• One Flight Closer to My Electric Plane Fantasy Coming True

    I missed a lot of things while I was in Africa. There was an obsession with Facebook vanity URLs that still doesn’t quite make sense to me, the launch of a new iPhone that I still won’t buy because it doesn’t have a keyboard (cue the Apple fanboy trolls) and–most exciting to me but most under reported– a milestone in electric aviation. I fantasize about… Read More

  • Web-Based Productivity Suite Zoho Now Integrated With Microsoft SharePoint

    Zoho Suite, a web-based software suite comprised of document, project and invoicing management tools, has launched an add-on that allows Zoho Office to integrate with Microsoft SharePoint. Zoho users can now create new documents and save them to SharePoint in MS Office formats, view existing documents within SharePoint using Zoho apps, and edit existing documents with Zoho Apps and save them… Read More

  • PerfectForm Launches On Demand Form Creation Software

    PerfectForms, a company that lets businesses build online forms, surveys and applications without any code, is launching a cloud-based software service to accompany its on-premise offering. PerfectForms lets anyone create custom web-based forms for a variety of tasks, from simple HR routines like vacation requests or new hires, to intricate product management projects. Using a drag and… Read More

  • Web-Based Productivity Suite Zoho Now Integrated With Microsoft SharePoint

    Zoho Suite, a web-based software suite comprised of document, project and invoicing management tools, has launched an add-on that allows Zoho Office to integrate with Microsoft SharePoint. Zoho users can now create new documents and save them to SharePoint in MS Office formats, view existing documents within SharePoint using Zoho apps, and edit existing documents with Zoho Apps and save them… Read More

  • Ooma Gets $14 Million, Survival Looks Like A Real Possibility

    VoIP startup Ooma has raised another $14 million in venture capital, we’ve heard from multiple sources, increasing the total amount of capital the company has raised to $56 million. This most recent round of financing was led by existing investor Worldview Technology Partners and was a restructuring that wiped out earlier investors who chose not to participate in this round. The company… Read More

  • Bad start: Toshiba fails to properly launch the TG01 in Japan

    I haven’t had the chance yet to try it out but those who did say the Toshiba TG01 seems to be a pretty good cell phone. Needless to say, the TG01 (1 Ghz CPU, 9.9mm body and a 4.1-inch touchscreen) was due out in Japan first. But most customers over here are still waiting for the “iPhone killer”. Read More

  • MySpace To Terminate 2/3 Of International Staff

    MySpace is planning to lay off 300 of its 450 non-U.S. employees, it announced this morning, confirming our earlier report. Just one person in three gets to keep his or her job. The company has now announced that over 700 of it’s 1,800 total employees have been or will be laid off – 30% of U.S. staff last week, and 66% of non-U.S. staff today. The company will not confirm… Read More

  • Daily Crunch: New Poof Edition

    Japanese company sells cabinet that converts into a coffin
    Poor Tron Guy must sell his plane to keep himself in discs
    Kodak stops Kodachrome film production Read More

  • Ever Wondered What The Most Common Names On Facebook Are? Here's A List

    With well over 200 million registered users, Facebook is undeniably a giant on the web, and one that is sitting on an enormous amount of raw data about individuals and demographically selected groups at that. While private profiles are not even always as private as we’d like to assume – something we’ve learned yesterday and multiple times in the past as well –… Read More

  • Conduit Launches Marketplace For Toolbar Content

    Conduit, a service that enables web publishers to easily create their own toolbars for Internet Explorer, Safari and Firefox, is opening up its platform to allow for distribution opportunities. Conduit’s SaaS tool lets companies create and distribute their content and products on a custom community toolbar. Conduit, which we have covered previously here and here, has amassed a network… Read More

  • iPhone In-App Purchases Already Leading To The Dreaded Two Words: Bait And Switch

    Since it launched a year ago, Apple’s App Store has had a series of successes (50,000 apps, a billion downloads, transforming the market), but also some failures. While plenty of people talk about the abundance of junk apps in the store, I have never seen that as a problem since no one is forcing anyone to download them — and believe it or not, some people actually do, for… Read More

  • Socialtext Goes Freemium With Socialtext Free 50

    Socialtext offers a compelling package of Enterprise 2.0 services, but it has a problem. While it can talk all it wants about how great its products are, the real selling point is getting customers to use them for themselves. While free-trials work somewhat, the time constraints are limiting. So that’s why Socialtext is moving into the freemium market with its new SocialText Free 50… Read More

  • MySpace International Head Travis Katz Is Out (Updated)

    Update: MySpace sources now say Katz may still be at the company, although 2/3 of international staff will be terminated. More bad news at MySpace. As we await what are likely to be significant cuts in MySpace’s international headcount, MySpace International managing director Travis Katz is out, we’ve heard from a source in the UK. MediaWeek is also reporting this. Katz joined… Read More

  • Gateway LT3100 netbook features 11.6-inch screen, AMD processor

    Gateway (now owned by Acer) hops on the 11.6-inch LCD screen bandwagon (started by Acer) with the LT3100 netbook. Unlike Acer, however, this one’s got a — GASP! — AMD chip? Read More

  • Forget HDDs, forget SSDs, here come the HRDs


    The debate between SSDs and HDDs will rage for years to come, but what happens when a real contender busts in? Now, I’m not talking about some holographic future toy that some physicist thinks might be ready by 2018. The “Hard Rectangular Drive” from DataSlide is a sort of hybrid between a solid state system and a normal platter-based hard drive. Think about a regular… Read More

  • Clear In The DeadPool. So Much For Zipping Through Airport Security

    So much for zipping through airport security for people willing to pay $199 per year and have their fingerprints and iris images scanned to be pre-approved. Clear, the largest company to leverage the Registered Traveler program in the U.S., has “ceased operation” as of 11 pm PST today and their parent company, Verified Identity Pass, Inc., is in the deadpool. They were “unable… Read More

  • Epic 1TB HDD roundup – and the winner is…

    You! You’re the winner! Because you can buy a terabyte hard drive for less than a bill these days, and that means no matter which one you choose, you can put a thousand gigabytes of data on it. But for those of you more interested in things like price vs. performance, power consumption, and so on, it may be worthwhile to check out this really solid roundup by the detail-oriented guys over… Read More

  • Steve Jobs spotted at Apple HQ today, breaks his silence

    Multiple sources are reporting that Steve Jobs was seen at Apple HQ today, just a few days after it was revealed that Jobs had undergone a liver transplant surgery. According to Reuters, Jobs was seen leaving HQ in a blacked out car surrounded by men in black suits donning ear-pieces. Before we jump the gun, let’s see if Jobs shows up to work tomorrow. After all, he isn’t scheduled… Read More

  • Let's Talk Antitrust (on June 30)

    Next week I’ll be interviewing antitrust expert Gary Reback on his new book Free the Market!: Why Only Government Can Keep the Marketplace Competitive (buy it here). This is a HBSTech event being held at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California. This is the guy that represented Netscape in its epic legal battle with Microsoft in the nineties, and he was instrumental… Read More

  • Poor Tron Guy must sell his plane to keep himself in discs

    We know how you guys think of CrunchGear: the TMZ of gadget blogs. Our main focus is on the cult of personality surrounding such luminaries as the Guy Formerly known As Zune Tattoo Dude, Mustard Man, and of course Tron Guy. Every detail of their lives must be posted and reposted because that is the lifeblood of gadget blogging. Without these giants of tech, our blogger lives would be sadder… Read More

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