TechCrunch, if you are aware of the site, is about the most popular (if not most popular) blog related to information technology (IT) news. If you are in the industry it is a must read. Shortly after their launch they started to branch out in other directions with events and small conferences.
Now they are branching out again:
Today at Techcrunch we announced that we are building our own web tablet hardware device. This all stems back from a conversation a few weeks ago when we were discussing the ultimate web browsing/cloud computing client hardware. The iPhone is nice but too small, and most laptops are over-powered for the task. With applications on the web most of us just need a web browser most of the time, so the ideal device would be a light-weight small tablet running nothing more than Firefox on a decent screen and with a WiFi connection.
How do they plan to achieve something where so many other billion dollar companies with unlimited resources failed. They’re going to use their giant user base to solict ideas and actually develop the product. This is going to be very interesting to watch.