• Was Ebay's BillMeLater Acquisition A Huge Blunder?

    When eBay paid $945 million for BillMeLater in October, we blinked. The business assigns credit at the point of sale to ecommerce customers who can’t use credit cards because they don’t have them, have maxed out credit limits, or choose not to. It charges fees much like a credit card – currently 19% interest. The credit markets were already a wreck in October, with… Read More

  • Blockbuster and 2Wire delivers the MediaPoint movie streaming player

    It wasn’t that long ago, that Blockbuster semi-announced plans to enter the crowded realm of movie streaming devices and sure enough, here is the device. The 2Wire manufactured device, dubbed MediaPoint, doesn’t require a Blockbuster subscription and for a limited time is “available for free with the advance rental of 25 first-run movies, TV shows, foreign or classic… Read More

  • Facebook: No Chat For You

    Some Facebook users are complaining that they are being banned from Facebook Chat for sending too many messages, when in fact they’ve sent few or no actual messages. The bug appears to be affecting Internet Explorer users. Dozens of other problems are being reported with chat as well, but this particular issue seems sort of ridiculous. Only your Facebook friends are on your chat list… Read More

  • Kyte Turns Video Channels Into Mobile Websites

    So far, Kyte has been focusing on getting mobile content (videos shot on a cell phone) onto the Web. For each publisher of mobile video, many of them rock stars and rappers, Kyte creates a branded video player they can put on their Websites. Now, with more media consumption happening right on many mobile handsets, Kyte is going the other way around and letting bands and brands turn their… Read More

  • Study: 18% of people can't tell if they're watching true HDTV content or not

    Well this is shocking news. Apparently some 18 percent of HDTV owners can’t tell the difference between high-def programming and standard-def programing when viewed on their screens. That’s what Leichtman Research Group concludes based on a survey of 1,302 households. That’s a telephone survey, mind you; there’s some controversy surrounding that type of poll these days. Read More

  • Program your TiVo from your cell phone

    I can’t watch TV without my TiVo, but the one thing I’m really lax about is actually programming the damn thing (Best Invention Ever: Season Pass). In an effort to strip away all my excuses for not finding new shows and movies to watch, TiVo is introducing a mobile site at m.tivo.com (warning: link may not be live yet) that will let subscribers with Internet-connected DVRs… Read More

  • Yet another RED announcement, this time Dec 3

    I know, I’m really taking the bait here, but they followed through big time on the last one. My insider says they’ve had “a little breakthrough” today. My guess: they’re moving the dates up. Jim says: “New announcement on Dec. 3rd. Everything has changed… just as we promised. :-)” Give me a break! Read More

  • White T-Mobile G1s finally start hitting the shelves

    A note for all of you budding handset manufacturers out there: if you want to release your device as quickly as possible, don’t make the case white. As far as we can tell from the T-Mobile G1, making white cases takes a whole month longer than making them in black or brown. While all three colors were announced at the same time, the white one has been unavailable since the launch of… Read More

  • HTC expects to ship a million G1s by year's end

    Revising their previous target of 600,000 HTC G1s shipped by the end of 2008, HTC CEO Peter Chou has disclosed that the company now expects to ship at least 1 million of the world’s first Android handset by year’s end. While it’s not quite as mind-boggling as the 1 million iPhone 3Gs Apple sold in just 3 days after launch, pushing one million handsets in 2 1/2 months is no… Read More

  • Samsung and Nokia: 2010 will be worse than 2009 for mobiles

    Although the market has more interesting phones and services than ever before, what with iPhone triumphant, Android ascendant, and data unlimited, the economic slump has curbed spending on what consumers perceive (probably correctly) as a luxury. For someone like moi, the newest smartphone is easily justifiable, but fewer people than expected, and probably even less next year, are making that… Read More

  • YouTube Goes Wide

    YouTube has apparently changed all videos on its site to play in widescreen format. Because most videos on the site were originally uploaded in a ratio closer to 4:3 (the standard size used on non-HD televisions), most videos are playing with horizontal black bars on the side. Some videos (like this one) are taking advantage of the full space, but are shrunk down to the normal size when… Read More

  • Alienware Black Friday: $200 off m17x gaming notebook

    Well, this is a great deal… if you were in the market for a gaming notebook, which I suspect not too many people are. Which is probably why Alienware is pushing them like they’re HD-DVD players in January of ’08. Still, a solid gaming machine is a good machine in most every aspect, so if you’re looking for something quick, well-equipeed, and likely heavy, they start… Read More

  • Nominate us for a Weblog Award? Please? Peter Ha will get rickets if we don't win

    Peter Ha is walking because of one thing: hope. And modern medicine. So two things, but the hope thing is much more interesting. That’s why I’m asking that you to nominate CG in one of the categories, I’d recommend best tech blog, in the 2008 Weblogs Award. But don’t do it for me, friends. Do it for Peter Ha. When Peter Ha was little he had an advanced case of rickets… Read More

  • Ooh, a 256GB SSD from Micron is on the way

    Another manufacturer has thrown its hat into the ever expanding, fantastically dull realm of solid state drive development. This time it’s Micron, which today announced that it plans to release a 256GB SSD early next year. And just to keep things interesting, Micron claims, while puffing its chest out and standing on its tippy toes, that its 256GB SSD can read data at 250MBps, to… Read More

  • Apple hit with iPhone patent infringement suit

    A month after being granted U.S. patent No. 7,441,196, a company in Los Angeles called EMG Technology is suing Apple for “the way the iPhone navigates the Internet,” according to a press release. The suit did not specify the damages EMG is seeking, but the company has hired a serious gun: Stanley Gibson, one of the lead trial attorneys who won the $1.35 billion patent… Read More

  • SCO owes Novell $2.54 million for all that trolling

    Remember SCO? Yeah, me neither. But the company that once made a name for itself by existing solely to sue people now owes it’s biggest victim, Novell, $2.54 million plus interest. The story breaks down like this: SCO believed that Novell and other companies who used Linux were actually using UNIX SVRX source code illegally inside the Linux kernel. After independently verifying the… Read More

  • Just a thought. Might not be a good idea to give Circuit City gift cards as gifts.

    So yeah, gift cards are a popular gift but you might wanna think twice about one from Circuit City. With store closing and poor inventory, it just doesn’t make sense at this time. I guess that the recipient could always using it on the website, but even still, it’s better not to put some through the hassle. Oh, and you might want to claim any points accumulated on the… Read More

  • Not content with a mere Black Friday sale, Newegg.com starts pre-Black Friday sale

    As you might expect, Newegg.com is having itself one of those Black Friday sales later this week, on Friday, but they’re also having a bit of a pre-sale that might interest you. It’s sorta like pre-gaming. There’s a whole bunch of stuff on sale, but the following items caught my eye. • Intel Core 2 Quad processor for $179 • 100 Verbatim 4.7GB DVD-Rs for… Read More

  • Get ready for a bad year, say Samsung and Nokia

    Although the market has more interesting phones and services than ever before, what with iPhone triumphant, Android ascendant, and data unlimited, the economic slump has curbed spending on what consumers perceive (probably correctly) as a luxury. For someone like moi, the newest smartphone is easily justifiable, but fewer people than expected, and probably even less next year, are making that… Read More

  • Live from Helsinki: TechCrunchTalk panels on Nordic startups

    It’s cold and dark in November, especially in Finland. But who cares. Following on from yesterday’s “Slush” conference in Helsinki, TechCrunch is hosting some panel discussions on startups in the Nordic and Baltic area of Northern Europe, featuring some of the hottest startups to come out of the region. Tune in for the live video from our Brunch event below, courtesy… Read More

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