• Why Zynga Is Worried about Playfish

    When I wrote my BusinessWeek column on Zygna a while back, every venture capitalist in the Valley told me that Playdom was the company’s biggest competitor. After all, it competes game-to-game, with similar mob-style and poker games, and was said to be doing the same revenues as Zynga with much higher profitability. (As my column pointed out, Zynga’s revenues are more like… Read More

  • The Apollo program: One massive rocket designed by young engineers

    There has been a good deal of focus on the Moon lately. First, the LRO sent back high-res photos of the surface, which was followed by the 40th anniversary of Apollo 11 and the release of restored video footage from the Moon. Then the LRO produced the first photos of the equipment left behind from the Apollo missions and Walter Cronkite, the trusted voice who informed America about the… Read More

  • The Anatomy Of The Twitter Attack

    The Twitter document leak fiasco started with a simple story that personal accounts of Twitter employees were hacked. Twitter CEO Evan Williams commented on that story, saying that Twitter itself was mostly unaffected. No personal accounts were compromised, and “most of the sensitive information was personal rather than company-related,” he said. The individual behind the… Read More

  • FasterWeb Wants To Make The Entire Web Up To Ten Times Faster In 2010

    As the web matures, it’s also getting more complex. Yet much of it is still fundamentally based on things like HTML which are 30 years old. A new startup, FasterWeb, aims to bring these old technologies up to speed — as it were — making the web faster, by optimizing the old standards for doing new things. And in doing so, it claims that it can increase the performance of any… Read More

  • App Roundup: with a special sneak preview!

    You read that right, folks. We’ve stepped up our game on this week’s App Roundup and are going to go ahead and review an app that’s not even out yet. Pre-released apps are becoming increasingly common in our inbox, as the Apple Review process seems to take forever (no surprise, given that it’s run by 8-year-olds). Read More

  • 15-minute walk through of 2K's Mafia II

    I missed my demo of Mafia II at E3, which I’m still bummed out about, but 2K has a released a 15-minute walk through voiced over by producer Denby Grace. It looks quite good. What do you guys think? Due out later this year for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC. Read More

  • Shock: Toshiba to launch Blu-ray player

    It had to happen at some point. With HD DVD long gone and Blu-ray sales rocketing up 91 percent (Q1 ‘09 over Q1 ‘08), Toshiba really had no choice, but to join the other team. Read More

  • Verizon drops price of BlackBerry Storm down to $99

    You should still avoid purchasing this thing. Is the Storm 2 coming soon? Verizon Wireless Read More

  • Start Saving: PocketSmith Is A Crystal Ball For Your Bank Accounts

    Saving money is tough work, even when you’re working towards something you really want, like a new car or a vacation. First, there’s the business of actually finding someone to write you a paycheck each month, and then you have to look at that pile of cash sitting in your bank account, just begging to be spent on the latest DVD, book, or gadget that suits your fancy. And… Read More

  • Handshake Horror: The Awareness Spreads.

    Now even mainstream journalists are picking up the no handshake banner and running with it. Neil Swidey, writing for the Boston Globe, says “Last month, swine flu officially became a pandemic. Public health officials have said so-called “social distancing” strategies — sharply reducing contact with others — have proved most effective in slowing the spread of… Read More

  • AT&T Is A Big, Steaming Heap Of Failure

    When Om Malik of GigaOM said he was breaking up with his iPhone 5 months ago because of the failures of AT&T, I must admit, I thought he was overreacting. I was wrong. Since I switched to AT&T from Verizon just over 2 years ago to get the iPhone (which, of course, AT&T has exclusively in the U.S.), there have been no shortage of shortcomings by AT&T. But as of late, I’ve… Read More

  • A handy-dandy computer hardware chart

    Ok, so you passed you Comptia A+ exam. Welcome to the club. Let me suggest that you print out this hardware chart. Trust me, it will come in handy. No matter how much of a hardware geek you are, there is no way you can name by sight alone the different types of CPU sockets or some of the more obscure types of RAM. There is nothing wrong with having this cheat sheet in your toolbox or on your… Read More

  • The Viliv S7's battery gets tested in Korea

    Viliv went all official on the S7 a couple of weeks ago. The hot convertible tablet definitely sparked my interest, especially the 4700mAh lithium polymer batter that is said to have up to 9.5 hours. That’s hot. Well, some folks in Korea got their hands on the portable and put that battery to the test. The results really aren’t that surprising. Read More

  • Namco releases Museum Essentials for the PlayStation Network

    Namco, creators of such classics like Pac-Man, Galaga and Dig Dug, have announced Museum Essentials for the PlayStation Network. Now you can play the aforementioned games along with Dragon Spirit and Xevious on your PlayStation 3. There’s even Xevious Resurrection with co-op gameplay. This can be all yours for only $10. I know what I’m doing this weekend. Read More

  • The Mario family tree

    I doubt that many of us knew just how vast the Mario family tree was. This infograph, made by a dedicated gamer, clearly shows the 28 year history of the brand. Yes, the graph really isn’t really in true family tree format, but as the creator points out, it’s just a video game and it works just fine the way it’s currently displayed. Read More

  • Video: Pyro Love

    YouTube is filled with TF2 fan videos and tributes, but I’ve never seen one this well done. The video is a bit long at 8:29 and takes a few minutes to get going, but it actually has a compelling story. I think Bob Ross, the gentle painter, would appreciate the message that everyone needs a friend. Read More

  • Now there's a real-time stream for the carbon footprint of electricity

    RealTimecCarbon is a new joint project by Dynamic Demand, AMEE and Demand Logic. It’s a pretty clever idea. As they explain, the amount of pollution caused by using a single unit of electricity changes throughout the day. This is because the “generation mix” on the grid changes. Sometimes there are more coal power stations running, for example. Other times there’s more… Read More

  • UK Startups: Get your funding while you still can

    You think you have it bad, Mr.-Silicon-Valley-entrepreneur-trolling-Sand-Hilll-Road-for-cash? Try life in the UK. Out of 39 firms that were active investors in British start-ups over the last five years, only thirteen venture firms have £5 million or more left in their coffers to invest, according to NESTA, the UK agency that advocates for start-ups and also sponsored the recent Traveling… Read More

  • Review: Casio EXILIM 5.1MP camera phone

    Lets get a few details out of the way first. The Casio Exilim is one of the most expensive Verizon phones available at $279 with a 2-year agreement. Only the HTC Touch Diamond and Touch Pro cost more. Not only that, the Exilim is loaded with a dated OS and is rather bulky. The only selling point that this phone has is the 5.1MP camera, so that’s what I spent most of my time testing. I… Read More

  • The TechCrunch Europe Guide to (Startup) Life

    TechCrunch Europe is planning a new series of articles on common issues faced by startups, especially European ones. For this we’re going to ask the people who know – you, our readers. We’ll be producing a series of articles, the first two articles of which will be: The TechCrunch Europe Guide to choosing your co-founders. The TechCrunch Europe Guide to bootstrapping… Read More

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