• Wal-Mart sells box of rocks disguised as Nintendo DS (twice)

    I’ve worked plenty of thankless retail jobs so I can sympathize with the grind but please, customer service people, check the boxes of stuff that gets returned to your store. A Nintendo DS box filled with rocks and newspaper was apparently returned to a Wal Mart store in Florida, then put back on the floor TWICE, and sold to a mother who gave it to her son as a birthday present. Read More

  • Nahum Sharfman, Founder Of Shopping.com, Perishes In Plane Crash

    We received devastating news that Nahum Sharfman, founder of Shopping.com, and his wife, Nava, died in a plane crash in Greece. According to The Marker (the article is in Hebrew, here’s the translated version), Sharfman, who was a well-known entrepreneur in the Israeli tech space, perished in a plane crash on the Greek island of Korfo. The story has also been broken on Twitter. Read More

  • Palm Pre materials cost $137.83, says iSuppli

    It’s pretty much obligatory at this point: someone announces a new piece of hardware, gets a lot of attention, and iSuppli tears it apart and prices the components. Whether they’ve managed to get ahold of a Pre and actually tear it apart or they just dug up a list of components, we’re not sure – but iSuppli has pinned the final bill of materials for the Palm Pre at $137.38. Read More

  • The iTie has a pocket for your iPod

    If you have to wear a tie more than once a year, you might as well have a cool one. The iTie serves two functions: one, it has two little straps that attach to the buttons on your shirt so it doesn’t blow around, get dunked in your coffee, or, my personal favorite from when I used to wear a tie, get toothpaste all over it. Read More

  • High Payouts From Microsoft PubCenter May Be Too Good To Be True

    Last week, Microsoft officially opened up PubCenter to the masses, allowing anyone to sign up for the ad program. We’ve written about how Microsoft’s PubCenter, a self-serve third-party ad publishers platform through AdCenter, was doing well with private beta testers over the past year, with PubCenter paying significantly more than competitors Google AdSense and Yahoo Publisher… Read More

  • New Samsung camcorders to feature angled lenses

    Samsung’s got two new portable camcorders coming out in July. The SMX-C14 will feature 16GB of onboard memory, expandable via SD while the SMX-C10 won’t feature any standard memory, relying solely on your ever-growing pile of SD cards. Read More

  • Spock And Intelius? Uh Oh.

    People search engine Spock is about to be sold, say multiple sources. Spock was a hot startup back when it launched in 2007, but after an initial spike in traffic, the company has gone sideways and faded into obscurity. People search, it seems, will be dominated by the likes of LinkedIn and Facebook, who are both now being smart about search engine optimization. Now they’ve burned… Read More

  • "Calgary" will be Moto's first Android handset

    Want something that looks like Motorola’s aborted Sidekick Slide? That runs Android? That has buttons like the RAZR? Well, you’re in luck because Moto is planning to launch the Android-powered Calgary on Verizon. Read More

  • CrunchDeals: 23-inch Dell LCD for $159, 22-inch for $139

    Wow, good double deal on Dell monitors. Take your pick of the 23-inch 1920×1080 S2309W for just $159 or the 22-inch version for $139. Both feature DVI and VGA inputs, but you’ll have to use some of the money you save to buy a set of speakers as there aren’t any built in on either model. Still, nice big cheap monitors, eh? Dell S2309W and Dell S2209W [Dell.com via dealnews] Read More

  • Reminder: Banjo-Tooie now available on Xbox Live

    Don’t forget that Banjo-Tooie is now on Xbox Live! Yup, I bought it this morning, and it immediately took me back to Happier Days, a youth defined by watching WWF (at the time) and playing N64 and PlayStation all weekend long. Read More

  • Slacker for BlackBerry hits 1 million downloads

    Not too shabby, Slacker. Less than 4 months after Slacker for BlackBerry was launched at CES 2009, Slacker, Inc. has announced that it has surpassed 1 million downloads. Now, 1 million might not seem like all that much in the shadow of the iTunes App Store and its 1 billion served – but remember, this is the BlackBerry we’re talking about. A huge chunk of BlackBerry owners… Read More

  • Searching For The Swine Flu

    One way to possibly track the spread of the swine flu is to look at where spikes in search activity around related terms is occurring. Google already does this with its Google Flu Trends, and has now extended that analysis on an experimental basis to Mexico with a site it just put up called Experimental Flu Trends For Mexico. This could prove to be an early warning system. Last week… Read More

  • Free keychain anyone?

    Found in the free section of Flint, MI’s Craigslist page: i bought my lieing, cheating ex girlfriend this key chain it flashes the name and is solar power and will last 5 yrs it has atlanta ga on reverse side it free to anyone that will pic it up. just bought it monday and come home to find ou she is seeing someone else so its yours for the taking. contact me at drameytn@yahoo.com… Read More

  • Harvard Posts The Wolfram Alpha Preview Video — Without A Single Shot Of The Service

    There’s a lot of buzz swirling about Wolfram Alpha, the new computational search engine — perhaps too much. But regardless, people want to see the service in action to decide for themselves. And some of those people tuned into the preview webcast put on by Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society yesterday. Unfortunately, if you listened in live, it was audio-only. Read More

  • Rumor: Motorola "IRONMAN" to rock Android?

    While that certainly doesn’t look like any Android UI we’ve seen, BoyGeniusReport is hearin’ whispers that the handset you see up above is one of Motorola’s first outings in Android territory. Codenamed, nicknamed, or just plain name-named (they’re not sure which) “Ironman”, Motorola is supposedly aiming at a Q3 release. Specific specs are absent, but… Read More

  • Phishing Attack Underway At Facebook. Don't Sign In To Fbaction.net

    We’ve received multiple tips of a new phishing attack that has broken out on Facebook. If you get an email message that looks to be from Facebook with the subject, “Hello,” and featuring the text below, don’t bother clicking on the link included. Doing so takes you to a site called fbaction.net that mimics the look of the main Facebook login page, hoping to get you to… Read More

  • Nokia 5800 XpressMusic turns Trekkie for the UK

    While some phones stay true to a single flick (take Sony Ericsson handsets and any Bond movie ever, for example), some leap around Hollywood like a heiress on a booze binge. One example of the not so loyal? The Nokia 5800. After making its ultra-early debut in The Dark Knight, it’s jumping over to the Star Trek camp. On May 1st (7 days before the film’s release), UK retailer… Read More

  • Stairmaster + scooter = Pumgo

    If you like stairs and you also happen to like scooters but you can’t decide between a flight of stairs and a scooter, maybe you’ll find yourself in the market for this Pumgo thing. It’s a pedal-powered scooter. You know, for when pushing your foot along the pavement isn’t as exhilirating as pedaling. Read More

  • Bell&Ross iPhone App: Hrm?

    What the heck? Seriously? Durr? Read More

  • AOL Posts 23 Percent Decline In Revenues During 1st Quarter As It Prepares For Spin-Off

    Time Warner announced first quarter earnings today, giving us a peak at how AOL is doing. It’ seen better days. Revenues were down 23 percent to $867 million. Of that advertising revenues made up about half ($443 million), but were down a gut-wrenching 20 percent. Yahoo, in comparison, saw a 12 percent decline in advertising revenues during the quarter, and Google saw 6 percent growth… Read More

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