• TechCrunch50 Session 4: Advertising And Commerce

    During the fourth session of TechCrunch 50, three companies came on-stage and discussed ways to improve advertising, while one company told those in attendance how to streamline email and make it easier to manage email overload. The session featured five panelists: Entrepreneur, Marc Andreessen; MySpace CEO Chris DeWolfe; Marc Benioff, chairman and CEO of Salesforce.com; Entrepreneur Yossi… Read More

  • CrunchDeals: Eee PC 901 now only $499

    For whatever reason Asus has knocked off $100 on the Eee PC 901, at least on Amazon. Read More

  • Casual 3D social network Hangout hangs out at TC50

    Hangout combines Facebook, MySpace and the Sims to create a virtual world for 16-24 year olds to interact in. By creating “rooms”, users have the ability to create a customized environment in which all their interests are represented. Recent interests are catalogued in a similar way as to real life, with users able to visit your “room” and see what you have been… Read More

  • TechCrunch50 Session 3: Enterprise

    TechCrunch50’s third session introduced four companies related to enterprise. The judges for this panel were: Marc Andreessen, Marc Benioff, Ash Patel, and Yossi Vardi. You can see our coverage of the first panel here and the second panel here. A sampling of the judges’ comments follows the company summaries. Read More

  • Peter Thiel: Best Predictor of Startup Success Is Low CEO Pay

    In a long-ranging discussion today at TechCrunch50, investor Peter Thiel (PayPal, Facebook, Slide) gave his thoughts on what is the best predictor of startup success. At the Founder’s Fund, one of the most important factors he likes to look at before deciding to invest in a startup is how much the CEO is paying himself. (This is also a factor that one of his investments, YouNoodle… Read More

  • Tweegee: Ya know, for the kids. No, really. It’s a kid thing.

    Showing off their new website at TC50 is Tweegee, a social network and portal for kids age 8-14. Bright colors and graphics are designed to grab the attention of tweens. Beyond social networking, kids have the ability to share content and interact with other kids. A series of multiplayer games are also incorporated, giving the kids something to actually do. Additionally, kids can create their… Read More

  • Video: Surface has an election app too

    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/22425001/vp/26610613#26610613 Remember that Election 08 iPhone app I wrote up a couple days ago? Looks like Microsoft Research has been thinking along the same lines and in honor of the voting season has unleashed some election-orientated applications for the Surface. And because of the “M” in “MSNBC,” they got a pretty extensive little… Read More

  • Warner Bros. acquires F.E.A.R. name, renames Project Origin to F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin, announces launch date

    http://videomedia.ign.com/ev/ev.swf I won’t go into all the gory details, but here’s a quick recap. Monolith and Sierra pushed out F.E.A.R. in 2005, but Monolith was acquired in 2004 by Warner Bros. and Sierra kept the rights to the F.E.A.R. franchise. Sierra was supposed to make the sequel with another publisher, which never transpired while Monolith and WB announced Project Origin. Read More

  • TC50: Angel Investors Say Now Is Their Time

    We’re in the middle of a wider economic downturn, there are no IPOs, funding is getting thin, but are the Angels unhappy? It looks like not. The downturn has sorted out the wheat from the chaff, the bar has been raised and they feel well-placed against even some of the biggest VC funds. Lucky, then, that working with startups remains a passion for these guys. Read More

  • Ashton Kutcher pimps (Blah) Girls

    Ashton Kutcher stopped by TC50 to represent and show off blahgirls.com. The Blah Girls are an animated clique of girls that comment on entertainment and celebrity gossip. Landing somewhere between South Park and the Powerpuff Girls, the humor is delivered in the form of a blog and a video that is updated twice weekly. Read More

  • Cargo cult excited about Gizmondo on Android

    A group of benighted acolytes dedicated to the dead god, Gizmondo, are talking now of porting the GPS/game device/flash in the pan to Android, thereby fulfilling the prophecy (In dark days a madman vanquished will make the Gizmondo dead/but hear me, followers, do not weep for on the eve of Gizmas the sun will rise and bring with it a compact mobile platform based on Linux/and the Gizmondo… Read More

  • New RFID chip claims to be "unclonable"

    So many people have raised the issue of RFID security that it’s practically common knowledge, even among technophobes, that they are easily cracked. Verayo has announced an augmented RFID chip with “Physical Unclonable Functions” (I don’t know whether PUF is pronounced “puff” or “poof,” either way it’s hilarious). PUFs are, I’m… Read More

  • Red Ring of Death: A 360 Biography

    I was reading this excellent article over the weekend; if you didn’t see it making the rounds, now’s your chance to hear the inside story on the Xbox 360’s troubled youth. While hard facts on failure rates are scarce (no surprise there), there’s enough collateral information to make clear that the 360 was at best a triumph of engineers under the worst of conditions, and… Read More

  • AT&T refreshes their deck with Yahoo! oneSearch

    Giving in to the fact that every WAP deck any carrier has ever made in house is just about useless, AT&T has refreshed their deck with Yahoo’s oneSearch at its core. Search for a movie, it gives you local show times. Search for a sports team, it looks for current games and reports scores. Tell oneSearch you’re having a bad day, and oneSearch will tell you that you’re… Read More

  • TrekStor creates a thumb drive that you might actually keep in your pocket

    Hot on the heels of our back to school week comes one of the most seemingly indispensable storage devices to date: The TrekStor USB stick with built-in bottle opener. Let’s face it, there have been a lot of stupid, dumb implementations of flash drives before (keychains, wristbands, necklaces, etc.) and a lot of brilliant implementations of bottle openers before (Reef’s… Read More

  • AOL To Add Third Party Services To AOL.COM – Leaked Screenshots

    The big portals redesign their home pages every year or so, and AOL is no exception – a little over a year ago they were roundly criticized for copying much of the look and feel of Yahoo.com . But the new trend is to retain user loyalty by adding third party content to these sites, which previously only linked off network for advertisements. Yahoo did this with the launch of Buzz… Read More

  • Bungie confirms achievements for Halo 3 Title Update 2

    Honestly, who still plays Halo 3? A few more tidbits about the Assembly Map Pack after the jump, which Luke says might not come out till the Halo 3 anniversary (That’s only 17 days from now). Read More

  • Spore incompatible with older MacBooks

    Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but if your MacBook is equipped with an Intel GMA 950 graphics chipset then you’re SOL. If you’re unsure then go to “About This Mac” and trickle down to the “Graphics/Displays” tab. If you have a GMA X3100 or a MacBook Pro then you’re okay. However, if you’re running Boot Camp then things seem to be fine. Read More

  • PSA: TomCruise.com launches iPhone version of wildly popular movie star Web page

    The end of the world is not coming on Wednesday. It’s going down today! Everyone’s favorite Scientologist pushed out a press release this morning announcing the launch of his iPhone friendly website. There isn’t a whole lot to it, but you can sign up for updates and there’s an exclusive video that’s chock full of scenes from his 27-year-career. Read More

  • Mobile chip handles music for longer battery life

    Japan’s Oki Electric today announced the ML2650 headphone amplifier. It’ll basically offload music playback from your mobile phone or MP3 player’s main processor, which should result in lower power consumption. That, in turn, should result in much longer battery life for portable devices that feature music playback. The chip itself features “a highly efficient… Read More

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