• Co-Founder of iStockphoto Joins Rival Fotolia As North American President

    Patrick Lor, co-founder of iStockphoto, a Getty owned-online marketplace for microstock photography and video, has joined rival Fotolia as the President of Fotolia North America. iStockphoto and and Fotolia, which were both launched around the same time and serve the same purpose, have a long standing competition in the microstock photography space for the best images, the most talented… Read More

  • Happy Kindle DX Day: Liveblog at 10:30 ET

    The Kindle DX will be launched today to an eager and excited cohort of folks who read the newspaper or enjoy textbooks. That’s right: Amazon’s 9.7-inch bigscreen Kindle drops today and our own Peter Ha will be on hand to relay all the goodness. Stay tuned. Read More

  • T-Mobile + Samsung = One big leak

    Samsung tends to have a hard time keeping things secret, and T-Mobile’s pipes have been pretty leaky lately as well. Put the two together and the best plumber in the world couldn’t plug the holes. Such is the case here. For some reason, an unnamed camera carrying employee got some time with T-Mobile’s upcoming Samsung lineup and was able to document the whole thing. Read More

  • Chinese internet tablet touts 7-inch screen, 48-hour battery

    The “Smart Q7” internet tablet represents a somewhat-intriguing step forward in coffee table internet devices in that it features a relatively large 7-inch screen and the promise of a full 48 hours of battery life before needing to be recharged. Read More

  • Next09: Video Interview With Jyri Engeström (Jaiku / Google)

    I just finished moderating a panel with Chris Messina and Jyri Engeström about emerging social behavior on the web at the Next09 conference in Hamburg, and I got the chance to speak with both of them separately afterwards and recorded part of the conversations on video. The first one I’m featuring is the short talk I had with Engeström, the Finnish entrepreneur who left his senior… Read More

  • LaCie intros the Big Disk & d2 Network NAS (both are Time Machine compatable)

    LaCie has a rather nice selection of NAS units to choose from, but the latest should get some attention from Mac users. Both the Big Disk Network (left) and the d2 Network (right) sport the classic LaCie design, which is obviously inspired by H.A.L 9000, and are compatible with Apple’s Time Machine. Read More

  • For Books Available On Kindle, Sales Are Now Tracking At 35 Percent Of Print Sales

    The most startling thing Jeff Bezos said today at Amazon’s launch of the Kindle DX, it’s large-format Kindle optimized for textbooks and newspapers, was this statistic: For books that are available on the Kindle, sales are already 35 percent of the same books in print, up from 13 percent just a few months ago. In other words, if a paper book sells 10,000 copies on Amazon, it… Read More

  • Sprint employees fired for talking about the Palm Pre

    Everyone, take notice: Sprint is very serious about not letting any tantalizing details leak about the upcoming Palm Pre. Apparently, the struggling wireless carrier cannot afford having any good, free press wrote about them. From what we hear, at least three retail employees have been let go for speaking about the Palm Pre outside the store’s walls. Read More

  • URL Shortening Wars: Twitter Ditches TinyURL For bit.ly

    Sharing links on Twitter can be quite a pain when you need to input a web address that consumes most of the space you have at your disposal for your micro-message. The startup realized that quickly and automatically started shortening long URLs to make its users save on space for their 140-character updates. To get this implemented, Twitter went with TinyURL, a service that shortens URLs… Read More

  • The Big Kindle Revealed (Liveblog)

    Amazon is revealing its third Kindle today at a jam-packed press conference in New York City. The new Kindle, which we first caught wind of last year, is expected to have a larger screen to be used for reading newspapers, magazines, and textbooks. (Don’t expect it to save the newspaper industry, though). Arthur Sullzberger, Jr. of the New York Times is in the house I’ll be… Read More

  • Sprint employees fired for talking about the Palm Pre

    Everyone, take notice: Sprint is very serious about not letting any tantalizing details leak about the upcoming Palm Pre. Apparently, the struggling wireless carrier cannot afford having any good, free press wrote about them. From what we hear, at least three retail employees have been let go for speaking about the Palm Pre outside the store’s walls. Read More

  • Stickam's StreamAPI Makes Doing Video Live Cheap And Easy

    A lot of people don’t realize just how costly and bandwidth intensive streaming live video on the web is from a back-end perspective. There’s a reason YouTube hasn’t launched a live service and Yahoo had to shut its down. Most end users never have to deal with such concerns because they use a service like Ustream, Justin.tv or Stickam to handle their needs on a small level. Read More

  • AQUA: Sanyo develops super-efficient washing machine

    In Japan, Sanyo is not only known as a maker of home electronics and eneloop, rechargeable batteries, but also as a maker of home appliances. Their Aqua AWD-AQ4000, which will go on sale in Nippon only on June 1 [JP], is the fourth in a series of washing machines that feature a built-in ozone generator to deodorize and disinfect laundry. Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Spintastic Edition

    Video: Hoover Scooter, a 60’s hybrid motorbike/hovercraft
    CoolCop keeps cops… well, you can probably figure the rest out
    Dareway: Unsafe at any speed Read More

  • Minimalist radio has no buttons or switches

    Created as a design experiment, the Radio Valerie is one of the sleekest radios you can find. Missing all the usual controls, the radio uses the antenna to control the station, and a ring on top of the speaker to control the volume. Read More

  • Google Testing New Service Features On Chrome First?

    Chrome is a great browser for Google’s web apps because its JavaScript engine is optimized to run most of them as fast as possible. That alone is reason enough for heavy users of applications like Gmail and Google Reader to use Chrome (if you have a PC anyway — the Mac version is still forthcoming). But Google may also be giving another small advantage to those who surf the web… Read More

  • HamCrunch – The TechCrunch Meetup In Hamburg Tonight

    We’re here at the Next09 conference in Hamburg, a two-day conference about the future of the web, so we figured we’d organise an impromptu TechDrunk… sorry, TechCrunch Meetup this evening. Thanks to Neuhaus Partners, eVenture Capital Partners, Cribb and BV Capital we have a little venture capital to buy you your first drink at the 3freunde bar tonight from 8pm in downtown… Read More

  • Just How Much Money Can Free iPhone Apps Make? Quite A Bit

    Earlier this year Pinch Media released a report on the state of the App Store, describing some of the trends it had seen as developers tried to monetize their apps. The verdict: advertising on free applications simply can’t match the payoff from even the least expensive ‘paid’ applications, and would require an unobtainable $8.75 CPM to reach the same income per… Read More

  • South Carolina Gives Craigslist Ultimatum: Remove Prostitution Or Face Criminal Charges

    The various state attorneys general have focused like a laser on Craigslist these past weeks. Like most politicians hoping to get reelected, Attorneys General tend to follow the press and jump in front of any parade they see. Years ago if a crime was committed and anyone involved had a MySpace account, the press focused only on the MySpace angle. The attorneys general went after them with… Read More

  • Video: Hover Scooter, a 60's hybrid motorbike/hovercraft

    Is it the greatest form of transportation of all time? Tentatively, I’m going to say yes. Does it have the best instrument panel of all time? Undoubtedly. The Hoover Scooter was an awkward cross between a scooter and a hovercraft. Not the most graceful of vehicles, and I don’t picture a flotilla of these creeping up on anyone in wartime, but at least you get to live out your… Read More

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