• AOL Budget Cuts Continue: Propeller Sheds Some Employees

    We’re hearing reports that Propeller, the Digg-like news site that was once Netscape.com, has been holding a severe round of layoffs that is reducing its workforce to only a fraction of its former size only two weeks after relaunching the site. It seems that most of the cuts consist of Propeller’s Scouts and Anchors – paid employees who actively monitor the site to pick out… Read More

  • HTC: No, seriously, we'll have an Android phone in 2008

    It seems like every week, some analyst firm comes out and declares that HTC is going to miss its fall 2008 Android handset launch date. Each week, HTC then comes along and calls shenanigans on the claim, reassuring the masses that the handset is still on schedule. Rinse, lather, repeat. This week’s naysayer is Global Equities Research, who claims that technical and minimum payment issues… Read More

  • Sirius XM's Mel Karmazin says interoperable radios here in less than 9 months

    Sirius XM CEO Mel Karmazin said yesterday that he expects interoperable radios (that is, radio that can receive both Sirius and XM, full-on) in less than nine months. (The FCC gave the combined company nine months to come out with such radios.) Whether or not that’s in time for the Holiday shopping season… Now, radios that work with the a la carte service—you have XM but want… Read More

  • System of Proof: Record your friends and loved ones… without their permission!

    For $9.99 a month you can call a special number and automatically record calls you make to others. While you’ve got to have a Nixon-sized sense of paranoia to require a monthly service for recording your calls, this could be valuable for journalists and other perverts who may not want to bother with, say, a $100 voice recorder and a microphone. Read More

  • Stitcher Launches Personalized Radio iPhone App In Private Beta

    Stitcher, the personalized streaming radio service, is releasing its native iPhone application in a limited private beta. The first 100 TechCrunch readers to submit their email addresses here will be eligible to participate. Note that you’ll have to submit your iPhone’s serial number, which is required by Apple’s Ad Hoc beta program (as is the 100 user limit). Stitcher can… Read More

  • Verizon pinks out the BlackBerry Pearl, too

    Just yesterday, we mentioned that the BlackBerry Curve would be joining the mile long list of handsets being re-hashed in pink. Turns out, it’s bringing a buddy. Verizon announced today that they would begin shelling out pink BlackBerry Pearl 8130s alongside the new pink Curves starting this morning. If you’re lookin’ to put some pink in your life, you can find the Pink Pearl… Read More

  • CrunchGear Live Podcast

    You can chat with us during the show via AIM by pinging username “crunchtips” or call into the show at (646) 200-4163 should the mood strike you. Here’s the link for today’s show… Read More

  • Apple Considers Streaming Media from iTunes to iPhone

    AppleInsider has posted details about a patent recently filed by Apple that describes technology for playing iTunes content from a desktop computer remotely on an iPhone or iPod touch. The new software would load only meta data about songs, videos, and other media onto a handheld device. It would then allow users to stream this media from their desktop computers on demand and even let them… Read More

  • Elevator Pitch Friday: InChairTV (Movies At The Dentist's)

    It’s Friday, that means we highlight an Elevator Pitch and let TechCrunch readers praise it or tear it apart. This week’s pitch comes from InChairTV , a startup that brings cinema-display glasses into the dentist’s office to distract patients (and show them ads for dental products!). I like the washed out I’m-from-the-future effect on the video, and the CEO sneaks… Read More

  • Hybrid Vehicles: It’s quiet out there, a little too quiet

    We’ve all heard the whispers and murmurs regarding adding artificial noise to hybrid cars so that pedestrians don’t get hit and it appears that we’re heading in that direction for real. Lotus is working on artificial engine noise and there’s apparently even a $300 module you can add to your Toyota Prius to give it that throaty vroom-vroom sound it’s been… Read More

  • Ubisoft sues North Carolina disc replicator

    Ubisoft is not amused about the 700,000-some copies of Assassin’s Creed that spread like wildfire around the web six weeks before the game was available at retail stores. Ubisoft has tracked the initial leak back to Optical Experts Manufacturing, the company in charge of producing copies of the game for sale. It was found that an employee of the company had taken the game home and leaked… Read More

  • Crunch Network

    CrunchGirl's Guide to Gadgets for Your Girl


    So here’s the scenario: you finally find yourself regularly spending time with a lovely girl who seems to really like you, and even puts up with (bonus: appreciates) your nerdy ways and gadget affinities. First of all, WOW, congratulations! Now, down to business…How to get her on board with your love for gadgetry? The simple answer to this, and essentially any persuasion quandary… Read More

  • Twitter is down again, Mein Führer

    This is horribly inappropriate. Special thanks to our own Nicholas Deleon (and his brother Gabriel) for masterminding this gem. Read More

  • This is not the iPhone nano

    With all the talk of an iPhone nano swirling in the blogosphere, some guy named Neo at MacNN thinks he has the answer. We begin with what I wager is the worst line ever written on a Macintosh blog: The reasoning behind this viewpoint has it merits and I’m not about to dispute that position being that they also held the view that such an Apple phone may arrive next spring. Read More

  • 8/8/08, in honor of the Roland 808 beat machine

    Today being 8/8/08, we’ll be subjected to all sorts of cute date-and-time gags. For example, John “Parachute Pants” Biggs tells that the Roland TR-808 was a pioneering drum machine back in the day. Music Thing also notes this, and uses the opportunity to remind us of several “808” things. The Beastie Boys once said, “nothing quite sounds like an… Read More

  • HP explains how Microsoft inflates Vista sales figures

    A recent article in APC Magazine finds a marketing manager for HP detailing how business users are still able to order machines pre-loaded with Windows XP while making it appear that the OS sold was Windows Vista. Jane Bradburn of HP Australia says, “From the 30th of June, we have no longer been able to ship a PC with a XP licence. However, what we have been able to do with Microsoft is… Read More

  • Is the IPO Window Opening Up Again? A123 Systems Files

    Companies itching to IPO are braving the markets again. This morning, Rackspace had its IPO, and today nanotech battery company A123 Systems filed its IPO registration document (an S-1) with the SEC. The Boston-based company is hoping to raise $175 million in an IPO. (It’s already raised $132 million in venture funding from Sequoia, General Motors, Motorola, Qualcomm, and… Read More

  • Gary Krakow: Applecart bubblegum gweelix!

    America’s favorite tech pundit (see: Apple needs to support BlackBerry and Playstation is an audiophile’s dream) points out that you can install Cydia on your iPhones and Touches but don’t because Apple wants your credit cards. Read More

  • The brave new world of video pitches for a startups competition

    European Startups competition Seedcamp is running a video pitch competition where you can vote for a startup to go into the week-long event based on their video pitch. The deadline for all entries is this Sunday, August 10th. Check out the videos after the jump. Read More

  • Build your own in-car camera mount for about $15

    If there’s one thing about camera mounts, it’s that standard run-of-the-mill tripods can be found for pretty cheap but once you take a step into the elaborate realm of steadicams or any other professional mounts that do more than just set the camera at a certain level, prices can get quite high. Cristophe Caron details how he built an in-car camcorder mount with about $15 worth… Read More

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