  • First Release Of Crunchies Tickets Sold Out. More Next Week

    The first set of tickets for the Crunchies, which went on sale last night, sold out this morning. We will put another batch up for sale on Tuesday next week at around 10 AM PST. I apologize in advance for having to turn away email requests for tickets. Given space limitations at the Herbst Theatre, and the fact that there needs to actually be a seat for every attendee, space is going to be… Read More

  • Hot new tube amp for iPod looks great, but how does it sound?

    We’ve seen these tube-based iPod amps before, and they’re sexy, and there’s also no doubt that in general tube amplification sounds far, far better than transitorized audio. But here’s the thing: the music on you iPod is digitized anyway, will playing it back through an analog, tubed amp make it sound any better, really? I shouldn’t think so. MP3 compression at… Read More

  • Is this the biggest UK social network you've never heard of?

    It’s a little harsh on the eye and could do with an interface makeover but Don’t Stay In could well be the biggest UK-based social network you’ve never heard of. That said, you have probably heard of it if you like going clubbing and having your photo taken by DSI “spotters”, because as its publicly available traffic page shows, it’s clocking up some… Read More

  • Concert Socialcaster DeepRockDrive to Publicly Launch at CES

    Update: Free tickets for Tuesday’s shows featuring The Maine and Big B are available to the first 200 TechCrunch readers to send an e-mail to techcrunch at deeprockdrive dot com. While the future of the music industry may not be in selling albums, there is still hope for the concert side of the business. Danny Socolof and Jeff Henshaw think they can bring concerts onto the Web with… Read More

  • Breaking: Warner Bros. jumps ship, Blu-ray all the way

    I am in utter shock right now. Warner Bros. just dropped a bomb. And that bomb is that they’ve given up on HD DVD. Is the format war over? This won’t go into effect until later this year, but this has to be the end, right? Anyone want to buy an HD DVD player and a boat load of movies? Heh. Seriously. Not really. Well, maybe. Read More

  • Papercraft Bumblebee made of KFC buckets: I want one!

    If you’re in a repressive Communist country and have a little time to kill, what are you going to do? I mean, the Internet’s all censored, TV as well. You need a hobby, and this young man’s is papercraft, the art of sculpting complex and/or beautiful items out of paper and glue. But this guy’s gone to the next level, and we love it. Using nothing but cardboard from… Read More

  • GeForce 9800 GX2 crashes outside Area 51, photographed by HardOCP

    The only word that comes to mind is “impractical.” From every perspective, this video card is just ridiculous. It’s enormous for one thing, with two PCBs stuck together, and it looks like an matte black air conditioner for another. It’s essentially two 8800s in a native SLI setup, with a gig of RAM and 256 stream processors. For the layman, that basically means… Read More

  • Facebook lauded for privacy and security in the UK. What gives?

    How ironic. Just as Scoble and Faceboook were clashing (then later making up) about who owns his 5000 contacts, a new UK report has named both Facebook and Bebo the best social networks for features like privacy and security, including how easy it is to remove personal details. Independent consumer advocate Computing Which? found Bebo and Facebook scored 79% and 74% respectively for their… Read More

  • It was a digital music Christmas

    According to various reports, one of the hot items given as presents this year was vouchers for digital music stores and media players like iPods. That must be the main reason why figures showing online downloads more than doubled in the UK in the last week of 2007 compared with 2006, according to analysts at UBS. The industry is hoping falling CD sales (heaven knows why when you can more… Read More

  • Skype to come to the PSP

    Skype is coming to the Sony PlayStation Portable. As reghardware reports, Sony’s own website now says: “Call friends, talk trash to fellow gamers or catch up with acquaintances via Skype for PSP.” Looks like someone forgot to switch that bit off before the CES show in Vegas. Interestingly, Sony Europe has been cooking up communications tools for the handheld with none other… Read More

  • Wireless Rock Band gear to be made by Mad Catz

    I can’t say that accessories manufacturer Mad Catz has the best track record – their third-party controllers are, as often as not, chintzy and only minimally functional. However, they could be the cheap bass and drums you can actually afford if you want to have a Rock Band get-together with other poor people. Or, if your friends are imaginary, those weak third-party instruments… Read More

  • Autonomy benefits from need to search documents faster

    Autonomy – one of the original UK startups but now publicly traded – has won a $70m (£35m) deal with the Citigroup bank – its largest contract to date and evidence that the search firm will benefit from the US subprime lending crisis. Why? Because Autonomy has software to quickly find documents for lawsuits, which are expected to rise in the wake of the credit crunch. It… Read More

  • Wii not getting DS games, NYT screwed up multiple times

    Not only did the NYT screw up Reggie’s name two times, it screwed up the whole Wii and DS game transferring as well. An article about the Nintendo DS video game system in the Dec. 31 Business Day section of the New York Times incorrectly referred to future capabilities of the device. The statement that complete Nintendo DS games will eventually be able to be downloaded into the device via… Read More

  • MSN Video to Veoh: Right Back At 'Cha (With TV Shows From Hulu)

    Just a day after video-sharing site Veoh added a TV tab with shows from Hulu and CBS, Microsoft did the same thing with the launch of a new MSN Video Guide. (This is really just a new user interface to showcase this content). It too has a TV tab with full-length episodes from Hulu (Fox and NBC Universal shows), as well as CBS. Similar to Veoh, the shows range from Battlestar Galactica, CSI… Read More

  • Infinity anounces Classia Series speakers

    One of these days I’m going to get myself a nice set of surround sound speakers. Who knows, maybe I’ll snag a set from Infinity. The Classia Series is aesthetically pleasing and includes a compact bookshelf monitor, wall-mountable center channel, floorstanding tower, and a wall-mountable surround speaker with selectable monopole/bipole/dipole/dual-speaker operation. Drivers in… Read More

  • Man follows GPS directions onto train tracks, car destroyed

    Someone’s been recreating episodes of “The Office” in his spare time. A California man drove into a Metro North commuter train last night in upstate New York because “the GPS system [told] him to turn right, and he [turned] right onto the railroad tracks.” You read that right. Because the GPS “told him” to turn right, he turned right then had his… Read More

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