• Microsoft Now Says Yahoo Came Crawling To Them (Again)

    After Yahoo quickly rejected Microsoft’s latest offer to buy its search business this weekend, Microsoft has just issued its own statement in the “he-said, she-said” wars playing out in public between the two companies. According to Microsoft, after talking to investor Carl Icahn, Yahoo chairman Roy Bostock basically came crawling on his knees to Microsoft CEO Steve… Read More

  • Wahanda raises £1.5m for socnet for spa users

    Wahanda, a social network for people who use spas and other “wellness” products, has raised £1.5 million, in large part from Ambient Sound Investments, the fund created by the former founding engineers from Skype. The site aims to be a destination for people to learn about spas, treatments and practitioners, putting it together with transactional abilities (to search, find, book and… Read More

  • Trackvia Raises Series A for Point-And-Click Databases

    Trackvia provides software as a service for transforming ordinary spreadsheets into versatile databases. The Colorado-based startup has raised its first major round of institutional funding, the amount of which (while not disclosed) is being described as a “typical Series A”. The round’s investors include two VCs out of the Rockies – Flywheel Ventures and Access… Read More

  • France: Orange announces BIC pre-paid phone

    If I happened to be traveling in France and I needed a cell phone while I was there, I’d probably pick one of these up. The BIC phone will be offered by Orange — "in Metropolitan France only” — and will be available starting August 7th at various convenience-type stores like super markets, tobacco shops, newsstands, airports, and train stations. It’ll cost… Read More

  • Joi Ito, Chad Hurley and Loic LeMeur Join TechCrunch50 As Startup Judges. Early Bird Pricing Ends on July 15th.

    Its hard to believe, but TechCrunch50 is less than two months away. We’re knee-deep in the applications right now, and I can tell you it is hard to cull them down. It is really impressive how many good new startup ideas are out there. Today, we are announcing our latest line-up of TechCrunch50 Experts: Joi Ito, Chad Hurley and Loic LeMeur. They will join Marc Andreessen, Marc… Read More

  • Netflix Coming to Xbox 360 With Live Content Sharing

    Netflix is coming to the Xbox 360 this fall. Netflix subscribers will have instant access to over 10,000 movies and TV shows, streamed directly to the Xbox 360 console. What’s more, with the new Live Party feature coming to the Xbox 360, you’ll be able to stream whatever Netflix content you’re watching to the rest of the people in your Live Party group — groups can… Read More

  • Warner Bros. to drop price of Blu-ray movies this fall

    Warner Bros., the movie studio that single-handedly killed HD DVD some time ago, will release budget-priced Blu-ray discs starting this fall. By selling certain titles to retailers for as little as $11, Warner Bros. is helping to bring down the price that you and I pay for their movies on Blu-ray. Discounted movies could include the likes of The Shining, Enter the Dragon, and I am Legend. This… Read More

  • Duke Nukem trilogy coming to handheld platforms

    Ah, Duke Nukem. You bring me back to a simpler time. A time when you and Commander Keen were my two best digitally-rendered friends. You two, along with what’s-his-name from Wolfenstein 3D. According to Spong, Apogee Software is currently working on the Duke Nukem Trilogy, a trio of Duke Nukem-based games for the Nintendo DS and Sony PlayStation Portable. The games will be available… Read More

  • Fujitsu to commercialize e-reader with color e-paper in the fall

    Fujitsu Frontech, Tokyo-based subsidiary of the Fujitsu group, plans to sell its FLEPia, an e-reader using color e-paper, to mass consumers this fall. The exact launch date is yet unknown. According to Japan’s leading business newspaper Nikkei [registration required], Fujitsu will initially offer the A4 version only (210×304×12mm). They didn’t say if the A5 device will… Read More

  • From Poop Jokes To Obscure References, Spam Attacks On Google Trends Continue

    The apparent spam attacks on Google continue. Among the top results appearing briefly in among the top ten search terms highlighted on Google Trends (before being pulled down) are “sh*t pond” (which went to No. 3) and “how to poop at work” (which made it at least to No. 10). That is after the top result this morning was “ǝlƃooƃ noʎ ʞɔnɟ.” And… Read More

  • XM-Sirius merger could wrap up by end of July

    Believe it or not, the XM-Sirius merger could be finalized “any day now.” Cowen & Company, a high-profile investment bank, says the merger “is finally at hand and should occur by the end of this month.” Finally, right? In other possibly corroborating news, XM staffers have been asked to cancel any vacation plans for the week of July 21 (Opie said as much last… Read More

  • Blackberry Javelin pics

    If you like the BlackBerry Curve – who doesn’t? – then you’ll love the Javelin. This update to RIM’s signature smartphone looks pretty sassy complete with full keyboard, roller ball, and, umm, a removable back plate?
    As we recall, the Javelin has: Read More

  • CrunchDeals: HD radio for $39.99 after $50 rebate

    Remember high-definition radio? It’s still around. If you want to experience high-definition radio, now’s your chance. The iLuv i68 HD Radio with Dual Alarm Clock can be yours for only $39.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate. If you’ve never heard of HD Radio, you’re not alone. And if you think that there’s nothing good on regular radio nowadays, you won’t like… Read More

  • Nvidia slashes price of GTX 280, 260: Now on par with ATi's prices

    Hope you didn’t buy an Nvidia GTX 260 or 280 in the past month, since their prices were just slashed overnight. The GTX 280, once retailing for $649, will now set you back only $499. Meanwhile, the GTX 260, once $399, is now $299. Or, in scary percentages, that’s a 30 percent and 25 percent drop, respectively. As Devin mentioned in last week’s podcast (and previous posts)… Read More

  • Updating your iPhone reduces yellow coloration, we are all dying, slowly

    6.8 million American adults are morbidly obese Ars Technica is reporting that by updating your firmware to 5A347 you can reduce that nasty yellow color of your iPhone. In related news, we are at war in Iraq and Afghanistan, there is a presidential election on right now, we could begin bombing Iran in the next month or so, and Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are receiving government assistance due to… Read More

  • TokBox Brings Easy Video Chat To All Platforms With AIR

    TokBox, the impressive video chat startup that doesn’t require any kind of extra software, has launched a new AIR app that will bring the web service’s easy setup to the desktop. Thanks to Adobe’s AIR platform, the software will be cross-compatible and available for Windows, Mac, and Linux users. The client offers a very simple interface that should be familiar to anyone who… Read More

  • HP TouchSmart iQ504 and iQ506 now available

    Announced last month at HP’s Connecting Your World conference in Berlin (Peter was there), the HP TouchSmart iQ504 and iQ506 PCs are now available for purchase. Suggested retail pricing is $1,299 for the iQ504 and $1,499 for the iQ506, but you can find them for about a hundred bucks less on Amazon.com and they’re also available at plenty of other retailers. Read More

  • Treo 800w reviewed

    Dave from MobilityToday reviews the Treo 800w, Palm’s $249 Windows Mobile Treo sold by Sprint. While I’d rather watch Dave test the blend-ability of this toad, if you need/want WinMo, need/want a Treo, and need/want to watch something that isn’t about the iPhone then maybe this is a good choice. I need to go get some coffee or something. I’m surly as all get out. Read More

  • Best Buy offers Bluetooth pairing for $10

    California Best Buy stores are offering $9.99 Bluetooth pairing for those too fried on cocaine and hearty Cabernet to be bothered with connecting their new iPhones to the Bluetooth. Our take? Give us a call. One of us will walk you through pairing your headset for a mere $7.99. Nicholas can do it in Portuguese, Doug and do it in a hearty Boston Southie accent, and I can do it in High… Read More

  • Contest: Doom at 10,000 feet

    I just flew into Los Angeles last night, and boy are my thumbs tired. That’s not a joke. They actually are, because I beat Doom while in midair. Well, Knee Deep in the Dead, anyway. In case you didn’t know, Virgin America’s in-flight entertainment system, “Red,” includes the shareware version of the iconic shooter in addition to all the usual fixins. Bafflingly… Read More

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