• CrunchGear Week in Review: Food Flinger Edition

    Yum: legume-shaped speakers for your pPod
    Finally, a spoon built with food-flinging in mind
    Top 10 of the weirdest stuff currently available in Japanese online shops
    Meet Black OX, Gigantor’s rival robot (and pre-order for a lot of Yen)
    Sega Toys Japan unveils overly cute robot dog that responds to commands
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  • Google Now Displaying Code Search Results

    Starting today Google has integrated results from Code Search as snippets in the main search results page. Code Search was launched by Google in October of 2005 as a seperate vertical search property. As the name suggests, Code Search indexes and parses source code on the web and provides users a simple but flexible search and repository browsing interface. For a Google property such as… Read More

  • Guy Kawasaki's Alltop Launches Frienderati: The Top Friends From FriendFeed

    If you want to know what the “top people on FriendFeed” are saying, you can now see their feeds on a new Alltop page called Frienderati. It is just a list of the top 100 or so names on FriendFeed (actually, only 94, for some reason), listed in alphabetical order by first name along with their five latest Twitters, blog posts, and other FriendFeed items. Or you could just… Read More

  • Gaia Raises $11 Million For Its Teenage Virtual World

    Gaia Online, an online world and social network aimed at teens, has raised $11 million in a Series C funding round led by Institutional Venture Partners. Since our Virtual World Roundup last summer, the site has seen impressive growth, with a reported 5 million unique users monthly. Gaia Online is a self-described “teen hangout” that mixes elements of an avatar-based virtual… Read More

  • Facebook Puts A Diplomat In Charge Of The Platform

    Facebook’s VP Product Management Chamath Palihapitiya no longer runs Facebook Platform, we’ve independently confirmed after reading a VentureBeat report. Replacing Palihapitiya, who will now focus on product, is newly hired VP of Communications and Public Policy Elliot Schrage, who recently joined Facebook from Google. Why replace an engineer with a lawyer as head of a… Read More

  • Engine Yard Aims For Java With RubyOnRails Platform – Raises $15M Series B

    Engine Yard, a managed hosting services provider for RubyOnRails applications, announced today that they closed a $15M Series B round of financing from NEA, Amazon and Benchmark Capital. The company had previously raised $3.5M from Benchmark back in January of this year – so only 7 months ago. In that time, the company has grown to 80 employees across four continents with servers across… Read More

  • Terror-fruit boy denied access to the Cube

    The fruits who stood in line since Tuesday were denied access to the Apple Store even though one of them, Daniel Simon, waited a full week to get in. His crime? Carrying organic apples. Ron Johnson (Senior Vice President of Retail Operations at Apple Computer) apologized to me about the scuffle as TheWhoFarmers finally left the Apple Store with phones for us and for Barack Obama and John McCain. Read More

  • Amazon, NEA Invest in Rails Hosting Startup Engine Yard

    Engine Yard, a platform to build, manage and host Rails applications, raised a $15 million Series B round of funding from new investors New Enterprise Associates and Amazon. Previous investor Benchmark Capital also participated – Engine Yard has now raised $18.5 million in capital. Engine Yard competitors Heroku and New Relic have also raised capital this year. Amazon’s investment… Read More

  • gPhone in our futures?

    TC is reporting: 2007 was the year of speculation of a Google Phone, or Gphone. Handset manufacturer HTC was the center of attention around most of the rumors. But Google eventually squashed those rumors by announcing the Open Handset Alliance and Android. Instead of building an iPhone like device and service combined, they’d be backing an open source mobile operating system that… Read More

  • Jason Calacanis' First New Email Post

    Jason Calacanis announced on Friday that he was retiring from blogging. There was a very mixed reaction to the news, with most believing it to be a publicity stunt. Jason said in his farewell post that instead of blogging, he would instead be posting to a mailing list made up of his followers, capped at 750 subscribers. That subscriber limit was reached very quickly, and today Jason sent out… Read More

  • The new iPhone 3G dock & you

    Did you wake up this fine Sunday morning and say to yourself, “You know, I need an terribly thorough look at the new dock for the iPhone 3G”? What luck, then, for iLounge has put together such hands-on. First, the bad: the dock for the iPhone 3G isn’t included with the phone itself. The privilege of snapping your phone into tiny stand now costs $29. It’s also not a… Read More

  • Finally, a spoon built with food-flinging in mind

    Not since the invention of the Spork has such a masterpiece of meal-time enjoyment rocked dinner tables worldwide. Enter, the Zing! Spoon – a spring-loaded spoon with handy finger mount. Let your family know that you know about being cut out of the will with a nice glob of mashed potatoes to the forehead. Tell your girlfriend it’s not her, it’s you with some healthy oatmeal… Read More

  • Top 10 of the weirdest stuff currently available in Japanese online shops

    Here are some very “interesting” gadgets and questionable items I recently found on the web while trying to get a birthday present for a Japanese friend of mine (who is very rich and hard to please). And yes, Japanese people also think these things are weird, believe me. Top 10: Anti-boar electric fence ($235 online price)
    The manufacturer says their fence is especially… Read More

  • Morons vs. the Intelligent: Reporter covers the iPhone line

    In which Hollywood reporter Eric Spillman, who might have had a few Appletinis before he hit the streets, gets his ass handed to him by someone considerably smarter than him and, I would note, with a more developed sense of priorities than some slap-happy TV pug asking asinine questions of normal folks on line. via BBG Read More

  • Have to get an iPhone on back order? Get the 16GB white

    Super sly reader Ken had to get a back-ordered iPhone and when faced with the choice of black or white, 16 or 8, he chose wisely. Just got my direct fulfillment order and seem to be no backups or backorder’s at the time. This is for a 16 gb White. others seem to be shipping out still in the quoted 5-7 days. Our advice? Ask for a 16GB white when you’re put on back-order and… Read More

  • How to turn an old PowerBook into an arcade cabinet

    Oh my, this does look nice. Frederic Sebton has taken an old PowerBook and an IKEA side table (Ramvik is the model) and turned it into an arcade cabinet. Sebton has basically taken a PowerBook apart and mounted the screen and computer guts back-to-back, with the screen showing up through a hole cut in the top of the table. He then used a piece of black cardboard and a piece of glass as… Read More

  • CrunchDeals: Decked-out HP laptop for $529.99 AR

    More laptop deals this weekend, as Office Depot has the 15.4-inch HP Pavilion dv6910us for $529.99 after two mail-in rebates totalling $170. Specs look good: AMD Turion processor (64-bit, dual-core), 3GB of RAM, 200GB hard drive, double-layer DVD burner with LightScribe, Bluetooth, wireless, 5-in-1 card reader, and Vista Home Premium. The notebook weighs just over six pounds, which I… Read More

  • Gphone May Really Happen, And Ammunition Group May Be Designing It

    2007 was the year of speculation of a Google Phone, or Gphone. Handset manufacturer HTC was the center of attention around most of the rumors. But Google eventually squashed those rumors by announcing the Open Handset Alliance and Android. Instead of building an iPhone like device and service combined, they’d be backing an open source mobile operating system that could finally break… Read More

  • New Microsoft Offer, Quickly Rejected

    Yahoo rejected a new Microsoft offer to acquire Yahoo’s search business earlier this evening. The offer, which apparently was made on Friday in cooperation with Yahoo investor Carl Icahn, was a variation on Microsoft’s previous offer to acquire Yahoo’s search business in exchange for cash, a partial stock buyout and revenue guarantees, required the complete replacement of… Read More

  • Lower-priced Xbox 360 already selling at Target?

    Can’t wait for tomorrow when rumors of an expected Xbox 360 price drop are supposed to come true? Head on over to your local Target store tonight – most of them are open until 10:00, if you’re interested. You might just find the Xbox 360 Pro for $299 already. Target’s website says the consoles are available for $299 (“stores only”) and I’d guess… Read More

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