• Crossloop Raises $6 Million Series B

    Sometimes you just need a little help from your friends. Investors are putting $6 million more into CrossLoop, the peer-to-peer IT help desk app. Venrock is leading the round, and previous investor El Dorado Ventures is also participating. El Dorado led the $3 million series A in December, 2007. CrossLoop is a do-it-yourself tech support app that lets you take over someone else’s… Read More

  • Citizen presents world's smallest radio-controlled watch movement

    Citizen Watch developed the world’s smallest movement for radio-controlled wristwatches [JP]. The so-called H010 measures just 18.5mm in diameter and 3.4mm in thickness. Despite of these dimensions, Citizen claims the movement is very robust and can operate for about three years on a single charge. The company plans to use the movement for women’s wristwatches starting next month. Read More

  • Legendary camera brand Yashica comes back from the dead

    After getting bought in 1983 by Kyocera, which abandoned the brand name in 2005, Japan’s legendary camera maker Yashica makes an unexpected comeback. Tokyo-based Exemode [JP] will sell digital cameras,  camcorders and a digital photo frame under the Yashica brand starting October/November 2008. The products are nothing special but targeted at older customers, Exemode is hoping the… Read More

  • Google Chrome Comic Book Auction Up To $1,501

    Our auction of a physical copy of the Google Chrome comic book is up to $1,501. It ends today and all of the proceeds will go to DonorsChoose, an innovative not-for-profit corporation that raises money for schools. Only a limited number of these were printed, but Google hasn’t yet said how many there are out there. If you’d like to continue bidding on the book, please leave your… Read More

  • CrunchGear Week in Review: Outta My Way Edition

    ‘Mini-Motion’ games with tiny controllers coming
    Internet-connected toaster burns news into bread
    Japanese company sells emergency shoes
    This chair is made from Xboxen (and steel)
    End of the world on Wednesday, take a half day today
    New Nano vs. New Zune: Fight! Read More

  • Facebook Isn't A Social Network. And Stop Trying to Make New Friends There

    A controversy is brewing over a popular Facebook application called PackRat, where users collect sets of illustrated cards for points and levels. The company behind the application, Alamofire, says that users generate up to 500 daily page views per day on the application trying to hunt down the right card to complete a collection. A big part of the game is “stealing” cards from… Read More

  • SNL tears into the T-Mobile Fav 5 commercial

    http://www.hulu.com/embed/0Jj6zSP684dbae0cMGbvPw Just a bit of fun for anyone checking in on an otherwise slow Sunday, straight from last night’s episode of Saturday Night Live. The show itself was hit-or-miss from sketch to sketch, but this one had us rolling. Read More

  • ASUS taking on the Omnia with a 5-MP WinMo handset of their own?

    Wuh-oh. Looks like the Samsung Omnia might soon have a heavy-handed challenger in the 5 MP Windows Mobile 6.1 handset arena. The specs are in no way official until ASUS gets around to makin’em so, but heres what can be gleaned from the shots: it has got a trackball in place of the Omnia’s optical sensor, a front facing camera, 3g, WiFi, Bluetooth, a solid resolution touch… Read More

  • Today on MobileCrunch

    Not reading MobileCrunch yet? Why the heck not? While a MobileCrunch post or two might make the jump over to CrunchGear each day, there’s a ton of good stuff each day that you’ll only see on that side of the fence. Here’s some stuff you may have missed on MobileCrunch today: ASUS taking on the Omnia with a 5-MP WinMo handset of their own? Congrats to our Newber beta key… Read More

  • Micromessaging at the crossroads

    BearHug Camp proved successful at bringing together a wide swath of what is known as the open micro blogging community. With companies including Twitter, Laconica/Identi.ca, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, bit.ly, and Seesmic/Twhirl, some 1700 of those who couldn’t make it in person followed over Leo Laporte’s TWiT-TV Live streamcast. While most media folks took their leads from… Read More

  • ASUS taking on the Omnia with a 5-MP WinMo handset of their own?

    Wuh-oh. Looks like the Samsung Omnia might soon have a heavy-handed challenger in the 5 MP Windows Mobile 6.1 handset arena. The specs are in no way official until ASUS gets around to makin’em so, but heres what can be gleaned from the shots: it has got a trackball in place of the Omnia’s optical sensor, a front facing camera, 3g, WiFi, Bluetooth, a solid resolution touch… Read More

  • Congrats to our Newber beta key winners!

    If you entered our drawing for a spot in the Newber beta, check your inbox! All winners have been informed by the e-mail addresses that they provided when filling out the comment form. Didn’t win? Don’t sweat it. We’ll have more opportunities for our readers to get into closed betas in the future, so you’ll have another shot at it before too long. Read More

  • HTC Touch Diamond shows up for sale on Sprint.com

    No word yet on when you’ll be able to get an HTC Touch Diamond straight off of Sprint’s retail shelves, but BGR has noticed that you can now grab’em off Sprint’s online store. While there’s a good chance they’ll hit the meatspace outlets as early as Monday, you can have yours dropped off at your front door for $249.99 after a 2-year contract, regularly $549.99. Read More

  • SNL tears into the T-Mobile Fav 5 commercial

    http://www.hulu.com/embed/0Jj6zSP684dbae0cMGbvPw Just a bit of fun for anyone checking in on an otherwise slow Sunday, straight from last night’s episode of Saturday Night Live. The show itself was hit-or-miss from sketch to sketch, but this one had us rolling. Read More

  • Microsoft's Vista armor starting to fade

    HP denies that they are making an OS to rival Vista, but, they do acknowledge that they are developing software that would bypass some of its functions altogether. HP formed the “customer experience” group nine months ago in an effort to give customers a quick and easy alternative to certain applications. The team is focusing on touchscreen technology where users can watch movies… Read More

  • iPhone App Downloads to Hit 1 Billion Mark Faster Than Songs Did

    There may only be over 12 million iPhones in the wild, but that hasn’t stopped iTunes users from downloading more than twice as many apps as songs during the store’s first two months of availability, according to a report. Steve Jobs said at Apple’s press event last week that users have now downloaded over 100 million apps. Assuming it maintains the same rate of 70 million… Read More

  • Verizon BlackBerry Storm announcement coming on Sept. 15?

      Word is circling that a Verizon internal email foreshadows some “exciting news” tomorrow, September 15. Forums are abuzz that the news really is the touchscreen BlackBerry Storm announcement derived from the emailed image showing clouds and a fingerprint. We already knew that the Storm’s launch was pushed back to November-ish so a possible announcement timing does fit… Read More

  • MySpace Music Already Has Revenue Locked, May Raise Outside Capital At $2 Billion Valuation

    Get ready for MySpace Music, because you are going to be hearing a lot about it over the next couple of weeks as it prepares for launch. The new joint venture, which tosses music rights from the big labels together with the existing MySpace Music property and users, is announcing a number of launch advertising partners this afternoon, including McDonalds, Sony Pictures, State Farm and Toyota. Read More

  • LinkedIn To Launch Its Own Ad Network

    At a time when most social networks are still trying to figure out how to make money from advertising, one social network is bucking the trend. LinkedIn, the social network for business professionals, has so much demand from advertisers that it will be launching its own ad network on Monday. In conjunction with ad network Collective Media (which targets high-end media sites), LinkedIn will… Read More

  • Spore And The Great DRM Backlash

    If we can learn anything from the troubled launch of Spore, a videogame many people have been looking forward to for years, it is that binding products with digital rights management (DRM) restrictions hurts more than it helps. Spore, designed by Sims creator Will Wright, went on sale a week ago. It is expected to sell 2 million copies in September alone, and is currently the No. 3… Read More

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