• Apple EU iPhone deal expected

    Now that Apple has summoned the UK press to a London briefing next Tuesday, it looks like the iPhone announcement is imminent. There are no other significant details about the event at its flagship Regent Street outlet, but I know the venue and it is only big enough for a medium-sized launch with about 200 people. This suggests it could just be the UK iPhone announcement alone, not the German… Read More

  • Daily Crunch: New Level Edition

    Mario Bros. Audition Tape
    Ice Cream Machine Gives More Ice Cream To Angry, Unhappy People
    Xynergi $28K Is For Professional Musicians, Not Joe Sixpack
    Back To School 2007: Geek Out Your Dorm Room
    The Futurist: Why Apple’s Good Products Are Bad For Innovation Read More

  • Review: Mobile Edge 'Boomer Esiason Foundation' Bags

    Just got done playing with a couple of new backpacks from Mobile Edge. They’re being sold in cooperation with the Boomer Esiason Foundation, which “is commited to finding a cure for cystic fibrosis.”  A generous 10% of each one sold goes to the charity itself, so let’s see what these souped-up tote bags are made of. Read More

  • Odeo (Formerly SonicMountain) Acquires FireAnt

    If you know who FireAnt is, you either love podcasts or you’re a long time reader of this blog. The company built up a cult following in 2005 and 2006 as the podcast directory and player, and competed head on with Evan Williams’ Odeo for mindshare and users. FireAnt’s assets were acquired by Odeo for $400,000, they companies will announce today. Not the old Odeo, but… Read More

  • Yahoo Makes Tiny Acquisition: BuzzTracker

    Yahoo has acquired news site BuzzTracker, a tiny news aggregation site, for somewhere between $2 – $5 million. Alan Warms, CEO of parent company Participate Media, will join Yahoo as Vice President and General Manager of Yahoo News (a job with a bit of a revolving door, apparently). The price is lower than the $7 million that Fox paid for NewRoo, a similar service, in 2006. As lovely… Read More

  • Blyk comes out of the dark

    Blyk, the much anticipated ad-supported mobile network, is to reveal its colours soon. A press conference is scheduled for Monday 24th September. Announced earlier this year, Blyk will offer free calls to its audience of 16–24 year olds via targetted advertising on their phones. The launch is timed for the start of the new school term in the UK. The virtual operator is using the… Read More

  • Salesforce Enters Custom Application Market With Force.com

    Salesforce will enter the custom software market next week with the launch of Force (site will go live Monday morning), a new platform that will allow developers to create database driven applications and deploy them as services. So if Salesforce doesn’t offer what you are looking for, and no one has built it for you on Salesforce’s AppExchange, you can simply build it yourself… Read More

  • The Futurist: Why Apple's Good Products Are Bad For Innovation


    Few—rather, no other—companies stir up the same fool’s game of me-too as Apple. I feel sort of ridiculous saying it, and perhaps sound like a bit of a fanboy, but Apple makes products that work in ways most CE products don’t. When playing with an iPod or iPhone, it’s almost easy to take for granted the fact that most things we buy just aren’t user-friendly. … Read More

  • Viacom And Social Project Launch Broad Decentralized Social Network Called Flux

    It turns out the rumors of a Viacom investment and partnership with social network Tagworld were accurate. Viacom invested a reported $40 million in the company for a minority stake (Tagworld was previously funded by Draper Fisher Jurvetson) and the two companies began working on new social networking products. Tagworld’s parent company has been renamed Social Project. Tomorrow morning… Read More

  • Prince To Adopt New Symbol: Tool

    Washed up The still popular with some TechCrunch readers 80’s pop idol Prince has announced his intention to sue YouTube, The Pirate Bay and eBay for copyright infringement. Prince said that in YouTube’s case it could not argue it had no control over which videos users posted on its site: “YouTube … are clearly able (to) filter porn and pedophile material but appear… Read More

  • Unky Walt Does Ubuntu

    http://services.brightcove.com/services/viewer/federated_f8/452319854 Watch this video. It’s very good. Mr. Mossberg knows he’s going into weird territory for his audience and speaks carefully and concisely on the various problems and plusses he found on a Ubuntu-powered Dell laptop. This is the link to send to your CEO when he’s like “I think we should give everybody… Read More

  • Microsoft Lands EPA As Virtual Earth Partner

    On the same day that Google offered street view for Google Moon and $30 million for the Lunar X Prize, Microsoft has announced the signing of the US Environmental Protection Agency as a Microsoft Virtual Earth Partner. The EPA has licensed the Microsoft Virtual Earth platform to develop mission-critical geospatial and mapping applications and will also integrate Virtual Earth into existing… Read More

  • Back to School 2007: iWork '08 Review

    It’s been a few weeks since Apple announced the new iWork suite and I’ve had some time to play with it while writing and editing for this site and my other gigs. When I started using it, my question was this: Is iWork ready for the average user. The answer, as you can imagine, is pretty complex and multi-faceted but, if you are using OS X in your office and you don’t want… Read More

  • Mario Bros. Audition Tape

    http://www.collegehumor.com/moogaloop/moogaloop.swf?clip_id=1773245&fullscreen=1 I never knew it was this hard to be one of the bad guys in the Mario series of games. Princess Toadstool can be a real bitch, right? Enjoy! Thanks for sending this in, JH! Read More

  • Mozilla president kicks Ballmer, trashes DRM, quotes Spiderman

    INTERVIEW: Tristan Nitot, president of Mozilla Europe, is a disarmingly casual guy, especially over a good lunch in a high-class London restaurant. But despite the relaxed delivery, he doesn’t pull his punches. Nitot is co-founder (with Peter Van der Beken) and president of Mozilla Europe, a non-profit organization whose goal is to develop and promote its open source software and… Read More

  • Rumor^2: Opie From 'Opie and Anthony' Hints At XM-Sirius Merger Approval

    Here’s a hot rumor for y’all to digest. And by rumor mean rumor with a capital “R.” Anyway, the actor that plays Opie on the “Opie & Anthony” Show has been dropping hints all week that the proposed merger between XM and Sirius looks to be going through. Repeated for emphasis: the XM-Sirius merger is a “go.” Do I have any audio to prove this? Read More

  • Google To Present At TechCrunch40

    We just got permission to post this – On top of everything else we’ve got planned, Google will present something at TechCrunch40 next week. Like the AOL and Yahoo product launches, it will not be eligible for the $50,000 top prize awarded to the best new startup product. But they will present it in front of the main crowd, and audience comments and questions will be part of the show. Read More

  • Happy 50 72 6F 67 72 61 6D 6D 65 72's Day!

    That’s right it’s the 256th day of the year, the unofficial tribute to programmers everywhere. If you don’t have a special coder to hug or buy Cheetos for, this would be the perfect time to brush up on some languages. PHP is something everyone should know, this server side scripting language enjoys long walks on the beach and candle lit dinners. Perl is fun too. Hit those… Read More

  • Ice Cream Machine Gives More Ice Cream To Anrgy, Unhappy People

    Everyone loves ice cream. I bet even those ridiculously built underwear models do. But owning an ice cream machine? Surely that’s a luxury reserved only for the gods. Nope, not anymore. (Or, ever, really, but let’s just pretend.) This has a twist, though. Dr. Whippy (or Mr. Whippy, depending on whom you talk to—”Dr.” sounds better), as the machines is called… Read More

  • Back To School 2007: Geek Out Your Dorm Room

    I remember my college days very fondly, especially living in the dorms. That sounds a little weird, but I enjoyed it for many reasons: wicked fast Internet, tons of girls that were ready, willing and able to…help me study (get your head out of the gutter), and a food court within a couple hundred yards for the many occasions when I got the munchies. The dorm rooms themselves were a… Read More

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