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  • Help Me Interview Jack Dorsey Tonight

    Jack Dorsey is in demand these days. The inventor of Twitter is now back as head of product, while still acting as CEO of his other startup, Square. Tonight, Dorsey and I will guest lecture together at Rachel Sterne’s Columbia Business School course on Social Media And Entrepreneurship. Sterne is also New York City’s chief digital officer, so it should be a social media… Read More

  • The Droid X Gingerbread Update Brings A Little But Welcome Fix To The Dock Clock Mode

    Huzzah! I loaded the leaked Gingerbread release on my Droid X last night and have fantastic news to report. The stupid colon doesn’t blink when the phone is docked now. Gingerbread as a whole is a tasty update, but this single change makes me a happy little boy. Before the colon would blink as quick as a strobe light. It was major distraction as the dock rests right between my two… Read More

  • Japan's SoftBank To Offer Free Phones, Waive All Communication Fees For Quake Orphans

    Japan’s telecommunications juggernaut SoftBank, the third largest mobile carrier of the country, had to register quite a lot of damage after the big earthquake that hit Japan on March 11. 3,800 of SoftBank’s base stations were knocked out, meaning no customer in the affected areas could make or receive calls via cell phones (the situation was similar with other carriers). But it… Read More

  • Fly or Die Review of Amazon Cloud and Color App

    Fly Or Die: How Will Color Solve The Loneliness Problem? (Plus, Amazon Cloud)

    In this week’s episode of Fly or Die, we cover two big launches—Amazon Cloud Drive and Color—and a Quirky DIY pocketKnife called the Switch. Just yesterday, Amazon launched its Cloud Drive, which is a general storage service in the cloud which is being pushed as a media locker, starting with music Color is the $41 million photo app nobody can figure out. Is it the future or… Read More

  • With Square In Its Sights, Intuit Readies A Tablet App For GoPayment

    With Square In Its Sights, Intuit Readies A Tablet App For GoPayment

    Mobile payments are finally taking off right now. But it is not mobile wallets for consumers with NFC-chipped mobile phones leading the way. It is payment apps for small merchants like those made by Square and Intuit’s GoPayment. Tonight at an Intuit showcase in New York City, I got a sneak peak at several new Intuit products still in development, including an upcoming GoPayment tablet… Read More

  • Tap Tap Revenge Now Available For Android

    Whoa! It’s a huge day for the big-name mobile games. Just a little while ago, the universally known Doodle Jump got its long-awaited multiplayer update. Hours later, another massively popular title is gettin’ a big new feature: Tap Tap Revenge, a title so popular that it lead Disney to snatch up the company that built it, is now available on Android. Read More

  • Doodle Jump Goes Multiplayer

    Doodle Jump. Ever heard of it? If you’re an iPhone owner — or at least, someone who’s ever gone anywhere near the iOS App Store — you probably have. While it’s hovering somewhere around the 10th place slot these days, Doodle Jump’s addictive gameplay and near-constant updates had it locked into the #1 spot for months. Today, the folks behind Doodle Jump… Read More

  • Like Us On Facebook, Win Awesome Stuff

    If you’re a MobileCrunch reader, it’s probably because you’re an early adopter. Or you’re just awesome. Well, we’ve got something new for you to be an early adopter of (or that’ll just make you more awesome): the brand spankin’ new MobileCrunch page on Facebook. Yeah, I know: we should have built a Facebook Page ages ago. To be honest, it’s… Read More

  • New York Attorney General To Dig Into The AT&T/T-Mobile Deal

    While AT&T continues to exude confidence that their planned acquisition of T-Mobile will get all the necessary approvals, it’s starting to look less and less likely. Many in the industry were already a bit dubious about the deal once we worked out that the top two carriers in the US (the AT&T/T-Mo mega carrier as #1, Verizon as #2) would account for nearly 80 percent of the… Read More

  • Video: Would You Use Samsung's Crazy (And Arguably Brilliant) New Webpage Zooming System? Yowza. It’s been a while since Samsung has done anything on the software side that was particularly original — but this… this is friggin’ awesome. The idea: as an alternative to multitouch zooming, you place your thumbs on the screen and then move the device closer to or further from your face. By pulling data from the… Read More

  • Sprint Opens Up Kyocera Echo Reservations For The Extra-Crazy Early Adopters

    Even if you never heed any other word of gadget advice I give, heed this: Sprint has just opened up the reservation queue for their crazy new multi-screen Android phone, the Kyocera Echo. Don’t do it.. Don’t stand in line for it, either. Wait a few weeks. Read More

  • Mobile Firefox Skips Flash In Favor Of HTML5

    A week after launching the official release of Firefox 4, Mozilla is following up today with Mobile Firefox for Android and Maemo phones (for all twelve of you Maemo fans out there). For Android, the browser is now available on the Android Market,. One thing Firefox mobile doesn’t have is support for Flash, even though Android has a big partnership with Adobe to make Flash work on mobile. Read More

  • Best Buy Adds 4G To Its Mobile Internet Service

    Best Buy is now in the the 4G business. The company has announced that its Best Buy Connect service, which first launched last July, will now support 4G, courtesy of a deal worked out with Clearwire. Access to the 4G network will set you back $45 per month, with Best Buy willing to waive the $35 activation fee if you agree to a two-year contract. Read More

  • iOS Game Review: Forget-Me-Not

    After seeing this interesting-looking game on Indie Games, I thought I’d give it a shot. The colorful, 80s-arcade graphics, minimal controls, and randomly generated gameplay suggested a retro-themed good time. And I wasn’t disappointed — it’s a lo-fi retro delight. Read More

  • It's Official: Ev Became "Less Involved" At Twitter Months Ago

    Today’s return of Twitter inventor Jack Dorsey to the company he created to once again head up its product efforts raises the question of what will co-founder Evan Williams be doing now. When he handed over the CEO reigns to Dick Costolo last October, the company said he was going to focus more on the product side of things. Dorsey is now the head of product and the two co-founders have… Read More

  • Tethered Jailbreak for iOS 4.3.1 Now Available (But Probably Not A Good Idea)

    Just a few days ago, Apple released iOS 4.3.1 — and already, the endlessly ingenious jailbreaking crowd has found their way in. However, let it be known: these early hacks tend to have a caveat or two, and this one’s certainly not the exception. Read More

  • Rumor: No new iPhone at WWDC this year?

    When you do things the same way each and every year, people start to expect it. Take the iPhone, for example; after the first iPhone was announced at the now mostly perished MacWorld conference, every subsequent iPhone announcement (3G, 3GS, 4) came at Apple’s own WWDC. After 3 years of back-to-back-to-back WWDC iPhone releases, people have started to look at WWDC as the iPhone… Read More

  • AmEx Gets Into Mobile Payments And Takes On PayPal With Serve

    Uh oh, Paypal; looks like you’ve got a new challenger in the person-to-person payments space. American Express has just announced the launch of their new money spendin’ service, Serve. At its foundation, it’s just a fancied up PayPal, allowing users to send one another money via e-mail address (as long as both users have Serve accounts.) Past that point, however, it’s got… Read More

  • Jack Dorsey Takes Over Product Again At Twitter As Executive Chairman

    Jack Dorsey Takes Over Product Again At Twitter As Executive Chairman

    Jack Dorsey is back at Twitter in a big way. He just tweeted that he is now taking on the lead product role at Twitter, the company he co-founded and where he’s remained as chairman. To reflect his new operating role, his title will now be executive chairman. Dorsey will remain CEO of Square. News that Dorsey was negotiating with Twitter for an expanded role came out last week. There… Read More

  • Zapd Creates Themed Websites Right From Your Phone

    Zapd Creates Themed Websites Right From Your Phone

    Tumblr and Posterous showed the world that making blogging simpler makes it more accessible. Both make also make it really easy to publish from your phone. Now Zapd, a new service from Seattle startup Pressplane, wants to take it one step further and let you create websites right from your phone. Zapd is an iPhone app that lets you create a themed, well-designed, mobile-friendly website in… Read More