• Thank You TechCrunch Sponsors

    Sponsors enable the TechCrunch team to keep writing about the things that you care about. So we wanted to take a moment and thank them, let you know about two great conferences that are coming up, and to announce exciting new ways to support TechCrunch. Read More

  • High Fructose Corn Syrup mob tries to take down our own Doug Aamoth

    Our writer Doug Aamoth is currently in protective custody after the High Fructose Corn Syrup Council sent an email to us informing us of “incorrect” “facts” about “deadly” and “obesity-causing” high fructose corn syrup. Their beef? He wrote: If you drink a fair amount of soda, carbonated water, tonic, and the like, then the Home Soda Maker is… Read More

  • Can we trust the authorities to use deep packet inspection appropriately?

    Gotta have an ominous-looking photo to accompany stories like this Do you remember how, earlier in the year, New York’s attorney general, Andrew Cuomo, set his sights on ISPs that provided Usenet access to their users? Cuomo argued that Usenet is a safe haven for child pornography and that it’s up to ISPs to shut off the spicket. We’ve discussed this at length, but now… Read More

  • Vista laptops not exactly flying off the shelves

    You may have noticed when we looked at the top 10 tech items being sold on Amazon the other day that there were no Vista-based laptops on there. That’s because the Vista laptops are more like top 25 material. After all, the high system requirements have prevented many people with desktops from making the switch; so it’s natural that notebooks would have an even lower pickup rate. Read More

  • Line 6 releases POD Studio and POD Farm

    Getting live audio into your PC isn’t very hard – most cards have an audio in that works just fine. But what if you want lots of quarter-inch jacks, XLR, and a bunch of knobs? Well, then you need the POD Studio line from Line 6. Line 6 makes amps, recorders, and modelers for musicians and this $280 device, the UX2, isn’t amazingly expensive and should run some good audio… Read More

  • 13 Employees Laid Off At VoIP Startup Jaxtr

    Jaxtr, a startup that offers VoIP serivce as well as a social network, has laid off 13 of its employees and has been added to the layoff tracker. As of June 2008 the company had 35 employees (we’ve asked the company for the current count). Update: The company now has 30 full time employees. CEO Konstantin Guericke says that the company is well positioned to weather the economic… Read More

  • Sweet-looking external Blu-Ray multi-drive for Macs

    Is this a sweet-looking doodad or what? Blu-Ray recording just got a lot sexier. I don’t think it’s, well, real yet, but it’s real enough that it has a price ($289 for a player, $389 for a recorder) and a weight (360g). I’m surprised they can make it so compact, but then again I’m completely ignorant of the engineering — and of course there’s no… Read More

  • CampusBuddy Hands Over Campus Grading Records To Students

    For many students, the academic portion of college consists of a four (or more) year quest to find the easiest professors on campus. College may be a time to learn new things, but graduate schools don’t tend to care how much you’ve broadened your horizons – to them, GPA and test scores are all that matter. There have been a number of popular sites that ask students to… Read More

  • Video: 15 monitors synched up to show single screensaver

    Ótimo! Impressionante! Outras palavras importantes! É como descrever este vídeo, que mostra o que sucede quando umas pessoas não têm nada que fazer. Há 15 computadores que estaão sincronizado para ter um screensaver fora deste mundo. CrunchGear, celebrando multiculturalismo desde 2006. via Dvice Read More

  • China now recording all internet cafe customers

    So much for the new, friendly China. Apparently the “Great Firewall of China” has been replaced, following a brief interval during the Olympics when internet restrictions were eased. Now the bricks are being re-laid, and with fewer gaps to boot: they are now requiring internet cafes to photograph all customers. Not quite to the extent suggested by my inflammatory photoshop job… Read More

  • Will Wright says he should have been more involved in DRM planning for Spore

    Will Wright, the brains behind Spore, Civilization and The Sims, finally spoke his mind yesterday about the now infamous Spore-DRM brouhaha. It’s a strange reaction, I think. It [the DRM] was something I probably should have tuned into more. It was a corporate decision to go with DRM on Spore… I think one of the most valid concerns about it was you could only install it so many times. Read More

  • In comments, Tweeter employees are just like us

    In response to our post on Tweeter shutting down, a brave Tweeter employee dropped us a line: I’m a Tweeter Employee, and let me tell you firsthand, our management is 100% responsible for our failure. They sit in the Glass Palace up in Canton MA, where it seems every two weeks they change the companies direction. Last week we were supposed to be Crestron Dealers who gave $60K… Read More

  • Review: Philips Sonicare Flexcare Toothbrush

    I like Sonicare brushes. They don’t tear up your gums – too badly – and they make funny noises when you brush your teeth. Philips updated their Sonicare line with this interesting new system which is much more like traditional motorized toothbrushes although it does offer considerably more vibration and three buzz settings – regular, gentle, and the… Read More

  • The little-noticed PS3 2.50 firmware extras

    Like an iceberg, there’s more to the recent 2.50 firmware update for the PS3 than we initially saw. Like how you can now input a Divx VOD Registration Code, which you’ll need if you ever want to watch certain upcoming video-on-demand movies. Other odds and ends include mosquito noise reduction, chrome upsampling and 50Hz video output. Sorta makes you pine for simpler times, U R NOT… Read More

  • The teeniest utility knife in all the land

    The Goblin King looked down from his throne at his subjects, cowered in terror, arrayed before him. “Who among you can slay me!” he cried and no one dared to answer. Then, from the back of the Great Goblin Hall, came a lone, quiet voice. “I do,” said Sir Mousekin of Briarbrush. He stepped forth and pulled from his wee belt the Mitey Utility Knife by Stanley ($3 for… Read More

  • Mobile gaming is now apparently a billion dollar industry

    I’m tempted to take this study with a grain of salt, since they’re drawing far-reaching results from a simple poll, when there are actual market indicators they could have used (at greater cost and trouble) that would have given a more comprehensive picture of the industry. Still, for what it’s worth, the research they did indicates that a third of mobile phone users played… Read More

  • Keeping Count: The TechCrunch Layoff Tracker

    After Silicon Valley woke up to the economic crisis last week and VCs rang the alarm bells, startups are starting to heed the call and tighten their belts for a long winter. As the slide above from Sequoia Capital illustrates, belt-tightening now may be the most prudent thing a startup can do. While nobody likes layoffs, least of all the employees losing their jobs, it increases a… Read More

  • 25% Layoffs At Seattle's Zillow

    The layoff train continues: Zillow CEO Richard Barton reports 42% year over year visitor increases and 25% layoffs. The last time we updated Crunchbase Zillow had 155 employees, so it sounds like at least 35 former employees are now looking for a job. Richard’s blog post: This week we are reducing our workforce by 25%. This was an incredibly painful decision for me and the leadership… Read More

  • Let's get excited, maybe, over a possible Facebook Music service

    How annoying is the “random vowel deletion” phenomenon in Web 2.0? This annoying, as a matter of fact. Facebook is stll arnd fr sme resn, as is MySpace. Gvn tht MySpace lnchd MySpace Music lst mnth—whtevr tht is!—ppl are clamoring for sme srt of Facebook rspns to MySpace’s call. A Facebook Music, if u wll. Is it in the crds? The New York Post seems to thnk so, and… Read More

  • HTC Touch Pro for Sprint slips back a bit

    Ready to put your hands all up on Sprint’s version of the HTC Touch Pro on its previously announced release date of October 19th? Weeeell, it turns out you’re going to have to wait a bit longer. After hearing rumors of launch delays, the folks over at Crave decided to give Sprint a shout. Their response: Sprint expects to slightly delay launch of the Touch Pro by HTC to ensure we… Read More

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