• Japanese ISPs To Ban File Sharers

    Japan has decided to beat France and the United Kingdom (both who have similar proposals) to become the first country to ban file sharers from the internet. Oddly the agreement to do so has not come from the Japanese Government, but from Japan’s four internet service provider organizations after pressure (not surprisingly) from the record and movie industries. According to Torrent Freak… Read More

  • Google generated more ad revenue growth than top 3 online competitors, all offline media in 2007

    [photopress:goog2007ads.jpg,full,center] Google not only generated more ad dollars in 2007 than all other online firms, it generated more ad dollars than all other firms, online or off. AlleyInsider crunched the numbers, as they do, and found that Google generated twice as much revenue as Yahoo, Microsoft and AOL combined. Fellow CRUNCH writer Erick Schonfeld fired up Excel and made some… Read More

  • noBounds: Show mobile content at full HD on larger screens

    noBounds! – blast Smartphones display bounds! from Bernd Steinke on Vimeo. NoBounds is a new project by Nokia which allows you to stream full HD video at 30 fps from mobiles to televisions. It also enables mouse and keyboard interactions with your tiny, sassy cellphone. Smartphones have a tiny display, since they need to be pocketable. PCs and Notebook do not suffer from this… Read More

  • Stealing social network passwords with MITM attacks

    [photopress:cainabel.jpg,full,center] Stealing passwords on a LAN is trivial. This linked video (you can’t embed it anywhere, so you’ll have to actually visit the site to see it), which is something like a year old, shows how Windows users can get in on the fun using Cain & Abel. I bring this up because if social networks are supposed to be the next big thing (which is what… Read More

  • Console sales stats: 360 lags, PSP brings up the rear

    Drum roll, please! The DS and Wii accounted for almost half of all sales, then Sony’s black boxes took the next two spots. Considering you’ve got GTA IV and Metal Gear Solid IV coming out in the next few months, it’s not much of a surprise that the PS3 is thumping the 360, which came in 5th. The PSP actually has pretty strong sales, which I didn’t expect. Anyhow… Read More

  • Songkick Launches "Alexa For Bands"

    London based Songkick, a Y Combinator startup that launched in October 2007, aims to help music artists pack fans into concerts. They’ve been developing a number of new products that are slated for launch soon. But one that they quietly launched last week without much fanfare is something they refer to simply as “Battle of the Bands.” It’s a sort of Alexa or Compete… Read More

  • IOGEAR fined for germ-free claims

    Bloops! The EPA has fined IOGEAR $208,000 for claiming their mice controlled germs. Their crime? “Unsubstantiated public health claims regarding unregistered products, and their ability to control germs and pathogens.” So that’s why I got all those cold sores! IOGEAR Fined $208,000 By EPA For Germ-Free Mice Claims Read More

  • Natural Radio: Control volume, frequency with rocks

    [photopress:natrad1.jpg,full,center] Users control the station frequency and volume of the Natural Radio by placing stones on either side on the center diving line. Inside the radio is a scale that calculates the amount of weight on each side. It’s this weight that controls frequency and volume. Say, for example, 1oz gives you 92.3FM, 2oz gives you 102.7FM, etc. (Obviosuly I just… Read More

  • Juvenalia: POSDT and BigWideLogic

    Not that anyone particularly cares, but I recently dug up some work I did way back in 1991 when I was a Bishop Watterson High School sophomore. As a quiet, friendless nerd (except for my equally quiet, friendless friend Rick), I was fascinated by UNIX and found a book at the library that basically showed you how to write all of the UNIX commands (ls, cd, etc.) under DOS. There was another… Read More

  • So That's What The EU Does With All That Microsoft Money

    Now I get it – The EU takes money from the Microsoft ATM with one hand, and then invests it in a sure-to-fail “Google Killer” with the other. €99 million to Thomson and 22 other European companies to create Quaero, a multimedia search engine (Danny Sullivan notes Thomson was already in this business and then sold it off). This is on top of €120 million approved last year… Read More

  • Manhunt 2 now approved for sale in the UK

    [photopress:manhunt2aok.jpg,full,center] Manhunt 2 has finally been approved for sale in the UK. Normally I wouldn’t care, but we’ve been following this story since the summer, so this is more cathartic than anything else. Rockstar, the game’s developer, had twice submitted the game to a British rating agency. After the second submission, the game was sent to an appeals… Read More

  • CrunchDeals: Buy one Sprint Rumor, get one free

    Pop over to Sprint to pick up a free — after rebate — Rumor when you buy one at the low, low price of $49.99. We actually liked the rumor around CG as its a cute messaging phone and not much else. If you’re on Sprint and looking for a partial Sidekick replacement, you can’t go wrong at 50% off. Product Page Read More

  • Bungee Labs Takes $8 Million Series C

    Bungee Labs has raised $8 million Series C in a round that included Wasatch Venture Fund and existing investors North Bridge Venture Partners and Venrock Associates. Orem, Utah based Bungee Labs offers Bungee Connect, a web-based Ajax environment for creating interactive web applications. Bungee Connect allows developers to “efficiently create and instantly deliver rich web applications… Read More

  • New Skype for Linux with video calling

    New Skype. For Linux. Video calling works. Go get it. Skype via Giz Read More

  • Why there's no more Linux at Wal-Mart

    [photopress:Everex_gPC2.jpg,full,center] This sounds like a no-brainer, but one man, Joel Mclaughlin, theorizes that the low-cost Linux PCs have disappeared from Wal-Mart is because the boxes were too complex for the average Wal-Mart customer. And he’s right. It’s not that they’re hard to use — developers have made great progress in the last few years making Linux into… Read More

  • HTC head talks about eee PC, iPhone

    HTC’s CEO, Peter Chou, talked a bit about the eee PC and the iPhone along with the future of WinMo on HTC handhelds. The takeaway? He doesn’t see the eee as a competitor to the company’s misicule Shift and that the iPhone is pretty darn hot — not as hot as an HTC exec on a mission! On Android: Google is an Internet company so they are very good at the Internet experience. Read More

  • Running Linux on your Wii is now easy++

    This video describes how to use a regular SD card to hack your Wii to play homebrew games and run Linux. It seems pretty easy but after hacking my PS2 back in the day I’ve been pretty reticent about trying these things. How does it work? The Twilight Hack works by employing a lengthly character name for the horse in the game (‘Epona’) in order to facilitate a stack smash. Read More

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    The Back Burner: Things we didn't post this week

    A big thank you to everybody for filling our tips at crunchgear dot com inbox with wonderful, unique, and newsworthy items. Here are five that we just couldn’t get to this week. Hello Hi dear!! My letter will surprise you!! My name – Elena. My age-26 years. I live in Russia!! Private life didn\’t turn out well. I decided to find a foreign man. I dream to meet a decent, kind… Read More

  • Wii saves lives, does not kill puppies

    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/22425001/vp/23629747#23629747 Awwwwww…
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  • This week's Rock Band downloads: Thrash!

    [photopress:AtTheGateGroup.jpg,full,center] I love Rock Band and I love that they keep releasing songs for it. However, lately they’ve sucked. Last week was pretty bad, and the week before that was all Grateful Dead. I hate the Grateful Dead. This week’s a little better, as Harmonix has announced the Earache Thrash Pack, a three-pack including Blinded by Fear by At the Gates… Read More

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