• Disney Online Buys Kaboose Assets For $18.4 Million, Barclays Private Equity Limited Acquires Its UK Operations

    Disney Online, the online publishing business unit of Disney Interactive Media Group (DIMG), announced this morning that it has acquired a number of assets from Toronto, Canada-based firm Kaboose, in a deal worth CAD 23.3 million (approximately $18.4M). The acquisition encompasses Kaboose.com and other properties including Babyzone.com, AmazingMoms.com, Funschool.com and Zeeks.com. The assets… Read More

  • Japanese toilet analyzes stool, beams results to cell phones via personalized URLs

    As just about any other gaijin living in Japan, I came to love Japanese toilets. They have multiple buttons and functions to play around with, keep your bottom warm during cold days and are generally totally over-engineered. While this is pretty cool and fine with me, Japan’s Inax has now overdone it with a very interesting online feature. Read More

  • WebMission: Getting under the skin of The Valley

    So I am on this trip with 20 or so UK and Irish tech companies in Silicon Valley, otherwise known as WebMission. I did this last year and blogged a lot of it. Everything I said then still stands. This place is amazing in terms of the sheer scale of ambition of companies and people here. We have exactly the same passion about tech and startups back in Europe of course. But we are highly… Read More

  • CTIA09: HTC Snap keeps your best friends up front

    Contrary to what Facebook friend counts may lead you to believe, most people really don’t have hundreds upon hundreds of friends. Sure, they may know some absurd number of people – but according to a study by HTC, about 55% of people really only care about communicating with five or fewer people. Playing around with this idea a bit, HTC has just introduced a new feature… Read More

  • Silicon Graphics Declares Bankruptcy and Sells Itself For $25 Million

    Sadly, this is no April Fool’s joke. Silicon Graphics, the high-end computer computer workstation and server company founded by Jim Clark in 1982, today declared bankruptcy and sold itself to Rackable Systems for $25 million plus the assumption of “certain liabilities.” In its bankruptcy filing, SGI listed debt of $526 million. A decade ago, SGI’s revenues peaked at… Read More

  • Review: Canadian Club 30-year-old Whisky

    I’m almost 34. I was four years old when they started working on this whisky. It took us about an hour to finish about half the bottle. This $200 whisky from Canadian Club – you know, the guys from Canada who make blended whisky – have made some of the best stuff on earth. This is a limited edition version – 3,000 of these were made – and it’s as smooth as… Read More

  • eBay Launches Beta Of Selling Manager Application For Developers and Sellers

    eBay has launched the beta of the eBay Selling Manager Applications, which will enable third party developers to easily embed their applications where professional sellers manage their online business at My eBay. eBay is also making Selling Manager free of charge to all US sellers this summer, so developers can tap into eBay’s pool of millions of active sellers. And in return, sellers… Read More

  • Do not freeze your Seagate hard drive

    Seagate manager Pete Steege tried to store his Seagate Go 320GB hard drive in ice for 100 days in order to prove that Seagate drives can withstand all manner of torture. Sadly, it didn’t quite make it. When he cut the drive out of his ice rink (!!) he cut the bag which wet the drive. Read More

  • Another whacky USB gadget from Japan: Mini beach sandals and surf board memory cards

    I don’t know what made Tokyo-based tech company Greenhouse announce (or even produce) these gadgets in early April but they did anyway. For some reason, the company will start selling USB memory cards shaped like beach sandals and surf boards later this month. Read More

  • Basel 09 highlights: Watches from many lands

    I probably should have gone to Basel this year. I never go. It always seemed so daunting: Switzerland is a closed country and I don’t have lederhosen and it just never worked. Anyway, Wired has a great round-up of watches including this striking Hamilton with no buttons, just a rotating bezel that starts and resets the chronograph, and this new T-Touch diver called the Sea Touch. Read More

  • Nomee Is An All-In-One Social Networking Aggregator And RSS Feed

    Startup Nomee aggregates social networks and websites into a free Adobe Air powered desktop application that helps you manage these networks and sites into a single interface. The nomee personal all-in-one dashboard aggregates all your favorite social networking sites (you can manage profiles from up to 100 networks including Facebook, MySpace, YouTube, Twitter, LinkedIn and Digg ) and RSS… Read More

  • Brush & Rinse Toothbrush now available for $1.18

    It’s important to brush after every meal and the Brush & Rinse toothbrush makes it easy! Whether you’ve just finished a bowl of Chex or a mug of Total, brushing your teeth makes you feel better and makes your gums healthier. Best of all the Brush & Rinse shoots a stream of water up at your face so you can grab a rinse after brushing. Pop through for a video. Read More

  • Yahoo Launches Slick Desktop AIR App For Monitoring Twitter

    Yahoo has launched an Adobe AIR-powered desktop application called Sideline yesterday, once again validating the power of Twitter for real-time search. After taking it for a spin, I have to say it looks and feels really nice, but other than that there’s no real incentive for me to keep using it on a regular basis. So what does it do? Sideline is a straight-forward Twitter monitoring… Read More

  • CTIA09: Celio to release REDFLY Mobile Viewer public beta later today

    To put it gently, the Celio REDFLY didn’t launch without criticism. Essentially a mono-purposed netbook which is fueled by and acts as an extension of a Windows Mobile smartphone, the REDFLY pulls your WinMo handset’s display onto its own, and pushes all keyboard/touchpad input back to the handset. The main issue people seemed to have is that they simply didn’t understand why… Read More

  • Guitar Hero: Leonard Cohen coming this summer

    Fans of 1960s mopefolk rejoice! Activision is releasing a new version of Guitar Hero featuring Leonard Cohen’s entire oeuvre including Suzanne, Bird on the Wire, and that one song that you listened to over and over again on your roommate’s turntable before he moved out and left you stuck with a $700 rent until you brought in that weird frat kid who ate Ramen and played Madden all… Read More

  • General Mills Enters Tech News Space With Forced Acquisition of CrunchGear

    Hello CrunchGear Readers! On behalf of Kendall J. Powell and the entire General Mills team I’m proud to announce that CrunchGear, TechCrunch’s former tech blog, is now a wholly-owned subsidiary of General Mills and will feature both tech news as well as local news relating to our consumption of Big G cereal products including, but in no way limited to, Cinnamon Toast Crunch, Boo… Read More

  • CTIA09: Hands-on with the Samsung Instinct S30

    Samsung didn’t officially have the Instinct S30 available for hands-on demos after yesterday night’s announcement – but, well, you know how we roll. We spent a good chunk of time poking at the device – so what do we think? Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Dark Helmet Edition

    Wow: Carry your baby while looking utterly ridiculous with this strange device
    Humans can now control robots by thoughts alone (video)
    Ohio man drinks 15 beers, gets DUI for driving away on bar stool Read More

  • April Fools: YouTube Flails, Amazon Cloud Computing In A Blimp, 3D Chrome Browsing, Google Masters A.I.

    Wow. April Fools Is In full swing. The Guardian goes all Twitter, ditching the printed version and the website. “Experts say any story can be told in 140 characters.” Amazon launches a brand new cloud computing service called Floating Amazon Cloud Environment, or FACE. “The FACE uses durable, unmanned helium-filled blimps with a capacity of 65,536 small EC2 instances, or… Read More

  • BREAKING: Palm reveals new 'Post' smartphone, still working on Pre

    In an unprecedented move, Palm has revealed its heretofore ultra-secret WebOS-based smartphone – the Palm Post – at CTIA 2009. While the mobile world has been patiently waiting for the Pre since it was first teased back in January, Palm has apparently been hard at work on the (clandestine) Post as well. Read More

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