• FBI crime database info to be shared with your boss?

    The FBI of the USA is busy building the world’s largest photo database of people’s faces, fingerprints, and palm prints. It’ll be used for crime fighting and terrorist wrangling but it can also be used as part of a plan "under which employers could ask the FBI to keep employees’ fingerprints in the database, subject to state privacy laws, so that if that employees… Read More

  • Dave Winer wants to be treated special by Apple, as do we all

    Dave Winer goes into into an Apple store and asked them to replace his hard drive out of warranty. They sold him 80 GB for $160 and then told you that he couldn’t have his old drive back. And he’s upset. Let it be said that while I don’t agree that Apple stores should “treat you different,” it is a pretty shitty policy. When you go to a mechanic they give you… Read More

  • Loreo 3D lans cap creates, yes, 3D images

    Perhaps you woke up this morning and said to yourself, “You know what? I’d love to waste $100 on something I don’t need.” Lucky! This 3D lens cap from Loreo is said to “create” “3D” “images” when used in conjunction with a 3D viewer. A gimmick, in other words. In its defense, it does work with pretty much every SLR on the market… Read More

  • LG releases new Blu-ray disc types

    This movie had better not make it to Blu-ray. Want something that will warm the cockles of your heart like a class of benzene spiked egg nog? How about new Blu-ray disk types! LG released BD-RE and BD-R types for you and your’n this holiday season, just in time for the entire next-gen format war to implode under the weight of its own hype. LG unveils new Blu-Ray discs Read More

  • All I want for Christmas are my two front glands

    Apparently this little lady found two Wiis and Guitar Hero III and is willing to part with these gems to get a new set of cans. Let’s let her tell you her story: So I set out 3 weeks ago to find 20 Wii’s and sell them for $500-ish a piece like everyone else is doing to buy myself a Christmas gift, a new set of boobs. You see mine are used, as in milk factory used. We-I am… Read More

  • Antisocial networks for the Grinch in your life

    Spread some Christmas cheer today and tomorrow to all your online “friends.” Or, you can be a real, go-it-alone American and sign up for one of several new anti-social networks. It’s all the fun of real social networks like Facebook and MySpace, only with the faux, forced amity. Choose from the likes of Hatebookand Snubster and make things like “friend… Read More

  • 2007 In Numbers: The Ask Mouse Squeaked A Little Louder This Year

    IAC got serious about its Ask property this year, investing $100 million in the United States alone on a bizarre “Ask the Algorithm” campaign that even sunk to the depths of using the Unabomber as a marketing tool. Unfortunately for good taste there’s nothing like a bit controversy to draw attention to a service and Ask’s traffic was up this year, proving once again… Read More

  • Vonage Finalizes Settlement with AT&T

    Internet phone company Vonage settled a patent lawsuit brought against it by AT&T. AT&T claimed that Vonage infringed with its patents by using packet-based telephony products, which allow voice conversations to be carried over the Internet. Since going public in 2006, Vonage was hit by multiple lawsuits by telephone service providers. It settled a suit with Sprint Nextel and another… Read More

  • Digital Fear-Mongering And Hollywood Accounting

    As movies go digital, they are presenting new archival challenges for the film industry. Film cannisters stored in a salt mine last a lot longer than a hard disk drive or a DVD. The issues of preserving film footage for the ages in a digital form are real and vexing, but a recent report by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences titled “The Digital Dilemma” throw out… Read More

  • Handset Production Soars in Taiwan

    Taiwan’s production of handsets is up nearly 82% over last year’s numbers. Many of the 6.2 million devices manufactured in Taiwan are made for Apple and its iPhone brand. It is believed that similar numbers will be achieved in next year’s first quarter. This will be a jump of 150% over this year’s first quarter numbers, Market Intelligence Centre said in a… Read More

  • Yahoo Launches BravoNation. I'm Not Loving It.

    BravoNation, a site that allows users to send electronic awards to others, is the most recent product launch from Yahoo Brickhouse. Brickhouse head Salim Ismail sent me an invitation to try out the service this evening. I dove in – and this is one screwball product. The point of Brickhouse (I think) is to come up with half baked ideas, throw them against the wall, and see what sticks. Read More

  • Google Helps NORAD Track Santa

    Russian ICBM’s aren’t the only thing the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) will be tracking this Christmas, and Google (which is everywhere, and knows everything) is giving them a hand. The annual NORAD Tracks Santa page is back, and this year it comes with some extra Google goodies. For good boys there’s a YouTube Channel, that doesn’t care if… Read More

  • Digg, The Song

    Really? Yes, Really: The song, which is pretty damned good, is performed by Kina Grannis. Here are the lyrics (and hear Kina’s other songs here): When I’m feeling lazy, at school or when I work
    I sneak to my computer, and then I like to shirk
    I don’t go online shopping, I don’t email with my mom
    I open up my browser, and go to digg-dot-com Chorus: Gotta digg, gotta… Read More

  • Wikia Search Launches Private Beta; Public Launch On January 7

    Well, the waiting appears to be over, and the promised 2007 launch date was technically achieved. Wikipedia/Wikia Founder Jimmy Wales has publicly announced the private beta for Wikia Search – right now. And the public launch is set for January 7. In a note to the Wikia Search email list a few minutes ago, he wrote: From: jwales@xxxxx.com
    Subject: [Search-l] private pre-alpha… Read More

  • Top 2007 Education Apps: Learning 2.0

    A teacher and active blogger named Larry Ferlazzo has put together his list of the top education startups of 2007. The list was clearly put together with students in mind. And while I’m pretty sure that the average student can get to graduation with little more than Wikipedia, Delicious and perhaps an occasional stolen term paper to help them along the way, I’m glad to see… Read More

  • GPS used to track Jesus this Xmas

    While there’s Xmas irony in people stealing statues of Baby Jesus™, it’s something that’s been done for years. But the organizers of one Florida nativity scene are mad as hell and they’re not going to take it anymore. Their Baby Jesus™ keeps getting ripped off, even after they nailed it down (again with the Xmas irony), so they’re fitting it with a GPS tracker… Read More

  • According to the Internet, Nikon D90 is coming soon

    Attention, Nikon camera nerds: the Nikon D90 (or D80x, perhaps) is likely on it’s way. the camera is similar in features to the D80, save for a few technical upgrades and a larger viewscreen. Look for it at PMA 2008 at the end of January. Nikon D90 [PhotoBay] Read More

  • PopSci's Bug Labs BUGBase SDK contest is on

    We’ve been covering the open-source hardware guys at Bug Labs for awhile, and that’s because the ideas that these guys have are dear to our hearts; the concept of roll-your-own gadgetry is a perfect things for geeks like us. And the wondernerds at Popular Science’s PopSci blog have put together a contest where they’re giving away a BUGBase brain-unit as well as the… Read More

  • Tired of viral marketing? Want to punch Judd Apatow?

    http://www2.funnyordie.com/public/flash/fodplayer.swfBacklash on FunnyOrDie.com Don’t worry, you’re not alone. I’m a little disappointed that there’s no slam dunk line like “I’ve got a murder boner!” but viral marketing needs all the beatings we can give it, even if they’re sketch comedy beatings. I’m suspicious, though; I think this… Read More

  • 2007 In Numbers: The Year AOL Killed Netscape's Traffic

    Social voting remained a popular past time in 2007 with sites such as Digg more than tripling their audience, but some sites fared better than others according to data from comScore. One name with a long history is the AOL owned Netscape.com. The site was relaunched in June 2006 as a Digg clone with high hopes that a new generation would use the once great brand as an alternative to Digg. Read More

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