• Windows 7 beta 1 reviewed, promises the world and more

    It’s about time Microsoft released an OS worthy of some hype and excitement. Mark my words, friends: Windows 7 will be Microsoft’s watershed OS. If it’s not, then MS in in serious trouble. Like Palm, Windows is beloved, hated, and long overdue for an overhaul. Unlike Palm, Microsoft’s executives have so much money that they line hamster cages with it. That’s… Read More

  • UK Government Has Heard There's Bad Stuff On The InterTubes

    In the US tech scene you have weekend “bitchmemes”. In the UK, there is a kind of equivalent known as “government minister opens mouth and inserts foot”. This weekend it was the turn of Andy Burnham, the secretary of state for the Department of Culture, Media and Sports (DCMS), and as such supposed to take an interest in the Internet. Unfortunately his weekend… Read More

  • The Tubes Are Clogged

    If you’ve been having trouble accessing some of the web’s most popular sites this morning, you aren’t alone – reports have been pouring in that major sites like Amazon, CNN, and ESPN have been having sporadic outages in some areas across the United States. The problem seems to be stemming from an issue with Level 3 Communications, which operates one of the largest… Read More

  • The Future Of Social Search (Or Why Google Should Buy Facebook)

    If you could search your friends’ thoughts, interests, and activities, would that be a better search experience? In many cases, it would be. Searching for restaurants, books, or movies, would turn up recommendations from people you actually know. If you are researching a trip to Florence, Italy, you might discover ten friends who have been there already, and could ask for advice on… Read More

  • Ask And Ye Shall Receive: Twitority Launches Authority-Based Twitter Search

    Yesterday Loic Le Meur wrote a blog post asking for an authority-based Twitter search that would allow users to restrict their searches to Twitter users with a large number of followers. A number of bloggers were upset over this seemingly innocuous feature request, citing the difference between authority and popularity and how easy it is to game popularity counts on Twitter. But it looks like… Read More

  • Actual Conversations On Twitter Not Possible Until Twitter Lets Us

    One of the big complaints about Twitter is that conversations are hard to follow. Users can write a response to a Twitter message (or anything else), but the easy way to do this is to add an @[username] tag to the Twitter, which refers back to the original Twitter user. But by then that original user has often moved on to other subjects, and it becomes impossible to follow the… Read More

  • CrunchGear BFF: You're doing it wrong

    I just checked BFF to see what shenanigans you kids have been up to. What do I find? Read More

  • Bloggers Lose The Plot Over Twitter Search

    Wow. Loic Le Meur asks for a simple feature on Twitter search – the ability to filter results by the number of followers that a user has to make sense of thousands of messages – and the blogosphere calls for his head. For the record, I agree with Loic. Being able to filter search results, if you choose, by the number of followers a user has makes sense. Without it, you have no way… Read More

  • MP3 player helps save the lives of two stranded French skiers

    Two French skiers who presumably went off trail and found themselves lost in the mountains near Savognin, Switzerland late Friday were rescued just after midnight by Rega, the AP reports. Read More

  • Brother can you share a dime?

    Looking back over the big stories of 2008, I’d have to go with the failed Microsoft/Yahoo acquisition as the least surprising and most interesting drama of the technology world. Coming as it did in the wake of Google’s rapid climb to the top, Yahoo’s failure to resonate and Microsoft’s to take advantage of the flattening of the Web 2.0 curve underscored the hard… Read More

  • Companies hiring on CrunchBoard: Digg, Dictionary.com, CBS, Hulu, and TechCrunch

    Despite layoff season, companies around the US continue to hire–including New York, Washington DC, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Indiana. (Here at TechCrunch, we need a Rails Developer to add some fancy new features to CrunchBase.) See more CrunchBoard jobs after the jump. Read More

  • TVs enter high-end car branding territory: Why get a 31.5-inch TV when you can get a 32 class?

    Best Buy and Circuit City are entering new semantic territory by renaming regular 31.5-inch TVs “32 class,” a suggestion that anything between perhaps 29 and 35 inches fits into this vaunted category. Matt Richtel also found evidence of 19 Class TVs (18.9″) popping up and got a fascinating explanation from Sony: Read More

  • Amazon makes a killing on netbooks

    All the boys at CG love them some netbooks – I’m content with my mini-model AKA the iPhone – but apparently the rest of the world is snapping them up as well. Om notes that 17 of the 25 top-selling notebooks on Amazon were sub-$500 netbooks, something I’m sure the laptop manufacturers love. Read More

  • iPhone nano clones already available for your knock-off pleasure

    AppleInsider has received photos of an iPhone nano clone that copies the original iPhone almost perfectly but in a considerably smaller form factor. Read More

  • Fucked Company/Adbrite Founder Philip Kaplan To Launch Kaplan Index

    People are urging Philip Kaplan to restart his FuckedCompany site that gathered so much attention earlier this decade. Clone sites are popping up to fill the void during this down market, and people sort of see the world of dead and dying startups as Kaplan’s territory. He strongly considered re-starting the site and even had a former Valleywag writer lined up to do the hard work. But… Read More

  • Saturday Morning Quiz: Name That Web 2.0 Logo

    Besides the funny names and bad spellings, one hallmark of Web startups over the past few years has been the creative use of logos. Often you know a startup by its logo more than by its name, especially if it is for a Web app whose site you don’t actually visit that often. Instead, the logo appears as a favicon in your browser address window, or as an icon on another site. How well do… Read More

  • Cuil Fail: Traffic Nearly Hits Rock Bottom

    Remember the ill-fated Google-killer Cuil? Named ‘Cuill’ and very much in stealth mode for the first part of the year, they finally emerged end of July 2008 with a ‘massive’ search engine that would rival the most popular search engines of our time with an enormous index, an innovative interface and some nifty features. Rival, it never did. The launch of the search… Read More

  • BookSprouts, A Social Network For Book Worms And Clubs

    Reading books is usually a solitary experience, but it triggers social activity as well, as the ongoing success of real-life book clubs shows. BookSprouts is a fairly new online community dedicated to book readers who love discussing books over a nice cup of virtual coffee. The social network is designed to make it easy to start an online book club, discuss books with other individuals… Read More

  • Should Twitter Add Authority-based Search?

    Loic Le Meur is asking Twitter to add an authority filter to their search (he also goes on a rant about Sprint, but ignore that). He wants to sort through Twitter messages based on how many followers the person writing has, so he’ll know the relative importance of what’s being said. The way he argues isn’t pretty (“We’re not equal on Twitter, as we’re not… Read More

  • Snackfeed: A Newsfeed For The Web's Hottest Video Clips

    Snackfeed, a video recommendation site that tries to aggregate the web’s hottest videos, has made impressive progress since its launch last fall. We were first introduced to the site at the DreamIt Ventures (a startup incubator similar to Y Combinator and TechStars) first funding day, and it held its private launch three weeks later. Since then the site has seen impressive growth, with… Read More

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