• Taiwanese company files patent suit against Apple

    Potentially bad news for Apple coming from Asia. A Taiwanese company called Elan Microelectronics Corporation (who?) has filed a patent suit against Apple (the news release is in English) a few days ago, saying they own two patents for multi-touch panels currently used in the MacBook, iPhone und iPod Touch. Read More

  • Gateway 2000 knows that the surf is up

    For those too young to remember, Gateway was once a cow-oriented company. The boxes were bespeckled like Bessie and their hottest 1994 model, back when the company was still called Gateway 2000, included these bodacious cow wallpapers on the disk. Remember: this was still Windows 3.1. Windows 98 was just a glimmer in the world’s eye. There’s a full Flickr set over here if you want… Read More

  • Palm may have more Touchstone where that came from

    Call the president! A Palm marketing manager let slip that Touchstone is a full family of near-field induction products and that the little Touchstone charger for the Palm Pre – basically that magnetic charger thing that you stick the Pre to in order to grab some juice – is just one of many products. Read More

  • CrunchGear Week in Review: Robot Slide Edition

    Ultimate staircase features built-in slide
    Photo report: Japan’s KDDI au presents new designer brand for cell phones (iida)
    Former Apple designer turns to grills Read More

  • Twitter Worm Woes Continue, Fourth Round Of Attacks By Mikeyy (Updated)

    I was away for the weekend attending PragueCrunch (more on that later), so I missed most of the conversation about Mikeyy, the Twitter worm that’s been plaguing the micro-sharing service for the last couple of days. And just as I was reading up on it, it seems like a fourth attack is being carried out as I’m writing this. That means that Twitter has not yet fully fixed the issue… Read More

  • Palm may have more Touchstone where that came from

    Call the president! A Palm marketing manager let slip that Touchstone is a full family of near-field induction products and that the little Touchstone charger for the Palm Pre – basically that magnetic charger thing that you stick the Pre to in order to grab some juice – is just one of many products. Read More

  • You Will Be Using FriendFeed In The Future — But It May Be Called Facebook

    Last week, we wrote that FriendFeed was in danger of becoming “the coolest app that no one uses.” The thought was that while FriendFeed is doing some great things both in terms of its technology and feature-wise, it has failed to capture the growth of the hot micro-messaging service, Twitter. But I think that misses the real key comparison. If you look at it, FriendFeed is actually… Read More

  • Adapx Raises $9 Million In Series B Funding For Digital Pen Technology

    Digital pen and software manufacturer Adapx closed $9 million in Series B financing led by UV Partners, with existing investors OVP Venture Partners and Paladin Capital Group participating. Paladin and OVP Venture Partners led Adapx’s Series A funding round in 2007, which totaled $10 million. Adapx allows mobile teams to collect data in the field via digital pens and its Capturx software. Read More

  • MySpace To Launch Featured Apps Directory Next Week

    MySpace has announced that it is planning to launch a new “Editor’s Pick” category in its application directory next week, allowing members to quickly sift through the platform’s best apps. MySpace had previously shown a handful of featured apps as users browsed its Apps Directory, but these rotated and there was no way to browse through them. Now, users will be able… Read More

  • Ad Network Collective Media Secures $20 million In Series B Funding

    Online ad network Collective Media has secured $20 million in Series B funding led by Accel Partners and iNovia Capital. Collective Media offers publishers an ad network management platform to create their own branded, vertical ad networks. The company raised an undisclosed amount in Series A funding, led by Greycroft Partners and iNovia Capital, in October 2007. Launched in 2005, the… Read More

  • Welcome To TechCrunch, MG Siegler

    Tomorrow TechCrunch welcomes MG Siegler as a full time writer and our newest hire (pictured to the right of Marshall Kirkpatrick, a former TechCrunch writer). He joins us from VentureBeat, where he created quite a following for himself by writing interesting, timely posts on the current technology trends. In fact, in just two years of solid blogging he’s become one of the top twenty… Read More

  • Some Of Our Favorite Easter Eggs

    Just as children love hunting for Easter eggs, we love finding virtual Easter eggs in software and Web apps—those intentional hidden messages, features or jokes built into the software that users in the know may stumble upon at some point during their experience with the application. We’ve compiled a list of some of our favorite software Easter eggs of all-time (in no given order)… Read More

  • Does Google Really Control The News?

    Once again, Google is the favorite bogeyman responsible for the rapid deterioration in the health of the news industry. This time it is Nick Carr doing the finger-pointing, describing Google as the most powerful middleman in news: When a middleman controls a market, the supplier has no real choice but to work with the middleman – even if the middleman makes it impossible for the supplier… Read More

  • Warning: Twitter Hit By StalkDaily Worm (Updated)

    A bad week for Twitter just got even worse. The service has apparently been infected by a worm originating from the owners of the website StalkDaily (Note: Do not visit this website, as it may cause your computer to become infected). At this point details are scant, but it appears that visiting the Twitter profile page of an infected user can lead your profile to become infected as well… Read More

  • Best Buy strikes again: WD hard drive switched out for 8-year-old Maxtor, no refund given

    Once upon a Best Buy, in a sealed Western Digital VelociRaptor 250GB drive box, there lived an ancient 30GB drive called a Quantum Fireball, from Maxtor. It sounds like the beginning to a really nerdy fairy tale, where maybe the Fireball ends up outperforming the Raptor, but no. It’s more of a corporate ripoff story. Read More

  • Adorable lost robots get where they're going with human help

    This is more in the line of sociology news, but it involves robots, so what the hell. A student at Tisch School of the Arts named Kacie has performed an interesting social experiment that cleaves closely to her school’s mission statement, which is to “bring delight and art into people’s lives.” She made a couple little robots which have no powers other than looking cute… Read More

  • Apple Offers Another Fleeting Glimpse At The App Store's All-Time Leaders

    Yesterday Apple announced that it was closing in on its whopping 1 Billionth application download from the App Store, which now features over 25,000 apps built by thousands of developers. In honor of the milestone, Apple has also posted an updated version of the store’s most popular apps ever (iTunes link) – something they’ve done only once before, at the end of 2008. The… Read More

  • Ultimate staircase features built-in slide

    Some people are dreamers while others are doers. London architect Alex Michaelis is a doer. He built his dream house recently and says, “Everyone in the family was involved in the design and got to say what he or she wanted.” His kids, of course, wanted a slide next to the staircase. Read More

  • CrunchDeals: Refurbished Harmony 550 remote for $45 (today only)

    Amazon has a one-day Gold Box deal on the Logitech Harmony 550 universal remote control. Normally selling for over $100, you can get a refurbished unit for $45 today. The Harmony 550 supports up to 15 devices, has customizable buttons, and is programmed via the web (it’s PC and Mac compatible). The remote comes with four AAA batteries and carries a 90-day warranty. Logitech Harmony… Read More

  • Shock: iTunes price increase hurts songs' chart positions

    Good Heavens. Billboard must have broken out its abacus as it was calculating this little number: songs on the iTunes Store that saw their price jump from $0.99 to $1.29 have dropped in chart position. Could it be that, gasp, people saw the $1.29 price for that damn Lady Gaga song—if you’ve been following this story with us, I always (unfairly) single out Lady Gaga; she’s… Read More

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