• The Prickly Prince From Microsoft Strikes Again

    Dare Obasanjo, a Microsoft employee and the son of a former President of Nigeria, doesn’t like it when people disagree with him. I found that out in 2007 when Obasanjo vandalized the TechCrunch Wikipedia page in response to a post we wrote that was mildly critical of Microsoft’s hiring of a blogger to edit certain Wikipedia entries relating to Open Office standards. His actions as… Read More

  • Review: Adrenaline Pool Online for iPhone/iPod Touch

    Looking for a good time-waster? Check out Adrenaline Pool Online for the iPhone/iPod Touch. It’s just $4.99, easy to pick up, and features online play. You can play four different games: 8-ball, 9-ball, Straight, and Snooker. Read More

  • CrunchDeals: 16GB Zune for $180.49

    Amazon.com is offering the black 16GB Zune for $180.49, which is almost $20 off. You’ll remember that these little Zunes feature direct-to-device downloads, FM radio song tagging, and wireless synchronization. Not bad for $180. Read More

  • Will Verizon's New Three-Cent Hike Kill SMS Services?

    On Friday, word got out that come November 1 Verizon Wireless plans to tack on an extra 3-cent charge for every SMS message sent by Web information services to any of its mobile subscribers. That hike will be on top of the 20 cents per message that Verizon subscribers already pay (even those with “unlimited” plans). Thus, in one fell swoop, Verizon is attempting to boost its… Read More

  • Brightcove 3 (Leaked ScreenShots)

    Brightcove, the Web video distribution platform used by media companies including Dow Jones, Warner Music, and the New York Times, is getting a massive makeover. Most people won’t see it, but its customers will. A new version of the Web-based software that they use to upload, manage, and distribute their videos is rolling out soon. It will be called Brightcove 3. (For more… Read More

  • MashLogic: Take Back The Web (By Getting Awesome Links)

    Bessemer Venture Partners is launching an incubated startup called MashLogic into private beta today, with the audacious promise of helping people “take back the web.” They say (and they’re not alone) that the web today is driven by page view economics and search engine optimization goals, which leads publishers to link to themselves too often. The result is a less than… Read More

  • Apple switching to NVIDIA chipset for sure – like we told you

    Looks like we’ve got confirmation (oh wait, we confirmed it a week ago) of what everyone’s been talking about; Apple is definitely giving the Intel chipset the boot and moving to an NVIDIA one. Hopefully this means not only more power but more battery life (hybrid SLI), more versatility (OpenCL and CUDA), and slightly smaller size (unified chipset architecture). I don’t… Read More

  • Robo Japan 2008! I really wish I was there

    Akihabara News has some great coverage of the Robo Japan show starting today in the land of the rising sun. How I should like to be among the robots as they dance jerkily and malfunction on stage! My voice would be hoarse from telling the presenters to “make them fight!” and my cheeks would be stained with tears of shame from when I got juked by an Asimo.
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  • Profit Maximization V. Survival Maximization

    A lot of criticism has been aimed at venture capitalists the last few days. The VCs are telling their portfolio companies to get ahead of the curve and conserve cash right now, and companies are starting to take their advice. The criticism is coming from people who don’t understand that the world has changed in the last week and that companies need to change with it. And so… Read More

  • Bytejacker and IndieCade: for your indie gaming needs

    <div class="center" IndieCade is happening right now in Seattle, and if you’re into indie games and/or development, it’d be a really great thing to check out. Unfortunately I can’t make it, but it’s right over there in Bellevue so take a drive to the east side and see what the new generation of gamers has to offer. And if you’re like me and have to… Read More

  • Nehalems shipping next month!

    If that headline doesn’t get excited, may as well move on to the next story. Nothing to see here, folks! Except for a bad-ass processor that’s about to drop on November 17. If you’ve been following the Nehalem story, you know that it’s Intel’s microarchitecture “tock” to the 45nm process Penryn “tick.” You may have heard it referred to… Read More

  • Baltimore's Xohm speeds scrutinized

    The promise of Wi-Max is nothing less than high-speed wireless internet practically anywhere you go. Of course, the reality falls short, as it often does, but it still shows itself a worthy successor to normal 3G and wi-fi. This industrious tester zoomed around Baltimore and tested it out in different areas (70% of the city is covered at the moment), finding that speeds were generally on the… Read More

  • Holy God, this guy plays WoW on 11 computers simultaneously

    Nerd Alert! I’ve got a couple questions for this man Bradster Prepared. WTF? Where do you get the nearly $500 in account fees every month? Where did you get the more than $15,000 it would take to set this up? Are you pumped about these mice? WTF? I simply can’t wrap my head around this. Whatever it is that’s on display here as broken my mind. And apparently there is a… Read More

  • Forget the front desk: Hotels go high tech

    There’s nothing like a bit of luxury when staying at a nice hotel. Be it in-room dining or the staff waiting on your every need, feeling like a king for a day is a matter of taking advantage of the hotel’s services. Unfortunately, the systems in place for requesting such things are years behind, teetering on the edge of archaic. You can stare at the minuscule writing on the… Read More

  • CrunchDeals: IOGEAR Mobile Digital Scribe for $60

    Normally about $80 to $100, Office Max has the IOGEAR Mobile Digital Scribe for $60 until October 18th. The device captures your writing from just about any normal paper surface (up to Letter or A4 size) and then digitizes it to be archived on your computer. You can also hook the Mobile Digital Scribe directly up to your computer and record your handwriting in real time. Seems like a great… Read More

  • Arizona testing Cactus microchipping to prevent theft

    If someone asked me to help them steal a gigantic cactus, I’d be like, “Have you ever touched a cactus? Those things are really prickly. Find yourself another cohort, kind sir.” But apparently the giant Saguaro cactus, found mostly in Arizona, can sell for over $1,000 which, in turn, has given rise to a pretty active poaching trade. In order to cut down on such thievery… Read More

  • Giggity, Giggity, Giggity: Quagmire piggy bank

    Here’s a piggy (piggity?) bank of Glenn Quagmire sitting atop a zebra-striped blanet on a black leather couch. I’m not quite sure where you’re supposed to stick the coins (ewwww) but I think I see a little slit on the top of the sofa, so hopefully that’s it. It’s $40, plus whatever your therapist charges you per hour after the thing finally creeps you out. After… Read More

  • Samsung NC10 Netbook: ETA 10/23/08 for $480

    Samsung’s impending NC10 netbook is up for pre-order on two US online stores. The price is nice, too, at $480 – that’s less than we originally thought. The first store, PCNation, lists the netbook at $480.56 with free three-day shipping. The item’s status is backordered, saying it usually ships in 1-2 weeks. The other site, Bottom Line Telecommunications, gives us… Read More

  • Apple working on networked television sets?

    Jason Calacanis apparently has it on good authority that Apple’s next big thing might be networked high-definition television sets — basically, a TV with all the Apple TV stuff already built into it. This actually makes a lot of sense, as Apple’s been pretty good at the whole digital content thing. It’s got iTunes onto most people’s computers and has made… Read More

  • Twitter to IM: Drop Dead

    It took a worldwide financial meltdown for Twitter to finally cough up the IM hairball. At BearHug Camp, I spent about 10 of the 30 minute executive visitation trying to pin down Jack Dorsey, Biz Stone, and Alex Payne on when exactly Track and IM would be back, and in what order. Turns out the IM part isn’t coming back; it’s been moved from Broken to Build. Evan Williams delivers… Read More

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