• Update: MySpace Redesign Now Live

    The MySpace redesign that Michael wrote about last week is now live to all of its users. The design is much cleaner, with fewer tabs across the top of the homepage and drop-down menus for everything else. Navigation in general, has been completely revamped to reduce the number of clicks it takes to get to what members want. Search has also been improved, ranking results based on your… Read More

  • Yahoo: Flashback To The Good Days

    Today is Jerry Yang’s first anniversary as CEO of the company he founded. There will be lots of bad news coming out about the company in the coming weeks as more executives depart, Yahoo releases quarterly earnings and Google and Microsoft continue to play tug-of-war with the company’s remaining assets. So as a brief interlude, we bring you this short film, produced back in 2000… Read More

  • Like gadgets? You’re probably an arrogant prick

    Well, the secret’s out. People who are into technology and gadgets have a high tendency to be a-holes. Can you believe it? According to Reuters… “An online study evaluating the characteristics of 25,000 American adults found avid technology consumers tended to score highly in personality traits such as leadership, dynamism and assertiveness — but low in modesty.” Read More

  • UK sorely lacking properly educated game developers

    Where have all the [UK] game designers gone? Not to a proper school, apparently. Yup, a new report out of the North East shows that there aren’t nearly enough accredited universities in Britain to properly feed the growing video games industry. Too many students are obtaining too many Mickey Mouse degrees from no-name universities, often without the hard math and science background… Read More

  • Social Investing Site Covestor Is Now Open to the Public

    Covestor, a social investing site where people share the performance of their real stock portfolios, came out of private beta this morning. Now anyone can join, and it is welcoming voyeurs who only want to watch other’s performance but not share their own. This should broaden the appeal of the site and provide a no-commitment entry point for people who may be uncomfortable with… Read More

  • Twitturly Living Up To Its Potential As Great News Source

    I wrote about twitturly in April. The service scans Twitter, looks for links that people are talking about then organizes them by popularity on the home page, and the stories then degrade over time. Anyone who uses Digg, TechMeme, Reddit or other news aggregators will feel at home there. Right now, for example, the page is dominated by Firefox and Flickr news, which hit the headlines yesterday. Read More

  • CrunchDeals: Complete ‘Deadwood’ series for $89.99

    Sometimes I like to take a break from the cutthroat world of technology reporting to immerse myself in the moving and imaginative stories of a group of men and women from a simpler time of cutthroat…well…throat cutting, as it turns out. I’ve you’ve never seen HBO’s Deadwood and you happen to be looking for a way to spend ninety bucks, you wouldn’t be disappointed to… Read More

  • OKCupid Spins Off Quiz Engine, HelloQuizzy

    OKCupid, a free online dating site, found that users were not only interested in creating and taking its tests to establish their compatibility with others. They were also using them for a range of plutonic purposes out of general curiosity about themselves and how they compared to friends. So the site spun off a new web property called HelloQuizzy that serves as both a destination for… Read More

  • Philly's Wi-Fi is back on track

    A Wi-Fi signal broadcasts in Philadelphia. Let’s all celebrate! Right. The municipal Wi-Fi system in Philadelphia that was abandoned a few months ago is now back, thanks to a local gaggle of investors. The network, which was started by Earthlink some three years ago, is about 80 percent complete. The goal is to cover as many of the city’s 1.6 million residents in Wi-Fi. The new… Read More

  • Update: Reddit Tries To Compete the Open-Source Way

    It is not easy being No.2. As we hinted yesterday, Reddit, the news voting site that was bought by Conde Nast in 2006, is making the code behind its site open source. (The code can be found here). That means anyone can now make their own Digg-like site. Not that there has been any lack of Digg clones in the past. Reddit’s move to open-source its software is merely an acknowledgment… Read More

  • Microsoft Gets Into Interactive TV Ads; Buys Navic Networks For An Estimated $200 to $300 Million

    Microsoft is going after the $70 billion spent on TV ads every year. This morning it announced that it will acquire Navic Networks, a company based in Waltham, Massachusetts that delivers interactive ads across cable TV networks. The price was not disclosed, but a source close to the company pegs it at between $200 million and $300 million. Navic raised about $43 million between 1999 and… Read More

  • BlackBerry Bold to launch in Canada before US?


    Apparently Rogers of Canada will get the 3G BlackBerry in one week, June 25. I thought AT&T was getting the Bold in July? According to the BGR we may have to wait a bit longer for the Bold to hit stateside. AT&T corporate is still telling their Fortune 500 customers that the Bold will launch in “July/August”. I hope it’s not really August. It’s the one… Read More

  • Kaltura Releases Revamped MediaWiki Extension

    Kaltura, the open-source video platform, has released a new version of its MediaWiki extension that allows users to embed and edit video, images, and audio on wiki pages. MediaWiki is a wiki software package that was initially developed for Wikipedia and has since been used by a number of other sites. Kaltura says that the new release “includes a fresh look & feel for the video… Read More

  • CrunchNetwork Singapore Meet-up

    I’m in Singapore for CommunicAsia, and would love to do a meet-and-greet with any MobileCrunch/TechCrunch/CrunchGear readers while I’m here. If you’re in the area, drop me a line at greg@crunchgear.com or call +1 201-951-6516. Update: We are meeting at Zouk at 8 pm, contact me for further details Read More

  • Daily Crunch: On the Green Edition

    USB “tube clock” looks cool, sadly not the real thing
    Stardock jumps into the digital distribution game
    World’s smallest (and portable) Karaoke box unveiled
    Wii: Tiger Woods ‘09 finally gets online play, plus better swing mechanics and five new courses
    Comfort: Thanko cushion lets you type from the floor Read More

  • TechCrunch50: Kevin Rose, Dan Farber and Om Malik Join Expert Panel

    The TechCrunch50 conference in San Francisco is just around the corner. And while we are busy reviewing early applications for new startups that will be launching there, it’s time to announce a few more industry experts who will judge and discuss each of the presenting startups. The previously announced panelists are here: Marc Andreessen, Roelof Botha, Ron Conway, Chris DeWolf… Read More

  • Fav.or.it: Automatic commenting for the people

    Feeds and commenting aggregator fav.or.it has finally come out of the door into public beta, with a large number of new features aimed at simplifying interaction with news sites and blogs. Having realised that the site was being misinterpreted as a feed-reader in the style of, say, Google Reader, founder Nick Halstead has now focused on the core goal of making feed reading and commenting… Read More

  • Fav.or.it Finally Opens Beta To Take RSS And Commenting Mainstream

    Feeds and commenting aggregator fav.or.it has finally come out of the door into public beta, reports TechCrunch UK. It has a large number of new features aimed at simplifying interaction with news sites and blogs. Founder Nick Halstead has now focused on the core goal of making feed reading and commenting as mass market friendly as humanly possible. Despite praise from the likes of Robert… Read More

  • Wimbledon Matches Get Streamed Online, We've Got 50 Free Passes

    Online broadcasting continues to make headway against the monolithic cable companies as more sports fans turn to the web for their fix. This year’s Wimbledon tournament will be streamed online by MediaZone at Wimbledon LIVE beginning June 23rd. An all access pass to the tournament costs $25, but you can grab one of 50 free passes by sending a request to mztcwimbledon@gmail.com. This… Read More

  • We put our hands all over the Sony Ericsson C905

    After just about every bean the C905 had to offer spilled out last week, I’ve been achin’ to check out this portly-but-pretty 8.1 megapixel shooter phone. I had a brief opportunity to put my mitts all over it following Sony Ericsson’s press announcement in Singapore – read about it over at MobileCrunch. Read More

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