• Loic Le Meur Moves To Silicon Valley To Start Video Content Company

    Loic Le Meur (on left in picture, along with me, Tariq Krim and Rodrigo Sepulveda), the well known French entrepreneur and blogger, is moving from Paris to silicon valley this summer to start a new video content company. Le Meur founded uBlog (merged with Six Apart) and organizes of the annual Le Web conference. In an email, he told me it’s the perfect place for him and his family right… Read More

  • Openads Opensource project Raises $5 million

    Openads, the developer of a popular seven year old opensource ad server, have spun out of London based ad network Unanimis and raised $5 million in capital to fund their business. The round was led by Index Ventures, with participation from First Round Capital, Mangrove Capital Partners, and O’Reilly AlphaTech Ventures. Index Ventures’ Saul Klein joined the company’s board… Read More

  • Happy Birthday, TechCrunch

    Our godfather site, TechCrunch, is two years old and we here at CG want to thank Don Arringtono for making this one of the best ALMOST years — we’re one in August — of our lives. We may not always show it, but his hard work and trust in this little team makes us all feel great and it’s an honor to work under such a respected overseer. Thanks, Mike. Happy Second… Read More

  • Sparter Launches, Go Buy Some World of Warcraft Gold

    Sparter, a stealth startup founded by Bessemer Venture Partners, launched this evening. They are jumping into the middle of the estimated $1 billion market for buying and selling virtual currencies in games like World of Warcraft (WOW), EverQuest, Eve and others. The current spot price of 100 gold on WOW? About $10. The company is a true person to person trading company. Users can sign up… Read More

  • Chime.TV: A Prettier Way to Watch YouTube

    Chime.Tv’s video player has got the kind of flash and style Ruby developers would envy, especially since it’s programmed in PHP and AJAX. The player, which dishes out 22 themed channels of viral video content, with a bunch of added utilities. The full page player is similar to Joost and Babelgum, but in your browser. Like the IPTV guys, you can flip through pre-made channels, roll… Read More

  • Active Crystals: Philips and Swarovski Mashup

    We briefly take you away from your gadget-obsessed world to show you something new: these are called girls. You should find them outside your mom’s basement. Now back to your Xbox. Oh and they’re flossing the latest Active Crystal gear from Philips and Swarovski. Read More

  • Reef Babes On All Your Gadgets

    Reef is an innovative company in the world of flip-flops and now they’re getting into the Skins business. Yeah, I know, it’s 2007, but people are always looking for the hottest skins out there and these are it. Don’t tell me you wouldn’t want Miss Reef May on your Macbook because I’d have to call you a dirty liar and then slap you. Skins are available for a wide… Read More

  • Samsung Shipping 1TB HDD

    The Samsung we’ve all grown to love is making a strong push to put a foothold into the HDD market with a 1TB drive that is far more superior then anything else available. Poppycock, you say? Not at all. The SpinPoint F1 is the first to use three platters as opposed to the four platters that Hitachi and Seagate use in their 1TB drives. Three 334GB platters are driven by 7,200RPM motors… Read More

  • Happy Second Birthday, TechCrunch

    TechCrunch turned two yesterday. Like last year, I think its a good time to take a few minutes and give a report on the state of our blog network. First, the stats. This is the 2,869th post on TechCrunch (a year ago we had just 884 posts, so the pace has quickened). 115,608 comments and trackbacks have been written by readers – an average of about 40 comments per post. A year ago we… Read More

  • The Honesty Box Facebook Application

    One of the up and coming new Facebook Applications is Honesty Box. When you install it, you can send an anonymous message to any of your facebook friends. Only that friend sees the message, along with whether the sender is male of female. The creators say that they will soon add the ability for people to respond to messages. In the user reviews, some people have asked for the ability to… Read More

  • Wis.dm Takes a Simple Look at Q&A

    Toward the end of last year we covered a veritable cornucopia of question and answer sites. They mostly served as aggregation sites for members to post, answer, and rate questions. Yahoo effectively dominated the space, leveraging their user base and even adding an API. Q&A service Wis.dm has taken a different look at questions and answers, and added a Facebook application today. Wis.dm is… Read More

  • OurHealthCircle: Because Misery Loves Company

    Last November we reported on the launch of DailyStrength, a social network and support group for what ails you. Now another site, OurHealthCircle, with an upbeat name for a downtrodden audience is launching to make talking about tough issues a little easier. The site is pretty much the same as DailyStrength with a different back story. Users create anonymous or personalized profiles, join over… Read More

  • Apple To Support HD DVD in Leopard?

    Could Apple be throwing its support behind both Blu-ray and HD DVD? We already know that Apple is a member of the Blu-ray Disc Association, but according to a WWDC attendee’s post on the Mac Rumors forum, Leopard’s DVD player now has HD DVD settings in the preferences menu. Could someone please leak the new Leopard beta already? Pretty please? WWDC: Leopard Details [Mac Rumors via… Read More

  • Lebron Becomes Etch-A-Sketch Art

    Excited that the NBA Finals are finally here? I’m not, but that’s ok. It’s always a blast to watch LeBron pull off sweet moves. To celebrate Cleveland making it to the finals, the team contracted Etch-A-Sketch expert George Viosich to draw Number 23 (no, not Jordan) in all his basketball glory. The time-lapse video shows the five-hour period it took for Viosich to complete… Read More

  • Viral Marketing How-To-Not: Sony

    SCENE: Two Sony marketing folks in a conference room. One is languidly stroking a PS3. “Hey, Frank. We need to make some viral video. You know, to support Blu-Ray.”
    “I hear the director for our new commercials got really drunk and kept the cameras rolling. Most of the footage is garbage.”
    “That sounds great. Kids love crappy video.”
    “Ok, but the… Read More

  • Need Laughs? Mega64 DVD Out In July

    Anyone who plays video games must check out the team over at Mega64. These guys have been making hilarious video game skits for years with an incredible sense of humor. Now, instead of browsing their website for hours at a time to get your laugh on, you’ll be able to pop a DVD into your home theater system. The boys are releasing a Greatest Hits DVD and it looks to be a good one. The… Read More

  • SureFire Titan Flashlight

    The SureFire Titan is an LED flashlight that packs a blinding wallop. This tiny device features a variable-output LED that allows you to select light inputs between one and 30 lumens. To top that off, it is housed within a fine looking titanium canister. At least I think it’s fine looking. Maybe I’m distracted. Available now for the low, low price of $500. Product Page [via Uncrate] Read More

  • Track Your Widget's Global Domination on Clearspring

    Since last November, Clearspring’s widget syndication platform has served up analytics on over 4.2 billion widget views for clients like Time, NBC, Universal, and Maxim. Tonight, Clearspring is opening up their platform to any developer, letting you write, track, and distribute web widgets across a multitude of websites and platforms. They will also feature a forum to support their… Read More

  • Unlocked iPhones Being Prepped

    Pure Mobile — don’t bother, the site is down — is claiming that they’ll have unlocked iPhone’s for sale, but I call complete BS on this. If the reports are true and only four million units are shipped, which equates to something like three iPhone’s per AT&T and Apple store, then Pure Mobile is doing some real heavy wheelin’ and dealin’… Read More

  • Rifftrax Acquires Cuts

    About four months since launch, web video editor Cuts.com has been acquired by Rifftrax, a site featuring DVD commentary by Michael J. Nelson of MST3K. No word on the price. The online video editing space has become increasingly competitive. Click.tv recently joined the deadpool, with plans to reorganize. On their blog post about the acquisition, CEO Evan Kraus says that since launch… Read More

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