• Insane Black Friday game deals at Amazon: ‘Left 4 Dead’ for $20 (PC), console titles more than half off

    If you’re either still awake on Thursday night or have just woken up early Friday morning and you’re getting set to head out to hunt for some video game deals, you might be able to get most of your purchases taken care of from the comfort, warmth, and non-threatening glow of your home computer. Starting at 3 AM Eastern, Amazon.com will be showing just about every retailer how… Read More

  • Newspaper Death Spiral Continues; Industry Advertising Contracts $5 Billion So Far This Year

    The newspaper industry in the U.S. continues to shrink at an alarming rate. According to the Newspaper Association of America,, total industry advertising (both print and online) in the third quarter was $8.9 billion, down 18 percent from the year before. The oniine portion of that was $750 million, down 3 percent. So far in the first three quarters of 2008, the industry’s total… Read More

  • Crazy iPhone 2.2 firmware update lets you send video to TV

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    iPhone Video Out from Ars Technica on Vimeo. iPods have had TV-out for years but the iPhone has always been left out. Now, however, the, firmware 2.2 has TV-out capabilities and it can send video selectively from certain… Read More

  • Finally, µTorrent Releases A Mac Version

    Right on time for Thanksgiving day, µTorrent – client of choice for many BitTorrent users – has released a Mac version in beta, after a rudimentary alpha release was leaked a couple of months ago (on a BitTorrent tracker, at that). The lightweight µTorrent client for Windows was first publicly released in September 2005, and was acquired by BitTorrent in 2006, who continued… Read More

  • Koornk Blatantly Rips Off Twitter

    There are a lot of Twitter clones out there, often built by companies outside the US trying to steal the company’s thunder by creating local communities with a translated application, something the San Francisco startup has focused little on so far. That this isn’t always a direct road to success, proved German Twitter clone Duduku last year when it put itself for sale on eBay. Read More

  • TechCrunchTalk, December 16th. Oh, and we're having a party too

    TechCrunch UK will be running a “TechCrunchTalk” event on December 16th. Similar to the event we ran during Seedcamp week recently, we’ll be running some panels and startup pitches, as well as a networking party in the evening. You can get your ticket to both the panel session and the party here. We’re calling it “Christmas Crunch”. Fun name huh? If you are… Read More

  • OpenStreetMap grows, spawns ecosystem

    This is a guest post by Ed Freyfogle, co-founder of property search engine Nestoria. OpenStreetMap started four years ago in the UK as a project to create a free and editable world map. What began as a few geogeeks wandering the streets with their GPS’s has turned into a global movement with over 75,000 registered contributors. The database has improved rapidly in quality and… Read More

  • Mobuzz Folds After All

    A quick update on the Mobuzz saga (the Spanish online video entertainment startup turned to asking for user donations to keep its head above water): they’re now officially in the deadpool. From the website: It is with deep regret that we inform our friends and fans that MobuzzTV has closed officially today. We need to take some time to see how best to reorganise our project. We have… Read More

  • Amazon To Shut Down Alexa Web Search Service; Practically No One Affected

    Amazon is using the Thanksgiving break to quietly release some bad news – they’re shutting down one of its web services – Alexa Web Search. The service, which we first covered way back in 2006, is already closed to new customers, and existing users have until January 26, 2009 to move on to something else. Amazon says in an email to developers that the reason for the closing… Read More

  • Fring Lays Off 20%, Says Business Is Surging

    Israel-based mobile VoIP startup Fring joins the layoff parade by letting 10 people, or around 20% of total staff, go. Company CEO Avi Shechter says the company is doing well, though, and the layoffs were to ensure that the company had enough capital to get them past 2009. Schechter also says Fring has recently raised a third round of financing, but declines to specify the amount or investors yet. Read More

  • DotNetNuke Raises Series A Funding To Fuel Framework Adoption

    DotNetNuke Corporation, the owner and maintainer of the open source web application framework that goes by the same name, has raised an undisclosed amount of Series A venture funding from August Capital and Sierra Ventures. DotNetNuke is a web application framework written in VB.NET, and is used by developers worldwide to create, deploy and manage interactive web, intranet and extranet sites. Read More

  • I Can't Believe Some People Are Still Saying Twitter Isn't A News Source

    Twitter is emerging as a major force in breaking news. But some people disagree. Today we saw yet another illustration, when people in Mumbai got the word of terrorist attacks out to the world well before mainstream media even knew something was happening. Mathew Ingram points out previous examples of Twitter users breaking important world news. If I didn’t hear about something… Read More

  • Best of Black Friday: Here’s where to get the top deals

    Black Friday can be a tiring, stressful, and overwhelming ordeal. Here’s a list of which stores have the best deals on some of the top items for the holiday shopping season, along with our picks for Best All-Around Store, Biggest Disappointment, Biggest No-Show Product, Most Ubiquitous Bundle, and Most Confusing Ad. Read More

  • Last-minute Black Friday deals on Vizio HDTVs


    In case you’re in the market for a new TV, what with the digital switchover and all, it looks like Vizio’s got you covered. They’ve got some nice TVs out there, although these aren’t necessarily those. Still, they’re a solid TV maker and you could do a lot worse than $700 for a 42-inch LCD right now. Read on for the whens, wheres, and hows. Read More

  • Twitter and streaming video make debut in Mumbai coverage


    The terrorist attacks in Mumbai played out not only on cable networks but for the first time since the election on computer screens. CNN offered a live feed at the top of its Web site that required downloading Flash 10 to operate. The beta client is reminiscent of the Olympics Silverlight client, which allowed switching between multiple feeds. In this new coverage, you could switch between… Read More

  • Zero Punctuation on Guitar Hero World Tour

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  • BuzzBox's Fast Forward Is StumbleUpon With A Train Of Thought

    I like StumbleUpon, the website recommendation engine that lets me click a button whenever I’d like to view a new, potentially interesting website. But for all the hours it has helped me waste, I wouldn’t go as far as to call it useful – pages that get recommended are rarely related to each other beyond a general category, so there’s never any logical train of… Read More

  • Review: AT&T Quickfire

    Short Version: The $99-after-rebate Quickfire from AT&T is an appealing alternative for the Sidekick crowd, but the promotion of AT&T’s music features without including earbuds or even some sort of adapter for the proprietary connector a real head-scratcher. Read More

  • Google drops truth bomb over iPhone API

    It hasn’t been too long since Google launched its iPhone search app missile and struck targets deep inside my heart. Like most missiles, it blew a lot of weak, defenseless things into oblivion (I’m looking at you, Google search bar in Safari). But also like a lot of missiles, it came with its fair share of fall-out. Read More

  • Apple sends baseless takedown notice to hackers discussing iTunesDB code

    It’s no secret that Apple wants everyone to use iTunes, especially to sync with their iPod. I personally can’t stand iTunes and prefer Winamp, and many others share my view but have enjoyed Apple hardware. Some more code-savvy people than myself have in years past determined how to read and write to the proprietary iTunesDB file, allowing non-Apple software to sync with… Read More

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