• Microsoft Exits Classified Listings Business

    Microsoft Live Expo, their experiment with classified listings that launched in early 2006, will be shut down on July 31, says a notice posted on the site. New listings have already been suspended. This comes as Craigslist solidifies its position as the top free listings service. Other services like Kijiji (owned by eBay) and Oodle (which recently partnered with Walmart) continue to grow. Read More

  • TechCrunch / CrunchGear Berlin Meetup This Wednesday


    I’m really looking forward to the TechCrunch / CrunchGear Meetup in Berlin this Wednesday, June 11. Organised with the excellent assistance of our local partner twidox, the event has been made possible by our fantastic sponsors, listed below. A full 250 people are coming, and the event (announced back in May) is now completely full. Imedo.de has kindly offered to throw the networking… Read More

  • Loopt and Ebay confirmed as 3G iPhone's first store apps

    And SixApart waiting in the wings? Ebay and Loopt have been confirmed at WWDC as being the first apps available in the store. The social mapping application and what I can only assume is an iPhone eBay front end will be available the moment the store opens its little doors. They say that SixApart is in the lineup as well, so perhaps some interesting blogging tools are in the offing as well? Read More

  • Here Come The New iPhone Apps

    As Apple gears up for the launch of its 3G iPhone, outside developers and startups are finally going to get to sell or give away their own applications that run natively on the phone (as opposed to being optimized for the Safari browser, as are most legal, third-party apps today). These apps, which are built on the iPhone SDK announced last March, will be distributed through the upcoming… Read More

  • CrunchGear Interviews Glenn Lurie, President of National Distribution for AT&T

    Check out Matt Hickey’s interview with Glenn Lurie, President of National Distribution for AT&T at CrunchGear. Here’s a snippet. Steve and his friends had a great presentation where we saw new apps for a bevy of developers, most of them pretty good looking. But the star of the show was the new iPhone 3G, a slimmer, faster version of the handset we all know an love. I talked… Read More

  • $199 iPhone? Sure, with a 2-year contract


    For the sake of time, I’ll just paste the release. Pricing for the iPhone 3G is based on a 2-year contract. Woohoo. Unlimited data plans for iPhone 3G customers will be $30/month while business users will have to pony up $45/month. Also, revenue sharing has ceased going forward between Apple and AT&T. Update: Scoot on over to CrunchGear for all the updates and answers to your questions. Read More

  • New sunglasses with built-in camera and MP3-player

    Today accessory maker Otas unveiled its newest product, the so-called aigo Camera sunglasses MP3 F566+. The glasses come with a 1.3 megapixel camera, an MP3-player, 2 GB of internal memory, a USB port and a wireless remote control. The device weighs just 45 grams. Otas says the internal memory is enough to store up to 20,000 photographs. The highest picture quality possible is 1280×1024. Read More

  • The 3G(PS) iPhone Arrives (See The Video From the Stevenote)

    Apple announced its new 3G iPhone today. It is much thinner, much faster, and much cheaper than its predecessor. Starting at $199(with a two-year contract), you get an 8 gigabyte device with GPS that works on AT&T’s high-speed 3G network (as opposed to the slower EDGE network all previous iPhones are bound to). A 16 gigabyte version will go for $299. Considering that the current 8… Read More

  • WWDC 2008 Keynote is TODAY and CG, MC, and TC will be there

    Matt, Michael, and Mark (the M-Team) will be reporting live from WWDC TODAY at 10AM Pacific, 1PM Eastern. We will be posting on CrunchGear. You can talk to us live about the event at CrunchChat. If it all goes pear-shapes we’ll revert to a static HTML page in place of the dynamic page for the duration of the event. TC will have a copy of the coverage as well. If you will be away from… Read More

  • Apple Relaunches .Mac as MobileMe: Sync Everything

    http://qik.com/player.swf?streamname=e2ee30b0319e4d57a4287ec78125ef07&vid=98254&playback=false&polling=false&user=techcrunch&userlock=true&islive=&username=anonymous As was widely speculated before Steve Jobs’ keynote address today, Apple is relaunching its .Mac service as MobileMe. The service syncs emails, photos, contacts, calendars, and other… Read More

  • Apple’s online store is apparently down worldwide

    Apple might be up to something today because the Apple store, she is down. I wonder why, though? J/K all the way, ROFL! Check out the downed store for yourself here! Leave your guesses in the comments section as to what Apple might release today. I’m hoping for some sweet new stickers, apparel, and coffee mugs. I’d also like an Apple Netbook, an Apple Electric Car, and an Apple… Read More

  • CTIA Requests information for its Enhanced Messaging Team

    CTIA, The Wireless Association, announced today a Request For Information (RFI) on behalf of its Enhanced Messaging Action Team (EM Team). The RFI is being sent to a variety of companies with an interest in the enhanced messaging space. The EM Team is made up of industry representative who are evaluating solutions to implement EM on wireless phones in the United States. The purpose of this RFI… Read More

  • iPhone 3G to launch for $199 on July 11th

    After months of rumors, the iPhone 3G has finally gotten its official announcement. The new iPhone will come in 8 and 16 GB models, at subsidized prices of $200 and $300 respectively. Both will have all metal buttons with black plastic backs, with the 16 GB model also offered with a white back. The 3.5 inch screen from the first iPhone will be carried over. The handset will have GPS built… Read More

  • World's first solar battery charger for cell phones

    Japanese companies StrapyaNext and Tokyo Coil Engineering claim they developed the world’s first battery charger for cell phones based on solar energy. The charger comes in the form of a phone strap. The device is 12.5 cm long and weighs 40 grams. It takes between 6 and 10 hours for a full charge with which you can talk for up to 40 minutes. StrapyaNext promises on the product page… Read More

  • Butcher's Bunch, the tech Podcast from Europe

    After being exhorted to do so by a number of people, I’ve decided to start doing a regular podcast about the tech, startup and social media scene here in the UK and the rest of Europe. How regular it is we’ll have to see, but I’m hoping to make it weekly, starting next week. Admittedly I’m taking a little leaf here out of the Gillmor Gang’s playbook, but I think… Read More

  • Wal-Mart sells new ‘Metal Gear Solid’ game early

    A big, shiny gold star goes to Konami for being cool about Metal Gear Solid 4 being sold before the June 12th release date. According to PlayStation Universe, “This week, a couple of Wal-Marts were reported to have sold the Metal Gear Solid 80GB PS3 bundles up to a week before the scheduled release of the title on June 12.” Konami’s response to this happy little accident… Read More

  • TypePad announces mobile blogging iPhone application

    Typepad, the platform of choice for a ton of popular blogs (Cute Overload!), has announced a mobile blogging application for the iPhone. Key points from the announcement: Blog on the go, Focuses on photo blogging. You can snap a new photo for uploading, or grab one from your albums. Free, available at App store launch With mobile blogging becoming more and more popular each day, iPhone… Read More

  • June 9: What else happened on this date?

    Let’s assume Apple announces and/or releases something today, June 9. (Nothing would make me happier if it didn’t, but who’s counting?) So, what else happened on this truly historic day? • 68 Nero committed suicide. The pain of being more than 1,900 years too early for the iPhone was too much for him to bear. • 1790 The first book was copyrighted in the U.S., … Read More

  • The Games Begin: Live Coverage Of Apple WWDC Event In San Francisco

    Update: See Our In Depth Coverage As Well: CrunchGear Interviews Glenn Lurie, President of National Distrubition for AT&T Here Come The New iPhone Apps The 3G(PS) iPhone Arrives (See The Video From the Stevenote) Apple Relaunches .Mac as MobileMe: Sync Everything It’s now around 8 am PDT. We’re (Mike and Mark) arriving at Moscone West a couple of hours before the 10 am… Read More

  • ‘Barbie Girls’ site finally adds a V.I.P option

    Geez, it’s about time. Mattel has finally added a $6-per-month premium account option for the Barbie Girls web site. GigaOM wonders if $72 per year is worth it for parents “so their little girls can enjoy playing with Barbies that don’t in the strictest sense, exist?” I don’t know about parents, but I make my own money and can spend it on whatever I want. So I… Read More

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