• $400 PS3 holiday bundle spotted: 80GB system, Ratchet, Casino Royale

    Ha! Check out this Zapruder-quality photo of an upcoming PS3 holiday bundle, taken at a Best Buy. (We’re not sure if it’s Best Buy-exclusive.) If we’re to believe this to be authentic, the bundle contains an 80GB system, Ratchet & Clank: Tools of Destruction and the Blu-ray edition of Casino Royale. (Speaking of which, anyone see Quantum of Solace? I heard mixed things.)… Read More

  • CrunchDeals: MacBooks and MacBook Pros on sale at Best Buy

    Both the MacBook and the MacBook Pros can now be had below MSRP thanks to a Best Buy sale. This extremely rare opportunity only comes by once every hundred years and isn’t limited to just the old MacBooks with the new all-aluminum models applicable as well, so take advantage of it. Word is that Apple Stores might start matching the Best Buy special pricing in the next few days, too. Read More

  • Save A Tree Without Looking Tacky: MyPunchbowl Launches Classy eCards

    Jumping from one crowded space to another, Evite competitor MyPunchbowl has just launched a new service for free eCards, allowing users to send customized greeting cards using its impressive card editor. Users will be able to choose from an array of holiday, birthday, and thank you cards, which they can embellish with family photos and a number of text effects. CEO Matt Douglas says that… Read More

  • BlackBerry Storm torn apart and mysteries revealed

    All the rage behind the BlackBerry Storm seems to be the clickable screen. It isn’t the OS, email capabilities, or media player but the clickable screen so the obligatory teardown focuses on that mystery. Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem that RIM developed any screen clicking magic rather installing a a single button underneath the screen’s backplate. Read More

  • Zuberance Raises $4 Million, Lets Your Customers Work For You

    Zuberance has raised $4 million in Series A funding from Emergence Capital Partners, with general partner Gordon Ritter joining its board of directors in the process. Zuberance offers a suite of SaaS applications that enable companies to identify and track customer advocates, and mobilize them to automatically publish authentic content like reviews and testimonials to specific locations… Read More

  • HTC Touch Pro comes to Verizon

    I don’t know what the deal is with Verizon lately, but their lineup of phones now rivals that of AT&T and T-Mobile. Verizon’s HTC Touch Pro doesn’t appear to be any different than Sprint’s Touch Pro or AT&T’s Fuze. The HTC Touch Pro has landed on Verizon for $350 with a 2-year contract. Product Page Read More

  • Artiklz Is A Great Conversation Starter (And Aggregator) – We Have Invites

    I bumped into Artiklz at the Blog08 conference in Amsterdam last month, and got a rundown of what the LA-based startup was working on while the service was still in alpha mode. Today, Artiklz is releasing its finetuned and upgraded application in private beta with a slew of new features. We have 500 invites for TechCrunch readers; all you need to do is sign up here and tell them we sent… Read More

  • CrunchDeals: Amazon starts populating Black Friday site

    Amazon’s Black Friday site is up and running with 37 gadgets that are mostly portable hard drives, but if you’re in the market for a Blu-ray player, GPS, SDHC card or digital camera then strike while the iron is hot, folks. Black Friday at Amazon Read More

  • Rumor: Little Big Planet, MotorStorm coming to PSP


    Image from SDF Rumors of LBP coming to the PSP have been swirling for months and according to D-Pad‘s source the rumors are true. An insider going by the handle Legends was in attendance at Sony’s annual staff briefing in London over the weekend and claims to have seen a demo of LBP on the handheld gaming device. He/she/it also claims that it’s been in development for the… Read More

  • CrunchDeals: Pre-order GTA IV, get GTA: Vice City for free from Steam

    GTA IV is set for a PC release on December 2 and Steam is currently offering Vice City for anyone who pre-orders before then. What are you waiting for? Pre-order Read More

  • Xbox 360 turns 3 over the weekend

    On Saturday the Xbox 360 celebrated its third birthday and with it came an end to the extended warranty (if you purchased on launch day). Let’s all cross our fingers and hope that the RROD doesn’t come knocking this holiday season. via VG247 Read More

  • CrunchGear Week in Review: Rock 'n' Roll Dreams'll Come Through Edition

    Turn your old iPod into a cigarette holder
    Boom Bench: A bench that booms
    Ukrainian calendar allows you to burn away your sad, sad life
    Rider Nylon guitar for guitar pickin’, classically-trained hoboes
    Dominos can now be ordered via TiVo Read More

  • Acquisition Dance Between Facebook And Twitter Over For Now?

    It’s not the first time we’ve heard rumors about Facebook looking to acquire Twitter or about an impending deal breaking down. But this time, Kara Swisher over at BoomTown offers a bit of insight about the deal size. According to Kara (and her sources), Facebook was offering $500 million of its stock at the infamous (and ridiculous) $15 billion valuation to acquire Twitter up until… Read More

  • Sony's Crackle Adding Web Shows, More Professional Content Comes Directly To The Web

    Sony is set to announce a re-launch of video entertainment network site Crackle today, with a roll-out of a number of new web shows including sketches by L.A. comedy troupe “The Groundlings”, a video game show called “The Jace Hall Show” and a five-minute talk show dubbed “Anytime with Bob Kushell” hosted by a Hollywood writer. Sony’s media business… Read More

  • Why Did Google Discontinue SearchMash?

    Whether you like SearchWiki, the new voting and commenting feature for search results Google introduced last week, or not, it was undeniably a bold move for the company to turn on the feature for everyone with a Google account at once instead of gradually releasing it. Granted, they had been bucket-testing the feature for a while, but for Google to let users mash up the results they are… Read More

  • Be-A-Magpie Is PayPerPost For Twitter

    Like much-criticized PayPerPost for blogs, German/UK startup Be-A-Mapgpie will pay you to insert advertisements into your Twitter stream. Advertisers pay on a cost-per-thousand-impression basis, and the ads are promised to be delivered to relevant audiences based on keywords. That means Be-A-Magpie will analyze the content of your Twitter messages to see if there is a match to particular… Read More

  • A sheepish apology


    Interesting factoid while awaiting Track’s return to Twitter and debut on FriendFeed. This evening I’ve been perusing the FriendFeed message base, an increasingly enjoyable and dare I say it valuable experience. In the process I replied to a few comments from several days ago, including one from a Phil Glockner: I just noticed Steve seems to be actively using FriendFeed, at… Read More

  • Zoybar: open-source, modular guitar-type instruments


    If you have any friends in really weird bands, like I do, you must know that there’s a certain amount of improvisation that goes on in their audio setups. Experienced sound guys like my friend Andrew have been cobbling together instruments from stray pickups, necks, and strings for years. This fellow Ziv seems to have combined this habit with the ideas behind open-source software, and… Read More

  • Western Digital: "We'll do SSDs when we feel like it"

    Like Seagate, Western Digital doesn’t see a market to enter in the form of SSDs right now. They’re open to it, and eventually will make their mark, but at the moment it’s not compelling to them. I love this quote from one of their head marketing guys that makes it sound like the company runs on clockwork: Western Digital enters markets that exist, announces products when… Read More

  • Video: Multi-Touch on the G1

    Caution: Pink Floyd blasting as soon as you hit “play”
    I’m pumped about this because I just got a G1. This video shows a pretty basic paint program tracking two inputs at once — it’s pretty hacked together but it clearly works okay. We knew it was possible technically, now we see it’s possible practically, and hopefully soon we’ll see it supported… Read More

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