• Poor economy leads to increase in CRT sales: Plasma, LCD too expensive

    The dreadful economy has led to an increase in the number of inexpensive picture tube TVs sold. Likewise, sales of LCDs and plasmas—”dude check out my flat screen”—have flatlined. I guess people value eating and paying the rent/mortgage more than watching “My Name is Earl” in HD. These numbers come from DisplaySearch, a research outfit that tracks and… Read More

  • American Idol sets Text Messaging Record for TV Show

    AT&T announced today that it has beat it text messaging record of 64.5 million by generating more than 78 million messages dedicated to this year’s season of American Idol. By texting their votes this season, AT&T’s wireless customers helped crown the new American Idol winner, David Cook. AT&T introduced text message voting in season 2 of Fox’s hit television show. Read More

  • N-Gage games can't be transferred to new devices

    N-Gage fan web site All About N-Gage is reporting that games purchased through Nokia’s gaming service are locked to one particular phone and can’t be transferred to a new device should you lose or break your old one. The process for purchasing a game involves downloading a feature-limited demo and then paying to unlock the game with an activation code. That code is tied to the… Read More

  • Bluetooth Brand highly Recognized

    According to the research firm Millward Brown, global awareness of Bluetooth technology is at an all time high. Of those surveyed, 85% recognized that Bluetooth sells wireless items. 65% of consumers in China, Germany, Japan, Taiwan, the U.S and U.K. were aware of the Bluetooth logo and products that use Bluetooth technology. The items recognized were: Mobile phones (79%); headsets (61%)… Read More

  • ScribbleLive: Two Guys In Canada Launch Sweet Liveblogging Platform

    I am at the Mesh conference in Toronto right now sitting next to two guys liveblogging the event on ScribbleLive: Michael De Monte and Jonathan Keebler. They are the founders of ScribbleLive. Jonathan is typing notes while StumbleUpon founder (and semi-famous Canadian) Garrett Camp is being interviewed on stage, while Michael is adding links and photos. (Earlier in the morning they… Read More

  • Howcast Aligns With AOL, Metacafe, Bebo, and blip.tv

    Howcast, the instructional video site founded by three ex-Googlers, today announced that it has formed distribution agreements with AOL, Metacafe, Bebo, and blip.tv. Howcast provides professionally produced instructional videos that range from “How to Make Sushi” to “How To Make a Water Gun Alarm Clock“. Many films come from the site’s Directors Program, which… Read More

  • Google Sites Moves Out Of the Enterprise

    When Google Sites launched in February, it was part of the Google Apps group that targets enterprises large and small. Now, consumers can create a wiki Website using Google Sites, without the need to have their own domain. Google Sites gives you a basic template to create a Website that can be edited by the public at large or a smaller group of people. Photos, widgets, videos, and other… Read More

  • Brightcove Subsidiary Launches In Japan With $5 Million

    Web video distribution player Brightcove is entering the Japanese market with a new subsidiary called Brightcove K.K. Rather than use some of the $86 million it has already raised, Brightcove sold off a piece of the subsidiary for $4.9 million to Japanese investors, some of whom will also act as sales and distribution partners. Participating in the round are Dentsu (biggest advertising… Read More

  • Daily Crunch: A Wall Edition

    Wooden mousepad, very fetching
    Wall-climbing attack droids on their way
    Simpsons ride opens at Universal Studios Hollywood
    Last call for Polaroid instant film – better move fast
    Munny Figures: Because speakers are people, too
    Prague CrunchNetwork Meet-up: Tomorrow Read More

  • The Empire Strikes Back: Our Analysis Of Microsoft Live Search Cashback

    Everyone has an opinion on today’s move by Microsoft to shake things up in the search space. Their new Live Search Cashback product shifts search advertising from cost-per-click (CPC) to cost-per-action (CPA) and give a lot of the revenue back to users. Most writers are negative. Some excessively so. After hearing Bill Gates give the pitch and trying the service myself to make a couple… Read More

  • Researchers study locusts to make jumping robots

    If you are wondering why there has been a lot of robot news lately, that’s because the International Conference on Robotics and Automation is happening this week. In my last post you probably remember me talking about killer attack droids, this time I will talk about jumping search and rescue droids. Researchers at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) designed a… Read More

  • Sanyo releases 7 inch digital photo frame in Japan

    Sanyo is offering a new digital photo frame on the Japanese market. The LVF-PF71 is priced at $145 (MSRP). The LCD display is 7 inches in size (480×234 resolution). The frame is compatible with SD and Memory Stick memory cards. JPEGs can be viewed in intervals between 5 seconds and 24 hours. The LVF-PF71 is 325 grams light and sized at 200×20×133mm. Read More

  • Highly Likely Rumor: Twitter Closes Third Round Of Financing From Spark Capital

    Twitter has closed their third round of financing, says Om Malik. He pegs it at a $15 million raise at around an $80 million valuation, but doesn’t know the investor. We (and others I’m sure) have been tracking the same story, and it’s pretty clear the new investor is Spark Capital. A source says Twitter signed a term sheet with Spark Capital a couple of weeks ago, and… Read More

  • The Puppet Interviews Digg's Kevin Rose

    It amazes me that people actually talk to Loren Feldman’s puppet and treat it like a real interview. Example above: this interview with Kevin Rose starts off innocently enough, but goes down hill from there. The only real news value in the story is that Digg’s still working on that recommendation feature. The high entertainment value, including a few seconds about Kevin’s… Read More

  • Get Satisfaction's Ear on the Twittersphere

    When Michael’s internet went down last month, he vented his frustration on Twitter. And lo and behold, Comcast actually saw his tweet, reached out to him, and proactively worked to solve his problem. Comcast is unusual in its embrace of the Twittersphere, however, since it actually has someone dedicated to putting out fires there before they tarnish its brand too much. Not all companies… Read More

  • SpotCrime Keeps You On The Right Side of The Tracks

    SpotCrime is a mashup that plots recent criminal activity onto Google Maps, allowing users to shy away from seedier parts of towns they may not be familiar with. The company has offered a website for a few months now, and has just introduced an iPhone version (annoyingly, you have to manually navigate to http://www.spotcrime.com/iphone.php). Crimes are depicted as small icons according to… Read More

  • Flock More Than Doubles Its Funding

    Flock, the so-called “social browser” built on top of Mozilla technology, has raised $15 million in a Series D round led by Fidelity Ventures and joined by Bessemer Venture Partners, Catamount Ventures, and Shasta Ventures. The round (the company’s biggest) more than doubles its total to over $28 million, an amount that has been gradually raised over the past three years… Read More

  • Startup Camp Is An Awesome Opportunity (And A Back Door Into Foo Camp)

    On Thursday and Friday (July 10-11) before this year’s Foo Camp in Sebastopol July 11-13, O’Reilly AlphaTech Ventures will be hosting OATV Startup Camp for 6-8 startups. The camp will focus on fundraising, PR and viral marketing, working with investors/directors, and other issues relevant to running a young company. There are a number of discussion leaders that will be… Read More

  • Prague Meet-up Countdown

    We’re fast approaching our super fun CrunchNetwork Prague Meet-up and getting ready for the big night. We’re going to have some surprises coming up so watch this space but until then feel free to RSVP by email or on Facebook. Remember the event is on Friday, May 23, 2008 from 7pm until ?? at Restaurace Zvonařka. The program will be fairly basic but I’m planning an elevator… Read More

  • Wooden mousepad, very fetching


    Like the gorgeous designer keyboards we featured a while ago from this same site, this angled wooden keyboard is very good-looking but pretty overpriced. There isn’t a lot of info there, like what kind of wood it is, the finish, and so on, but I’m guessing it’s varnished pretty well if you’re supposed to be mousing all over it. I like the built-in incline – with… Read More

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