• Facebook's ad page was not hacked, it's a suggestion from a user

    On Monday we reported on how Facebook appeared to have been hacked. For a short time the Facebook Advertising page had its title description changed from “Advertising” to “Lying”. An observant informant emailed the screen grab before the page was changed and other blogs also carried the news of the incident. However, Facebook has since come back to me to clarify. Read More

  • Google's Street View Takes A Byte Out Of Crime

    Google Street View may get a bad rap from some overzealous privacy watchdogs and conspiracy theorists, but it just helped police save a young girl who had been kidnapped over the weekend. In the case, which involved a woman who allegedly kidnapped her granddaughter, Athol Police Officer Todd Neale managed to track down the missing girl by obtaining coordinates of her cell phone from the… Read More

  • Still too expensive? Pioneer's BDP-120 Blu-ray player is less than $300

    Complaints that Blu-ray is too expensive—we say it often—may soon be harder to justify, now that Pioneer will release the $250 BDP-120 in April. It’s just a Blu-ray player—no fancy Netflix streaming here—but if all you’re looking for is an inexpensive player (and have no interest in the PS3) you could do worse. Read More

  • Casio shrinks the high-speed EX series and does some weird stuff

    Casio just gave a simultaneously cool and really weird press conference. They’ve shrunk the famous EX-F1’s guts into a nice compact little package, then demonstrated what they said was going to be the next generation of photography. What was it? Well, come and find out! Lots of pictures, and video in a few minutes. Read More

  • Crunchies Countdown: Voting Ends Tonight, Party With DJ ZTrip Afterwards

    Just two more days until the second annual Crunchies award ceremony where we’ll give out sixteen gorilla awards in categories ranging from Best Technology Innovation to Best Startup Or Product of 2008. Nearly a third of a million votes have been cast over the last couple of weeks, and a number of the categories are still very, very close. You can vote here until midnight California… Read More

  • Gigya: December 23rd Was Biggest Day For Our Widgets, Ever

    Gigya, the Israeli startup that helps other companies easily distribute their widgets, has released some of its latest figures on the recent holiday season. Most notable: December 23rd set the new record for total number of widget installs in a single day, with 900,000 widgets installed across all of the service’s supported blogs and social networks. Gigya obviously doesn’t… Read More

  • WTF are up with all these super duper thin HDTVs?

    By raise of hands, who else thinks that all these anorexically thin HDTVs are dumb? LG’s latest set measures only 6.5mm thick and Sony’s isn’t that much more thick. (pictured) Who the hell cares Though? Why is HDTV’s latest cockfight over TV thickness? This also applies to Blu-ray/DVD players too, btw. Read More

  • Demise of Library House shows databases are heading to the cloud/crowd

    Cambridge-based technology VC deals tracker Library House, which went into administration last month, has had its database of deals sold to Dow Jones. The Library House database and customers will now go into Dow Jones’s VentureSource, a larger, similar service. The news confirms a couple of interesting trends. First, it’s clear that with the downturn Library House’ main… Read More

  • Corkd Gets Hackd

    If you try to visit the URL for wine review website Corkd, you’ll automatically get rerouted to porn site Adult Friend Finder (obviously NSFW). We’re not sure how long this has been the case, but we’re not the only ones noticing. What’s weird about the redirect is that there’s a delay, so you’ll actually see the Corkd website for a second before it switches… Read More

  • Toshiba 2009 CES Press Event

    Poor Toshiba. While every other major CE player is introducing 4th and 5th gen Blu-ray players, Toshiba is still ignoring the winning format. The company does, however, have some nice flat screens coming out in 2009 with widgets powered by Intel and Yahoo that’s going to work nicely with Windows Media Center. The rest of the mundane are simply too mundane to be worth your time. Oh, how… Read More

  • Our Nation's Finest News Source Shines

    Self described reformed crack dealer/New York Times columnist David Carr continues the fine tradition of bad video creation by New York Times writers in a post in today’s Carpetbagger (The paper’s Oscars blog). What is he saying? Why is he saying it? I don’t know. No one knows. No more complaints about TechCrunch, people. This is what you get when old media tries new things. Read More

  • Nokia N810 WiMAX Edition taken out behind the woodshed, shot

    Linguo, dead? Linguo… IS… dead. Replace “Linguo” with the Nokia N810 WiMAX Edition, though. Nokia’s just pulled the plug on the device, according to MobileBurn, citing “slow WiMAX roll out in the USA as well as an issue with current WiMAX switches in use not offering optimal performance” as the precipitators for the internet tablet’s demise. Read More

  • Free Dating Sites Give Paid Sites A Run For Their Money

    This post was written by guest contributor Mark Brooks, an analyst/consultant whose blog Online Personals Watch summarizes the daily internet dating industry news. Earlier this week InterActive Corporation (IAC), which owns and operates popular paid dating sites Match.com and Chemistry.com, launched a completely free dating site called DownToEarth.com (you can check out an ad for the… Read More

  • Netgear announces another set-top box

    Along with the Netgear Internet TV player announced today, Netgear also unveiled a more practical set-top box, the Digital Entertainer Elite (EVA9150). Click on if you’re interested. Read More

  • Secure Digital EXTREME Extended Capacity holds up to 2 TB

    The venerable Secure Digital memory card is getting a refresh at CES this year. The new SDXC — Secure Digital Extended Copy — will hold up to 2 terabytes of data, and promises transfer speeds of up to 300MB/sec. That’s 4,000 images in super-uncompressed RAW format, or 17,000 finely compressed JPEGs. Read More

  • Engine Yard Cuts 15% Of Workforce

    The bad news for startups keeps on coming in. This time it’s RubyOnRails application hosting provider Engine Yard that has laid off 15% of its staff, as publicly reported on the company’s blog earlier this week. We’ve contacted co-founder Lance Walley and can confirm that 12 out of 82 people have been let go, across several departments. The TechCrunch Layoff Tracker has… Read More

  • Netgear unveils the Internet TV Player set-top box

    Yep, another set-top box. Netgear unveiled the Netgear Internet TV Player (ITV2000) today. From this box you can stream content to your TV from sites like BBC, CNN, ESPN, EuroSport, NBC, PGATour, and TMZ, as well as video sites like YouTube, Google Videos, Yahoo Videos, and MetaCafe. Click on for press release. Read More

  • Another year, another round of Olympus cameras, one of which has 26x optical zoom

    Olympus has unveiled a bevy of new cameras, and they’re targeting just about the entire consumer and prosumer market, with offerings that will appeal to many people. Whether you need a camera that can survive a serious beating, or just want some fun shots in the pool, or an enormous zoom factor in a point-and-shoot camera, Olympus aims to please. Read More

  • LG's HDTV lineup streams, has Hz, will block out the sun

    LG just released a vast amount of information detailing their latest lineup of HDTVs, but most of it you can make up yourself: imagine a list of TV sizes, a descending list of model numbers, and a likewise descending list of features. The ones worth mentioning are the LH50 (below) and PS80 series, which will both have ethernet ports and the new Netcast streaming technology, allowing you to… Read More

  • Move over camera phone…its projector phone time!

    Logic Wireless (who?) is showing off what it’s claiming to be the world’s first projector-packing mobile phone – the Logic Bolt – at CES 2009.  This quad-band GSM, 3mp shootin’ candybar handset is supposedly able to project an image up to 64″ and is expected to do so for up to 2 hours thanks to its 1800mAh battery.  It also appears to have an external… Read More

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