• For the Chinese, Wiis are plentiful this season

    BEIJING — China might lack safe water and air, but it does have something the United States lacks: Nintendo Wiis. In fact, CNET recently chronicled a reporter’s failed quest to find the infamous Wii just before the holidays. But in Beijing, finding a Wii isn’t difficult. Shortly before Christmas, I strolled through a random section of Beijing and curiously walked into a… Read More

  • What did you get?

    Tell CG what you got for Christmas! I got a Noon Solar bag and Omega GMT Seamaster. My son got this crazy hot wheels thing with a dragon that knocks a car off of a track. I remember when my parents used to give us twigs and dirt. Those, my friends, were the days. Read More

  • Christmas Day Or April Fools?: Prediction That Web 2.0 Will Die in 2008 Due To Lack Of Advertising

    Tis the season for everyone to make predictions and whilst a well thought out predictions list can make for an interesting read, some are just beyond bizarre. UK based research firm Scivisum has predicted that Web 2.0 will die in 2008, as “cautious companies pull their advertising from user-generated content web sites, worried about the effect on their brand of appearing alongside… Read More

  • HoHoHo: Digg Might Be Acquiring Menéame and CoRank

    Spanish tech site Techtear is reporting that Digg may have acquired Spanish social voting site Menéame and possibly coRank as well. A sort of translation of what Techtear is saying …Then we found out that people Digg approached Allen & Company, a private investment firm. At that time it was believed that Digg was organizing a possible sale, but Kevin Rose replied “we never… Read More

  • Christmas Recovery Web 2.0 Style

    Christmas is often a time of gluttony for many. From a traditional roast through to too much alcohol, many will be suffering long Christmas hangovers, particularly those not fortunate enough to live in a country with a gazetted post Christmas recovery public holiday (Boxing Day on Wikipedia here). Even if you do have December 26 off, with January 1 around the corner it’s time for… Read More

  • Merry Christmas, Everyone

    2007 is just about wrapped up. Merry Christmas to everyone who celebrates it, and Happy Holidays to all. Thank you for everything you’ve given to us and for making TechCrunch the best job I’ve ever had (most of the time). Read More

  • 2007 In Numbers: More People Using Yahoo Mail This Christmas Than Gmail

    Email remains one of the most popular of online services. Companies such as Yahoo, AOL and Microsoft have offered free online email since the earliest days of the internet. Google was late the party, launching Gmail in April 2004. Where as Google has come to dominate many of the verticals it enters, email hasn’t been one of them. This Christmas many more people will be using Yahoo! Mail… Read More

  • CrunchGear Week in Review: Happy Xmas Edition

    NORAD + Google Maps = Santa Tracker
    CrunchGear’s 2007 Year-End review round-up
    All I want for Christmas are my two front glands
    Ultimate Ears Super.fi 4vi Winner Read More

  • Zonbu Notebook review

    So you’re ready to try Linux but you don’t have a DVD burner or the ability to download large files. What’s a body to do? Well, you can try the Zonbu notebook, a fairly inexpensive Everex laptop with 1.5GHz VIA C7-M and 512MB and 60GB of hard drive space and running Zonbu OS, a Gentoo Linux variant with a full set of open source productivity and gaming apps. Read More

  • Google's Biggest App Distributor May Be Moving To India

    Indian IT services giant Wipro is said to be in “hectic negotiations” with bankers over financing a deal to acquire uber-consulting firm CapGemini for $7 Billion. CapGemini became the largest distributor of Google Apps with a deal signed in September. Under the deal CapGemini collects a £25 licence fee for each install, plus additional fees for service and maintenance, and Google… Read More

  • Online TV Ads Suck Less Than TV Ads On TV: Study

    A new study by Simmons, a unit of Experian Research Services has found that consumers are 47% more engadged by ads that run with television programs viewed online than those watched on a TV set. The study also found that viewers are 25% more engaged in the content of TV shows that they watch online than on a TV, are 18% more engaged in ads online, as opposed to print versions (magazines etc)… Read More

  • NORAD + Google Maps = Santa Tracker

    Tonight, Xmas Eve, we will have a full moon, Mars will be at its brightest in years, and clear skies over most of the nation. But if you need more help finding Santa tonight, NORAD has teamed up with Google Maps to give you a real-time, Flash-based Santa tracking application. If I get elf crap in my stocking again this year, I’m going pagan. NORAD Santa Tracker [northpole.com] Read More

  • When Irish spleens are venting

    Normally this is the time for peace on earth and good will to all people. But not over at the blog belonging to Segala, a Dublin-based company offering “Web accessibility and Mobile Web standards compliance.” Its CEO Paul Walsh (who describes himself as an “Irish Opportunist” on his Twitter page) is a prominent networker in the London and Irish Internet scene, and an… Read More

  • Have a great night

    Happy Christmas to all and to all a good night. From all of us at CG to all of you in TV-land, here’s to a great year gone by and a great year ahead. We couldn’t have done it without you. Now, let’s hear it for the CG team: Read More

  • CG Holiday 2007 Recommendation: Picknik, the online photo editor

    Hate opening Photoshop, that resource hog, just to resize an image? Me, too! That’s why I use Picnik, an online photo editor that uses the magic of Web 2.0 to—get this—edit photos. It can grab photos from your Flickr, Facebook, Picassa, Photobucket and Webshots account, or edit photos you have on your computer. There’s a premium version, too, that, for $25 a year, gets… Read More

  • Europe's startup culture gets the Business Week treatment

    Business Week’s Sarah Lacy pens an interesting piece on Europe’s startup climate following her visit to Le Web 3 in Paris a couple of weeks ago. Although relatively fair-minded, it has the faint whiff of disdain. I can imagine her saying “Europe? Pah? Who’d want start there when you can do it all in Silicon Valley?!” And if her fawning interview with Kevin rose at… Read More

  • 'Camera Day' is only two short months away

    Looking to buy a new camera? Keep your wallet separated from your ass cheek by a thin layer of whatever material your pants are made out of until President’s Day, says a guy who wrote two photography books. That’s the part of the camera season (yes, there’s a camera season) when the new wave of digital imaging gadgets that everyone got a whiff of at CES start to kick it into… Read More

  • CG Holiday 2007 Recommendation: Onkyo HT-SR800 all-in-one home theater

    It may be a little late to be recommending things for Christmas, but if you find yourself with a couple of extra dollars come tomorrow and have been in the market for a decent sound system and you live in an apartment, then I’d recommend you check out the Onkyo HT-SR800. It’s one of those all-in-one home theater deals, only it doesn’t suck (according to some of the folks over… Read More

  • Can open source work for medicine?

    India’s Council of Scientific and Industrial Research is taking a cue from open source initiatives that you and I know so well and applying those same ideals to third world drug research in the hopes of developing cures for diseases "at a fraction of the costs incurred by multinationals to develop a new drug." Read More

  • Vaporware 2007: The tech that should have been


    It’s the usual suspects; if you read last year’s list, you won’t be surprised by many of the contenders. And although it’s said every year, I really think we’ll see a lot of these things in 2008. I’m guessing the Optimus Keyboard will see a limited release, XP SP3 will be released now that the Vista rush (such as it was) is over, and even Spore and the… Read More

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