• Online Holiday Spending Reaches $16 Billion; Social Media Continues To Influence Purchases

    We heard strong reports for online traffic Black Friday and Cyber Monday, but today, comScore added definitive spending numbers that indicate that holiday shopping online is picking up this year. For the holiday season-to-date, nearly $16 billion has been spent online, which is a 3 percent increase versus the same period last year. The most recent week ending December 6 reached $4.6 billion… Read More

  • New customized Christmas gifts available from Shapeways

    Shapeways are at it again, with an assortment of custom fabricated gifts available for Christmas. They ran a little contest recently, and the top three entrants are available for purchase now, including the cute “Punk Angel”, a snowflake ornament with custom message, and a snowflake candle holder. Each of these is under $30, so they’re sure to please without breaking the bank! Read More

  • When Google Said No Extensions For Mac Yet, They Meant It

    As you’ve no doubt heard by now, the beta versions of Chrome for Mac and Linux launched today (as we anticipated), as did Chrome Extensions (a day earlier than we anticipated). Also as anticipated, extensions are not currently supported in the beta build of Chrome for Mac (though they are for Windows and Linux). But here’s something that’s a little odd: Chrome Extensions… Read More

  • Seagate finally shows up at the solid state drive party with an enterprise offering

    Seagate, the big huge hard drive company, has just now officially announced its first ever solid state drive. The press release title says “Seagate Introduces Its First Solid State Drive: Pulsar” and above the title it says “December 08, 2009.” To be fair, Seagate CEO Bill Watkins hasn’t been keen on solid state drives, saying a little over a year ago that his… Read More

  • CrunchDeals: Gateway NV5212u for $400 (today only)

    Best Buy has lopped $80 off the price of the 15.6-inch Gateway NV5212u (I reviewed a similar model earlier this year), bringing it to just $399.99 for the store’s Deal of the Day. Read More

  • Ok, Now It's Done. MySpace Music Completes Acquisition Of iMeem

    MySpace Music has completed its acquisition of most of the assets of music service iMeem. We first broke the news that MySpace was close to acquiring iMeem last month. Two days later, we reported that an agreement was signed to purchase the assets of the company for $1 million in cash. The deal didn’t close, however, because some of the assets MySpace Music was going to buy (namely… Read More

  • SushiDisk USB stick/cell phone strap

    Tokyo-based gadget maker Solid Alliance has given us quite a few cool/whacky USB drives in the past, and their new sushi USB stick [JP] is a nice addition to the line-up. The so-called SushiDisk offers 2GB of storage, but that’s not really the important selling point here, is it? Read More

  • Dell Vostro V13 takes styling cues from Adamo, but not the high price tag

    Oh boy, take a look at this. Dell’s apparently porting the whole super slim Adamo idea to its more affordable line of Vostro business machines. Read More

  • Now Chrome Extensions Are Live Too!

    While Mac users are getting their first official taste of the Chrome browser today, Windows and Linux users are also getting something. Finally, a day earlier than expected, Chrome Extensions are now live for everybody (before it was just for developers). Some featured extensions include ones from Brizzly, Picnik, Remember The Milk (ChromeMilk), Google Reader, NPR, Clip To Evernote, Woot… Read More

  • Nook demo units showing up in stores, use this locator to find one near you

    The Nook saga continues as demo units are reportable showing up in brick and mortar locations. Too bad there will not be any available for purchase until next month, but at least you can actually spend sometime with the dual-screen ebook reader before you pre-order now. Speaking of pre-orders, the website still lists January 15 as the expected ship date. I know, that’s no fun. Read More

  • Google Chrome For Mac Is Here!

    The wait is over. Google Chrome for Mac is now available in beta. It’s still missing a few features that are in the Windows version (like support for extensions), but the browser is lickety-split and more-or-less stable. I’ve been holding off really using Chrome until now. But I’m ready for something faster and less crashy than Firefox. (Crosses fingers). Read More

  • FedEx's new SenseAware tech makes shipment tracking real-time. Almost.

    You’ve got a package coming in the mail. It left Cumberland, Maryland yesterday morning, and after fifteen refreshes, it finally got scanned into your local post office. With FedEx’s new SenseAware sensor platform, you’ll have even more reasons to be glued to the tracking page. Read More

  • It's an all-out Woot-Off!

    Quick! Get your F5 button all greased up and ready to go. Woot is currently running a Woot-Off on all three of its sites: Woot.com, kids.Woot, and wine.Woot. Experienced Wooters know that if you plan on giving something off the site for Christmas, you better buy it this week because the company ships items on the back of tortoises. Read More

  • Russell Simmons And Global Grind Acquire CelebrityTweet

    A celebrity Tweet consolidation! Mogul Russell Simmons’ hip-hop media platform Global Grind are acquiring CelebrityTweet, which collects and aggregates Tweets from celebrities on its platform. The terms of the acquisition were not released. Launched in October 2008, CelebrityTweet capitalizes on the growing number of celebs who take to Twitter to connect with their fan base. Global… Read More

  • NPR Makes Its Mobile Website Appalicious (And Readies An Android App)

    National Public Radio has the fourth most popular news app in the iTunes store in the U.S., but now it is taking some of that Appalicious goodness to the mobile browser. Today it launched a new version of its mobile website at http://m.npr.org/ which looks like a stripped down version of the iPhone app but doesn’t require a download. The redesigned NPR mobile site shows top stories and… Read More

  • Toshiba finally dates and prices flagship TV "Cell REGZA 55X1"

    Toshiba has been announcing LCD TVs based on the Cell processor (which is a key element in the PS3, for instance) for quite some time now, but now we finally have an official press release [JP] revealing a date and price for the first model. The TV is called Cell REGZA 55X1, it’s going to be released this Thursday (in Japan) and it will cost a lot: $11,230. Read More

  • Enterprise Search Provider Coveo Adds $8.2 Million In Funding

    Coveo, a Chicago-based enterprise search solution provider, has raised $8.2 million in Series B funding in a round led by BDC Venture Capital, with most existing investors participating, among them Propulsion Ventures SEC, The Solidarity Fund QFL, and the startup’s Chairman Louis Têtu. The company plans to use the extra capital to expand aggressively: it intends to hire an additional… Read More

  • 270g: JVC announces world's lightest and smallest HDD camcorder

    JVC Japan announced three new interesting camcorders just last week, but the fresh Everio model the company unveiled today in Tokyo is actually even cooler. JVC says their Everio GZ-HD620 [JP] is the lightest and smallest HD camcorder with a built-in HDD around. And as the device weighs just 270g and is sized at 53mm×63mm×115mm, this isn’t hard to believe. Read More

  • One Kings Lane Raises Funding From KPCB, First Round And Reid Hoffman

    One Kings Lane, an e-commerce startup that operates a private sales website dedicated to home furnishings, decor, and related products, has raised an undisclosed amount of funding in a round led by Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, with First Round Capital and angel investor Reid Hoffman participating. One Kings Lane was started by Susan Feldman and Alison Gelb Pincus, who took notice of… Read More

  • Look Up, Don't Look Down! TC50 Star Tonchidot Raises $4 Million Series A

    There were quite a few memorable presentations during 2008’s TechCrunch50 (that’s the conference before last). But if you had to pick one, there’s a good chance you’d think of Tonchidot, the startup behind the Sekai Camera. Tonchidot captured the audience’s attention with a totally zany presentation and answered judges’ questions with non sequiturs… Read More

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