• Social Site Rankings (September, 2007)

    Did you know that Imeem is the fastest-growing social site in the U.S (up 1,590 percent in monthly uniques). And that AIM Pages is growing slightly faster than Digg (345 percent growth versus 323 percent)? Well, at least according to comScore. I asked comScore to do a ranking of social sites in the U.S. and then I reordered the list by growth rate. Here it is: Here are my takeaways. … Read More

  • Portable in-car toilet replaces pop bottle, holding it

    I’ll spare everyone the bran muffin, strong coffee, pee-pee dance, dropping the kids of at the pool, yellow snow, floating teeth, and whatever other references are out there to let you know that if you get stuck in traffic, you can now go to the bathroom in your own car instead of going through the hassle of pulling over or getting off at the next exit. Convenient? Hell yes. All you have… Read More

  • Pump up the power: Sony CyberShot DSC-T2

    Sony today released an update to its CyberShot line of cameras in the form of the T2. Unlike an Arnold Schwarzenegger flick though, the CyberShot DSC-T2 features the sliding lens cover that’s made Sony point-and-shoots so popular, as well as an 8-megapixel CMOS sensor with Carl Zeiss optics, 3x optical zoom and a 2.7-inch LCD. What really makes the DSC-T2 worth the buck is definitely… Read More

  • Google buying Nielsen data

    Surely you’ve heard Nielsen at one time or another. The data mining company will start selling its information to Google very soon in a move that will help the search-giant target ads better. Some are arguing that Google is buying the data to tailor its upcoming YouTube ads better. That’s definitely a possibility. But Google is also aiming to target fans of television. Read More

  • CrunchGear Introduces BFF

    All of us over at CG wanted a forum just like the TC forums but we wanted to try to do things a bit differently. Enter CrunchGear Best Friends Forever, a sideblog that enables you, our potential and actual readers, to talk back, respond to posts, and generally try your hand at blogging so we can drink more Tab and watch daytime TV. If you’re so inclined, head over to CrunchGear BFF and… Read More

  • Leopard Golden Master leaked, works prefectly

    Leopard has leaked. The Golden Master build of Mac OS X 10.5, better known as Leopard, can now be found online. It’s currently all over Usenet and at least one of the bigger BitTorrent trackers, with the accompanying NFO file reading “You know what this is….” Early reports are that it works perfectly. Apple did a fine job protecting this release. I remember back during… Read More

  • Google And Nielsen Link Up To Measure TV Ads

    Google is putting its chocolate into Nielsen Media Research’s peanut butter. The two companies have signed a pact to cooperate on measuring the effectiveness of TV advertising. Currently, companies can buy Google TV Ads only on the Dish satellite network. Google is bringing second-by-second analytics and feedback to the TV advertising world, but all it can do right now is measure… Read More

  • Celebrate Halloween on your Mobile Phone

    Cellufun announced today its Hellofun celebration. During Hellofun, users can decorate their homepages, dress up their avatars in costumes and pass out virtual tricks and treats. By visiting other homepages, users collect virtual treats or tricks while watching their own homepage to give as good as they take. If someone is stingy in giving out treats, the word will get out to the rest of… Read More

  • Google Declares Jihad On Blog Link Farms

    A major Google page rank update has punished large scale blog link farms and similar sites indulging in heavy cross linking by dramatically cutting their Google page rank scores. There is some suggestion that the changes may be related to the sale of text link ads, but at this stage this is not backed by evidence, and a range of sites I checked that are selling text link ads were showing no… Read More

  • Japanese Women Fight Groping with Mobile Application

    For years Japanese women have endured being groped while in large crowds. Packed commuter trains are notorious prowling areas for men who feel the need to sexually assault random women. According to Tokyo police, 1853 men were arrested for groping passengers on Tokyo trains in 2005. But the harassment on trains is thought to be much higher because many women are too embarrassed to report… Read More

  • Crunch Network


    Comments are the greasy oil that keeps the blog machine running. Here are three great (and 100% unedited) comments recently posted by your fellow readers. Tickle Me Elmo 2 Jameson When the invasion comes, your kind words about the Elmo Overlords will not be forgotten. Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Carnivore Elmo Edition

    Police shut down OiNK BitTorrent site
    Tickle Me Elmo 2
    PatrolBot brings you your beer, warns of intruders
    Hands on with the Blackjack II
    CTIA SF 2007 Read More

  • Porn Set Free: Age Record Keeping Deemed Unconstitutional

    Creators of porn websites have been set free of onerous confirmation of age record keeping laws, after the Unites States Court of Appeals found that the law requiring the keeping of these records was unconstitutional. Previously, porn websites hosted in the United States had to keep records confirming that all performers shown on their sites were of a legal age. More recently there has been… Read More

  • TasteBook Launches With Lots Of Help From Condé Nast

    New startup TasteBook launches on Wednesday morning, with a lot of help from Condé Nast: an investment from their Internet unit (CondéNet) as well as a partnership with Epicurious, a Condé Nast property. TasteBook is a service that lets users take their favorite recipes from partner sites (starting with Epicurious) and create printed cookbooks that are delivered to them and/or friends. Read More

  • Trusted Opinion Takes $1.3 Million Series A

    Recommendation based social network Trusted Opinion has raised $1.3 million Series A, although the investors are not being disclosed (we did ask). Palo Alto based Trusted Opinion offers community based product ratings and recommendations in a social networking setting. The focus is on friends recommending things to friends, such as movies and DVD’s. The company added support for… Read More

  • BOOMj.com Acquired By Time Lending California

    Social networking site for old people BOOMj.com has been acquired (or merged into: they say both) by Time Lending California, a company that engages in “direct mail marketing for mortgage companies” as well as real estate loan brokering and real estate sales. Under the deal, the OTCB listed Time Lending will change its name to BOOMj.com Inc. George Pursglove, President and… Read More

  • Gmail Apparently Enabling IMAP Support

    The folks over at Download Squad have stumbled across persuasive evidence that Google is adding IMAP support to Gmail. While the option to use IMAP has not showed up in my Gmail account yet (or any other bloggers’ for that matter), they point to this Google help center page, which confirms the speculation. We’ve been tracking new Gmail features for some time; IMAP was the final… Read More

  • JackBe Raises $9.5M, Provides Mashups for the Enterprise

    We don’t often cover enterprise news, but JackBe has built an enterprise-oriented business on top of a very Web 2.0 concept: the mashup. And apparently this strategy has been working out well for them – they just raised $9.5M from Harbert Venture Partners and Core Capital Partners, as well as from existing investors Intel Capital, Darby Technology Ventures and Blue Chip Venture… Read More

  • Gnarley: FunnyOrDie Extends Into Extreme Sports

    Will Ferrell’s FunnyOrDie video startup is spreading its wings with a new site: ShredOrDie, focused on extreme sports and hosted by pro skateboarder Tony Hawk. ShredOrDie will seek to mix extreme-sports and celebrity culture in a manner similar to FunnyOrDie’s blending of comedy and celebrity, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Initial site content include Hawk interviewing… Read More

  • Transformers busts all HD-DVD sales records in less than a week

    We’re not sure if this is telling of how good the film is, how much geeks are into it, or of the state of high-def disc formats, but in less than a week on the market, Transformers is now the best selling HD-DVD title of all time. In less than a week. Now that’s a dubious achievement to be sure, as we’re not even sure HD-DVD will be around in a year (fingers crossed), but it… Read More

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