• Hollywood, We Have Plenty Of Half-Services. It's Time For A Whole One.

    I was reading over a pitch tonight for a new streaming movie service called Epix HD, when I looked up from my computer to my TV stand. On it, I saw an Apple TV, an Xbox 360, and a cable box. Right there, that is 3 different ways to get streaming movies to my television. And that’s not even mentioning the Netflix service over Xbox Live, and the streaming service that can come right to my TV. Read More

  • TechCrunch50 Had Internet And Then Some. Mariette Systems FTW.

    Technology conferences are supposed to have Internet. Most don’t. In fact, audiences are trained to be grateful for even a trickle of bandwidth. Maybe enough to get off a Tweet or two. But uploading photos and videos is something that you do later, after the event is over. Because it can take days. It’s been a real problem for us over the years. We’ve thrown money at the problem. Read More

  • Adobe Gets Into Widget Distribution And Advertising With Help From Gigya

    Many of the widgets scattered across the Web are made in Flash, but Adobe doesn’t participate in the widget economy. Today, it is taking a first tentative step towards changing that with the release of a new Distribution Manager for widgets created on the Flash Platform. In addition to making it easier for people to share the widgets across 70 Web and mobile destinations, it will… Read More

  • New thermal maps show the Moon gets damn cold

    The LRO has already provided us with a lot of fascinating high-res photos of the Moon’s surface. But photos are just the start. The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter also has more instruments aboard and one of them, the Diviner Lunar Radiometer developed and operated by the California Institute of Technology Jet Propulsion Laboratory, is sending back some wild info about the Moon’s… Read More

  • Behind the scenes look at PGA Tour’s ‘ShotLink’ technology

      Pretty interesting behind the scenes article and video over at Sandbox8 about how the seemingly endless stream of statistical data flows around the course at a PGA Tour event. Most of the data is gathered by on-course volunteers armed with various portable survey equipment and wireless devices. Read More

  • Nintendo confirms Wii price drop?

    There’s been some chatter about this over the last week, but I wanted to wait until something a little more solid came up. After all, how many times have price drops been reported for the other consoles that turned out to be bogus? But it appears that Nintendo itself is now confirming the price drop (not just retailers), so you can probably expect a $200 Wii starting September 27th. Read More

  • From Nothing To Something. How To Get There.

    This guest post was written by Meebo CEO Seth Sternberg. It is the first in a series of posts he’s writing about the decisions a young entrepreneur needs to make when she/he is first starting a business. The timing is perfect, there is more than a little overlap with Vivek Wadhwa’s guest post on venture capital earlier today. We’ll update this post with links to his… Read More

  • YourTour launches personal travel planning service in public beta (TC50)

    One European company that picked the TechCrunch50 conference to launch its web service was DemoPit participant deciZium, which launched its travel planning website YourTour in public beta and gave the audience a demo of its capabilities during the event’s breaks. Granted, there are a lot of travel-related websites and applications out there which makes it quite difficult to come up… Read More

  • RedesignGoogle: A Contest To Revamp The World's Most Popular Search Engine

    There’s no question about it: Google is great at search, and its huge lead over competitors is well deserved. But the site’s spartan design can sometimes leave something to be desired — sure, the company gradually makes tweaks to it, but we haven’t seen many radical changes in a very long time. Now WebMynd, a Y Combinator startup that launched back in early 2008… Read More

  • Greetings!

    It’s time for a quick primer on the proper way to interact at conferences and other business events. Since I just came back from one of those types of events, this is on top of mind for me. What’s surprising is how few people get it right and move a conversation towards their business goals. The rest let ego and sloppiness get in the way, usually leaving people on both sides of… Read More

  • Video: I never did think I'd see Kimbo Slice yelling at a caterpillar for Symantec, but here we are

    Even casual fight fans know that last night was UFC 103 and Mayweather vs. Marquez. No spoilers here, of course, but I do encourage you all to, I don’t know, buy the replays or find them wherever you find things these days. While on the topic of mixed martial arts, full credit to whatever marketing company put this ad together for Norton Anti-virus. Yes, that’s Kimbo Slice, and… Read More

  • What Have VCs Really Done for Innovation?

    This is a guest post by Vivek Wadhwa, an entrepreneur turned academic. He is a Visiting Scholar at UC-Berkeley, Senior Research Associate at Harvard Law School and Executive in Residence at Duke University. Follow him on Twitter at @vwadhwa. Back in 1986, when Bill Gates was still making sales calls, he pitched my group at First Boston on why we should bet the farm on Windows. Despite the… Read More

  • BAM Investor's Financial Model Tweets Out Predictions Of The Next Stock Market Crash

    The S&P 500 is up 58 percent from its lowest point last March, the worst of the economic recession seems to be behind us, and even perennial stock market bear Jim Grant is calling for a barn-burner of a recovery, yet predictions of the next stock-market crash are already here. And you can find them on Twitter. Individual traders love to talk stocks on Twitter so much that they have given… Read More

  • TC50 DemoPit Watch: YourTour Debuts Online Personal Travel Agent Service

    One European company that picked the TechCrunch50 conference to launch a service was DemoPit participant deciZium, which launched its travel planning website YourTour in public beta and gave the audience a demo of its capabilities during the event’s breaks. Granted, there are a lot of travel-related websites and applications out there which makes it quite difficult to come up with… Read More

  • WITTC50?: Will there be a TechCrunch50 next year? What Jason wants, Jason Getz

    So here we go then, the fourth and final part of my award-winning TechCrunch50 coverage; the all-important ’round-up’. This is where I ask appropriately round-uppy questions like “what did we learn this week?” “what were the highlights of the event?” and “is there any chance it will happen again next year, given that the whole spectacle climaxed… Read More

  • Told you zo


    The Zune HD is sold out and backordered all over the place. Nicholas got the last one in his local Best BuyWal-Mart, and your favorite online retailer is probably waiting for their next shipment (32GB versions especially). Sure, it’s probably the result of retailers underestimating customer demand, but hey, I think Microsoft will take all the sold outs it can get. Read More

  • WITTC50?: Will there be a TechCrunch50 next year? What Jason wants, Jason Getz

    So here we go then, the fourth and final part of my award-winning TechCrunch50 coverage; the all-important ’round-up’. This is where I ask appropriately round-uppy questions like “what did we learn this week?” “what were the highlights of the event?” and “is there any chance it will happen again next year, given that the whole spectacle climaxed… Read More

  • I'm leading a double life: I primarily use a Mac, but I just bought a Zune HD. (WHAT THE HECK?!)

    While waiting for our music ban to kick in (again, you’ll all be receiving letters in the mail shortly detailing when and where you’ll be expected to hand over your music-related goods), I spent Thursday thinking to myself: “You know what I really want for some reason? A Zune HD.” Seeing as though I’m strapped for cash—you saw the lengths I recently went to… Read More

  • Free Ticket Giveaway To See Larry Ellison Speak At The Churchill Club

    Oracle CEO and Founder Larry Ellison is making a rare speaking appearance on the evening of Monday, September 21 to talk to the Churchill Club audience in San Jose, Calif. We’re lucky enough to have five tickets to give away to TechCrunchIT readers. Ellison will be speaking to Ed Zander, former CEO of Motorola, and former President of Sun Microsystems, which Oracle acquired earlier… Read More

  • Once Again, Facebook Owns 'Talk Like A Pirate Day' On The Web

    Last year, Facebook rolled out a new “pirate” language on Talk Like A Pirate Day, it was quite funny. Naturally, it’s back again this year, and it’s maybe even more awesome. Most impressive is Facebook’s attention to detail (even the email and new desktop notifications are translated). Quite a bit has changed on Facebook over the past year, but it looks like… Read More

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