• Mobile 2.0 startups selected for MobileMonday Mobile Peer Awards

    The MobileMonday Mobile Peer Awards Barcelona will be happening at this year’s Mobile World Congress and the event is one of the best things on the circuit. Why? Because where else do you get to find out what is really pushing the buttons of the Mobile 2.0 world? The stats are this: 163 startups participated and 42 nominees were selected by each chapter in the Mobile Mondays global network. Read More

  • Facebook Grader For The Sad, Sad People Out There

    Hubspot’s Facebook Grader will tell you your “reach and authority” on Facebook. My score is 90/100. The tool works by analyzing the number of friends you have, how important those friends are (whatever that means), how complete your profile is, how many wall posts you have and how many groups you belong to. It turns out I haven’t filled out much of my profile and there… Read More

  • Spotify scoops U2's new single prior to the album launch

    Spotify, the Swedish startup whose streaming music service appears to have captured to hearts of geeks and early adopters everywhere, has won another coup. It is to stream U2’s new single “Get On Your Boots” just prior to its release. Although the single will be available as a digital download on February 15th through Mercury/Universal, Spotify appears to be among the… Read More

  • Pixsy Helps Publishers Monetize Video Embeds With 'Premium Feed'

    Pixsy, a company that specializes in licensing its image and video search platform to other businesses, has launched a new product called “Premium Feed” that allows publishers to embed clips that can be easily monetized into their sites. While there are a number of search engines that offer free video clips for embedding, it can be difficult for publishers to monetize these. … Read More

  • Yammer Raises $5 Million For Workgroup Micro-Messaging

    Fifty thousand dollars will only go so far. As the winner of last year’s TechCrunch50, that’s how much workgroup micro-messaging service Yammer received in prize money. But Yammer has now raised a $5 million series A financing from the Founders Fund and Charles River Ventures, according to founder David Sacks. Yammer is a spinoff from genealogy site Geni, which also just… Read More

  • SoundClip: Boost speaker volume on your iPhone 3G

    For $8 you can get a piece of plastic that redirects whatever sound is coming out of your iPhone 3G speaker to your face. Or the general vicinity of your face. Read More

  • Panasonic's micro four thirds Lumix G1 gets reviewed

    The full review for Panasonic’s new generation of un-SLR is up over at DPReview, and they’ve given it the usual treatment. It looks like the G1, which I was a bit skeptical of, comes through okay. Given its natural limitations, it succeeds in image quality, color reproduction, and somewhat in usability. It isn’t all fun and games, though. Read the full 33-page review here… Read More

  • Ustream's Live Viewing App Hits iPhone App Store

    Ustream has received approval from Apple for its iPhone live video viewing application just in time to watch the Obama inauguration live from wherever you are. …as long as you have a wifi connection that is. The application requires an open wifi connection to show video, but it works very well. Audio is solid, picture quality is good but with a low frame rate. And users can both read… Read More

  • Casio updates the G-Shock Mudman

    Updates to existing G-Shock models hardly warrant any recognition, but I have a feeling a lot of folks are still pretty gung-ho about them so let’s take a second to see what’s new with the Mudman. And it will only take a second. You’ve been warned. Read More

  • Keyboard with Scrabble keys! Now I can die a happy man

    I can’t be the only one who loves some Scrabble now and again, and not least because of the feel of those little wooden tiles. This guy, apparently either extremely patient or utterly insane, hand-beveled an alphabet of them and put them into this awesome keyboard. What do you think are the chances he gets sued by Mattel? Read More

  • CrunchGear BFF: SwissBike TX

    From CrunchGear BFF Snow:
    Picked this up off of Swissbike.com (caution: autoplaying video) and thought people might think it’s cool. “The SwissBike TX is a full-size bike (26″ wheel) that folds to fit in the back of a Mini Cooper. The whole philosophy behind this bike is that it offers the full-size stability and ride quality that is needed for a good commuter, while still having… Read More

  • Yes We Can buy Obama's watch

    Obama wears a Jorg Gray 6500 Series Chrono and now you, too, can own the same watch. How much is this piece of presidential ephemera? $325, babies, and worth every penny. Here’s the story: Read More

  • The world's first and only fully robotic gamelan

    Bet you weren’t expecting a video of a robotic gamelan when you woke up this morning! In case you don’t know, a gamelan is a sort of musical setup in Indonesia that is essentially a bunch of tonal percussive instruments. It’s very interesting-sounding, but this entirely robotic one (direct .MOV link) is even more so because it’s… robotic. Unlike Captured By Robots… Read More

  • Do you like iPhone apps? Want to write about them?

    Become CG’s iPhone Apps Review Intern (CGiARI, for short.) Email john at crunchgear dot com a ~200 word review of your favorite iPhone app and become one of the better of the best. This position pays only in iPhone apps and beatings, so be warned. Read More

  • 85% of people: "Them phones is too hard to use!"

    A recent poll of 4000 people (which is probably enough) found that a majority of them felt that mobile phones these days are too hard to set up and too hard to use. I can see that, however I think the iPhone and G1 are doing things right. Even as someone immersed in tech 24/7, I was afraid to explore the capabilities of my old phones on Verizon. Read More

  • Video startups clamour for Obama traffic with live streams

    Tomorrow will be one heck of a day for social media as people live blog, Twitter and video the inauguration ceremony of US President-elect Barack Obama live from Washington. And any self-respecting startup will be trying to get their share of the “Obamania”. Among those will be mobile video streaming pioneer Qik which has partnered with the BBC. They are asking anyone going to… Read More

  • eBay: Time to let go of a lucrative past

    It’s about time for eBay to reveal its fourth quarter income, revenues and all that to investors, and no one is expecting anything but bad news. The company’s revenue, despite increasing competition from every angle, has grown for ten years straight, but it looks like that simply wasn’t sustainable lately, and they’re going to post a decline in income. eBay is… Read More

  • Coming soon: Elevator Pitch Fridays

    Starting this week I’ll be picking a video from our TechCrunch Elevator Pitches web site to feature here, every week. Your startup can be form anywhere in Europe. The best way to get featured is to create a video no longer than 60 seconds in length, as per these instructions. A technology startup’s CEO or founder should use that time to explain the company’s products and how… Read More

  • Tiny company accuses RIM, Nokia of violating patents, wants their products banned in the U.S.

    Some five-employee company you’ve never heard of is bullying the US International Trade Commission in order to ban the importation of certain devices from the likes of RIM and Nokia. Why, you ask? Because this company thinks these foreigners have violated one or more of its patents. Just who is this knave? Find out, after a few words from our sponsor. Read More

  • Techfluff.TV Episode 6 – Direct from… Hawaii?

    Techfluff.TV Episode 6 is now out with another look at the lighter side of the tech scene. This features the Yelp vs Qype saga, an ‘interesting’ take on the start-up pitch and venture investor Alex Hoye. [TechCrunch Europe is a proud media sponsor of Techfluff.TV]. You can now download the shows as a podcast, subscribe to it on Blip.tv and on iTunes. Read More

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