• Amazon.com TV shows and movies to go streaming

    Amazon has begun beta testing its forthcoming streaming video service (sign up here) called Amazon Video on Demand. It’ll offer the ability to immediately stream any of the 40,000+ TV shows and movies that are available through Amazon’s “Unbox” service. The real story here, though, is Amazon’s partnership deals with various hardware vendors. It’s already… Read More

  • Pirates! Yarrrr! T’is why thar be no sissy PSP games!

    I’m not gonna sugar coat it for you PSP fans out there; Sony’s CEO Jack Tretton told Engadget that the reason there aren’t any new PSP games coming out is, you guessed it, pirates! Tretton said that "piracy in the hundreds of thousands of units are preventing software sales. It’s a problem that affects our software sales right now." He also blamed the… Read More

  • Amiando Makes Tickets Go Viral and Widgetizes Event Management. ($200 Discount For TechCrunch Readers)

    How do businesses get people to come to their events? Viral marketing is one way. But Munich-based event-management site Amiando has figured out a way to make the tickets themselves viral. Today it launched ViralTickets. If you buy a ViralTicket for an event on Amiando, you get a referral code that you can pass onto friends or colleagues. Anyone with that code gets a discount, and the… Read More

  • CrunchDeals: 1 cent shipping at Wine.com

    It’s not a tech deal, but if you’re looking to get toasty while you play your PS3, pop over to Wine.com for 1 cent shipping until tomorrow. Use the checkout code FRENCH1CENT to get almost-free shipping on orders over $99. Read More

  • Commenter of the Day: Barney Frank

    A few days ago I posted a recipe for seed bombs. These little bomblets allowed the naturally inclined to pitch a bunch of seeds into vacant lots and generally cause wildflower mayhem. One of our readers, Barney Frank, just piped up with this little comment: Can’t wait till all you flower children die off and take your failed socialistic views with you. I be sure to drop some seed bombs… Read More

  • YouTube on TiVo: Two great tastes…

    Putting YouTube on something is like a gang initiation for Valley companies. “Sure,” the others say, “You’ve made a plastic robot dinosaur. But does it have YouTube?” That said, Series 3 and HD TiVo owners will soon be able to stream YouTube content through the TiVo dashboard. Series 2 owners, however, are out of luck because the H.264 used in the service… Read More

  • Verizon Wireless Offers Mobile Banking for some BlackBerry Models

    Verizon Wireless customers who have a BlackBerry Curve 8330, Pearl 8130 or 8830 World Edition can now access their financial information with Verizon Wireless’ Mobile Banking application. Users get the following services: account balance information and transaction history; the ability to transfer funds between accounts at the same financial institution; the convenience of viewing and… Read More

  • Zumobi Widgets Application Available on BlackBerrys

    Zumobi’s mobile widgets application launches on BlackBerry devices today. As the profile of Smartphone users expands to include more than just business users, Zumobi has developed its BlackBerry product to enhance the user experience by providing easy access to small “bites” of customized Web content via mobile device. Zumobi has a large library of widgets. Users can access… Read More

  • Fujifilm Launches Z20fd Social Network: Because Cameras Need Community Too

    In what can only be described as a grand experiment, Fujifilm has teamed up with Ning.com to create a social network, ZSpotNow.com, based around a single digital camera. The Z20fd is a 10-megapixel point and shoot that comes in multiple fun colors and a special blog mode that reduces and resizes images for upload to blogs and email lists. It also records MPEG4 video and can upload directly… Read More

  • More Browser-Based Virtual Worlds: The Electric Sheep Company Releases WebFlock

    Sibley Verbeck is moving past Second Life. The CEO of the Electric Sheep Company has made a lot of money creating virtual islands in Second Life for big brands such as CBS, Showtime, and Intel. But now he is ready to bring those virtual worlds to the Web in regular browsers. Today, he is releasing WebFlock, a Flash-based 3-D virtual world application he is offering as a hosted software… Read More

  • YouTube Coming to a TiVo Near You

    Putting YouTube on something is like a gang initiation for Valley companies. “Sure,” VCs say, “You’ve made a plastic robotic drink coaster with social networking capabilities. But does it have YouTube?” That said, Series 3 and HD TiVo owners will soon be able to stream YouTube content through the TiVo dashboard. Series 2 owners, however, are out of luck because… Read More

  • Creepy Japanese mobile phone commercial

    This commercial for Sony Ericsson’s W63S is currently airing on Japanese TV stations. It’s kind of original but it really creeps me out. The person in the video is Oguri Shun, a famous Japanese actor. Read More

  • Amazon To Debut Streaming Movie/TV Service Today

    Amazon will launch a new streaming video service to select customers on Thursday called Amazon Video on Demand. The service is different from its year-and-a-half old Unbox download service, which offers downloads of movies and TV to rent and buy, but only works on Windows machines. Amazon has clearly been rethinking the Unbox business lately, and let some details slip about this new service… Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Office Indignity Edition

    NASA building new toilet, asks workers to ‘evacuate’
    Resonance Field 2.0 visualizes human behavior in working environments
    This week in iPhone 3G cases: The Leather Ones
    Now you can stop using that real croissant for a wrist rest
    Exclusive: Star Wars: The Force Unleashed for iPhone Read More

  • Is there room for a 'WordPress for mobile blogging'?

    Is there such a concept left in the lexicon as mobile blogging, or “moblogging”? Devices like the iPhone, services like Twitter and mobile photo blogging apps like Shozu blur the lines between “presence” updates, micro-blogging and mobile blogging. What is left to be done in this space that’s new? The UK-based Moblog.net thinks that a platform play might be it… Read More

  • Channel Intelligence Sues Just About Everyone Who Offers Wishlists

    Channel Intelligence, a company based in Florida, filed a lawsuit for patent infringement in Delaware on Tuesday against a long list of startups and other companies and individuals who have one thing in common – they offer wish lists for products people may want others to buy for them. The complaint is embedded below. Our understanding is that many of these companies don’t yet… Read More

  • Sony follows Microsoft with price cuts

    Sony announced this week that they are slashing $100 off the price tag for the PS3. This fall, the 80-gigabyte version will be marked down from $500. The 40-gigabyte version, which sold for $400 will be discontinued. At $400, the 80 GB configuration will be a direct competition with the new Xbox 60 GB model. Microsoft recently cut prices on the Xbox and is phasing out the 20 GB model entirely. Read More

  • Virgin Mobile grows up

    Virgin Mobile, which recently announced plans to acquire Helio, continues to mature while mostly avoiding growing pains. With 5.1 million customers and well over a billion dollars in revenue last year, the MVNO seems well situated to expand. VM has consistently stood apart from the pack by continuing to offer no-contract plans and in the process attracted a lot of younger, no credit or bad… Read More

  • Meebo To Turn On Chat For Communities

    Instant messaging service Meebo announced a new product tonight called community Instant Messaging that will effectively provide “instant messaging in a box” to any site with a community. It will be a federated system, which means users can access friends on other meebo powered social networks, too. DanceJam, Flixster, myYearbook, Nickelodeon/MTVN Kids and Family Group’s… Read More

  • Advertising and marketing on the go

    Hey, how many iPhone 3G’s were sold during that first weekend? Oh, that’s right. How could I forget? IT WAS ONE MILLION, in case you didn’t hear. Well, now with so many users accessing the Mobile Web, some are saying that it has reached a “critical mass”. Images of plutonium accidents race through my head, but in reality it has more to do with marketing and… Read More

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