• 30cm: The world's biggest cell phone strap is a cute husky

    Japanese telecommunications giant SoftBank is currently running a summer marketing campaign [JP], using gift certificates, coupons and (almost certainly) the biggest cell phone strap on the planet to attract customers. The strap, a stuffed husky standing 30cm tall, is limited to 30,000 units. Read More

  • Domain changes coming – should startups take notice?

    Startups need to sit up and take notice of big change to the domain name system coming around the corner or miss out potential new opportunities. That at least one of the messages coming out of a new report issued, predictably, by a domain name registrar. But hold on a second, do they have a point? From next year The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), the… Read More

  • Nokia To Pre-load Qik On S60 Phones

    With all of the collaboration going on between Qik and Nokia over the past few months, it seemed like it wouldn’t be too long before Nokia went ahead and put the live mobile video broadcasting service onto handsets right out of the box. Sure, enough: Beginning with this morning’s release of the North American N97, Qik will come preloaded onto all Nokia S60-based phones. Read More

  • The Nokia N97 hits Nokia Stores for $700 today

    We knew it was coming this month and sure enough, the Nokia N97 is now available for $700 at Nokia Stores everywhere. 700 bones will net you Nokia‘s flagship touchscreen device, unlocked and ready to make iPhones jealous everywhere. Well, maybe not the last part, but it’s still a solid device and worthy successor to the N95/N96. Read More

  • Thanko sells "acceptable" HDV pocket video camera

    It seems Tokyo-based crap gadget maker Thanko finally managed to come up with a device that’s not (too) crappy. The device in questions is a HDV (not HD, mind you) video camera [JP] measuring 99×53×23mm and weighing just 95g. Read More

  • Compete: Facebook US Traffic Nearing Google, Yahoo

    Web analytics firm Compete has released its data for the month of May, and as Justin Smith over at InsideFacebook has already pointed out, US traffic to Facebook.com has increased by nearly 8% to 82.9 million unique visitors last month, with Facebook Connect sites generating an additional 65 million uniques. That means that, according to Compete, a total of 113 million people in the U.S. Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Test Flight Edition

    Sprint: the Pre broke all our sales records!
    High-altitude floating wind harvesters may replace your local windmills
    Wiimbledon 2009 set for June 27 at Barcade in Brooklyn, help us raise money for sick kids Read More

  • YouTube Video Streams Top 1.2 Billion/Day

    We’ve been hearing for some time (starting with an ex-Youtube employee) that the number of video streams per day reported by Comscore, Nielsen and other metrics services way under-report on Youtube’s total video streams. It’s hard to compare apples to apples, though. Recent Comscore data says Google/YouTube streams just under 7 billion videos per month in the U.S., up from… Read More

  • Launch On TechCrunch, Get Bought By Google

    I still love the story of Writely, a product we wrote about way back in 2005 when TechCrunch was just a little tike. The company got a lot of attention as one of the first Ajax-powered “online Word” products. An acquisition by Google came just a few months later, and Writely formed the foundation for what is now Google Docs. Cofounder Sam Schillace is now an engineering director… Read More

  • Songkick Aims To Make A Database Of Every Concert Ever — And It's Well On Its Way

    When Songkick was born in 2007, it had an interesting goal: To perfect concert recommendation. Plenty of services do music recommendation, but the idea of recommending concerts you might like based on things like music you’re interested in and you location, was an interesting one. Now, with a few others in the space, including the similarly named Livekick, Songkick is embarking on a new… Read More

  • We've Got A Whole Lotta Bing Stickers. Want One?

    Microsoft was kind enough to send us a few boxes of Bing stickers (we requested them). We don’t have enough surface area on our laptops, walls, floors, dogs, etc. to use them all, so if you want a couple, they’re all yours. Just send us a self addressed stamped envelope and we’ll put a few in the mail back to you. Send those envelopes to TechCrunch, PO Box 638, Menlo Park… Read More

  • Sprint: the Pre broke all our sales records!

    Bonanza! I’m afraid it’s a bit like a little kid saying “I ate more hot dogs than ever before!” when they’re up against Takeru Kobayashi, but we’re still proud of little Sprint. Check out what their excited VP of Business Marketing had to say: We experienced our best one day of sales and single weekend sales for any phone we’ve launched in our history. Read More

  • Security boffins: Apple's blowing it

    Well, they don’t actually say “Apple is blowing it,” but only because that’s not the way boffins talk. I translated for you. Security experts question Apple’s approach to avoiding malware and browser hijacks, saying that the process isn’t formalized enough within Apple and not enough is being done to make sure that the OS touting itself as the secure… Read More

  • How The Different Mobile Data Syncing Services Stack Up

    As the phones in our pockets become our second computers, it will become increasingly important to sync data between the two. Not just emails, but contacts, calendars, photos, music, apps, browser bookmarks, files, and more. Nearly every Web phone out there comes with at least some sort of rudimentary syncing app. Apple has MobileMe, Nokia has Ovi, Palm has Synergy, Blackberry has… Read More

  • Things A Venture Capitalist Will Never Say

    It’s just so darn true. The “competence” slide with the guy scratching his head is my favorite. I’m pretty sure it’s a clown that’s presenting to them. Thanks for the tip Kelly. Slide show is below. Read More

  • CrunchDeals: $150 off a Drobo

    We love Drobo. We like all those other NASes as well, but we still think Drobo is the best looking and probably the most capable. The recently released DroboPro took it into crazy town with its spacious eight-drive capability, but the original flavor Drobo (or rather, Drobo V2) is still the one to get for your home storage and backup needs. Of course, the $500 price tag has always put off… Read More

  • Apple's WWDC keynote: now 100% more Quicktimey

    If you want to be aware of the huge avalanche of Apple news that hit today but don’t want to read through the dozen or so posts we had on it, just sit back, relax, and let it all unfold in real time. Listen closely when they announce the compass, you might be able to hear the cry of orgasmic pleasure emitted by a particularly excitable Apple fan. Kind of weird. I’m not judging… Read More

  • Why Apple wins. every. time.

    Today there was no reality distortion field. Just a reality field. You want video. Here it is. You want devs to have video. Here it is. You want to edit video in place without loading Quicktime Pro or even knowing what it is. Here it is. You want the video menu and nav tools to disapper. They’re gone. You want them back. Here they are. You want a way to find your iPhone if you put it… Read More

  • High-altitude floating wind harvesters may replace your local windmills

    There have been some rumblings, so to speak, of the so-called low-frequency noises that windmills are said to produce. I’m don’t buy into them, but a bunch of spinning machines in your backyard isn’t desirable whether they cause nightmares or not. Furthermore, the wind they can harvest at ground level is weaker and less reliable than air currents above a few hundred feet. Read More

  • Will we see Rock Band: Green Day later this year?

    Green Day is coming to Rock Band. Finally. I mean, it makes sense right? The band has a ton of fans and they fit under the umbrella of “rock” so it’s a pretty natural move. Read More

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