Baidu Loses CFO, Wins Piracy Case

Chinese search giant Baidu has lost its CFO under mysterious circumstances, but has won a major piracy case. In a statement, Baidu said that CFO Shawn Wang had died in “an accident” whilst

iPhone-ize your WinMo phone: What all this about a sow's ear?

While this isn’t as sexy as the HTC Touch interface — dig the cube, man — this new piece of software from PointUi mimics some iPhone functionality while hiding the hard mess of WinMo

Handheld Genesis thing looks like it might be as awesome as me, almost

So it’s the end of the year and I seem to be on a bit of a retro gaming kick, so I was stoked to find the AtGames Mega Drive Portable, a 20-in-1 handheld Sega Genesis device. Alex Kidd, Golden A

Data privacy is a startup opportunity, alas

While TechCrunch reports that Australia has plans to censor the Internet for its citizens, the UK is keeping up its fight for freedom and justice by being ranked as the worst in Europe for privacy, mu

Reprobate uses Xbox Live, Google, text messaging to stalk Spokane teen

If you drive across the country to rape a 15-year old girl and her sister whom you’ve met playing Xbox Live, it’s likely not a good idea to text message them and tell them you’re on

Gen-X Console: NES + Genesis = Retro-awesome

How come I don’t find things like this before Xmas? This is the Gen-X Dual station, likely the weirdest console I’ve ever met. It’s an NES and a Sega Genesis combined into one, but t

Pointui Launches For Those With iPhone Envy

A new piece of software by Pointui launched this afternoon that makes Windows Mobile devices a little bit more iPhone-like. The CrunchGear team isn’t answering emails or phone calls (It’s

Hooja raises $1.5m from Facebook investor

Israeli search technology start-up Hooja has raised $1.5 million from some well known-investors, including Peter Thiel, one of the founders of PayPal, and an early investor in Facebook. Hooja, current

Bill's predictions for 2008

Bill Thompson, independent journalist and regular commentator on the BBC World Service programme Digital Planet, has spread out his predictions for the Internet. Given that Bill helped to create one o

Holiday sales down 20 percent

According to holiday numbers released by Neilsen Soundscan, physical album sales were down 21.4 percent from last year. The drop is the latest indication of the spectacular decline of the music indust

HD DVD and Blu-ray at a stalemate

The NY Times today has a piece reporting on the general state of high def DVDs. The report concludes that with about a million players in circulation (both formats combined), most consumers appear to

Happy New Year

It’s been a great year for everyone at CrunchGear and we’re glad you’ve been here to enjoy it with us. Just a reminder that we’ll be in Vegas from the 5th through the 10th for

CrunchGear's 2007 Year-End review round-up

It’s the end of the year, and we’ve covered a lot of ground in the last 12 months, much of it with snarky reviews. Let’s look back, shall we, at a handful of these reviews, just for

The year 2007 according to TechCrunch

Big Daddy is rounding up the year with, what else, lists documenting the most popular articles, heavy hitting stories and those who entered the dreaded deadpool in the past year. Whether you’re

OLPC 'Give One Get One' ends today

If you’ve been putting donating an OLPC, today is your last day to participate in the Give One Get One program. So after today, if you buy one, you only get one. It’ll set you back $399, b

The Wii, DS pwn everyone and their mother

Yes, we all know the Wii is still an elusive bugger and the DS is hot stuff (it’s outselling the PSP), but the novelty of both have warn off. I don’t touch the Wii anymore, but I am learni

LG Rumor has problems, big problems

The LG Rumor for Sprint appears to have major issues. Big time problems. A debugging menu has been found on the device that triggers a complete wipe of the phone including its firmware. For the time b

Who Is The Openest Of Them All?

If there is one thing I noticed this past year, it is that companies seem to be tripping over themselves more than ever before to claim the mantle of openness. Openness is now a marketing mantra. Face

CrunchGear virus false alarm in IE

It appears some anti-virus software is pinging mootools — a Javascript script that is running on this site now — as a SNZ.A virus. I discovered that this has been happening recently and is

BlackBerry, please make the following changes for 2008

I don’t do well under pressure so I can’t think of anything off the top of my head. Maybe I need some coffee. My only gripes are HTML e-mail and something else that I just forgot. I need s
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