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    YouTube Disco Stops Dancing, Nobody Notices

    YouTube Disco Stops Dancing, Nobody Notices

    Google’s YouTube debuted an experimental music discovery project dubbed YouTube Disco last year in January, enabling users to create quick-and-dirty playlists and discover new artists and music videos on the fly. Not that this is a really big deal or anything, but a reader informs us that the feature, which was launched rather quietly via YouTube test lab TestTube, recently stopped… Read More

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    Database Admins! Red Gate Wants To Send One Of You INTO SPACE

    Database Admins! Red Gate Wants To Send One Of You INTO SPACE

    Rarely do we promote a company’s marketing campaign here on TechCrunch, but then again, this is a contest with one hell of a prize. If you’re a database administrator, you better pay close attention to the following. British software company Red Gate is rewarding one lucky SOB DBA (no matter if he or she works at a bank, Internet startup or a soda distributor) with a seat on a… Read More

  • HP Flails Further Into Irrationality By Offering Printer Spam

    HP Flails Further Into Irrationality By Offering Printer Spam

    Now that HP has sufficiently disgraced the vision of Mssrs. Hewlett and Packard, they continued to gyrate wildly into odd business that no one wants. To wit: in a joint press release with Condé Nast, the company is offering two odd consumer-facing propositions. First, they’re going to charge you $5.99-$10 a month to subscribe to a replacement ink service, called Instant Ink. When… Read More

  • Video: AlphaDog Is A Bigger, Faster, Quieter BigDog

    Video: AlphaDog Is A Bigger, Faster, Quieter BigDog

    I’m sure all of you remember BigDog, the utterly terrifying biomimetic robot platform that dances over rough terrain on weird legs and makes a sound like it’s full of angry bees. You didn’t think they were going to give up on it, did you? No, it’s been a rousing success apparently, so much so that they decided to build one that outdoes the original in every way. The… Read More

  • Timelines.com Sues Facebook, Says Its New Timeline Feature Could “Eliminate” Them

    Timelines.com Sues Facebook, Says Its New Timeline Feature Could “Eliminate” Them

    Timelines Inc., a small venture capital-backed Chicago company that operates the Timelines.com website, has launched a trademark-infringement suit against Facebook on Thursday, claiming that the latter’s recently announced Timeline feature could “quite possibly eliminate” its entire business. Timelines.com is a website that basically allows people to record and share personal… Read More

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    Appsfire To Amazon: Your Kindle Fire Logo Looks Mighty Familiar

    Appsfire To Amazon: Your Kindle Fire Logo Looks Mighty Familiar

    Hey Amazon, Appsfire wants to have a chat about your logo for the Kindle Fire, that interesting, affordable tablet you announced a few days ago. They’re upset because it looks a lot like theirs. Writes Appsfire co-founder Ouriel Ohayon: (after the jump) Read More

  • Nice Work If You Can Get It: Apotheker Leaves HP With $10 Million Severance

    Nice Work If You Can Get It: Apotheker Leaves HP With $10 Million Severance

    Massive severance packages are nothing new, but sometimes you just feel the need to call attention to them. Ousted HP CEO Leo Apotheker is leaving the company with a $7.2 million severance payment, plus a $2.4 million bonus and $3.7m in stock (more if you count the other 440,000 vested shares). I understand that this high pay is part of our business culture, but really, now. Is it possible that… Read More

  • Oh, Nokia. Another 3,500 People Laid Off, Manufacturing Operations Trimmed Down

    Oh, Nokia. Another 3,500 People Laid Off, Manufacturing Operations Trimmed Down

    Nokia this morning announced “plans to take additional actions to align its workforce and operations”. You know what that means: mass layoffs and then some. In a press release, the Finnish mobile giant says it will reduce its staff by at least 3,500 employees by the end of 2012. Nokia also says there will be reductions in manufacturing; the company is closing its manufacturing… Read More

  • What if Don Draper had presented Facebook Timeline?

    What if Mad Men’s Don Draper has presented Timeline instead of Mark Zuckerburg? Would we be worrying about privacy, or instead balling our eyes out at the nostalgia generated from our past lives, leaving us wanting more? That’s the idea behind a video put together by Chicago-based Eric Leist. The original presentation saw Draper present the Kodak Carousel slide machine – a… Read More

  • German Artist Creates 4000-Watt Sound Tank

    German Artist Creates 4000-Watt Sound Tank

    Have you ever had a song stuck in your head to the point where you just need everyone else in a six-block radius to hear it? Apparently that’s a common affliction in my neighborhood. Last time it was Paul Simon at 4 in the morning. But at least they were only playing it on a boombox, not a 4000-watt sound tank. Berlin-based artist Nik Nowak has created an actual track-based vehicle, as in… Read More

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    Someone Please Wake Up @MarkDavidson – One Of His Twitter Ghostwriters Went Rogue

    Someone Please Wake Up @MarkDavidson – One Of His Twitter Ghostwriters Went Rogue

    I’m sorry, but this is just too funny not to share. A guy called Mark Davidson, a Social Marketing & Communications Strategist according to his LinkedIn profile, apparently hired three people to ghostwrite on his Twitter account. From the looks of it, one of them was just fired from Mark’s inexplicably large ghostwriting team, but his former employer failed to change his… Read More

  • Guest post: Identify and leverage your start-up sustainability

    This is a guest post by Luke Miller, Founder and CEO of Offset Options, a Barcelona & London-based startup using web services to fight climate change. The majority of today’s start-ups are focused on making an action, a process, purchase or communications easier, cheaper and more efficient. This efficiency can offer great reduction in environmental impact – for your industry… Read More

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    How To Go Back To The Previous Facebook Interface (While You Still Can)

    How To Go Back To The Previous Facebook Interface (While You Still Can)

    If you’re not happy with the changes Facebook made with regards to the News Feed, and the addition of the ‘Ticker’, there’s an easy way to revert back to the ‘old’ Facebook user interface. Simply go to your Account Settings and change your language to anything but ‘English (US)’. If you only speak English, you can simply pick ‘English… Read More

  • Skype Aware Of XSS Vulnerability In iOS Apps, “Working Hard To Fix” It

    Skype Aware Of XSS Vulnerability In iOS Apps, “Working Hard To Fix” It

    If you’re using Skype for iOS on your iPhone or iPod touch, consider yourself warned: a cross-site scripting vulnerability looms in the “Chat Message” window in version 3.0.1 and earlier versions. The hole allows attackers to execute malicious JavaScript code that runs when a victim views a chat message, enabling theft of information, including a user’s address book… Read More

  • I’m Leaving TechCrunch. Here’s Why.

    I’m Leaving TechCrunch. Here’s Why.

    So now, less than five years later, you can go up on a steep hill in Las Vegas and look West, and with the right kind of eyes you can almost see the high-water mark —that place where the wave finally broke and rolled back. – Hunter S. Thompson, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas To those who have been following the recent TechCrunch drama, this post won’t come as much of a surprise. Read More

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    In Battle Over The ‘Tweet’ Trademark, Twitter Sues Twittad

    In Battle Over The ‘Tweet’ Trademark, Twitter Sues Twittad

    You may remember that back in July 2009, Twitter made a big stink about developers using the term ‘tweet’ in their Twitter apps. Oddly enough, while Twitter has long been trying to register the ‘tweet’ trademark in the United States, it has so far failed despite its efforts mainly because one or more third-party developer(s) actually beat them to the punch in –… Read More

  • Google Fails To Hire The ‘GooglePleaseHire.Me’ Guy

    Google Fails To Hire The ‘GooglePleaseHire.Me’ Guy

    Remember Matthew Epstein, the guy that wanted to work at Google so badly that he created an interesting campaign in order to get the search and advertising giant’s attention? Well he did get their attention, partly because we urged Google to hire Epstein as fast as human-resourcesly possible. That said, at some point the company apparently lost interest in communicating with Epstein. In… Read More

  • Lost In Legoland: A Gazillion Bricks And A Mini Star Wars Geekfest

    Lost In Legoland: A Gazillion Bricks And A Mini Star Wars Geekfest

    What happens when a geek winds up in Legoland? He has loads of unfiltered fun, that’s what. You can spend hours just looking at the fantastic creations, big or small, go on fun rides or visit some of the movies and exhibitions in the designated areas. I promised myself to come back here when my kids, who is now only 5 months old, grows a few years older. If you have kids, or you would… Read More

  • Lost In Denmark: Hackers, Robots, Wacky Office Spaces And Sharks

    Lost In Denmark: Hackers, Robots, Wacky Office Spaces And Sharks

    I spent the better part of last week hanging out with some fellow tech bloggers in Denmark – in Aarhus and Billund, to be more specific – and mingling with the people who organized and traveled to attend, speak or exhibit at the Next Aarhus ‘Beautiful Mistakes’ conference and exhibition. The conference in itself was really fascinating, though not exactly TechCrunch… Read More

  • Nokia Exec Leaves After 21 Years To Start ‘Vision+’ Fund, Promptly Partners With Nokia

    Nokia Exec Leaves After 21 Years To Start ‘Vision+’ Fund, Promptly Partners With Nokia

    Nokia this morning announced that Tero Ojanperä, former CTO and currently Executive Vice President and a member of the company’s ‘Leadership Team’, is leaving the flailing phone manufacturer at the end of this month, after serving Nokia for 21 years. He will take on a new role as managing partner of a new investment fund called Vision+. Amusingly, Vision+ has already formed… Read More