• TC50: Job Seekers Pay LocalBacon To Apply For Jobs (And That Might Just Work)

    As an employer, chances are you use sites like Craigslist or Monster.com to try and get the best candidates for vacant spots. If that’s indeed your modus operandi for recruitment, than you’re probably also used to receiving bad or incomplete resumes, applications from totally unqualified persons or just utter spam. LocalBacon thinks it doesn’t have to be that way, and… Read More

  • Oddly, TwitterFon Changes Its Name to Echofon

    One of the first really great Twitter iPhone apps was TwitterFon, created by Naan Studio. The app saw success, as did its sister application, TwitterFox, a plug-in for Firefox. Both have been downloaded over a million times, and both apparently have over 200,000 daily active users. But today, both are changing their name, to Echofon. The reasoning behind the change is a little odd. Naan… Read More

  • TC50 Backstage: Marissa Mayer Talks Fast Flip

    We grabbed Google’s Marissa Mayer backstage just after her launch of Fast Flip. Michael asked her about that name change, Google’s on going innovation with news online, and whether any big players did not want Google using their content with this new product. Her product manager was also on camera. Mike’s question to him? Rate Mayer as a boss on a scale of one to ten. Read More

  • MIT students build $150 space camera

    If I had $150 dollars (I don’t), I would probably buy a new hard drive. But I’m not MIT quaility. You see, two MIT students decided to spend $150 “to see what the world looked like from the sky.” And apparently they didn’t want to use this thing called the Internet. So they assembled a contraption made up of a weather balloon, helium, Styrofoam cooler, hand warmers… Read More

  • TC50: Yext Offers Local Businesses A Smart Inbox For Phone Calls

    Yext, a popular local business search engine that for some reason managed to stay under the radar so far, is launching a new product dubbed Yext Calls at the TechCrunch50 event today that’s bound to raise some eyebrows. Local businesses can use the Yext Calls software to process incoming phone calls and organize them based on semantic analysis of what was said during the conversation… Read More

  • TC50: RedBeacon Lets You Hire Local Service Providers Online, Without Any Phone Calls

    The web is loaded with sites offering listings and reviews for local services, with mainstays like Yelp and Craigslist leading the pack. But when it comes to actually executing a transaction with one of these service providers — establishing details like establishing a price and timing — most people still turn to their phone books to call the service. RedBeacon is a new… Read More

  • TC50: Control Any PC Game With Your iPhone With iMo

    One of the cooler iPhone apps to launch last year was SGN’s iFun, which let you use your iPhone or iPod touch to control games on your computer screen. But iFun only works with SGN’s own games like iGolf, a new startup, iMo, launching today at TechCrunch50, expands the ability to all PC games. Most PC games are still played using the mouse+keyboard combination. A lot of hardcore… Read More

  • TC50 (Demopit): LIFEmee Keeps An Online Record Of Your Life "From The Cradle To The Crave"

    There are a number of promising web companies here at TechCrunch50 that didn’t make the cut as TechCrunch50 finalists, but were chosen as DemoPit participants instead. One of these companies, a 4-man startup based out of Tokyo called LIFEmee, has probably one of the grandest ideas of TechCrunch50 as a whole: The service intends to become a platform for recording, managing and sharing… Read More

  • It shouldn't be this difficult to upgrade a hard drive

    You know what’s a little more difficult than I first imagined? Upgrading the hard drive in my late 2006 iMac. I had initially wanted to upgrade the hard drive so I could finally dual boot between Mac OS X and Windows 7, since the old drive, a 250GB model, was pretty much filled to capacity. (Trying to run Mac OS X with only ~5GB of free space isn’t ideal.) And even though the iMac… Read More

  • A Visual Way To Search Google News. They Called It Flipper. Now It's Google Fast Flip.

    Back in June, we broke the news that Google was working on a new visual way to display Google News then called “Flipper.” Today, at the TechCrunch50 conference, Google’s Marissa Mayer formally launched the product now known as Google Fast Flip. As we wrote previously, the service puts a new face on Google News. Imagine going to a newsstand and looking at all the magazines… Read More

  • Review: Madden NFL 10 (Xbox 360)

    With the NFL season now in full swing, you may be looking for ways to pass the time between Tuesday morning and Sunday afternoon (or Thursdays – stupid Thursday night games screwing up Fantasy and Pick’em leagues the world over). Sure, you could converse with loved ones, do some much needed yardwork, or – gasp!!! – read a book, but maybe you’d find plenty of… Read More

  • Off-the-radar on-the-go: Android gets anonymous browsing

    From satiating paranoia to working around company/school firewalls and geolocational limitations, there are countless reasons why someone might want to browse the web anonymously. While such things are pretty simple to do on a full-blown computer, going faceless on a mobile handset hasn’t proven too feasible – until now. By combining the expandability of Android with the open… Read More

  • The Wii is dropping to $199 in two weeks says Toys R Us


    It’s about damn time the Wii gets a price cut. The system has been out for almost three years now and has been the same price. But that’s about to change in two weeks if this Toys R Us ad is correct which says it’s going down to $199. Read More

  • TC50: Udorse Leverages Facebook Photos For Social Product Endorsements

    Billed by its founders as a ‘visual endorsement engine’, Udorse is launching today at the TechCrunch50 conference a couple of months after word got out that the startup raised half a million dollars in seed funding from The Founders Fund and convinced Peter Thiel to join its board of directors. So what the heck is a visual endorsement engine and why on earth would anyone need it? Read More

  • TC50: Gift Card Auction Site Rackup Aims To Shake Up Market

    Leveraging the power of the Web, behavioral economics and an applied branch of game theory called auction theory, Rackup is surfacing today at TechCrunch50 with a bold play on online auction platforms and the audacious goal to disrupt the $100 billion gift card market with it. Unlike most web services in this field, Rackup isn’t about offering a trade or resale platform for gift cards… Read More

  • TC50 Backstage: Ross Levinsohn on MySpace, Ad Industry

    I grabbed Ross Levinsohn after the advertising panel to conduct a very serious interview with the former president of Fox Interactive Media and now VC at Fuse Capital about how FIM is faring these days and the state of online advertising generally. Then Arrington decided to Segway over and interrupt it. Video on the jump. Read More

  • Sprint now offering a cameraless Blackberry Tour

    File this one under: What took so long? Sprint is finally offereing the Blackberry Tour without a camera. Why you ask? Well, some jobs do not allow cameras in the workplaces and so employees need such a phone. The cameraless option carries the same price of $199 with a 2-year agreement. It’s just strange that it took Sprint so long to offer this model as Verizon’s had both… Read More

  • Sprint and T-Mobile sitting in a (merger) tree?

    Paying attention, Verizon and AT&T? You might have a new monster of a mobile company (with lots of Android offerings) to deal with if Deutsche Telekom can successfully navigate a deal to purchase Sprint Nextel via its American arm, T-Mobile USA. After rumors of the German mobile giant’s interest in swallowing up the on again, off again mobile carrier that is Sprint Nextel, shares of… Read More

  • TC50: HealthyWage Pays You To Get In Better Shape

    Healthcare is one of the top social and economic problems facing Americans today, as the rising cost of medical care and health insurance in the United States continues to significantly impact the livelihood of many of its citizens in one way or another. America spends a dazzling $2.4 trillion annually on healthcare, 75% of which is estimated to go to chronic, largely preventable diseases… Read More

  • TC50: SeatGeek Is The Farecast For Sports And Music Tickets

    Lots of people purchase tickets for events like sports games, rock concerts, etc. on secondary markets like eBay or StubHub, where they can often be picked up at huge discounts. Of course, it’s a bit of a challenge to know when to make a move and buy tickets exactly. The main problem with buying tickets on secondary markets is that you have no clue if they reached their lowest price… Read More

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