• Let's have a tea party: Taxes make up one-third of New Yorkers' cellphone bill

    Tea party! Yes, in the spirit of all those completely artificial tea parties that have been annoying Tweeple from Maine to Hawaii, the New York Post wants to let its readership know that New York State has the fourth highest cellphone taxes in the country. Fourth! That’s almost high enough to give a damn. Read More

  • StumbleUpon Beats Skype In Escaping EBay's Clutches

    Back in September, we reported that eBay was attempting to sell off StumbleUpon, the website recommendation service it bought for $75 million in 2007. That didn’t happen. And now the company has been spun off to start life over as an independent startup, backed by new investors and the original founders. The new company is led by co-founder Garrett Camp, who now steps into the CEO role. Read More

  • Girl Wars: iMob Swaps Its Guns For High Heels

    Last January, Y Combinator startup Addmired released the game iMob for the iPhone, tapping into the immense popularity of text-based mafia games on Facebook and other social networks and bringing them to Apple’s hot mobile platform. That game has fared quite well, peaking as the App Store’s fourth most popular game (other companies like Zynga have since released their own… Read More

  • CrunchDeals: Complete 'Kids in the Hall' series on DVD for $109

    If you haven’t seen The Kids in the Hall, you haven’t LIVED! Put it on your bucket list! If you’ve seen and enjoy the wonderfully weird sketches, you may be interested to know that Amazon is selling the entire five-season Kids in the Hall series for $109. It spans 20 DVDs and contains all the episodes, plus a bunch of behind-the-scenes stuff, interviews, deleted scenes, and… Read More

  • Roger McNamee's Band Moonalice Gets 3000 Downloads From Twitter Concerts

    It’s no surprise that bands and musicians are trying to harness the viral power of Twitter. Music is a big part of Twitter’s content, as we’ve written about in the past. But recently the Bay Area band Moonalice, whose lead guitarist is well-known venture capitalist and Elevation Partners co-founder Roger McNamee, staged several concerts on Twitter and has seen some… Read More

  • QuickerTek promises extended MacBook Air battery life for $350!!!

    The direction that Apple has taken with the iPhone, MacBook Air, and MacBook Pro has irritated some folks and rightfully so. Why would anyone be opposed to a removable battery? Read More

  • MSI Wind U115 clears 25 hours with nine-cell battery option

    Johannes over at German site Eee-PC.de was able to push a nine-cell MSI Wind U115 – the one with the hybrid SSD + HDD setup announced at CES this year – past the 25 hour mark using the Battery Eater notebook benchmarking test. Read More

  • Sebastião Salgado Leica M7 up on eBay

    Sebastião Salgado (time.com & Wikipedia) has photographed some of the world’s most impoverished citizens. His photographs, while visually stunning, are often eye-opening for another reason. Perhaps by using cameras presented to him by Leica will improve your budding photography skills. Too bad the set is more expensive than a Tesla Roadster. Read More

  • Price of internal components of $79.99 iPod Shuffle adds up to $21.77

    The guys and dolls over at iSuppli have taken apart one of those new iPod Shuffles—you know, the one that talks to you—and have estimated the total cost of components to be $21.77; the iPod Shuffle retails for $79. Setting aside the additional costs of the little music player, such as industrial design and programming, that represents only 28 percent of its retail price. The… Read More

  • PragueCrunch II: Great success!

    So I was in Prague for the weekend together with CrunchGear’s John Biggs, in an effort to learn more about the Czech tech scene first hand. The organizer of the event, dubbed PragueCrunch, was Jack DeNeut from Nelso, an American who has been living there for the past 16 years and is extremely well connected with the local community. When we weren’t enjoying the great weather on… Read More

  • TribeHQ Is The "Micro-Jobbing" Platform For All Things Job Related

    With the popularity of Twitter and the proliferation of symbiotic applications designed to feed off the Twitter phenomenon, it’s becoming increasingly uncommon to see startups taking a stab at creating a totally new “micro-blogging” platform. That’s why it’s always fascinating to see how people are trying to reinvent the Twitter wheel. TribeHQ has launched its… Read More

  • Is this the Nikon D5000? [Update 2]

    This looks like something that may or may not be a future D5000 SLR with bigger flash, microphone (for video) and maybe even full frame sensor. Kor krikey! We’ve been following this yeti for some time now and it seems that NikonRumor’s rumors are coming true. To recap, they thought the D5000 would drop during PMA. Update: More pics and release date revealed.
    Update 2: We have specs… Read More

  • Jim Breyer Joins Dell Board Of Directors, Fast Becoming Most Powerful Man In Silicon Valley

    Jim Breyer, a partner at Accel Partners, joined the board of directors of Dell today. That’s interesting in itself, but the man also sits on the board of Facebook, Walmart and Marvel, as well as a number of younger startups. On a daily basis Breyer sees a flow of non public information (retail sales at Walmart, Facebook’s monetization plans, Marvel’s thoughts on the promise… Read More

  • Netflix expanding to other game console platforms

    Let’s not jump the gun here and claim that Netflix will be hitting the Wii and PlayStation 3 anytime soon, but they are looking for an experienced engineer to lead the gaming platforms team. From the job listing: Read More

  • Rumor: Nokia twisting it up with Sidekick-tastic QWERTY handset?

    Check out that mock-up over to the right; now, imagine the Nokia logo floating around on it somewhere, with a little “Verizon” badge slapped on the front. All together, it’s a Nokia-made S40 QWERTY swivel handset for Verizon. Think that’s sounds crazy? Don’t worry – so does everyone else. Well, except for Nokia and Verizon, it would seem. Read More

  • Fat Princess to be released on June 18?

    At GDC we were told that Fat Princess would see a summer release, but Sony’s New Zealand PlayStation site has it set for a June 18 launch. The US site still says TBA and IGN has it slotted at Q3, which means the earliest that we could see it is July. Read More

  • Storm Trooper cookie jar perfect for that intergalactic kitchen motif

    There probably aren’t too many Star Wars fans out there who aren’t also fans of cookies. I, myself, love both. So to house one’s cookies inside the hollowed-out ceramic head of an imperial Storm Tropper seems like a logical extension of both interests. Read More

  • SB Nation Scores A Link Deal With The NHL

    Sports-blog network SB Nation is now officially sanctioned by the NHL. Posts from its 29 hockey blogs now appear as linked headlines on the homepage of NHL.com. CEO Jim Bankoff, a former AOL executive, tells me that he is in discussions with other major sports leagues for similar link deals. You’d think that investor Ted Leonsis, the former AOL vice chairman who owns the… Read More

  • The Sims 3 billboards pop up all over the USA

    Considering that, on average, some 40 million people walk through Times Square per year, you’ve got to assume that EA has high hopes for The Sims 3. You don’t spend that kind of money on billboards promoting the game—billboard in Times Square, depending on location, costs in the tens of thousands of dollars per day—without thinking, “Yup, this game will carry us… Read More

  • A Billion iPhone Apps, Mostly To Talk About The Weather?

    As Apple’s App Store continues its countdown to 1 billion apps downloaded, Compete has released the results of a rather humorous study of iPhone users. Apparently, for all the bells and whistles the combination of the iPhone and the App Store offers, the most popular thing to do is look up the weather, as MediaPost highlights today. Of those iPhone users surveyed, 39 percent stated that… Read More

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