• AT&T launches FamilyMap, let the spying begin

    Sorry school-skipping teenagers and spouse-cheating losers, AT&T has launched FamilyMap, which will track a phone’s location either by GPS or cell-phone tower triangulation on a Microsoft Live Map. Other providers have offered similar services for a while, but now AT&T has gotten into the big brother spy game. Read More

  • SocialYell Lets Users Raise Their Voices About The Good Companies Out There

    SocialYell is a new community website for people who are interested in discussing, promoting and discovering ‘good’ organizations, meaning companies that are “socially responsible, environmentally progressive and globally aware”, business or non-profits alike. The website is launching sometime today, but you can already access it using the passcode… Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Get Gadget Edition

    Rubik’s Cube salt and pepper shakers for some nice dinnertime frustration
    Own your own Steve Jobs plushie
    We at CrunchGear salute Newsoap! Read More

  • When Google Latitude Stalking Isn't Such A Bad Thing

    Yesterday, Silicon Valley’s local CBS affiliate ran a story (video here) about a woman getting her purse snatched. But what’s interesting is the way she got it back: With an assist from Google Latitude. You see, in her purse, her phone had Google’s location-based social networking service installed, and it was updating the location of her phone in real-time. So even though… Read More

  • iSkoot Notifier Goes International

    iSkoot’s Notifier product takes some of the most popular social services on the web, and puts in a format that’s easy to read on average phones. By “average” I don’t mean smartphones, because remember, most of the world still does not have those. Today, iSkoot is taking the Notifier product international thanks to a deal with German carrier E-Plus. While… Read More

  • Socializr 'Event Connect' Looks To Be Your Comprehensive Social Calendar

    Socializr, an Evite competitor that allows users to coordinate party planning and invitations, is launching a new product today called ‘Event Connect’ that allows users to aggregate and respond to all of their events from sites like Facebook, Meetup, MySpace, and Evite in one place. The site has integrated with each of these social networks/event sites using services like… Read More

  • AOL Appeals To Users To Visit Propeller Again

    AOL’s Propeller launched in 2006 as a “Digg Killer” – a Digg like site with editorial oversight that had massive netscape.com traffic directed to it. All those Netscape users were used to seeing a standard news page, though, and didn’t quite know what to do at the new site. A variety of changes were made over time, including paying news submitters to lure them… Read More

  • Autoquake gets a further £4m from Highland and Accel

    Autoquake, an online used car retailer in the UK, has raised £4m from Accel and Highland Partners. Autoquake has already had a £6 million second round of funding from Highland and Accel last April. That takes total funding to date to £14 million and thus a planned international expansion. The investment comes at an interesting time for the car industry, which is in huge dire straits. Read More

  • Flat keyboard for medical environments features faux-3D keys

    I’m surprised that it’s taken this long for one of these flat, easily washable keyboards to be clearly aimed at the medical establishment, not just in marketing but in design. The Medigenic Infection-control keyboard (catchy) is totally flat, and only appears to have a three-dimensional surface. This means it’s super easy to wipe down after some patient yaks all over it, or… Read More

  • Snapple reinvents itself, now made from better stuff?

    Snapple has claimed for years that it is made from “the best stuff on earth”. Pretty tough act to follow. I mean, “best stuff” doesn’t exactly leave much room for improvement. Where do you from there? “Mo’ better stuff?” “Stuff so good we need a new descriptor”? Well luckily, I’m not doing the marketing for Snapple, because… Read More

  • Google Profiles Take An Important Social Step With Vanity URLs

    The problem with Google’s movement towards becoming more of a social entity is that it lacks one cohesive place to tie everything together. YouTube has social elements, Picasa has social elements, even Google Maps has social elements, but Google lacks this singular area — like a Facebook profile page — where all of this information can reside and be easily seen. But actually… Read More

  • SoundCloud Raises €2.5 Million For Professional Music Collaboration Hub

    SoundCloud, an audio sharing site geared towards music professionals, has closed a €2.5 million (around $3.3 million) funding round led by Doughty Hanson Technology Ventures. As part of the deal, Stefan Tirtey of Doughty Hanson will join the company’s board of directors. We last covered SoundCloud in October, when the site launched in a private beta. Since then it has opened to… Read More

  • Twitter Fight! Larry King To Kutcher: CNN Will Bury You

    “Do you know how big we are? Do you know what CNN is?!” Them fightin’ words — from longtime CNN host Larry King to Ashton Kutcher. King sent out the YouTube video (below) responding to the challenge Kutcher laid out yesterday to beat CNN to become the first Twitter user with a million followers. So far, it’s not working all that well for Kutcher. He is gaining… Read More

  • March ComScore Search Numbers Offer A Sign Of Hope For Google

    ComScore released its search market share numbers tonight for March, 2009 and the first quarter. After a dip in February, the number of searches done in the U.S. on Google and the other top search engines recovered in March. ComScore estimates there were 9.125 billion searches done on Google last month, up 11 percent from February. That growth outpaced the growth at the other search… Read More

  • An Embarrassed Warner Music Regrets MySpace Music Deal

    One thing is for certain – the six month old MySpace Music project is throwing off a lot of cash to the labels. That’s because MySpace’s 75 million or so U.S. users are streaming literally billions of songs a month. And they have to pay for every song streamed. Labels are known to give streaming rates for on demand music of around half a cent per song play, but they are… Read More

  • Shocker: AT&T Wants To Keep Sitting On Its Golden Egg (The iPhone)

    When Apple was looking for a mobile partner for the iPhone, it originally went to Verizon. When Verizon turned down the device due to some of Apple’s demands, Apple turned to AT&T, which worked out an exclusive deal with Apple to provide service for the device. Smart move. Over 17 million iPhones have been sold since the device debuted less than two year ago — the majority of… Read More

  • The Realtime Genie

    The realtime lashback has been surprisingly tame given the emotional challenges it presents. FriendFeed’s decision to double down on realtime streaming of text has had several primary effects: increased usage, swarming behavior around live events, and pushback from some who fled Twitter to FriendFeed in search of more contemplative dialogue. What happens when a realtime conversation… Read More

  • Review: Nexto DI eXtreme portable media storage

    Portable media storage? What does that even mean, you ask? Don’t worry, all will be revealed. It’s not really that extreme, but it is pretty handy. The Nexto DI eXtreme is a good way to back up all your media on the go without really even thinking about it. Read More

  • Why Amazon Didn't Just Have a Glitch

    This a Guest Post by Mary Hodder, founder of Dabble.com, a social video search site and blogger for Napsterization. Hodder is a veteran Silicon Valley technologist and was most recently VP of Products at Apisiphere, a geolocation mobile company building an enterprise platform for mobile developers. This post is in response to the Amazon’s removal of sales rankings on a number of gay… Read More

  • Test Drive: Honda Stride Management Assist, Bodyweight Support Assist [Update]

    As I mentioned earlier, Honda is in town to demo their two walking assist devices for the first time in the US. I was given the opportunity to test both models out in midtown Manhattan this afternoon. The applications for both models are pretty obvious and Honda has been testing the Bodyweight Support Assist at their Saitama factory since November of last year. Update: The entire… Read More

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